As I was driving out of Cummins on the morning of the wedding to meet the girls, the outside temperature on the car display said it was 31oC and it was only 9:30am! Thankfully the weather gods were on our side and with the help of a few spots of rain just before the ceremony, the temperature pleasantly cooled.
Guests were treated to a ‘mystery location’ for the ceremony and were whisked away via bus to Koolidie Homestead ruins – where Jayden’s forefathers once lived. It was the most perfectly charming and rustic setting for this deeply-in-love couple to tie the knot surrounded by their family and friends.
It was such a special day, full of love, laughter, and genuine emotion.
Ashlee and Jayden; you are two of the most delightful, down to earth, lovely, relaxed people I will ever be lucky enough to meet, and I was truly honoured to be chosen to capture the photographic memories of your first day as husband and wife.
I wish you both a lifetime of fun and that every day moving forward is better than the day before.
Thank you for letting me be a part of this day with you both.
Wedding dress: Jenny + Gerry’s Bridal
Jewellery: Fletcher + Grace
Florist: Golden Sable Florist
Rings: Pedemonte Jewellers
Cake: Amy Maddern
Decorator: EP Function Hire + Ultimate Celebrations
Videographer: Zak Christian
Makeup Artist: Sarah Dickinson
Hair Stylist: Shearing Quarters
Entertainment: Sam Barlow
Reception Venue: Karkoo Kooplex
Caterer: Damien Mrdjen
Wedding Photographer: Jade Norwood
Today I thought it was a great place to start with where Sarah and Sam met, cause you all know I love these stories… so…
“Years ago I had connected with Sam’s best friend (best man) Nick as they made music and were looking for female singers to record with. Nothing came of it at that stage but a couple of years later I had a new job and happened to bump into Nick on my work lunch break. He said since we had spoken last he and his business partner had built a proper studio and that I should come and meet him and work on some music with them. That business partner ended up being Sam, and the studio they built was at Sam’s house.
We would catch up for studio sessions every Friday night, and we all just had so much fun hanging out. Sam always gave me butterflies! With Nick having to go home because he had work the next day, Sam and I would always end up sitting in the studio hanging out and talking about life, usually until the early hours of the morning. I really enjoyed spending time with him and eventually I just started feeling like I always wanted to talk to him and looked forward to hearing from him… I couldn’t wait for Fridays/studio sessions to roll around!” Sarah said.
Now onto the wedding… Who could believe that for a February wedding we would have rain, and not only rain but literally 4 seasons in the one day. We took advantage of all the weather conditions and used them to our advantage! Did I mention it was also the start of Fringe, so lots of road closures… and Guns and Roses were playing at Adelaide oval, but we made it to get wedding photos on Adelaide’s North Tce!
Adelaide city centre was extremely busy, so this caused a few issues, but to see Sarah and her Dad overwhelmed with love and emotion during the father and daughter first look, Sarah and Sams love for each other during the ceremony and so much fun and laughter during the bridal party photos and reception made the day just magical. So many special moments to remember and cherish.
Sarah and Sam your love for each other and connection and love with your families is so beautiful. Wishing you both an awesome honeymoon and a long healthy and happy life together.
Ceremony location: Brougham Place Uniting Church
Reception venue: The Ellington
Florist: Wyld Orchids
Wedding Photographer: Jade Norwood
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,…