In early November 2016, Nina and Brad tied the knot, celebrating their long-awaited wedding at beautiful Wild Cattle Creek winery.
With everyone getting ready at the venue, it was a snap to photograph the guys preparations and then just pop down the hill to where the girls were finishing hair and makeup in the accommodation on site.
Hope you enjoy the shots Nina and Brad – Congratulations again!
Read on below the images for a little more about the day.
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 🙂
I’ve been looking forward to Julie and Damien’s wedding since they booked earlier in the year, and it was all going to happen at a beautiful venue close to home here, the Yarra Valley Weddings venue Wild Cattle Creek.
Wild Cattle Creek
I arrived around 1.30pm and met up with Damien and his groomsmen. Everything was quite relaxed as everyone had their feet up and taking things super easy – a good way to start a wedding day, enjoying a couple of beers and chatting with old and good friends in the suites at Wild Cattle Creek.
I got to work on the detail and preparation shots, and while the guys got ready we were waiting for the girls to arrive back from hair and makeup, along with the Mums and Nanny.
Both Julie and Damien had gifts for their bridal party, a pretty awesome shave set for the guys and some beautiful little mirrors for the girls – very cool.
Around 100 friends and guests were steadily arriving as the girls also arrived back, and they got straight into getting dressed while I did detail shots of their accessories – with around an hour to go until the wedding they did a brilliant job to get ready in time.
Because all of the guests, including the groom and groomsmen, were arriving and outside, Julie wanted to make sure she wasn’t spotted pre-wedding, so we did all of the prep shots for the girls in the bedroom – which made it an interesting bedroom with 3 girls and Mum getting dressed, as well as family shots and bridesmaids 🙂
After a quick work with awesome Melbourne Celebrant Bianca Paliaga it was nearly time to go – and time for me to change memory cards and lenses, and get ready for Julie’s arrival.
A very touching ceremony was conducted by Bianca, and there were lots of tears and tissues needed – and that was just the bridal party 🙂
Then it was off for an express bridal party shoot among the vines and grounds of Wild Cattle Creek, including from the beautiful terrace overlooking the pond.
After that, it was into the reception, and time for a party. Julie and Damien did an amazing job to get around to all their guests for a chat, as well as saving some time for the dancefloor.
I know they’re heading off to the honeymoon soonish, so enjoy these before you head off guys – and congrats!