I’ve had a lovely break for Christmas and been away with my family on three separate holidays through late December and January, so I want to start by thanking Claire and Scott for being so patient while waiting for their wedding to feature on my Photo Journal! Claire & Scott were married in Bendigo in late November at St Theressa’s Church, with a reception that evening at the Bendigo RSL. It was a fantastic day and a wonderful celebration. Everything was just gorgeous. Well, everything except the weather. We had rather a lot of rain to deal with, though I can honestly say nobody let the wet weather dampen their spirits, especially not the happy newlyweds. We certainly had to make a few changes to our shooting schedule, but the resulting images are so great it seems impossible to see the rain as a bad thing. I think Claire, Scott and their wonderful wedding party set the perfect example of how to deal with a wet wedding day. They just kept on smiling and trusted me to take care of the rest. I’ll start this post with one of my favourite images of the day. We all stood in the pouring rain for this shot. Sue (my fabulous assistant) under an umbrella with the off camera flash, me crouching in the pond with bare feet and my pants rolled up to my knees (an elegant look) and Claire and Scott barely sheltered by their brolly. If my bride and groom are going to be this dedicated to capturing their wedding photographs, how could I not be?
We began our coverage with Scott and his groomsmen getting ready. The boys all looked very handsome in their suits and seemed to have lots of fun being all dressed up hanging out together. Scott was calm and quiet, and very easy to photograph. He is such a lovely guy. We then moved on to Claire’s parent’s home where the girls were gathered. Claire had 3 bridesmaids who looked amazing in their fuchsia gowns, and her 2 adorable nieces as flowergirls. Claire was such a beautiful bride, and looked so happy and excited about the day that lay ahead. I just love the photographs of all the ladies getting ready. The colours are so pretty and they all looked gorgeous. I have to make special mention of the 2 little girls and what an amazing job they did. It can sometimes be a little unpredictable photographing children on a wedding day, but these little sweeties were just fantastic, ALL day long.
After the ceremony and family photographs we went to the View St area for photographs. The first location was actually Scott’s idea. He had mentioned that he thought a yellow wall would look fantastic with the with the girls pink dresses. I had to scout around a few days before, but I did find an amazing yellow wall. When we arrived there it was pouring, but much to my surprise the entire group leapt out of the cars with umbrellas and simply asked where I wanted them to stand. I was amazed. I LOVE those images. I loved this bridal party!
We spent a while undercover in the fireman’s breezeway next to the Capital Theater while the rain refused to let up. Wanting to add more variety while still taking shelter, I then suggested going to the Bendigo Railway Station. It turned out to be an amazing location and we had so much fun staging a ballroom shot in the main foyer of the station. I think we probably surprised a few passing passengers, which was half the fun! Other locations included the Bendigo Law Courts in Pall Mall and a lovely rustic paddock close to their reception venue.
Claire and Scott’s reception room was decorated by The Eternal Vase and looked brilliant. They delighted their family and friends with a wonderful bridal waltz which became a little whacky half way through with renditions of everything from the Time Warp to YMCA. I just love the idea of the two of them working out and practicing their routine, plus it was great that they surprised their guests and broke away from tradition in the name of fun!
Claire and Scott, I want to thank you for placing your faith and trust in me, and allowing me to document your wonderful wedding day. It was such a pleasure spending the day with you and your lovely bridal party. I hope you enjoy this preview of your wedding photographs, and I look forward to seeing you again to present you with all of your images from the day.