Back up your photos – and here’s a thought perhaps print some too, what about even putting one in a frame!!
It seems every year technology is making it easier and easier for use to take photos (brilliant), phones being an all in one device and camera features always advancing!
As a matter of fact, people from this decade have been the most photographed throughout history, however we also hold the record for the most lost memories. We lose our phone, drop it in water, run over it with the car, haven’t backed it up for months, and just like that you have lost all your memories of your newborn baby from birth to growing into a six months old.
We stopped printing photographs and backing them up… Why?
I don’t have all the answers but it happens far too often that I hear a friend or a client say they have lost all their photos from their phone – and the reality is that means those memories can only be relived in your own mind, not shared with others, and you’re probably going to forget a lot of them in the rush of life. Photos are a legacy, not just a computer file.
So here’s a reminder to upload your photos to your computer. Then back them up to an external drive. Find a couple you want to print for a random album of photos, or to put on the fridge, or to place in one of those draws that is full of photographic prints that make you laugh every time you open it. And hey!! even put one in a frame!!
Now mark your calendar for next month and the month after to do the same. You’ll be surprised how many memories are triggered just by looking at the photos as they upload! Of course – we totally endorse getting professional photos too – not just because it’s our business and we believe in their quality, but sometimes you need to be on the other side of the camera with your loved ones to!!
Photo – My nieces, Lacey and Chelsea from a couple of years ago…
Kellie and Nathan became husband and wife in charming style at Hughes Park – just out of Clare. It was with so much honour that I was able to photograph a marriage with so much love especially on such an exceptional day filled with gorgeous sparkling light. Every moment and every detail were just extraordinary with so many special touches, Richie’s Relish as the bomboniere’s (Kellie’s Dads recipe), the menu with some of Nathan and Kellie’s favourite foods the handing over of the rings from Nathan’s dad, and many more. This exquisite location offered a backdrop of breathtaking rustic tranquility, especially the gums which were Kellies favourite. From the touching moments between Kellie and her niece to the heart touching speech of the Grooms, made this even such a memortable day for all. Their adoring families, stylish wedding party and jubilant friends showered this gorgeous couple completely in genuine love.
I asked Kellie and Nathan before the wedding if they felt comfortable, if they would share with us all something silly or quirky the other person does?
Kellie – I think it’s so cute when he stands with his feet perfectly together like a little boy, without even realising, and promptly tells me to “shut up” when he realises this is what I’m giggling about. I love it when he shakes his booty for me as he walks out to go to work.
Nathan – Kellie is always laughing at silly little memes or Vines. She has a humour for some odd things ha-ha. She also is a serial smotherer. I have nick named her the ‘fog’ at any opportunity she can consume you haha….but I love it
Kellie and Nathan number one moment of their wedding day…
Kellie – the number one moment of the day was “saying our vows to one another” They wrote their our own vows, and as they were written from different perspectives, she felt that it gave a snippet of how they each think about things, and how in the end they both always come back to the same value.
Nathan’s number one moment was also the vows and seeing his beautiful wife stand before him. He also loved getting ready in the morning, and when his Mum pinned two family heirlooms inside his pocket, and his father helping him get ready for the big day.
I also asked the lovely couple after their wedding day for their memorable moments of the day… And I just had to leave Kellies response in word for word… LOVE IT!!
“Memorable moments…. hmmm… oh how about our little snake friend? haha
Honestly this was really quite exciting as I’m not particularly scared of snakes, and it actually felt like he was there to say hello more than anything else. And after receiving a lovely message congratulating us on our day, I feel even more blessed that he popped by; the message said – “I had a chuckle seeing the photo of the snake surprising you all… only to learn that snakes symbolise fertility, transformation, rebirth, and creative life force; for they shed their skin for a new stage of life.. That snake was on a mission yesterday…”
I also had some very special visitors as we girls were getting ready at Hughes Park Cottage,… I went outside for some fresh air, and the entire lawn was COVERED with butterflies, easily over 100 fluttering around! It was actually quite overwhelming it was so beautiful, I was literally sitting with them as they flew around me. I truly believe it was our Nanna letting us know she was there watching.
(Butterflies are deep and powerful representations of life. Many cultures associate the butterfly with our souls. The Christian religion sees the butterfly as a symbol of resurrection. Around the world, people view the butterfly as representing endurance, change, hope, and life.)
Nathan’s vows and speech would have to be another two favs… those moments concreted the fact that I have married the most thoughtful, loving person, who accepts me inside and out – and what could be better than that!
The Food. I don’t think I’ve ever had a better feast in my life. Seriously if I was on death row, I would request this as my last meal. We had an interactive style dinner where all the dishes were in the centre of the tables and guests could eat whatever they wanted. We wanted to serve some of our most favourite foods as another reflection of us, and man it was a hit!!!
As I reflect more, I wouldn’t change a thing. We were surrounded by the most amazing friends and family anyone could ask for.. The whole day represented what we are about as a couple, and we had an amazing time dancing and partying til stumps.”
Kellie and Nathan, I count my lucky stars that I was able to witness the first day you called each other husband and wife. I wish you both happiness, love and health.
Wedding Dress: Alexis George
Suits: Joseph Uzumcu
Florist: Daisy Lane Flowers – Tess Would
Rings: Everett Brookes
Wedding Celebrant or Officiator: Rebecca Wilson
Makeup Artist: Kellie Michael, Michelle MacDonald Makeup Artist
Hair Stylist: Kellie Michael, Michelle MacDonald Makeup Artist
Ceremony: Hughes Park, Watervale
Reception: Balaklava Golf Club
Entertainment: DJ Josh
Invitation suite: Brooke Stiller Art – BSTIL
Wedding Photographer: Jade Norwood
Ashlea and Anthony’s wedding was held at the beautiful Glen Ewin Estate, and it was a special celebration. Every detail of this beautiful marriage was completely delightful and I am sure you will be swept up into the magic and emotion. We had glorious sunlight, had some cloud coverage, and we even had a few spots of rain which added some sparkle to their photos that will remain in their memories and heart. Their love for one another is clearly evident, with the smiles they shared and the way the looked at each other. Encircled by their joyful family, wedding party and friends, we are all honoured to have witnessed an unforgettable day.
If you didn’t know already, I absoutley love hearing how couples met. Here is Ashlea and Anthony’s amazing story by Ashlea.
“We met at Oktoberfest in Munich in 2013. Anthony was travelling through Europe on a Contiki tour and I was travelling around Europe with my younger brother (Jarred) and another friend. Anthony’s tour was only in Munich and attending Oktoberfest for one night, I was in Munich for 5 nights.
At Oktoberfest you must line up within the festival to enter specific tents and beer gardens, once you go in, you are seated at random by the hosts. Anthony and his mates happened to be seated at the table right next to the one where we were seated. While
I was lined up for the ladies room, Jarred overheard the aussie accent from the table next door, when some people left, he moved across to that table to chat with the fellow Australians. When I came back I ended up sitting next to Anthony. During this conversation we realised we were both from Adelaide, and actually lived only 15 minutes apart. Anthony thought that Jarred & I were dating (haha – gross!!), luckily that issue was cleared up pretty quickly and he was told that the relationship was actually brother – sister. After a few beers and some hilarious conversation Anthony asked if he could put his phone number in my phone, which I agreed to – it was saved as “Anthony – Nice guy from Adelaide”, really original haha. As the festival was closing both of our groups left together to try and find our way back to the train station. We managed to get lost, so we wondered the streets of Munich for around an hour before we finally managed to find the right train station, this obviously allowed for more chatting and getting to know each other. Both of us then got on our respective trains, Anthony going one way, and me going the other (let’s not leave out that we both got on the wrong trains initially).
We added each other on Facebook and the rest is pretty much history. We caught up the day after Anthony returned from Europe, our first date was to grab a coffee and take a long walk down Brighton beach. After that first date we never went more than a few days without seeing each other. We moved in together after only about 4 months of dating, which I’m sure sounds crazy to a lot of people!! Fortunately we both have amazing families who have been so supportive of our relationship right from the start, so that just made it so much easier.”
I love to hear about the proposal; and here is their story by Ashlea…
“Anthony proposed on our 2 year anniversary at Brighton Beach where we had our first date. He had planned an entire day of surprise activities for me, which was so thoughtful and lovely. I’d definitely never had anybody plan a day just for me before.
Every Friday for several months leading up to this ‘surprise day’ he would give me a hint about what kind of activities we would be doing. His hints were terrible, and even when I finally did guess an activity he still didn’t tell me haha. I definitely had a feeling a proposal might be coming, seeing as marriage was something we had talked about a lot. Anthony is completely useless at being deceptive; he normally has the truth written all over his face!
In the morning we went to Morialta Falls, we went on a beautiful scenic walk to see the waterfalls. We then went home and got changed, I was told to dress ‘nicely’. Anthony drove me out to K1 winery, a truly stunning cellar door in the Adelaide Hills. We did some wine tastings and sat out on the beautiful deck over the water, the weather was perfect. Then we went to D’Arenberg restaurant and had a delicious degustation lunch, I was certainly very spoilt!! On the way home, Anthony suggested we stop at the beach for a walk considering the weather was so nice, he took me down to Brighton Beach. We went for a walk along the water edge and he was definitely acting weird haha, so that kind of tipped me off. We then just sat on a towel on the sand for a while enjoying the beautiful weather, when we went to leave, I stood up and turned around and Anthony was on one knee and asked me to Marry him, he pulled out the most beautiful ring, I was speechless. After saying “are you serious?” about 5 times I managed to say yes. Hilariously he couldn’t remember which finger he was meant to put the ring on, so he just handed me the box!”
Wishing you both a lifetime of laughs, love and great times.
Wedding Dress: Alexis George
Bridesmaid Dress: Joanna August
Shoes: Stuart Weitzman
Bride: Hairpiece and earrings: Tania Maras
Florist: The White Orchid
Rings: G.W. Cox
Cake: Heidelberg Cakes
Wedding Celebrant: Aphrodite Anderson
Makeup Artist: Melissa Nicole
Hair Stylist: Melissa Nicole
Venues: Glen Ewin Estate
Entertainment: Paul Smith
Furniture: Adelaide Expo Hire
Lighting & decor: Central Audio Visual
Guest favours: Piped Dreams
Wedding Photographer: Jade Norwood