Katie and Alex’s beautiful Autumn Healesville Gables Wedding

Healesville Gables Wedding

On Saturday I had an awesome time photographing Katie’s and Alex’s Healesville Gables Wedding. This was my first time capturingย  a wedding at Healesville Gables, and I’ve been looking forward to it for a long time. After meeting with Katie and Alex a couple of times, including at the venue, last year, it was finally time for the big day.

Preparations were happening at a couple of beautiful little properties found on Airbnb – quaint and cute little Forest Lodge for the guys, and beautiful, rustic Lavendar Farm for the girls.

Both Katie and Alex were very calm in the lead up to the wedding, and it always amuses me how different the environments are for preparations from one wedding to the next. Sometimes it’s loud music and lots of people and movement – other times it’s very calm, quiet and focussed, and these guys were definitely the latter ๐Ÿ™‚

Check out some shots in the gallery below and read on below if you’d like some more thoughts about the images themselves. Thanks again Katie and Alex for giving me the pleasure of working with you and capturing your amazing wedding ๐Ÿ™‚

 

Healesville Gables Wedding

A few notes on a couple of the shots, it was brilliant to know that Coronation Park was going to be one of the post-Healesville Gables wedding locations, and it was looking absolutely awesome with a thick carpet of leaves on the ground. There were more opportunities than time for our shoot, even though we did have plenty of time – I had to keep checking with the guys that they wanted to keep shooting as they were running right up to drinks and canapes hour!

Healesville Gables itself was also looking absolutely beautiful with all the Autumn colours coming out, and we tried to take advantage of the best of those opportunities as well.

And a final location was the abandoned sheds at the old railway line – this was something that Alex and Katie suggested, and it was a great spot to give some contrast in their shots to the natural beauty of the park.

Thanks for reading if you got this far – loved this wedding and hope you like the shots.

Venue: Healesville Gables – http://healesvillegables.com.au/

Locations: Coronation Park & the old railway line, Healesville

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Stef and Ashley’s wedding at St Monica’s, bridal shoot at Queens Park, Moonee Ponds

St Monica's, Queen's Park Moonee Ponds Wedding

It was about a couple of years ago I first met with Stef and Ash here at Millgrove HQ, and we talked about a wedding at St Monica’s that was going to happen in early April, 2016. It seemed a long way off at that point – we talked about how things were going to pan out, the plans, the thoughts, and what we might do on the day.

Now to use a bit of film editing terminology; smash-cut to last Saturday, and the day had arrived, slowly but somehow suddenly. And what a great day. These guys had such a great time throughout the day, I was so pleased for them. Every time I looked over, they were smiling, joking, and absolutely loving this day that had been so long in the planning. It was a joy. It was a privilege to be there, and I’m sure the guests felt that same feeling that this was an absolute celebration.

Here’s a preview – please read on at the bottom of the post for some more about the day.

St Monica’s, Moonee Ponds

Queen’s Park, Moonee Ponds

The Emerald, Thomastown

 

Alongside the very friendly (and all-around great guy) Zed from Cutting Edge Video, it was a great wedding shoot, from the ceremony at St Monica’s right through until Stef and Ash departed the Emerald at midnight, or thereabouts.

The first dance was definitely something to see, although I think Ash might have upstaged himself (?) with the “Melbourne Shuffle” later on in the night ๐Ÿ˜‰

One of my favourite parts of the day is having a few quiet moments with the bride and groom after we’ve done some bridal party shots, just to let them take a few seconds alone. We (the photographer and video guys/girls) can just set them up in a position, tell them to relax and just “be”, and walk away. It’s great to watch from afar, seeing them take a few seconds to gather themselves and talk about what’s gone on – there’s so much to talk about, and somehow so little to say sometimes.

Congrats Stef and Ash – hope you enjoyed having your photos taken as much as I enjoyed working with you both.

 

Church: St Monica’s, Moonee Ponds

Bridal shoot: Queen’s Park, Moonee Ponds

Reception: The Emerald, Thomastown

Videographer: Zed from Cutting Edge Video

Jen and Scott’s church wedding, clifftop photo shoot and Wyndham Torquay reception

Wyndham Torquay Jan Juc wedding

Jen and Scott booked me for their church wedding and Wyndham Torquay reception wedding a couple of years ago. I had met Jen while she was working as the hairdresser on another wedding Iwas photographing (check out her work on the beautiful Ashley here), and after going back and forth on the phone and via email over the last several months it was a pleasure to catch up with her and Scott again this weekend for their wedding down on the Surf Coast at Torquay.

We started off with the guys at a private house right in Torquay, in fact everything was close by which meant it was so easy for everyone to get around between locations. The girls had decided to get ready at the Wyndham Torquay, so with it’s amazing views out over the surf and a brilliant big bright room it meant for some great getting-ready shots for Jen and her beautiful bridesmaid sisters.

It really was a great family wedding, with Jen’s Uncle, Father Michael, conducting the ceremony and then on to the clifftops for their bridal shoot. Check out Jen and Scott dodging the waves in one of the beach shots – this was NOT a set-up le medicament celexa novelty shot! I had to head for the safety of a large rock myself at one stage to avoid the incoming tide ๐Ÿ™‚

Check out the pics below and read on below the post for some more about the day.

Jan Juc Beach Wedding Shoot

Wyndham Torquay

The whole bridal party did brilliantly to get around the beach and boardwalk along at Jan Juc there – I always like to see a brave bride rewarded for her effort, and Jen was such a trooper climbing stairs, sandhills and boardwalks to get the shots they wanted, I hope the finished product lives up to the effort they all put in.

Of course, then it was back to the Wyndham Torquay to party for the night. With lots of family gathered from across the country and the UK, it was great to see them having such a good time.

Thanks again to Jen and Scott for the opportunity – hope you enjoyed the day as much as I enjoyed working with you all.

 

Venue: Church – St Therese, Torquay,

Reception: The Wyndham, Torquay

DJ: Memory Box Photobooth and DJ’s