Heather + Luke

Thank you to the lovelies at Polka Dot Bride for featuring Heather & Luke’s gorgeous wedding on their blog.

Jakki + Josh

Jakki & Josh travelled to The Village Coconut Island Resort, Thailand, to get married and lucky me got to tag along with cameras in tow…

It was a big family gathering, with people coming from Bega, Africa, the UK, from all over the place to unite for the celebration. By the time the wedding came around they had been holidaying together and catching up for days, so were well and truly in relaxed mode with their tanned bodies and happy-go-lucky stride.

I spent the day with Jakki and the girls capturing them getting ready and watching the transformation of the venue. The staff on the island came together working hard to bring a wedding venue to life. And that they did. The tables were set scattered along the lawn with the ocean as the backdrop and they were dressed with the most magnificent orchids. It really was a tropical island paradise. Jakki spent time project managing on and off right up until the final hour. But still she remained cool, calm and collected. I was quite impressed!

I wasn’t quite sure what to expect when Jakki had described her dress to me, “Its pink and huge”. I had the completely wrong picture in my mind. She wore a stunning Halo bridal gown, it was perfect for her and she looked absolutely amazing.

The weather was sweltering, it was above 40 degrees everyday, so the ceremony took place at dusk when it was slightly cooler. The guests had gathered on the lawn and Jakki could see them waiting as her hair and makeup got one last touch up. You could feel the excitement in the air. The sun set behind Jakki and Josh as they shared their vows. The light was warm, soft and peachy. The ocean smelt salty, the palm trees became silhouettes and the guests filled the stillness with laughter and cheer.

Everyone dined alfresco under the starlit sky and drank cocktails by the poolside. Jakki and Josh put on a fireworks display as a surprise for their guests, which marked the beginning of the party. DJ Tank lifted the vibe getting everyone on the dance floor. A few cocktails later and a few more again, Josh stripped off and took the party into the pool. The young and old followed and soon there were only a few dry folk left chatting over tea and cake whilst everyone else kept dancing in the water.

It was a day of beauty, love and adventure. Everyone definitely had fun!

Thanks for taking me to Thailand to capture your special day Jakki & Josh. It was simply beautiful! x

Jakki & Josh's sweet wedding invites
Welcome to the Village Coconut Island signage. The venue for the big wedding celebration.
Islander catching the morning fish.
Sunrise on the Village Coconut Island, Phuket.
The resort
local fauna



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The Happy School

Chad and I traveled to Cambodia in March. Actually what took us there was that I was photographing a wedding in Thailand, which I will definitely be blogging soon. So we took the opportunity to continue on to Cambodia for some adventure. One of the coolest things we did on our travels, was visit The Happy School in Phnom Penh, which is supported by the wonderful people at ACE – Australians for Cambodian Education. They were such a cool bunch of kids and the school is aptly named “Happy”. Our only regret is we didn’t have more time to spend with them.

Cambodian children face great obstacles in gaining an education. Happy School is a community run school that provides education to children who otherwise wouldn’t have access due to poverty.

This series of photos focuses on the students in their daily school life. This is the time  of day where they can learn and play and carry out their rightful role of being a child.

Classroom cheekiness. Look at that beaming smile on his face.

bare foot students in the classroom.

A Cambodian school book on the shelf.

shoes outside the classroom.

Posing for the camera.


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Bernadette + Brendan

By the time I met Bernadette and Brendan, I had photographed several of their friends weddings. When we sat and chatted at their home, I was having flashbacks of what she was wearing at Daniela’s wedding. It was all falling into place. Bernadette and Brendan had their ceremony at Wendy Whiteley’s Secret Garden, in Lavender Bay. It’s such a lovely, peaceful place, a real sanctuary. I give kudos to Wendy for her creative prowess.

It was damn hot that summers day and funnily enough both Bernadette and I were newly pregnant, not feeling the best and kept this to ourselves. We only discovered this about the other months later. You would never have known she was suffering with morning sickness by looking at her, she looked simply stunning. I arrived early so I could capture Brendan and the guests arriving. It was lovely watching people arriving coming down the steps and excitedly greeting Brendan on the sunken lawn. Bernadette arrived on the other side of Clark Park and made her way across the park and then down the hill, making a grand entrance. Brendan’s face was beaming with adoration  as he watched Bernadette and when they met at the end of the isle love was oozing from the both of them. It was a very beautiful moment.

Bernadette and Brendan chose to only have their family and a few close friends their to witness the vows. They wanted an intimate occasion, leaving the reception to party with their extended friends and loved ones. It made for a very sweet wedding.

The wedding guests made their way by boat on the harbour to The Quay Grand to begin the celebrations. We stayed behind and explored the paths of the Secret Garden and the foreshore of Lavender Bay. It’s the perfect location, taking a lovely stroll and snapping photos along the way. It’s a real adventure.

The ECQ Bar at the Quay Grand is quite a setting for a party. Watching the sun fade away over the harbour as the city lights come into effect, with the Harbour Bridge and Opera House taking centre stage. All the while sipping and nibbling away as happy times are shared.

The day was just as Bernadette & Brendan had planned. An intimate, beautiful summer, Sydney harbour wedding. Perfect!

 

wedding rings sitting waiting in a nest on the signing table. solo guitarist, welcomes the guests to the wedding ceremony in Lavender Bay guests making there way down the hill to the wedding ceremony.
the groom having is button hole pinned by mum.
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Chloe, Luke & Millah

I’m so excited to have finally gotten around to posting this wedding. It’s being featured in this months issue of White Magazine. I’m a believer that this is their best issue to date so check it out.

Chloe, Luke and Millah make up this little love story. They are an adorable family, which I’m smitten with. Millah is Chloe and Luke’s daughter and she is just sweet as pie. I met the three of them in a cafe in North Sydney and we had a lovely chat about their wedding over a cup of tea. After eight years together they were ready to tie the knot.

The day began at the boys hotel. True boy style, they weren’t even showered, actually they weren’t even in their hotel room, they were enjoying a relaxed lunch in the restaurant. When they did finally come back to the room it was all systems go. Being a lady, it never ceases to amaze me how quickly men can get ready, there’s just no fuss. So I photographed the whirlwind and then head over to the bride’s room at beautiful Fernbank Farm in the Central Coast Hinterland. The girls were getting ready in the homestead. Every which way you looked was picture perfect. They were having champagne and having fun dressing Millah and enjoying the opulence of their surrounds.

The ceremony was set in a paddock under a huge, ancient fig tree, around the corner from Fernbank. This meant the girls arrived by horse and carriage, pretty cool, hey! It was an amazing setting, a photographers dream. Then it was back to Fernbank to celebrate in a marquee under the stars. The marquee was dressed beautifully, thanks to Chloe and her mum’s good eye for detail. They collected all sorts of beautiful antiques leading up to the wedding.

The speeches were full of tears, the Haka was performed by friends with true warrior pride and everyone got merry under the clear country sky.

Thanks Chloe, Luke and Millah for having me capture your special day! x

grooms dressing location
Groomsmen getting dressed
Luke irons his suit
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Lawsuit: McKell Park under attack for hosting wedding ceremonies.

One of Paper Tree’s wedding photos was in the SMH yesterday accompanying an article on weather McKell Park in Darling Point should permit wedding ceremonies. A few high flying residents are taking legal action against Woollahra Council, because they feel their peace is being disturbed. The problem is, if they win the lawsuit and McKell park looses their rights to hold weddings it could effect every park in NSW’s rights too. This would greatly reduce the number of locations that secular couples have to conduct their ceremonies.

Personally the weddings that I’ve photographed at McKell Park have been, very intimate and peaceful. The ceremony is the only part of the wedding that is held at the park. The festivities are then carried out at another location. The general public are free to use the park and do so around the wedding. Everyone seems to be having a good time in the park, the wedding party and guests and the general public. I don’t see the disturbance. It’s hardly a rave!

Lawsuit: McKell Park under attack for hosting wedding ceremonies.

 

Sal, Jake & Koby’s Family Portrait

It’s so nice when people you know come to you to have their family photographed. You see, Jake’s sister is one of my bestie’s.

I had only met Koby a couple of times over the years but after the portrait session we were pals. He’s a real cutie, with a great imagination. We had lots of fun searching for dogs and horses in Centennial Park. The best portraits are the ones where everyone is relaxed and enjoys spending time together. Playing and just hanging out. The photos end up being candid and playful and reflect the time you spent together. ♥Love♥

A candid photo of Koby running through the grass.
 A beautiful front on portrait.
Koby walking on by but very aware of the camera.
A close up of Koby's face for mum and dad to cherish.
The whole family walking together through the trees in Centennial Park.
The tiny hand of a two year old is the focus of this shot.
There's nothing quite like tickle time to get everyone laughing for a photo.
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Yulia + Ken

Yulia and Ken are a sweet, mischievous  couple, who after ten years of adventures together decided to tie the knot. Their idea was to have an intimate celebration with their family and close friends, but not tell them till they arrived at the venue, which was also a secret, what the celebration was for. Invites were sent out, but the invites were scant with details. The only information the invites revealed, were the date the event was to take place and the place where all the guests should meet on the day.

I met Yulia and Ken in the morning of their big day and we spent some time alone with them before the guests were due to arrive taking photos around Luna Park and Wendy Whiteley’s Secret Garden. We then headed back to Circular Quay to meet the guests and take them on a cruise to the unknown.

We arrived at Cockatoo Island, a very cool location and Yulia and Ken lead their guests on a tour till will arrived at Biloela House, a lovely sandstone 1800’s cottage that sits on the cliffs with spectacular sweeping harbour views. Yulia and Ken gathered everyone around and announced they were getting married. Excited guests grabbed a champagne and mingled while Yulia changed her outfit and Ken freshened up.

The ceremony took place under a beautiful Jacaranda tree, were the bride and groom exchanged beautiful personal handwritten vows. As the sun set we ducked off for a few more photos around Cockatoo Island.

Dinner was served, speeches were given and the sweet soiree was the perfect surprise wedding that Yulia and Ken had dreamed of.

Sydney Wedding Photography

Luna Park Wedding

candid photography

photojournalism style


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Babyology Christmas Prizeapalooza

The festive season has arrived and I’m feeling very jolly!

So I’ve teamed up with the fabulous Babyology team to offer you a chance to win a Paper Tree Photography Portrait Session and fifteen matted photographs valued at $680.
For your chance to win, please enter the draw in Babyology’s “Christmas Prizeapalooza”. But be quick, as entries close on midnight 7 December 2012.

Share the love. X

Babyology Christmas Prizeapalooza

 

Neha + Shardul

When the phone rang, the lady on the other end was delightful and friendly. When Neha asked if I was interested in photographing her Hindu engagement ceremony I had to hold back some of my excitement so I wouldn’t sound like a crack pot. But really I was pretty damn happy. My Indian photography college girlfriend had made Indian weddings, engagements and portraits her specialty over in New Zealand and to be honest I was pretty envious. I have a soft spot for Indian culture, add the magnificent colour that is so prevalent makes photographing an Indian event a photographers dream.

The ceremony was lovely and intimate. Held at the family home all their guests had a special part to play. It was layered with many rituals so I was kept on my toes as I never quite knew whether there was more to follow. Neha & Shardul are a very sweet couple and their family very open and warm. I felt very honoured to be there capturing all the special, heartfelt moments. It was simply beautiful.

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