One of the sweetest weddings I’ve attended is contained within this post. Beautiful city location: check! Flower crown: check! Cute wedding separates instead of a long white dress: check! First look: check! Laughter and comfort and generosity of spirit: check! Bride and groom so in love with each other it makes your teeth hurt: CHECK!
Meg and Chris were married at The Grounds of Alexandria, in the “Atrium” area. I don’t know if you’ve ever been to The Grounds before, but it’s a really magical little place – like a little country gardening village in the middle of Sydney city. It’s also a wonderful place for documentary photography because there’s all kinds of little nooks and crannies and interesting spots to take portraits – so many, in fact, that I can’t possibly include them all in one post about this wedding. I am going to put up a post very soon featuring more portraits from this wedding, so keep your eyes peeled for more goodness at The Grounds!
This wedding was wonderful for me to shoot because Meg and Chris are incredibly laid back and open people, and this was reflected in their wedding day in a whole host of ways. One of these was a “first look” – a moment before the ceremony where bride and groom see each other for the first time and have their portraits taken BEFORE their ceremony. This is advantageous in so many ways, one being that it frees up the schedule for the day meaning that once the wedding starts, the bride and groom don’t have to leave their guests to have portraits taken. As a documentary photography who specialises in unposed, short portrait sessions, this is something that I love! You’ll see their first look moment below, and then some images from our little session, in which we walked and skipped around The Grounds for around fifteen minutes, had some laughs, Meg and Chris practiced their first dance, and that’s it – we were back with the guests. A first look session is the perfect way to start off a wedding because not only do the happy couple get gorgeous, gleeful, giddy portraits, they also get some lovely private time together before the ceremony, and every couple I’ve worked with who arrange their day this way have afterwards said what a JOY it was to have that special moment before they were married.
I attended this stunning wedding to capture candid coverage for only three hours, proving that not every wedding needs a full day of coverage. Short weddings, afternoon weddings, and small weddings are an absolute passion of mine, and something I specialise in (see many of my other small weddings here) so if you’re having something short and sweet, I’d love to hear from you.