This is another amazing wedding from late last year and one I will always remember with a huge smile on my face. Abbey and Glenn were married in a tiny town called Prairie, about an hour north of Bendigo, at the historical property of Prairie Park. Their ceremony took place in the garden of the original old home, which is currently under extensive rennovation. The reception was held in a massive white marquee, set up on the property.
Both the girls and guys got ready at Prairie Park, in different rooms of course! Abbey and her attendants dressed in one of the beautifully rennovated bedrooms. She had three lovely bridesmaids, who wore stunning electric blue satin dresses. Abbey’s darling little neices were just thrilled to be her flowergirls. Oh my, they were SO adorable. I sensed such a special bond between Abbey and these two sweet little girls, and I especially love the images of them together.
Before I photographed the ladies I actually began the day taking images of Glenn and his groomsmen in another area of the amazing old home. Oh man… these guys were funny. Who would have thought putting on ties could be such an event? As is often the way, the guys had Sue and I in stitches during their preparations. Glen looked so handsome, and was very keen to see his bride and get married.
Time for the ceremony, and possibly the most amazing entrance I have ever seen at a wedding! Glen had told me during our interviews that the boys would be arriving on tractors, and I thought that sounded very cool. But nothing could have prepared me for the sight of those four enormous green John Deer tractors coming down the driveway! I wish I had a photo of the look on my face when I first saw them… ha ha ha. Absolutely fantastic.
After the ceremony the bridal party, Sue and I headed off into the paddocks for some location photography. The newly married couple went for a tractor ride together, travelling in absolute style. A bit slow, but not too slow for a running, 40 year old photographer. Love is…. BIG green John Deer tractors. Oh yeah!
We then moved on to the train line and wheat silos at the neighbouring town of Mitiamo. The entire wedding party looked fabulous, and though I had told the little girls more than an hour earlier they could be excused if they wished, they would have none of it. Very dedicated flowergirls. Once we got back to Prairie Park I took some lovely portraits of Abbey and Glenn around the old homestead, and even ON a magnificent window frame. I originally planned to take some shots of them looking out of that window, but by the time I’d organised my camera settings, they’d climbed up and STOOD in the window… something I would never have dared to ask for. What a pair of legends! We also got some beautiful shots back in the room that Abbey got dressed in, with my favourite lighting, the video light. So very elegant.
We had always intended on getting some images at dusk in the wheat fields, but because the wedding was in late November that meant the ideal time was about 8.30pm, when obviously the reception would be well underway. I suggested to Abby and Glenn that we sneak out for 10 minutes immediately after their main meal, which would work quite well because many of the guests would still be eating. They really wanted the shots, and readilly agreed to this plan. Oh wow, I think it was worth it. I have never even stood in a wheat field before, and was completely thrilled with this opportunity. I was initially dissappointed that the big fluffy clouds we’d had all day had blown away, but the intense pinks and aquas of the dusk sky more than made up for that, and there’s something so appealing about the wide open space of the crop and an uninterupted sky.
From my point of view this wedding was a thrilling experience. A beautiful couple, so in sync and committed to one another, the most down to earth, wild and fun loving group of friends and family that made up the wedding party and a location that was drenched in the character and history of rural Victoria. Everybody involved, including the owners of this amazing propery, treated Sue and I like we were just part of the gang, and made us so relaxed and welcome. Australian rural people are truly unique and amazing.
The other aspect of this wedding that struck me was just how lucky I am to enjoy such diversity in what I do. The wedding I photographed the week before was Melanie and Ben’s Melbourne wedding at Quat Quatta in Ripponlea, with location photography in St Kilda. As I stood in that Prairie wheat field I was thinking that the St Kilda Pier seemed to be a world away, but how equally thrilling and inspiring both locations were. Whether they travel in vintage Rolls Royces or John Deer tractors, I just love photographing weddings!