Brisbane. Warm, humid, a little bit exotic for us New South Welshmen. And oh so flooded… perfect for a wedding!!!
So Nicole is my fiancée’s oldest friend and they’ve known each other since kindy. Naturally I was honoured when her and Guy asked me to shoot their wedding for them. I’ve known Nicole now for about 15 years, and Guy since not long after they met, so the whole weekend was a blast!
A wedding is never without it’s share of drama, right? But poor Nicole got more than she deserved! Brisbane flooded pretty badly two days before the wedding… and the result? One very wet venue! Luckily on the day before the wedding, all the water had drained away and the sun was out, so the staff were frantically shuffling guests into dry rooms, cleaning up the mess and drying out the carpet in the reception hall!!!
But things always seem to work out for the best, and by the time D-Day dawned, all was good. Especially as the father of the bride had gone and replaced all his clothes, which got submerged while in his room!!!
The girls had a blast getting ready, as the hair and makeup artist was none other than Nicole’s cousin – Diane of Empire Artistries. Simply stunning work… although to be fair all the girls were pretty gorgeous to start with (hey I’m allowed to say that, given one of the bridesmaids is my fiancée!) Seriously, if you are getting married in the Hunter Valley region then definitely look her up!
Naturally, boys will be boys, and there was a distinct lack of pants when I reached their rooms. Now let me say at this point that Nicole’s 3 brothers are a bunch of clowns (no really… one of her brother’s was actually a clown when he was younger… although he was the more reserved one on the day!!!!). Such a bunch of characters, but you could just tell that they were really welcoming Guy into the family – very sweet in a gruff, boyish, ‘I’m huggin ya, but I’m hittin ya’ way ;)
The ceremony was held in a lovely little courtyard with a babbling fountain and surrounded by lovely foliage.
The best part about photographing a friend’s wedding is that you already know each other, so everyone is nice and laid back for the photos… we had so much fun with these!
Then we headed back to where the rest of the guests had gotten a head start at the bar, and continued the celebrations…
In spite of all the drama with the floods, I think that was the last thing on everyone’s mind after such a perfect day. It was so touching to see Guy welcomed into Nicole’s family as they start their lives together here, and I wish them all the best for the future :)
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