{ Blossoms On A Saturday In September}

Lisa and Dolan picked the mildest of Spring afternoons to be married in Echuca. The couple and their friends were the ultimate in amicable, relaxed, breezy and beautiful. The bride – isn’t she lovely? – floated around throughout the day and evening completely unaware of her beauty and how many eyes were on her, gasping with admiration. After being married in a church and having a photo shoot in lovers lane, riverside and under a blossom tree in the esplanade, Lisa, Dolan and their friends held a reception at Radcliffe’s in Echuca. Congratulations to a lovely couple on one of my favourite shoots to date.

Enjoy these shots. Especially of the blossom tree which miraculously produced snow flakes as the couple stole a kiss or two.

 

{Prue et Robin’s French Wedding In Saint Emillion}

Prue and Robin are dear friends of mine and were married in Saint Emillion, a picturesque heritage-protected wine village near Bordeaux, France, where Robin’s family live. And when they asked us to be their official photographers, we must admit, we blushed a lil.

The tone of this wedding was incredibly elegant in a classical, provincial village atmosphere and Prue and Robin’s ‘joie de vivre’ was enviable to all who travelled seas to witness thier union.It was a family affair, with the Querres hosting a sophisticated night of speeches, poems and song and the beautiful Lady Hawkey as hostess to the Australian contingent.

From the chandeliers in the civil ceremony to the vintage car Prue arrived in, the manicured gardens, a walk through the stoney walk ways of the village to our trip to a local winery where Prue and Robin had an official Australian ceremony in le tres jolie jardins of the courtyard before champagne, oysters and a four course meal replete with vintage wines were lavished upon the guests in a dreamy French cottage reception hall… The speeches were bold and emotional. The guests, an intoxicating mix of French aristocrats and Australian expats swooned through jetlag and culture shock as the couple celebrated their first dinner as man and wife. At the end of the night, we were all escorted out on to the greens where a French performance artist did a theatrical fire show to a haunting soundtrack which led the bride and groom down a candle lit path in the forest – as we followed – leading out to a wide open vineyard which lit up to a thousand booming fireworks and wailing guests.

It was a night we will never, ever forget. To be in the middle of France, with our two closest friends, watching this parade of love unfold to its theatrical crescendo.

Romance is alive and well, folks. Enjoy the photographs.

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{Love In The Olive Grove}

This is actually our last wedding for the season, which means there’s been quite a few since December that we’re yet to preview in this journal – will get to that after the winter break. In this featured wedding, Marcella and Phil exchanged vows at a church in Tatura and had an afternoon reception at the Olive House, just out of Shepparton. Marcella is probably the most elegant bride we’ve ever had the pleasure to photograph. She didn’t have to do a thing to look beautiful. She just was. And as such, this was just a perfect way to finish off a season full of the bold, brash, bushy, beautiful, simple, elaborate and elegant. Have a great few months and we’II see you next season! In the meantime, wish our principal photographer, Jacqueline and her hubby Richard the best of luck as they head to France for the winter to introduce le bebe Armand to the relies!

Reception: Olive House, Shepparton/Kialla.  Hair and Make-up: Sarah North at Sublime . Many thanks to Leanne Buchanan for her creative direction and back up photography.

 

{ A Sri Lankin Love Story }

This is Sarindu & Suranji’s love story, photographed in Echuca in December 2011. Cake by Tracy’s Cakes.