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.