The rain was pouring down when I arrived at the hotel where Sanae was at 7am for her prep photos, even I was a bit nervous about the day ahead.
But after some serious praying and maybe a lot of luck, Sydney showed us its best.
Justin and Sanae live in Japan, Justin from Australia and Sanae from Japan, and they decided that Sydney was where their wedding would be. Justin’s lovely mother Susan looked after most of the wedding from Australia as Justin and Sanae live in Japan, and I have to say she is an amazing women. Susan also has a little travel section in The Australian. ;o)
I have to admit that Sydney is one beautiful city, I love coming back when it behaves itself, so they did make a great choice. The harbour is something you just want to photograph!
So here are a few frames from their wonderful day.
One of my favourite areas of the world to photograph a wedding is the Southern Highlands of New South Wales. So lush and quaint, very laid back but also effortlessly styled. Bendooley Estate is quintessentially Southern Highlands; and I was rapped when Adam and Bridget asked me to photograph their wedding to be held there.
Adam and Bridget decided upon a ‘First Look’, meeting each other underneath the big oak tree down by the lake on the Estate. I have to admit, I wasn’t sold on First Looks until I saw these two, just bursting with love and excitement as they lay eyes on each other, knowing that in a few short hours they would be man and wife. There is something to be said about sharing a few private moments together before joining your loved ones to celebrate your union.
Adam and Bridget were like two school kids with a crush, always having a sneaky glance, a shy smile, always absentmindedly reaching out and touching each other’s arms or backs, just connecting. During his speech, Adam spoke of how he was still in a bit of shock that this beautiful and sophisticated woman had accepted his proposal in marriage; he was “living the dream”. It really gave me the warm and fuzzies to witness them together. Adam and Bridget, may you continue to inspire those around you and each other for years to come.
I would love to thank Tessa Tran for being my awesome partner in crime on the day and venturing down to the south coast morning and night of the wedding.
A few cool people that Adam and Bridget would like to thank are:
I was really looking forward to photographing my first (and hopefully not my last) traditional Hindu Indian wedding. Not only do I have Indian heritage but amazing colours are one thing that I love as a photographer. I travel the world looking for such vibrancy as an Indian wedding day offers, and here it was at home in Sydney.
We started with the traditional Henna application a few days before the wedding, the Mehndi, and what a way to get thrown into such an amazing tradition….it was a beautiful experience. Fareha from Fareha Bridal Studio sure is talented with that Henna brush.
Then the wedding…what can I say…”Wow!!”
Sydney certainly turned on it’s charm for us, but the details, personal touches and all the planning that all of their families and friends put into this day, was what made it so exceptional.
Aniket and Reshma, such a beautiful couple, both very genuine to the heart, the kind of people who I could never imagine saying a bad word about any one….the kind of couple you live to photograph!
Thanks guys, for being so kind, colourful and inspirational, and for trusting my own creative license completely, on your big day, knowing that it was my first Traditional Indian Wedding.
Here are a few pics from the day – hard to choose, so many left out, but oh well…..
A little Ravi Shankar to set the mood
Matt would like to thank Tessa Tran for her priceless help on the day.
Huge thanks to Aniket and Reshma for such allowing us to be a part of their day, for trusting in us on our first Indian wedding, it was such an amazing experience, one we will never forget.
Also a few vendors we would all like to thank below.