About a year ago, we ran a competition for one lucky couple to win a wedding shot by us…
We had so many fabulous entries…from black and white movie themed days to weddings set in school-houses to fully styled opulence…there were so many wonderful days being planned, and it was such a tough choice for us. But in the end we went with a wedding that fit our philosophy best: a simple backyard affair.
However, what really gave this wedding the cherry on top to take out our competition, was that all guests would be invited under the impression they were attending an engagement party. Then, mid-way through, our gorgeous couple Hailey and Mick planned to announce…”Well actually, we’re getting hitched!”
We had never shot a surprise wedding, and were so thrilled to award Hailey and Mick as our competition winners for doing so!
So how does a couple pull off a surprise wedding exactly? Hailey and Mick both greeted their guests in plain clothes. They told everyone that the reason we were there (and the videographer too!) was because they had bought their wedding photography package and it came with a complimentary engagement shoot. Clever, right?!
Hailey is an incredible graphic designer and together with Mick they put in so much work to their day. They completely transformed their house into the perfect backyard wedding venue and we had so much fun sneaking through rooms and blocking windows to make sure none of the guests could see Hailey change from her engagement dress into her wedding outfit.
A couple of hours in, Hailey and ourselves snuck into her bedroom and brought her mum in with us. Hailey closed the door. On the back of the door was her wedding dress. No words were exchanged…her mum simply saw the dress, gasped, and then hugged the life out of her beautiful daughter before helping her into her wedding attire. It was such a special moment for everyone in that room.
Meanwhile Mick, out on the verandah, told all the guests he had an announcement to make. He thanked everyone for coming and then said he wanted to introduce a special friend of his – a marriage celebrant. The response from guests was absolutely incredible – cheers, punches in the air – total jubilation! In the meantime we were trying to sneak Hailey out of the house and down to the ceremony. At one point Mick accidentally saw her (see hilarious photos below) but it didn’t ruin a thing!
Hailey’s dad was then asked to escort her down the aisle (backyard path) and within minutes they were announced husband and wife! All captured in the home they love. In front of the people they love. In just the way they wanted.
Love Katie + Sarah xo
Nearly every wedding Katie and I turn up to, we take one look at each other and have a good old chuckle.
Often we’ll both come wearing versions of the same outfit…navy striped tops with red shoes, jeans with jackets…and last wedding we both wore emerald green. It is never planned, but always uncanny.
So the day we both rocked up to a wedding wearing colourful pants, we had a never-ending line of guests complimenting us on our bizarre mirroring abilities! As soon as we had a dinner break, we found ourselves saying things like “These are the BEST PANTS EVER to photograph in! Look at how low I can lunge!!!”
We took shots of each other in our pants, because it is SO HARD to find the perfect uniform for weddings. We always dress up so that we blend in with the guests rather than look like we’re on official business (black pants and suits? it’s a little too CIA for a wedding, don’t you think?) but to find something that feels dressed up – as well as comfortable – for all the various positions we find ourselves in during the course of the day is crazy difficult!
So! Female photographers of the world, these are hands down the best, most comfortable pants you could ever invest in. The most flattering version we found was at WILGA in Kallista, where they hand make each pair out of some truly fabulous prints.
Love Katie + Sarah xo
There was so much that I loved about being a part of Kylie + Nick’s wedding.
It was in a backyard, near the beach, just down the road from where my family used to holiday every year when I was a kid.
The day started with a poker game and ended with surprise flash mob.
There was festoon lighting, and dancing in the grass.
And I got to shoot barefoot.
I couldn’t have asked for a more perfect, relaxed and gorgeous group of people to spend my day with. Now, let’s do it again.
Love Katie xo