Meagan and Grant’s awesome Yarra Valley winery wedding at Two Brookes’ Bistro, Seville

Yarra Valley Winery Wedding

Late in October 2016, our friends Meagan and Grant got married, and I was lucky enough to be able to capture their big day. With the ceremony and reception held at Two Brookes’ Bistro, tucked away down a side road off the Warburton Highway on Yarra Valley winery Lillydale Estate, Meagan and Grant’s friends and family came together for a brilliant afternoon wedding and evening celebration.

Having known Meagan and Grant for a few years now, we’d obviously had lots of discussions about the upcoming wedding, and I knew that they weren’t keen on extended photo sessions 🙂 . So we kept the photography time to a minimum, to give them the maximum possible time to enjoy the reception. In fact, I think if I let Meagan have her way there wouldn’t be any post-ceremony shots at all – although she looked beautiful in the custom-designed gown she’s definitely not someone who wanted to take celexa side effects vision over photo time!

Decorations were carefully considered to fit the rustic theme which was a great match for Two Brookes, and for a very laid-back and Aussie wedding without a lot of hype or too much formality. And for a change, I got to put down the cameras for the reception and enjoy a Saturday night out with Annie at a wedding. We left most of the reception photography to Shannon from Music with Memories 🙂 with the blessing of the bride and groom, of course!

Thanks again Meagan and Grant and congratulations again – hope you like ’em!

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Two Brookes’ Bistro at Yarra Valley winery Lillydale Estate

 

 

Ceremony conducted by the lovely Sharon Jackson – more about Sharon at http://seekthesoul33.wixsite.com/soulceremonies

The venue was Two Brookes’ Bistro, a hidden gem tucked away in Seville in the Yarra Valley – http://www.twobrookesbar.com.au

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The Autumn Wild Cattle Creek wedding of Haidee and Chris

Wild Cattle Creek Winery Wedding, Couple in the vineyard in the Yarra Valley Melbourne

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 celexa side effects most common 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/

Ash and Brady’s country Yarra Valley wedding

Yarra Valley Wedding image, blue sky

Yarra Valley Wedding

Saturday was one of those days that just couldn’t really have gone better. Making my way out to Tarcoola, I reflected as I drove onto the property that anytime you drive over a cattle grid to get to the venue, you know it’s going to be a great day.

Brady and his groomsmen were preparing, and still putting in some hard work getting hay bales dressed as well. Along with Mum and Dad, and a pop in from FOB Jon, the guys were busy making sure the property was absolutely spot on. And there had been so much work put into the place, it looked amazing. From driving in past the temporary campsite in one of the front paddocks, to the hay bales, and the huge marquee, no detail had been left to chance. An awesome setup for a country wedding.

After getting dressed, some getting-ready shots and pinning on of flowers, and a couple of beers – for the guys, not me 🙂 – I headed off, leaving the guys chatting on the hay bales.

Met up with Ash and the girls at some little apartments in Yarra Glen. Even though I’ve been through there hundreds of times, I didn’t even realise these cute little flats were just around the corner off the main street. No matter how many weddings I cover, there’s always something new to discover and learn.

Upstairs for the detail shots, and then time for the girls to get dressed. Lots of laughing and some discussion over how to tie Ash’s ribbon. A Skype setup so that Grandma could watch proceedings. A beautiful dress, and some very cool flats for later, and a GT parked out the front.

Yarra Valley Wedding

Back to Tarcoola and getting ready for Ash’s arrival. For something completely different, I could see the wedding car coming from a mile away – almost literally – so unlike many times I had advance warning that the girls were on their way.

Hopefully the pictures tell the story but a lovely ceremony conducted under beautiful blue skies, and we were even treated to a fly-past from a single-engine aircraft for the nearby Lilydale airport 🙂

Then it was out down some country roads to the picturesque spots we’d chosen for bridal shots, including a dirt road and a beautiful weatherboard farmhouse.

Then back to the property that had been so carefully converted into a wedding venue, including a viewing deck built by the groom himself.

Marquee. Band. Speeches. Drinks. Sunset. Awesome Yarra Valley wedding.