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The thing I love about weddings that take me out of Melbourne is that you get to squeeze in a little sightseeing along the way. And today’s wedding saw the Lighthouse from the TV show, “Round the Twist” making it into my itinerary. 90’s flashbacks, eat your heart out!

It was a perfect day for Victoria + Gerald’s wedding at the fantastic Kilolo house in Lorne.  This Balinese style home (which I was told very quickly had hosted Johnny Depp at one stage!) is set on a death defyingly steep hill overlooking the ocean and was the setting for a wildly colourful afternoon. While guests relaxed in the gardens under the shade of parasols provided by the couple and sipped on lemon and cucumber water, they wrote notes of love and support which were attached to individual red balloons and released after the couples’ first kiss. It was an amazing site to see them float and scatter, sending positivity up, up and away.

The rest of the afternoon was enjoyed up in the house, with guests sipping punch on the deck, dancing in the communal kitchen while dinner was being cooked and breathing in that sea air. What more could you want?

Love Katie xo

 

  • Victoria - Hello Katie and Kate,
    The photos look amazing – you did such a great job on the day! Thank you so much!

    VicReplyCancel

Here is a little slice of Provence for your Friday afternoon viewing pleasure. Well, kind of. It’s actually Daylesford (but why not pretend along and consider it a mini-break for the long weekend?!).

Ellen and Roland’s wedding knocked our socks off.

Katie and I are both from a performing arts background (we met studying theatre at uni) and I think because of that, we naturally look for the storyline of a day and all the various subplots that will shape the images we capture. So much is revealed to us at a wedding. A lot of the time guests chatter away and reveal interesting bits and bobs to us. We listen out for clues in the speeches. Then there’s always an uncle who takes us aside and gives us a thorough family history. I love that by the end of the night we feel like we really know a couple. I love that we are in love with their love. I love that we want good things for them because when you get to know people, you can’t help but care about them.

What we loved about Ellen and Roland’s wedding was how much was revealed to us.

The speeches, my God. If I type any of it here I will be crying like a crazy lady. These speeches were just so profound. Ellen’s family welcomed Roland into their family with an ancient greeting they’ve passed down since the beginning of time. Katie and I were like “OH MY GOD WE NEED SECRET FAMILY GREETINGS!”. How unbelievably amazing is that?!

Ellen’s father revealed how his little girl was so ill as a wee baby they weren’t sure that her wedding day would come. (Ok, it’s official, I am crying like a crazy lady).

And there were frangipanni’s scattered around the family photos from Ellen’s late grandfather’s frangipani tree. Her mother told us she was so close with her grandfather as a little girl, they were practically joined at the hip. One of Ellen’s relatives was willing the flowers on to bloom in time for the wedding, and even though it was slightly out of season, unbelievably they did.

Things like this just make it for us.

THEN there was the big reveal when everyone hit the dance floor. EVERYONE at the wedding had the performer’s gene. Roland started dancing like Michael Jackson and his friends all followed suit. We were like “What is going on?! Why are you all such amazing dancers?!!” turns out our Roland was a Triple Threat at CPCA, and so were pretty much all his pals. Then when the parents hit the dance floor we saw where all the talent had trickled down from.

Just such an amazing wedding, and we really hope it kicks your long weekend off to a great start. Katie and I are off to Macedon tomorrow for a sweet and simple little wedding and I can’t wait to play some road trip tunes and drive to the country!

For now, I’m off to drink some Friday pear ciders!

Love Katie & Sarah xo

 



Oh, give us a simple backyard wedding any day of the week and we will love you forever and ever…introducing Venice and Julian’s stunning Bendigo nuptials.

Where do we begin, really? The weather was a dreamboat, the garden of Julian’s family home had blossomed to absolute perfection, and the bride and groom were a dream to work with. So much love and thought and work went into this day, I mean what a rare treat to have parents who not only have the perfect location for a wedding, but are also up to the immense challenge and stress of hosting such an event. It was absolutely magical to be a part of and we are so thrilled with the images we were able to capture.

Venice wore an Akira Isogawa dress so unlike anything we have seen a bride wear before, and we absolutely loved the bridesmaids all in their totally different but perfect little sundresses. When we saw Julian all dressed up in his bow tie and suit it almost felt like we were at a wedding in the deep south, he looked liked such a Southern gentleman!

Bendigo is one of our favourite cities in Victoria and it was so much fun to take a road trip and feel completely creatively re-energised.

Enjoy!

Love Katie & Sarah xo




  • Julian Wearne - Wow!

    These turned out amazingly, thank you guys so much for all the hard work! Can’t wait to get some of these framed for the flat. Good luck with the future weddings, I know you guys will make plenty of other new couples very happy.ReplyCancel

Despite the pouring rain on Saturday, Mike + Kirsty were intent on making this amazing entrance to their ceremony. Gorgeous!

Love Katie + Sarah xo

  • Denise Clarke - FANCY A LIFT Excellent photo. Can t wait to see others.
    Katie and Sarah you are very creative taking the simmple or unusual photo and making it look interesting.ReplyCancel

When we imagine a wedding, we often think of a fairytale moment in two people’s lives where for one day, everything is perfect.

Up until now we’ve always blogged about weddings that happen. Weddings we witness and capture. Weddings that feel like everyone is going to live happily ever after.

But back in August, one of the most spectacular people I knew lost his battle with cancer. He’d beaten the odds once, and I think the majority of people thought this charming man would do it again. It wasn’t to be. Daniel died on August 1st, and left behind Paige, who’d planned to marry her great love on August 27th at one of their favourite places – The Fairfield Boathouse.

She had the ring. She had the dress. She knew there would be scones with jam and cream. She, like the rest of us, thought everything would be ok.

And then the sudden shocking news that Daniel had passed away.

I’ve often said the reason I have an obsession with photography is because moments are so fleeting, and I am so terrified of missing things. I often hear it in people’s voices when I say I’m a wedding photographer, they assume you’re a WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER WITH A CAPITAL W and P (we all know the type, right?). Recently it hit me when I was doing some family research and found some old photos of a family wedding from a hundred odd years ago that that’s actually what I do. I let people know this happened.

I wish I’d been able to capture Paige and Daniel’s wedding day, but the journey is just as important when it comes to showing that this happened and not just the fairytale ending.

Daniel still popped his head in for devonshire tea, which was mighty delightful:-)

Love Sarah xo


 

  • Indra King - My gosh. This brought me to tears. You look like a very strong person Paige. These photographs are beautiful. May Daniel rest in peace.ReplyCancel

  • Leigh Marshall - They are lovely photos my darling Paige. I want every one of them. How Daniel would have ‘ruther been there with you. How we all would have wanted to share the day with you both. You are strong sweetheart, even though it may not feel it at times. Made me cry too. Inch by inch, moment by moment, hour by hour, day by day, a week at a time, the month s pass…oxoxReplyCancel

  • Julian Wearne - Oh wow. Gorgeous, but incredibly sad photos. Half the office is teary after scrolling past the shots from our wedding and seeing these.

    Paige, you have incredible courage and I wish you the best.

    Katie and Sarah, I’m moved by your work.ReplyCancel

  • Mikaela O'Neill - Rest in Peace Daniel. Paige you must be an incredibly strong woman. I hope you have found peace. xReplyCancel