Michelle & Chris were married in Bendigo in early October. Their ceremony was planned to take place in Rosiland Park in the sunshine, but the weather had other ideas and delivered rain. Because it was so wet the ceremony was moved inside the glass conservatory, which was nothing short of magical. I always tell my couples not to think of a wet day as a disaster. Rain will only spoil your day if you allow it to, and some of the most beautiful and dramatic images I have ever captured were shot on rainy days. This was one of those amazing days, and between stormy skies and gorgeous subdued light, I’d have to say the rain was actually a good thing… though it certainly did help that the rain stopped later in the day while we were taking location photos. Here is a favourite photograph of the newlyweds featuring the magnificent tulips in full bloom and the rich colours that our rainy day provided. Bendigo certainly turned on the beauty for us!
Now on to some more images from this gorgeous couples special day. I’ll begin this post with a slideshow of images featuring the bride and groom getting ready and the ceremony. Michelle had three lovely bridesmaids and her two darling nieces as flowergirls. They got ready in a beautiful old home in Short St, which provided the setting for some very elegant photographs. Michelle’s gown was just stunning, and she looked truly breathtaking in the subdued window light.
Now the second part of the day, featuring the location photographs. We were so lucky to have the tulips in bloom, and took full advantage of the beautiful colour. We then worked our way along Pall Mall, as Michelle and Chris were very keen to capture some of Bendigo’s beautiful architectural landmarks. Our last location was in one of my favourite spots, among grass and trees. It was very wet there after all the rain though, and rather cold, but I think the results are just wonderful. We finished up at The All Seasons Hotel, in the Conservatory Room, where Michelle and Chris had their reception. The room looked amazing, with that extra touch provided by the Eternal Vase!
Michelle and Chris… I just loved your wedding, and I think you are such an amazing couple. I loved your enthusiasm, and especially appreciated your optimistic attitude when that predicted rain finally caught up with us. I thought your ceremony inside the glass house was breathtaking. For all my years of photographing weddings in Bendigo I have never shot inside that conservatory building, and I have to say it was so beautiful I literally had goosebumps. I trudged you and your amazing friends around the town and through all that cold wet grass, and watched as everyone stood and shivered without question or complaint. It was in that moment that I felt overwhelmed with the privilege of your trust in my ability as a photographer, and your faith that it was worth a little suffering to have beautiful photographs and memories of your day! Thank you so much for that trust, and allowing me to be a part of something so special!