As we settle well and truly into the new year, I can’t help but look back at what an amazing whirlwind 2019 has been. The past 12 months have allowed me to meet an array of beautiful people, all of whom entrusted me with capturing the most special day of their lives and giving them something they could treasure for years to come.
Thank you to all my incredible couples for believing in me and letting me into your lives. With more weddings and engagement shoots scheduled for 2020, I couldn’t look more forward to the next 12 months.
Here are some of my favourite weddings from 2019:
EVE AND SHINE, 20 March 2019
Barrett Lane, Swan Valley
When Eve and Shine’s photographer fell through the day before their wedding, it was as if it was meant to be when they contacted me to ask if I was available. For this wedding held at Barrett Lane in the heart of the Swan Valley, there was a high level of privacy and exclusivity thanks to the venue’s beautifully manicured gardens and views of vineyards. Photos were also taken at Bells Rapids. (Read the full story here)
BEN AND JEMMA, 5 April 2019
Lamont’s Bishops House, Perth CBD
Such romantic musings at the stylish metropolitan wedding of Ben and Jemma, with the couple opting for an inner city ceremony and reception that simply blew me away. Because it was a classically beautiful wedding, I made sure to capture every minute detail, from the layers on Jemma’s soft grey gown to the emotion behind the smiles. The gardens at Lamont’s Bishops House is a favourite location of mine thanks to all the angles, backgrounds and colours I can work with. (Read the full story here)
ELWYN AND PHIL, 6 April 2019
University of Western Australia, Crawley
Star Wars fans through and through, there was no question that Elwyn and Phil had to tie in the film with the theme of their wedding. With the University of Western Australia as their venue, including the infamous sunken gardens there, it provided the right shapes and backgrounds for this sci-fi enthusiastic couple, who featured a Princess Leia and Han Solo atop their wedding cake.
KEIRA-JANE AND DAVID, 14 April 2019
Woodloes Homestead, Cannington
For a low key wedding, Keira-Jane and David chose to celebrate their nuptials with the closest of friends and family at the heritage listed Woodloes Homestead in Cannington. Despite the traditional look of the venue, the bride opted for a non-traditional gown and then a high tea for guests instead of a reception. Entirely intimate in all its glory, this wedding certainly made everyone feel like an important part of the celebrations.
SERJANA AND JEAN PAUL, 27 April 2019
Caversham House, Caversham
Located on the foreshore of the Swan River, the gardens for Serjana and Jean Paul’s ceremony and reception provided a renaissance feel to their nuptials. A red carpet behind them as they said their vows, the couple celebrated with a stunning blend of traditional culture and Western world living, adding to the amazing possibilities that lended themselves to me as a photographer. We took advantage of the golden hour for bridal photos, done at Lilac Hill Park in Guildford. (Read the full story here)
ELAD AND YENNY, 11 May 2019
BWG Steakhouse, Applecross
It was a morning celebration at the wedding of Elad and Yenny, with an early ceremony to kick off the couple’s life together. Held at the BWG Steakhouse in Applecross, the bride was exquisite in her princess-style gown whilst the soft colour of the bridesmaids dresses truly went well with the colours and lighting of the outdoor backdrop. With not a cloud in the sky, Elad and Yenny’s nuptials were shot in absolutely perfect conditions, and I couldn’t have been more pleased with the finished result.
DISA AND JASON, 15 June 2019
A traditional wedding, Disa and Jason got married at St Mary’s Cathedral Church in Perth CBD, where the grand-scale stained glass windows provided a heavenly feel to the special occasion. It was a large bridal party too, but we managed to get gorgeous bridal photos with Perth and the Swan River in the background whilst at Crown Perth in Burswood. The blue and gold effect at the couple’s reception was a unique touch for guests, and they even featured a smoke machine for their first dance.
CHLOE AND PETA, 22 June 2019
Guildford Hotel, Guildford
Chloe and Peta travelled from sunny Broome to celebrate their nuptials in front of friends and family at the Guildford Hotel in the historic suburb of Guildford. It wasn’t hard to capture the excitement of this particular wedding as everyone who attended was full of love and support, with the venue the most ideal location thanks to its rustic charm and baroque façade make-over. An intimate affair, Chloe and Peta’s wedding day created an arm’s full of memories for both them and for me. (Read the full story here)
KAITIRI AND SANGEETHA, 17 July 2019
Private Backyard, Perth
This combination of Western and Hindi culture lay claim to the wedding of Kaitiri and Sangeetha, who celebrated in their celebrant’s backyard with those closest to them. Full of colour and life, the day was full of triumph, love and emotion as guests celebrated at the venue. For bridal photos, I took the happy newlyweds to the Wanneroo Pine Forest, where they could relax for a while and spend some quality quiet time to reflect on their lives together.
LOUISE AND BRETT, 19 July 2019
North Perth Town Hall, North Perth
A low key wedding, Brett and Louise chose the Town Hall in North Perth to conduct their nuptials and opted to have their photos taken along the Swan River within walking distance from their house. Far from traditional, the gorgeous couple kept things to a minimum, exactly to their style, and made me feel like a true part of their celebrations. Despite the weather, we all took it in our stride and it was a happy, glorious day as we took advantage of some umbrella shots and the true closeness they felt with friends and family.
HANA AND SEB, 21 July 2019
Joondalup Resort, Joondalup
If colour were a wedding, this would be it. Hana and Seb’s day was immersed in a sea of brightness thanks to their Afghani cultural backgrounds, and it was all about being spectacular and tremendous. It was also not just a one-day shoot, with the traditional celebratory evening held the Friday before the actual wedding, which was on the Sunday. With this particular event, it was seamless for me to flow through the excited guests with my lens, capturing every angle of happiness as I possibly could on both days – from their intimate time at the Wanneroo Pine Forest, to the massive celebrations at Joondalup Resort. (Read the full story here)
REBECCA AND DAVID, 7 September 2019
Yanchep National Park, Yanchep
It was a cave of wonders wedding for Rebecca and David, who went into the earth together with their guests for vows and celebrations. This venue is certainly not one to be forgotten easily thanks to its incredible uniqueness, and was a first for me. The grand chamber inside the cave was the perfect backdrop for the ceremony and reception, and I was reminded instantly that it was a location built from millions of years of evolution. Whilst stepping outside under the sky for the bridal shoot, we made it just in time for the golden hour and for a family of kangaroos to join in the fun. (Read the full story here)
MONICA AND DAVID, 14 September 2019
Scented Gardens, South Perth and The Flour Factory, Perth
There was plenty of time at the heavenly Scented Gardens in South Perth for me to take shots of all the guests attending the wedding of Monica and David before the bride arrived. It was so wonderful to see David waiting in anticipation, and the location sure did put on a show for them with flowers blooming right behind the arch where the couple said their vows. Something I hadn’t done before was jump on the ferry, with the bridal party, and head to The Flour Factory in the Perth CBD, so it was thrilling for me to engage with all sorts of different angles and lighting – not just on the ferry, but in the city as well.
NATASHA AND LUKE, 21 September 2019
Riverbank Estate, Caversham
If ever there was a perfect wedding shoot on a vineyard, this would be it. Natasha and Luke took their vows in front of friends and family at Riverbank Estate Winery where an outdoor ceremony was idealistic and perfect against the property’s backdrop. Natasha’s bridal bouquet was filled with fiercely bright colouring, and went perfectly with the entire rustic charm theme of the wedding. We all hit the Guildford Hotel for photos, and again I loved that we managed to score the golden hour perfectly for their outdoor shoot.
EMMA AND DAVID, 27 September 2019
Aloft Hotel, Perth
With the best views in Perth, it’s no wonder Emma and David chose Aloft Hotel Perth as their ceremony and reception venue. I got the opportunity to secure the grandest of views at this wedding, with the stylish couple feeling so comfortable in front of the lens. Although a big bridal party, everyone was super cooperative and I truly loved the atmosphere they all brought to the table.
ALANA AND JESS, 19 October 2019
Tradewinds Hotel, Fremantle
Alana and Jess celebrated their wedding at the Tradewinds Hotel in Fremantle and it was spectacular in every way. It was an intimate number of guests, making their official ceremony quiet and cosy, and despite the hot sun beaming down on them all, a sea breeze kept everyone comfortable to enjoy the special day. When it was time for bridal photos, the three of us explored Fremantle and targeted different areas for the perfect image, and it was actually really lovely just having the two of them as subjects. Having their photos taken under the arches of the Rainbow art piece was the icing on the cake. (Read the full story here)
TRACY AND SUBIN, 26 October 2019
Pagoda Resort, Como
Tracy and Subin held their ceremony at the Pagoda Resort in Como, alongside a stunning tropical backdrop with pool and palms at their fingertips. With teary-eyed vows of happiness and guests intent on seeing the couple marry, Tracy and Subin entered their marriage with all their loved ones by their side. The Pagoda Resort provided a feeling like everyone was on vacation at a tropical destination, whilst the bridal shoot was held on the South Perth foreshore where we got them featured in photos with Perth in the background as well as green gardens.
SAMANTHA AND PAUL, 1 November 2019
Naked Apple Cider House, Karragullen
From these photos of Samantha and Paul’s wedding, you would never know that it had been raining for most of the day! We were indeed lucky as the rain stopped at the right times for both ceremony and bridal shoot, and the result was super lush green backdrops in each and every photo. Naked Apple Cider House in Karragullen provided the most perfect garden ceremony location, and the trails nearby really showcased the gorgeous nature that Western Australia has to offer. Even the clouds gave us a dramatic effect.
MIMI AND PHILIP, 2 November 2019
I had the greatest pleasure in shooting Mimi and Philip’s wedding following their engagement photo session earlier in the year. A low key wedding, the happy couple enjoyed every single minute of the intimate ceremony and it suited their personalities perfectly. We managed to hit three locations across the city for bridal photos including the CBD, Green Place Reserve and Bay View Park before making our way to the reception at Tsunami Restaurant in Mosman Park for authentic fusion-style Japanese cuisine.
JESS AND PETE, 30 November 2019
Perth City Farm, East Perth
This gorgeous couple decided to have their bridal photos done in the Perth CBD before their ceremony at Perth City Farm in East Perth, moving away from the traditional way weddings have gone. We managed to sneak in quite a big variety of images for Jess and Pete, with shots in eclectic backgrounds of artwork on brick walls and the metropolis with its sleek skylines. Perth City Farm allowed for a large number of guests to attend the ceremony and reception, so I got ample opportunity to shoot as many faces as possible.
CAITLIN AND JAMES, 7 December 2019
Darlington Estate, Darlington
For a rustic wedding with all the charm of country, none can beat the wedding of Caitlin and James at Darlington Estate in Darlington. Baby blue hues were a recurring theme, and every last detail was captured with the lens – from the soft detailing of Caitlin’s tulle gown, to baby blue ribbons which held the wedding rings on a small, square pillow. I especially loved shooting this wedding, it had such a sentiment to it with the atmosphere, the surroundings of nature, and the happiness of every person who attended. It gave me a lot to work with, from beginning to end.
REBEKAH AND ANDREW, 14 December 2019
Coogee Beach, Coogee and Little Creatures Brewery, Fremantle
We all love a beach wedding, and Rebekah and Andrew did it well! Set on the soft sands of Coogee Beach, the couple said their vows with bare feet and the waves softly crashing alongside them. The weather was hot – a balmy 40c degrees, but thanks to a sea breeze it felt more like 33c under the seaside sun, and when the ceremony was finished, the bridal photos were a total hit as the party well and truly relaxed for the occasion.
EMMA AND BEN, 21 December 2019
Carilley Estate, Herne Hill
Before their wedding kicked off, both Emma and Ben headed off to run their free, 5km local parkrun at Maylands Peninsula – because that’s what serious runners do! It was only natural that the outdoor athletes conducted their vows outside at Carilley Estate in Herne Hill (the bride still wearing her sports watch on her wrist), amongst the vineyards and with a small bridal party of just one groomsman and one bridesmaid. An intimate affair with the closest of friends and family, runners Emma and Ben sure did make photographing them easy with their comfortability in front of the lens.
TIFFANY AND JOSEPH, 31 December 2019
Maitraya Resort, Nanarup
What a way to finish the year – a wedding on New Year’s Eve! Never has a location provided more luxury and style than the Maitraya Resort in Nanarup. Tiffany and Joseph said their vows along the picturesque Southern Ocean with nearby islands and mountains, their family and friends by their sides every minute of the day. It was only fitting that an outdoor ceremony be performed before bridal photos at a local gazebo, along the trails, in a flowering field and the beach itself. It was a magical place for a wedding, and I was thoroughly humbled to be a part of it all – I took every opportunity for as many angles and backdrops as possible.