Laura and Luke get Married
13 May 2017
The day dawned rainy last Saturday, as we got our gear ready to photograph the rustic wedding of Laura and Luke in Maleny. It’s true that it’s possible to capture beautiful wedding portraits in the rain, but it’s rarely the bride and groom’s preference when they have planned an outdoor wedding!
It rained heavily on out trip up the mountain from Brisbane (though I admit we got quite excited about the wedding portrait possibilities that the heavy fog offered) but by the time we arrived, the rain had stopped, the skies were cloudy but light, and the guests were arriving.
We haven’t been to Crystal Waters before, but I was thrilled with the photographic possibilities offered by beautiful overhanging trees, open field and green surrounds. Maleny never fails to deliver for a wedding photographer, and this happy occasion was no exception.
Surprisingly for a wedding with one hundred and fifty guests, the nuptials felt very serene and intimate. Bride Laura’s father Steve was the officiant, with that truly personal relationship imbuing the ceremony with so much meaning. Her sister Melissa was also by her side as bridesmaid. Some wedding photographers sort of skim over the images of the ceremony, concentrating instead on the portraits. Not me. Even though these may not be the images that will end up on the wall, this is the important bit. For the bride and groom, this is the exciting bit. And you can see it on their faces, always. And I live to capture that. I am primarily a candid wedding photographer, after all. Give me emotion and I am happy creating beautiful wedding photography!
Afterwards, the guests mingled and enjoyed a magnificent-looking afternoon tea. There was croquet and other games (including mini-croquet!) to keep the younger guests entertained, but the older guests were happy to just spend time together. More opportunities for candid wedding photography.
The joy that the joining of two people brings is amplified by the joining together of families and friends who may only see each other on special occasions. I know from my own wedding that seeing these images of my guests, remembering their presence and seeing their happiness on our special day, is something that I will treasure for a long time to come.
We moved to a nearby field to capture some photos of the wedding party. I know that many people dread this portion of the day, but I was so gratified to hear a groomsman say (surprised!) that he had actually enjoyed it. My style as a wedding photographer is very relaxed and I do try to make sure that this bit of time with the bride and groom’s closest friends is fun and playful. Fun and playful makes for great wedding photos, too!
The bride and groom wedding portraits were taken on a pathway strewn with trees on both sides. This provided not only a beautiful backdrop for the images, but also soft, directional light – my favourite.
Laura and Luke were so lovely, and so eager to start their journey together. It was, as always, an honour to capture their wedding day and provide them with the images that they and their children will enjoy into that bright future.
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