Athol Hall Wedding: Melissa & Dan – Part 1

Back when we posted Melissa and Dan’s engagement session, we mentioned our excitement for their big day at a very cool venue, which we can now reveal was at the beautiful Athol Hall in Mosman, near Bradleys Head and Taronga Zoo. We’ve been especially excited to share this wedding; it was our first of the spring season, and it was a doozy! In our last post about Melissa and Dan, I also mentioned that I would keep my lips sealed about Melissa’s amazing dress. Finally I get to share it with you all! Here it is in all its glory… *drool*…

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Melissa’s dress was handmade and beaded by a particularly talented friend of hers. It was made with French chantilly lace and is absolutely stunning! I took so many photos of it, but will just share my absolute favourites here on the blog!

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Melissa and her sister and family got ready over the course of a very relaxing morning. They were looking beautiful!

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Melissa was enjoying getting completely pampered!

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Melissa’s mother made these beautiful pieces for her daughters to wear. Aren’t they lovely?

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Excitement grew as it was time to put on the finishing touches…

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I’ve always loved the look of silk covered buttons on wedding gowns, and I think it’s always extra special when they are real buttons without a zipper underneath. Granted, it’s considerably more challenging to get in and out of your dress!

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Melissa, you were a stunning bride! Gorgeous!

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I love this one of Mel and her sister, too.

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Meanwhile, Dan was getting ready across town with his groomsman and family.

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I’m still not 100% clear on the story behind Paddington Bear, but Dan’s family insisted that a portrait with the bear was necessary. Pretty cute!

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Looking good, guys!

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Dan had a hard time deciding between these two really nice pairs of cufflinks. Tough choice!

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How many family members does it take to attach a boutonniere? Apparently quite a few, if that boutonniere is the size of a coffee mug! :)

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It was an absolutely beautiful spring day at Athol Hall, which has most certainly one of the best views of Sydney Harbour, the bridge and the entire city skyline.  Its wide lawn is just perfect to hold the ceremony. The site is filled with tall trees and many, many kookaburras (and other birds too)!  It almost feels like you’re in a nature preserve. It’s truly a lovely spot to get married.

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The guests (and the kookaburras) took their places as Melissa walked down the aisle with her father.

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Isn’t it so lovely?

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I love the way Mel’s father was just beaming with joy.

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The lovely Lisa Parker officiated at the ceremony in the beautiful afternoon light.

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Melissa was all smiles throughout the ceremony. Don’t you just love her smile?

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Mel and Dan read some beautifully touching vows to one another. This is always my favourite part of any ceremony!

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Mel and Dan exchanged roses, as their first gift to one another.

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Melissa has some of the cutest happy expressions I’ve ever seen. I love these!

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We snapped a few portraits and family shots on the lawn before heading off for some sunset shots with the bridal party. I love these images too!

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Congratulations Mel and Dan! There’s lots more of this beautiful wedding to come, including sunset on the beach and their beautifully decorated, dance-filled, amazing reception! Stay tuned for Part 2 of Mel and Dan’s wedding, coming to this space soon.

Friends and family of Mel and Dan, let us know what you think in the comments below (and leave your email address to be notified when the full gallery of images is online).

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Mark - WOW. Incredible pics that captured the day perfectly. Great job!

LISA FARRELL - The most beautiful photo’s of a couple very much in love you did an amazing job of catching that.

emily - fantastic images!
i can’t wait to see more with part 2

rich - gorgeous! these are so beautiful!!

Ashley - So beautiful! I love the getting ready shots and all the amazing details. Wonderful job.

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