Weddings are family affairs and nothing says this more than having kids around. In Soula and Nick’s case, they had lots of them! Even the couple sometimes seemed to turn into 2 kids with the excitement and joy of the day, and who can blame them. Surrounded by close family and friends, they had a fabulous fun day despite the cool weather and occasional drop of rain. And when it came to the reception at Red Scooter, the dance floor lit up with action (and a really big LOVE sign).
As a surprise for their guests, Marty and Alan arranged for a fabulous Latin dance group to come out and liven things up towards the end of their reception at Linley Estate. And did it what! Not that the day wasn’t full of action and fun already – a 12-person bridal party, “Dukes of Hazzard” cars for Alan and his groomsmen, their 21-month-old twins Georgia and Levi, and the awesome Rumours band made sure of that! Sadly, one of the bridesmaids passed away shortly before the wedding, and in a special and moving tribute Marty kept a place for her at the reception table by her side. There were definitely some emotional moments during the day – but overwhelmingly this was a day of laughter, wild dancing and a bit of vodka drinking. Alan Jacobs did a splendid job as both celebrant and MC, a double-act that makes perfect sense. And Andrew of Passion8 photography – who I’m happy to say is a regular wedding colleague – kept things jovial and clean.
Lee and Nick chose two very different locations for their wedding – the rustic charms of beautiful White Chapel in Langwarrin for their ceremony, and the elegance of the Sandringham Yacht Club for the party. Along the way they found time for photos at the beach with photographer Sarah Coyle. Celebrant Julia Doeven brought a lot of fun and excitement to the day, and the White Tree band (mmm, seems to be a bit of a common thread going on) absolutely rocked the party.
Another of the many 15-minute movies we’ve made this year – since introducing this format as an option a couple of years ago, it’s been a popular choice for couples who want something more substantial than a quick highlights video, but also something short enough to easily share with family and good friends.
The RACV Country Club in Healesville really has everything a couple could want on their wedding day, including rooms to prepare in, a stunning ceremony location, big and classy reception room, lots of great photo spots, and the chance to ride on a golf buggy. And Nicole and Aaron certainly made the most of it! There were a few nervous moments (especially when one of the groomsmen hid Aaron’s bowtie) but overall this was such a fun day – especially whenever flowergirl Isla got in on the action. She’s the daughter of bridal party members Reahn and Dale, whose wedding we filmed in 2010 – it’s wonderful to catch up with couples again after a few years and see how their families are growing.
Nicole sprung a special surprise for Aaron at the ceremony – a beautiful song performed by her brother and a friend.
Various cultures have the beautiful tradition of the ‘first look’ – that moment when the bride and groom first see each other. Away from the overwhelming emotions of a public ceremony, it becomes a very intimate and personal moment. So it is with Negin and Max, both from a Persian background. The intensity of the moment is written all Max’s face – while Negin, naturally more light-hearted and fun-loving, just can’t stop smiling. After the meeting there were lots of photos to take with the family and bridal party before everyone headed north to Ballara in the beautiful green surroundings of Eltham. Ballara is one of those wonderful ‘all-in-one’ venues where there’s room for outdoor/indoor ceremonies as well as the reception. Makes it very easy for everyone! The Craig Francis band got the place jumping at the reception, but it was the Persian music that really got the guests excited.