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Jess + Paul’s Wedding

Jess + Paul’s Wedding

A dream wedding for Jess and Paul who celebrated with family and their closest friends at the Chateau Tanunda located in the Barossa Valley. It’s surrounded by beautifully kept grounds, amazing vine filled walls; a vine yard and the building itself is just gorgeous. It is such a beautiful venue and it was an absolute pleasure to be back at the Chateau and be their wedding photographer.

I absolutely love “how we meet” stories and Jess and Paul’s is no exception…
“Paul and I first met on August the 3rd, 2013. We were both out in Adelaide partying at nightclubs. My sister’s boyfriend (now Fiance) who is friend’s with Paul sent him a text to come to the nightclub that I was at, and he did.
The nightclub was called, The London. I decided to play a joke on Paul and had told a female stranger in the nightclub that he was very keen on her but he was too shy to say anything. I stood back and laughed whilst this stranger approached Paul and went in for a kiss. Paul had to awkwardly avoid her for the rest of the night.
That night I went home with a group of friends and Paul. He was a gentleman and offered me his jumper at the end of the night. He slept on my bedroom floor on a mattress.
We added each other on Facebook the next day and started talking which led to some our first dates!” – Jess

Jess + Paul I hope you are both relaxing and enjoying the beginning of married life on your honeymoon in Hawaii. I wish you the very best for your future.

JN xx

Wedding Dress: LUV Bridal
Jewellery: Swarovski (borrowed from sister in law)
Suits: Mens tweed Suits (UK)
Florist: A peony for your thoughts
Rings: Michael Hill
Cake: Melissa Hooker
Makeup Artist: Courtney Evans
Hair Stylist: Casual Bliss Salon
Venues: Chateau Tanunda
Transport: Cars of Class
Wedding photographer: Jade Norwood

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Emma + Rory’s Wedding

Emma + Rory’s Wedding

Emma + Rory choose a spectacular day to be married. They celebrated with their adoring family, lovely wedding party and jubilant friends. They were encircled with endearing warmth; at Deviation Road Winery located in the Adelaide Hills. The winery is surrounded by the amazing natural bushland, big tall trees, the property also has a dam (and some gorgeous doors – just a little bit of the photographer coming out in me!!).
Emma + Rory are a beautiful couple deeply in love and it shows with abundant laughing, many happy tears, embraces and smiles all around, it was simply heart-warming.

I absolutely love ‘how we met’ stories; Here is what Emma told me about their first introduction “The week before I moved to London, I tagged along to a friend’s (Tara) family dinner. Originally I wasn’t going to go, I didn’t want to crash their family dinner but ended up going because I wanted to spend as much time as I could with Tara before moving to London.
Tara had mentioned the dinner was for Michael from Perth (Tara’s step cousin, I think?!) for his 21st birthday and he was with his friend aka boyfriend …or so we assumed. After a few champagnes and lots of laughing, I discovered Rory wasn’t Michael’s boyfriend and we clicked right away and spent the whole night talking and laughing.”

I wish you both a lifetime of health, love, laughter and adventure.
JN xx

Wedding Dress: Hobnob Bridal
Bridesmaid Dress: ASOS
Suits: MJ Bale
Makeup Artist: Mandy Nash
Hair Stylist: Renee Lewer
Ceremony + Reception Venue: Deviation Road Winery
Rings: Paz Jewellery
Wedding Photographer: Jade Norwood

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We don’t know much about you Jade, what can you tell us about yourself?

We don’t know much about you Jade, what can you tell us about yourself?

Bride-to-be FAQ – Q: We don’t know much about you Jade, what can you tell us about yourself?

A: Im not one of these photographers that will tell you I love coffee (because I don’t drink it) and do handy crafts on a Sunday… Lets be honest if I don’t have a wedding on a Sunday, Im on the road travelling, and then downloading, backing up and starting to work on Saturdays wedding.

Im very practical and just say it like it is…

I was raised in the country, in small town called Ceduna; which I still call home, and think I always will. And ok, I wasn’t the girly girl who played dress ups and played with barbies. I rode horses and played in the dirt. I wasn’t the little girl that planned my dream wedding, I have never been the girl that bought wedding magazines dreaming about my wedding. I guess being a romantic at heart has made be fall hard for weddings. I just love, LOVE.

I can ‘Mcguiver’ a lot of things – if something is broken, just find me a paperclip and some twine, I’ll sort it! I am a bit of a perfectionist, which has it pros and cons but I will go with more pros!

I will tell you that I am a fanatic for tennis and netball, and as much as I love the beach, I don’t get there enough. I love animals and my family means the world to me, whether that is blood family or friends I choose to be family.

I’m told I have an infectious laugh and I guarantee you I can make you laugh… Even is that means me just making a fool of myself to make you forget that the camera is even there!

I always have my music as loud as it can go in my car, I sing along of course, and have had the awkward moment when you’re singing the best song ever, as loud as you can… and your navigation system cuts in, stops the song and you hear yourself… eeekkkkk safe to say I quickly changed that setting!

Today I’m a wedding photographer living in between Ceduna and Adelaide. I shoot weddings and ensure your first day as husband and wife is etched in your hearts and minds as the best day of your lives. I’d love to chat more about the wedding of your dreams, so feel free to look around my website or simply send me an email for more information. You can read more about me here and here.

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Setting a budget

Setting a budget

Figuring out your wedding budget is definitely not the best part of planning, but is super-important. First, you’ll need to figure out who’s paying for what, or how much money you are being given by parents etc. Statistics say that almost half of couples are paying for the majority of their wedding themselves. Once you’ve figured out the total sum of money you have to spend (the average cost of an Australian wedding is about $38,000), then work out how you’ll split it between all of the goods, vendors and services you’ll need. WeddingWire has a great budget tool to help you stay organised. Budget so that you still have some money in the kitty because there will always be unexpected costs pop up (74 percent of couples go over their budget!).

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Winter Weddings

Winter Weddings

Typically, the wedding season begins in late September and finishes in early April, taking place in the warmer months and longer days. There is no denying that this is a spectacular time to get married as it is the time of year that everyone is in the mood for a party, the bright blue sky makes a beautiful backdrop for your day, and your sun kissed skin gives you the confidence you need to walk down the aisle with everyone’s eyes on you only.

But there is something just as beautiful about winter weddings. While some brides might quiver at the sight of forming storm clouds, a photographer jumps with glee. A dramatic stormy sky creates the ultimate wow wedding photo. A breeze that playfully flips a brides veil in the wind is something that can’t be replicated in a studio with a fan. An early setting sun gives more time for sunset shots before a reception (instead of during) and on a stormy or cloudy day, can throw the most beautiful colours for a glorious backdrop to create the best wedding photos.

Wedding florists love the selections available in winter, wedding coordinators are itching to create a winter wedding and your favourite hairdresser or make up artist is bound to be able to give you their full attention and excitement for your big day (during wedding season they see so many weddings!). A winter wedding doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice your sleeveless dress, bright bridesmaid colours, or an outdoor wedding. An injection of colour not only brightens the surrounds, but your guests and the mood. If your wedding is outside – be creative, find some shelter, or heating options (outdoor wedding lighting makes for the best wedding photos!). And while the blokes are no doubt pleased that they can wear a full suit to a wedding without sweating up a storm, it doesn’t mean you have to cover the beautiful detail of your dress with something warm (though a bolero might be your style) – again, be creative with your surrounds and your outfit to ensure you are comfortable and as beautiful as you imagined. Double bonus – you won’t get sunburnt or sweat off your makeup!

Winter weddings have the potential to create the best wedding photos that are truly one of a kind – that is, if you get the best wedding photographer on your side too! I have little doubt that Jade Norwood is ready and waiting for her winter wedding call up.

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