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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!

Kate + Luke

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!

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 xox

Olivia + Neil

Welcome to the absolutely flawless wedding of Liv and Neil. It’s bordering on 5am, and despite telling Liv they’d be up on the site last night, it has actually taken me this long to decide which shots to post because there were just that many great ones.

With shared backdrops of the Botanical Gardens and St Kilda this wedding was always going to look a million bucks, but when we met up the week before the wedding and asked Liv and Neil if they were doing anything a bit different we should know about they said “No, not really…Oh, well, we’re having some vintage kombi vans?”.

At this point Katie & I went bananas.

Then we turned up to the actual wedding and realised we weren’t dealing with any old kombi vans. These were as pristine as the day they were driven out of the VW factory (40 odd years ago) Never have we seen wedding cars get this kind of attention (think an entire balcony of people cheering from The Espy). So. much. fun.

We’re extraordinarily happy to post such a summery wedding, especially one that’s just so…well…Melbourne!

Have a great weekend (I’m off to a friend’s wedding and Katie is shooting an amazing birthday party in the Yarra Valley). Be sure to check back in with us next week, as we have some truly super duper exciting news to share with you all!

Love Katie & Sarah xo


Olivia Cooper - Ladies…..amazing we love the photo’s you have captured everything, so happy with them. Cannot wait to see the rest and would love to catch up with you both.
Love liv nd coops x

Jess + Andrew

There’s a great interview with Annie Leibovitz where she says that to take great photos of people, you have to fall in love with them a little. This wedding for us was precisely that – we simply fell in love with our subjects. From young flower girls who took their duties so seriously to grandparents who radiated pride for six hours straight, their faces and responses to Jess and Andrew’s big day were such a treat to capture.

In fact this wedding spawned one of our favourite things we’ve ever bared witness to at a wedding – Jess’s younger brother unashamedly let the tears run free (complete with a pink hanky) during the ceremony and it was unbelievably beautiful. 

It was a misty grey old day, but like all weddings, we always leave unable to imagine things turning out any other way…
On a bit of a side note, do you recognise the (awesome) celebrant Jane Clifton from Prisoner?!
Love Katie & Sarah xo

 

J - Beautiful, would have liked to have seen more!