As always the cold Winter months tend to be fairly quiet for wedding photography. This year I’ve had a really good break, and while I enjoyed having lots of weekend time with my family, I was very keen to begin a new wedding season and especially excited to be photographing this lovely couples’ big day.
Romina and Josh were married in mid September at the Sacred Heart Cathedral in Bendigo, with a reception that evening at the Boardwalk Restaurant. This was such a beautiful wedding, and really felt very family orientated. We began our photographic coverage at Josh’s parents home with Josh and his groomsmen getting ready. The guys all looked extremely suave, and I loved their slim-lined grey suits. The home has a great staircase with white balustrade, which I featured in some of the images. After leaving the guys we moved on to Romina’s parents’ home, where the ladies were getting ready. Romina and her mother were so well organised and had everything ready for us when we arrived. We spent some time photographing all of Romina’s gorgeous details, then it was finally time for her to get into her wedding gown. Romina looked absolutely amazing, and her parents were glowing with pride at the sight of their beautiful daughter all dressed up as the bride! Romina had her sister, Josh’s sister and a close friend attending her as bridesmaids, and they looked so elegant in their navy blue dresses. It was such a classy colour theme, set off with cream and green bouquets. One little extra SPLASH of colour was hidden underneath the hemline of Romina’s dress. Orange, suede shoes! How brilliant! I knew we would be showing those shoes off later in the day, but I didn’t realise just how perfect they would be. More about that in a minute….
After the ceremony we asked the wedding party, family and all of the guests to assemble on the steps in front of the cathedral for a group photograph. We also arranged some formal family photographs before moving on to doing creative and artistic shots of the newly weds and their bridal party. Romina and Josh wanted to feature the cathedral where they had just been married, so we stayed for a while longer to capture all that this magnificent building has to offer.
We then moved on to the Chinese precinct and gardens. This location was actually Josh’s request, to honour his family’s heritage, and long standing connection with the Bendigo Chinese Association. I absolutely loved taking photographs in among the brightly coloured and ornate Chinese decoration. It wasn’t until I lined the bridal party up underneath the elaborate entrance to the gardens and asked Romina to hitch up her dress a little to show off those shoes, that I realised the intense colours of the Chinese decorations actually matched the colours of the wedding party! Deep blue and bright orange. I still don’t know if this was coincidence, or by design. Did you plan this Romina? Either way the resulting images are amazing! I must say this is my favourite image from the day..
Next we went to Lake Weeroona to capture the beauty of the sky and water at dusk, before rushing to our last location, the Bendigo Town Hall. I love taking photographs in the city when it’s lit up at night, and though we didn’t have the luxury of very much time, we still managed to get some stunning images. I thought I was going to be arrested by a policeman in a hilarious but heart stopping moment. My sister Sue and I were demonstrating how to do a dancing twirl in front of the Town Hall, possible obstructing the traffic just a tiny bit… when the police car pulled up beside us! I still can’t work out if the Police Officer was angry, confused or amused at what we were doing, but I babbled a mouthful of gracious apologies and basically ran away. Ha ha ha…. luckily he just drove off. Ooooh I am such a rebel, and I’d do it all again to get the amazing photographs that we ended up with!
So here is a collection of some of my favourite photographs from Romina & Josh’s brilliant wedding. I hope you enjoy them…..
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Romina & Josh, thank you for your faith and trust, and for allowing me to be part of your amazing wedding. I really enjoyed working with you and your wedding party. It’s such a joy when everyone is so nice, easy going, and having fun. One of your groomsmen (Sam) even called me an ‘extreme’ wedding photographer as I wobbled on the top of my step ladder at the lake…. a comment that still makes me laugh. I’m not as extreme as I would wish to be, but I do love what I do, and a day like yours just re-affirms how lucky I am to have this job. It was a pleasure meeting your families and friends, and my honour to be your wedding photographer. I look forward to seeing you both again soon, and showing you the rest of your photographs.