There are people who run away from the camera and then there are people who are drawn to being a natural performer in front of the camera. Thomas and his family are natural performers in front of the camera. Once they see the lens pointed at them they are ‘ON’ and you will see a different character come out each time! By knowing this I was able to play along and really bring out the personalities of Tina and Thomas because of my willingness to encourage the ‘crazy’ so to speak! We had a very full day of laughs and I think a little romance snuck in there too! We walked from the church to Observatory Hill and had a photo with another bride and groom, we met a guy on his Buck’s celebrations and had hilarious photos with them and enjoyed ice cream with ‘Mr Whippy.’ We also played children’s games to encourage more posing. Tina told me at the end of the session “who needs props!”

As we entered the gorgeous Italian Village on the Sydney Harbour Waterfront I wondered if we had walked into a flower market – the room was amazingly decorated with many floral arrangements and I felt like I was back in the Umbrian region of Tuscany with the gorgeous buildings!

Dress by Luv Bridal  /  Flowers by Seed Flora  /  Hair Artist – Natalie Callaghan – Chic Hair Boutique  /  Minister – Father Walter Fogarty (from their local Parish St Monica’s Richmond)  /  Ceremony – St Brigid’s Church, Miller’s Point  /  Reception – Italian Village, The Rocks  /  Cars – Silver Cloud Wedding Cars  /  Suits – Herringbone and MJ Bale  /  Shoes – Shoes of Prey (Bride) and Aquila (Groom)  /  Bridesmaid dresses – Briony Leigh Bridal  /  Stationery – Event Angels  /  Blackboards – Ashdown & Bee  /  Cake – Cake Salon  /  Jewels – Kate Spade earrings  /  Rings designed by GN Designer Jewellers in Melbourne  /  Hair Accessory - Redesigned by Carissa May from the hair-comb Tina wore on her first communion, to include the flower detail from her dress.

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I am not sure if you have been to Switzerland before but I visited for the first time in June this year and WOW. Everywhere you go it is soooo WOW worthy. The views are never-ending. There are Pygmy goats, the cutest animal you have ever seen! Anthony and Candy are a newly married couple, they just celebrated their 4 year anniversary earlier in the year so we thought it would be fun to some ‘adventure’ type lifestyle shots visiting some of their favourite places in Switzerland.

We visited a medieval city (I was totally drooling the whole time), an area with amazing cliff faces, wooden houses, two castles, the Geiger Cafe, an epic lakeside we discovered and a meadow full of flowers. The best part however was seeing how crazy these two are for each – like love struck teens! They thanked me for encouraging their affectionate behaviour ;).

Anthony is British and Candy is South African and they now call Switzerland home and yes they work for a chocolate company ;). So you probably are thinking, how can life get any better? They also have a hammock on their balcony so in my mind they have everything in life – love, chocolate and a hammock! The last photo I have included in this post is the view from their front door – it’s the hard life in Switzerland, everywhere you can enjoy a view!

If you are interested in having me hang out with you when you travel to capture these experiences then please drop me a line. You get professional landscape photos but also real moments captured as you enjoy your chosen destination. Much better than just doing selfies :).

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I don’t think I have ever seen a couple more happy to be married. My couples every week are beaming with happiness on their wedding day but Tanya Owerko and Nathan Frkovic were like they were in another world all by themselves and floating on a cloud of extreme happiness!! During the signing process they could not stop giving each other kisses and their smiles were from ear to ear. I was just so happy for them. This continued into the night as they were looking at each other lovingly during the speeches and then whilst on the dance floor. As Tanya described it, they were in ‘marital fairyland.’ There were many other things to note about their gorgeous day – the incredible floral arrangements, Tanya’s stunner of a dress, the gorgeous grounds of Vaucluse House and the amazing reception venue overlooking Sydney Harbour at the Museum of Contemporary Art.

Just 2 days after their wedding, Tanya sent me this absolutely gorgeous email. Keep in mind she had not seen any of her photos yet so this is all based on her experiences leading up to and on the wedding day.

 

“Thank you for absolutely everything and clearly I cannot wait to put pen and paper and write you a lovely thank you note but that will definitely come later.  We booked you as one of our ‘must have’ suppliers based on your beautiful photo taking talents, creativity and your ability to make Nathan and myself feel completely comfortable in front of the camera. What I did not realise is just how much Rob [my assistant] and yourself do. You kept us to a schedule and ensured that we got everything we wanted in when Nathan and I were basically off in marital fairyland! Your creativity and helpfulness of shooting still life and being MacGyver like with the furniture in our hotel room! Plus all the giggles and fun we had with you both with our bridal party photos! We were so comfortable it was almost like we had old friends taking our photos!   You humoured my father with his ‘can you take a photo?’ with his little camera (and oh dear! sorry about this but thank you for putting it so politely to him that you need to take photos with your camera also!!) You helped me when I had no idea what I was doing! ‘Gemma! Rob! I don’t know how to put this button hole on?! What side??!’   What I also didn’t anticipate was the extreme high level of communication in the lead up to the wedding, with all things wedding related and all the guidance, advice and reassurance and my mini meltdown with my make up artist.  I don’t even need to see the photos because I know they will turn out fabulous as we were so relaxed and comfortable with you both.  Thank you. Thank you for everything. And we look forward to working with you again for when we have our little ones in the future!”

 

Wedding dress by Steven Khalil  /  Flowers by Aleksandra  /  Hair Artist: Maria from Murphy Gozzard  /  Celebrant: Jessie Cacchillo  /  Ceremony: Vaucluse House  /  Reception: MCA – Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney  /  Music: Baker Boys  /  Cars: Our Secret Touch  /  Suits: Groom – P Johnson, Groomsmen: Peppers  /  Shoes: Tanya – Manolo Blahnik from Quincy, Nathan – Country Road  /  Bridesmaid Dresses: Norma Dressmaker, Fabric from Studio Fabrics  /  Stationery: Designed by Tanya, Printed by DD Letterpress  /  Videographer/Filmakers: Soda Films  /  Cake: La Maison de L’Eclair  /  Rings from Tiffany & Co.

 

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