Hunter Valley Wedding: Stephanie + Nadav

I met Stephanie and Nadav at a previous wedding I shot where Stephanie was a bridesmaid. Little did I know we would cross paths again when one day I get contacted by Stephanie's sister Justine, looking to gift her an engagement shoot as a present. 

I assumed I did something right as while dragging them through the ordeals of our Blue Mountains shoot I joked about dying while no doubt perched precariously somewhere, they asked me to try and stay alive for their wedding and that was that.

The wedding was set in the picturesque Hunter Valley region with the ceremony taking place at a church near by and reception at the stunning Bistro Molines. The ladies spent the night before at a little guest house on the same property as the reception venue. It had a lovely homely feel and overlooked the sweeping vineyards that surrounded it. One would be forgiven for thinking you were in the south of France or Tuscany. 

Stephanie was her usual calm and casual self which is fairly different from the war zone you would imagine for the morning of a wedding. Well rested and ready for the day to come. I guess dealing with class room of little personalities prepares you for pretty much anything. Stephanie looked extra stunning in her intricately sequined gown looking like she just stepped off a runway in Milan.

David, my second shooter arrived to find the groom in much the same state. In his stylish suit Nadav was still cracking a jokes and putting smiles on the face of those around him seemingly not phased by the day ahead.

Looking at them, you can see why they work so well. Such lovely good natured people, always ready to laugh and embrace what ever comes. Meeting their friends and family you can see this extends to the circle around them and that same atmosphere of love made the day feel all the more special.

It was a perfect way to cap off the year and I know I've said it numerous times already but both I and David were so grateful to be part of the amazing day. Sometimes it feels like work and there are those days where you just feel like you are witnessing friends write that next chapter. 

Central Coast Engagement Shoot: Ben & Sara Jane

Wangi Wangi is not a place I have previously visited or heard of in all honestly but when Sara Jane asked if we could do her pre-wedding shoot there I was more than happy to say yes!

As someone who has his adventurous stats on max the thought of shooting somewhere new excites me. The added benefit is if it is somewhere special to the couple, they are often more comfortable and able to draw on familiar sense memories which add to the impact of images.

Ben is a towering gentle giant who exudes friendliness. Sara Jane is confident yet down to Earth and utterly lovely. They made for great company and tour guides as we explored their old stomping grounds and made these images.

Hopefully I managed to capture the love these two share and the beauty of this little gem that is Wangi Wangi

Sydney Wedding Photography: Jack + Tina

We recently had the pleasure of covering Jack and Tina's special day. It was quite a different experience as it was definitely not what one would describe as a traditional Asian wedding.

Tina and Jack take the idea of laid back to a whole new level. From the first meeting it was very clearly established that they were not too fussed about traditions and quite intent on having a day they would enjoy. 

So the traditional tea ceremony did not make the cut instead we had a long location session which allowed me to take the group on a sight seeing tour of the Royal National Park instead making for the less than regular backdrop for our photos.

They were an awesome group to spend the day with and as you can hopefully see a lot of fun and mischief was had.

Engagement Shoot: James + Zara

I had the pleasure of photographing James and Zara after some discussion they agreed to coming on a little adventure with me.

It's far too easy to shoot the same city based locations and a snore for me frankly. Lucky for me James and Zara have wild hearts too. So where better to capture the love they share than in the embrace of nature.

So one lovely Sunday we took a little a trip down the coast and found a few less worn paths and followed them. We saw waterfalls, seascapes and lush once abandoned hideaways. 

What you see below are snippets of our wonderful day and hopefully memories Zara and James will treasure.

Sydney Wedding: Ghati + Paul

Ghati and Paul are two peas in a pod. They get on so well you would assume they've known each other forever. Both of them are full of life and such warm loving people which made spending the day with them so much fun.

With Ghati's family and friends flying in from overseas to join her on the day, the days preceeding were quite "busy" as she put it so we were unsure as to what to expect when we turned up. Preparation and prior planning it seems was a skill set that served her well as when we arrived all was calm in the house and not at all the busy bee hive I was envisioning. It was a leisurely pace that would set the mood for the rest of the day.

The ceremony took place at St Joseph's Catholic Church and then we went on to  Glebe Point for location pictures in the period we had before the party aka reception was meant to kick off.

Fun would be the best way to describe the reception. From one of the best MC's I've ever encountered to hilarious speeches that would put some stand up comedians to shame. When the music started the dancing was next level and so was the energy with little to no space left on the dance floor which is how it should be.

I can only hope these images capture some of the life and emotions shared throughout the day and do justice to the wonderful people who made this day so special.