Alice and Dave’s wedding was so effortless to photograph. The entire day was a reflection of their personalities. The bridal party were playful and hilariously sarcastic yet grounded, supportive and caring. Alice and Dave had thrown out the rulebook for this wedding, they didn’t want to spend their afternoon taking photos while their guests partied and drank all the beer, so they reversed it! We had the location photos first, followed by a mid-afternoon garden ceremony, and late-lunch reception that went into the night.

The morning started at the Ovolo Woolloomooloo (previously the Blue Hotel) on Wooloomooloo’s Cowper Wharf. Champagne was flowing, the girls had gorgeous pastel gowns with matching shoes and nails. Alice wore a unique vintage wedding dress, passed down from her grandmother yet amazingly in mint condition. Next we met up with Dave and the boys for a few portraits. We had Dave posing for a photo when Alice snuck up behind him and planted the first kiss of the day – his expression, priceless.

The ceremony was held in the botanical gardens at the Lion Gate Lodge surrounded by lush flora. Robyn Pattison lead the ceremony offering the crowd a humorous glimpse into the secret lives of our couple. Drinks were on hand immediately after the ceremony as guests retreated from the intense summer heat. We have never had a wedding where the groom rides a lion statue, a classy bride breaks character for half a minute to attack a sausage roll, and the wedding cake has a mystery biter as a matter of family tradition. This wedding was our kind of awesome!

Suit… Rhodes and Beckett

Prep… Ovolo Woolloomooloo
Hair… Forever Makeup
Make-up… Sparrow Makeup
Dress borrowed from Alice’s grandma’s wardrobe!
Flowers… Poho Flowers

Celebrant… Robyn Pattison
Photos… Royal Botanic Gardens
Reception… Lion Gate Lodge
Caterering… Laissez-Faire
Cake… Mezzapica Cakes