Abbyrose and Jason’s classic Melbourne wedding – St Patrick’s Cathedral and The Hotel Windsor

St Patrick's Cathedral and The Windsor

Last Saturday I spent the day with Abbyrose and Jason photographing their classic Melbourne wedding, featuring St Patrick’s Cathedral and The Hotel Windsor. What could be more Melbourne than those two iconic locations?

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St Patrick’s Cathedral and The Hotel Windsor

At around 7.45am I arrived at Jason’s parents’ house in Attwood, over in Melbourne’s north western suburbs. When I say “over”, I mean over the other side of town – I’d left home at around 5.50am to get there in time. That’s what happens when you have a midday wedding!

After preparations I headed down to where the lovely Abbyrose, Carlie and Erin were getting ready, just a few minutes away in Greenvale. With the dresses already hanging up and ready for their spotlight, it took us no time to get the detail shots done, leaving lots of time for portraits with the beautiful girls and family. I could tell it was going to be a great day because everyone was just so kind and easy to work with – the kind of wedding day that is just an absolute pleasure to photograph.

Then it was on to St Patrick’s. Despite having been there many times I’d never photographed a wedding there, and I thought it was going to be quite dark. But I soon learned that I’d never been there with the lighting switched to “wedding” mode! With the altar absolutely beautifully and evenly lit, it was not problem at all to get some gorgeous shots of the ceremony, which was traditional as you’d expect.

After a group shot we released the 154 guests on central Melbourne and headed to a few locations chosen by Abbyrose and Jason around the CBD, and then back to the Windsor for a rest and some more shots on the staircase before the epic reception in the Grand Ballroom.

I had an absolutely awesome day working with Abbyrose and Jason, Carlie, Erin, Matt and all their family and friends, and it was a special pleasure to meet and work with Steven Beck from Steven Beck Media.

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Venue: St Patrick’s Cathedral, The Hotel Windsor

Locations: St Patrick’s, The Hotel Windsor, Botanical Gardens, Hosier Lane, Parliament House

Videographer: Steven Beck Media – http://www.stevenbeckmedia.com.au/

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Lou and Joe’s awesome Melbourne church wedding

Melbourne Church Wedding

In early Summer 2015, I had the privilege of working with Lou and Joe and photographing their Melbourne church wedding along with their preparations and celebration.

Although they booked me in a while ago (back in March, my booking sheet reveals), I only caught up with them in person a couple of months ago. That day we walked through and around the church, and had a catch up about how everything was going to work on the big day.

Having met Lou and Joe, it was super easy on the wedding day to catch up with them. Being so laid-back, and having awesome friends and family to spend the day with, just makes for such a calm and happy wedding day.

Preparations for bride and groom, followed by a church wedding at the beautiful and bright St. Anthony’s in Carnegie. What an amazing venue – with the balcony, the long aisle and absolutely perfect light. After a very personal and heartfelt ceremony we headed off to capture some bridal shots in a cute little park just down the road.

Check out a sneak peek below – thanks Lou and Joe (and bridal party and families!) for being so amazingly friendly to work with – it was a pleasure to capture your day with you.

 

Melbourne Church Wedding

 

 

Connie and Johnny’s wedding at St John’s and Berth Docklands

Berth Docklands wedding

On Saturday I spent the day with the lovely Connie and Johnny, photographing their big day at locations around Melbourne, finishing at Berth Docklands.

After taking the long drive all the way across town, I started out by meeting Johnny and best man Drago out at Johnny’s place. Being joined by family and some close friends and a visit from their cute flowergirl, it was a very relaxed but genuinely excited atmosphere. With tailored suits donned, buttonholes pinned, we headed out for some shots of the awesome Camaro. I’m also sure I saw some cigars being readied for later in the night.

Then I headed back down into Northcote to meet up with Conne and her family, gathered at home. After some family shots and portraits, their friend with his detailed and rebuilt Customline arrived. Given their attachment to racing, these cars were a feature of the day, and the Customline was an awesome ride for Connie and Johnny, with an amazing job done by their friend. After some more portraits it was on to the church.

St. John’s, Lygon St

Amazingly I got a park just down from the church, and headed inside to set up the cameras. From a photography point of view, once I’m inside the church the light pretty much doesn’t change, so I can set the cameras up in advance and know that when I walk back in I can just switch one dial and my preset settings are ready to go.

With Johnny and the guests’ all arriving, we were ready to go. Johnny had to make a quick dash back inside as the Customline started coming down the street. With Connie escorted down the aisle by her Dad, a traditional Greek Orthodox wedding followed, itself followed by a group shot outside the church.

On a classic Melbourne spring day, we then headed down to Fitzroy Gardens for family shots and some more portraits. Then on to Albert Park’s Kerford Pier, it was a little breezy but it did give the guys a chance to take Connie’s shoes off and get a walk in the sand on their own before we headed to the Langham for some shots on the staircase.

Berth Docklands

Then it was on to Berth Docklands for an awesome cocktail reception. Starting with cake and dancing, followed by great food and lots of drinks and dancing overlooking Docklands.

Reception: Berth Docklands

Church: St John’s, Lygon St, North Carlton