Melbourne Wedding Photographer | Australia
I love travelling and when the opportunity presents to photograph lovely people in a terrific setting, who’s going to miss the chance?
It’s not the rock-star lifestyle however. It’s hard work, away from home and there’s a constant need for exceptional planning and preparation to ensure everything runs a well as possible. There are work visas to arrange, along with all the usual travelling documentation and what-have-you. Preparation and planning are everything in destination wedding photography.
Lizi first contacted me to ask my advice about her wedding in Melbourne over Christmas. The 27th December to be exact. That meant travelling on Christmas Eve and being away from my family over Christmas.
Lizi explained that she and Nick were Australians living and working in London and this was their opportunity to travel home, get married in front of their friends and family. Lizi found me when looking for documentary wedding photographers in London and had liked the way that I documented the day without turning things into a magazine shoot or interfering at all. A handful of family groups but no real portrait session to make her feel uncomfortable. Terrific, my ideal approach.
Was I available and would I travel to Australia over Christmas? It took 5 minutes and a quick conversation with my wife to decide. Oh yes. Without wanting to sound too gushing, it was an incredible honour to be asked. I was to be a Melbourne wedding photographer.
Flights and accommodation were arranged by the outstanding Lucie, manager at the Flight Centre in Regent Street, whose advice was, and is, indispensable.
Lizi and Nick treated me to a familiarisation day which took in the beach and St.Kilda area. On the way to and from I was able to walk all the routes and have a look at all the venues. Did I say how much emphasis I put on planning and preparation? I like to make sure I’ve left nothing to chance, only then can I relax.
In the morning of the 27th, Nick and the guys went to the cricket. Not just any cricket (sorry if you’re not a fan) but Australia v India, in what is the most famous ground in Australia. The Melbourne Cricket Ground. As if that wasn’t special enough, it’s also a Boxing Day ritual for Nick and his Dad who are both members. It’s a big deal for them and as the waiting list for membership is well over 20 years, not something they would consider squandering.
Around midday, I left the guys to meet Lizi and the rest of the bridal party at the Adelphi Hotel, a smart boutique hotel in the centre of Melbourne, where Lizi was getting ready.
All the guys, friends and family met up there later that day for the evening ceremony in the rooftop function room.
Lizi and Nick’s wedding was one of the most unconventional ceremonies I’ve witnessed, but also one of the most thoughtful and meaningful. It would be fair to say that it was Humanist in nature. All the words and vows had been written by them and if anyone doubted their love and commitment prior this this, then they were left in no doubt afterwards. And boy, was the sun strong.
The party lasted well into the night and the UK sleep pattern kicked in, so I was still wide awake at 1am.
Enough words, I’ll let the pictures tell the story.
Here’s a small selection from the images that are going to make up their wedding album
If you like my approach to documentary wedding photography, contact me here today. I’d love to hear about your wedding day.