Corry and John’s Country Wedding Bliss
The beautiful Waroona country wedding of Corry and John was perfection, with both bride and groom saying their nuptials in a town where they first met. Their day was beautifully intimate as small weddings often are, and even though both wished close family could attend (due to COVID-19) they made sure to make long lasting memories with an amazing day of wedded bliss and photography.
Corry, originally from Indonesia, and Netherlands local John met while working on a farm in Waroona so it was fitting for them to ensure their wedding would take place in the small town, about 120km south of Perth, where they lived.
Arriving at the couple’s home, I was a bit concerned about the weather though – completely overcast with threat of rain, and despite always prepared for any change in the forecast, it’s nice to not have to worry about any extra camera gear to protect my equipment or have the bridal party carry raincoats everywhere. We were lucky however because throughout the entire day, the rain held off and it ended up being a fantastic afternoon.
With Corry given one end of their home, and John the other, the bride and groom prepared for their wedding day in close proximity but without the luxury of seeing each other to keep with tradition. Corry, with the help of her sister, was all nerves and excitement as the minutes and hours ticked by, while John got an opportunity to video call his parents for some words of assurance – definitely some beautiful moments captured with family.
Following bridal portraits at the house, it was time to make our way to St Patrick’s Catholic Church, a gorgeous and quaint little country chapel with history dating back to 1941. With the flowers and ribbons all set up, the bride and groom arrived for an intimate ceremony in front of a handful of special guests, Corry not being able to hold back her tears as joy overcame her.
With their beautiful vows said, and the bridal kiss sealing the deal, the final touches of the ceremony were held with a holy communion and signing of the marriage documents before the newlyweds took each other by the hand and made their way back up the aisle for congratulatory hugs and cheers. Photos outside the church were pretty fun as everyone was thrilled for the couple to finally tie the knot.
Within walking distance was the Waroona Memorial Hall so Corry, John, myself and the bridal party made our way over there to take some quick pictures there.
Our first location for the bridal shoot was a random pine forest I’d found on Google Maps before I’d made my way down to Waroona from Perth. Not too far from the church, this outdoor setting was bursting with beautifully lush colours and allowed for Corry and John to have photos in a truly Australian backdrop.
Before long, it was time to head to our second shoot location, the stunning Drakesbrook Weir – a spot the couple tend to spend time at on a regular basis. With lots to do there, it’s the ideal place for a spot of swimming or canoeing with a picnic or barbeque, so it was little wonder Corry and John wanted to head there for pictures. To top it off, the kangaroos in the background were a complete bonus!
Keeping things to a minimum, it was a party back at the newlyweds’ house for their nearest and dearest where I managed a few happy snaps before packing up for the night.
To Corry and John, I wish you both a lifetime of happiness in your new adventure together as husband and wife. It was a sheer pleasure being your wedding photographer, thank you for allowing me to capture the most important day of your lives.