Michelle and Matt have been together for quite some time and finally took their plunge, their families already as one. It really was one big party. I love weddings where the ceremony and reception are in the same venue, in this case the gorgeous Riverbank Estate in Perth's Swan Valley. It just makes weddings so much easier and less stressful. The only small amount of stress on the day was the Kombi breakdown and subsequent necessary retrieval of the bridesmaids by the second Kombi. Didn't help that Sandalford Wines had a massive concert on that day so cars were bumper to bumper.
As a photographer, I didn't mind if Michelle was a bit late as it meant the light would be nicer for the ceremony! Always a silver lining :) Portraits were just a walk away, around the vineyard near Riverbank. That night, we had a massive storm come through and watched tropical clouds and lightning across the valley. The guests were all sheltered under the marquee but we were all going out from time to time to check out the lightning strikes! The weather was warm though, it had reached the late thirties that day and it was only mid November.
Kudos to Michelle for being an adventurous bride. Even though she was petrified of snakes she walked through some long grass to hop over the side of a gate to access a good photo spot. I stomped around the area loudly first, but she did well in that dress (with the help of the bridal party) to shimmy over the fence. It was so worth it. Especially when the sun started glowing through the vines. Drool.
I'm just about to order a gorgeous album for these two. I'll be sure to take some photos and throw them up on the blog. Delivering gorgeous fine art books to clients makes me happy. Nothing beats the printed product!
A few shout outs to awesome vendors:
Gown: Bridal by Aubrey Rose
Venue: Riverbank Estate - always impressed by the service and food here (and they are always nice to us photographers, unlike some venues!)
Floral: Bloom and Thread (Helen Meldrum)
Light Up Letters: Larger than Lights
Tiffany Chairs: Perfected Events