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Miranda + Michael

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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Jordan + Chris

I thought since it was Valentine’s day I would share a little wedding blog of two sweethearts who said I do to each other on New Years Eve. As we stood beneath the shade of Morton Bay Fig trees we all waited eagerly for Jordan to arrive. She was a vision as she rolled up in vintage electric blue cars. Her smile was infectious and she looked like a peach. As she walked toward Chris there were smiles, tears, laughter and love. These two could not contain their joy during the ceremony and as they sealed their love and vows with a kiss we all cheered. The day was a delight and photographing this two with the help of Jess was a real treat.

I hope you enjoy this wedding of two sweethearts and the day they got married. Enjoy your first of many valentines days as husband and wife.

Carly xoxo


Kimberley + Bradd

Kimberley and Bradd’s wedding was a true delight in my wedding season for many many reasons. Firstly when Kimmie is an absolute stunner, secondly her smiles are endless, thirdly the bridal party was definitely one of the funniest and most photo loving I have ever had, fourthly I got to shoot the wedding with a good friend and great photographer Nicole Cordeiro. Since there were two of us it meant I got to play and get all those fun outrageous and playful shots I love! I do this anyway but when that is your job for the day it makes for one happy photographer who even played  videographer for some harlem shake antics and was one of the best wedding dance floors ever!

I truly adored this day, laughed until my cheeks hurt and am so delighted to share the joy with you…


Carly xoxo

P.S make sure you scroll right to the bottom to see the videos!


Harlem Shake from Stirling Photography.

Kimmie Bradd the dance floor from Stirling Photography.

Angel + Ben

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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