Aria Photography, Kellie and Shannon. Chic black and gold wedding at Stones of the Yarra Valley
Colin and Kay had a beautiful day, surrounded by their nearest and dearest they were married at Sandringham Yacht Club by fun celebrant John Byrne. An early ceremony, followed by plenty of laughs and photos in the area, then onto the historic and beautiful Quat Quatta for more photos in the rain. Armed with umbrellas and plenty of fun with their bridal party, Kay and Colin soaked in all parts of their day by joining their guests for canapés while we were able to capture their story as it happened.
Baulking tradition Kay recalled during speeches that she was steered away from having daisy's as her flower choice by many people before the big day. She explained why they were so significant to hers and Colin's relationship. One of her earliest memories was sitting in grass after a nearby party until the wee hours of the morning making daisy chains with Colin when they first got together. I love these beautiful memories and historic symbols that couples bring into their day, it simply makes it so much more special.
Having a beautiful big, bridal party on you wedding day can be soooo much fun. This crew epitomised fun and we captured images as they laughed and enjoyed their time together.
I want your photo time to be just this, fun, real, natural and as far away from a process as possible. If any images sums up my style this would be it.
Alex and Nick shared their day with family (all the bridesmaids were Alex and Nick's sisters, the boys, Alex's brother, BIL and close footy mates)
Cannot wait to share this whole wedding with you it was stunning.
I have already shared the odd image of Amy and Corey's day but their day deserves a blog post of it's own. I met Amy and Corey about 18 months ago and we all clicked while discussing their wedding at Terindah Estate on the Bellarine Penninsula. They were both apprehensive at making guests travel but knew they had found an amazing place for their wedding and the travel would be absolutely worth it. This day was all about their close knit group of friends and their large families and to top it off they were married by Amy's grandfather, a reverend, who had married Amy's parents too. After the wedding while guests mingled we were whizzed about by the super awesome Tiffany in the epic little jeep at Terindah Estate. Through the vines, the private beach, the wheat field. Then onto an amazing reception, fantastic food, wine and hospitality by the Terindah team and The new Mr and Mrs Eames-Mayer were treated to some of the funniest and heartfelt speeches I have ever heard by Corey's brother and parents, Amy's dad Bill, MC Lachie and MOH Amy. Dancing into the night entertained by the awesome Ricki Wood and epic photo booth fun with Richie from Smilomatic on board. My second photographer Richard and I danced and sang in the car on the way home, weddings like this is absolutely why I do what I do.
I love shooting at Alowyn Gardens, it is a 5 acre garden situated in Yarra Glen that is relatively unknown. It is stunning, so when I met with Jess and Nate to chat about their wedding I just about jumped out of my skin when they told me their wedding and reception would be here.
Jess and Nate decided to have all their imagery at Alowyn taken before their actual wedding ceremony, so they could move straight into celebrations with their loved ones afterwards. This was such great idea, and set the tone for their entire day. Nothing was traditional, and that's what was so amazing about their day. There was no wedding cake, no traditional vows, their reception food was seafood paella, wood fired pizza and Italian gelato, all served cocktail style under the festoon lights in the Alowyn courtyard. All accompanied by the awesome acoustic duo Tillee Music playing some laid back tunes. The vibe was chilled and everyone in the mood to sit back and celebrate, Jess and Nate style. It was my honour to capture their day and luckily under the festoons and the stars the weather was perfect and all of Jess' DIY touches a beautiful personal touch that made the day extra special.