Wedding

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

 
 

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!"


RACHEL & KHAWAR | PORT STEPHENS WEDDING

 

KHAWAR & RACHEL'S WEDDING - BROUGHTONS AT THE BAY - NELSON BAY

 
 

There needs to be more people in the world like Rachel & Khawar. They are beautiful inside and out, calm, mature, loving and so kind.

Rachel and Khawar's wedding day saw their families come together for the very first time. It was Khawar’s sister and brother-in-law's first trip to Australia, and the first time Khawar had seen them in 5 years! I could tell it meant the absolute world for them to be here for such a special day. 

It was a beautiful and intimate afternoon and evening full of loved ones, running over sand dunes, and dancing the night away. 

 

 
 

Rachel and Khawar chose Broughtons At The Bay for their ceremony and reception. I fell in love with Broughtons as soon as I stepped inside. You have to see it to believe it! Full of natural light, high ceilings, tiffany chairs and white features. It’s a photographers dream!  The room was decorated simply, with rose gold accents and lush greenery. 

Rachel & Khawar involved some of their dearest loved ones to play special parts on the day. Khawar's Mother and Rachel's Mother presented the rings, and their close friends played the part of celebrant, MC and cake creator! 

 
 


 
 

"You were my yesterday, you are my today and you will be my tomorrow.”

 
 


 
 

Rachel was gifted a significant red scarf from Khawar’s mother to wear, a traditional colour for Pakistani Brides to wear on their wedding day. 

 
 


 
 

The speeches were such an honest, heartfelt and hilarious window into the lives of Rachel & Khawar. It was easy to see from the tears and cheers, and their guests hanging onto every word that they are adored by everyone around them. 

 
 


 
 

Khawar & Rachel - Thank you for such an amazing 12 months! I've loved getting to know you both and I will forever be grateful you trusted me with your engagement and wedding photos. I wish you both a lifetime of love, travel, happiness and chicken.. :) 

 
 

Khawar & Rachel's Fine Art Album


The amazing vendors who contributed:

 

Venue: Broughtons At The Bay

Celebrant: Elizabeth Murray

Film: Alex Winner

Flowers: Valley Fresh

Cake: Melissa Rentell

Makeup: Dean Blaq

Hair: Evolution Newcastle

Photobooth & DJ: Newcastle Photobooths


SAMANTHA & RICHARD | HUNTER VALLEY WEDDING

 

Samantha & Richard's Wedding - Stonehurst Cedar Creek - Hunter Valley

 
 

I will forever be in awe of Sam & Rich's wedding day. They two of the kindest, down to earth and funniest people I've ever met!
Their day was beautiful beyond words, straight from a Pinterest board. But more importantly they have a beautiful relationship. Sam & Rich have experienced so much together already.  Rich is from Bristol in the UK and Sam from here in Australia. They met on Instagram, started dating in London where Sam was working at the time, and have travelled to almost 30 different countries together since. It's easy to see when they are together that they are soul mates, share a deep connection and respect for each other and love for nature, travel and adventure.

They DIY-ed so much of their beautiful day.. and organised most of it from another state!  Rich made the gorgeous tree stump ring holder, turned an old bathtub into the coolest esky ever,  the welcome sign was all their handy work and Sam's epic writing skills. Those bouquets? Put together by Sam herself.

Stonehurst Cedar Creek boasts a 550 acre property, vineyards, deer, horses, open paddocks, stone cottages and winding dirt roads set against a backdrop of  mountains. It was easy to see why Sam & Rich fell in love with it!

We started the day at the cottages at Stonehurst. Dark clouds were rolling overhead. The air felt thick with a mix of excitement, purpose and anticipation....
 

 
 

 


As Sam made her walk from the cottages  the rain started, making everything that bit more magical. Surrounded by Rich's family (who had flown from the UK to Australia for the first time!) Sam's family and their closest friends, they said their vows in a beautiful intimate ceremony in the Poplar Grove at Stonehurst. As they signed their marriage certificate, a huge rumble of thunder rolled overhead - perfect timing.
 

 

 
 

 

"A marriage makes two fractional lives a whole. It gives to two questioning natures a renewed reason for living. It brings a new gladness to the sunshine, a new fragrance to the flowers, a new beauty to the earth, and a new mystery to life"
- Carl Sagan