Johanna and Richard live in Ballarat, spent the morning of their wedding in Dalesford and were married at Anderson’s Mill in a tiny little place called Smeaton. Typically Victorian, their wedding day in late November in was 10 degrees. And raining. And windy. And freezing. But honestly it could have been minus 10 for all they or I cared.
I met Jo and Rich in Canada two years ago when I shot another very special wedding. When I thanked Jo for choosing me to take their photographs, she corrected me and said I had chosen them. I know what she means. This one was always going to be my wedding, fortunately for any other contenders, there were no other contenders. All about moments not so much about things. It was real. It was a lump in your throat, tear in your eye kind of wedding. There was a best man’s speech which will forever be the best, best man’s speech I have ever heard. Thanks to Rich’s dad (the best man) I know exactly what I will say to my children on their wedding days.
Jo and Rich took a big risk turning a friendship into what they have. But its made what they have, rock solid. They love each other stupid. And they are fun. Like I never want this wedding to end fun. If I never got to shoot another wedding that would be ok. Because this, had it all. Well except for sunshine. There was none of that. Thank you Jo and Rich, you made me cry on your wedding day, thank you for asking your guests to put down their cameras, phones, iPads and be present with you at your ceremony, for trusting me to have it covered. You made me smile til my cheeks hurt while I edited these for you. Yes your wedding was the Best. Day. Ever.
Be warned, its a mega post.
Thank you to my amazingly talented, always fun, super sharp second shooter on this one, Myekie Benham. You are awesome. In many, many ways.
Pretty place : Anderson’s Mill, Smeaton
Pretty gown: Anna Campbell
I met a girl called April when I was 14 and living in Canada. We have been friends 21 years. On the weekend I got to spend a far too quick twenty four hours with her and her beautiful boys. I have to tell you about April and her family in Canada. She has beautiful kind hearted parents. And her brother and sister will always be like family to me. She was brought up in a house full of love. You could feel it when you went there. You were always fed and always felt loved. And that is exactly what they have created with their boys. I was fed the most amazing food and there is an enormous amount of love in that household. It is very special. It’s exactly like our household, its a bit chaotic, its a bit wild. But there is so much love there, its not about things. It’s about them. Like her family in Canada. You want to be a part of it, because that kind of love isn’t every day love. It is touched by something special. Messy is so beautiful.