KATIE AND MARK | BREAKWATER WEDDING | PERTH WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY

How is it heading towards the end of January already?? I hope you all had a nice Christmas and New Year break! I managed to sneak away in that week to camp in Albany and go trail running and rock climbing. It was an awesome adventure and Albany sure turned on the nice weather for us. Coming back to reality was a little hard after climbing up sea cliffs at West Cape Howe and scrambling over gorgeous granite at Peak Head, as well as running along the Bibbulmun Track and the Bald Head Walk Trail (highly recommended hike!!). 

This year is going to be huge for me, I'm so excited. In June, James and I are taking Charlie (my 10yo) to Europe for 3 months to catch up with my family in the UK and, you guessed it, do more rock climbing and running. I have two races: one in the Dolomites in Italy and one across Snowdonia in North Wales. How lucky am I?? I seriously can't wait. But in the meantime, I have 5 months of amazing weddings coming my way with some super duper clients. Oh and I'll have a 17yo in a few months who is going to Mongolia for a month with school and World Challenge. He is one lucky kid as well!

It's booking season at the moment - yay if you got engaged at Christmas!!! - and I'm having about 3 meetings a week for new clients and starting to book weddings for 2019 already. Sometimes it's hard in this business to think that far ahead. I even received an enquiry for 2020, so some people are seriously well organised. Kudos to you! I'm also seeing a few later bookings for March and May this year so that's brilliant. I still have two Saturdays free in April, so hit me up if you're looking for a wedding photographer!

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However, as I ramble on, this blog post is all about the lovely Katie and Mark, who invited me to share in their wedding day a week before Christmas. It really was a perfect day from start to end: amazing weather, vendors, bridal party, family and friends and venue. The Breakwater is a great venue for any reception but I love the cocktail receptions at the front, overlooking the harbour. It's a great atmosphere. The food was awesome and the staff were just lovely. If they are kind to me, a vendor, you know they're going to be incredible for you, the client. 

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The ceremony was at Oahu Gardens in Hillarys. I hadn't shot there before and ordinarily it might have been a bit bright for an earlier ceremony, but we had some amazing clouds overhead which gave a lovely soft light for the whole thing. Woohoo! One of my fave celebrants in Perth, Dilhari Mahiepala (Kiss Me You Fool) conducted the ceremony and was her usual fabulous self. I love how she caters for your personality and life together, rather than sticking to some traditional view of what a ceremony should be. Just remember, it's your day!! 

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Also a big shout out to Entwined Botanical and Little Olive Tree who styled the arbor and floral arrangements at the ceremony. Absolutely stunning! Without further rambling, here is the full blog post:

KAILA AND JAMES | RELAXED PICNIC WEDDING IN HYDE PARK PERTH

I love these two big time. The love they have for each other is remarkably tangible, the look they give each other is one of true understanding, care and protection. I was so excited to be a part of their day after bonding straight away. Kaila and James live in Melbourne, so our first 'meeting' was over Skype. I was professional up top and trackies and uggies below the screen, with a cup of tea just out of shot. That's how I roll in winter ;) I soon realised Kaila had a cuppa as well and within a couple of minutes we realised we were both doing the trackie thing too haha! Great minds think alike and it was instant love of this girl! 

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At the wedding, it became obvious that everyone else felt the same way, not just her James. Kaila, you are indeed someone who lights up a room and makes someone feel like part of your family immediately and James, you are a calm, loving harbour for her free spirit. 

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With a relaxed ceremony in Hyde Park in spring, guests were invited to a lovely picnic in and around a marquee just a short walk away. Major and Morsel took care of the catering. All of the furnishings, cutlery, plates, favours were all organised by Kaila and her mum reusing family items and heirlooms. Even picnic blankets quilted using Kaila's grandmother's blankets, cushions, linens and lace! A special shout out to The Flour Press for the rad cake, and to Maminkwink for gorgeous florals xx

RHIANNON AND JOSH | SANDALFORD ESTATE WINES | SWAN VALLEY WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER

We finally got some stunning spring weather, thank you Perth. Of course we're back to wild, woolly, wintery conditions now, but that's fine, because Rhiannon and Josh got to have an awesome day! 

Both ceremony and reception were held at Sandalford Estate in West Swan. I'm sure I've said this before but it's so lovely to have both at the same venue, so your guests don't have to travel and it just makes life easier for you. Even better when we can just wander around the grounds and find new little nooks and crannies. I've photographed at Sandalford for weddings a lot, and I do like to find new ways of doing things and new spots. It always depends on the light and weather and season on the day as well. 

A fabulous wedding reception ensued after the portraits, with speeches and formalities out of the way early (bet the speakers breathed a sigh of relief!) and early dancing and celebrating in the courtyard. Again, fantastic weather for mingling outside :) 

Thanks so much Rhiannon and Josh for having me. I especially loved the fur baby cuddles from Abbie and Toby hehe! Congratulations! xxx

Celebrant: The lovely Brad Whitelock

Florist: Unique Flowers & Fine Art

Cake: Sweet Sorella Cakes

Stylist/Coordinator: Little Olive Tree - The Oak Room looked so amazing!

Bridal Gown: Brides Desire by Wendy Sullivan

Bridesmaid Dresses: Forever New