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Nikki and Dan’s Wedding last month was a beautiful heartfelt occasion between close family and friends at a gorgeous riverside location on the grounds of the Godolphin horse stud. Thank goodness some recent rain had greened things up a bit for the Upper Hunter. They married under a beautiful arch draped with white fabric, the children did well throughout the proceedings clinging to mum and dad, taking it all in. Everyone was so happy to see these two tie the knot as they had been together for many years. Once the formalities, the congratulations and the family photos were complete we explored around the property, mainly on the other side of the rive where I had spotted a field of pink tuffed ….weeds no doubt, that’s typical of me to see beauty in weeds. We had plenty of golden light to pose in which we captured some lovely portraits. As the sun set we headed back over to the ceremony location. The clouds were displaying lovely shades of pink and blue which I wished to capture, the lovely mountains and homestead in the background capturing the beauty of the property. Nikki, Dan and the crew were great to work with, happy to try ideas and walk to different locations for the shots…much appreciated guys. The Upper Hunter certainly has beautiful qualities, its a different scene to what I’m used to these days but I do miss it. Here is a selection of what we captured that glorious day. Enjoy

 

 

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Willow Tree is a little gem in the Upper Hunter with Graze being a prize winning restaurant with stunning decor and atmosphere. Across the road is The Plains Pantry which I have written a blog post about in the past – a great cafe and delicatessen holding many local delicacies well worth a stop too. I was so delighted when Jess and Marc contacted me to cover their intimate wedding on April 5th. A wedding at Graze is always going to be a beautiful wedding.

On arrival It was all very casual and relaxed, Jess and Marc were busy putting the final touches for the ceremony and the table decorations inside. There was a general feeling of excitement about the day’s events especially from their  girls as they were finally officially going to be sisters…how lovely. Marc and family got ready in the cottage next door which had a dark paint throughout which make for beautifully moody images. The kids were keeping occupied watching tv. This room had great wallpaper, it was a great opportunity to get a candid pic…all part of documenting the happenings of the day. Jess’s room was back in the Graze grounds, these rooms have stunning pressed metal bedheads. We took the opportunity to photograph Jess’s crew, the kids, her maid of honor and Jess and her parents.

The ceremony was really moving.Marc despite seeing Jess throughout the morning was quite emotional in seeing Jess in her lovely wedding gown.  They had written their own vows to each other incorporating a few funny moments during their time dating and incorporated family with readings and advice for marriage. The ceremony followed with  many hugs, tears….a couple by me which is a rarity and some gifts.

The locations we had were fantastic. Between the grounds of Graze, the lovely red brick wall at Plains Pantry, and the paddock that I had scouted up the hill with its views over the valley we weren’t short of good photo opportunities. It was great to work with this crew, have a laugh and try different ideas. I absolutely love what we captures that day and thank you to Marc and Jess for asking me to be part of their day.  It was just wonderful, here is what we captured. Enjoy

 

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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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