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Ballara Receptions Chapel Wedding – Samantha and James

Ballara Receptions Chapel Wedding

Samantha and James tied the knot on Saturday with a beautiful Ballara Receptions chapel wedding in the Melbourne suburb of Eltham.

The boys got ready at a family home in Tecoma, tucked away in the Dandenong Ranges. Although James was doing a pretty good “I’m super relaxed” impression, we got the feeling that there was some real excitement and anticipation starting creep in as I headed off to photograph the girls’ preparations.

Sam and the girls were preparing at an AirBnB just around the corner from Ballara. Starting off with detail shots of Samantha’s amazing Raffaele Cuica dress, cute shoes with some amazing details, and gorgeous jewellery.

Check out the shots below (and the new story-style video slideshow), and would love to hear any feedback in the comments or on the Facebook page.

More story below, so make sure you scroll to the end – congratulations Samantha and James – after chatting for so long it was amazing to be able to finally be there on the big day with you. Hope you love the shots!



Ballara Receptions Chapel Wedding

I’d been watching the radar all morning, and as Samantha was getting ready to leave, sure enough the thunderstorms rolled in…

Arriving at Ballara, I had a conference with Fiona and celebrant John Byrne about how exactly we’d work things in case of rain (or no rain) – Fiona’s plan of still using the aisle and having the girls enter from outside with “disposable” umbrellas worked beautifully.

And as Melbourne weather would have it, as we were finishing family portraits, the rain started to slow down, and finally stop, meaning that we could still get bridal shots around the grounds of Ballara. Sam did amazingly in the fairly wet conditions, and in fact the whole bridal party did an awesome job taking care of Sam and each other.

A personal highlight for me during the reception was the Rocking Out at the back two tables when Bohemian Rhapsody hit just before the speeches – that was brilliant. Those of you who were at those tables, we salute you! 🙂
Check out more of our Ballara Receptions weddings – click here.

The ceremony was conducted by the inimitable John Byrne –

The venue was the always amazing and very versatile Ballara Receptions –

DJ-ing and working together with MC Uncle Darryl was the experienced and very kind Glenn LeGrand –

Dress by Rafaelle Ciuca –


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