Looking back on the last 12 months I've come to realise something...I am EXTREMELY blessed. I often find myself in beautiful locations and Willunga, South Australia is one of those places with beautiful people. Jemima & Klynt came into my life earlier in 2017 and I was quick to notice that their was something really special about these two. Family plays a big part of their makeup and this is something that will always resonate with me. The beauty in both their families can only be described in a way in which I merely don't have the words for to give it the justice it deserves. I couldn't have asked for a better couple full of heart to end my 2016/2017 wedding season with. I'm so grateful for these guys!
Come on in and have a look at their big day; I'll be chiming in along the way to shed a little extra context for ya'll.
We had an early start to the day at Klynt's favourite cafe in Aldinga, 'MAXWELL'S'
Jemima predicted that her Dad would laugh when he saw her as a bride for the first time. He didn't disappoint.
This church in Strathalbyn is easily my favourite church I've been able to photograph a wedding in. Bucket loads of natural light and just so so quaint!
A family friend lent his 1950s Rolls Royce to Jemima & Klynt for part of the day. What a beauty!
I think Klynt is a wee bit happy he's married!
Who is this beautifully bearded man!?
Jemima is 1 of 9 kids in her family!
Klynt looked both ways before crossing. Good job Klynt!
Sunset was next level that night! These colours in the sky are one of my favourite things in life.
This photo...this photo is my favourite photo I've EVER taken. There. I said it.
Jemima's Dad Rod had this shed specifically built for the reception and it did not disappoint at all. This is a Pinterest wedding planners dream.
Klynt's nephew Fletcher noticed Klynt was cupping the mic which affects the audio quality and he needed to remind Klynt not to do it so the quality of the sound would be better.....he's 3.
Jemima & Klynt had some beautiful kind words for me after their big day and I can't help but share them with you!
Here's what they had to say.
"My husband Klynt and I recently got married, and we are so very glad that we found and chose Alex to photograph our day! Initially we were very overwhelmed by the competitiveness of the wedding photography industry, with seemingly endless comparable options. But somehow Alex's work, his passion and gifting for telling people's stories through photography stood out from the rest, enough for us to feel excited to meet him. We immediately felt at ease when we met Alex for the first time, he was super relaxed but also professional, we felt sure that we would be in good hands. About a week before our big day, Alex drove across town and spent a fun arvo with us, scouting out photo locations. He assured us that he would hang out with us like a friend on the day; and that's exactly how it was. We both feel that Alex really added to our special day, helping it to flow naturally, adding fun, and just being genuine in enjoying such a momentous occasion alongside us. And now we have the most incredible set of photographic memories to look back on for the rest of our lives, and for our children to cherish after that. I would have no hesitation in recommending Alex to capture your special occasion! You will enjoy interacting with him on a personal level, get amazingly artistic photos that capture real emotion in the most natural way, and gain a friend for life."
A few days ago in my last blog post I mentioned that I wanted to BLOG a whole lot more. It's been such a wet and cold weekend that it's been the perfect time to get stuck into it and start 0ff my 'more blogging' adventure with a wedding that was the first of 2017 for me. It was also wedding number 6 for me in my whole career; man it's eye opening looking back at older work and seeing just how far I've come in a short space of time in the Adelaide Wedding Photography game. Regardless of that, this blog isn't meant to be about me. It's about two of the nicest people you'll ever meet, Nikita & Ryan. Let me introduce you to them...
This Is Their Story...
Nikita & Ryan's story began in highschool. They're the classic high school sweethearts. Nikita remembers a friend of hers telling her about a guy in 9th Grade with a classic Lloyd Christmas Dumb n Dumber hair cut. She couldn't believe that someone would actually come to school looking like that and just had to meet this Jim Carey lookalike. Fast forward a few years through highschool and into their 20's and we came to a hot 40 degree day in January where these two lovers were due to get hitched! These two are travellers at heart so they wanted to save as much money for their honeymoon. They became DIY gurus in the preparation for their big day and making the day a reflection of themselves was really important to them. So being the industrious and creative people they are made many of the decorations themselves and even some of the outfits from the day were made out of older materials. Stuff like this is what makes a wedding day unique and Nikita & Ryan's day was full of unique little touches that made it all uniquely them. I'll be sure to point them out as you scroll down, but for now take a look at the memories made for this beautiful couple with your own eyes!
Nikita made all of these flower bouquets herself! What a talent!
they had a 'wine box' ceremony where they both wrote unread letters full of reminders as to why they love each other to one another, with the plan to open them up on their 5th anniversary!
Ryan & Nikita walked back down the aisle to an ACDC classic 'Highway to Hell'
Mum was pretty proud!
The lesson here is to not wear long dresses on 40 degree days. Unfortunately for the girls they didn't have much of a choice and this is them trying their best to keep cool!
and this is the lads being lads.
this brought back a few memories from my early 20's!
Nikita & her Dad broke tradition and had a Father/ Daughter dance to a Rockabilly banger!
This garter toss was one that I will never ever forget...
for pretty obvious reasons!
and yes...that's me...with my shirt off on the d-floor. Not an ounce of anything in my system. Just me being me!
Floral: DIY Venue: Queens Head Hotel in North Adelaide Stationery: DIY Cake: Shazzas Kitchen Creation Dress: Adelaide's Brides & Bloom, Mawson Lakes Alterations: The Sewing Room Rings: Michael Hill Event stylist/prop hire: White Fox Wedding Suits: Yd Celebrant: Pamela Zajac Distinctly Yours Catering: Queens Head Hotel
Shooting more personal work was something I told myself at the start of the 2017 Adelaide winter. I wanted to work at building connection with my subjects and take them to a place where they were completely open to sharing heartfelt moments with me. Jesh Derox an American photographer and speaker suggested the idea that people often believe that photography is mainly about how you LOOK and while this has some truth to it, photography is about how you FEEL. This idea was one that completely flipped my mindset and helped me to work out WHY I do what I do as a photographer. I'd found myself striving to 'get the shot' to 'stand out from the crowd' in the overly saturated wedding photography industry but in doing this I was doing the exact opposite of what I really have always wanted my career as a photographer to be about. CONNECTION.
My time with my friend Imogen was my way of kickstarting a new approach. Perhaps not a completely new approach but certainly a more refined one. I knew what I wanted to work on so I set out to do it. We decided to hit up Aldinga in the southern suburbs of Adelaide, more specifically the incredible McLaren Vale Wineries and fields which are nestled just between Sellicks Beach & Willunga. We set off mid afternoon and made the short journey through the stormy weather to be greeted by the incredible yellow fields of Aldinga. This gorgeous lady made my job an absolute breeze, one of the most awesome humans I have ever met. I set about letting her soak in the unique geographical beauty as we frolicked around snapping away and building that connection I was seeking.
Ellie & Nick are two super down to earth and relaxed people. They've been on quite the journey together and the emotion that was expressed during my time with them is a real testament to that. They met in Sydney a few years ago and at the time Nick had been working in the mines. It didn't take long before Ellie took the plunge and moved to Sydney to be with Nick on a more regular basis in 2013. A couple of years later they both moved together to Adelaide in 2015 to start a new life here together and in May 2016 Nick asked for Ellie's hand in marriage presenting her with a beautiful Meadowlark Ring. Speaking with them and hearing about their plans for their future together was something really special for me and I could see they're two people full of ambition. They've also recently rescued and adopted a racing Greyhound and we all know how much I love a cute doggo, so this was a little added bonus for me.
As I was preparing for their engagement shoot I had been spending time looking at a few other photographers work, trying to find some inspiration. One common theme I noticed is that a lot of engagement shoots had all been spent down along the coast or in amongst a pretty forest and I knew straight away that this wasn't what Ellie & Nick were suited for. I kept searching and came across a few photographers who had gone into the homes of their couples and I thought that this would be a perfect way to start my time with Ellie & Nick. I put the idea to them and explained my reasoning for wanting to try it out and being the awesome people they are, they said sure. I won't go into every detail that went down during our time together in their home but one of the questions I had both of them answer was "When was the time you needed the other person the most?" What followed was one of the most intimate and expressive moments I had experienced with a couple in my short time as a photographer. It was truly a beautiful experience and one I won't forget quickly.
Afterwards we hopped into our vehicles and headed down to Port Adelaide in search of some cool street art and pretty light. I must admit, both Ellie & Nick were feeling quite nervous before their shoot as they hadn't their photo taken before in this kind of setting, but after a while spent hanging out, playing some games and sharing some tender moments they both admitted that they had a fantastic time with me. Next year they'll be getting married at Uraidla Show Hall and I have no doubts in my mind that that day will be one to remember. I can't wait.
The "when did you need the other person the most" moment. My heart melted
One of the Port Adelaide locals decided to come hang out.