He was the thoughtful, serious boy, that was content to say less rather than more. Loving to spend his free time immersed in gaming mode in front of a screen, and doing the things that boys love to do.
She was the sassy, bubbly girl...the girly type of girl who enjoyed late night verbiage with her girlfriends about boys, and who loved to pen down poetic phrases that whispered dreams of love and romantic hopes.
Their paths collided one day, when fate had decided to throw them together, while serving together in ministry where they were both leaders for a bible study group. A spark must have ignited, for to their friends, it is still a mystery as to how or what drew this northern and southern star together because in their eyes, Nat and Sally-Ann couldn't be more different.
However, isn't that the proverbial irony about opposites attracting? They complement one another. And in that very classically paradoxical, life altering kind of way, they were a perfect match.
Their maid of honor and bestman, both described how the couple began to, and still continue to transfigure each other's life.... what they liked, and who they were. She acquired a more reflective and deliberate approach to life, and he learned to bring out his thoughtfulness and turn it into expressive verbosity. Both, eventually learning to love the same things, learning to love each other.
It's funny how love strengthens you. Moulds you. Changes you.
I take a piece of revelation about love with me each time I document and witness a wedding I shoot. This time, my understanding grew more and more about why the person we marry is often deemed as our better half. Thank you Nat and Sally-Ann for being such wonderful examples. The respect you have for each other is so sweet. And while masked behind that charismatic shyness and innocent rascality you both possess, I know the love you share is beautiful and praiseworthy.
Here are some of my favourite shots from their frosty winter wedding :)
The beautiful flowers from Jill Dyball.
I just love love love tulips - they really are my all time favourite flower, and it was so sad to not be able to have them for my own wedding, but hey, photographing someone else's is the next best thing!!
And the very pretty dress, from Park Avenue Bridal.
Sally-Ann, all ready and set to go.
The ceremony (which was at the Sydney Grammar School Hall) was sweet and full of zealousy. This was just one of the moments while they were singing. I had so many frames I couldn't choose, but for some reason I love the understated nature of this one.
And their kiss, was the best I've seen in a while :) It's no wonder they got cheers! I've decided to only show the first part of the kiss ;)
And this sweet moment after the kiss, was just pricessless.
The newly married couple!
And here are some portraits we grabbed in the chilly winter air. You can really tell its winter - just look at the trees!
Their bridal party was cute and fun. I LOVE it when bridal parties are easy going and relaxed - you can tell in the photos they are really enjoying themself!
And I couldn't resist this one. I mean, come on!! COLOUR!! ;)
I just LOVE this shot. Her face says it all.
A bit of compositional fun :)
Sally-Ann! I gotta give you props for this next shot. You were so patient while I grabbed a billion frames of you playing with your beautiful veil! This was my fave grab :) And to those photographers reading this, this is what winter backlighting looks like - its incredibly soft! Seriously, you can shoot nearly ALL day in winter just because the lighting is oh-so-gentle :) And just so you know, you don't always need great backgrounds for photos - we took this shot of Sally-Ann in the middle of a wide road right smack in the center of the city!!
The girls having a bit of fun. I love how their dresses blend right in and match with the background.
Cake cutting at the reception (which was held at Sydney Park Pavillion in Alexandria) and some texture fun :)
The yummy pretty details at their wedding. Brides!! I LOVE LOVE LOVE details, so if you do plan a wedding and have me as your photographer, this is a great way to not only make your wedding look so gorgeous, but you'll send me to cloud nine too :) The awesome cupcakes you see are made by the fabulous team at The Cupcake Gallery. I was stupid enough to NOT try one while I was there, but Vincy who was shooting with me that day said they tasted delicious.
And they were funny speeches! Just look at the expressions :)
Lastly, some fun with the rings.
Most importantly, thank you so much Nat and Sally-Ann for having me as part of your day! I hope you are totally enjoying your honeymoon right now in NZ? HK? Singapore? haha :) You were both so lovely and sweet to work with, and I only wish you the very very best for your marriage life ahead.
Much love! Jenny
Here is the slideshow for those who want to see a bunch of extra photos along with a song that has recently caught my ears :) And after that is a small handful of my favourite images from their engagement session. Enjoy!