Sue and Michael’s country garden wedding at Kilmore

Garden Wedding - Sue and Michael

I love a country garden wedding, especially if it’s in a backyard. Although in some cases, it’s less of a back yard, and more of an estate, or a huge paddock – but amongst all the amazing venues I get to, I do always love a backyard garden wedding at someone’s property out in the country somewhere.

Michael and his family had put in a huge effort to have the house looking brilliant, and they did a fantastic job, complete with marquee, arbor, full-on place settings and catering that came in from off-site.

As a keen photographer herself, Sue wanted me to really go for it with the shots for her wedding, so I hope I’ve done them justice. Check out the shots below scroll down to read a bit more about the day.

A Country Garden Wedding

A couple of special moments during the ceremony included a song from Michael sister and father, which was really special and you could tell it really meant a lot to Sue and Michael. The emotion there was pretty evident and on top of some very loving, kind and thoughful vows, it was easy to see why the tissue box had been brought out in advance!

When we headed for photos, it was down to a couple of historic locations, the Kilmore station and the Court House in town – both just a few minutes away. With the help of the lovely and patient Marvin from Black Beauty Limousines we got around the town in some serious style.

When I think about it, and looking back at the gallery again, we really did pack some stuff in! From the ceremony itself, a quick bite to eat afterwards, and then on to the locations, all taking place in the space of a few hours. And then it was back to the celebration under the marquee where the garden wedding had been conducted, and finishing off with releasing some lanterns later in the evening.

Great wedding and I couldn’t be happier for such a lovely couple 🙂

 

Ash and Brady’s country Yarra Valley wedding

Yarra Valley Wedding image, blue sky

Yarra Valley Wedding

Saturday was one of those days that just couldn’t really have gone better. Making my way out to Tarcoola, I reflected as I drove onto the property that anytime you drive over a cattle grid to get to the venue, you know it’s going to be a great day.

Brady and his groomsmen were preparing, and still putting in some hard work getting hay bales dressed as well. Along with Mum and Dad, and a pop in from FOB Jon, the guys were busy making sure the property was absolutely spot on. And there had been so much work put into the place, it looked amazing. From driving in past the temporary campsite in one of the front paddocks, to the hay bales, and the huge marquee, no detail had been left to chance. An awesome setup for a country wedding.

After getting dressed, some getting-ready shots and pinning on of flowers, and a couple of beers – for the guys, not me 🙂 – I headed off, leaving the guys chatting on the hay bales.

Met up with Ash and the girls at some little apartments in Yarra Glen. Even though I’ve been through there hundreds of times, I didn’t even realise these cute little flats were just around the corner off the main street. No matter how many weddings I cover, there’s always something new to discover and learn.

Upstairs for the detail shots, and then time for the girls to get dressed. Lots of laughing and some discussion over how to tie Ash’s ribbon. A Skype setup so that Grandma could watch proceedings. A beautiful dress, and some very cool flats for later, and a GT parked out the front.

Yarra Valley Wedding

Back to Tarcoola and getting ready for Ash’s arrival. For something completely different, I could see the wedding car coming from a mile away – almost literally – so unlike many times I had advance warning that the girls were on their way.

Hopefully the pictures tell the story but a lovely ceremony conducted under beautiful blue skies, and we were even treated to a fly-past from a single-engine aircraft for the nearby Lilydale airport 🙂

Then it was out down some country roads to the picturesque spots we’d chosen for bridal shots, including a dirt road and a beautiful weatherboard farmhouse.

Then back to the property that had been so carefully converted into a wedding venue, including a viewing deck built by the groom himself.

Marquee. Band. Speeches. Drinks. Sunset. Awesome Yarra Valley wedding.

Olivia and Jason’s Yarra Valley wedding in beautiful Don Valley

Yarra Valley Wedding

Olivia and Jason celebrated their Yarra Valley wedding at their beautiful home in Don Valley, just around the corner from where we’re based in Millgrove.

Finally the day had arrived and what a day it turned out to be. Everyone was greeted by the mother of all thunderstorms in the morning, and the kind of heavy rain that Melbourne can turn on in the Spring and Summer. I later found out that the bridal party and some of the guests had all had to pull together to move water out of the marquee after it started flooding. DJ Michael already had his gear all set up, so it was a case of protect the equipment from the water that was running in.

Yarra Valley Wedding

Meanwhile at home, I was watching the weather radar and thinking “I reckon we’re going to be OK – this is going to pass over by the time 4pm rolls around”. And although I was right, given the amount of rain that had soaked the lawns, Olivia wanted to be careful with her dress getting wet – and when I saw the dress, I understood why. Hand made by Mum, it included more than 180 metres of material and many, many hours of work. And with the bridesmaids and flower girl’s dresses (and groomsmen’s waistcoats) also being handmade, this was a wedding where no detail hadn’t been considered in painstaking detail.

When you take a look at the shots, and the amazing details in all of the bouquets and decorations in the marquee, spare a thought for the person who made them all – the bride! That’s right, Liv is in the wedding industry as well, making fabric bouquets and other wedding items – check out some of her awesome work on her facebook page – Liv’s Fabric Bridal Bouquets . What an amazing job.

Congratulations again Liv and Jason – hope you had a great day yesterday, look forward to catching up with you soon.