I had high hopes for Kate and John’s wedding, so high that there’s pretty much no oxygen at that altitude. I told Kate that from the start and I knew she would pull it off too You see, Kate’s been with us for a good chunk of our weddings for the last two years. She’s been our ever patient assistant, carrying bags, fetching ladders and shooting a third angle during special moments. She’s been the quiet voice whispering “lens cap” and thus saving me from yet another senior moment. But today was all about her and John, today she was the princess and everyone would dote on her.
The wedding was just what I had expected. It was full of love and laughter, beautiful people, great cars and a HELICOPTER! Great job Kate, you done good. Real good!
The day started at Locks and Lashes, where Deirdre made a very pretty woman look crazy beautiful.
Kate, you are stunningly beautiful!
Check out Nina’s amazing flowers. This is how it’s done!
Amy took the prize for super cute flowergirl.
One of my favourite moments of a wedding day is when Dad sees his little girl as a bride for the first time. Definite heart melt moment right there!
Meanwhile in the boy’s camp, Cody and Logan were getting all primed for their important task as page boys.
It’s quite fitting that John and Kate have some super awesome cars at their wedding, after all, cars are how they got together in the first place! Some of you will remember the story from their E-session, about how John bought Kate a stock car when she needed one, while they were still only friends. He just plum bought her one. If that’s not one way to win a girl over, I’m not sure what is!
John is such a warm guy, super easy to be around and always willing to share a smile.
Anybody who hugs a special lady known as ‘Gran’ like this gets extra coolness points. Yes siree!
Kate decided she’d have a cool vehicle of her own to arrive to the ceremony in. A HELICOPTER. That’s just how she rolls.
What an entrance!
One of the things Kate loves about John is the way he smiles at her, and this, right here, is that very smile frozen for her to look back on when their hair is grey, their faces are old and wrinkled and neither of them have their drivers licenses anymore. I bet the smile will be exactly the same. When their youth and beauty fade away they’ll still have each other, that’s what they promised on this beautiful wedding day.
Lovely ceremony at Drylands Restaurant.
Just moments before I took this photo I was up the ladder with my iPhone, just to keep Kate guessing. She’s been to so many weddings before, but she’s never seen me take the group photo with an iPhone! Somewhat surprisingly, the iPhone photo wasn’t half bad! This shot, however, was the real deal.
And then we were off!
Our first stop was to Brayshaw Park where ‘Dennis’ is kept. Dennis is the fire engine that John’s Grandad drove back in the day. This super cool machine was in use from 1955 to 1986. Seriously cool.
Steven and Georgia completed this bridal party and made it a whoooooole lot of fun!
Pretty, even when crazy.
John and Steven are twins, John being older only by 8 minutes. I bet that 8 minutes of maturity has been claimed more than once over the years!
So gorgeous together!
I don’t know how they managed to do it, but even the weather was perfect. We’ve been waiting ALL SEASON for this exact combination of conditions, slightly cloudy, warm but not too windy. Ding ding! We win!
Quite possibly my favourite shot of the day, this moment of pure happiness and fun is just a peek at how Kate and John are with each other. Real cute.
Then back at Drylands for a fun reception. I especially enjoyed it because we were both photographers AND guests, and so we not only got to enjoy Deitmar’s amazing food, we got to boogie with the Chilli Dogs. But more on that later.
Check out the cake that Nana made. Wowzers!
Beautiful place settings, table numbers and all sorts of pretty things made by Leanne from Vanilla Hayes.
Ok, so this might have been us on the dance floor even after most of the guests had left. When you’ve got the Chilli Dogs playing, you can’t leave too early!
Chilli Dogs being seriously cool.
Kate and John, what an amazing day we got to share with you! Thank you so so much for inviting us along for the ride! We wish you both loads and loads of years of happiness!
Celebrant: Carol Taylor
Flowers: Nina, Pink Poppie Designer Florist
Hair & Makeup: Deirdre, Locks & Lashes
Dress: Bernadette Thomas
Cake: Kate’s Nana
Venue: Drylands Restaurant
Music: Chilli Dogs
Wedding Stationery and Reception Details: Leanne, Vanilla Hayes