I consider myself the luckiest girl in the world that I get to photograph the wedding of interesting people. It really is a gift – they are trusting you with the documentation of one of the most special days of their lives, and I’m especially lucky because the people I get to photograph are always special, fascinating specimens of humankind. They’re always a bit different, a bit kooky, a bit more sparkly than the rest of us regular joes. And this wedding was black tie, too, which made it that extra bit unusual.
Kate and Sebastian were married at the Sisters of Mercy Convent in Singleton, located in the Hunter Valley. I shoot very few church weddings (I specialise in unions that take place in locations like at the beach, or in museums, or in vintage hotels, or amazing trendy restaurants, or on alpaca farms, or in rural gardens) so I was utterly delighted to discover the beauty of this chapel – I’ve never shot anywhere quite like it! The priest preferred that we didn’t move around the chapel at all, so myself and my second photographer picked two discreet locations and stayed there for the ceremony, which meant that the ceremony flowed completely uninterrupted and unobstructed for the guests, which I think is the way all weddings should be. But look at it. Stunning.
The reception was held at Peppers Creek, and was a truly luxurious and charming affair.
But you know how I was talking about that sparkle, that something a bit different, about my wedding couples? These two had sparkliness in spades. Such vivacious, loving, hilarious people, and their wedding was a true reflection of the love that surrounds them on all sides. Their first dance was a rollicking fast number, their speeches were rousing crowd-pleasers, and their guests were loud and jolly and fantastic. And the best part about these two was that they were my perfect clients when it came to their photography – they wanted candid, unposed coverage, with only the teeniest of portrait sessions, and they loved my documentary approach to their whole wedding day. We walked around the grounds of the convent for only ten minutes, and then I met them at Peppers Creek for another five minutes – that was it. Absolutely perfect.
If you’re having a Hunter Valley wedding (or any other kind of wedding), please get in touch with me.