Chelsea & Sophie’s Surprise Wedding - Murray’s Brewery - Port Stephens


“Two brides are better then one, come and join us for some fun”

These words were the very first thing Sophie and Chelsea’s guests saw as they arrived to what they thought was their engagement party.

Sophie and Chelsea planned their surprise wedding from 800km away, without a single friend or family member finding out. Pretty impressive huh?

I just can’t even begin to explain how amazing the reactions were from Sophie and Chelsea’s family and friends. I thought my heart was going to burst. It was such a joy seeing everyone so genuinely ecstatic and emotional at the thought of them finally being able to be legally married.

The most important thing to them on their wedding day (besides allll the wine haha), was spending quality time with their guests celebrating, catching up and dancing the night away. They were happy to just spend 10 mins away together post ceremony to soak it all in and have a few photographs together, then we went straight back to the party

Mel x

Video: Hunter Valley Video
Venue: Murray’s Brewery
Celebrant: Becky Married Me
Hair: Bliss Hair Artists
Makeup: Demme Porter Makup
Flowers: Jade McIntosh Flowers
DJ: Silent Shout Entertainment
Cake: Hello Naomi
Arbour & Signs: Crab Apple Vintage

Kind words from Chelsea & Sophie

Mel, OH.MY.GOD, what more can we say?!!!! Thank you, thank you, thank you…for everything!

You were hands down the best photographer we could have chosen. You understood our vibe and the style of photos we wanted, you were so efficient at actually taking the photos, and whilst the majority of the time we didn’t even notice you, oddly enough you seemed to be everywhere. You made us feel so comfortable and at ease, and whilst we gave you the complete reigns in respect to our couple photos, you took control and thought so quickly on your feet. We’ve only received our preview photos back (mind you 3 days later-once again, very efficient), and SHUT.THE.FRONT.GATE they are ah-maz-ing!!!!

You captured everyones reaction to the surprise and the quality is beyond what we ever could have imagined. You (and Sam from Hunter Valley Videos) worked perfectly together and we honestly cannot thank you enough. Every single one of our guests complimented the way you worked, and since seeing the photos, everyone has contacted us to tell us how amazing they are. We had the best day ever, which is evident through your photos, and words cannot describe how thankful we are.

Love, The Powers






Mark and Milly's wedding day was unapologetically them. Free of fuss and rigid formalities. The Woodhouse Wollombi was the perfect location, nestled amongst the mountain ranges with zero phone reception. As Milly’s Dad described it, a place in the middle of nowhere with no phone reception is Mark & Milly’s idea of a good time.

We started the day with a forecast of rain. The umbrellas were stacked by the door and the ceremony plan B was being considered but luckily not a drop of rain fell! It was the most spectacular afternoon on the lawn at The Woodhouse, with a huge grazing table, lawn games and the champagne was well and truly flowing!

Highlights of their day were meeting their dog Ted (who I’d heard so much about!) Their ‘un-wedding’ 70's style Toyota Landcruiser wedding car and a ROCK band for their reception. Oh and this hilarious moment during their ceremony that left everyone in stitches, celebrant Mel retelling the story of how they got engaged on the Caribbean Coast of Columbia (just one of 7 countries they have travelled to together).

In Milly’s own words: “We did a huge day hike in Tayrona National Park on the Caribbean Coast of Colombia. It was one week into our 2.5 months in South America. We finally reached the beach, sat down and started making sandwiches, when I looked up and saw two people near the water, embracing each other while a bunch of people were looking on. "HAHA! MARK LOOK, I THINK THESE TWO GOT ENGAGED - I CAN'T THINK OF ANYTHING WORSE THAN THAT HAPPENING IN PUBLIC!"

Mark went quiet. As we were about to leave, his bag fell open, and I offered to pick up the socks. He snapped and said "NO, I'll get it" It was a hot day, I shrugged it off and didn't worry that he was a bit cranky. The next night, while we were alone in our little cabin, he proposed!”

This was such an awesome day, with some of the funniest moments I've ever experienced at a wedding. Enjoy!

Mel x

Venue: The Woodhouse Wollombi
Florals: Hunter Valley Bouquets
Caterer: Fennel & Co Catering
Entertainment: Ben Woodham & Touch Crazy
Videographer: Pure Image Photo + Film
Celebrant: Hitched in the Hunter
Hair: Empire Artistries
Makeup: Lauren Pride Makeup
Dress: Grace Loves Lace
Bridesmaids: Petal & Pup
Suits: M.J. Bale

Kinds Words from Mark and Milly:

Where do I start... We just received our incredible gallery of photos from our wedding at The Woodhouse in Wollombi. I feel silly because I shouldn’t be in disbelief. I knew from the start that she’d be the best in the business. But woah.
Mel helped us through the process, and made us all feel so relaxed and at ease on the day. She was a delight to have there as not just a photographer, but I promise she’ll become your friend, too.
Mel put so much effort into keeping us all on track and sticking to our timeline, but also had the greatest suggestions for hilarious photos!
Thank you Mel, you have literally made our day unforgettable, and we are so so glad we chose you to capture the most special day of our lives.
Lots of love, the Bradys


Mark & Milly’s Fine Art Album



Nerida & Michael’s Wedding - Cooks Hill & The Hood - Newcastle


Ever seen a wedding at The Hood Milk Bar at The Junction?……me neither

The Hood is one of my favourite places in Newcastle, so naturally when Nerida told me that her and Michael had it picked out for their reception I was sooo keen to see it all jazzed up as a wedding venue!
With their ‘Til Death’ custom neon sign and bold coloured styling and florals, they transformed the space and it looked incredible! I love that it was just Nerida and Michael to a tee.

The threat of torrential rain loomed all day with the rain due to kick in around the time Nerida & Michael’s cermony was scheduled. Luckily it held off just in time to hold the ceremony and do the rounds to greet their guests.

As we set off to Cooks Hill for location shots the rain had well and truly set in. We dashed between terrace houses and shop fronts and despite the rain we had loads of fun and squeezed in some champagne poppin’ before heading back to the reception at The Hood and partying the night away.

Mel x

Venue: The Hood Milk Bar - The Junction
Florals: Two Wild Hands
Custom Neon Sign: Echo Neon
Videographer: Morelife Films
Celebrant: Nell Dark Jones
Hair: The Batcave
Makeup: Makeup by SMR
Dress: Chosen by One Day
Bridesmaids: Shona Joy
Suits: Rundle Tailoring




Sherrie & Jarod’s Wedding - Wallalong House - Hunter Valley

The perfect mix of glamour with relaxed vibes


When I first met Sherrie and Jarod I knew their Wallalong House wedding was going to be out of this world!
Sherrie and Jarod are the type of people you feel like you’ve known your whole life! You know like those people that have this ability to make you feel like an old friend and part of the family.

Their day was the PERFECT combination of glamour but also so laid back, vintage but yet modern, it was intimate but EPIC!
65 of their closest friends and family gathered around the huge fig trees at Wallalong House.
You could feel the excitement and energy as all of their guests hung onto every word during their ceremony, with smiles from ear to ear (I’m sure it isn’t just from the pre ceremony champagne getting around either!). It was such a joy to see Sherrie and Jarod surround by so much love and adoration from their nearest and dearest.

Mel x

Venue: Wallalong House
Florals: The Botanical Workshop
Celebrant: Lauren Teys
Film: Day One Films
Catering: Restaurant Mason
Wedding Dress: Grace Loves Lace & Emmy Mae
Bridesmaid’s Dresses: The Lost Tribe
Suits: Ferrari Formal Wear
Hair & Make Up: Blanc Hair Studio

Kind words from Sherrie & Jarod:

”Omg, shut the front door!!! MEEELLLLL!!!! These are just mind blowing. Jarod and I are both looking at every single picture in awe!!! From the prep pics to the party - how amazing and talented are you?!? Thank you thank you thankyou!!! You’ve captured our day beautifully and these photos are seriously something we will both treasure forever. I can’t wait to show our family and friends!!! I couldn’t have picked a better photographer to capture our day and I’m so glad you were there with us. Meeting you for our engagements pics, I feel like we had known you for years. I think there’s about 700 extra photos HAHA!!!! Your a gem. Thank you so much!!!! My family are all getting together Saturday night for a viewing party!!! I seriously can’t stop looking at them. They are bringing back so many beautiful memories! I seriously can’t thank you enough!!! Xxx”