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Waimanalo Beach Wedding, Honolulu

Tiff and Kane are two of the chillest people I know. It must be because they work in high stress jobs and know how to hit their downtime. Getting married in Hawaii is some next level kind of epic, and I’m not gonna lie, a total bucket list item ticked off for me. So when these guys decided to get hitched at Wamanalo Beach, I was stoked to be able to document their nuptials. I got to travel all around the island in the days before the wedding (a blog post for another time) and seeing the beauty that this little place of paradise has to offer, it was pretty easy to see why they decided to start their married life here!

(If they look familiar to you – yes! these guys are the couple in the water that I was lucky enough to win an award for, yep – the ones with the epic embrace in the water)

The weather was just stunning in the lead to the wedding and I don’t think these guys could have turned it on even more. But like all weddings, it all went by too fast, but I was so impressed by how much they were able to squeeze into each moment. Everyone that showed up was next level awesome, and there was not a single person who did not turn it on for the celebrations. The epic sunset party at a private mansion overlooking Diamond Head national park and the surprise Hula and Fire Twirler was a surprise that no one saw coming – Tiff and Kane’s special gift to those who attended and shared in the celebration of their love.

On a personal note, I’m so thankful to Tiff and Kane for being the most hospitable folks, relaxed and photogenic subjects and friends – so stoked to have been able to capture your special day with you.

Here’s how it all played out…

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Adelaide CBD Wedding, St.Francis Xavier Church

Neil and Ivar met in Sydney. Both highly motivated and ridiculously good looking, their passion to live a fulfilled life is only rivalled with their passion for each other. Having met on a popular dating app, their first foray into this type of dating, was also their last. Who would have thought that they would be so compatible? Needless to say, they hit it off straight away, and the rest, as they say, is history.

During their wedding planning consultation, it was important for them to honour their Catholic roots, and their parents traditions. Getting married at St.Francis Xavier Church, one of Adelaide’s oldest and most beautiful churches, was a classy nod to their heritage. Getting together their nearest and dearest from Adelaide and Sydney was their main focus, and to ensure everyone got along and had a great time.

It was such a hoot for me to hang with these guys, not only did I know Ivar from when we were little (our parents were quite good friends) I also thoroughly enjoyed hanging with Neil and his brothers and cousins.

The reception was filled with lot’s of love and good old Filipino party favourites. It’s a very family and musical culture, one of the main staples of a filipino household was to sing karaoke at parties and events. Needless to say there were some EPIC voices in this group, including the bride herself and the maid of honour Massy.

The grim weather was not a deterrent, as we sought shelter at the beautiful, art deco interior of the Mayfair Hotel – and the best espresso martini in town. I have to say it’s one of my favourite indoor locations to shoot – the light in the Hennessy bar is just gloriously cinematic.

Once we had a break in the weather, it was time to kick it into the reception and the gang bust out some old school rob dance floor moves – culminating in Neil’s signature move, the “otso – otso” the filipino dance that took over the filipino world globally in the early noughties (for those of you who have no idea what the heck this is – click here *warning, NSFW* haha!)

On a personal note, thanks Neil and Ivar for sharing your day with me and having the best time – I had an absolute blast and I hope you enjoy your photos for the rest of your lives.

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South of France Destination wedding

 Chloe and Grady met in the whirlwind of adventure while studying in America.

Although they are now based in Melbourne, Australia, they spent most of their blooming romance in France, so it made sense for them to have a French Destination Wedding. Chloe’s family are from the north, but they spent most of their summers in the south of France, in a beautiful Holiday Home in Saint Tropez, and it was fitting for this to be the venue of their pre-wedding preparations. As per the tradition, the mayor of the local village in Grimaud officiated their wedding nuptials.

The gorgeous cobblestone streets around the Mairié was the perfect backdrop to celebrate their first moments as a married couple.

So much about this wedding was to celebrate all the little things about their relationship, from the Rosé that seemed to be endlessly flowing, to the cruise around the Saint Tropez Bay, and the crazy party and reception celebrations full of singing and dancing at the luxurious Pearl Beach Club

They wanted the capture of their celebrations to be as natural and candid as possible, with lots of fun and laughs. Definitely my type of wedding.

It was an absolute privilege to document this wedding and get to know the beautiful people in the south of france.

Chloe and Grady, thanks for sharing your beautiful celebrations with me and man I wish I was back here!

Enough from me, check out this glorious wedding below and drop me a line if you’re planning a destination wedding. I’d love to hear all about your plans. Get in touch here.

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Adelaide Botanic Gardens Photos & Glen Ewin Estate Wedding

There’s not enough words to say how lovely Jenna & Haydn are. If you can think of the nicest couple you know, then you’ll be pretty close to understanding what I mean. This Luxurious Glen Ewin Estate Wedding was nothing short of perfection. One of my latest weddings to be shot on both Film and Digital, this wedding was literally a dream.

Jenna and Haydn had an engagement session with me before their wedding day, and it really set the scene of what some of their photos might look like. After it was noticed by a national blog (and published here) I knew

that I had my work cut out for me. Haydn decided to get ready in their new home, something I highly recommend this as it’s a nice way to take pre-wedding photos. Not only will it relax you, it also gives you a nice opportunity to be photographed in your current home.

Jenna got ready at the Playford M Gallery, in the Adelaide CBD. Preparing with close friends and children can sometimes get hectic, but Jenna took it all in her stride with grace and patience and she looked absolutely stunning.

Jenna and Haydn wanted to spend as much time with their guests at their wedding. We planned the day so we could have a first look session in the Adelaide Botanic Gardens. This allowed us to take portraits before the wedding ceremony and then move straight into the reception after the nuptials. The location I chose was the Bicentennial Conservatory – the perfect spot was a walkway that went over and under itself. It was the perfect blend of nature and architecture and set the scene for their first encounter.

From there the wedding and reception at Glen Ewin Estate was just so luxurious, but what I love about it the most, is how intimate everything was.

Enough from me now – see for yourself.

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Al Ru Farm | Sam + Colette

I’ve always wanted to shoot an Al Ru farm wedding, and when Sam and Colette approached me about their wedding there, my interest was peaked. I also love it when couples tell me they don’t like posed photos. It’s instantly a sign that we are meant to be working together. When you witness a wedding day as sincere, heartfelt and genuine as this one, it’s easy to get caught up in it all. Al Ru Farm is such a beautiful location and has it’s own unique charm. You can leave it as is, or you can make it your own.

Hot tip: Planning your wedding day
When planning their wedding, brides should make sure to tell me special little details mean the most to them because from there we build your story. Sometimes everything else can be just white noise. Couples should plan their day so that they have time to take it all in, because on the day it’s the little things you end up forgetting as it all rushes past.

Every detail that was planned for this had so much of a personal touch – from the bouquet, the ring box, to the bridal party. You could tell that it all meant something to them, and that each person they chose to spend the day with, meant something special. To me the most special part of a wedding are the human interactions between the different groups. The families, the old friends and the new ones.

Each thread of a story has something to tell and on your wedding day, they all intertwine into a complex and beautiful tapestry.

I consider it one of the greatest of privileges to have captured the wedding story of Sam and Colette. The tears that were shed by their guests, the vows that were spoken and the hugs and kisses exchanged. To me, knowing that Sam and Colette will never forget this day as long as they have their photos is the reason why I get into this gig so much. Here’s a snapshot of some of their day.

 

 

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