Remembering Stokehouse

As many of you know, Melbourne lost one of its best restaurants this weekend, when St Kilda’s Stokehouse was destroyed by fire on Friday night.

Not only was it a brilliant restaurant, but it was also one of Melbourne’s best wedding reception venues – definitely in my top 3. It was visually beautiful, had amazing food (I ate the best steak ever at one wedding I shot there) and the service was always fantastic.

I am happy to hear that the owners vow to return Stokehouse to its former glory, and in the meantime I want to share some of my favourite photographs taken at weddings over the years.

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As 2013 draws to a close I’d like to say a big thank you to all my wedding clients from this year. My 2013 has been great, and I feel so lucky to have found clients to work with who really fit my style and personality.

Here are some of my favourite images of each couple I photographed this year.

Have a safe and happy 2014 and I look forward to posting many more wedding photos over the coming months!

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Sophie and Sam

I’ve been meaning to post this wedding on my blog for a while – the beautiful wedding of Sophie and Sam. How gorgeous is Sophie’s orange dress? And wait for it – there’s a costume change later on! This first dress is from Carla Zampatti, and Sophie’s gorgeous party dress is from Colette Dinnigan. Sam looked fabulous too but once again I forgot to ask the groom where he got his suit! I do know that Camberwell Market Florist is responsible for those beautiful floral arrangements.

Sophie and Sam were married in the backyard of the house Sam grew up in, which is just so special, I think. We took pre-ceremony portraits along the river bank where Sam used to play as a kid. Again, pretty special! Celebrant Melanie Lunny conducted a beautiful ceremony, then we headed over to Stokehouse in St Kilda for the reception, and some more portraits by the water.

The night was filled with love and laughter, and despite it being held on the day of our national election, nobody discussed politics at all! We remained blissfully ignorant and merry. I hope you enjoy these pictures.

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Jodi and Alan

Here is a sweet Autumn wedding from earlier this year, held at one of my favourite Melbourne venues – Gardens House in the Royal Botanic Gardens. It’s a private little place tucked away from the rest of the Botanic Gardens, and you really do get the feeling you’re in your own secret garden. Jodi and Alan’s wedding was small and intimate and I felt like one of the family. It helped that their family and friends were just as fun-loving and kooky as me!

Jodi looked gorgeous in her vintage-inspired dress, perfect for a daytime garden party theme. I am a little obsessed with her hairpiece too. Flowers were by the always fabulous Flowerjar. And Jodi and Alan were lucky enough to have Jodi’s aunt Suzanne Katz perform their beautiful ceremony.

Keeping a wedding small is a great way to ensure you get to chat with every guest, and take in everything on the day. I hope you enjoy these pictures of what was a beautiful, intimate celebration of love!

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Jarrah and Noah

This isn’t quite a wedding post I have for you today. Let’s call it a “post-wedding shoot”. It’s the post-wedding shoot of a very dear friend and his new hubby.

My friendship with Jarrah (he’s the one in the checked shirt) has spanned 14 years and 2 continents. We met in Melbourne during our uni days when he studied film with my sister Genevieve. He was the cheeky best friend everyone loved spending time with, and he was always there for our family in good times and difficult times. Then Jarrah moved to New York to attend film school at NYU (he’s very talented!). I joined him there for a few years and we had the best times getting up to mischief in the city that never sleeps. After I left he met this American dreamboat Noah, got hitched, and now they’ve set up house in Los Angeles. I couldn’t attend their wedding in New York last year, so when they visited Melbourne after the wedding I jumped at the chance to do a little couple shoot with them.

We had fun shooting around Brunswick, showing Noah the local neighbourhood. Hopefully they come back regularly for visits! Or maybe I should fly to LA for another shoot….

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