31st Dec 2012, 2:23pm

Let me begin by declaring a bit of a bias here...I do love 'first looks'...they're always lovely and emotion filled.  There are so many reasons why they work; less pressure, less people watching, more time with guests...as far as I can see it's all good!

*notice how awesome it is to have two photographers at a first look :)

One of the things people sometimes say when they're choosing NOT to do a first look is that they want the walk to down the aisle to be really special.  I'm kind of thinking it still is...you just get to have double helpings of 'really special'.  

Nicole and Karl had three gorgeous pageboys and lots of super cute mini-guests who added to the fun...check out the anticipation while they wait for the bride to arrive...

and seriously? Anytime the groomsmen are pulling faces like this as the bride arrives...well you have something pretty special I'd say...

Crikey it looks a bit like I shot this whole wedding in black and white!  There's lots of colour in there too...I promise!

I'm loving Karl's fist pump after the kiss...no kiss is complete without a fist pump :-)

Another thing I love...grandparents taking a moment to offer some wisdom...

and finally, the driveway at Red Barn...because it wouldn't be a Red Barn wedding without a driveway shot...

 

 

24th Dec 2012, 9:30am

It occurs to me that the real love stories are nothing like the movies.  In real life there's a lot more of the determined perseverance and a lot less of the running to catch someone at the airport.  A lot more of the messy and a lot less of the loose ends all tied up in 120 minutes.  A lot more of the actions that speak louder than words and a lot less of the heart outpouring speeches.

I'm thinking about all of this today because my Nanny and Grandad got married 65 years ago (almost to the day) and early this morning Nanny passed away.  And Grandad was there.  Their's is one of the real love stories, and it took 65 years to tell.

Back in July I was in a pre-Iris Awards funk and convinced that everything I'd ever done was crap.  My friend Vanessa suggested that I get my head out of my butt (she was slightly more polite than that) and go and photograph my grandparents.  

So I did...I can't tell you how glad I am that I did...

Take lots of photos of your peoples this Christmas!

 

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