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    I have been very absent from blogging this year… Well very absent is stretching it. I think I have maybe published something once so pretty much non existent blogging. Some of you may have missed my pretty images and my ramblings some of you were probably happy that the extremely bad grammar often found here wasn’t hurting your eyes over the past months. And to all my couples whose weddings I have not shared on here yet I say sorry.

    I truly am.

    Truth is this year has been tough, wonderful, crazy, a lot of change, a lot of tears, a lot of doctors visits and a lot of work. Its been a roller coaster and the optimist I am has chosen to take the positives from it but its been a lot and I had to let something slip and this was it.

    Professionally my number one priority this year has been for me to be present and fully focused on my couples wedding days or when I get to spent time with your families. To give all of myself to capture the beautifully special images I get the honour of capturing. I don’t take what I do lightly. Its a gift… A True gift.

    My second priority was  crafting and editing these images and getting them to you to enjoy. But if I am being honest that’s taken a mighty effort just to do that and a lot of other things like blogging have not been prioritized or able to fit into the 70 hour plus work weeks I was doing.

    Aside from work I have had a hectic year, I build a house and have moved in and am now making that a home, I had the privilage of spending time with and caring for my grandpa in his last months, I have grieved for the sweetest man I ever knew, I have traveled to Europe for work and gazed at some of the most beautiful works of arts, I have made new friends and tried my hardest to connect with old ones. At times I have felt pulled in a gazillion directions and at times felt directionless, I have experienced big change good and not so good, I have dealt with neurological issues that have meant a shift in how I run my business and my life and am trying to find balance and a new normal in it all. In the past few weeks have had enough energy, strength and room in my mind to start dreaming again about the future of me, my camera and this crazy thing we call life. It has been a (insert adjective that means change oriented, refining, hard, adventurous, love filled and eventful) year but I would not change it.

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    This year I have loved, I have come to a new level of appreciation for my loved ones (and there are lots of you), for loving others and for living every moment with kindness and joy. I have been refined and I am better for it.

    So as well as my apology I say thank you. Thank you for your patience with me when I told you I couldn’t edit for two months, thank you for giving me space to grieve, thank you to all my clients and friends who knew I was juggling a lot and took one less ball out of my hands or came alongside me and helped me through chatting, second shooting, unpacking my home, going for walks, watching the Bachelorette, praying for me, drinking tea, making my travels a dream come true and helping me keep the balls in the air. Whether you knew it or not you were refreshment to my soul.

    Thank you to all my clients for bringing me good times and letting me share your most special and sacred moments and letting me dance it out on the dance floor. I appreciate them more than ever!!!!

    I cant emphasize enough how brilliant you all are….. Truly my clients are some of the best people you will ever meet… The Best!!!  In sharing your special days I have had the time of my life just like this guy did when when he had his Patrick Swayze moment at a recent wedding…  (You are all welcome 🙂

    To my second shooters Jess H & Lochie you have been over the top fantastic and supportive and have helped me at every turn as well as Amelia and Jess K who have always been available and willing to help. I can’t thank you all enough. Like seriously can’t thank you all enough!!!!!

    The changes I have made in recent months have been so I can focus on my love of shooting and capturing your images. This has meant I teamed up with the talented people to help me edit these images get them to you faster and looking ah-mazing!!!

    So keep posted as hopefully it wont be as long between drinks and you will see some beautiful wedding lighting up your screens in the near future.

    Carly xoxo

     

     

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    At the end of June I left cold wintery Adelaide and hopped on a plane to the gorgeous little Island of Rarotonga in the Cook Islands. It was the destination Adam and Amanda had chosen for there intimate wedding with family and friends and I couldn’t have been more thrilled to have been invited to take this journey as their wedding photographer. This was the complete melding of three of my greatest loves; travel, photography and weddings.

    I got to explore this friendly and truly beautiful island for a few days while scouting out locations to take some photos and even found some fun ways of doing it such as kayaking, taking the local bus, beautiful walks, driving around and around in circles, literally there is only one circular road around the island, and my favourite paddle boarding with the local island dog as guides. I totally fell in love with this piece of paradise and knew Amanda and Adam had chosen the perfect place for their wedding.

    The big day was truly perfect. The sun shone, everyone was enjoying the moment and Amanda looked truly breath taking. After these two said there I Do’s on the stunning coral beach we found some gorgeous little spots to show off the beauty of this Island and the very good looking bridal party. From little ruins to Muri Beach to the lily gardens in the beachcomber villas I had the luxury of staying in everything worked perfectly and I was like a giddy little school girl with all this beauty to photograph.

    The night was just as perfect with a local island feast, dancing and a lot of love

     

    If the wedding day goodness was not a few days after we did a bridal shoot of the couple at sunset with the glorious black rock as our setting. The sunset painted across the sky couldn’t get any more beautiful. The couple shone with love and even Lucas Mandy’s son joined in the fun. I hope you enjoy this little gem of a wedding all the way from the stunning Rarotonga.

     

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    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,

    Carly xoxo

    CEREMONY: Adelaide Botanic Gardens

    RECEPTION: National Wine Centre

    PHOTOS: King Pin Bowl, Norwood & Adelaide Arcade

    FLOWERS: Branch Out Flowers

    HAIR/MAKEUP: Crystal Tam

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    Emma and Paul’s gorgeous wedding kick started my wedding season. As I expected it was full of laughs, filled with great people and just gorgeous. Set in the magnificent Ayres house the day was adorned with sunshine and smiles a plenty. From when I arrived until the celebrations wound up Emma’s contagious laugh was a true delight to my day and made some of the most fun photos of the day and the SNAP THAT {smile booth} was a bit of a hit as well!

    Enjoy

    Carly xoxo

    To View more SNAP THAT {smile Booth} click here

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    For anyone who knows my creative streak they know that I love to take things that may not be seen to everyone else as the obvious choice and find the pretty in it. Like dirty alley ways or old stone walls that we pass everyday I like to stop and see how I can use it to set the scene for something spectacular. So when Bec said that for her and Tyson’s wedding they were going for a vintage theme but with a twist of street I lapped up the idea and the gorgeous Ebenezer Place and East End of Adelaide sprang to mind. Once we added in divine old churches, vintage bikes, boutique stores, Belgium beer and four fabulously fun people in the bridal party (and some pretty cute kids) this wedding photography was a true delight to my creative senses!  It was one of those weddings that I was sad it was all over as I could have easily danced the night away camera in hand with these two love birds! Hope you enjoy the shots … I just adore them!!!

    Carly xoxox

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