SK and Eric wanted simple yet memorable wedding and they wanted to have fun exploring Perth. And awesome wedding photos to prove it of course. I seldom have so much time with the couples on the wedding day. The plan was to start at Sittella Winery and make our way down to Fremantle stopping along the way. Timing and travel was important as well as finding places with best light. It took me two days to scout the spots I wanted to include and make sure we get to Fremantle for the sunset.
I think photographer's blogs are the best way to see if you will get along together. This is where you get to see the big picture and full wedding stories. You'll see some of the most iconic Perth wedding locations here and a few hidden gems. I photograph a lot of weddings in Fremantle so Fremantle features here a lot. If you dig dipper you'll see what I mean by story-telling in wedding photography and how pictures can work together.
The images below tell Clare and Stew's weddingstory. A visual narrative of the short, special moments that made this day what it was. And there was a lot of them.
Stew and Clare seem to have one of those rare bonds. It was clear from the way they were dancing and having fun together. Everyone needs someone they can be silly with from time to time. I really enjoyed watching them busting moves together during the reception.
When two adventurous and strong willed people get married, they do things their own way. The wedding venue is the cool and quirky Moore and Moore in Fremantle. The ceremony happens inside and they decide to do "First Look" just before. It's usually very charged and short but this was not the case with Claire and Aidan.
Caroline and Tris at Lamont's Bishops House. Definitely one of my favourite venues in Perth. There's something about the contrast of old and new in this part of Perth. Plus the food is awesome.
"Life is what happens while you are busy making other plans." John Lennon.
Life happens to us every day but sometimes we are to busy to notice or appreciate it. One week changes into another and suddenly it's 5 years later. Everything is same yet different. One day Jake and Max will be looking at these photographs with smiles on their faces, wandering at how young their parents looked. And maybe remembering a long forgotten toy or the blue fence.
When Sally saw her sister's Perth pre-wedding session, she wanted one too. I wish I could say she and Andrew came all the way to WA just to jump in front of my camera... but it would be a lie :) Sally's sister surprise Rottnest Island elopement was the true reason. The session was just a cherry on top of that cake :)
Weddings are great when it comes to story-telling but pre-wedding shoots allow for bigger emotional depth. In general.
Because at the end of the day it's not about the "poses". It's about the impact, it's about how the images makes you feel.
I can now why there are photographers out there shooting only elopements. From start to finish it feels like a great, fun adventure. Rottnest Island is a beautiful place to get married. There are so many little secret beaches and bays along the coast line. So many visually stunning locations. So many spots where you just want to get lost and explore.
Here's another awesome couple from Singapore visiting Perth. Jesper is a cadet pilot so when Joelle approached me to organize a cool couple session, I got a little excited. Photography is just like everything else, the more you put into it, the more you get out. I wanted this couple shoot to be unique, have the "Australian" feel to it and include the story. Airport and planes was the first and obvious idea but it proved a little difficult to pull off. In the end a bit of luck, daring and goodwill of strangers made it possible for us to spend some time at the Jandakot Airport.
The one thing about getting married at a wedding venue is you have to finish quite early. 11 pm seems to be standard. This is why I like backyards weddings so much. You can party all you want, however long you want.
Imagine complete freedom when you plan your wedding. What would you do?
I know what I would. I'd surround myself with the all the important things in my life for one day. Go overboard a little and have as much fun as possible doing it.
What if my partner wanted the exactly same things as well? No need to compromise, ideas elevate themselves to the next level on it's own :)
Nature was trying to make things difficult for us that day. Swan River just burst its banks. In the middle of the summer - I'm a new Australian but even I know it just doesn't happen. Things were closed and walking was required.
South Europe meets South Africa. In South Perth :)
When it comes to views it's hard to beat South Perth foreshore. Especially after dark. It's all about THE SKYLINE.
Monika and Ryan being smart and no nonsense people beautifully combined style, feel and logistics.
All the important people together. Enjoying the occasion, each-other's company and the warm sunny day. Sharing stories, food and wine. With James and Jenna.
Cool and funky Fremantle for some funk and cool. I can't think of any other other place where it would be possible to incorporate games, comic books and a healthy dose of SF into a photoshoot so easily.
There something peaceful in the lazy current of the river and it's small size. On a warm day all you need is a blanket, something to eat and maybe an ice-cream. Life's little pleasures seem not so little on a day like this.
L and S live in the same place where I used to live a few years ago. Right on the shore of Swan River where you can still see dolphins almost every day. This bit of North Fremantle is nicely wedged between the ocean and river, water is always close by.
For those who don't know me... I'm a Perth wedding photographer who blends fine art and documentary approach to weddings. This is my blog/journal :)
Gemma and Alan are into wine. They also like Perth Hills. A decision to go to Bickley Valley for their pre-wedding session (I call them Be yourselves sessions) was a bit of a no-brainer. Only 30 minutes from Perth and one feels like in Margs. Swan Valley is quite nice too, but to be honest, its' not much of a valley.
Most of the weddings I photograph take place South of the River. A wedding on the other side is always an exciting event for me. New places mean new images :) Ella and Glenn's wedding at AQWA was exciting indeed. This was my first AQWA wedding and the place didn't disappoint.
It feels to me we somehow skipped spring this year in Perth. I was cold, cold for a long time, warm and sunny for a couple of weeks and suddenly...BAM, it's 37 degrees again. Which is what it was supposed to be the temperature last Saturday. Luckily, Freo Doctor cooled things a bit for us. I'll be photographing James and Jenna's wedding in Margaret River in a few weeks. Due to schedules and work we weren't able to properly get to know each-other earlier. It's no longer the case :)