One of the highlights for me so far as a photographer has been shooting Louise and Leighton's wedding on the Hawkesbury river in Sydney, Australia. Looking back, ending up in a lovely location was exactly what I needed creatively after an english summer of weddings. I started by photographing the morning preparations at the boat house, in no time at all Lou was in her dress, all smiles. I also had the chance to be with Leighton as he got ready just a short walk away. It was then time for the ceremony where we all listened to the vows they had chosen to say to each other. It was great seeing so many people there witnessing that part of the day. As the evening came I couldn’t help but feel inspired. When the golden Sydney light faded It felt like there was no place like it on earth. Louise and Leighton have a wonderful group of friends who were very much involved in making their day a very happy and memorable one. I always say it's the people that make the wedding day special, everything else is a bonus.
When looking back at Rebecca and Dan’s wedding I am reminded of how similar it would be to to what I envision perhaps happening on my wedding day. I loved that everything took place in close proximity, Rebecca’s aunties house being just a short trip away from the church. I started off by photographing Rebecca and her sisters and friends at the house before heading to the church. Everything was set up beautifully in a lovely big back garden with a marque. There was so much attention to detail, I was really taken back by seeing Rebecca’s vision come into fruition. In no time at all I was at the church where we awaited Rebecca’s arrival with her dad by her side. It was a lovely laid back service. Just after leaving a highlight of the day for me was being their to capture Dan and his Father having a hug. For me this is what I live for as a photographer, and it’s what I feel wedding photography is all about. To see the bond they had as father and son was so special, to this day I still feel something when I look at the pictures. We then made our way back to the marquee where the afternoon evening celebrations began. I loved the speeches and remember vividly how emotional Rebecca’s father was as he talked about her being a miracle as a baby. There was also an extremely funny best mans speech. I remember feeling like I might need to put my cameras down as one of Dan’s best men had some really funny things to say about him. The speech was so well put together and executed, so funny! To top it all off the night ended with Dan’s father singing and playing guitar for the first dance, shortly after I left to a packed dance floor. A wonderful day. Here are a small few of my favourites.
"We love the photos. We have had so many nice comments from people about you"
- Rebecca & Dan
After first meeting Angie and Keith I was really looking forward their wedding day. The ceremony took place at the Windsor Guildhall where Prince Charles and Camila got married only a few years before, It was beautiful inside. As soon as you walk into the main hall it’s very grand, very fitting as Keith's family came all the way over from Ireland. I really admire how Angie and Keith managed to organise the wedding and think of everyone involved. Angie’s father was very unwell at the time and so it was a particularly emotional day. I loved seeing him proudly walk Angie down the aisle. We then had the afternoon celebrations at the Castle Hotel Windsor. After the wedding breakfast and emotional speeches I soon discovered that nobody parties like the Irish. I always love staying later at weddings to capture the party atmosphere. The Irish folks gave me so much as a photographer it was funny and beautiful! Here are a few of my favourite images.