Emma and Stephen’s wedding at Auchendarroch house in Mt Barker was the coming together of two people who went through quite a bit in order to keep a world-spanning long distance relationship alive!
As soon as he was able due to COVID restrictions, Stephen flew to Australia, all the way to Virginia to meet and marry his sweetheart to the tune of the Portal theme music and their celebrant re enacting certain lines from Lord of the Rings 🙂
It was good to see this couple again as I had met them not too long ago during their enagagement shoot at the Belair Train Station.
Auchendarroch House Wedding Ceremony
As Stephen had travelled from Virginia, many of his family were still back in the United States , meaning that having a live stream set up was quite important to both Emma and Stephen in order to include those who could not attend. They not only had my free livestream, but also a much more elaborate setup which left nothing to chance!
As I mentioned earlier, their celebrant was asked to have a little fun during their ceremony by putting on voices and reciting lines from The Princess Bride – which made everyone giggle.
After the ceremony, they retreated into a back room to have a proper chat with Stephen’s family back home via facetime.
Emma and Stepehen’s Glamour photos were taken in and around the Auchendarroch house grounds, not straying too far away as they wanted to spend as much time as possible with their family and friends. As their wedding took place in the morning, their glamour photos were taken at around midday, which most phtographers would cry about due to the harsh shadows on display at this time of day – but we managed to keep out of the sun for the most part
The inside areas of this old manor is gloriously ornate which makes for some very opulent scenes when moving some furniture around. The less in the photos the better, as the architecture can really do the talking in a place like this. I love the windows, and curtains which I used quite a bit to frame Emma and Stephen being all romantic with one another, which is always good fun!
The gardens out the front of the house is also awesome to use, even in the midday sunlight, as the trees available block out most of the light and their leaves make for nice framing devices for a nice composition.
Auchendarroch House Wedding Reception
Emma and Stephen’s lunch time reception was a nice laid back affair, scored by some wonderful music played by a band of young musicians. I made sure to record some of the music in order to use in the background of Emma and Stephen’s highlight film. It’s always a bit of fun hearing music like the portal theme song being played at a wedding!
The afternoon came to an end when Emma threw her bouquet to the waiting group out on the lawn – twice as some of the guys were running about messing things up 🙂
Thanks so much to Emma and Stephen for having me be your wedding photographer – I hope you enjoy the resulting photos!