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    Its a cold wintery morning and I am sitting in one of my favourite cafes, eating smoothie bowls, sipping tea and thinking life is good. My mood is filled with smiles, heartwarming notes and it keeps wandering to all the beautiful moments I have shared recently with my amazing couples. I should be doing admin work but that just isn’t as fun. So while sitting at a rustic wood table and smiling away I couldn’t help but push the admin aside and share with you a wonderful little wedding filled with rustic notes, simplistic beauty and one of the most electric smiles from our beautiful bride Ruby.

    Nick and Ruby’s day was awash with friends, family and fun. Not even the rain or a few wayward animals could dampen the mood to what was a truly great wedding at Barristers Block in the Adelaide Hills.

    Hope you enjoy this gorgeous little wedding.

    Carly

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    On Keelan and Emma’s wedding day to say I was excited was an understatement. This is a couple who love each other and love life. They wanted their wedding to reflect that and boy did it ever! Firstly, purple bow ties and floral print shirt, I mean that just epitomises fun! What truly set it apart was how they chose to celebrate their wedding.

    It was love filled, tear jerking and a get up and dance atmosphere. You couldn’t help but want to act like a big kid on the adventure of a lifetime. I mean who could resist getting swept away when you hold your wedding at the iconic Adelaide Zoo, have a guided animal experience as you sip pre dinner drinks and oh you know get to feed giraffe. It was so much fun and so breathtakingly beautiful being housed on the formal lawns and inside the century old Rotunda. It was a perfect day in a perfect setting and with a love story more epic than Wang Wang and Funi’s.

    I hope you enjoy this oh so fun wedding.

    Carly xoxo

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    I am ever thankful to my little blog… Why? Well it introduced me to Amy. One day while looking for accommodation in Stirling she stumbled across my blog and liked what she saw. When she got engaged she emailed me and we caught up for a cup of tea. From the moment I met her I knew she was a woman after my own heart. She is kind, caring and wonderful! I jumped at the chance to travel to Coffin Bay for her and Brett’s wedding and I am so so glad I did.

    While growing up spending long summers on the Eyre Peninsula I somehow missed the wonderful place that Coffin Bay but we were introduced and I was in love with the coastline, the little cake shop, beautiful restaurants with locally sourced produce and the locals… Yes these were literally outside my front door.

    The wedding day was a hot one. It was nearing 40 degrees but that wasnt going to stop Amy, Brock and their loved ones from having the time of their lives. We danced, we celebrated, we even went back to where it all began when Brock and Amy hit it off over a game of duck hunt at the Coffin Bay Pub!

    I Was so glad to travel to be part of this destination wedding and even more glad to document the day of two truly amazing people.

    Hope you Enjoy,

    Carly

    P.S How stunning is Amy in this Anna Campbell dress?!?!

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    Sometimes you photograph couples that make you smile. It’s my job to make them smile, to help make their day as effortless, fun and relaxed as possible. So when the tables are turned and I am around two souls who make me grin from ear to ear I know we are onto something special. On Miranda and Michael’s wedding day to say they made me smile was an understatement. They are two of the kindest and genuine people you could meet. The love they have for each other is easy, overflowing and infectious. I knew the first time we met that these two would be a dream to photograph because of how naturally they fit together. On the big day something happened that I wasn’t expecting. It made me stand back and take note.

    Let me back up and explain….

    At times us wedding photographers have to stop and consider what we do and why we do it. We have to be continually filling our buckets with creativity, with energy and with an appreciation for the gift that is our profession. We do this so we can be present, be aware and be available to capture a wedding day the way it deserves. Usually we have to be the ones on point, ready to deal with anything, to be the calm in the storm, the encouraging voice, the bow tying  button hole fixing whatever it takes person to help create a space so you can simply be present and make the most of your special day. This is my norm, its part of my vocation and a part I love as I love making other peoples dreams and visions a reality and doing whatever I can to make it happen. But this takes a lot out of photographers, some days are harder than others to get into that space. Sometimes we need to stop. Need to give ourselves space to refuel. Space to create some of our own memories so we are full to give out. Sometimes we need to intentionally refocus to the who and why we do what we do.  Then sometimes something happens, something that makes our buckets overflow. For me every time its something different. Something new, a new focal point to see a new perspective of why I am fortunate to do what I do.

    So back to Miranda and Michael’s wedding day…

    It was beautifully planned, they thought of everything. They are originally from Melbourne and moved to Adelaide recently. Most of their guests were from interstate and coming to Adelaide for these two. At every step their intention was to make it as easy, enjoyable and inclusive of their near and dear. This was their focus, to celebrate the coming together. So they chose the stunning Ayer’s House to host so it was easy for guests to stay in the city and get two and from, they gathered info on where to eat, where has the best coffee, highlights to see, their day had time to enjoy their loved ones. Their wooden banquet tables were set so conversations could be had. They didn’t have a traditional bridal table rather choosing to sit with their loved ones and the left the two spaces in front of them free so people could come and chat throughout the night. You could tell all these touches came out of who they were as people and who they are to date is a lot to do with the wonderful people in their lives. It was a beautiful occasion and a dream to photograph. THEY ARE A DREAM TO PHOTOGRAPH!!!

    This in itself would usually bowl me over with emotion and fill my bucket but it wasn’t just that ‘their day’ was beautiful. It was because from the moment I walked into the salon in the morning I was touched by openness of love I was invited into. It wasn’t just two people making me smile but an entourage. Their families were so warm and loving, It was the first day I met Miranda’s family yet I felt an ease with them like I had known them for years. I could see the connections of friends and family, felt the care of one another and was swept into it. I laughed and cried with everyone else and somewhere in their amongst the 80 people making me smile from ear to ear I could see the wonderful threads coming together like a beautiful tapestry that had made these two who they are. Each thread made the tapestry more intricate, more beautiful and added strength to this work of art. Miranda and Michael’s  wedding day was a beautiful work of art that had taken a lifetime to craft. I could see how the landscape of this piece had formed over time by the memories and people in their lives. The layers of thread that was added on their wedding day brought a new hue and focal point to this work of art, one that will continue to be crafted over a lifetime.

    I hope you enjoy just a few of the photos I took on the day

    Carly xoxo

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    I heard a bride ask the question ‘should I let a family member make something for my wedding or should I get a professional?’

    I found it an interesting question one I have seen both sides of the coin in relation to the answer so here is a glimpse into my opinion as a wedding professional, sentimental and creative friend.

    I love design, I love things that look beautiful and building a house for me was a dream coming up with design ideas and seeing it all come to life. There were some things I could do well myself, somethings I asked talented friends and family to do and sometimes I got in the pros to help me make my vision come to life so I think there is a place for them all. When I recently built my first home I didn’t do it myself, while I designed it, had mood boards and a gazillion ideas I had to bring people in to help me. I mean my pinterest board was awesome but that wasnt going to actually happen without a team of builders, electricians, surveyors, home loan experts, friends to spitball ideas off of and well the list was a long one.

    I am awfully nostalgic…. Like awfully! I have my grandmas hydrangeas in my garden because they bring back so many childhood memories, I had the hand lettering on my website done by a dear friend partly because she is super talented but also because it reminds me of her cheery self and her passion, strength and faith, I always look at it and think of her. I admit that I secretly love that my dad and mum have artwork I made when I was 11 in their homes and my dad is like Darryl Kerrigan from the castle and thinks is the greatest work of art when really its sculpture of an outback house made out of clay not the statue of David. I love that a friend of mine does flower arrangements for all her sisters and friends bridal showers or baby shower, I love that another friend crochets one of the cutest animal toys you have ever seen every time her loved ones have a baby (yes I not so secretly want a child just to get one of these creations).  I love when I get to put my hand up and use my creativity to help out my friends when I can bake for them or photograph their special days or plan Christmas Parties with my god daughter so she can share the meaning of Christmas with her friends. There is something so special about either having something that someone you know and love has created or being able to be part of someones memories and special moments by letting them use your creative talents.

    When planning your wedding I find there is no difference to this. There are so many great wedding vendors in Adelaide who can help with designing your wedding and make it look a treat but its like the icing on the cake when your friends and family created it for you. When you team together  talented wedding suppliers and the added details from your loved ones its almost the perfect combination. As a photographer I delight in knowing those personal touches so I thought I would share some of my favourite wedding things made by friends and family for the wedding.

     

    These bridesmaids gowns made by bridesmaid and talented dress designer GretaKate

    When your a hair stylist and your friends do your hair and make up for you

    Wood invitations and stationary were done by an aunty from love letter press

    Wedding bouquet by a friend with succulents grown by your husband

    Fondant cake topped with hand pained flowers made by the mother of the bride or this naked cake from another talented Aunt

     

    A Beaded Wedding Dress made by the brides Grandmother

     

    Now this is where the friend and professional speaks…Here are a few things I think are helpful to note..

    1. When creative friends and family put their hands up to help they want to help. If they dont they may not want to make you feel pressured into using you  or they may actually not want to help…but ask, you wont know unless you ask. Read the signs and if they are hesitant in their response perhaps assume they don’t want to help but you can always ask.
    2. If they do it for a living still pay them, if they give you a discount awesome but dont expect one.
    3. Think about their style and if it matches your vision before you enlist their help.
    4.  Know their is a huge fear of disappointing a friend so be kind and loving when working with friends.

    My personal view is to work with wedding professionals in your wedding day they are so creative, resourceful and can often save you money verses, time and stress to bring your vision to life and if you do have talented creative people in your life incorporate them into your wedding day. It adds that personal touch, allows people to use their craft to celebrate and bless you… In years to come when you look back at your wedding photos and see the cake mum made or the gown your grandma crafted you will treasure the memory even more because it was made especially for you from someone who loves you and that memory is priceless!

     

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