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Rustic wedding on the farm for Emma and Jason

It’s no secret that planning a wedding takes inspiration, and you’ll definitely find inspiration from Emma and Jason’s special day in early 2021 with their epic outdoors farm stay nuptials.

Postponed due to COVID-19, the wedding went ahead somewhat later than originally planned, but that just meant the finer details could continue to be fine-tuned. Their day was romantic, fun and full of country charm down south at Baldivis Farm Stay, just 45km south of Perth, but the bride and her bridesmaids got ready at a beachside AirBnB in Mandurah – the perfect spot to enjoy the morning and share with those closest to her.

With hair and makeup done, and the bridesmaids dressed in their finest red gowns, it was time for the little flowergirl to look her best and wait for mum Emma to step out in her wedding dress – and when she did, emotion took over Emma’s dad, who couldn’t hold back the tears when he first saw her.  

When all eyes were dry, the finishing touches were put on Emma including fixing her mascara, putting on her funky sneakers, and attaching her veil. The nerves were still building, but then it was time for me to get portraits of the bride and I could finally feel her begin to relax a little bit. The AirBnB had some stairs inside the building, so after the collective images with family and the bridesmaids, I wanted to utilise the angles and get Emma to walk down – I always love searching for unique spaces when it comes to wedding photography.

Looking very dapper in a navy blue suit, groom Jason and his band of groomsmen got themselves ready at the couple’s Baldivis home and I’d sent my associate photographer to capture those moments. There was a lot of laughter in the house as the morning went on, and the blokes of course got some great chuckles when having their portraits taken.

Emma and Jason’s nuptials were held at Baldivis Farm Stay south of Perth, known for its rustic charm weddings on a beautiful private piece of land. It’s the perfect location for couples who want complete privacy on their special day, and for Emma and Jason it was no exception.

As guests began to arrive at the venue, Jason and his groomsmen excitedly greeted everyone before making their way to the wooden arbour where the nuptials would take place. And then that moment of the bride arriving in a sleek black limousine finally came, the look on Jason’s face absolutely priceless, and the guests eagerly counting down the seconds to take a glimpse of her walking down the aisle.

Outdoor weddings are fantastic to work in, because as the photographer it means I can move around as much as possible and get a large variety of angles into the shots. Timing is everything, and although I generally know what photos I’m going to take, I am constantly thinking ahead to get in the right position for key moments without disrupting the actual event. For Emma and Jason, I got a fantastic ability to go around them at 360 with their vows!

After all the guests got their chance to congratulate the newlyweds and we got the group shots done, the bridal party and I headed out to Langford Park in Jarrahdale where we could take pictures of Emma and Jason in one of their favourite spots. Both with a love of nature and bushwalking, it was the perfect place – especially in the golden hour, just before sunset when we got to the railroad tracks – and everyone really had a great time at this location.

Following all the fun at the bushlands, we made our way back to Baldivis Farm Stay for more photos, and this time I got to use my drone. The paddocks may not have been green, but the impact of a real country wedding is shown here and I couldn’t be happier with the way the photos turned out.

The reception was held at the farm stay’s barn, and decked out to the nines. A gorgeous spot with a lot of ambiance, the venue was definitely part and parcel of Emma and Jason’s personalities. Flowing seamlessly with the outdoors, the bridal party arrived with a barrage of smiles and laughter, and really set the tone for when the newlyweds made their entrance and hit the dance floor for a brief moment.

With drinks in hand, food on the table, fairy lights on and the big LOVE sign illuminating the paddocks, Emma and Jason’s reception was truly underway. Following emotional speeches by those closest to them, it was time for ‘the wedding shoe game’ where the couple sit back-to-back at the centre of the dance floor and swap one shoe each – it was much entertainment for everyone at the party!

Before too long, the sun had finally set and the dark skies gave way to a fun-filled reception with dancing and setting alight a hundred sparklers as Emma and Jason walked under a guard of honour.

Thank you both, Emma and Jason, for allowing me to capture your special day and help create memories for years to come. I wish you both all the happiness that marriage has to offer, and look forward to celebrating your yearly anniversaries!

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