MELISSA & HARRY | PORT STEPHENS WEDDING

 

Melissa & Harry’s Wedding - The Anchorage Port Stephens

 

It all started with a piece of tropical themed fabric…


Melissa and Harry’s coastal Port Stephens wedding was the perfect mix of style and relaxed vibes.

Melissa is one talented stylist. She has been a part of the Inside Out Magazine’s Search for a stylist this year and had her work featured by Temple & Webster. When she told me she was doing her own styling for the day, I had no doubt that it wouldn’t be amazing.

A piece of fabric ignited Melissa’s vision for their tropical luxe theme and with the help of some amazing florals by Botanica Bird, Melissa and Harry steered clear of current trends and created their own style, unique to them which captured their relaxed nature and also Melissa’s killer styling skills.

It was important to Melissa and Harry that their day be relaxed and their guests could unwind, drink wine and let the good times roll.

Mel x


Venue: Anchorage Port Stephens
Styling: Melissa McMeekin
Flowers: Botanica Bird
Hair: Empire Artistries
Makeup: Steff Matheson
Celebrant: Nell Dark Jones
Bride's Dress: Atelier Pronovias
Bridesmaid's Dresses: Dotti
Groom's Suit: Joe Black
Rings & Earrings: Alison de Theleme
Chair Hire: Beavis Party
Lighting: Temple and Webster

 
 

Melissa and Harry’s Wedding was recently featured by Nouba

 
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SOPHIE & DYLAN | NEWCASTLE WEDDING

 

Sophie & Dylan's Wedding - Newcastle Museum

 


So many people tell me they love this wedding.


They love Sophie's Made with Love Bridal dress (it has pockets!), the iconic Newcastle locations, the amazing styling, the doughnut wall and neon sign at their reception. While I love it for all of these things, I love it for so much more than that....
The love and respect that Sophie and Dylan have for each other just radiated from them all day. They weren't fazed in the slightest as it rained while we piled into the limo to head off for photos. They were just so happy to be in the moment together and soak up their first day of being a married couple.

Okay, I'm not going to lie...the doughnut wall may have also stole my heart.
 

Mel x

Some of Newcastle's finest vendors that were involved in the day:

Venue: Newcastle Museum
Styling: The Wedding Designer
Dress: Made With Love Bridal
Florals: Flowers by Lorey
Celebrant: Julie Muir
Doughnuts: Doughheads
Makeup: Inspiring Makeup Artistry

 
 

MATTHEW & VANESSA | HUNTER VALLEY WEDDING

 

MATTHEW & VANESSA'S Elopement - CIRCA 1876 & THE CONVENT - HUNTER VALLEY

 
 

 

Matthew and Vanessa both work in the travel industry and together they have been to some of the most amazing places throughout the world, but it was the Hunter Valley that stole their hearts for their secret elopement. Circa 1876 and The Convent truly transforms throughout each season of the year. The soft winter light and seasonal colours provided the most glorious backdrop for their day.

It was such a pleasure to capture the honesty, emotion and intimacy of their ceremony with the only witnesses being Matthew's parents (who had travelled from the U.K) and Vanessa's Mum and Step Dad. 
 

Mel x


Venue: Circa 1876 & The Convent - Hunter Valley
Celebrant: Hitched in the Hunter - Melanie Fell Agnew
Hair & Makeup: White Hair and Makeup
Dress: Spell and the Gypsy Collective

 

JODIE & RACHELLE | HUNTER VALLEY WEDDING

 

JODIE & RACHELLE'S WEDDING - ADAM'S PEAK - HUNTER VALLEY

 
 

"Marriage, according to law in Australia, is the union of two people to the exclusion of all others, voluntarily entered into for life"


To be present at Jodie and Rachelle's wedding ceremony, where these very words held so much significance to them and their community was like nothing else I've ever experienced.
Looking around the room at their guests, most of them with a tear running down their face and hanging off each word, I had never witnessed so many people so emotionally invested and present in a ceremony.
Every single person in that room was beaming with happiness and pride for their dear friends, who had originally planned their wedding day without knowing that their marriage would ever be legally recognised. 

When I asked Rachelle and Jodie to describe to me their day in 3 words, they told me "love, booze and pride" which couldn't have been more accurate.
Following the ceremony all of the guests, including Nanna, slammed down fireball shots.  
It poured with rain all day, but this didn't dampen the spirits of their celebration, with the guests initiating an impromptu limbo contest.

This day was all about celebrating with their family and friends and having one big party. I think the images from their day tell their story much better than I can put into words. This is one I definitely will not forget.

Mel x

Venue: Adam's Peak Country Estate

Hair: Belinda Ward

Makeup: Luxe Makeup Artistry

Rachelle's suit: Red and Ruby

Jodie's gown: Grace Loves Lace

Celebrant: Hitched In The Hunter

Music: Kim Sheehy

Styling: Love and Protect

"Rachelle & Jodie" and "Pride" necklaces: Haus Of Dizzy

 

“Mel!! Our photos... we have no words! We absolutely love them. Thank you so much for being there on the most amazing day and sharing it all with us. You have captured moments in these photos that we wouldn’t have even seen. Everybody looks so happy! Thank you again for capturing our beautiful day for us to look back on for years to come. We relived it all when we sat and looked through them. Can’t wait to show everyone xxx”
— Jodie & Rachelle

MATT & MEL | HUNTER VALLEY WEDDING

 

MATT & MEL'S WEDDING - WALLALONG HOUSE - HUNTER VALLEY

 
 


I feel like I really clicked with Matt and Mel from the get-go. When we first met at their engagement session, we pretty much laughed for an hour and a half.
They shared with me their amazing engagement story — How Mel had just arrived home from the gym thinking they were heading off for a weekend of camping. Matt (who had arrived home earlier, coming straight off night shift), had decorated their bed with flowers and 'Bonfire Heart' by James Blunt (their song) was playing. Matt had laid out a dress for Mel to get changed into, along with a letter he had written describing their future and all the things he hoped they would achieve together. The letter finished with inviting Mel into the kitchen, where she found the room full of balloons and photographs of all the memories from their past that they had already made together. Mel then found one last note that said "Go outside to our present, will you marry me?", where he was waiting for Mel on one knee. 

Matt and Mel chose Wallalong House for their day, as it had a story of its own that they could share with their friends and family. I think I had to pick my jaw up off the ground a few times. Everywhere you looked there were beautiful backgrounds. The breathtaking views across the farmlands provided the perfect backdrop for the ceremony, which was held beneath the 190+ year old fig trees on the property.

Mel loves a good DIY and created the designs for their stationery, she put together the gifts for their guests, and handmade the incredible fur shawls for her bridesmaids (which were later referenced to Game of Thrones by the bridal party).

Matt and Mel truly are a special couple and that was well reflected by the loving atmosphere of their family and friends. Three of the longest tables I have ever seen were filled with their nearest and dearest (Rowlo's Ruckus, Krazy Kota's and M&M's all sorts). They were so appreciative of having so many of their loved ones join them to celebrate.

The whole marquee was in stitches after two of Mel's bridesmaids, Louise and Tess gave speeches about how they had met Mel, and shared some hilarious moments that they had experienced together, including the recount of how Matt and Mel broke the "friend zone".

Mel's Dad started his speech with a line that I won't forget;
"I am Mel's Dad. The happiest Dad."
Both Matt and Mel's Father's gave touching speeches about how proud they were of Matt and Mel, and all they have achieved professionally and together as a couple.

The whole day was just so fun and had this amazing energy, which I am so grateful to have been invited to be a part of. The bridal party and guests were so easy going and welcoming that it made me feel as though I was just one of their mates with a camera.

I often get asked what made me want to get into photographing weddings, and it's families and friends like this that inspire me with their stories and make me love what I do.

Matt and Mel are both so warm and down to earth with this amazing ability to make you feel like an old friend and are simply just all round legends! I cannot wait to see what the future holds for these two incredible humans!

Mel x


Venue: Wallalong House
Florals: Little Willow Floral Design
Hair and Make Up: Bellus - Bridal Hair and Make Up
Catering: Mason Restaurant

 


Some kind words from Mel & Matt:

"I've been putting off writing this review because I know nothing I say will be able to credit Mel with the amount she did for us on our wedding day!
She gave the job her all and we are so appreciative to have had her there sharing our day with us! We just received our photos and we have just been blown away at how absolutely perfect they are! She honestly has captured our day so flawlessly! She is truly so talented and if you are unsure of whether or not to go with Mel, do not even hesitate. It's so worth it! She is so relaxed, organised and genuinely excited leading up to the day. I don't know if it's a normal occurrence that your wedding guests contact you and tell you how much they loved your photographer!
Thank you so much Mel!
Love Mel and Matt!"


COLLABORATIVE SHOOT | HUNTER VALLEY WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER

 

Ethereal Styled Shoot- Hunter Valley - Stonehurst Cedar Creek

 

 I had been itching to work with Miss Adams Florist ever since we crossed paths working on a wedding last year. We both share a love for soft, floaty textures and tones, story telling images and elegant unstructured florals in natural surroundings.
Something really magical happens when you get to work alongside creatives that have the same ideas and visions as you! 

Stonehurst Cedar Creek was our pick for the venue (and one of my personal favourites!). It never fails to blow my mind going there. It is incredibly peaceful with breathtaking surrounds and is so, so different in every season. It is truly a hidden gem of a venue.

On the day of the shoot it rained (and rained) for most of the day, but Stonehurst was just as magical as ever, with fog hanging around on the mountain ranges behind, it really set a stunning scene for the day. We were lucky enough to be shown some love from their beautiful horses who came to nibble on the floral arrangements!


The gorgeous people who helped bring this all together:
 

Venue - Stonehurst Cedar Creek

Florals and Silk Ribbons - Miss Adams Florist

Makeup Artist  - Sabrina Dib

Model - Nicole Abbey

Gown - Tanya Anic Bridal

Invitations - Little Design Collective

 


See Sam and Rich's real Wedding at Stonehurst - Cedar Creek