A beautiful ring shot is always a sign that it is going to be an incredible day and that definitely rang true for Jenna and Scott’s wedding day.
We started off by photographing the girls getting their hair and makeup done at Cardells Hair Salon. With plenty of laughs it was clear this bridal party was going to be a lot of fun.
This was confirmed when we went to photograph the boys and discovered them easing into the day watching the cult classic comedy, “The Life of Brian”. Always a good sign! They even managed to pull themselves away from the TV for a bit to get ready and have some photos taken.
Some gorgeous light while the bridesmaids fitted the wedding dress kept me very happy as I darted around photographing them.
Then we were off to the Miyazu Gardens. As Scott and Jenna had chosen to have the bulk of the wedding photos before the ceremony they planned this location as the grand reveal for Scott to see his Bride for the first time. It certainly was special to see his face as she walked into view!
We took some photos around Miyazu, easily managing to stay away from the cliche “Wedding Photography” areas. It’s always fun to work with a Bride and Groom that want a different perspective on the “normal”!
We had some great fun with the props Jenna had found!
There’s just something about railroad tracks… we got some great photos of Jenna and Scott embarking.
All the while the rest of the party were getting ready for this shot; I love the casual satisfaction that the boys have on their faces!
Next we headed out to Rabbit Island, dropped the bridal party off in a forest and nipped down to the beach for some photos. The weather forecast was for a horrific “Weather Bomb” to hit on the day of their wedding but luckily it hit at 3am in the morning and cleared to nice overcast skies with amazing dramatic clouds in the background!
I love this next shot and I love the fact that Jenna was game enough to do it… it doesn’t look like the water would have come in much but take it from the photographer kneeling in the water that it wasn’t a placid day at the beach. The risk (and sand all through my soaked pants) was definitely worth it with this amazing result.
My assistant Paul drove me to the next location while I got changed in the car and got ready for some cool photos in the forest.
Then we were off to a beautiful old house in the middle of renovations that bridesmaid Jenny had spied out for us to use. This place was gorgeous and Jenna and Scott used it for the big reveal to their parents and some family photos. Again the amazing thought and detail that they had put into the wedding showed through; they had made an antique key corsage for each of their parents to wear.
From there the boys raced off ahead and it was off to the ceremony venue, Mahana Estate, which really is an incredible venue. Guests were gathered, the sun came out, Scott was waiting at the aisle and Jenna’s Dad walked her in. Some vows, a cute ring bearer and a kiss later and they were officially the newlyweds.
While guests enjoyed canapes and drinks, we quickly snuck into the vineyard for some photos under the frost cloth.
Back to the guests and the Reception got into full swing. I just had to include some of these details here as no doubt it will inspire lots of Brides-to-be. They had included wedding photos of their parents and grandparents and as take home wedding favours (for the self disciplined) they had a full candy bar that guests could fill up paper bags with. If I wasn’t such a professional (clearly a good level of self esteem) I would have stopped there and just gorged myself for the rest of the day but I carried on with the task at hand. This has to be the coolest wedding cake stand I have ever come across; a section of a gnarly tree = beautiful and it went perfectly with the table center pieces that Jenna and Scott had handmade!
Speeches are always a great time to capture reactions and with the blend of humor and touching raw emotion it was a great start to the night. There were funny stories from their courtship, recollections from childhood and Scott’s brother Greg even managed to dance on thin ice and finish with a very heartfelt tribute of his brother.
I always love coming to the time of the night of the Groom’s speech… Scott you did a stellar job honoring Jenna and it is so clear you adore her.
Once dinner got underway I had the chance to bring out my often neglected lenses and have some fun. Here we have my Fisheye lens showing the amazing venue and then I popped upstairs to use my Tilt Shift lens to shoot some face miniature style photos. Just a bit of fun between courses!
Seen as the reception venue is the cellar of Mahana, it was fitting to pop into the cavern for some quick photos before the first dance.
Then the photo booth and dancing took on full steam with a wild selection of props and a very wild selection of guests.
As you will get the feel from the blog post, it was a big day filled with so many incredible moments. I had so much fun with you and your bridal party Scott and Jenna and have to say that all the creative energy you had put into your day really showed!
Lovelight Team: Photographer: Clinton Lloyd /// Photographers Assistant: Paul Hunter
Videographer: Luke Marshall
Celebrant: Tony Barnett
Ceremony/Reception Venue: Mahana
Hair and Makeup: Cardells Hair Salon, Emma Hollis