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Have you heard about the first look?

Have you heard about the first look?

You might be a traditional bride who would prefer to do things the way they have always been done – by meeting your groom at the end of the aisle, and no earlier. But you may have noticed a trend of ‘first look photos’ and be a little intrigued. I know, that if you open yourself to the opportunity, you won’t regret it!

What brides really want on their wedding day is a reaction from their groom…but as they nervously wait down the end of the aisle and away from the one that makes them calm and brave, it’s not really an environment for over excited emotions to be expressed and you could end up disappointed. Basically, grooms normally become incredibly nervous on wedding days…. even if they seem cool and collected. For most grooms, the nerves kick in before they see their bride because when they see her, everything becomes VERY real! So when the nerves start creeping up, instead of keeping the groom in a secluded space until his time to enter the ceremony, what if you took him to a private place… no people, no on-lookers, no distractions…. and you let his beautiful bride, the love of his life, walk up to him and gently tap his shoulder. He would turn around and finally get his first look at his stunning bride and not only would he get to see her… he could embrace her… cry with her…. kiss her… and ENJOY that moment with her for as LONG as they wanted. As she shows him her dress, twirls a few times and then asks him what he thinks… his nerves start to diminish. After all, she’s the one that can make him most comfortable anyway.

Because they aren’t on a time crunch… they casually move into their romantic portraits. No one is around and there is no pressure; it’s just the two of them and their photographer….. capturing the excitement and the joy of their wedding day. This is their time to be TOGETHER…and to be ALONE. When does that happen on a wedding day? Without a First Look…. it doesn’t. When their time alone is over, they meet up with the bridal party and with plenty of time to spare the bride touches up a little makeup while the boys act like boys. After a few minutes the bridal party portraits begin and they’re FUN. They’re FUN because there is time to make them FUN. There aren’t any guests waiting impatiently at the cocktail hour and there isn’t a DJ coming to find the photographer to get a time check. It’s wonderful!

After portraits are done, the girls and guys separate and prepare for the ceremony. The guests begin to arrive and the ushers are in place. Pretty soon it’s time for the processional music to begin and one by one, the bridesmaids make their way down to the front of the ceremony. As the groom clasps his hands… they aren’t clasped out of nervousness but excitement. The music builds, the mother of the bride stands and all of the guests follow her lead. The groom looks up and here comes the BRIDE! His best friend, his companion, his sweetheart…..she’s stunning…. ABSOLUTELY stunning. The closer she gets, the bigger he smiles. This is it.

That’s why I love first look photos.

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Amelia + Josh’s Mt Lofty Wedding

Amelia + Josh’s Mt Lofty Wedding

Amelia and Josh became husband and wife in gorgeous style at Mount Lofty House infront of a beautiful wooden arbor decorated with amazing florals that emulate the koala food that Amelia collects for her work. The weather had a few people on edge, it was sunny one minute and gloomy and raining the next. As Milly’s Dad walked her down the isle it was spitting with a little rain, but that didn’t dampen the moment. A few moments later the sun was shining as they kissed as Mr and Mrs Whitbread for the first time.

We really did have an absolute blast, so many laughs and hilarious moments. There was a magician entertaining guests while the bridal party had photos and before he left he came and performed a trick for the bride and groom.

I just loved that “Hank” their dog was featured on the cake topper, love love!! And I loved the surprise koala bowtie!

The next couple of days after the wedding I asked the couple to share with us their favourite moments from their wedding day…
Josh’s favourite moment/s was:
+Seeing Milly in her dress for the first time was pretty special. She looked beautiful
+Seeing the cake with the cake topper was pretty cool also seeing how all that came together because I wasn’t allowed to see the cake topper before hand as it had the imagine with Milly’ s dress.
+Spending time with close friends and family

Amelia’s favourite moments:
+The ceremony was a special moment as the sun came out just for our vows and looked amazing. Seeing my pop at the ceremony was also very special as he had been having health issues in recent months and it meant the world to have him there.
+Josh’s speech was also very special knowing how long he spent practicing and seeing how well he delivered it. I could never have done that!
+Another favourite moment was our first dance, we had a lot of fun with it and we loved our song.
+Another moment that involved the dance floor that night, we thought this was hilarious was that the dance floor began to break a part – our guest literally ripped up the dance floor hehehe

I can’t thank you both enough for allowing us to be part of your special day and we wish you health, love and happiness for the future.

JNxx

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Mr + Mrs Vermeulen

Mr + Mrs Vermeulen

Last weekend we celebrated the romantic wedding of Mr and Mrs Vermeulen on a lovely day in North Shields.

This beuaitful couple along with their treasured family, friends and a delightful wedding party shared so many wonderful moments. The joy and heart felt moments shared by everyone at this special occasion will steal your heart, the speeches surely had tears rolling down my cheeks. I consider myself lucky to have been at their wedding. Seeing Nicky, Kieren + Kaiden altogether was just gorgeous. Wishing you all many laughs, happy moments + health.

JN xx

Wedding Dress: Adelaide Brides & Bloom
Bridesmaid Dress: Myers
Suits and Colour: Doug Watsons Menswear
Florist: Golden Sable Florist
Rings: Pedemonte Jewellers
Cake: Sugar Daisy Cakes
Decorator: Ep Function Hire
Wedding Celebrant or Officiator: Nicola Hancox
Makeup Artist: Hairworx Hair & Beauty
Hair Stylist: Hairworx Hair & Beauty
Venues: North Shields Memorial Hall & Lions Hostel
Entertainment: Harry Ford DJ
MC: Damien Sellen

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Mr + Mrs Harris

Mr + Mrs Harris

Rebecca + Samuel had a marriage celebration that was super gorgeous in every respect, held at the Gate House – at Glen Ewin Estate, it provided a breathtaking backdrop for their special day.

This lovely couple along with their treasured family, friends and a delightful wedding party beautifully defined all that a wedding should be. We all had lots of laughs and I do just have to mention that the girls had the netball – Fast 5 – on the TV while the were getting ready… Eeeekkk loved it!
Bec and Sam congratulations on becoming husband and wife, wishing you a lifetime of health and happiness, and above all never forget to cherish the moments that matter.

JN xx

Wedding Dress: Jenny and Gerrys
Bridesmaid Dress: Bridesmaids Only- Shona Joy
Shoes: Iconic
Suits and Colour: Peter Shearer
Florist: Mary Wauchope
Cake: Rustic Tarts
Wedding Celebrant or Officiator: Sophie Mibus
Makeup Artist: Olivia Colombo
Hair Stylist: Julie Harris
Venues: Glen Ewin Estate, The Gatehouse
Entertainment: Brad Bryksy Music

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Megan + Anthony’s Wedding day

Megan + Anthony’s Wedding day

Megan and Anthony’s ceremony was held at Mundy’s Mooring in Port Lincoln, and it was a great celebration. Every detail of this beautiful wedding was completely delightful and I am sure you will see through the photos we had a fabulous time. Their love for one another is clearly evident, with the smiles and many laughs they shared and the way the looked at each other. It was an unforgettable day, finished off for me with my favoutire after dark photos.

A few days after the wedding I asked Megan and Anthony to reflect and share their memorable moments and individually their number 1 moment. Following is their response:
“Memorable moments for us would be how you made us feel. You were calm and relaxed which helped us to feel comfortable and to be ourselves. With this vibe we really enjoyed the day and wasn’t stressed. Your outgoing nature had us in stitches the whole day.

My (Megan) number 1 moment of the day was just being ourselves and having a laugh through the vows when we both were very nervous. Eg ant yelling “I do” into microphone and my hatred for bees, thinking they were flying around me (also I think the F word slipped out my mouth when I said the vows wrong)

Anthony’s number 1 moment is getting teary eyed at the reception, when he just realised his watch I gave him that morning was actually engraved on the inside with a heart felt message.”

No matter what comes your way, I know that together you will be able to overcome it. Wishing you both a lifetime of laughs, love and memorable moments.
JN xx

Wedding Dress: Made with Love
Bridesmaid Dress: Esther Boutique
Suits: Tarocash
Florist: Golden Sable Florist
Rings: Bell & Brunt
Cake: Sugar Daisy Cakes
Decorator: EP Function Hire
Videographer: Infinity Films
Wedding Celebrant: Barossa Valley Marriage Celebrant – Anne Browne
Makeup Artist: Seishin Spa
Hair Stylist: Paige Swalue Hairstylist
Wedding Photographer: Jade Norwood

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