The first thing I must mention about this incredible wedding is that Tony Docherty and Jo Smith are two of our closest friends. We love these guys so much. Doc was actually our best man when we got married a few months ago.
Their wedding was always going to be amazing…chaotic, but amazing. When I think Doc, I think Chaos. For the past year, since he proposed to Jo (actually that’s another story…ever the gentleman, Doc asked her father who immediately cracked the champagne and congratulated Jo, not realizing that this was the first she knew of it!), her family have referred to him as her Fiasco rather than her fiancé. It’s perfect
Doc and Jo are both involved in the arts; Doc as a fine art woodworker and Jo as a festival director/arts administrator, and their big day was as much a community arts festival as it was a wedding. Jo had spent a lot of time in China and decided to begin the day with an adaption of a Chinese wedding custom. As a few of the girls gathered for breakfast, Tony and his support team arrived to convince Jo’s mother to allow the nuptials to proceed. Less than serious, and at times outrageous, negotiations took place and the final stage was Tony having to correctly identify Jo’s hand amongst all the hands of her friends. The next hour or so was spent with Jo trying to decide what she would wear
The ceremony was truly a celebration of Jo and Doc, with friends and family performing songs and poems and these gifts of creativity continued into the night. It rained and it poured. If the sun had shone it would have been an entirely different experience, but not necessarily a better one. It was perfect just the way it was.
I’ve had the most amazing 3 months over winter with two trips to Bali and a month camping in the north west of WA, but I was well and truly ready to launch into the new wedding season. I was really looking forward to Hayley and Zac’s spring wedding, especially because it was all taking place in the beautiful gardens at Tree Elle Retreat, halfway between Denmark and Walpole. The weather gods, however, had their own idea about the seasons and the day of the wedding was one of the coldest, wettest, stormiest, most wintery days imaginable. Not that Hayley and Zac were phased for a moment – despite the rain they decided to go ahead with the ceremony outside. And somehow, the fact that everyone was huddled together beneath umbrellas made the occasion even more intimate. The rain poured down and the tears flowed – it was truly special and delightfully intimate, and in spite the rain, or maybe even because of it, we got some beautiful photographs.
Venue for getting ready, ceremony and reception – Tree Elle Retreat; Wedding Planner – Finishing Touches; Celebrant – Judith Williams; Bride’s and bridesmaids’ dresses – Donna T; Hair – Kate Samiotis; Flowers – Hayley and her mum Gaye.
I was lucky enough to go to Bali for the second time in two months recently. The first time I was there to photograph coffee farming for Five Senses Coffee, this time I was there to attend WhatIf, a ‘conference’ for creatives in Nusa Dua. It was one of the best things I’ve done and I’m already looking forward to next year’s southern hemisphere event. Afterwards I headed back to Ubud with a handful of lovely photographer friends to spend a few days exploring inland Bali with our cameras…