I was so looking forward to Ben and Angel’s wedding. Their engagement shoot was a taster of what was to come. As we caught up and ate Lindt chocolate and the facebook messages passed back and forward I was getting even more excited. You see while I love every wedding I photograph the ones that are personalised, creative and encorperate your friends, family and culture truly get me all smiles and creative juices flowing.
Angel and Ben’s wedding had all of these things and a little bit more! I got to share with them and their families in their traditional Chinese Tea Ceremony, watch Ben and his mates make fools of themselves in this Chinese tradition that makes men prove their manliness so they can get access to the bride to marry her. Now I am not sure the challenges were very manly but they were definitely funny. Then we had a gorgeous ceremony in the Adelaide Botanic Gardens that was sealed with a kiss and a prayer and it was off to the bridal party photos.
Ben a keen bowler had bowled at Norwood bowl for 15 years and my mum has bowled there also (in a different league filled with women who love to chat and my 22 year old brother who has them wrapped around his finger). I used to go to Norwood bowl as a kid and play in the creche and drink slush puppies so when the idea popped up to go their for wedding photos I was all for this! The launch of the revamped King Pin Bowling was the same week and I was so impressed with the place and the staff and the fact that they let us bowl a strike or two. I didn’t as I knew just where the ball would end up… In the gutter.
From their we played with wild horses (keep an eye out for the horse getting a little to close to Ben, a new favourite pic of mine). smelt the roses, played in wine cellars, ate, drank, celebrated and danced the night away at The Adelaide Wine Centre. My feet were tired by the end but my heart was full and as I drove home I was blissfully happy.
Hope you enjoy,
CEREMONY: Adelaide Botanic Gardens
RECEPTION: National Wine Centre
FLOWERS: Branch Out Flowers
HAIR/MAKEUP: Crystal Tam