Sophie + James Get Married, Anglesea Victoria

Sophie + James Get Married, Anglesea Victoria

Sophie and James recently tied the knot at Anglesea Surf Lifesaving Club on the glorious Great Ocean Road. A day of love, friendship and trying to outrun the rain clouds. It turns out one of the best shots of the day was under those said rain clouds after all – ha!

There were mountains of sweet moments, I’m so glad I was there to snap them.

With love,

Gemma

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Holly & Pete – just married

Holly & Pete – just married

Three weeks ago we gathered together on the coast for a very special day, it was the wedding of Holly & Pete. I have known Holly & Pete for about 20 years now – 20 years!!!! (yikes) They remain just as carefree, fun and young at heart as when we used to hang out as teenagers. Their love is gentle and thoughtful.When you spend time with Pete & Holly, everything feels easy, certain, in it’s right place. It’s a beautiful thing to witness and I was honored to be their photographer. 

This is their day in pictures. P.S – how amazing does Holly look?!!!! 

Wedding and photography at Sorento back beach, Victoria.

Bonnie & Derek – all loved up!

Bonnie & Derek – all loved up!

Two people in love, one awesome location, 80 guests and a day of THE. MOST. STUNNING. SUNSHINE. That was Bonnie & Derek’s December wedding. After endless days of rain and gray skies, the heavens opened and we had ourselves the perfect wedding day.

Bonnie & Derek met in a Melbourne bar. They are both smart and funny and have good jobs. And one day, in the midst of their lives, they stopped, gathered their loved ones together and made some very important promises to each other. I think that’s pretty special. Also pretty special is that the love they have come to know and share began from a chance meeting in a Melbourne bar.

Ladies and gentlemen, no more words, here are Bonnie and Derek and their day of sunshine.

Sarah & Justin tie the knot

Sarah & Justin tie the knot

Hey guys,

This is Sarah & Justin, they got married a few weeks ago on a stunning Spring day in Melbourne’s Yarra Valley.

Justin is super shy, Sarah is the opposite. Sarah works at a bank, Justin works at a chocolate factory. Together they make quite a team.

Although I have photographed hundreds of weddings, no two are the same. Each brings it’s own story, drama, joys and surprises. I feel quite blessed to have a job where I get to be part of such a special day. Sarah & Justin welcomed me into their home, their ceremony, their most special of days and we had a ball!

This is Justin & Sarah’s wedding day story as I saw it, in pictures.

Enjoy.


Weddings Bells and Moving Boxes

Weddings Bells and Moving Boxes

I sit at my computer with a blanket wrapped around me, sipping on boiling water and thinking about all the photos waiting for me to be processed. This is a place I often find myself. It’s a really nice place to be, provided I can keep everything else at bay.

This week is our last week living in our rental apartment near the city. For the next few months, my boy, my computer and I are heading to the suburbs to bunk in with the parents whilst we await the completion of our new apartment in early 2011 (thanks lovely parents). Yep, it’s pretty darn exciting! This week is all about moving boxes, scrubbing the shower and selling everything on ebay. It’s also time for me to get busy editing (or wediting as Jennifer Wohrle once tweeted) my weddings from the last weeks.

Incase I get lost in removal boxes and blog time is limited, here are a couple of sneek previews of two glorious, and very different, September weddings. The rest to follow soon.

1. Julie & Mick – together 17 years, 3 kids, amazing couple. A-Maze-ing!

2. Sarah & Justin – Sarah’s cheeky face says it all! A very fun day indeed.

Whirlwind Wedding

Whirlwind Wedding

What do you get if you mix a tropical island, a wedding and a cyclone together? A day to remember!

A few months ago I got a call from Rohan at Hamilton Island Weddings. His resident shooter was off island and he needed me to scoot up and cover for him. Before I knew it, I was back on my old stomping ground, and it was go time. Just as I arrived on island, so too did Cyclone Ului.

Far Northern Australia is prone to cyclones and although I have previously lived on Hamilton Island, I had never experienced a Cat 3 cylcone – yikes! So anyway, back to the wedding… I found out within 5 minutes of arriving that Richard & Tania’s Saturday wedding was being pulled back to Friday to avoid the worst of the cyclone, and it was already Friday! I expected Tania to be a little frantic with the last minute changes, but she was totally relaxed and adapted perfectly to the unexpected arrival of Ului and his 200+km per hour winds. In fact, it turns out that Tania had a great love for wild weather and she was quite enjoying it! Yep, Ului could not have picked a better bride to whirl himself around.

So Tania & Richard followed Mother Nature’s lead and with some minor adjustments, it was on with the show. Dark gray sky made an interesting change to the always blue Whitsunday waters and I can’t help but feel that these guys got a true tropical wedding, unlike any other. Here are a few of the highlights of the very spunky Tania & Richard, you’ll see despite the weather, there was certainly no shortage of smiles.

The morning after: Here are some photos of Hamilton Island on Sunday after Ului had past through. She looked a bit hung over. Luckily no one was hurt and property damage was minimal, although the deck chairs did need to be rescued from the pool.

Check out this highly technical weather chart, we watched Cyclone Ului roll in, a tad scary at the time.

Oh, and before I go…. as the airport was closed for 2 days I was stranded on the Island for a little longer than planned. During this time I enjoyed taking photos of the new (and totally amazing) Yacht Club building. This building is a new addition to the place I used to call home, so I was very intrigued. Stepping into this yacht shaped building you literally feel like you are in the inner workings of a yacht. My camera and I appreciate unique architecture, so we were in for a treat.

Taking time for personal photos like these is food for my creativity. I should do it more often. Or perhaps I should just visit tropical islands more often?

Being on Hamilton Island is always quite special. Happening to be there at the same time as the cyclone was a crazy coincidence and seeing it through to the other side was pure relief. (phew)

It was wonderful to visit my old island home again and see so many friendly faces.

If you would like to read more about my previous time on Hamilton Island, check out this post