Sinclairs Gully Winery Wedding – Irina & Jack

The wonderful wedding of Irina and Jack took place at the Sinclairs Gully Winery located in the Adelaide Hills and it was an absolute joy to be their wedding photographer! Irina and Jack had a very laid back personality and were quite keen on having a wedding day that really reflected that. The weather was very warm, but the venue’s location really mitigated the harshest of the sun by having overhanging trees all around the main congregation area. Irina and Jack had both their ceremony and reception at the cellar door outside on the grass, so it could not have been a more perfect night for it. I was in attendance for 7 hours as they took advantage of my very flexible wedding photography packages to perfectly cater to their needs.

Preparation photos

Jack and his groomsmen were getting prepared at their house in Kensington Gardens, East of Adelaide. Quite a typical affair of having a BBQ lunch and getting dressed as I arrived.

Irina and her bridesmaids were being prepared at Irina’s parents house in the picturesque valley of Piccadilly. The house was surrounded by lush green foliage which I took great advantage of for a few photos with the wedding dress. Another thing that struck me as magnificent about this house was the artwork hanging on every single spare wall about the house! Turns out Irina’s father is quite an accomplished artist.

Sinclairs Gully Winery wedding ceremony

All throughout editing this wedding, I’d constantly exclaim my amazement at the beauty surrounding the venue. The weather, the venue, the people all combined perfectly to make this one of the easier weddings I’ve covered in the way that almost every shot I took was near perfect. The winery have not been offering wedding packages for very long, but after talking to the very friendly owners for a bit, it turns out that the venue has become quite popular having being booked out for quite a while. I can see why. The whole setting is lovely and intimate with the old brick cellar building alongside a lovely vine-covered dance floor and sprawling grassy area covered with beautiful large gum trees. The vineyard is a short walk away next to a wallaby enclosure and features a lovely grassy knoll perfect for silhouette shots.

Glamour Shoot

We head off over the hill near the vineyard for a bit of a glamour shoot. Unfortunately as I had said before, the weather was very warm and walking up the hill was a bit of a struggle, but we managed and I’m so very glad we did. The hill at the top is perfectly aligned to take advantage of the wonderfully clear sky and sun with little vegetation sticking through to dirty up the image. I was very happy with images I produced up there.

Reception

Being such a warm day it was a perfect night to have a wedding reception outside. Good thing too as apparently they did not have much of a contingency plan, but anyway it all turned out perfectly! The head table was situated on a small platform where Irina and Jack were previously wed. It’s a bit of a strange area actually, being about 2m below the rest of the congregation it was difficult to get through the crowd to take photos, but I managed.

This wedding was a joy to photograph and I very much hope Irina and Jack enjoy their wedding photography as much as I enjoyed producing it!

McCracken Country Club Wedding – Kim & Josh

The McCracken Country Club in Victor Harbour Link was the venue for the lovely wedding of Kim and Josh. Held in early November, the weather was absolutely perfect for Victor Harbour, very sunny and with no wind it was a great day. The fun personality of Kim and Josh really allowed for some beautiful, and often outlandish images to be taken. Kim and Josh had me as their wedding photographer and utilised my flexible full day package in order to have me capture their entire day from preparation right though to the end of their reception.

Preparation Photos

Both Kim and Josh got ready in the grounds of the country club which has a variety of accommodations ranging from full on holiday houses, where Josh was getting prepared, to hotel rooms. Josh and his groomsmen were a fun loving bunch eager to go out of their way to capture some fun silly shots including, but not limited to an overdose on gummy bears and having a dinosaur chasing them.

Kim and her bridesmaids were getting prepared in the hotel’s Presidential suite overlooking the golf course and the location for their wedding ceremony. The room was nice and large, and with lovely elegant dresses the girls were wearing it was a simple task to capture some dreamlike and timeless memories from the last time Kim would keep her maiden name.

McCracken Country Club Wedding Ceremony

The McCracken Country Club has a great offering for weddings, with two locations ideal for wedding ceremonies and receptions, coupled with it’s beautifully landscaped gardens which are ideal for photographs, and panoramic views over their golf course it makes for a great venue in the middle of Victor Harbour. Kim and Josh’s wedding took place near the waterfall and duck pond near the main club house, which is directly above the first tee and practice putting green.

Victor Harbour glamour photoshoot

After the ceremony we headed out to Victor Harbour with the bridal party for a few hours to take some glamour shots. We headed down to the Granite Island causeway, and used the nearby historic train station then headed out over to the bluff but we soon ran out of time and did not have long there. As with the dinosaur shot above, we also took some time to do a few silly shots with photoshopped in monsters, but I have not uploaded them here, instead preferring to surprise Kim and Josh on their USB.

Reception

We headed back to the Clubhouse for Kim and Josh’s reception where they had a lovely sit down reception complete with photobooth and rocking entry where they all entered in outrageous costumes. It was a fun reception with most of their guests eager to dance the night away.

I’d like to thank Kim and Josh for having me as their wedding photographer at their wedding and I very much wish them all the best!

Inglewood Inn Wedding – Sandy & Chris

Sandy and Chris had their beautiful wedding at the iconic Inglewood Inn in the Adelaide Hills. When they said they would be having their wedding at the Inn I was ever so excited to cover their wedding as their wedding photographer as I had previously covered some amazing weddings there twice before. Carley & Tony being the most recent and Ben & Jess being the first. Sandy and Chris opted to make use of my flexible 3 hour package having a short amount of time before their ceremony through to the beginning of their reception covered. The weather turned out to be absolutely gorgeous for the gardens to really show what kind of soft light the location can produce.

Inglewood Inn Wedding Ceremony

The Inn has become quite a popular wedding location in Inglewood over the past few years after having changed owners 7 years ago, the the building itself has been in it’s present location for over 150 years. An absolutely iconic location in the Adelaide Hills, the complex now boasts a sprawling, but intimate grassy area surrounded by deciduous trees that give an amazing foliage coverage during the summer, but unfortunately for Sandy and Chris, the trees were only just starting to bud in the middle of October.

The Inglewood Inn was originally built as an alternative resting spot for travellers on the North Eastern Road. The new road bypassed the village of Houghton, where travellers had previously stopped at the Travellers Rest Inn. An Adelaide publican, Firman Deacon built the Inn in 1857 and the small township took its name from the hotel, around which the settlement grew.

Glamour Photographs

After the ceremony, we had a few hours to walk around the Inglewood Inn garden and I was quite pleased to see that the owners of the Inn had redeveloped a little around the wonderful archway that tunnels under the roadway. Since I had last been to the Inn, the owners had constructed a beautiful little wooden bridge across the creek located at the back of the grassy area leading to a small bench under a large, beautiful tree and a short walkway to the arch. We also made use of the small derelict cottage just a short walk down the road in which Sandy and Chris joked it was their first house together. The whole experience was a very pleasant one as Sandy and Chris was a wonderfully happy and genuine personality which I feel came out in their photos beautifully.

Wedding Reception

While I did not have a lot of time at Sandy and Chris’ reception, I was able to capture a few special moments including their speeches, cutting of their wedding cake and their tradition of lifting Sandy up in between the boys.

Everything aligned perfectly for this most beautiful of wedding ceremonies, I was very pleased to have been a part of this wedding, and I hope Sandy and Chris enjoy their photos as much as I enjoyed taking them!