Weddings

Tracey & Tom's Family Farm Wedding in Gembrook

Tracey & Tom had their wedding on a family farm in Gembrook, Victoria. It was the first wedding I've shot where neither the bride or the groom were wearing shoes.

Star Wars emerged a few times during the day. The first was the Star Wars theme song as Tracey walked down the aisle. The next was the wedding cake which featured Lego Star Wars characters.

For the camera geeks out there, this was my second wedding using the Sony A7 + Sony A7II set-up. I used four lenses: the Ziess Batis 85 f1.8, Ziess 55 f1.8, Sony 28 FE f2.0, and an adapted Micro-NIKKOR 55mm f3.5.

Which lenses did I use the most in this shoot?

As you can see, I find myself continuously reaching for the 85 f1.8. I also own the Sony 28-70 and the Ziess 16-35 f4. Since my new 28mm lens arrived, I'm finding myself reaching for the zooms less and less. There is something really special about shallow DOF at wide angle that only wide primes can acheive.

I hope you enjoy the photos as much as I do! These are really some of my favourites.

Celesta & Nikolay's Suprise Backyard Wedding

You know that feeling when you're organising an engagement party but then decide that it would be a pretty awesome wedding instead? Well, Celesta & Nikolay decided just that. And it was totally worth it. Under a marquee in their backyard (on grand final day!) Celesta & Nikolay committed to each other for life. They were heaps of fun to photograph!

Some of the guests left messages on Facebook for Celesta and Nikolay

Melissa & Andrews's Traditional Melbourne Wedding

Held at the Church Of The Immaculate Conception in Hawthorn, Melissa & Andrew's wedding ceremony was a beautiful traditional service in a heritage listed church. On that note, the main section of the church was actually built back in 1867, but the tower wasn't added until 1891. Capturing weddings in Gothic bluestone buildings like this church is always a joy. Don't underestimate the many photographic opportunities there are just outside this church - it really is a photographer's dream.

After the ceremony we headed to St Kilda Pier where we made the most of the beach, pier, and garden area that St Kilda has to offer. If you have time, you can even break for a few minutes and grab a drink at Little Blue at the very end of the pier. Catani Gardens which is walking distance away from the pier (yes, even in a wedding dress) is perfect for group shots and photos of larger bridal parties. The best time for photographs at Catani Gardens is 'Golden Hour', about an hour before sunset. If you have limited time for photos this is really the spot to go to. We had the added benefit of a weekday wedding so it wasn't too packed with tourists.

Finally we headed to the Manhattan Hotel for a casual cocktail reception. The staff here were great to work with. Melissa & Andrew's reception was in Elliotts room which is a nightclub style lounge (a little bit different from the ceremony!). If you are having your reception in this particular room I suggest organizing all your group photos before the reception as this room is extremely dark and has no light/white surfaces. Nevertheless, with a little bit of flash and LED lights on the roof, it makes for some great candid portrait shots.

I personally think Melissa & Andrew had one of the coolest cakes. I may have sampled a macaroon while photographing their wedding rings :).

Reza & Mitra's Melbourne Wedding

These two are a stunning couple. I think they look fabulous. They are both on the quiet side. It's those inevitable smiles when they whisper to each other that show how deeply connected they are. Their wedding was at Dandenong Baptist Church. After the ceremony we headed to the steps of Parliament House for some portrait photos of the bride and groom

And so it turns out, it is a small world after all. Couldn't agree more with Robyn that Mitra was looking stunning!

Congratulations Reza & Mitra!

Chris & Sudha's Melbourne Wedding

When you're wedding day arrives, you hope for a day that was as beautiful as Chris & Sudha's wedding. At the Linley Estate Chapel, natural light comes flowing in from all directions through the large windows of the building. The gardens just outside made for a picturesque and convenient location for portrait photos before the bride and groom joined the reception (also part of the same property - they really have it all!).

There's always one joker in the family. You can probably spot him in the photos. The groom's dad kept everybody entertained with his humor.

Congratulations to Chris & Sudha!