The wonderful wedding of Belinda and Jono took place at the St Pauls Hahndorf church for their ceremony, then for their glamour photography ventured into Stirling and Port Noarlunga beach before heading to the Middlebrook Estate Winery in Mclaren Vale for their reception. Belinda and Jono had me as their wedding photographer for the entire day, taking advantage of my generous full day wedding package, and what a beautiful day it was!. Just before the ceremony we were getting a little worried that the day was going to ba an absolute stinker of a day, pushing 40 degrees for most of the week, the morning of Belinda and Jono’s wedding was no different. Fortunately, just as Belinda was walking up to the Church, it spat for about 20 seconds, cooling the whole day just that little bit.

Preparation photos

Jono was being prepared in Klemzig, and had the most awesome grooms men gifts I’ve ever seen at a wedding. Far from the usual things groomsmen have trouble with when getting prepared, for this wedding they’d be learning how to wield a katana. Jono bought them all an engraved katana sword as a groomsmen gift. How awesome is that?

Belinda was being prepared in the couple’s apartment in the Adelaide CBD. It was clear that Belinda and Jono thought along the same wave lengths as as soon as I walked into the door and she saw me eyeing the Lord of the Rings sword they had on their wall, she immediately started swinging it around! Belinda was prepared in next to no time and we were on our way to Hahndorf.

St Pauls Hahndorf wedding ceremony

The St Pauls Hahndorf church is part of the Lutheran Church of Australia  and dedicated in 1858 by German settlers who left the German provinces of Posen, Silesia and Brandenburg to escape religious persecution in 1838-39. However, the original church that stood became worn and dilapidated by the late 1880’s and it was decided a newer church was to be built. And that is the building we see today. It’s still over 126 years old, as this new church was built as the new St Pauls Hahndorf in 1890.

Glamour photos

After walking around the grounds of the St Pauls Hahndorf church a bit, the original plan was to head to Kuitpo forest for some Australian themed wedding photography, however, due to the extreme heat during the week the forest was closed, so we had to find an alternative. I suggested a little known oasis that is the Woorabina Reserve, complete with a lake harbouring native turtles and koalas. Of which we saw two while walking about. After, on the way to the reception venue in Mclaren Vale, we headed to the Port Noalunga beach for a few beach shots.

Middlebrook Estate Winery reception

Belinda and Jono’s wedding reception was held at the Middlebrook Estate Winery in Mclaren Vale. A bit of a trek out from Hahndorf, but I certainly know what they chose this venue for their reception. The staff are fabulous and the setting is stunning, particularly at twilight as the sun just crests the horizon. The vineyards and gazebo,surrounded by sprawling grass is beautiful.

The entire day was an absolute blast and I’d like to thank Belinda and Jono for having me be their wedding photographer!

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