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Blue Mountains Wedding – Dave and Ash – Megalong Valley

 

It was lovely to get back to the area I was born and grew up in, the stunning Blue Mountains, west of Sydney.

Ashley married David at the beautiful Dryridge Estate Winery out in the Megalong Valley, with The Great Dividing Range surrounding them.

The weather was chaotic yet addictive, windy and calm, rainy with stars to finish.

Ash is wearing an elegant beaded gown by one of my favourite designers Karen Willis Holmes, Ash what a stunner you are!!

Dave is in a very cool, blue M.J. Bale Suit, and he and the boys have custom Peggy and Finn Ties and pockets with Australian native prints, matching the handmade bouquets with all of the Aussie fauna included.

Dave’s wedding band is extremely custom made by Zoe Pook, featuring a surround of meteorite and Ash’s fingerprint hand engraved into the middle…what a ring!

Ash and Dave, thanks for having me along on your wonderful day, for the trust and inspiration, for having such welcoming and hospitable families and friends. I will never forget your day.

 

I hope you like these few teasers for now. More to come soon.

 

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  • Jenny - Stars and the vines at night is a beautiful photo.ReplyCancel

  • Sally - These pictures are stunning Matt. I hope you enjoyed Ashley and Dave’s wedding weekend as much as we did. Looking forward to seeing more of your photos later. ReplyCancel

  • Angela - I love all of these shots! Exquisite work Matt. It was lovely to meet you. Can’t wait to see more!ReplyCancel

  • Ben - I like the natural atmosphere ReplyCancel

  • Marko - Great photo’s, especially the intimate photo on the dance floor and the perfect circle framing from the sun.ReplyCancel

  • Catherine - Congrats guys!! Looks like an amazing day, wonderfully captured! That one on the hill with the sun is beautiful. Can’t wait to see the rest xxReplyCancel

  • Ash - They’re lovely Matt. I can’t wait to see more. 🙂 ReplyCancel

  • Leonil - As a fashion photographer and occasional wedding photographer myself, it was so much fun watching Matt work and getting a chance to see how he shoots a wedding.
    I love how the first dance and the star portrait turned out. So thankyou for the amazing photos and letting me take a glimpse at how it was done, from one photographer to another, it was bokehlicious.ReplyCancel

  • Jen - Such beautiful photos! Absolutely amazing.ReplyCancel

  • Toni - Beautiful photos. Looks like it was a wonderful wedding. Congratulations to the Bride and Groom.ReplyCancel

  • Wendy - Love love love these photos. Especially the one of Ashley framed in the doorway, the beautiful one on the dance floor and the one outside at night with the stars twinkling down from above. Pure Magic!ReplyCancel

  • Arlene - Great photos captured awesome memories of a great event. The night shot with the stars is beautiful.ReplyCancel

  • Bernadette - Beautiful photos Matt, very unique which is just what is important for such a special day. It was fun seeing you at work, loving what you do has come out in your photos, Cheers Bernadette (Dave & Ashley’s wedding) ReplyCancel

  • Fallon - Beautiful pictures of beautiful people! ReplyCancel

  • Mel - Beautiful work capturing a beautiful couple! Can’t wait to see more!ReplyCancel

  • Brenda - Wonderful memories of your special day, captured in romantic photos, in the best setting in the worldReplyCancel

  • Lorena - You’ve truly created a beautiful memory for the couple ReplyCancel

  • Jim Lee - This was a magical and memorable day, captured by the wonderful photos. Eagerly waiting to see more ….ReplyCancel

  • Jillian - Love the night shots!ReplyCancel

  • Carolyn - These shots capture the most beautiful day perfectly xReplyCancel

  • Light Pictures - Thanks for all the love guys n gals, so good to see such wonderful support, for both myself and Ash and Dave. MattReplyCancel

Country Style Wedding – Narbeh and Talin – Somersby NSW

 

Talin and Narbs are no longer two people, they are ONE!

They married each other on a stunning property, The Somersby Stables, in Somersby NSW, what a place!!

The huge barn was seriously decked out with flowers galore, by the very talented Piccolo Petalo, there will be more to come of that later.

Talin and Narbeh joined with vows that were both humorous but also brought us all to tears. Kind words said by a dear friend of theirs who married them all but a few legal must gets.

I love these two, so kind and thoughtful, always worrying about everyone else instead of kicking back and enjoying their huge epic ride that was their wedding day. But lucky Pete and I were there to snap a few pics of the day in case they missed anything.

Talin is wearing a very elegant Alyssa Kristin gown from Love Marie Bridal Boutique and Narbs looked very dashing in his perfectly fitting blue suit by Brent Wilson – what a perfect match!

So much class!

So much love too, and romance, and the weather was superb. Thanks Sydney for putting it on for all of us on their special day!

Everyone partied the night on in the barn, lots of Armenian charm on the dance-floor, and the food by Sprout was soooo darn good!

Thanks Talin and Narbs, for having Pete and I along, and for being so hospitable, it was a lot of fun!

A few pics here of the day, an attempt to show off the intensity and love of your day, more to come soon.

 

Somersby is one beautiful location that’s for sure, but there is also a great feature we have done on another epic part of NSW just over HERE. Please, do have a look.

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  • Talin Abovian - So, so, SO incredibly chuffed and honoured to have had the pleasure of meeting, working with and being shot by Matt and Pete. Holy moly – what truly amazing photographers, and they took all the time to not only snap the day but also to scout out the perfect locations on the property, getting just the right shot at just the right moment. I mean, the one on the lake – breathtaking. 
    You both fit right in to our families too 🙂 loved by one and all! ReplyCancel

  • Lachlan - What a stunning testament to a special day! These are eminently beautiful photographs. Wonderful stuff! ReplyCancel

  • Crissha - Piccolo Petalo Florals - Two words: BLOWN AWAY! I’ve been busting to see your captures from this day Matt and you have not disappointed. It was SO nice meeting you and I’m honoured to have my work captured in yours for this (most favourite ever) couple. Your professionalism, friendliness and just general awesomeness on the day won’t ever be forgotten by myself and my team, it’s always a blessing to work with such lovely wedding peeps.Okay so now I have to go and wipe whatever is leaking from my eyes after looking at these photos, I’M NOT CRYING, YOU’RE CRYING!! haha <3 <3 <3ReplyCancel

Sydney Wedding Photography – Dan and Candice AKA “Ruffy and Candy” – Cottage Point, NSW

 
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The gods must have had a tough night before Candy and Ruffy’s big day. Pete and I drove down from QLD through bush-fires, sweltering heat and with the prediction of 50km/h winds the next day, we were braced for a crazy day.

Well it was one crazy day, but the force was strong!
Here’s a few elements to give you an idea.

 

Winds 50km/hr
Tree down blocking the road to reception
Chainsaws
Airport delays
No mobile reception
Calm groom
Friends chipping in
‘The cottage’ of Cottage point
Kuring-gai Motor Yacht Club
Calming deep breaths
Cute flower girls and page boys
Ancestral Veil
Epic flowers by The Brides collection
Winds still blowing  – up to 100km/hr  – forecast to be the worst at 3:30
Celebrant Maureen Boyle getting everyone in the moment – with speaker on Max!
Beautiful vows
Candy’s mum put on her engagement ring after the wedding rings
Stunning wooden Boats
Walking in the water – bridal party and photographers
Sand island
Did I mention windy?
Sunset photos on a cliff
Full moon
Festoon lights
Paella
Epic band – Thanks Sly Dogs
Power blackout
Great speeches by phone light
Lights back on
Drink the night away…

 

Awesomely planned, managed, decorated and catered by Ash from Poco Uno Creative

Thanks to Candice and Dan and your families for having us along on a “big grins roller-coaster day in wonderland”.
Besides the words, here’s a few pics we took of the day.

 
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Cottage Point is one epic location that’s for sure, but there is also a great feature we have done on another epic part of NSW just over HERE. Please, do have a look.

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Byron Bay Wedding Photography – Josh and Robyn – Earth House

 
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Robyn and Josh married last weekend on a glorious day in paradise, two wonderful lovers and soulmates.

What more could a Byron Bay Wedding Photographer hope for!

Speaking of wonderful…

This was from Robyn and Josh after I thanked them the other day for having us along.

“Hi Matt,

Well, what can we say? Thank you seems inadequate but we sincerely thank yourself and Pete for your amazing effort last Saturday for our special day. You guys rocked! Thanks for making it easy for the both of us, because truth is we both hate photos (but love looking at them of course).

We hope you both enjoyed your day with us and we can’t wait to share your work with all our family and friends (and whoever will look or listen! Hehe).

Cheers Matt!

Robyn & Josh”

 

So here are Pete and I again, at this breathtaking Earth House place. Thank you Munro for everything you do, Earth House really is a slice of paradise (actually, I think I might just start calling you ‘Sir Munro’ from now on)!

BUT, this place is kinda EXTRA spesh to me…it’s where my sister Hannah and I photographed our first wedding together.

Hannah usually shoots along side me but has recently had a baby. He’s Tex. He’s very cute, I love him to bits…etc, etc. Tex is a bit little yet and so Hannah wasn’t with me on this day, but our good friend, celebrant, Katrina Holt, (sporting a baby bump herself) was. And with such memorable elegant words Katrina bound these two lovers together.

So a few little things like this, kinda gave me extra smiles on the day. Thanks Katrina!, Babies!, Babies all round!

 

Babies aside, I would really again like to thank my friend and confidant, Pete.  Your work is amazing, your support is priceless, plus you got me some photos a bit earlier than usual, hence being able to show off a few today!

Robyn and Josh, no, really, thank YOU, for allowing us to be a huge part of such a special day.

It is lovely, thoughtful, happy, thankful, and of course super cool humans like you guys, that not only make our jobs so very easy, but also incredibly satisfying and fulfilling.

Big thanks also to all your friends and families, what a great bunch of people!

 

I’ve decided to make this an extended teaser session, firstly to really say thanks again for those kind words you gave us, even before seeing any work we had done with you, and secondly also to show off some of Pete’s faves too.

Here’s a small bunch from the day, random choice for emphasis at times, others not so random! Enjoy!…and can I just say, “what a bloody great day you got married on hey!?”

 
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Robyn and Josh also wanted to mention the following people, who contributed to their perfect day….and I would also like to thank them as well, as a matter of fact!

Robyn’s dress – Blanche Bridal
Bridesmaids dresses by Bianca Spender
Hair and Make-up beautifully done by Ava Belle
Cool old Rolls Royces belong to – A Special Occasion
Rings by De Silva
The Groom & the Groomsmen looking like model material in their suits by – The Bespoke Corner Tailors
Flowers by a local star – French Petal
The Wedding was planned by Roxy of Frank & Joy
That Cake!! – made with love by Rebellyous Cake Co
Food cooked to perfection by Seaweed Cuisine
Mike from Goldbear was the Videographer, thanks Mike for another great day working along side you.
The White Tree provided the awesome tunes.

And there will be a few more to show off in the full blog of this….stay tuned.

 

The Earth House is also featured in one of our recent articles on Byron Wedding Venues, it’s worth a peep.

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Byron Bay Wedding Photographer – Chris and Amelia

Byron Bay Wedding Photographer – Chris and Amelia – Earth House

 

I love Byron so much, I long to be there so I can truly tell myself I am a Byron Bay Wedding Photographer.

I get down there a lot though, so I’m close!?

Well Pete Oakman, my partner in crime, and I got down, and back to the epic Earth House last weekend. The sweetest lovebirds Amelia and Chris were married, under the fig tree, on a just beautiful Byron Bay sunny winters day….What a Kiss!!

These two Met on tinder! They fell in love with each others love of travel, snow, good times and great food. 3 and a half years and a kitty cat named Rosie later, now they are together forever.

Thank you for such a wonderful day guys.

I hope these few teasers keep you excited for whats to come soon.

 

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The stunning Earth House is also featured in our favourite wedding venues in the Byron area.

Thanks once again to Munro for the perfect venue, 100 Mile Table for the mouth watering food, the always smiling Cara Gallagher for the beautifully spoken ceremony, the girls from The Events Co for a perfectly co-ordinated day, the boys from McGee Entertainment for the awesome tunes and Wilderness Flowers for the mind blowing flowers! There is just so much talent in the Byron Shire. *love*

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Byron Bay Wedding Photographer – Mark and Stephie – a few frames..

Byron Bay Wedding Photographer – Toowoomba Wedding – Mark and Stephie

 

What a way to finish the year, with a New Years Eve wedding!

Stephie and Mark married each other out in the stunning Gabbinbar Estate in rural Brisbane, Toowoomba.

Such romance and excitement. Stephie was doing nervous squats most of the time right up until she climbed into that stunning dress.

There were clouds, sunshine, then rain, the perfect amount of romance the gods could cram into one day.

Proud father in arm lock, Steph walked down the aisle with the hugest grin on her face. Mark was awe-struck….and fair enough, Stephie was glowing with excitement and looked just stunning!

They said their emotional with a touch of giggles vows, kissed, were showered with rose petals as they walked back down the aisle, then rode off on a horse drawn carriage to take in the beauty of the estate and have some time for them, as a couple that just became one.

When they returned they drink champagne, play croquet, then partied the night away in style with amazing food, wine and live music.

There were fireworks at midnight welcoming in 2018, and them into their new life together as husband and wife. Stephs dad, with tear in eye, hugged his daughter so tightly…under a sky full of light.

The day and night was one I will never forget.

Thanks for having me and my insatiable 2nd shooter Pete along on your New Years Eve rollercoaster ride in the beautiful Toowoomba, what a pleasure and an honour!

Here are a handful of my picks of the day.

Many more to come soon.

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