Last Saturday I was in Mount Gambier for the wedding of two lovely people, Sara + Tim (Tj). They were married at Sheriff Muir Gardens, which are just incredible and so hard to believe that this beautiful location is hidden on a private property… the gardens go on for acres and are just so pretty and well manicured. I just loved seeing Tim’s face when he saw his beautiful wife-to-be for the first time. Sara and her Dad looked so happy walking down the isle.
Gorgeous little Isla (their daughter) may have stole the show during the vows, managing to draw all the attention her way for just a few seconds.
You know I love the how they met stories… Here is theirs by Sara.
“We first met walking out of the pub and we were introduced by a mutual friend. I thought Tj was pretty cute, we got talking and turned out he played footy with a bunch of my friends from high school. He asked for my number & called me the next day to organise a dinner date. When he picked me up my mum was watching and knew he was a keeper when she watched him open the car door for me…. haha”
And.. I just had to include the proposal story as well…
“I had no idea Tj was going to propose; he kept the secret so well.
It was a couple of weeks after our 5th anniversary, Tj told me he had organised for us to do a flight over the Nullarbor & see the whales. We set off and while we were enjoying the view and watching the baby whales with their mums, as we came over the cliffs the pilot told me to look down to the ground at my right. There was a big sign which read “Marry me Sara” and then Tj pulled out the ring box. I cried a lot, so much that the pilot asked me if I was ok!”
Thank you both for believing in me and braving the rain after dark, I just LOVE the outcome and wish you all the very best for a healthy and happy future.
Best of luck with the move!!
Ceremony location: Sheriff Muir Gardens
Reception Venue: The Barn
Photographer: Jade Norwood
Well 2017 is here!! So I’d like to take a minute to give thanks for love, laughter + tears from the 2016 weddings I have been privileged to be part of.
I am lucky to say I have made many new friends, through awesome clients in 2016. I have been challenged, and will continue to challenge myself in 2017 to be a better photographer and to provide a better customer experience for all of my clients.
What a phenomenal year 2016 has been. Im going to share with you a little recap (my first edit was 12 minutes, so I had to do some major culling 🙁) of some of the genuinely lovely people, the amazing locations and all the emotions shared by our #jncouples
I can’t explain in word the thanks I have for the brides who chose the #jnteam and the gratitude I have for customers who continue to support my business year after year. You will always have a place in my heart.
2017 is going to be super exciting, I have really limited the amount of weddings I am taking for the year so that I can provide an even better more specialised experience for my clients and to also spend more time around home with my nieces. The weddings I am lucky enough to be part of sound absolutely epic and I can’t wait to document more love and more first days as husband and wife for my magnificent #jnbrides
I hope everyone has a safe and Happy New Year. This year surround yourself with your love ones, don’t have regrets and live life to make you happy!!.
My first New Years Eve wedding was a knock out!! Natalie and Simon, their bridal party (you guys were so much fun), close family and friends were all just so lovely, it was the perfect end to 2016!
A couple of weeks before the wedding I headed up to Natalie’s Mum and Step Fathers property, Gaynor + Alan’s, in Woodside to catch up with Nat, meet the family and have a scout around for some photo locations. Driving up the road, I was like wow this is such a beautiful location for a wedding, and have to say a huge shout out to Gaynor and Alan for their hard work in the lead up getting the grounds just perfect. Just walking around their property there were lots of great photo opportunities, but Alan took us for a drive just down the road and we came across some other awesome spots we just had to go to…
Leading up to the wedding, again SA had thrown some trying conditions, hot, humidity, an abundance of rain, then which seems to be the norm…. no power!! Not for just a few hours… but a couple of days!! I have to say I was keeping an eye on the weather forecast every day the week before to see what changes might occur.
Wedding day was here and the weather was perfect, maybe sometimes a little too warm in the direct sun without breeze, but it was a gorgeous day.
Nat was breath taking in her Alexis George gown and when she walked down the stairs you could see Simon couldn’t wait for her to get to him.
The ceremony was lovely with some thoughtful reading from their friends.
Early in the week I asked Natalie + Simon – Were there any particularly memorable moments of the day?
The shining sun and weather being amazing after huge storm and power outage in the lead up.
The photo time spent with bridal party was very special, many laughs, smiles and hugs shared.
The bridal party entry… Last minute, as in last minute, changes by the boys to the song. Reflected Simon, Joel and Sam’s friendship perfectly and their love for Seinfield… I was happy to let him have that one win
All the beautiful speeches!
The first dance in this moment it all felt real and we were both beaming with love.
And I also asked – And now an answer from each of you; what was your number one moment of the day?
Nat- Being absolutely overwhelmed with happiness as I walked down the aisle, my beautiful mum and sister by my side and all our special people there to share our day. My eyes and heart were transfixed on my gorgeous husband to be.
Simon- I would have to say it was when Nat walked out from behind the curtains and down the stairs. I felt my face twitching with excitement. I hope you didn’t get that photo! Such a surreal moment and I’ll never forget it.
Instead of a traditional cake they had tasty doughnuts filled with Nutella/jam/custard/lemon curd etc which were just awesome!
Oh and have I said yet this was an outdoor wedding, oh how I love outdoor weddings and all the lights that are just so pretty!! Adelaide Hills Outdoor Weddings big tick from me!
You know I love the “how they met” deets; here is their story…
Funnily enough we can not remember the exact moment we first met. We are originally from the same town but didn’t get to know each other until our friendship group moved to Adelaide and hit the city social scene. What we do remember is that when we saw each other out socially we would always share a laugh and a cheeky chat. Then one fateful day we both felt a little differently towards each other.
Natalie – I remember I’d just come home from an overseas trip and was catching up with friends at the local football when Simon arrived, having not seen him in some time I remember being surprised to feel a little spark.
Simon – And I felt it too as in between this meeting, while I was working away, I managed to sneakily exchange numbers through subtle FaceBook chats. The next time we all went out as a group I pulled my smoothest move with a pick up line from a movie that I’d been saving for the right girl. I think we were equally as shocked that it actually worked.
When Simon was home in between work shifts we would go out for dates and got to know each other more. We bonded over our love of food and travel… we can still talk for hours about both. I remember distinctly while dating we were in a heavy food convo when Simon stopped and quite seriously said ‘I think we’re going to get fat together!’. We certainly got happy together.
Nat + Simon, love you both, at times like this I really wish I had more words to articulate my thoughts accurately… I am so thankful you chose me to be your wedding photographer and that we got to meet and become friends through the process. I am a very lucky girl!!
I hope you are both enjoying your honeymoon and cant wait to catch up in Ceduna xx
Wedding Dress: Alexis George
Shoes: Iconic Nude
Bride Jewellery: Samantha Wills
Florist: Little Market Posie – Van Waterman
Rings: Pure Envy
Doughnuts: Fed by Cate
Wedding Celebrant: Amy Harrison
Makeup Artist: Fresh Hair and Body – Shelby
Hair stylist: Fresh Hair and Body – Darren Borg
Entertainment: Ari Octavia Davis
Wedding Photographer: Jade Norwood
The funniest moment when the bridal party have all had a little to drink and someone is totes convinced they are doing a perfect e and it isn’t around the wrong way no matter how much I explained… hahahah until they seen proof then ohhhhh,…
My last wedding before Christmas, and I couldn’t have been more excited to see Kate and Krisz early on their wedding day. Ever since their engagement session I knew the wedding day was going to be such fun… Relaxed, loving + happy, and it didn’t disappoint! Having the pleasure of working with such great people on such a beautiful day really cements why I love my job.
Arriving to the girls and hearing lots of laughter was awesome, they were all ready and just chilling, LOVE when peeps are ready ahead of time!! It was so great to see Kate with her veil in and see her father again who I had met at another wedding earlier in the year.
Kate and Krisz were so thoughtful that they got me a gift, I was overwhelmed, so very lovely!! Im a lucky girl!!
I scouted around for where I was going to do all the details, found perfect location, got everything I needed in the one spot, started shooting and could hear happiness, stories and laughter coming from the kitchen, which I just loved!
I headed off to see the guys and it was so great to see Krisz and he was looking super relaxed.
When I arrived back at the girls everyone was looking super lovely, and all ready to help Kate get into her wedding dress. Kate looked absolutely stunning
The beautiful ceremony was held at St Ignatius Church in Norwood.
The bridal party and I headed off up to The Gate House at Glen Ewin Estate. The lovely staff met us on arrival with drinks and snacks for the bridal party and I got to see the super awesome Rita.. Love her!!
Glen Ewin has such a lovely area to take photos, we just had a relaxing walk around and were finished early which meant more drinking and chill time for the bridal party.
I love the how they met story… Here it is from Kate..
“Krisz and I met at my house! It was my housemate’s 30th birthday and we were having a backyard gourmet BBQ. I was in the kitchen preparing meals when in he walked (he was a friend of my housemate’s partner). We didn’t talk to each other until about half way through the night, but when we did, we spent the rest of the evening, and most of the early morning chatting. He asked if he could see me the following weekend and the rest is history!”
Thank you both for making me feel so special and choosing me to capture your first day as husband and wife.
Wishing you both all the love and happiness possible xx
Wedding dress: Caleche
Bridesmaid dress: Glamour room
Jewellery: Miss Martini + Tiffany
Suits: Ignition for Men
Florist: Illume Flowers
Rings: Bell and Brunt
Cake: How sweet it is
Makeup artist: Jessica D’Angelo, The Powder Room
Hair Stylist: Gloss Femme Homme
Transport: Classic Jags
Invitations and paper goods: Kate Steinwedel
Reception Venue: Glen Ewin Estate – The Gate House
Photographer: Jade Norwood
I love it when west coast weddings get to be feature amongst the best of the best in South Australia.
Want to know a few tips on how to get your wedding featured in a magazine or on a blog?
So no doubt you’ve spent your time planning your special day using beautiful wedding magazines, and now you’re dreaming of being one of the weddings featured in them. We love to share your weddings with our favourite magazines with your permission, but when there are so many other brides with the same idea, how do you stand out? We asked Laura Prior, Editorial Assistant at Brides of Adelaide Magazine for her thoughts.
“The ability to admire and present real, honest, everlasting love in its purest form is an incredibly cherished part of what we do here at Brides of Adelaide Magazine. We absolutely love perusing the gorgeously creative Real Wedding Submissions we receive on a daily basis. When selecting our absolute favourites for inclusion in the magazine or blog, we look for delightful attention to detail, innovative decor ideas, show-stopping delights, distinctive or quirky styling elements and an array of thought-provoking colour palettes that truly inspire our future brides-to-be!”
So to stand out from the pack, think about the following when planning your wedding: -What makes your wedding UNIQUE and a must share for magazine editors? Whether a theme idea, food, or celebration is unique to you and your relationship or to weddings as a whole, your one of a kind idea will get lots of attention.
– DETAILS, DETAILS, DETAILS, big or small they all make up your wedding story and give brides the ideas that they might not know to search for in their own planning. Not only will you need attention to detail, but you’ll also need the time to have these photographed to make up your gallery where photographs will be chosen from.
– DISTINCTIVE STYLE – be sure of your style and theming, and bring it out in all elements of your wedding day – mixing and matching themes, colour schemes and ideas will make your style unclear and hard to describe to an audience.
– Be brave – stick to your heart, personality and if you want an ‘out there’ theme or to use a quirky idea that goes against the grain, do it. It will truly represent you as a couple, and will also catch the eye of bridal magazine editors.
Understand that there are thousands upon thousands of submissions to wedding magazines and websites, so be sure to not be offended if your wedding doesnt get featured.