Maiden Gully Wedding: Adrian and Amy
This beautiful couple did it their way, and I was in total awe the whole way through.
Adrian called me back in December of last year, asking if I was available for a Monday wedding. Well, the answer is always yes to that! These guys flew down from QLD with their boys to be married in an incredibly beautiful and intimate ceremony with their Victorian families.
I’ll never forget the buzz in the air on this day, it felt like something so powerful and special to be invited into such an intimate wedding.
This exquisite, sunny Autumn Monday was the perfect weather. I arrived at the Bed & Breakfast where Adrian and Amy were both staying with their children. Adrian in one room, and Amy in another.
I arrived to Adrian already fully dressed (and looking schmick as) with everything at the ready. Not a hint of nerves in sight, just hanging out with his best mate, Nick, and watching in wonderment at his middle Son (2 at the time) who was chasing chickens around the backyard, exploring the garden and just loving the country life.
It was a super quick shoot with the boys, a few detail shots and of course capturing the dapper Groom before heading over to Amy who was with their youngest Son, her Mum and her Sister.
With Amy tending to her boys, and juggling Mum mode with Bride mode, there were nappies to be changed, and wedding dresses to be put on. A beautiful contrast, one of which she handled with ease and didn’t get frazzled at all. In awe.
While the rest of the gang were getting Amy and the boys sorted, I took the chance to capture some of the beautiful details. The bed was already made up with a teal coloured velvet blanket which was the perfect backdrop for the little bits and pieces. While the olive tree outside provided the perfect platform to showcase Amy’s stunning sleek dress.
The boys wandered around, while Amy and her fam were able to share a cheeky champagne in their robes before all the serious business kicked in.
Time came though, to pop the champagne down and get into that AMAZING dress! Amy’s sister, Emily helped her get in and holy moly – This is one of the most beautiful dresses I have ever seen. Simple. Classic. And the cut at the back was everything.
With little light coming into the bedroom, once upon a time I would have panicked and brought out the flash. But my new love of shadows and dark was in photography heaven snapping up a storm in this mood-lit vignette.
With the [stunning] dress now on, and Amy looking exceptional… It was time to head off down the road, but not before a few quick snaps with her boys. Because, how special is that?
The ceremony, being literally 500m up the road meant that Amy could walk, along with her boys in the pram and Mum and Sister helping to wrangle the gang.
Adrian was waiting patiently at the end of the aisle, and Amy was met by her Dad before walking down to meet her Hub-to-be.
Adrian’s emotions were written all over his face while his Wifey walked towards him. Total and utter awe. Only eyes for Amy.
The ceremony was beautiful. With only a handful of their favourite family and friends, it was the epitome of intimacy.
Amy’s Mumma and Sister stood to the left of her with their three boys. And Nick, Adrian’s best mate was to the right.
Lots of laughs. And a few tears. Happy tears of course.
And with the certificates and paperwork signed… they were officially, Mr + Mrs Tavenor!
With their guests mingling in the courtyard in the stunning Autumn wedding, we headed off for a super quick few photos with the aim to return as soon as possible.
One of the first photos requested? A photo with both of them and their beers. Because that sums them up pretty well – And I LOVE that! Wedding photos don’t all have to be loved up, romantic with the perfect lighting. They are about documenting a special day, and the special people involved!
Don’t get me wrong, there is always a place for some beautiful romantic shots too. Especially when the newlyweds are parents I think… Doing something that is just for them and not always involving the kiddies (Because lets face it, we are slaves to them for the other 99% of the time!)
20 minutes, done and dusted. The best kind of shoot! With the newlyweds ready to get back to their loved ones, it was time to cut the cake and announce a few quick speeches. With the couple wanting the day and night to be super casual, it was quick, simple and to the point so there was more time for celebrating with their friends and family!
Guys! It was such an honour to hang out with you on this extremely special Monday! You and your family are just wonderful and I loved every second I got to spend with you all.
Big Love, Leah
~ xoxo ~
Photographer: Me! (Click here to see more wedding blogs!)
Celebrant: Ross Simmons
Venue: Pratty’s Patch
Dress: Poppy’s Bridal
Suit: Ed Harry
Flowers: Mitchell Street Florist
Cake: A very clever friend
Hair: DIY (How good is that?!)
Makeup: The one and only Ash Morales Makeup
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