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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!

Celeste + Cristian’s Tasmanian Elopement

Would you ever elope?

When Cristian and Celeste emailed us and said the e-word our hearts kind of raced for them. I remember at our first meeting Katie and I were asking all the obvious questions – “Why?!” “How did you decide?” “Will your parents be angry?”…we just couldn’t believe that they were doing it (and that they were taking us with them!). We were ridiculously excited. It kind of felt like we were breaking curfew or telling our parents we were staying at a friend’s house to study when really we were trying to get into an underage club in a different state. Oh, yes, there was a border crossing involved!!

Years ago Celeste had seen a wedding at the Port Arthur convict settlement in Tasmania inside the ruins of an open air chapel. She decided then and there that if she ever got married, this would be the place. So, on a sunny Tasmanian afternoon, we all drove from Hobart down to Port Arthur and stood in that open air chapel and captured her dream come true.

This was a ceremony that was sweet and true. When the celebrant asked if we would promise to support this marriage all throughout our lives, Katie and I looked at one another, unsuccessfully trying to supress our teary eyes, and responded “WE WILL!”. Our words were carried away on the breeze and are probably swirling around Antarctica right now.

And a penguin is smiling.

Love Katie & Sarah xo

 

Katie - Beautiful photos! They make me want to go right back to Tassie.

Gabby + Julio’s Fijian Wedding

You would think the most stressful parts of organising a wedding would be ill dress fittings, bad floral arangements or getting those invites out on time. However for Gabby and Julio, leaving Melbourne proved the most challenging. Their flight was delayed (and then cancelled). They sat defiantly at Melbourne airport for 24 hours (then miraculously squeezed onto another flight). The plane finally arrived (at 5am in the morning). And they were in Fiji!!! (but their luggage was in Brisbane – it arrived only a few hours before the wedding).

Luckily, the hitches ended there, and what came after proceeded without a single slip.

The best thing about an international wedding (besides feeling like you’re in the movie Mama Mia!)? The chance to indulge in what I like to call a wedding ‘festival’. Think endless days of eating like it’s Christmas, drinking fancy cocktails with mini umbrellas by the pool, and storing up a years worth of Vitamin D with your nearest and dearest. No need for designated drivers or missing a chance to speak to your Auntie Jo before everyone is herded out of the venue at 11pm sharp…because everyone meets up for buffet breakfast the next day and it starts all over again.

A wedding which spills over into a holiday. Everyone should have them. Can we come?

Love Katie xo

 

Kate Ambler - Damn you girls always do such a fantastic job!!! Lovely behind the scenes shots and lots of lovely moments!

Cat + Ash’s Daylesford Elopement

There is nothing quite like being a witness to an elopement. Cat + Ash’s ceremony was the second of its kind that we photographed in 2011 and we simply can’t wait to do more. So note to all prospective elopers out there – please invite us along!  This time, the ceremony was so intimate that I was asked to double as a witness and sign their marriage certificate!

It was held at the amazing Daylesford Convent, an hour and a half out of Melbourne, on a sunny Tuesday morning. It was such a peaceful ceremony, and so hushed that the sound of my shoes on the hardwood floors echoed throughout the chapel and I ended up walking on my tippy toes. And then, just like that, they were married. No big cakes to cut or guest books to sign.

Just two people in love on a sunny Tuesday morning.

Love Katie xo