Rainfall a highlight for Lizzy and Ben’s special day
Home is where the heart is, and it was no exception for Lizzy and Ben’s big day on November 13, 2020. Their wedding celebrations were a real nod to togetherness, with plenty of family and friends joining them to witness their love for one another.
The morning started with hair, make-up, and plenty of champagne to go around as Lizzy and her bridesmaids sought out the perfect day to get ready. Despite stormy weather predicted – highly unusual for November – the beautiful bride stayed as positive as ever with Lizzy offering personalised gifts to the bridesmaids before she put on her gown with the help of her mum.
The look of pride on Lizzy’s parents’ faces throughout the whole morning was the picture perfect example of how a mother and father beam indefinitely over a child, and they were no exception – it was an absolute pleasure capturing this through my lens, especially the family portraits.
The lighting was exceptional during these pre-wedding photos, the natural sunlight coming through the sheer curtains. And to top it off, I was truly enjoying the shadowing coming from behind Rebecca in her full-length single portraits from the sliding door wardrobe. Finally we ventured outside to take advantage of the gorgeous courtyard presented at Lizzy’s parents’ house.
Also at his parents’ family home, Ben and his family were eagerly awaiting for the moment it was time to leave for his ceremony. The small gestures, like Ben helping his dad with his tie and his mum attaching their boutonnieres, were all important expressions of affection between them, so to capture those moments with a gorgeous family was such a joy.
With clouds heavy above us and a prediction of rainfall, the ceremony was held at Matilda Bay under a large tent to provide shelter – we were lucky in the end that the rain held off though! The atmosphere was electric when I arrived, all the guests ready and waiting impatiently for the beautiful bride to make her appearance. I walked around and engaged most of them with the camera lens, and it was great to get some close-up and really personal pre-nuptial images for Lizzy and Ben.
Before we knew it, after taking some snaps of the gorgeous page boys and flower girl, it was time for Lizzy and her bridesmaids to make their way down the white carpet aisle and declare their vows in front of everyone.
With smiles as far as the eye could see, and the final sealing of the deal with a kiss, it was on to signing those all-important marriage documents and greeting loved ones with congratulations abound.
Somewhat unusual, but I was given grand opportunity to take photos of all the guests during their canape/cocktail hour. This was before heading out for bridal photos, and was a great chance for me to create images so Lizzy and Ben could see all the fun everyone was having. These sorts of events allow me to really get amongst the crowd and get ‘au naturale’ pictures – most people are too busy engaging with each other to notice a camera floating around!
Not far from Matilda Bay, I met the bridal party at the Mounts Bay Road fig trees which is on the Kings Park side near the Old Swan Brewery. It’s a popular destination for wedding photography because with its leafy shaded backdrops, you’d never guess you were less than 3kms from the Perth CBD.
The cloudy day meant essentially perfect camera clicking conditions for me, and we got a wide range of photos under the stunning fig trees. Before long, we all hopped back in the limo and made our way to the Swan Brewery but that’s when the rain began.
No problem though, as we were prepared with an umbrella – and let’s not forget, a prop like an umbrella actually adds a lot of depth and fun to wedding photos! These moments with the Perth city skyline and a bit of rainfall were the highlight of their day according to Lizzy and Ben, and ultimately my favourite images.
Back at Matilda Bay, the classic white décor topped with soft pink flower bouquets at the bridal table and unique citrus blends at the guests’ tables revealed what an alluring taste the couple has. From the six-tiered cheese cake (yes! A cake made with actual cheese tiers!) to the happy snaps at the welcome table and the photo booth, Lizzy and Ben put on an amazing celebration for their friends and family.
It was an incredible evening with barrels of laughter and some truly thought-out speeches before it was time to cut the cheese, so to speak, and hit the dance floor.
I’m just going to say here now, that giving me that extra time to take photos of everyone grooving to the music really makes for an eclectic, hilarious series of images! Without a doubt!
For Lizzy and Ben, thank you for allowing me to be a part of your special day. Even with the rain, nothing could dampen your spirits or your love for one another, and I wish your marriage all the happiness in the world.
Vendors & Suppliers
Celebrant: Maureen Meredith
DJ: Lumin8 Events
Florals: Lime Flowers
Limo: Limousines Unlimited
Live Music: Dolce Ensembles
Hair: Hair – Coastal Hair by Sophia
Makeup: Kathryn Osmetti
Venue: Matilda Bay Restaurant
Wedding Hire: The Original Wedding Company