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Victoria + Gerald ~ a sneak peek

Here’s a little snippet of a wedding that I photographed in Lorne over the weekend while Sarah was at a good friends’ wedding playing both roles of guest and photographer (which I assure you is no easy feat!)

This is the wedding of Victoria and Gerald, who got married at  ’Kilolo’ in Lorne, the gorgeous Balinese style home, set on a crazy steep hill (from which I now have calf muscles of steel). Along the way, I stopped off at the nearby lighthouse to take a few snaps and learnt that it was the star of the TV show ‘Round the Twist’ in the 90′s and nearly died of excitement. Ah, flashbacks.

Stay tuned for the full story soon!

Love Katie xo

 

Mel + Andrew

You may remember months and months ago a shoot we did where the amazing Mel saved up and gave her fiancé Andrew his dream car – a Mustang? Well now brace yourselves for their stunning Yarra Valley nuptials (Mustang included).

The gorgeous couple were married in the Yarra Valley with a pizza party reception (isn’t that a GREAT idea?!!) and their gorgeous dog Ruby the Golden Retriever played ring bearer (and did a better job than any best man we’ve ever seen).

Katie and I never ever drink before a wedding but once we spotted Andrew (who actually works in the alcoholic beverage industry) heading down to the local bottle store around midday to beat the heat, we figured there would be no judgement and each downed a cider. Suffice to say it got the creative juices flowing and was one of the best starts to a wedding ever. And maybe subconsciously we felt needed a little calming drink to ready ourselves for the first look.

First look, you gasp?!

That’s right – Mel and Andrew broke with tradition and saw one another before the ceremony! It’s not a big thing in Australia (yet), but it was really amazing to witness! It was SO nerve-wracking for Katie and I, though. It was like “Ok, you stand there, I’ll stand here. I’ll focus on Andrew, you focus on Mel and then when they’re a few metres apart we’ll give the signal and they can each turn around, but make sure you’re not in my shot…” – so many logistics, I think we were way more nervous than they were!!

So how did it all pan out? Mel and Andrew LOVED that they saw one another before the ceremony! I especially loved that as we’d already done all their couple shots, after the ceremony was over they could just get straight into the partying! Definitely a great idea if you want to walk down the aisle with a clear head (I don’t really remember mine it was so overwhelming) and then launch straight into the celebrations.

Consider this your ‘hump day’ treat!

Love Katie & Sarah xo

PS – Another thing I learned at this wedding is that nothing goes off at a reception like You’re The Voice by John Farnham.

 

 

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Lauren + Marco

A few years ago, a family friend’s son got married. I wasn’t at the wedding, but my mum and dad were, and the day after, my mum called me and said “I have never seen two people more in love”.

At the time I wondered what that would look like (compared to any other loved up couple), or how you can possibly measure it. I mean, I see couples get married virtually every weekend and they all seem beyond happy, totally lit up and in love as you could get….and then there was Lauren and Marco.

Not that there’s a competition running or anything, but if there was…FAR OUT. I remember our first meeting one evening at a tiny little cafe in Northcote. I was waiting with Katie out the front, and this girl and guy came walking up High Street hugging, and gave each other this gorgeous little squeeze and a kiss right before they caught up to us. They were glowing with so much love they just lit that dark night right up.

On their wedding day, their love was so palpable that when I said goodbye at the end, I…Burst. Into. Tears. There were a few reasons, but I think mostly because I have never witnessed a bride and groom who handled themselves so graciously. Their little daughter had started teething and was in pain the whole day. Lauren kept her close every step of the way, even holding her bub on her hip while she did her (own) makeup. I have never seen anything like it. And then there was the effortless display of strength I witnessed when Lauren and Marco were pronounced as husband and wife, walked up the aisle beaming with happiness, and then had to go from ‘Just Married’ to ‘Mum & Dad’ as soon as they heard their wee one crying just outside the chapel.

I watched them at the reception make time for each and every one of their guests, and thought how proud their parents must be of these two gorgeous souls who so selflessly gave themselves to everyone else on a day which, after all, was about them. I cried during the speeches when Lauren told Marco she would love him until “this big wide world covers us with dust”. And at some point during the night, the venue manager came over to me and said “Now THIS is how you do a wedding”.

Lauren’s stunning dress & necklace come from BHLDN, and though we don’t normally give credits on our website, I know we’re going to get a million emails asking because she was just. that. stunning.

Love Sarah xo

 

 

Patricia Staig/McNamara - Katie & Sarah, these are really beautiful.
Thankyou to both of you – Lauren’s mum Trish

Our Albums

Excuse the herb garden in the background, I was trying to be all Vogue Living for you guys (but I think we’ve just found out why I will never get a job in lifestyle photography…eek!).

If you can take your eyes off my amazing lavender and the mint that’s growing out of control, you will see our album!!! This is our studio sample that Katie flew all the way to New York City to see and feel before we decided to go with.

It’s super duper pretty. I don’t think either of us gave a tiny rat’s tail about albums before now (a few mere months ago I told my own wedding photographer that whatever he did with our included album would be fine. He was like “But you have so many details, don’t you want to choose more photos for it?!” I was like “I know I should care, but I just don’t!”). Ah, it’s being in the digital age that’s done it to me…

Either way, if you’re an album kinda couple, these are the coolest little numbers around.

Love Katie & Sarah xo

PS - We bring the studio sample to all our meetings so you can see it for yourselves.

 

 

Anne - How gorgeous!