Lavender Bay & Aqua Dining Wedding: Eleanor & Phill – Part 1

We are delighted to share another amazing wedding day with you today… the gorgeous Eleanor and Phill! How can we put into words how much we enjoyed being a part of this fun, beautiful wedding filled with tender moments, stunning views, and quite possibly the best wedding “speech” we’ve ever heard? Eleanor and Phill were long-time friends who danced around each other while all their friends said they should date. After spending time with these lovebirds, we definitely agree that it makes sense that they ended up a couple. Their wedding was such a joyous celebration of their past, present and future together!

For Eleanor and Phill, their wedding “theme” was all about simple elegance and the views overlooking Sydney harbour. The weather delivered as well, with brilliant sunshine streaming through the windows at the Shangri-la Hotel overlooking Sydney Harbour, where Eleanor and her bridesmaids got ready. Eleanor selected a gorgeous, slim Collette Dinnigan gown with a low back. It was just perfect for her!

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Eleanor’s shoes from Panache Bridal Shoes were a perfect match with her Collette Dinnigan gown.

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Bianca Ribar from Glitz & Glam did a fabulous job on the ladies’ hair and makeup!

Eleanor and Phill told us they love black and white photography. I think colour and black and white suit Eleanor beautifully—isn’t she absolutely stunning?

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Eleanor wore a beautiful vintage brooch as a pendant.

These lovely, sunny bouquets came from Floreat Floral Design. Eleanor said that their yellow and light blue colour theme was just so “them”.

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Then it was time to put on that gorgeous gown!

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Just beautiful, Eleanor!

I love the reaction of Eleanor’s friend once she saw her all dressed and ready. So cute!

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The weather outside was looking amazing so we headed downstairs for a few photos before the ceremony.

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I just love these. Eleanor’s cathedral-length veil was stunning. You were such a gorgeous bride, Eleanor!

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The simple and elegant bridesmaids dresses were a perfect fit as well. You lovely ladies looked amazing!

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Meanwhile, over in Kirribilli Jeff was capturing the chaos of Phill and his mates getting ready.

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Phill and his groomsmen were looking good in their navy suits and ties!

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Phill had his cufflinks engraved with their wedding monogram “P&E”, and he wore a cologne specially selected by his bride-to-be.

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Phil was looking very handsome indeed!

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Phill’s sister had recently been through the wedding process, so she was keen to help out. And of course, we can’t forget the beautiful rings!

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Eleanor and Phill’s ceremony was held at the lovely old sandstone St Francis Xavier Church in Lavender Bay.

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Eleanor and Phill’s pageboy was the cutest little guy. Despite having rehearsed a slow walk down the aisle with the rings, his excitement got the best of him and it ended up being more of a sprint. Soo cute!

All eyes were on Eleanor as she came down the aisle.

So beautiful!

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The priest who officiated is also a member of Eleanor’s extended family. How wonderful to have someone your family knows marry you!

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St Francis Xavier Church has an amazing stained-glass window that is more than a window—it’s the entire side wall.

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I love this one! Congratulations Eleanor and Phill!

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Their unity candle was lit, and they were husband and wife!

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Congratulations Eleanor and Phill! Part 2 of their gorgeous wedding is coming up next on the blog… just wait until you see all the fun that was had, and the beautiful views from their reception venue, Aqua Dining Restaurant! Stay tuned. Friends and family of Eleanor and Phill, to be notified when the full gallery of images is ready for viewing, leave a note below for the happy couple or let us know what you think of the photos!

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The Tea Room Gunners Barracks Wedding: Kate and Chris – Part 2

After Kate and Chris exchanged their heartfelt vows, their guests enjoyed a cocktail on the balcony before they were let into the elegant reception space at the Tea Room Gunners Barracks. Kate’s family had created all of the lovely, happy flower arrangements in their theme colours of green, white, and pale pink, in an assortment of mismatched glass jars. They also added a modern touch with their striped paper-wrapped favours. We have so many talented brides with helpful families and it’s so fun to see all their handiwork! The feel of Kate and Chris’s wedding was just perfect for them: a bit traditional and a bit modern, with a relaxed and happy vibe.

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Their cake tied in perfectly with the black-and-white striped favours!

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We also climbed the hill just outside the venue for some family photos as the sun set on a gorgeous day!

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It’s hard to beat this beautiful view! I think the Kookaburra in the tree agrees. Click to view this panorama bigger!

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Kate and Chris made this awesome seating chart out of paper tags, twine, clothespins and an old window screen. So cool!

The sparkle and glow of the city lights looked amazing at dusk.

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Kate and Chris hired an awesome jazz band for the cocktail hour and they did a great job of keeping everyone entertained.

With twilight falling, Kate and Chris decided they just had to sneak away from the party for five minutes to capture one last shot that we had in mind. And though it’s awfully hard to choose, I think it might be my favourite! Click to view it larger!

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Back inside, it was time for some introductory speeches and one thing that the Tea Room is quite famous for: its incredible food!

Kate and Chris’s friend Patch, who served as MC for the night, was probably the funniest MC we have ever heard. He had everyone in stitches the whole night, starting by showing off what appeared to be a very thorough instruction manual!

I think perhaps every speech mentioned how organised Kate is and what a good job she had done with the wedding planning. We concur, as Kate was one of our most organised brides. As for this notebook… well, Patch was still alive at the end of the night, so I think it’s safe to say his portion of the wedding was also a success!

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The band played on as everyone got stuck into the incredible food!

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If you have not tried the food at the Tea Room, you are missing out. It is seriously delish!

After they cut into that oh-so-perfect cake, Kate’s father gave the first of several beautiful and funny speeches. Since Kate and Chris have so much history together, there was definitely no shortage of funny, cute and memorable stories for everyone to tell.

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The funny stories about Chris’s childhood and young life continued through his father’s speech and the best man’s!

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We love it when our brides and grooms take the mic too! Chris told some wonderful stories like the first time he met Kate’s parents when they were still in school together. His stories of wanting to impress them were too cute!

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Our beautiful bride had everyone laughing and crying at the same time!

We absolutely loved the fact that Kate and Chris decided to do their first dance outside on the patio under the fairy lights. So perfect—and some of the guests started tearing up as soon as the music began to play. Aww!

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Kate and Chris had definitely practiced their dance—it was beautifully choreographed. Don’t they look lovely?

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I love this one of Chris and his mum. I love seeing mothers of the groom as happy as Chris’s mum was for her grown-up boy!

What a perfect end to a beautiful night.

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Kate and Chris, it is so clear just how much all of your family and friends adore you both, and how perfect you are for one another! Congratulations again, and we wish you many, many joyous, laughter-filled, fun years together! May these photos always remind you of this very fabulous day on Sydney harbour.

Kate and Chris are departing this very day on their honeymoon… everyone wish them bon voyage!! Friends and family of Kate and Chris, leave a note below for the newlyweds and let us know what you think of the photos! We’ll notify you when the full gallery of images is available online.

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Kate - Oh they’re so pretty! What a lovely way to re-live the day.

The Tea Room Gunners Barracks Wedding: Kate and Chris – Part 1

We absolutely love the photos from this emotional and beautiful wedding, filled with huge belly laughs and big fat tears. We love the photos just as much as we love the story of these childhood sweethearts! Kate and Chris’s relationship began like it would in a movie—on the train platform in year eight—when Chris had to work up the courage to speak to his cute classmate, Kate. As their friendship evolved over the years, they clearly became inseparable. Their journey together took them through school, through university and first jobs, and then overseas, where they got engaged while travelling in New Orleans. Kate and Chris had clearly won over each other’s families long ago. It was so heartwarming to see in the faces of all their friends and family just how much everyone had been anticipating this day that had come at last! Kate and Chris wanted to do a first look before their ceremony—the type of special wedding moment that we just love! Chris waited patiently for his bride…

I love Kate’s expression here, as she saw Chris standing with his back toward her as she came down the stairs…

You were a gorgeous bride, Kate!

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These two are too cute! I love first looks!

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Though Kate and Chris’s school days are long past, these two have certainly both kept a giggly, goofy side that is so endearing! I wonder what their 8th-grade selves would think of these pictures? :)

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Kate’s lovely bridesmaids were so cute, sniffling in the background as they watched their happy friends.

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What a good looking couple, and a good looking bridal party!

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Kate and Chris’s theme colours of green, white, charcoal grey-blue, and the palest pink were just lovely. Kate’s family did all the flower arrangements themselves and they looked fantastic!

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The guys were looking great in their well-coordinated suits!

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So beautiful, Kate!

I love these. You guys looked so relaxed and happy!

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After photos at the Tea Room, we took a drive out to Sydney Harbour National Park, to the Middle Head Forts for some more fun shots with the bridal party.

So beautiful!

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It was a fantastically beautiful day!

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What a gorgeous view. Click to view this one bigger!

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Kate and Chris had their ceremony on the patio at the Tea Room Gunners Barracks.

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The very lovely Lorraine Wright did a beautiful job officiating the ceremony. When Kate and Chris sent us a link to her website before the wedding, we laughed out loud… because the address is www.thewrightcelebrant.com.au! Kate and Chris hadn’t made the connection that they had hired both The Wright Celebrant and The Wong Couple! Lorraine, great minds must think alike. Hilarious!

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Everyone was eagerly anticipating the start of the ceremony.

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Kate and Chris did a ring warming as part of their ceremony. Each guest got to take a moment to “warm” the rings and make a silent wish for the happy couple.

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Some of the most beautiful emotional moments happened during the vows. Chris started to speak, and had to take a pause. Then he just melted onto his bride’s shoulder. There wasn’t a dry eye in the house. Then, suddenly everyone’s tears morphed into contagious laughter.

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I love the bridal party’s reactions! Emotional grooms, we salute you!

Kate and Chris exchanged some beautiful vows, and no one could hold back their tears.

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And they were husband and wife!

A dear friend of Kate and Chris did an outstanding job playing the saxophone during the signing.

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Congratulations, Kate and Chris! Watch this space, because there are many more gorgeous photos coming of Kate and Chris’s reception! Stay tuned. Friends and family of Kate and Chris, to be notified when the full gallery of images is available for viewing, leave a note for the happy couple below in the comments, and let us know what you think of the photos!

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Lorraine Wright Marriage Celebrant - Hi Jeff and Erin,
Your exquisite photos from Kate and Chris’ wedding took my breath away! You truly captured the unbridled joy of this memorable day.
Can’t wait to work with you again.
Best wishes,
Lorraine Wright, Marriage Celebrant
http://www.facebook.com/The.Wright.Celebrant

Amanda - The photos are so beautiful! I just looked at them again for a third time and got teary! Haha such a great day had by all :)

Iris-May Vanden Berg - Such a beautiful bride and handsome groom.
Such proud parents too……

I wish you both a lifetime of love and happiness…. I so enjoyed reading your Love Story !!!!

Looking forward to seeing Part 2

All the best

Kate - The photos are just beautiful ! I love the shots with the bridal party. Can’t wait for part 2!!

Sydney North Shore Newborn Session: Lily & Family

We have a special treat for you today on the blog, with some of the sweetest newborn photos we’ve ever taken! We had been eagerly awaiting the arrival this sweet little ball of joy ever since her parents Cheryl and Luke contacted us. Her loving parents were overjoyed to welcome her into the world, and to discover on her birthday that she is a girl! Everyone, meet Lily, who was just eleven days old for her first photo shoot:

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Isn’t she precious?! So soft and squishy, and thankfully, very sleepy! She was such a good model! I just adore these shots of her father Luke holding her in a little ball.

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She even stayed asleep for this “hammock” shot. What a little doll! She has the loveliest red hair, just like her mum!

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Lily looked absolutely adorable in this little bonnet that once was her mother’s. I can’t decide which one of these is cuter. Cuteness overload!

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Since Cheryl and Luke had decided to keep the gender of their baby a surprise, they decorated the nursery with an adorable jungle theme. I think a jungle theme is great for a little girl!

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Lily did wake up briefly for us, and we caught a smile! Actually, we’ve been told that 11-day-olds in fact can’t smile yet and it just means that they have gas, but hey… I think she’s smiling at her daddy!

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Cheryl had told us that Lily loved to be held by her dad, and she definitely did. Luke was great at soothing her and she went straight back to sleep each time. Good job, Dad!

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And here they are together. What a good looking family!

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Mum and bub together… soo precious! You could so easily tell how in love Cheryl was with her new little one after just 11 days.

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Lily kept her eyes closed almost the entire session. I wonder if she will have the amazing eyes of her mum?

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You are beautiful, Cheryl!

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I love this—just look at Lily’s tiny little fingers. So sweet!

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Gorgeous, just gorgeous!

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Cheryl and Luke, we loved meeting your precious newborn and are so happy for you! Thanks for giving us the chance to capture these special memories for you. Friends and family of Cheryl and Luke, leave a comment below for the proud parents and let us know what you think of the photos! We’ll notify you via email when the full gallery of images is available online.

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Mandy - What wonderful photos! You can really see the interaction between Dad and daughter. I think she is really talking to you Luke! What a beautiful daughter and how lovely to see you all together as a family!

Kirrily Bolton - Jeff & Erin, these photos are just beautiful! Cheryl, you look stunning in these shots! Such a gorgeous little family! x

Amanda - Aww, my beautiful friends and their beautiful Lily – just gorgeous xo

Tanya - Wow, I’ve never seen Cheryl look so radiant, what a stunning family, these photos are amazing xx

Cheryl VDB - Thanks again Jeff & Erin – we are blown away by how they turned out. Lucky us!!

Balmoral Beach & Bathers Pavillion Wedding: Frances & Gordon – Part 2

If you loved the photos from Part 1 of Frances and Gordon’s wedding, we think you’re going to love the images in Part 2! Frances and Gordon may have thought the weather gods were against them on the morning of their wedding, with the ceremony location moved off of Rocky Point Island and under the rotunda. But those pesky weather gods had a bit of a surprise in store for Frances and Gordon, starting with the gorgeous sunshine that streamed through the clouds just as they were saying their vows. We were all so happy the rain stayed away after the ceremony as well, so that we could capture some portraits of our bride and groom in the beautiful setting of Balmoral Beach!

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How lovely and content does our newly married couple look? The clouds turned the light into a soft glow that I just loved, and this was only the beginning!

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Just can’t get enough of that gorgeous gown, Frances! So beautiful!

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A few family members helped to set up this gorgeous garland after the ceremony right where it was originally supposed to go. The tassels were hand made by Frances’s family. Another fantastic DIY detail!

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The light became even more magical while we were on Rocky Point Island. The clouds transformed themselves into a huge peachy-coloured softbox, and Frances’s gown looked so luminous in the light. We also saw this amazing bird, which I have never seen in Sydney before.

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Just look at that light, in the perfect peachy, metallic and cream tones of their wedding theme. Love!

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During the photoshoot, our bridal party got quite excited when they spotted this waterspout out at sea beyond the headland. How cool is that?

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Our bride and groom were looking good!

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Looking back toward the beach is the gorgeous Bathers Pavilion where all would be celebrating shortly.

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The guests were already enjoying themselves out on the upstairs terrace whilst we had a stroll along the sand.

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How cute are these two? Out on the jetty, we were treated to the perfect sunset. Wait for it…

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BAM! The sky lit up like fire! Cue Jeff and Erin almost jumping up and down with excitement… :)

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Clouds in the perfect hues! Love love love!

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The late hour and rainy day meant our lovely couple had the place all to themselves. Well, to themselves along with their excited photographers. ;)  Perfect.

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(We did give them a moment actually to themselves after that last sunset shot). :)  But before heading inside, we set up for a fabulous twilight panorama! Click to view it larger:

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Frances and Gordon chose the perfect reception venue to fit both their personalities and style, and the theme of their day—the upstairs dining room at Bathers’ Pavilion. Its walls are unlike any other reception venue I’ve seen. They are completely covered in silver leaf! The shimmery sheets reflect the light and as you move around the room, they create beautiful metallic hues in silver, mica and rose gold.

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What a perfect space for an intimate celebration.

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In addition to the lovely flowers, Frances and Gordon made these cute jars of preserves for their guests to take home as favours. They even made the jam themselves, from scratch!

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Frances is particularly fond of succulents, and she incorporated these along with cream and pale pink roses, eucalyptus leaves and other native Australian flora. Maybe someone can tell me the name of the little green and white-dusted box-shaped pods, which were a perfect addition. The setup looked truly lovely and suited the venue perfectly.

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If all that you’ve seen so far isn’t enough DIY amazingness for you, then just check out their wedding cake, which was not made by a professional bakery, but by the bride’s mother herself. We were once again so impressed! (And now, hungry with a sweet craving…)

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The guests enjoyed a delicious dinner before the speeches began.

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The mother of the bride’s speech left many in tears. I love this part of weddings!

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Our groom also said some touching words to his new bride and in-laws.

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Cheers!

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Frances was overwhelmed when thanking her current and new family for travelling from far and wide to be at the wedding. Everyone gave a big “Awww” when Gordon got up to support her. So sweet!

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The cake looked too good to eat (of course it didn’t, it looked perfect to eat)!

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Our happy couple danced to Jack Johnson’s Do You Remember, a very sweet tune.

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Of course, Frances and Gordon were still not done with the DIY details. They also set up this adorable polaroid photo booth for the guests!

It wasn’t long before the party really got rockin’ on the dance floor!

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The mother of the bride had some excellent dance moves with her partner—even the DJ got on the mic to tell everyone to watch them to learn a few steps. :)

Love the expressions on everyone’s faces here!

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Frances and Gordon, a huge congratulations to you both on your marriage. It was a delight to be your photographers and we were honored to be there alongside you on your special day. May these images bring back happy memories for you for many, many years to come!

Friends and family of Frances and Gordon, leave a message for the bride and groom below or let us know what you think of the photos. If you commented on either Part 1 or Part 2, we’ll notify you when the full gallery of images is ready for viewing online.

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Deane - Wow! Just beautiful.Well done THE WONG COUPLE you have truly captured the emotion of this day and put it in print for Fran and Gordon to reflect on for a lifetime. The weather was perfect in the end….the sunset photos are fantastic.

gay mccormick - Part 2 as fabulous as part one. I love the sunset pics, the venue (My best) the table settings, the cake, and the photos of people celebrating the day!

Balmoral Beach & Bathers Pavillion Wedding: Frances & Gordon – Part 1

We are so excited to share the images from this insanely gorgeous, stylish, dreamy and personalised wedding! Frances and Gordon put so much thought, time and effort into the planning of their Balmoral Beach nuptials and you could really see their personalities shine through in every detail. You’ll remember this beautiful couple from their engagement session on Narrabeen Beach earlier this year. As beach lovers, it just made sense for them to hold their wedding in Balmoral. We started the day with Frances up in Narrabeen, where we were treated to the beautiful array of details, all perfectly coordinated with their peach, coral, cream, gold, and grey colour palette. Frances incorporated Australian native wildflowers into the bouquet which I just loved!

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Frances even thought to get a colour-coordinated robe to wear while she got her hair and makeup done. I just love the colours! The lovely Fleur Denny created Frances’s gorgeous hair and makeup.

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I have to say I was just as head-over-heels about Frances’s wedding gown as she was! When we first met Frances, she had just visited the Johanna Johnson boutique and was in the process of deciding on a gown. Johanna Johnson is one of my personal favourite bridal gown designers, so I secretly hoped Frances would end up choosing one of her silky, elegant creations. The gown Frances chose seemed just perfect for her, made from the most luxurious thick champagne-gold silk with intricate beading. It’s dresses like this that make me wish I could get married again! =)

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One of Frances’s family members hand-crocheted her garter for her…what incredible detail work.

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Who made these amazing bouquets, you ask? It was actually Frances and her sister themselves. I was so impressed! I absolutely love the King Proteas they incorporated. What a beautiful Australian bloom.

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I think more brides should use native Australian flowers. They are so unique!

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Frances was looking gorgeous with her romantic curls and the perfect Johanna Johnson hair accessory.

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Frances wore her grandmother’s watch as a very special “something old”. What a beautiful antique.

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I love it when we get to see our couple’s wedding invitations!

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Frances finally got to see her look and she loved it!

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Frances’s mother had been hiding away and was really taken by her beautiful daughter when she saw her all dolled up. What a sweet moment!

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Frances seemed to share a special bond with her sister, giving her the role of her sole attendant in the bridal party.

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Oh my gosh. I am so in love with this gown! It seemed so perfect for Frances.

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The bridesmaid’s gown that Frances selected was the perfect complimentary colour, and looked beautiful on her sister!

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You looked absolutely stunning, Frances! Gorgeous, gorgeous.

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It had been quite a rainy morning, and so the ceremony which was originally scheduled to take place on Rocky Point Island was moved to the rotunda. But the weather quickly changed in our favour…

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Gordon looked so happy and excited to see his beautiful bride.

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Alison Dempster officiated the ceremony just beautifully. The sun began to peak out from behind the clouds, creating the perfect warm, dreamy light.

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Frances and Gordon’s parents looked very proud!

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Frances and Gordon recited their touching vows through smiles and tears.

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What perfect light. Gorgeous!

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I love this! Congratulations, Frances and Gordon!

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We can hardly wait to share the photos from Part 2, where we took some of the most stunning sunset wedding photos we’ve ever taken! Stay tuned! Friends and family of Frances and Gordon, leave a message for the happy couple below or let us know what you think of the photos, and we’ll notify you when the full gallery of images is available online.

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alison dempster - Hi Jeff and Erin. What amazing photos you take. I was the celebrant at Fran and Gordon’s wedding. You have captured every moment. They are absolutely beautiful photos. Obviously you both love your work.
If you don’t mind I would dearly love a couple of photos emailed to me please. I would love one or two, with myself in it so am able to put on my business facebook page (which I have asked them)and have in my photo album.
Kindest regards,
Alison Dempster. email: adempster@ozemail.com.au

Fleur - Such great shots, thanks for letting me be part of your special day, I had a lovely morning with you all. Fleur xxx

Anne Crombie - Jeff and Erin. Thank you for your perfect insightful ability to capture the little things that have made lovely memories of Fran and Gordon’s Wedding day in April. Regards. Anne PS. And your company Erin in the crazy car ride to the Ceremony, in particular getting to the bridge just in time, and Jeff, still sorry about the Pizza delivery joke too.Anne

Gay McCormick - Absolutely stunning photos, of a really wonderful occasion. Fran, you look so lovely, and Gordie you do too. Nice to see some pics of Jude’s and William :-)

Kim Carlyon - Wow, the part one pics are awesome! Can’t wait to see the rest! Fran you looked beautiful! Hope to see what little Angelica was wearing! Lots of love cousins!! Hope to celebrate soon in SA!!

Frances and Gordon - Erin & Jeff the photos are amazing! Thank you. You guys really are wonderful to work with. Fran & Gordon xxx

Pyrmont and Sydney Harbour Engagement Session: Jonathan & Nicola

It is an honour when anyone asks us to photograph the milestones in their lives: engagements, weddings, babies… but as many photographers know, it’s even more of an honour when those closest to you ask you to document their special occasions. Our friends Jonathan and Nicola are getting married in Mexico later this year (sí, México!) and of course we were beyond excited to not only be invited to their summertime bash, but to be asked to photograph it! We couldn’t be more thrilled for them, and decided to start their engagement shoot down in Pyrmont, near the site of their first date! It was a bit of a stormy weekend, but they happily posed for this panorama as the rain started to sprinkle. Click on it to view it larger!

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When Jonathan first told us he had met someone named Nicola, we could tell that something special was happening. Jonathan and Nicola are one of those couples that seem so compatible you just think that it makes perfect sense for them to be together.  I can’t recall a time seeing these two that did not involve copious amounts of laughter. They laugh at each other, with each other, and make fun of each other’s accents. They make funny bets with each other and then just laugh it off instead of making the other pay up.  It’s a wonderful thing to see your friends so full of joy!

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There’s some more of those big smiles! Of course, there was lots of laughter during the photoshoot, even in the rain!

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It was at this point the skies opened up and we got completely rained out!  We started up again another day when the weather was decidedly more cheerful:

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I loved Nicola’s choice of a beautiful red maxi dress. It was perfect for the warm day and the dramatic architecture!

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In case you hadn’t already noticed in some of our previous posts, The Wong Couple are now also the proud owners of a tilt-shift lens! Woo—fun!! These guys are too cute.

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Nicola giggled her way through a couple of the more serious poses we suggested, but I think she looks hot here, don’t you?! Serious model poses suit you too, Nicola! :)

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Jonathan and Nicola, you guys were looking great! I love your choice of outfits with cheerful and happy colours—just like your personalities!

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What a gorgeous ring, which was given to her in Paris of all places! Jonathan woke Nicola up at the crack of dawn at their hotel in Paris, and told her he wanted to go take some photos of the sunrise at the Eiffel Tower. Being cold and sleepy, Nicola almost refused, and told us she thought of telling Jonathan to go alone. Hah! I bet she’s glad she came along, because that’s where Jonathan popped the question and gave her this beautiful ring.

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We couldn’t leave Milson’s Point or Lavender Bay out of the photo shoot, since that’s the place these two call home. In fact, they are practically next-door neighbors with none other than Nicole Kidman! They have claimed sightings and even conversations, but we’re yet to have photo proof…

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I just love this series in the tall grasses.

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The beautiful Lavender Bay. Click to see it larger!

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Love that red dress blowing in the breeze!

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I love this one here. You guys are such a cute couple!

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After a quick outfit change, we headed back over to Kirribilli for the sunset, which was shaping up to be spectacular!

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The skies really delivered this evening and put on quite a display! Creating the panorama below was not without incident, however. Moments before the skies lit up, with our tripod and flashes ready to go, suddenly we were attacked by a rogue wave! The entire camera setup, Jeff, the backside of Jonathan, the esky and champagne glasses, and myself were all completely drenched in a split second. Nicola was safely positioned at her spot in the photo below and remained dry. What’s the next thing that happened? Nicola burst out laughing and pointing at her half-soaked fiancé. I’m not sure which was more hilarious—this crazy rogue wave that leapt from the ocean to drench us all, or Nicola’s priceless reaction. Happily, the front side of our groom-to-be stayed perfectly dry. And then the sky did this. Awesome! Click to view both of these bigger:

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Sunsets like this just make my day! One for your wall, guys? :) Jonathan and Nicola, we couldn’t be more thrilled that you are tying the knot this year. We’re SO excited for your big day and are honoured to be the ones capturing it on camera for you. Felicitaciones y nos vemos en México! No podemos esperar!

Friends and family of Jonathan and Nicola, leave a comment below for the happy couple and let us know what you think of the photos! We’ll notify you when the full gallery of images is available online.

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jenny smith - nic/jonno these photos are absolutely stunning xx just captures how happy you both are :-) gorgeous setting and amazing couple love them xxxxxxxx cant wait for the wedding xxxx love to you both x

Michaelann - Love the pictures – Jonathan you and Nic look really great and I don’t know which ones I like better – the tall grasses or the sunsets —- maybe the story of you getting wet.

Sharon - Beautiful pictures! You guys have such a good eye for just the right shot. Really sorry you didn’t get any of the rogue wave…they would have been priceless! Can’t wait to see the wedding pictures.

Lisa - Guys, these photos are amazing and your subjects are HOT. Nicola, I loved the model shots!!! Just beautiful. Wish nothing but happiness for you both!!

Sally Rosa - Such amazing photos Nic. have a great summer wedding. Wishing you both a future filled with love and happiness. Xx

Kerry Bower - Absolutely stunning photos! You look blissfully happy, lots of laughs were obviously had too! The sunset ones are amazing xx

Sascha - Oh wow! Absolutely gorgeous photos!!! Nicola looks stunning and Jonathan doesnt look too bad either :) What a lovely way to wake up today xxxx

karen murphy - wow! perfect photos for the perfect couple x

I am so looking forward to the next photos.

Elizabeth Bay House & Catalina Restaurant Wedding: Dominique & John – Part 2

As Dominique and John walked out of the Elizabeth Bay House as a married couple, the sun was making some magic light for our photos! Just across the road from Elizabeth Bay House is Arthur McElhone Reserve, a small and immaculate garden complete with a stone bridge and a coy pond. It was the perfect spot for some portraits with our happy couple!

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Just look how delicious that light was. Beautiful!

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Dominique and John looked so happy together and were so excited about the commitment they had just made to each other.

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I just love this one with the stone steps sinking into the grass. What a lovely spot.

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We hopped in the car over to the wharf at Rose Bay and the sunset was getting even more warm and lovely.

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Once in Rose Bay, Jeff and I got our first glimpses of the amazing set up inside Catalina Restaurant. We mentioned in the last post how incredible the florals were—feast your eyes on this amazingness! Grandiflora put together an absolutely stunning, huge display of ombre red, magenta, pale cream and green floral arrangements. Personally, I think it can be tricky to successfully pull off a red, green and white colour scheme, but Grandiflora sure did it with style! So dramatic, lush, and modern… and just perfect against the backdrop of the lovely Catalina Restaurant. Also, I think the red, green and white is a nice nod to our happy couple’s Italian heritage!

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Sooo many roses… soo beautiful! And now that I know what they are, I think the flowers of the “magnolia grandiflora” tree might be my newest favourite bloom…

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In addition to the grand, towering arrangements, Grandiflora decorated the room and entryway with many candles in modern glass lanterns. The sunlight streaming through the windows lit up the venue in a dreamy way. Magic!

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Their cake was a perfect match with the florals. It looked way too good to eat!

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The staff at Catalina were hard at work waiting for the guests! This beauty is what greeted everyone as they came through the door:

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After the guests had settled down, in came our happy couple! Looking good, you two!

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Catalina Restaurant has such a great location overlooking Rose Bay. Dominque and John lucked out with some beautiful weather! Click on this panoramic to view it larger.

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Even after sunset, the temperature was perfect for enjoying the beautiful terrace at Catalina Rose Bay. No heaters necessary!

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I just love our bride and groom’s reaction here!

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Dominque’s sister had some touching stories to tell.

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After the funny and heartfelt speeches, it was time for the party to really get started!

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This was so cute… Dominique’s friends brought her outside for a must-have photo with her expectant pals, who were all looking absolutely radient! Of course, they had to stand in order from non-expectant to newly born, and every stage in between!

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I loved it when the family brought Dominique’s grandmother out on to the dance floor. You could just tell how special she was to her family!

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Love it! How adorable is Dominque’s grandmother?!

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What a beautiful moment.

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Dominique and John, we just loved being a part of your special day! Thank you for letting us share in your happiness, and we wish you many years of joy together! Friends and family of Dominique and John, leave a comment below and let us know what you think of the photos, or leave a message for the bride and groom, and we’ll notify you when the full gallery of images is ready for viewing online.

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