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Moonan Brook Cottage is a fairly new wedding venue on offer in the Upper Hunter. I attended its first open day…back in the days when I was a local and was able to see this place in full wedding glory. So when Chloe contacted me to book her date I was super excited to be able to document a wedding there. To be quite honest I was a bit worried about how much greenery we would have to use on the day. As I was driving to the venue seeing the harsh drought the Hunter had been going through was a bit depressing. I thought this is going to be a dry looking shoot. Amazingly though as I approached the cottage there were areas of green throughout the grounds.

Chloe and her crew were nice and chilled out on arrival which is always a good start and they did a great job helping me out with detail shots throughout the morning……cheques are in the mail girls hahaha.

Sam and the boys came just before the ceremony for some getting ready shots and we certainly had some laughs with being a bit silly. Sam hates getting photos done as many grooms do but his mates and his boys did well getting him giggling and enjoying the experience. The rain started softly coming down just as the ceremony was going to kick off but it didn’t cause too much drama, it was only light. The ceremony was lovely and heartfelt with their kids being part of the proceedings, it was really special. The rain continued into our location time but I hardly noticed cause the fun and laughs we had with the whole party was fantastic. These guys were happy to pose cheekily and try many crazy things for great photos. Can’t ask for a better group of people to work with than these guys.

All in all it was a really great day for all. They had done the venue up with great detail and it was wonderful to be able to kick of my experiences shooting here, hope to get another opportunity in the future. So without further ado here is the visual story of Chloe and Sam’s Wedding day. Enjoy

 

 

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It was the first wedding of the year for me, a January wedding and by gosh was it a scorching summer we had this year. Claire and Ben had arranged to have an intimate wedding of close family and some friends at the cottage they had hired at the Audrey Wilkinson Vineyard in Pokolbin. It was a beautiful setting for their special day, the cottage itself was a lovely backdrop but to have the views of the vineyards around them as well was absolutely beautiful.

These guys requested to do a first look, which is something I don’t often get asked to do. I can see why some people do this though. It’s nice just to have a moment with the person your about to marry and share the butterfly feelings together and have that moment of reaction to seeing each other dressed up that’s just for them to share…….well and the photographer hiding in the corner documenting the moment but pretending she’s not there.

Lee Watts conducted the ceremony outside for the most part… it was an 11am wedding. After the signing she made the smart decision to move everyone back inside in the air conditioning before we all melted which was appreciated by all. Its always a joy to do weddings with Lee, I highly recommend her.

The location time for this wedding was the quickest I’ve done, probably only 20-25 minutes and for good reason but we managed to get a good array of shots for them without being out in the elements too long. After their location shoot they headed off to join family and friends at Hunters Quarters, a stunning restaurant just down the road from Audreys and a perfect venue for the number of guests they had. It was a perfect day for Claire and Ben, they said they wouldn’t have wanted it any other way.

Congratulations to you both.

 

 

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Spring had finally hit which meant exciting times ahead for wedding season. My first wedding was with Carly and Micheal. Carly was another super organised bride and had booked me well ahead of time for the big day. I had only met up with these two about a month before the wedding and they were such a cruisy couple just looking forward to their big day and seeing all of their organising and hard work for the event come to light.

Carly and Micheal had booked a suite at the Remington Muswellbrook which was great as I had never been into the Remington before.  As I expected everyone was relaxed and cool as cucumbers so that was a great start. After shooting some details I headed to the guys room to capture their crew keen to have a drink at the bar before heading off for the reception. It was great to see that these guys had plenty of friends and family around even early on in the day to help celebrate and keep any nerves/ issues at bay.

The ceremony and reception were held at the Baerami Hall near Sandy Hollow.  Carly and Micheal had put a lot of effort into the decorative touches for the hall and it came up looking amazing! After a simple ceremony and the family shots we headed out to James Estate Winery. Carly had asked the owners there if they could use the property for location photos…..clever girl she is. It was a fantastic spot, we managed to capture many beautiful photos of the newlyweds in the vineyards and the barn they had. As always when we are having fun the sun goes down quicker than expected so called it a day on the location shoot and headed back to the reception at the hall.

It was a fantastic day, a little windy I’ll admit but that didn’t stop everyone from enjoying themselves and celebrating the union of this wonderful couple. It was fantastic to be part of it. I wish them all the best for their future endeavors.

 

 

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The glorious Segenhoe Inn is one of those places that I have driven past and admired for many years on the way to a days teaching at the High School at Aberdeen. I’d always wondered what it looked like inside, well I soon found out when I attended Jess and Callum’s wedding which was held there. Jess was also getting ready there so I had plenty of time to explore the beauty of this Inn. I truly was spoil for choice for great shot opportunities not only for portraits but in using the furniture and antiques for the detail shots. Jess and Callum got married at the side of the Inn’s lovely sandstone building under the gazebo on site with lovely gardens surrounding it and from there a reception held at the back of the venue. Lee Watts conducted the ceremony and it was lovely for the friends and family members to surround the gazebo to take in this special event between Jess and Callum who have known each other since their high school days. The couple have two young boys who loved playing a part in the wedding and were looking sharp in their little suits. Actually Jess did well in choosing the outfits for the wedding party, the bridesmaids had dresses the same colour but were different styles which is a trend that I like a lot actually, giving each person their own unique look as opposed to looking the same.

Once the family shots had been done we jumped into the bus and headed out to a farm which was lucky enough to have the Hunter river flowing through. Time and lighting wasn’t really on our side as it was getting on in the afternoon and it was evident that the heavens could open up any minute so we didn’t get as many shots there as we would have liked but it was a great spot. All in all this was a great day for a great couple and I’m really stoked with these images, the colours and lighting were fantastic. Enjoy

 

 

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I love a good local wedding, when I had my first meeting with Lilly at Kerv espresso bar in town I knew this was going to be a lot of fun. Lilly had met Ed within a month of moving here from England as they were both involved in the equine industry and the rest as they say is history. I was amazed that despite being from England there were not many guests that had to fly over for the big day as a lot of her family had decided to move here as well. Like most couples with kids that are planning weddings capturing the day with their kids is awfully important. She mentioned that I may have my work cut out a bit with her daughter Chloe… its a good name that one. I wasn’t too worried about this however as I have worked with young kids quite a bit over the years with teaching and with photo shoots, as long as we can have fun with it, it should be fine.

In our second meeting we went to each of the locations that Lilly had in mind for shooting. I’m glad she has some ideas and access into some places around Wingen as I hadn’t done a shoot out there. We went to a place called Benny’s Barn which had horse stables, a windmill and a creek running through it so plenty to use for location shots. Estimating how the light is going to effect us on the day and in the afternoon was a bit tricky but I knew there was enough there that we could use the property to our advantage and chase the shade or have the sun back lighting the subjects nicely. Anyway it was great to have those initial meeting with her to check all of this out so there aren’t too many surprises on the day.

So their big day arrived and I thought it ran so well and everyone was chilled out and enjoying the day which was lovely to see. The bridal party were fantastic with the location shoot, happy to muck around with different ideas and be a bit silly which in the end gets the best results. It was so great to have people to work with that are happy to go along with the weird and wonderful things I get them to do at times and these guys were just taking the ball and running with it, throwing in many jokes along the way…brilliant!

The reception was simply delightful, there was a real relaxed atmosphere there and it was more personal too being  on the property of Ed’s parents. There was a certain feeling of warmth and inclusion to this reception that I don’t normally feel with this job. My husband and I were having our meal up on the hill and many guest would come and have a chat with us, even members of the wedding party would come up, have a seat and chat about how great the day had been….this doesn’t normally happen at wedding receptions as we have spent most of the day with them so don’t expect that they take any more time to chat with my husband or myself as there are many other friends and family members there to chat to. So yeah that blew me away, it was really lovely that they were inclusive of us even at a time when they didn’t have to be. Another moment of the evening was when the band had kicked up and I don’t think I’ve seen that many people take to the dance floor at a wedding before. It was heartwarming to see that the guests didn’t seem to care who they were dancing with either, everyone was so happy and carefree. It was a truly wonderful wedding reception….one of the best I have seen I’d say.

So here are the photos we captured of this amazing day, it was such a joy to work with these guys. Its a wedding I won’t forget for a long time. Enjoy

 

 

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