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Kirsty and Tristan's Aravina Estate Wedding ~ Yallingup Wedding Photographer

Kirsty and Tristan choose to have their Best Day Ever at the stunning Aravina Estate, with lots of friends and family over from the UK. Their wedding was such a celebration of love and fun! They couldn’t wipe the smiles off their faces and neither could we!

You can check out their engagement session with their gorgeous pup here;
https://www.thephotographyboutique.com.au/blog/tristan-and-kirstys-engagement-session-bunbury-engagement-portrait-photographer

Brittney & Corey ~ An Aravina Estate Wedding, Margaret River

Sometimes you just know ahead of time that a wedding is going to be beyond beautiful, and with Brittney & Corey's special day it was never in any doubt. 

These two are such an amazing pair, so beautiful but so down to earth, and it was our absolute pleasure to get to know them. We had great fun on the farm for their engagement portrait, and then turned those memories into a slideshow to play in the background during their First Dance as husband and wife. Aravina Estate was the perfect backdrop for an elegant wedding, and we all enjoyed a relaxed but classy day together centred around family, friends and having fun.

 

~ the makings of the day ~

The Venue: Aravina Estate

The Dress: Bridal by Aubrey Rose

Makeup: Holly Garvey Makeup Artist

Hair: Wish Hair Studio

Florist: Bespoke Wedding Flowers

Floral Decor: The Wall Flower Co

Transport: South West Limousines

Cake: Love and Flour

Whitley & CJ ~ Sicily Wedding

As winter set in here in Australia I made my way to Sicily to join Whitley and CJ in the beautiful town of Taormina to capture their elopement. The pair had started off planning a big wedding in Margaret River, but as time went on they decided to replace the worry and stress of planning a wedding with a trip around Europe, stopping off in the town Whitley's grandfather was from to get married. 

An Italian wedding certainly sounded like a romantic affair and the place was beautiful, though challenging from a photographic perspective. In Europe, Italy is one of the main tourist hotspots for the summer holidays, and so the town was absolutely packed with people...not exactly ideal for capturing the pictures of romantic moments in front of sweeping European vistas I had envisaged in my mind before I arrived, and the fact that Taormina is set on a clifftop made that pretty tricky too...so I was glad to arrive a few days early to scout and make a plan for the special day.

Having spent time exploring, I noticed that the lifestyle in Taormina was to stay up late and have a lazy morning. Whitley & CJ were getting married at 6 o'clock in the evening, but at that time of day the streets were so busy that photo opportunities were limited. We wanted to capture the beautiful location without the crowds, so we got up early the day before the wedding for a pre-wedding portrait. It was such a different place wandering through the cobbled streets with barely anyone else around, so Whitley & CJ enjoyed the tourist attractions while I captured the memories of their visit for them. All done by the time the heat got too much, we finished off by going to the official offices to sign the marriage contract and do the necessary paperwork.

On the wedding day we did set up a special shot just after the ceremony to show them enjoying a moment together in the crowds, and having a tripod and a beautiful couple stopped in the street caused such a stir that the gaggle of people stopping behind me to take their own photos turned into a paprazzi crowd and Whitley & CJ got to feel what it would like to be celebrities for five minutes!

On the wedding day I felt so privileged to be there with Whitley & CJ, it was an emotionally charged day and they missed their families, so I really wanted to tell the story of their wedding so that their family back home could see the photos and feel like they were there with them too. They got ready together in their lovely little villa, and once CJ was ready we sent him outside and I helped Whitley get into her beautiful dress before going outside and getting ready to capture a First Look. After a few tears were shed we made our way around the winding roads to the Palazzo Duchi di S Stefano, where the officiant, Lady Panto, and Whitey & CJ's lovely wedding planner Adriana were waiting to start the official proceedings. 

The ceremony was short and simple, Whitley & CJ said their own vows to personalise the occasion, and a surprise letter from Whitley's mum and dad meant a few more tears. 

After a celebratory toast and a few photos in town, we quickly escaped to the beautiful villa they had booked for their wedding dinner and enjoyed time capturing quiet moments together there before I left them to celebrate and watch the sun go down on their special day. 

Thank you so much Whitley & CJ for inviting me to be a part of your wedding. It was an honour and a pleasure to be there for you, and it's definitely a wedding I'll never forget!

Jo x

Sam & Peter ~ Aravina Estate Wedding Margaret River

Sam & Pete's Big Day lived up to all expectations and was a beautifully soft, romantic, and fun day.

One of the highlights of the day for us was capturing the ladies getting ready at Smith's Beach Resort, where Sam revealed her designer Ae'lkemi dress to her bridesmaids for the first time. Sam decided that because her favourite part of a wedding is seeing the bride, she wanted it to be a surprise kept for the Big Day, and it really was a lovely moment when everyone saw her in it!

Of course the special day had so many other amazing moments as well as a lot of laughter (especially when there were a few little name blunders during the ceremony ;-)), and Sam & Pete's Bridal Party proved that even strangers can behave like old friends and helped make the occasion a great day that we were honoured to be invited to be part of.

Thank you all for making the day so much fun, now we'll leave it to our photos to tell the rest of the story. Enjoy the memories!

Xx

 

"If you could put love into something we could visualise, I want it to look like that!"  ~ Sam

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The Makings of The Day

The Venue: Aravina Estate, Margaret River

Styling: Evoke By Katrina

The Dress: Ae'lkemi

Flowers: Sorella Flower Merchant

Cake: Jenny Standen

Hair: Hair By Me

Makeup: Salon Sugar

 

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If you're planning a wedding and you love the beautiful memories we created for this lovely pair, you can find out more about our wedding photography & films here:

http://www.thephotographyboutique.com.au/weddings/

 

Aimee & Russell ~ A Caves House Yallingup Wedding

This weekend we spent a wet and windy winter's day with Aimee and Russell to celebrate their wedding. If you're going to get married in winter, Caves House is a great choice of venue with it's cosy fires and art deco heritage architecture, and it was the perfect place to shelter from the rain before we made the most of the gorgeous grounds when the sun peeked out (even just for a brief time).

The styling of the day was simple vintage with lots of handmade touches. The ladies had been busy the night before the wedding creating their gorgeous protea bouquets, and Aimee's dad had spent months growing the centrepieces which sat on top of lace mats crocheted by Aimee, little touches that personalised the reception in the Yallingup room. The venue looked classy and elegant, just as Aimee had planned. 

Our blushing bride looked lovely in her Lost in Paris lace dress, which was sourced from recycled fabrics! The dress had a uniquely pretty pattern , including some gorgeous "wings" in the back. Aimee made little Maddison's super cute flower girl dress herself, and the bridesmaids outfits suited the style of the day perfectly too. The awesome Jenna at Belle Couture for Hair & Makeup finished off the ladies' look with super pretty, natural makeup, while the boys looked effortlessly dapper in their suits. 

Thanks for a lovely day, we were honoured to be there to capture it for you - enjoy your beautiful memories! 

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If you're planning a wedding and you love the beautiful memories we created for Aimee and Russell, you can find out more about our wedding photography and films here:

http://www.thephotographyboutique.com.au/weddings/

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The Makings of the Day

The Venue: Caves House Hotel, Yallingup

The Dress: Lost In Paris

The Jewelry: Earrings custom designed by Birdy and Clementine

The Hair: Innovative Hair Design by Kara

The Makeup: Belle Couture for Hair & Makeup

The Entertainment: South Sound Events

The Cake: Sweet Stylin by Summa Taylor