Rebecca and Tom’s Garden Wedding at Ballara

Top wedding location Ballara Receptions

On the last day of April this year I headed out to photograph Rebecca and Tom’s Garden Wedding at Ballara in Melbourne’s East.

First it was time to head out to their place in Eltham, where Tom was getting ready with his groomsmen as well as sister and family, including three very special little guys, Tom’s nephews.

Then it was out to Oak Park where Rebecca was getting ready with the girls. It was a busy house out there, with some very helpful and friendly family and bridesmaids, and one huge great dane called Pepper. Pepper was later to make an appearance and even feature in some of the shots from the garden wedding shoot.

Check out the images below, and read on below the post for a little more about the big day 🙂

Garden Wedding Melbourne

 

 

The garden wedding was of course at the lovely Ballara Receptions. During the week we’d all been watching the weather forecast, as it had looked at one stage that rain was almost certain. However, when I left home on the Saturday morning  there wasclear blue skies which remained throughout the day.

After the ceremony, we had time for a quick photo shoot in the fading light, and some shots with the bridal party as well as Pepper 🙂

With the records being spun by Glen from Le Grand Style Weddings, it was a brilliant reception with great food and lots of dancing. And when it came to midnight we wrapped it up, with Rebecca and Tom heading off in a beautiful new black Bentley.

Great night, awesome garden wedding and reception – hope you guys like the sneak peek!

Kirsty and Brad’s touching Chapel wedding at Ballara Receptions

Chapel Wedding Melbourne

A Chapel wedding at Ballara Receptions was the perfect spot for Kirsty and Brad’s wedding. In Melbourne, it’s always necessary to have either an undercover wedding, or at least a Plan B especially in April, but basically at any time of the year).

I headed out to Bayswater for a quick session with the guys – as it was a 10am wedding, it meant an early start for everyone, but the guys were up and ready to get into action at 7am which was a great effort.

Then it was on to Yarra Valley Lodge where the girls were getting ready – and I believe had been since well before 5am.

Making my way down to Ballara in the bright Autumn sunshine, I met up again with the guys and the nervousness and emotion from Brad had definitely increased, and throughout the ceremony the emotion and sense of “meaningfulness” and genuine love for each other was quite powerful and beautiful to see.

Hope you guys like this sneak preview 🙂 A few more buy viagra words about the wedding below, but we all know the images are what you’re here for! 🙂

 

Pre-wedding Preparations

Chapel wedding at Ballara Receptions

Absolutely loved the Chevy Bel Air’s that Kirsty and Brad had arranged to drop them off at their Chapel Wedding, and an awesome long white stretch Cadillac to take them away – those classic cars are always amazing and I have to admit the Chevy’s are one of my favourites 🙂

Also loved the personal touch that involved the wedding cake(s) – Brad’s parents had single-handedly put them together and it very much looked like a professional job. I’m not sure whether or not they are actually bakers – but it sure looked like they know their way around a kitchen.

And the look on proud Mother of the Bride in the mirror during the prep was one of favourite moments from the day – keeping it together but as I mentioned earlier, the love and emotion between Kirsty and Brad was both touching and powerful, and it was a privilege to be there and capture some of those moments.

Girls preparations: Yarra Valley Lodge – http://www.yarravalleylodge.com/

Venue: Ballara Receptions – http://www.ballarareceptions.com.au/

Jacqui and Nick’s very Melbourne Como House wedding and reception at Mountain Goat Brewery

Como House Wedding

Saturday was a brilliant day for a wedding, and it was an absolute pleasure to be asked to photograph Jacqui and Nick’s Como House wedding in South Yarra, followed by a reception at Mountain Goat Brewery. A Como House wedding is always special, it’s a National Trust listed building built in the mid-1800’s and the house is an impressive backdrop as well as the beautiful gardens.

I first started out though with a very quick meeting at the Park Hyatt, where Jacqui had asked me to come by for a very quick pre-wedding shoot to just get a few shots of her and the girls and family before heading to Como House.

Then it was on to the Como House wedding venue, to touch base with lovely Bianca Paliaga from the Modern Celebrants ahead of an intimate ceremony on the lawn by the fountain in the gardens. Later, it was on to the Mountain Goat Brewery in Richmond for the reception which then stretched into and after party nearby ….

Check out the images, and read on below for some more words about Jacqui and Nick’s big day.

 

Preparations – Park Hyatt

Como House Wedding

Mountain Goat Brewery

 

After talking with Jacqui and Nick fairly recently to run through what was going to happen on the day, they were keen to have a big group shot in front of the historic house, so I’ brought along my ladder for a bit of perspective.

Also, when we headed out to Richmond, it was for some shots in the fading light as night closed in, daylight saving now being over. And I absolutely loved the entrance through the roller door, into the low-lit brewery bar. It always reminds me of an old speakeasy or underground club, with the entrance through the door on a side street in the backblocks of Richmond.

Hope you guys had an amazing day and kicked on with the crowd into the night,  you’re such a pleasure to be around. Many thanks for having me be there to photograph your big day.

 

Ceremony location: Como House, South Yarra, Melbourne – https://www.nationaltrust.org.au/places/como-house-and-garden/

Reception: Mountain Goat Brewery – http://www.goatbeer.com.au

 

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