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Over the New Year break, this is what Katie did.

While Sarah was making snow angels in New York  and re-enacting scenes from Dawson’s Creek in North Carolina over New Years, I headed down with 20,000 other happy campers to Tasmania to photograph The Falls Festival.

It was my second year photographing for the fine folks at Falls and it proved to be an adventure as always. Gale force winds, cold nights, freezing showers, rain, hay fever, flatulent neighbours, questionable fashion, dirty feet, bad sunburn and all that other awesome stuff that comes part and parcel with a camping festival made it one of the hardest jobs I had done that year. I’m pretty sure I used the phrase “I’m getting too old for this”, once or twice. Who am I kidding? I said it every morning whilst trying to get changed in my sagging tent and then waiting in line for an hour to shower under a cold, dribbling shower head. My mum would say “it’s character building”. To this I would retort, “I’m getting too old for this.”

Despite my morning rants whilst battling to put on my skinny jeans in a small tent, I loved the variety that shooting a music festival can bring. Surrounded by 20,000 people over three long days and nights, there’s bound to be some interesting sights.

Here’s some of my favourites.

Love Katie xo

 

The Bowls Club Wedding

One of the things that I love about photographing weddings is seeing the way couples choose how they want their day to go. Where they choose to exchange their vows, what they want to wear, how much they chose to spend and what could be struck from the list of wedding ‘musts’ and ‘to do’s’. Would there be a cake, or a giant cheese wheel?  Would there be a bridal party? Would the bride wear white or a gold sequin dress?

All these choices help to define the couple, and we have yet to photograph two weddings that are alike.

Zillah + Damian chose the West Coburg Bowls Club as their spot. They greeted their guests as they arrived, handing out personalised badges which also divided them into teams for an epic trivia game later that evening.

They chose their outfits from local thrift stores and op shops.

They chose to spend the afternoon bowling barefoot as the sun went down.

A hilarious and unconventional song was chosen as their first dance (‘Thrift Shop’ by Macklemore).

All these choices made for a beautiful afternoon, a gorgeous wedding and an amazing night on the dance floor.

This was our first wedding for 2013 and I hope you love it as much as I do.

Love Katie xo

 

Elizabeth Goodlet - Congrats. Just beautiful Zillah and Damian. You both look so happy. Thank you for sharing your special day with us. All the best.

Kim + Rob’s Mornington Wedding

Sarah and I met when we were both studying performing arts, so its safe to say we still have a soft spot for the dramatic arts.

And when it came time for Kim + Rob to do their speeches, after their glorious summer winery wedding at Ten Minutes by Tractor down in Mornington, we knew we had met kindred spirits.

They were not the schmaltzy types. Or the professions of love in public types.

Kim + Rob had decided that the best way to convey their love for each other, in front of their nearest and dearest was…

…to re-enact the wedding scene of Wes + Nicky from the season finale of The Bachelor!!!

Here lies their ‘speech’ (complete with an amazing interpretation of the Bold And The Beautiful school of acting).

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Nicky: I am very happy. Everything you give me, I don’t think I would ever find. I don’t want to be away from you Wes. I will always take care of you and you know you have nothing to worry about.

Wes: (SMILES)

Nicky: Stop you’re making me nervous!

Wes: I’m scared Nicky. But…I trust my instincts. That first day when you walked out of the limo, when I saw you, I just knew.

Nicky: I’ve got my heart on my sleeve and you have my heart. My heart is your heart. Now we share a heart. Oh, I am an emotional banana  sandwich.

Wes: I just worry that everything has happened so fast Nicky. Do you think we can make it?

Nicky: (NICKY COMBS HIS HAIR) Wes, you are my Prince Charming because….you’re just a Prince Charming.

Wes: Will you accept the final rose?

Nicky: Wes, I will keep it in our hearts forever.

END SCENE.

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Love Katie + Sarah xo