Melanie and Ben were married on Friday 26th of September at Quat Quatta, a magnificent historic home in Ripponlea, Melbourne. They’re just the sweetest couple, and from the first time I met them I just loved their level of excitement for their up coming wedding and their enthusiasm about the photography.
We began the day photographing Ben and his groomsmen getting ready in a gorgeous old home in St Kilda before moving on to Ben and Melanie’s home, where Melanie and her bridesmaids were getting ready. Taking photographs during preparations is one of my favourite parts of the day. By scheduling plenty of time I have the opportunity to to capture images of the bride getting ready, all the beautiful details, and still have plenty of time for relaxed, artistic portraits of the bride. Melanie had three beautiful bridesmaids attending her and her darling little neice as a flowergirl. She was breathtakingly elegant in her Elizabeth de Varga gown. The natural window light and divine drapes in Melanie’s bedrrom made for an ideal spot to take photographs.
Melanie arrived at Quat Quatta in absolute style, in an immaculate vintage Rolls Royce. The wedding ceremony was held in the beautiful main room and was absolutely lovely. After being congratulated by family and friends and arranging family photographs I then took some images of the newly married couple inside Quat Quatta. The view from the balcony in the main room was gorgeous with leadlight windows, ornate plaster, spotlights and filtered daylight, combining to make opulent colours and gorgeous light.
We then moved on to St Kilda, starting at the famous old Palais Theatre, and I just couldn’t photograph a wedding in St Kilda without getting a few images in front of Luna Park! We also went to St Kilda peir to take advantage of sunset. At this stage it got really windy, and I thought poor Melanie was going to freeze or blow clean away. We took her veil off before it blew out to sea! She never complained once about being cold, and Ben was also keen to forge ahead. An absolute pair of troupers, making me even more determined to capture fantastic images for them, despite the dreadful weather.
We finished up back at Quat Quatta for Ben and Melanie’s reception. I was very keen to take some images at night in the old house with video light, to create romantic, vintage inspired portraits.
I had a brilliant day, shooting in gorgeous historical and iconic locations, surrounded by some of the nicest people I’ve ever met. The entire wedding was so classy and elegant, and a real joy to photograph. Thank you Melanie and Ben, for the amazing experience of meeting you, being part of your wedding, and the honour of being your photographer.