As some of you may know. Being from Manchester. I’m a bit partial to the football. It’s less a sport and more of a religion in the UK and it just so happens that my team were in town. Well, they were 2000kms away in Sydney, but in Australian terms, that’s just down the road.
Helen and I went with some of our good friends to see the reds play in Australia and whilst we were down there, I thought I’d document some of what I saw. Don’t worry, the actual photography is almost nothing to do with football 🙂
I was very excited to shoot this wedding for a number of reasons. Firstly, Michelle and Luke are dear friends of ours and it’s always such an honour to be such a big part in a friend’s special day. And secondly, a beach ceremony and a vineyard reception was enough to make me excited and giddy a couple of months before the day!
Michelle and Luke are childhood sweethearts. It shows. They still look that way now so many years later. It’s pretty cute. You just want to grab their cheeks and give them a pinch.
A couple of days before the wedding, they took Helen and myself to look at the locations so we could get an idea of how everything would work on the day. It had been 8 months or so since they had picked Port Willunga beach as their location and it seemed the seasons had a big impact on the tides. By 2.30pm – the place they had planned to wed was about knee height in surf and we did what all people do in that situation. Panic. Scream a bit and laugh about it all.
The truth is, it didn’t matter what would have happened on the day – with Michelle and Luke at the forefront, looking at each other the way they do, it was always going to be perfect. And so it was.
I had so much fun and never has a 16 hour day of photography gone by so quickly and with so much laughter.
Michelle and Luke: Your wedding was beautiful. Thank you for letting me document your story.
Well. It’s not that often that your big sister gets married to the man of her dreams is it?
I guess this is about as good as it gets in a profession like this. I think it’s great to have a strong connection with the people that you photograph. It makes the images that much more personal but in this instance, it goes way beyond that. To be involved in Susie and Pete’s wedding in this way was an honour and I will cherish that time with them forever.
Susie and Pete are a perfect match. They are the embodiment of true love. You can see it when they look at each other. You feel it when they’re together and their wedding day was an extension of them. It was a celebration of their love for each other and the things they love.
This, naturally, meant a big, big party. London Town style. With a wedding on the side. It couldn’t have been better.
By the end of the evening, my legs were sore from dancing and my cheeks even more so from smiling. I flew from Australia to London just for this day and I’d do it again a thousand times over. It was one of those gatherings where all the pieces fit into place and life feels truly wonderful.
Susie and Pete: If you need a photographer for your 1st anniversary. I’m there.
Love you guys x
It’s taken me a long time to finally finish this collection of images. It’s the same story with lots of things I guess, you go hot and cold on projects. Some things you jump on and finish in a day. Some things take 6 months. This was the latter. I can’t really say why.
The trip was a real spur of the moment idea, a special offer on a website and we just went for it. 5 days on Long Island in the Whitsundays. We had nothing but sunshine, a beach practically to ourselves and an apartment that looked onto the ocean.
We felt very lucky.
Helen and I have driven 22,000kms around Australia and these are islands are still one of our highlights. Life of all kinds overflows here and you feel reconnected to mother nature in such a refreshing way. I use the term reconnected because an office job and a house in the suburbs has a funny way of making you forget about the simple things around you everyday. It takes a trip like this to remember those little things. Having my camera in hand helps too.
To my friends back in the UK who all promise to come and visit one day. This is what you’re missing. Maybe you should come and visit. I’d go back in a heartbeat.