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Francesca and Matt are both actors in New York City.

I love watching performers marry, because (as an amazing celebrant once told me) – “It’s the people who are used to being watched, that think they’ll have it all under control who often crumble the most in a ceremony”.

I knew Matt and Francesca’s vows would be magnificent, dramatic, and exchanged with a LOT of feeling and potential tears, but I don’t think anything could have prepared me for how much I wept behind my camera as they spoke their love and commitment to one another out loud.

As I read them again here, the words and sentiments still totally overwhelm me. I hope you enjoy them as much as i did when I heard them that day.

Francesca’s Vows –

Henry David Thoreau ruminated in his book “Walden”:

“If the day and the night are such that you greet them with joy, and life emits a fragrance like flowers and sweet-scented herbs, is more elastic, more starry, more immortal- that is your success…The true harvest of my daily life is somewhat as intangible and indescribable as the tints of morning or evening. It is a little star-dust caught, a segment of the rainbow which I have clutched.” 

 And so we have harvested this most sacred, ineffable magic together! What Thoreau speaks of is the very essence of love, and I think that when you read this book as a teenager, it was not only the exciting prospect of adventuring in the woods that captivated you; it was entering into the solitude of wilderness to find that love for yourself.  And in a way you did – Your brave heart led you here to the wilds of this city, away from home, to pursue the Love of your art… and you found other Loves too – the shallow and the deep.  You experienced great joys, and weathered immense heartaches, and in the end my love, your heart remained, luckily for me, resiliently open… still searching.  

And I was stumbling, and living, and searching too – oh, had we found each other then! But as you’ve said before, would we have been ready?  You see, I was doubtful that I would ever find a man that embodied a poetic soul, or one who would make me feel truly seen and heard.  I thought that finding someone who felt like home was a pleasure reserved for the elite few.  And then I experienced you; the free and easy way in which you give, your gentleness, your strong moral compass, that infectious smile of yours, your playfulness and whether or not you feel it, your fearlessness.  I have, by some inexplicable and lucky twist of fate, found that intangible and indescribable essence of real, unflinching, accepting, and ever-embracing love.  Like Thoreau marveling in the wood, so have I, “a little stardust caught”.  So I stand here with you today, my dearest friend and love, in our very own little Arden to say to you:

That I will strive every day: to augment your life with the countless joys you’ve given me, and with you, shoulder the inevitable life challenges that will come our way with strength, and open-heartedness.

To fiercely respect and honor your individual journey on this earth, and encourage you to find, express, and live your bliss. To listen with care, and speak with honesty. To build a home that is a sanctuary; one that sings with artful simplicity, and maybe a dog? To live presently and mindfully by your side nurturing and growing a marriage full of laughter, devotion, open dialogue, friendship, and steadfast trust. 

These are my vows to you my love.  I greet this moment here with you with a starry, immortal kind of joy because today, I have the unbelievable pleasure of marrying you.


Matt’s Vows –

There is no time left no…this measure we take of birth to death is…well, I think it’s from this to that…I know, you say it’s from here to there…you know I’ve read somewhere that perhaps it’s from that valley – you see, you see…if you squint you can make out…I’ve heard the famed mountain of riches lies beyond those small hills…and if you find some time…if I find some time…maybe…I heard it on a podcast…on this great website I think…I read half the article…and if I had time I’d point the direction…but as you well know…I have no time…sorry…I have no time…I can’t give…because I have no…time…

Alone my heartbeat clicks…I have no time…alone my heatbeat shakes…I have no time…the fragile walls of my simple frame…I have no time…and attacks are panic…sooooo….hey, I’ll call my mom…I’ll call my friends…I think there’s a way back…If I slowly walk this way…I’ll find a way back…not forward…I’ll go back see…someone has to be an authority on the matter…I mean, there is an authority on this matter…I have no time…perhaps the past is an authority…

there is safety in the way I have things…that I do things…that I have things…that I had things…

And then…


in front of me…

you are listening to me with every part of you…

you say I’m no authority…but you are…

and your eyes are singing songs…the most beautiful melodies…

and they’re not just love songs…they are songs from the playground…and mournful dirges…religious chants…futuristic psychedelia…smooth jazz,baby…the happiest pop songs…the most incredible independent music you’ve ever heard…and the sweetest lullabies you’ve ever heard…and here…here…

I have time…

in your eyes, in your presence…I have time…

I vow to drink the final sips of your tea, lemon water, or smoothie because you don’t like the stuff that settles on the bottom.  I still don’t understand why it’s gross to you, but I will drink it.

I vow that every morning that we’re both awake at the same time, I will stop making my breakfast to hold you in the kitchen.  Because I love you and it’s sweet, but also because remember when I read that thing in the NY Times that holding somebody for 20 seconds releases oxytocin?  It’s important for our health.

I vow to keep dark chocolate and flowers in the house at all times.

I vow to cook you food from our CSA. 

I vow to not get upset when you seemingly laugh at me while you’re asleep.  She kinda laughs at me while she’s asleep…

I vow to get weirder and develop more issues as time goes.  I know that’s not a vow, but saying it out loud makes it feel better.

I vow to continue to find new ways to love you.  That’s important I think.  Because we’ve got “now” taken care of, you know?…so whatever comes up, the undiscovered country, that’s the important stuff.  So whatever comes up, as we change, as life changes, I’ll promise to keep learning how to love you in new ways and continue loving you in the old ones…


Love Sarah xo


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  • David Rollison - Great pictures. Beautiful in every way. Congratulations to the lucky couple!ReplyCancel

  • Michelle Scipio - What beautiful pictures of a very unique ceremony! Thank you for sharing Jennifer.
    May God grant the happy couple years of happiness!ReplyCancel

One gorgeous couple, a rockstar helicopter entrance, a room full to the brim of stunning flowers and an awesome group of people that made the most of an unseasonably warm Autumn day at the always gorgeous Stones of the Yarra Valley. The perfect setting for Justine + Adam’s wedding.

It may have been a very early start (hello there sunrise!), things may have run a tad late and Katie may have been a little hesitant about getting in that chopper, but hey, it all worked out wonderfully in the end!

The boys from Humdrum Films (as always) did an incredible job on the filming and their short story can be found here.

Love Katie + Sarah xo

When Francesca and Matt contacted me over a year ago to chat about the ins and outs of shooting their wedding in New York, I said yes immediately…and then it seemed impossible to imagine that it would truly take place.

Sure, my flight was booked, the months flew by, and the emails that went between us confirmed over and over that this was indeed happening, and yet even on the plane on my way over it still didn’t quite seem real.

I eventually found myself on a perfect summer day driving my rented Jeep across the Bear Mountain Bridge in upstate New York to where I would meet Francesca and Matt. The majestic Hudson River was sparkling to my left and right and under me, and at that point, knowing I was nearly there, a small part of my brain was waving a flag that said “This is insane.” 

Yet when I pulled into the absolutely epic Stonecrop Gardens with Francesca and Matt right in front of me, it not only felt completely magical, it also felt like the most natural thing in the world.

I was so honoured to be invited to New York to shoot this wedding. There were so many shots at the end of it all that I have to publish it over two posts (!!). In part two we’ll be going to Brooklyn, so start hailing your cabs now!

Love Sarah xo

  • Robert Rye - I love everyone of these shots. They are Art within Art.ReplyCancel

  • Pamela Richarde - These are exquisite. Beautiful, thoughtful and evocative of the love and dance of the spirit of these two. Thank you for capturing this.ReplyCancel

  • Sarah Stevens - Beautiful! I can’t wait for part II!ReplyCancel

Interstate weddings are always a lot of fun. We get to travel (attempting to sneak into the Qantas lounge by flashing Video Ezy membership cards has become a bit of a pastime for us), rent cute little cars (a bright pink Nissan Micra has been our favourite thus far) and suss out whether the interstate hipster cafes are all across haloumi and quinoa.  But when Katelyn + Arjun invited us up to Noosa to be part of their wedding and kindly put us up in the Sheraton, we just about keeled over (but not before rushing to the day spa and then scheduling in time to utilise the swim up bar).

Katie’s mum (who grew up in NSW) has a little theory that the further north you travel, the warmer  the weather, the nicer the people. That theory really stuck with us, because every person we met along the way were so unbelievably warm and friendly, and by the end of the wedding I’m pretty sure that every guest had checked that we were ok, well fed and watered and thanking us for being there. We could definitely get used to this amazing Queensland hospitality!

The wedding from start to finish was glorious. Warm tropical sun, cool drinks and sandy feet. Katelyn looked so beautiful in her Collette Dinnigan dress and chose to work with some really amazing vendors on the day such as Mondo Floral Designs for all the gorgeous flowers, while CL Weddings was in charge of the beautiful styling. They then partied it up at the Noosa Beach House which was an incredible spot for a reception.

It was such a wonderful day and as we retreated to our room at the end of the night, we both sat up in bed, looked at each other and had a moment where we truly loved our job. The next morning before flying home, we made sure we had a swim and tried once more to sneak into the Qantas lounge.


Love Katie + Sarah xo

  • David Ferguson - Lovely work at a lovely wedding. I have a wedding at this venue in Noosa next year, I’m really excited now – the renovations look great!ReplyCancel