Jeff and I love that so many of our couples adore photography as much as we do. During a caffeine-fueled meeting last year, we discovered the very enthusiastic duo of Gia and Matt happened to share our love not only of photography, but especially of sunsets, cityscapes, and vibrant colours. We were thrilled that they chose us to capture their fabulous city soiree later this year, and were pretty excited about the plans we had for their engagement session. They had chosen to do half their session after dark, at Sydney’s annual winter festival of lights, Vivid Sydney:
As photographers shooting an engagement session at Vivid Sydney, we were like kids in a candy store! But we’re getting ahead of ourselves…
We started the session out in Vaucluse near Nielsen Park. On the day of the session, however, things were not looking so good. Gia and Matt win the award of most eager couple of the year, because on the scheduled day it was windy and cold, bucketing down busts of sideways rain. Despite the wintry weather, Gia and Matt had high hopes that the weather might clear, and were still gung ho to continue even in the rain! So off we went, and as you can see, their sixth-weather-sense proved to be pretty spot-on. To our amazement, by the time we reached Vaucluse the rain had suddenly abated, and the sun was back out in full force!
Aren’t these two such a cute couple? Gia and Matt met back in their uni days and are similar in many ways, though Matt is the one to remember all the details in their relationship. When we asked when they first met or when they got engaged, Gia drew a blank face and looked to Matt, after which much giggling ensued. Matt remembers all the dates and numbers, though Gia is the accountant! Go figure. :)
Gia and Matt are like two peas in a pod. They love doing things together, like their weekly ramen-and-a-movie date nights at their favourite theatre. They look so relaxed and content with one another!
We walked down to Milk Beach in front of Strickland House for some harbour views. Though the rain was gone, the wind was not and the beach was quite eroded from the many recent days of heavy rain. Despite the conditions, a group of children had set up a home-made slip n’ slide on the hill behind us. Hey, as long as the sun is out, it’s always nice in Sydney!
Gia was looking beautiful! It’s pretty clear how much Matt is in love with his happy, spunky, energetic bride-to-be.
Love these—you guys are so cute together!
The area around Strickland House had so many cool features, including this cute little boathouse, and some beautiful stone walls. What an awesome location!
What gorgeous winter light!
We continued to be amazed that the storm had completely disappeared. To say we got lucky for this shoot is a bit of an understatement… and even though we did get completely soaked later, as you’ll see, we definitely made the most of it and used the weather to our advantage! But more on that later…
I’m quite in love with these next two!
Our next stop was Shark Beach, one of our favourite harbour beaches. With the unpredictable skies, we had it all to ourselves!
Gia and Matt both decided to get engagement rings, with Matt’s featuring a secret tiny diamond on the inside of the band. Engagement rings for grooms seem to be becoming more popular, and we think it’s a great new tradition!
With the clouds’ sudden return to the sky, the beach was bathed in pastel light. Beautiful! Click to view the panorama above larger.
We weren’t expecting too much of a sunset, but all of a sudden we took our eyes off of Gia and Matt and looked up to see the cotton-candy clouds absolutely glowing.
The water looked like a fiery opal. Love!
Since they are such photography fans, of course Gia and Matt couldn’t resist taking out their phones to snap a few of their own photos… haha!
The colours were absolutely breathtaking!
No sooner did the colour in the sky fade, back came the rain. Talk about perfect timing. We dashed for the car and had the windscreen wipers going full on before we were out of the carpark! Our next stop was a very unique location for an engagement session: the Vivid Sydney Light Walk! Jeff and I have been fans of Vivid Sydney ever since the first one in 2009. Now in its fifth year, the light sculptures and technology have become much more advanced. Evolving from fixed, changing images, to brighter lava-lamp style projections on the Opera House, Customs House, and the Museum of Contemporary Art, this year the projections looked more like a 3D video game or abstract music video. Many light “sculptures” and interactive exhibits are also featured around the harbour. The Festival has gotten progressively larger each year, with installations expanding to other nearby areas of the city, and of course lots more people. It was so busy this year at times it was difficult to move around! The rain worked in our favour on this night though, keeping a good portion of the crowds away. Gia and Matt hopped on this interactive installation called We See Saw. You’re never too old to see-saw…
The projector for the Opera House this year was relocated from its previous home in the Overseas Passenger Terminal to a giant tower constructed in front of the Park Hyatt Hotel. It featured a giant pink “V” that you can see below. Everything was glowing and sparkling in the neon lights.
This giant screen displayed continuous oscillating colours.
How gorgeous was the Opera House looking? It’s too bad they can’t display these beautiful flickering lights more often!
Did we tell you Gia and Matt were gung ho or what? The rain was really streaming down here!
Then we convinced Gia and Matt to pose in the rain without their umbrella! Haha…
It was fun to watch the 15-minute cycle of colours and images on the Opera House and pick out your favourite bits. I particularly liked this section of the morphing video:
This was also the first year that they put lights on the bridge! We thought it was a great addition.
During a particularly heavy bout of rain, we snapped this gorgeous shot. Great job Gia and Matt, we think getting soaked was totally worth it! :)
Congratulations on your engagement Gia and Matt, we can’t wait for your big day! Friends and family of Gia and Matt, leave a comment below for the happy couple and let us know what you think of the photos! We’ll notify those who comment when the full gallery of images is available to view online.