In mid November 2016 we photographed Lauren and Carlos’s simple and beautiful Melbourne Registry Office wedding, and then headed into the heart of Fitzroy for a lunchtime reception at Charcoal Lane – with guests transported by Bike Rickshaws no less. Does it get any more Melbourne than that?
On Saturday morning I was lucky enough to be asked to photograph Chris and Alison’s wedding at Quaff Restaurant in Melbourne’s Toorak.
We all met up at a little boutique hotel in Melbourne CBD, and I was early enough to catch Alison still in the final stages of getting ready. Although I wasn’t booked to cover preparations, it was great to be able to catch a few little details before we headed out for their shoot. It was also special to be able to catch a little impromptu “first look” when Chris arrived.
After some discussion when we met earlier in the year, and thinking about it, Chris and Alison had decided to do their wedding shoot in the morning, before the ceremony. There were a few great reasons to do this, but the main one was that it meant they could go straight from the ceremony into lunch with their guests. It also meant we could shoot into the city for the photography at 9.30am, which was a bonus as the city is so much quiet at that time.
Next it was onto Quaff Restaurant in Toorak for a ceremony by brilliant (and always very smiley) Celebrant Sally Hughes, whose ceremony included lots of special details about Chris and Alison’s relationship, their shared love of history, and some very eloquent and will written vows – a beautiful and very personal ceremony, which I’m sure was exactly what the newlyweds were hoping for.
Keep reading below the gallery for a bit more about the day, but I know it’s the images you’re interested in 🙂 Thanks again Alison and Chris for having me as part of your big day.
We all boarded Bruce’s amazing orange Buick and headed out, with the car getting plenty of attention every time we pulled up (or took off from!) traffic lights. As well as hitting some traditional Melbourne wedding photography locations (Hosier Lane, Parliament House, The Windsor), we also made a stop outside ANZ’s gothic facade on Collins St, well known to Chris in his work as a historian there previously.
Quaff Restaurant’s function room, the “White Room”, certainly is that, although my personal nickname for it is “the mirror room”, as the walls are mostly mirrored except for the beautiful bay window that looks out over Toorak Village.
A wedding day with a difference, an early start, pre-wedding shoot, simple and elegant ceremony and intimate lunch reception on two long tables. Definitely something different, but somehow fitting for a mid-winter Melbourne city wedding day.
Last weekend I headed across town to catch up with Ann and Tom for their wedding at St Joseph’s Port Melbourne. Having caught up with them and booked back in November last year, I knew the church had special significance for them, with a long history in their family of weddings, baptisms and other family celebrations having been held there. And personally I was looking forward to being there for a ceremony conducted by the inimitable Bob Maguire, and he didn’t disappoint 🙂
Preparations for Ann were at the home, with lovely bridesmaids Emma and Bernadette there to give her a hand getting ready.
Then it was on to St. Joseph’s Port Melbourne for the ceremony, with grey skies overhead and a pretty cold wind – it was really Melbourne weather. That, of course, didn’t detract from the warm and very sweet ceremony inside the church, where we also shot all the formal portraits with the church’s permission.
Post ceremony we headed out to RMIT, which is where Ann and Tom first met – I think they were lab partners at the buy klonopin time. Is this where I finally get to make the “must have been some great chemistry” joke? Read on below the video and gallery for some more about the shoot.
The reception was at the Taylors Lakes Hotel, where Steve Angelini did a brilliant job as professional DJ and Master of Ceremonies, doing a great job at keeping the dance floor full. Unfortunately he couldn’t prevent the bouquet ending up in one of the light fixtures … but that’s a story for another day.
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Ann and Tom – St Joseph’s Port Melbourne
Just a couple of quick notes on how the shoot at RMIT went. Although we all got there in the rain, and it continued to rain more or less throughout the shoot, Ann and Tom did brilliantly in the conditions. They moved fast between shots, were happy to work with me, and even though the dress did get a little wet, and it did get a little dark, I think we managed to get some great shots in the buy klonopin time we had available.
Hope you enjoyed them guys – congratulations again Ann and Tom 🙂