Bec + Alex

Posted by on Jul 3, 2018 in Bec + Alex, Weddings | No Comments

I lost my license sometime last year. It’s not overly important, to the story that is. The correlation however, is that the week of this particular wedding, Bec was kind enough to pick me up and take me to the farm, where of course her and Alex would be getting married. It’s a good memory that week. It’s a beautiful memory. My life and friends and clients and couples have all kind of amalgamated into one running narrative. A story of sharing love and kindness and living, all of us in our own perception of time, each individually but also collectively. The Earth and the inhabitants of it really is something of such intense wonder. So many parallel narratives, seperate but together, disconnected but intrinsically intwined.
In the afternoon Alex drove me back home so we had a solid hour to get to know each other better. It’s in these moments where a relationship, a feeling or a sentiment can change or perhaps simply develop. You see, some couples I get to know better than others, and that may be for various reasons. It is what it is, that’s life. The narrative returns. The three of us had already spent a day together, chasing laughter across the South Australian Fleurieu Peninsula, so I felt I knew both Alex and Bec pretty well. I do love spending time with them and I have. I’ve enjoyed the playful nature they have with one another. The adoration, visible in their eyes or simply the gentle silences in which upon they seem so comfortable in each other’s arms. Back in the car however, things were different. It was two men, becoming friends. We spoke of love and hardship. Similarities between our lives arose and I felt a connection to Alex. I felt my heart respond to the man he is and how he came to be in that very car that very afternoon with me. I felt a warmth in the journeys his life has taken him. I felt the resilience and strength certain things have required of him and I knew for all that had been, Bec was always going to be the one, that in the end would fulfill all of his dreams. I remember that car ride like it was yesterday and so you see, life as you would have it is so very beautiful indeed.

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Now that you know that short story, let me leave you with a perfect day. A perfect couple. And. A perfect love song told through imperfect images.

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Music by Future Islands

Tess + Michael

Posted by on May 28, 2018 in Tess + Michael, Weddings | No Comments

By now I think that most people who follow me have an understanding of my heart. I haven’t had an easy life when it comes to love. Please don’t mistake that for sorrow – it is what it is and there is a reason I’m mentioning it. You see, I am indeed hopelessly romantic. Completely and utterly and so ever since I was old enough to remember I wanted a best friend to share my life with. To do all those silly things together that only you and your partner can understand. To bring my lover water in the middle of the night when she is thirsty or make her breakfast in the morning just because it’s her. I have an overly delicate soul, I seem to feel things differently to most. I am gripped to my core with emotion when I hear a song, when I read a poem, when I look into the eyes of a girl I love and so too do I feel all these things when I shoot weddings. Not only that, I keep meeting couples that recognise my heart and they care for me, befriend me, welcome me into their lives and so I am so very thankful for being able to do what I do, even if it is only a chapter, as all things are chapters.

When I first met Tess and Michael, I was immediately taken aback by their connection, the way they admired each other openly but gently throughout our conversation. I remember thinking at one point that someday I hope to meet a girl who would look at me like Tess looks at Michael. As a young man, I remember my mother telling me that in order to truly love someone you must first admire them. Good solid advice Eva.

There are always so many elements that come together on a wedding day, so many back stories, so many cross roads. Tess is a young and talented architect, she followed in the footsteps of her father Max, who is arguably one of my favourite local architects here in South Australia. I studied architecture and so we all have some common ground and it was an absolute pleasure to not only see Tess’ beautiful home, which she herself designed with the help of her equally talented partner Michael but also to see the Pritchard home, where Tess grew up. I have no doubt, Tess would have seen her father working on drawings late into the night at this very home as a little girl and as life would have it, she too would become an architect. Tess and Michael’s home is a wonderful accomplishment in itself and is a testament to how they both worked together at something that is now a celebration of their connection, hard work and love.

I was welcomed so warmly on the day into both homes and families and the stories that revealed themselves reminded me of so much good, of so much hard work that goes into life and work and love, that I’m a better person for it…

Their wedding was everything that Tess and Michael’s wedding should be. It was designed, it was beautiful, it was dramatic and it was filled with two (amongst many more) incredible smiles that resonated the love they share.
God, I love this wedding stuff. Oh and I think LOVE is a pretty fucking big deal too.
Sooo, the story…


Music by Epic 45

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