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

DAVID AND SOPHIE | PERTH CITY WEDDING | FORREST CENTRE ST GEORGES TERRACE

I caught up with Sophie and Dave for their pre wedding portrait session on the banks of the river a few weeks ago and it was lovely to reacquaint ourselves and get them used to being in front of the camera. I'm sure it helped on the wedding day because these two nailed it! Dave is the life of the party with a massive smile, so open and loving towards his one true love, Sophie. Soph radiates a quiet sweet calmness. They are the perfect match together. With 5 siblings, I think Sophie is used to a bit of organised chaos! 

I've never photographed at St John's Lutheran Church in Northbridge before - it was so quaint! A beautiful old church in the middle of the CIT buildings and modern street art, love it. I photographed the bridal party at a couple of fave outdoor locations and then we stopped off at George St bar before heading into the reception at the Forrest Reception Centre on St Georges Terrace. Although we got very lucky with the weather, it was ultra chilly on this spring evening so a rendezvous at the nearby bar was a great idea to warm up, get a drink and have a chat and debrief before heading in for more formal activities at the reception. Totally recommend this and I get to grab some more candid, informal images too, which I love.

Congratulations Dave and Sophie - what an amazing day was had by all. You have such lovely family and friends and they are lucky to have you both in return. Thank you for being such wonderful clients and a joy to work with xx

Gown: Peter Trends - Bridal by Aubrey Rose

Florist: Floral State 

Bridesmaids Dresses: Seduce

Make Up: Vikki Aldridge

Hair: Hair by Ivy

LAUREN AND KELLY | BUSSELTON WEDDING | OLD BROADWATER FARM PHOTOGRAPHER

Another spring weekend that threatened rain! The kids and I drove down to Busselton on Thursday morning for a long weekend, with Lauren and Kelly's wedding scheduled for the Friday. Well we didn't get to do much on Thursday as it pelted down! The heavens just kept on opening and throwing down rain. I chose not to worry about it too much as I've learned over the years, what will be will be!

Luckily Friday morning dawned with beautiful weather for a wedding and after a 10km run with Charlie alongside me on the bike, I set about preparing for their big day at the always gorgeous Old Broadwater Farm in Busselton. Weddings at Broadwater Farm are fantastic as there are so many options and you don't even have to leave the site. Lauren and her bridesmaids got ready in the cottage and Kelly and the boys were at the Wetlands Retreat, just a short walk away from the ceremony location on the lawn. Make up by Belle Couture and Hair by 'I Do Hair'. Lauren's stunning dress was from Brides By Design in Perth.

The ceremony was perfect but the dark clouds started to roll in during family portraits and we'd all just got under cover when a massive shower came down. Luckilyit only lasted ten minutes, allowing the bridal party time to freshen up in the cottage and have a champers. Brollies on standby, we took a walk around the gorgeous property for bridal party portraits. We even snuck into the Wetlands Retreat to check on furbaby Clancy, who was a little bit overexcited to see his mum and dad, so cute!!

This time of year, it was sensible to hold the reception in the full marquee, and the amazing work of The Dreamer and Collector was out on show. The florals from the ceremony and arbor were reused for the centrepiece decorations and the bridal table arrangement, such a great idea. The cake was made by Stacey Beard and the catering all taken care of by Supper Road and Cape Cellars. 

A fabulous big group of family and friends and great speeches (including a stellar maid of honour speech by sister Ellie, who sang the house down paraphrasing lyrics to suit Lauren and Kelly's love story!) made a night to remember. One great thing that these guys did is constantly move around all the tables, chatting to everyone. Made my life easier as I got some great candid photos during this time. Definitely recommend brides and grooms get up and mingle with your guests! Especially if you haven't chatted much to people during the day. Great music all day also by James Wilson at Champion Music, he has such an amazing voice!

Thanks so much for having me guys! I had a ball. Massive congrats, such a pleasure to spend the day with you xx

PS. We had a great rest of the weekend down in Busselton too, with visits to the Margaret River Chocolate Factory, the Naturaliste Reptile Park, a walk on the jetty and visit to the Observatory (we saw a seal!). We also visited the lovely new Busso hospital after discovering Charlie was super allergic to shellfish after rubbing raw prawn bait in his eye whilst fishing with his brother. Mass dose of anti-histamine and anti-inflammatories later...

I got a ton of running in (with Charlie my constant companion on the bike) and managed a new 5km PB at Geographe Bay parkrun! I love heading down south, it's one of my fave places on the planet! We're so lucky to have such a gorgeous part of the world on our doorstep. Bring on more weddings down in our stunning South West :)