High school sweethearts.
That's what they were.
Starting from the slice of their lives where they led their school as school captains, little did they know they were inevitably going to lead each other towards a love story that would span 10 years, to the day they pledged the rest of their lives together....intertwining their souls first as youthful 18 year old sweethearts, then as husband and wife in a love that shone with respect, maturity, and canyons full of love. The tears in Bob's eyes that day when he saw his bride walk down that aisle, and his loss of words as she was gently wrapping her fingers with his just moments before they were pronounced husband and wife, melted that joker exterior of his and just spoke volumes of how much these two meant to each other.
As a romantic, and as a girl, I was truly touched.
I first met Bob and Sally, one frosty summer evening. Just a little under 2 months before they walked down that aisle together, and just as rare as that frost living in between the sheets of the summer air that night, so was the fact that I was actually available on their wedding day... less than 2 months before the special date itself!!
Looking back, after shooting their wedding, and spending time with their family and friends, I am so glad that fate's hand allowed us to cross paths :) Their wedding was an absolute pleasure (apart from the swaying of the boat - haha! Bob! I think you can attest to that! You were by far the trooper of the night, battling the sea sickness that the waves brought forth upon us) and so much fun!! All I remember during their location shoot and their reception was me laughing the entire way through!!
I remember speaking to Bob and Sally after their wedding was over, when they were thanking me for being part of their wedding. I was compelled to say I should be thanking THEM, because it was THEIR love for one another, and THEIR awesome friends and family that made the job so beautiful to witness and document. Thank you Bob and Sally... it is couples like you that make my job a real and true joy. Nothing less :) Much love and all my warmest wishes for a long and blessed marriage ahead of you!
Here are my favourite images from the day (lots of extra photos for all of you whom have been patiently waiting for this post!!):
The adorable flower girl :)
There were two awesome bouquets that day! I couldn't pick a fave!
Sometimes, I just loiter around when there isn't much happening. This is what I saw in one of my wanderings around Sally's house! :) I don't know why, but I think this photo has a quirkiness which I really like in it :)
Sally's dad, asking her to help him pick a tie. Cute!
St Patrick's Church, Sydney
The boys just moments before Sally arrives.
You know, I always love shots of the bride walking down the aisle. I can, and have taken it from several other angles before, but there is just something priceless about that expression from the front which is seriously glowing, and I am honored to be the one to get it on MY camera :)
It was the AWESOME orange background in this shot, that made me pick it as one of my faves.
Stealing a kiss while the witnesses were signing the marriage certificate. Remember people, the photographers sees everything! haha :p
Serious KUDOS to Bailie for snapping these next two shots. He borrowed my 50 1.2 lens to get them! haha... you owe me man! :p
The boys were seriously goofing around. I couldn't stop laughing at these guys!!
haha, this may be deemed as not a very 'perfect' shot, but sometimes funny/irreplaceable emotions make it perfect. I love the expression on Bob's face. Its so funny!
This has to be one of my fave shots of the day. I am normally a person who LOVES closeup shots of my brides and grooms (its indicative of how I like my photographer/client relationship, and how much I love getting to know my clients as PEOPLE, not just clients) so I normally don't LOVE or do alot of wide portraits, but there is a natural candidness (almost as if it was unintentional) to this shot which I just adore.
Bob and Sally had their reception on the Sydney Glass Island. The boys in this photo below were just hanging on the top deck.
The speeches were so funny, and VERY entertaining. Bob's brother, hats off to him, for one of the best speeches I've heard in awhile! :)
Here are some of the reactions we got on camera as a result!!
The first dance :)
Then, when others joined in! How cute!
Getting ready for the bouquet toss!
The lucky girl!
Getting ready to throw the garter!
Saying goodbye to guests.
Bob and Sally are awesome! They went for extra portraits after the reception! We got some cool night shots as a result - no flash involved in any of the below photos. (extra time for pictures is always fabulous! If you don't have the energy after the wedding, I always try and encourage my brides to have a quick 15 to 30 minute session somewhere BEFORE the ceremony - we make the groom wait at the location, and then get shots of the groom seeing his bride for the first time there. There is no one else, the moment is all theirs, private, and the time is very special :) Highly recommend it for those who have late ceremonies!)
Turn up your speakers and watch the slideshow below for a tonne of extra photos, and Bob & Sally's awesome pick of a song to go with their pictures. Its a classic, which I just LOVE. It suits their photos perfectly! :D
Lastly, just a MASSIVE thank you to Vincy and Bailie, who were helping me out on the day. Its ALWAYS ALWAYS so fun working with the both of you, and I cannot wait til the next time ;)