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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.



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 TrishReplyCancel

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.



Firstly, have you heard of the Bellarine Peninsula? If you’re like me (from Queensland) then it might not be a place that’s on your radar (yet). When Kate and Luke contacted us to shoot their big day nearly a year ago the “Bellarine Peninsula” seemed a million years away. Now we wish we could go there every weekend! It’s a place where vineyards stretch from hillsides all the way down to the beach…and no matter which direction you fix your eyes, there is always spectacular scenery there to greet them. It kind of reminded me of Cape Cod – all quaint  seaside with weather vanes and bleached timber and sea grass all around, except within a 2 hour radius of Melbourne. How lucky are we?!

Secondly, we had such a treat working with Kate and Luke. Kate is the cutest, giggliest, tiniest little lady and Luke is just. plain. gorgeous. We spent the day laughing our heads off at Kate and her bridesmaid’s impressions of their local yacht club members, debating with Kate’s gorgeous folks whether it had indeed been Richie Benaud that I’d accidentally stalked (photographically) while on honeymoon in France, and wishing every wedding had some seaside winery component with a ribbon banner hanging up behind us at all times.

Everything was so cool, calm and collected. It felt like we’d rocked up to Kate’s house on a normal weekend and there just happened to be a wedding on. Never at any point was there a sense of rushing or nerves or pressure. I spoke to Kate’s dad for a good long while about retirees spending habits while he sipped a beer and asked me about photography and my recent trip to Provence. He was in shorts and a t-shirt, like he was about to pop down to the shops at any moment. Kate’s mum made Katie and I cups of coffee (like, proper ones). We hung out in the back garden with Kate’s bridesmaids and discussed the merits of buying cosmetics online as opposed to in-store. It felt like we were just hanging out with friends. Except Kate was wearing a veil…

We really hope you enjoy this wedding, we’ve had some utterly beautiful couples/venues/locations recently and are so pleased with what we’re getting to show you!!!

Please keep checking back with us this week. We have some really exciting news to share with you which we can hopefully reveal shortly!

Love Katie & Sarah xo

PS – the ribbon background is our new Happy Snap Shack backdrop – Kate & Luke granted it to us (and all our future couples) who want the photo booth option!


  • The Panda - Congratulations on a fantastic bunch of photos! You’ve managed to exceed my expectations with how well these photos would turn out. The professionalism and attention to detail is truly exceptional.
    Plus your moves on the dance floor while taking photos on the day was truly a sight to behold! Well done!ReplyCancel

  • Kate Scorpo - Katie and Sarah,

    you two are THE BEST! Luke and I are in love with our photos, and we are getting a lot of facebook love about them….well done ladies! I knew the photos would be great, but they are even better than I expected. Im pretty sure everyone at our wedding had a crush on you two…..! Thanks so much xoxReplyCancel