18th Jan 2013, 9:41am

The day of Saba and Sam's actual wedding was as stunning as their prep day (which you can see here)...sunshine, laughter and lots and lots of love. At the girls place there was the usual hair and makeup going on...

and LOTS of discussion about the lacing of the dress...I love that Dad got called in because it was a very serious business...

I love this photo of Saba just before she left for the ceremony...that's both her grandparent's wedding photos on the shelf behind her parents.

 

Meanwhile the boys were getting ready and it was already a bit much for pageboy Colin...

Nothing a (chocolate) cigar won't fix :-)

 

This was such a lovely, family wedding and I think this shot from the beginning of the ceremony really shows that...Sam's family waiting and watching with him as Saba arrives.

The ceremony was conducted by Sam's Grandad in the chruch that was built by his other Grandad...it doesn't get more family than that right?

Then we headed out to Mystery Creek for the group photos and the bridal photos photos...Saba is a teacher so we kind of had to do this but it was never going to be a serious photo!

In fact it isn't easy to find a serious photo in the entire day :-)

But there are quite a few that just melt me...I think this one is my favourite photo from the whole wedding...it has a stillness that I love, that feeling of being the only two people in the world for just a minute.  Sometimes it's hard to get that minute in the busy-ness of a wedding day but when you do, it's magic.

Once we got back to the reception Saba snuck off to change...and luckily Sam alerted Pip and she got to capture this...

There was more amazing food (prepared by Saba's parents), tearful speeches and then dancing...awesome dancing!

Thank you SO much for having us Sam and Saba (and your lovely families!), I've run out of superlatives so I'll have to just go with "It was awesome" because it was!

 

10th Jan 2013, 7:59pm

One of the things that makes photographing weddings so special is the stories...there's the love story but there's also the friends stories...

Kristen and Denne were very lucky to have an awesome support team of bridesmaids and groomsmen...

(and let's just pause for a second to love that bouganvillia covered porch)

I love this moment just after Kristen's sister Megan had put in her veil...

And these gorgeous portraits of Denne (taken by Pip) before the ceremony...

And then the ceremony...I could rave about the gorgeous light under the huge white canopy (but probably only photographers would be interested) and I could rave about the beautiful setting but really what made this wedding was the emotion...and those stories again...

(I have personal soft spot for this image because we just celebrated our 18th wedding anniversary and I remember so clearly the moment at our wedding when I looked up and caught a glimpse of my hubby waiting for me...I hope Kristen gets to look back as happily as I do 18 years from now)

Nothing says 'newly married' clearer than that weird feeling of wearing a ring when you've never worn one before...love this detail!

And then we went for a wander around the gardens for bridal party and couple photos...and found some yummy late afternoon light...

before stealing Kristen and Denne away on their own down to the jetty...

Now I just have to point out that I was standing up to my ankles in crab-infested mud to get the angle I wanted for this shot...because that's how I roll...and there may not actually have been any crabs in reality but there were a heap in my imagination and those ones are worse!

Congratulations Kristen and Denne...thanks for having us along for the ride!

 

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