I've been treated to a feast of culturally diverse weddings so far this year. Following the wedding I shot in Oman last month (of which I can't show the images, sorry - out of respect to their privacy and cultural reasons) I am excited to share this beautiful Serbian wedding with you. This was my first traditional Serbian wedding that I have shot and I have never seen guests so keen to begin dancing, even before they have left for the ceremony! I didn't understand a word of the ceremony at the Serbian Orthodox Church of St Sava in Highgate (all in Serbian of course) or the speeches, but in a way this made me even more alert to people's body language to anticipate what might happen next to get the shots I wanted. There was so much vibrancy, so much passion, and a solidarity amongst the guests, celebrating Ana and Andy's wedding at the The University Club of Western Australia with such fervour, that there was always a moment to be captured.
Oh I do love a long lingering lunch wedding on a Sunday afternoon. There's something so decadent and carefree about it, sharing fine food and wine at long tables with your favourite people, especially when it's outside in the stunning garden setting of the historic Lamont's Bishops House in the heart of the city. Rachael and Todd defied tradition with their intimate wedding, getting ready together and having photos before walking down the aisle together at their garden ceremony at Lamont's Bishop House, followed by celebrating with their closest friends and family over lunch. With the velvety voice of Cathrine Summers and her jazz band performing soulful old time favourites, it was a dreamy afternoon that saw the arrival of dusk as the city lights twinkled down on this beautiful and genuine couple at end of an incredible day.
Tis the season for a non white wedding dress I feel. I love Bronte's unconventional stunning floral dress. But more importantly I loved the way how it suited her personality. She was never going to wear a traditional white dress, Robin probably knew that much! It matched their very relaxed and non traditional wedding at the Riverbank Estate Winery in the Swan Valley with stunning views of the vineyards as they celebrated with their friends and family.
When a bride walks down the aisle I use the eyes on the back of my head to gauge when to photograph the groom who is seeing his wife to be for the first time. When Mike saw Amanda for the first time it was a priceless, beautiful, emotional moment, captured in a few fleeting seconds. With a stunning setting for their ceremony by the river at the Catalina Room of Matilda Bay Restaurant, the love, laughter and dancing continued under a canopy of stars and fairy lights well into the night.
I love an above-the-knee wedding frock. It’s the kind of dress that a bride who likes to dances in the face of tradition would wear. Jenny was just that kind of bride and when her groom Derek caught sight of her as she walked down the aisel he was delighted but hardly surprised. Although the spring weather was temperamental, forcing us to seek out sheltered spots away from the rain for photos after the ceremony, the atmosphere for the evening reception at the Old Swan Brewery was nothing but electric.
Up in the Swan Valley, the vineyards were beginning to sprout their leaves as the first of the spring weddings spilled onto the rolling green hills at Sitella Winery with an abundance of excitement laughter, singing, joy and tears. Jyoti and Will's wedding was full of show stopping moments as the talented couple performed a duet and friends sang live music. And despite all the fanfare, their baby Xavier slept through it all, completely oblivious to the attention bestowed on him.
Eighteen months ago I photographed Alyce and Mark’s wedding in a small ceremony at Alyce’s parents’ home. It was an incredibly beautiful and hugely moving ceremony that allowed Alyce’s dad David to witness his only daughter wed the man she loved. Two days later Cancer finally came and took David away, knowing that his little girl was now in good hands. Alyce and Mark wanted their wedding to be a celebration of their love with their friends, so when Time had eased the pain a little, they planned just that. Last Friday was everything David would have wanted for Alyce on her wedding day. So much laughter, love, amazing friendships, family and joy. Tucked into her bouquet was a little toy possum, David’s nickname for Alyce, which watched her dance the night away with Mark under a clear stary night at Matilda Bay. Photographing both their weddings was an honour that I can't begin to describe.
The summer heat has finally relented and as the autumn leaves began to shed, Nicole and Jarrad said "I do" on a balmy March afternoon at Matilda Bay against a backdrop of sailing boats bobbing gently on the river. While we headed off with the bridal party for a few pics after the ceremony, guests enjoyed refreshing punch and drinks on the lawn as the sun gave way to a moonlit evening of frivolities, fine food and dancing.