What a day.
I first met Steph & Bailey when I shot their engagement photos and I was seriously just blown away by how perfect they were for each other. Immediately from when I met them they just seemed to be that romcom-esque match. I’m going to share the heck out of some of the photos from that engagement shoot soon because not only was it at one of my favourite ever places, but we also scored incredible light and we listening to The Lumineers while I had Steph & Bailey precariously placed across rocks and ledges.
But onto the wedding day! Steph was getting ready on site at Centennial Vineyards in their bridal room which is filled with graphic shapes and corners that were really fun to use. We were blessed with one particular corner that was bathed in creamy window light from the overcast day and just made for dream conditions. After I hung out there for a while I made my way to Bailey’s hotel in Bowral as they were putting on the finishing touches, drinking a little whisky, working out which song belonged to which groomsmen and decking themselves out with rad, blush-pink velvet ties. I then went back to Steph as she was finishing getting ready into her stunning Maggie Sottero dress finished with some vintage-inspired earings.
The dreamy creamy overcast light was sticking around – I freaking love this light – and the ceremony was ready to commence (at least it was by the time Bailey’s grandmother found the venue after getting lost, and helplessly pulling over awaiting rescue). The ceremony was held in the garden overlooking vines and amongst the shady lush trees – like out of a picture book. For Bailey & Steph, faith is a huge part of their lives and obviously played a central role in their ceremony where they had prayers lead by friends and family (one of whom wore actual chino shorts to the wedding). It really was a beautiful ceremony full of good emotions, laughs and just a tonne of love.
Afterwards, we made our way to a nearby field/hilly thing/bushy area with the bridal party and spent some time listening to everyone tell them all the things they love about both Steph and Bailey and one bridesmaid in particular couldn’t handle it and the waterworks came on. The bridal party departed and the three of us, Steph, Bailey and myself, checked out the grounds spent some time listening to Rumours – the cult-followed album by Fleetwood Mac. This then turned into a Stevie Nicks fest while they practiced their first dance before we went back to the reception for some beautiful speeches, mingling, chatting and just general good times.
The night was capped by a classic wedding dancefest under the stars in the courtyard before I drank my bodyweight in the venues delicious filter coffee before disappearing into the night once again.
I really do love my job, and I’m so fortunate that I’m with people on the best day of their life (so far).