Weddings

Morgan and Aya's Tokyo Wedding

So I went to Japan...

...to go to a wedding.

The wedding I went to though, was a little less than traditional.

Morgan and Aya chose to celebrate their marriage in their own unique way, not just with an East meets West flavour, but with a sense of humour. It was the ability to make each other laugh uncontrollably, in the most awkward of situations, that caused them to consider that there may be a 'forever' future for them.

So to bring a bit of 'Morgan and Aya' to their big day, they baked their own wedding rings and ate them during the ceremony; made a special wedding pizza at reception #1; and had cream pies planted onto their faces during reception #2. Good friends contributed by playing live music for them and Morgan's brother scrambled to edit a clever video surprise to be presented to Aya on the day.

And of course, great fun was had by all.

Thank you to Caelun Richardson-Lester for second shooting for me. Some of his awesome shots appear above.

My sister's favourite colour is coral

Sometimes my sister will sit with me as I'm working away on a wedding. The most recent wedding had the colour coral incorporated into its theme. 

'That is my favourite colour', she said. 'Peach?' I replied.

'No, coral'. 

Of course, coral. I totally knew that.

I'm always blown away by the richness and vibrancy of colour I get from film. Any digital shots of these dresses I captured were dull and washed out in comparison. Film just does colour better. I've weighed up the viability of using film, but despite the cost to me, I can't deny myself the beautiful colour that it brings.

Erin and Jason - Wedding

Erin and Jason's big day was the last wedding of 2014 for me. Held on a hot December day only a few days before Christmas, it was also, without a doubt, one of the most heartfelt. From the moment I first started chatting to Erin I knew she and Jason were going to be wonderful to spend the day with. Erin has an infectious laughter and happiness that makes you feel like you're the funniest person on the planet. A gravitating warmth that draws you to her. Who can blame Jason for falling so madly in love? I suspect she had him at 'Hello'.

Their intimate nuptials were celebrated at the very special Harvest Cafe. I've long been a huge fan of this delightful restaurant which provides excellent food amongst the storybook, hinterland village of Newrybar, NSW, so I was pretty excited about having the opportunity to photograph their wedding here. The location, the venue, and the people did not disappoint. Erin and Jason's wedding was emotional and raw (they kissed and hugged repeatedly throughout the ceremony) and I could see that every guest was of special importance to them.

Needless to say this wedding capped off a wonderful photographic year perfectly. Thank you Erin and Jason for welcoming me into your lives on this fabulous day, I loved every moment.

31,536,000 Seconds

We all know that for every year there are 365 days. And for each day 24 hours and for each hour 60 minutes and for each minute 60 seconds.

Knowing this, it's sometimes hard to believe that the click of a shutter which creates a photo and captures our lives, takes only a split-second. Looking through these photos it amazes me to see how many split-seconds of happiness took place in the lives of those I photographed in 2014. How many split-second moments make up an entire day and how many split-second moments make up an entire year.

Every year seems to go so fast, it's easy to lose sight of how much has really taken place. And yet, so much does take place.

This lovely note I received from Sam and Leanne, who got married in a cloud, reminds me of how valuable a second can be.

"Words will never be enough to thank you for your amazing photos of our wonderful wedding day! We had the most wonderful day and I am so happy that we have your beautiful photos to remind us of that time for the rest of our lives! Thank you , thank you, thank you!"