Tatra Receptions was the venue for Tegan and Scott’s long awaited wedding – and what a beautiful wedding it was. Tatra is perched right up at the top of Mount Dandenong, and the shade of its tall trees and being up on the mountain were perfect for a day which wasover 40 degrees for much of Victoria.
I caught up with Tegan again at the cute little Loft in the Mill B&B just down the road. Tegan had her lovely bridesmaids with her and along with a few friends and family while they got ready. Although things were very calm in the early stages, as the time for the wedding approached you could feel the excitement rising. In fact, someone must have been quite nervous as they left their flowers at the B&B and had to send the driver back last minute to get them – but I’m not going to name any names 🙂 It’s one of the benefits of getting ready close to the venue though – someone can easily be sent back if anything’s been left behind.
Very soon it was time for the ceremony to start, and the bridesmaids led beautiful bride Tegan down the aisle accompanied by her Dad. A short, sweet and modern ceremony followed, officiated by the lovely Meg Marshall, who I had the pleasure of working with for the first time.
A group shot, family shots and further bridal photography around the amazing grounds at Tatra, and it was time to head into the Reception and party.
With Popcorn rocking the party, I saw two very memorable dances on the night – the prepared and perfectly executed first dance, and a brave and inspiring solo dance performance like I haven’t seen in a long time. Lucky to be there to capture it and I had an awesome day.
Thanks again Tegan and Scott – it was a pleasure to be a small party of your day. Hope you like this preview 🙂
Although we’d chatted on the phone and by email, I first met Jess and Dave at their wedding rehearsal, a few days before the wedding, and it was great to meet, chat and I even got to do something I’d never done before – stand in as a bridesmaid during the rehearsal 🙂
With a fun and engaged bridal party, it was great to head down into the vineyard and make use of the vines and fields to grab some great bridal and bride & groom shots.
I just remembered, it was HOT – we were all glad of a drink when we got back up the hill, and then Jess was keen to head inside and get some special shots on the beautiful bluestone staircase inside Yarra Ranges Estate – great idea.
Then it was time to start the Reception, and the band were rocking (to the point where the volume meter that measures the volume was getting quite interested – I think there were some concerns from the owners at one stage …
It was such a great day and I had a ball working with Jess and Dave and their fun and funny bridal party.
When Courtney told me a day or two before the wedding that she would probably drive herself to Cloudehill on the morning of the wedding, I didn’t think she’d actually go through with it! That gives you an idea of how laid back and relaxed she and Matt were.
A beautiful and very touching ceremony was led by lovely Melbourne celebrant Penny Hartelt. The ceremony locations was in the central amphitheatre at the absolutely gorgeous Cloudehill gardens up on Mount Dandenong. It’s such a perfect time of year to have your photos taken in a formal garden where the leaves are turning all sorts of autumn colours.
The guys were looking very dapper as they waited with much excitement for the beautiful Courtney to appear. The walk down from the car park to the bottom of Cloudehill is quite a walk. Great idea to bring some flats with you if you’re going to do a lot of walking around after the ceremony – which you are certainly going to do if you want to make the most of the absolutely beautiful ground at the venue.
It’s definitely one of those venues where there are more opportunities than there is time – so many great spots to take advantage of, and lots of different looks for your album or prints.
If was also one of those weddings that taught me a lesson about having a nice clean car (which it wasn’t, at the time!), as it was called into action shortly after to give everyone a ride .We headed back to the Loft in the Mill to drop off the car for Courtney and Matt later, and then we all climbed into my Ute and I gave them a lift to Copperfields. That car has gone to car heaven now, replaced with a much shinier and nicer car – but the many uses for the ute will never be forgotten 🙂
Venue: Cloudehill, in Melbourne’s Dandenong Ranges