Soft pastels, lush landscape for Sabrina and Kean’s wedding day
It was sophistication at its finest on Sabrina and Kean’s special day, with a beautiful hot 38-degree day on 29 January 2022 – but thankfully, a sea breeze came and cooled everyone off just in the nick of time.
A lovely background to the couple – they met on Tinder while holidaying in Malaysia, and while some online dating apps aren’t meant for everyone, this was clearly meant to be for Sabrina and Kean.
We’d agreed on quick preparation photos of the groom, and then it was off to the beautiful ceremony location at Ambrose Estate which features sweeping views across the Wembley Golf Course’s parkland – so you’re guaranteed abundant lush lawn in every direction. The modern-style gazebo and Dolce Ensembles private quartet welcomed guests as they arrived, the ambience alive with anticipation of the arrival of the bride.
Despite the heat, Sabrina made her entrance along the footpath in a stunning strapless lace gown alongside her father and touches of soft pinks and whites amongst her bouquet. Her smile was ear-to-ear as she spotted Kean waiting for her at the end of the aisle, his own face beaming in pride and awe when they locked eyes.
With the lake right beside them, sunlight glistening off with reflection and the audience waiting to hear their vows, Sabrina and Kean were the epitome of a match made in heaven. Nobody could get enough of the atmosphere on the day, especially when they were all bearing witness to how much in love the bride and groom were. And after each read their vows followed by an exchanging of the rings, the happy couple kissed for the first time as husband and wife and made their way to sign official documents with their celebrant.
Once hugs and congratulations’ were finished, I whisked all the guests and bridal party to a nearby tree for family photos before Sabrina and Kean hopped onto a golf cart to get ready for the bridal shoot.
One of the most fun parts of having a wedding on a golf course is, of course, the golf buggies, and once the bridal party made their way to a lush green spot free from crowds, it was time to let everyone relax with champagne and let the lens do the talking. The bridesmaids’ dress colour really popped against the lawn – I love working with soft pastels, especially at the right time of day when the sun is beginning to lay low. Everyone ‘let down their hair’ so to speak, and we got some beautiful natural photos of everyone. Sabrina and Kean managed to get a few quiet and intimate moments; it’s amazing to work with couples who make everything look so easy. From lush golf lawn to pieces of Aussie bush, the newlyweds’ photoshoot was incredibly enjoyable and entertaining!
The reception was held on-site at Ambrose Estate, so there was no need to worry about travel time to get to the party. I made sure to get indoors before the bride and groom made their entrance so I could capture the décor and stunning floral arrangements, cake, and table settings. One of the most important things to note, as a wedding photographer, is to make sure each guest is captured on film too – when a bride and groom look at their photos in 5, 10 or 20 years’ time, they’ll be reminded of the big day as they see everyone admire the happy couple, from a parent walking their child down the aisle to nanna breaking out her moves on the dancefloor. They’ll be taken back to the ceremony and reception as if it were yesterday, and remember how they felt from the minute they woke up to the second their eyes hit the pillow. I made sure to make my way around the room as much as I could to capture each emotion, each smile, each action throughout the evening – none more so than the first bridal waltz, which had everyone on their feet, captivated.
When it was time for everyone to really get down and boogey, I stayed for a little longer to get those funny, awkward dance moves and snap a few last shots outside on the deck of Sabrina and Kean. To the happy couple, thank you for allowing me to be your wedding photographer and helping you capture all your special moments. I wish you both a lifetime of happiness as husband and wife, and can’t wait to hear about where the world takes you next.