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Frances & David {outback wedding}

I’m so excited to be sharing these photos although I’ve been procrastinating for the last couple of days, trying to narrow down my favourites and wanting to find the words to do justice to this incredible wedding. If I live to be 100 it will still be in my Top 10 Life Experiences. And in fact, that is just what Frances and David created for their guests – it wasn’t simply a wedding, it was an amazing experience that everyone who was there will always remember, and recall how they felt being a part of it.
You may recognise David and Frances from ABC TV’s Australian Story. They have Wooleen Station, a half a million acres pretty much in the middle of nowhere in Western Australia, which they have destocked and revegetated over the last 8 or so years. They are also two of the most beautiful humans you could wish to meet.
Combining my passions of photographing stories, epic road trips and remote camping, this one was always going to be special, but four days in the outback with a whole bunch of lovely people, and “special” doesn’t begin to cover it. It really was all about the people, not only Frances and David, but all their family and friends who had gone to such an effort to get there. It was the connections and friendships – both those we witnessed, and those we made. It was the stories – over the four days and nights, layer upon layer was added or revealed. And it was so much more besides…the awe-inspiring landscapes – the lakes filled with fresh water after the recent rains, the ancient rock formations and the breakaways, and the enormous outback skies, It was the Murchison River winding through the land. It was the old homestead and station-buildings, the camping and the glamping, the barbecues and pop-up restaurants. It was the mud maps and the bush mechanics. The clouds of dust rising in the distance as vehicles travelled around the station, and the vintage cars that added a touch of surrealism as they drove across the scene. It was watching the setting sun as David’s father Brett shared his knowledge and stories and then, moments later, turning to see the full moon rising on the opposite horizon, reflecting in the lake and taking our breath away. It was the dragonflies galore and the frogs in the loos. It was toasting David and Frances, their commitment to each other and to the land. It was dancing as though no one was watching, beneath the stars and the moon in the most magical of settings.
We were there as a community, sharing this place and this experience, celebrating Love, and for a few days we were self-contained – nothing else mattered.
David and Frances…you created magic. Thank you so much for inviting me to share it with you xxx
You can catch-up on all that David and Frances are achieving at Wooleen (plus a few of my wedding photos) on Australian Story on Monday 8 May on ABC TV at 8pm (or on iView). You can also experience Wooleen Station for yourself with all sorts of accommodation and eco-tourism options available. Check out their website and find them on social media.
A few shout-outs:
Location: Wooleen Station, Western Australia
Catering: Tarts & Co Catering
Glamping tents: Glamping Co
Signage: Chalk of the Town Sign Writing & Illustrations
Flowers from Rustic Posy, beautifully arranged by Frances’ Mum Bernadine.
Make-up: Kylie Barclay Make-up and Tattoo Brow Design
Hair: Dy Hairdressing
Frances’ dress: Made with Love – Unique Bridal Collection
Bridesmaids’ dresses: Shona Joy
David / groomsmen: Country Road
Drone photography: My husband Steve Ayling – love your work 🙂
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May 5, 2017 - 2:16 PM

Leonie Hicks - Awesome capture of two special people’s day. A photographer’s paradise out there at Wooleen.

May 5, 2017 - 4:09 PM

James & Robyn - Congratulations on your wedding and may you have a happy and long life together.

May 5, 2017 - 4:26 PM

Kay Ford - Absolutely beautiful,Congratulations to you both. The photos are amazing,flowers sensational. Good luck. Cheers, Kay Ford

May 5, 2017 - 5:23 PM

Linda Tavner - Congratulations!! Absolutely beautiful! May you have many happy years together. xx

May 5, 2017 - 5:53 PM

Barry Mcquinn - Thank you so much for sending your wedding photos.
So beautiful and a real sense of the connection to the land comes through in what appeared a very joyous celebration.
I still have a strong desire to join you on your land and appreciate the updates you send.
Very beautiful and my best wishes.

May 5, 2017 - 6:02 PM

Robyn Williams - Thanks for sharing your wonderful day with me. I’ve lived in the Nth West many years ago and I almost miss the red dust! But not quite.
Congratulations on your commitment to each other and the land.
May the rains be with you…..and the sunshine of course.
Robyn W

May 5, 2017 - 7:08 PM

Sandra Cory - Oh my….how beautiful, wonderful, and so exciting for you both!
What a shining example of true love, dedication and commitment!

May 5, 2017 - 7:53 PM

marcia Rohweder - What a beautifull wedding ,a lovely day and great photos. The land looks great at present

May 5, 2017 - 8:07 PM

Bernadette OConnor - What amazing photos; congratulations on your special day – I think the photos really capture the love, family, friends and amazing Australian outback; it looked to be an elegantly-relaxed, very special occasion. Best wishes for a wonder-filled future !!

May 5, 2017 - 8:55 PM

Emma and Greg, Aberfeldie, Victoria. - Dear Frances and David,

Thank you so much for sharing your wonderful, amazing wedding with us.
It was great to see beautiful Wooleen Station looking so good.
We wish you much happiness and good health in the future.

Best wishes, Emma and Greg

May 5, 2017 - 9:39 PM

Ben Lefroy - David and Francis congratulations on your special day, I wish you both a happy life and marriage together full of commitment and love to each other.
Well done and beautiful pictures of the wedding.
I will look you up when next going by Wooleen.
Best regards Ben Lefroy

May 6, 2017 - 3:13 AM

Jane Morton Colbert - So very, very happy for you both, and that you have Wooleen … and that Wooleen has you …

May the grass grow ever longer under your feet!!

Love and best wishes always, Jane.(Warburton, Vic)

May 6, 2017 - 12:47 PM

Ann Norman - David and Frances,
Congratulations on your marriage,your photos are beautiful,it captures the very essence of “soul mates”. The scenery is breathtaking and your dreams of renewing the land back to its natural state has been amazingly blessed.
Thank you so much for sharing your day,as I sit here in Victoria,cold and raining,
my face just bursting with happiness for you both.
Kind Regards Ann Norman XX

May 6, 2017 - 3:54 PM

Valerie Jolley - Absolutely fabulous! Congratulations Mr and Mrs Pollock!
So look forward to visiting.
Could be Oct this year.
the roads were cut when we last came through Jul/Aug’15.
Following your story and wishing you well for your future.

May 6, 2017 - 5:04 PM

Ann Whitfield - Thank you for sharing your very special wedding. And what a wedding it was too I can see and feel from looking at the amazing photos (fantastic photography by the way). The love and friendship you shared with your guests, friends and family just leap off the pictures. The photos say it all capturing the ready smiles and laughter along with the amazing setting and wedding decorations, flowers and on and on. I wish you both the very best of everything life can offer and especially a hard earned huge future success and prosperity for Wooleen Station. Ann

May 6, 2017 - 9:21 PM

wilma - Congratulations!
Amazing photos of beautiful people in a pristine location.

May 7, 2017 - 7:52 AM

Marley Corinaldi - Marley Corinaldi. Thank you so much for sharing your very special day with us. We knew you would make it one day. You have a very special bond, may it last for a very long time. Seeing Wooleen brought back great memories. We feel privileged to have met you both.
Best wishes. Rod and Marley

May 7, 2017 - 1:48 PM

Antoine Musu - How wonderful to share all this and to know that it is so close! Congratulations to you both, Frances and David. Sincerely, Antoine.

May 7, 2017 - 2:17 PM

Veronica Baynes - Congrats and thank you so very much for sharing your beautiful wedding day and the most amazing landscape , also the pics of all families and friends at their moment in time. Absolutely awesome and stunning photography. 👍🌟

May 7, 2017 - 2:26 PM

GLENN LAW - know your father well and new your Mother. i was a Telecom tech back in the days when your Dad and Mother ran the shire. i stayed at Wooleen several times, fixed your exchange, wired the first B&B room with a Phone etc. therefore i have known you since you were a lad. i use to wear a hat like what you have now. still got it. anyhow congratulation Frances and David, your photo’s brought tears to my eyes, with the love you desplay and how beautiful the countryside now looks. well done with that too. says g’day to Dad he will remember who i am. i have met France at a Claremont show, promoting Wooleen and you told my patner and i your story. wish you both every happiness.

May 7, 2017 - 3:58 PM

Ristana Stavreski - Congratilation wish you a long and healthy happy life togeyher. You all look gorgeus

May 7, 2017 - 8:33 PM

Graeme Cake - These photos are magnificent. Excellent composition and some creative use of available light, along with opportunistic snaps of folk enjoying themselves.
However, the main reason they are so impressive is that they provide a record of a very joyous occasion in very special country. A couple who are obviously delighting in their special day, with a community of friends and special persons joining together to celebrate a wonderful union witnessed in a powerful community.

A remarkable photographic essay.

May 8, 2017 - 8:46 AM

Nic - Thanks everyone. I’ve passed on all your well-wishes to Frances and David – don’t forget to tune into ABC TV’s Australian Story at 8pm tonight for more on their story. And thank you Graeme for your kind words.

May 8, 2017 - 1:11 PM

Renee - Congratulations! Beautiful photos, looks like it was a great event. Wishing you all the Best and a wonderful life together! It’s great to see what you have done to the countryside and look forward to getting the updates of more.

May 8, 2017 - 2:38 PM

Rosemarie Boyhan - Inspiring!

May 8, 2017 - 7:30 PM

Dani Smith - Congratulations Frances and David. Thank you for sharing your beautiful wedding with me and the rest of Australia. I wish you happiness and success with everything you do. Dani

May 8, 2017 - 9:52 PM

Cathy Wiese - Brilliant photos, really capture a very happy occasion at a truly wonderful property. We enjoyed the TV story tonight, great to see water in the lake.Wishing you lots of happiness in your life together.💕💕

May 9, 2017 - 11:31 AM

Dalma - Congratulations on such a lovely wedding and by the look on your guests faces some pretty funny jokes. Such a wonderful experience for your family and friends I am sure they will remember. All the success in the world to you both.

June 5, 2017 - 3:54 PM

Jakob - Great setting and capturing their love!

Amanda & Olly {prewedding}

Just four more sleeps until London-based Amanda and Olly celebrate their wedding at Maitraya Retreat. So lovely to have the opportunity to get to know them better at the beach yesterday, and completely in love with the photos we captured.

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Pepper & Salt {family portraits}

If you’ve been to Denmark and you’re a foodie, chances are you’ve been to Pepper & Salt Restaurant and tasted Silas’s amazing food, which gives a solid spicy nod to his Fijian Indian heritage. As Silas says, Ang is the Salt to his Pepper, and their three children are the spicy blend of the two!

While Ang’s parents were visiting from over east recently, we headed down to the beach on a stormy afternoon for what turned out to be one of the most fun photo sessions ever!

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Genaye & Daniel {wedding}

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I love my job and the beautiful people I get to spend time with. It always feels like such an honour to share someone’s wedding day with them, and I love the journey of getting to know them in the lead up as well as on the big day itself.

Now living in Darwin, Genaye and Daniel returned to Albany to get married. Daniel and the groomsmen got ready at Daniel’s grandfather’s home while the girls were up the road at The Temple Spa. They had the most perfect spot for the ceremony on their very own block of land by the beach. Surrounded by beautiful peppermint trees, Jo from Eclectic Events and Lindy from Lush Floral Designs made it look even more perfect for the ceremony conducted by celebrant, Kate Thomas. Jo and Lindy worked their magic again to make the reception at Carlyles Function Centre picture-perfect too. Genaye and Daniel are now, escaping Darwin’s wet season and enjoying a five week adventure in Italy.

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January 5, 2017 - 10:56 AM

Andrew - Beautifully captured as always, great work!

January 7, 2017 - 8:39 PM

Allure - The emotion you captured in the families and friends you photographed was truly amazing!