In early March 2016, Haidee and Chris tied the knot at the beautiful Wild Cattle Creek winery here in Melbourne’s Yarra Valley.
The guys were preparing up in the Homestead, a beautiful home high up on the property with plenty of room for Chris and his groomsmen to get ready in style, and I got there to photograph the preparations while the girls were still out with hair and makeup at a local place.
Once the girls arrived back, I headed down to one of the awesome holiday units on the property to be there with them and capture the final preparations.
Check out the images below for a preview, and read on below the gallery for a few more thoughts and stories from the day.
Wild Cattle Creek
The beautiful Wallace homestead at Wild Cattle Creek was a great spot for the guys to get ready. Chris and his groomsmen are very laid-back guys and they created a very relaxed feel, which hopefully comes across in the shots. Sometimes when I get to houses where preparations are happening, there’s music booming, sometimes it’s just some quiet and easy banter and chat – that was very much the case here.
The girls were a bit delayed in hair and makeup, so after keeping in touch by phone we arranged to catch up when they got back. I managed to pop into their room and get lots of the detail shots done in advance, and although we’d had a slight delay we still managed to get some portraits and lots of getting-ready shots. A personal favourite of mine was the look and reaction from Haidee’s Mum when she first saw her girl in the wedding dress – it was a great moment.
A very personal and meaningful ceremony was conducted by their good friend Nick, and included one of my personal favourite poems (stories) – Oh The Places You’ll Go. The genuis work by Dr. Suess is just so brilliant and works so well at weddings – always brings a lump to the throat for me as happens to be very special to me personally.
After celebrations it was on to a group shot and formals, and a quick bridal shoot before moving on to the reception.
Although I wasn’t booked to stay for the reception, it looked like it was going to be a brilliant night and I hope the guys had an amazing party.
Congratulations Haidee and Chris – enjoy the sneaky peek 🙂
Venue: Wild Cattle Creek, Yarra Valley, Melbourne – http://www.wildcattlecreek.com.au/