Mark and Rachel are so fun-loving and charismatic that it’s a real pleasure being around them. Their wedding was a grand occasion where two sets of family and friends from opposite ends of the world came together to celebrate their love.
And what a backdrop! The Montelucia Resort in Paradise Valley was an oasis in the middle of the Arizona desert landscape.
Rachel and her all-American girls joining forces with a crew of Aussie boys from Sydney's eastern suburbs - it was quite a spectacle.
The biggest challenge was the 40 degree heat that we endured during the location photographs - but that’s Arizona for you. I managed to shoot from the pool at one point though!
Kelly & Dael
I love photographing for creative people so when Dael, a director and photographer, and his fiance Kelly approached me to shoot their wedding I was all ears. Dael, a great bloke, put no pressure on me and just told me to ‘do my thing’ which I appreciated no end.
And what a wedding it was. The setting was sublime, a sandstone hilltop residence in Elizabeth Bay which tiered down to a harbour frontage.
An intimate and touching ceremony took place on the main tier overlooking the water where the celebration continued, bathed in sunshine, all day and long into the night.
Kelly was a stunning bride, all the more radiant for the fact she was pregnant with twins. The wedding was a true celebration of love and family and i am thankful for the opportunity to play my part in such a memorable occasion.
Peter & Ellie
I put my heart and soul into photographing weddings as I believe it to be a real privilege to be able to capture memories for people that will last a lifetime. The beautiful email I received from Ellie and Peter following their wedding which summed up what the photos meant to them is one that i’ll cherish. It’s always great when your efforts are appreciated on the same level you hope them to be. Ellie wanted a bit of a fashion edge to the location photography mixed with candid and natural, which I really enjoyed shooting down at Jones Bay Wharf. Ellie ever the elegant bride and Peter her tall, dark and handsome groom. A perfect day.
Laura & Jez
I was welcomed like an old friend from the first time I met Laura and Jez so by the time the wedding came around I really did feel like a guest. I love how quickly people can connect and it feels like you’ve known them for ages.
The forecast for the wedding day was all over the place so we prepared for everything..and everything was what we got. The relaxed beach theme still rang true in spite of the rain and the sunny state of mind eventually paid off with pockets of sunshine hitting when we needed them most..like a walk down on Freshwater Beach. For the location photography we hugged the coast from Manly to Whale beach where the reception was held at Moby Dicks.
Laura and Jez were up for anything and even let me lead them down onto a cliff face to take in the full ocean views.
Sam & Pat
I was thrilled at having a new city to work with as inner city Melbourne was the setting for one of the most amazing weddings i’ve had the pleasure to photograph. Sam and Pat are two of loveliest people you are likely to meet and that was reflected in every moment of an incredible day.
The guests arrived to a warehouse setting, styled to perfection, with a loft area for the ceremony where an emotional bride and groom pledged their vows. And it was every bit the Melbourne i had conjured up in my head as we walked around the streets and alleyways for the location photographs with the low afternoon sun funnelling between the buildings.
With Pat being an actor the reception was filled with talented people, entertaining everyone at every chance, capped off by a theatrical dance routine by Pat and Sam.
Alyce & Deon
Sydney harbour is such an obvious choice for a wedding celebration and yes there are thousands held on its gorgeous shores every year.. but it deserves every ounce of attention . So many spots, so much beauty and we should count ourselves very lucky.
One absolute gem of a harbour venue which Alyce had her heart set on is Athol Hall, a historic dance hall set on Bradleys Head.
Alyce married her high school sweetheart Deon in front of row upon row of loving family and friends in full view of the harbour. All the planning and detail, thought about over and over, was finally playing out and Alyce and Deon didn't stop beaming the whole day.
Bianca & Nathan
I've been dreaming of shooting location photos on Cockatoo Island for a while so when Bianca and Nathan came to me with that exact plan I couldn't wipe the smile off my face.
After doing my location scout prior to the wedding I realised that Cockatoo Island could keep a photographer shooting for days on end so packing everything into two hours would definitely be a challenge.
Nathan and especially Bianca in heels were so amazing and explored the whole island with me, walking up massive staircases.. there was a lot of ground to cover.. and they both managed to look glamorous at every turn.
Annie & Tim
Annie is a bit of a photography aficionado so when she contacted me about photographing her wedding I was quietly a little bit chuffed..no pressure though!
People flew in from all over the world to witness Annie and Tim declare their love and commitment to each other in a wedding that was never too far from the shores of Sydney harbour.
A light sprinkling of rain added atmosphere to the Botanical Gardens ceremony in which their gorgeous little daughter almost stole the show. And on the way back to Hunters Hill, the ferry ride was blessed by spots of sunshine as the champagne flowed.
The whole wedding was really a photographers dream, with so much activity and such amazing light. I was buzzing all day capturing beautiful candid moments.
Matt & Rebecca
I instantly connected with Matt and Bec over a coffee in Bondi, their energy and sense of fun was infectious from the start and is the reason why their wedding stands out for me as one of the favourites I have photographed.
Their wedding ceremony was held at the historical chapel within the grounds of Kincoppal Rose Bay and the reception took place overlooking the harbour at Ripples Milsons Point.
The location photography showcased our gorgeous Sydney Harbour as we stopped off at Nielsen Park and Walsh Bay. I love to keep the location photography relaxed and natural and not over complicate or over direct, it should always be fun and it certainly was on this day.
The dark clouds that threatened at every turn did nothing to dampen what was a memorable celebration and Matt & Bec’s love and devotion to each other was humbling for everyone to witness. And I was lucky enough to photograph it all.