Clare and Craig’s Mount Torren’s Hotel wedding took place in lieu of a larger wedding they had planned right back before all this COVID stuff happened. Instead of having dozens of friends and family members in attendance, they opted to hold a tiny little ceremony at the delightful new Mount Torrens Hotel wedding venue in late August, with the plan of holding a large reception once everyone is able to travel again.
Mount Torrens Hotel Wedding Ceremony
The Mount Torrens Hotel wedding spot is an old, rustic little barn which according to Craig they had only just emptied of trash ready for their wedding ceremony! The Hotel boasts a delightful rustic vibe with old-world charm within and without the hotel itself, while also being surrounded by a beautiful little town, and a grassy area that would be suited for a large marquee – should the need arise.
Clare and Craig were drawn to this simple little corner of the world as they said they enjoy seeking out the simple beauty in smaller locations like this – which I felt made this wedding that much more intimate.
Around 10 witnesses were in attendance, those which could not attend made use of my 360 virtual reality recording I produce for all the weddings I cover, which makes the fact that not being able to attend that much more bareable.
Clare walked down the aisle to some very untraditional heavy metal, while the area was also decorated with fluffy dinosaurs and other things which made the space uniquely theirs.
After the group photos which we took in front of the barn’s brick wall behind the Mount Torrens Hotel wedding venue, we head off to a nearby farm which Clare and Craig had found online after a bit of a shout out on social media, simply looking for someplace nice to take photos in.
The farmstead boasted a lovely curated garden, somplete with walkways and little wooden brides and huts which we made use of, before also making use of the natural Australian bush land in the dying sun of the day. I really enjoyed myself here as the sun was shining through the foliage in the most delightful way!
Clare and Craig told me that they had chosen me as their wedding photographer as they liked the way I managed to capture not only a bridal couple, but also the simple elegance of the landscape around them without drawing too much attention away from the subject of the image.
Getting comments like this is really what being a photographer was all about and it really made me smile! Not only because these lovely people enjoyed my work, but also the fact that I was with them on such a delightful day in which it was super easy to produce such wonderful work!
I had an absolute blast photographing Clare and Craig’s wedding day, doubly so as I wanted to help them out as much as possible as Clare is a member of the CFS, who battled the huge fires at the beginning of 2019 – and are just lovely people all round. I wanted to do my part in putting some smiles on Clare and Craig’s faces and I hope they weren’t too dissapointed in not holding their large wedding, and having to postpone to a later date!
Rose and Simon chose to hold their wedding in the wonderful surrounds of the Adelaide Botanic Park – right next to the gates of the Adelaide Botanic Gardens. The appeal of the Botanic park is that it’s wide and open, complete with magnificent Moreton Bay Fig trees that provide for marvellous backdrops to photos. It was a lovely sunny day, which unfortunately meant that plenty of other people had the same idea to head to the Botanic Park for picnics and family gatherings, but we worked around it as best we could 🙂
Simon was being prepared in a room in the Holiday Inn Express Hotel, on Hindley street, which allowed us to go for a little walk once all the boys were dressed along Hindley and also the front of Parliament house for some photos. I think the walk was a little theraputic for Simon, to get over his nerves a little better, and loosen him up a bit for his big day 🙂
Rose and her bridal party was being prepared at their house north of the city. When I arrived the first thing I saw was an enourmous cheese and finger food platter that I was amazed to hear that Rose had just ‘whipped up’ for the occasion. It was honestly very impressive! The atmosphere was fairly jovial, with not too many nerves showing, all the girls were in good spirits!
Botanic Park Wedding Ceremony
Due to the fact that the Botanic Park had become a fairly popular spot on their day, unfortunately they had to make the snap decision to set up their ceremony in a different position so as to not get any picnicing families in the background of their photos. This also meant that the glaring sun was right in front of them for their whole ceremony, which wasnt ideal – but other than that their ceremony went off very well with Rose’s son walking her down the aisle and emotion showing on Simon’s face 🙂
Botanic Park Glamour Photos
Rose had unfortunately hurt her foot a few weeks prior to their wedding day so as it was encased in a moonboot under her dress, I was mindful of the fact that she wouldn’t want to walk too far for photos, so we made use of the Moreton Bay fig trees directly surrounding where they held their ceremony, and it also allowed Rose and Simon to maintain social contact with their guests while we were taking photos. The group family photos were also quite easy to organise because of this. We diddn’t spend too long walking about for photos – just enough time to grab a few nice shots before heading back to the expresso martini van they had set up for their guests! On the way back tot he Intercontinental Hotel for their wedding reception, we stopped off at the famed pillared walkway in the Adelaide University for a few photos there too.
Intercontinental Hotel Wedding Reception
The main ballroom within the Adelaide Intercontinental Hotel was the setting for Rose and Simon’s opulent wedding reception, with an incredible vista set up for their huge wedding cake! Their head table was backdropped with a lovely white sheet sparkling with led lights, while their table settings were complete with a little bottle of port for each guest. With a live band playing, and a laid back atmosphere, the night was fun to be a part of and the jovial guests made my job easy 🙂
Thanks go out to Rose and Simon for having me on their special day and I hope they enjoy their photos! Was a great day to be a part of 😀
Oh wow, Carol and Ash’s Glen Ewin Pulpshed wedding was just incredible – beautiful weather, stunning people in an amazing location, just made the entire process of taking stunning wedding photos that much easier and fun!
I had been to the Pulpshed in the past to cover a wedding, but I had been looking forward to Carol and Ash’s for quite a while as it had been about 10 years since I was last down here. Plenty of times up at the gatehouse – but not the Pulpshed!
Ash and his groomsmen were preparaed at a nearby friend’s house. The first thing anyone would have noticed was the pristine red porche parked out the front of the house! Certainly drew the eye!
I arrived and was surprised to see that everyone had already put all their suits on! Pretty much ready to get going, which was ok as we diddnt have much time anyway, but was certainly a little different to most weddings where I’m often meeting the boys just rolling out of bed from a big night out. 🙂
For preparation photos we put the finishing touches on, like throwing on the suit jackets, helped each other with ties, and then of course played pool and took a few shots with the Porches out front.
Carol and her bridal party were getting ready at the family house, closer to Glen Ewin. Ash had warned me about how awesome their garden was, and it was certainly pretty awesome! There was a creek running through the garden, full of running water due to the recent rains, complete with a little footbrdge that connected one half of the garden with another.
Made for a pretty neat spot for bridal party shots and a first look with Dad, who hammed it up nicely!
Glen Ewin Pulpshed Wedding Ceremony
I had been looking forward to covering Carol and Ash’s Glen Ewin Pulpshed wedding ceremony for a while as there is this amazing pond and stone jetty leading out to a huge weeping willow tree that is usually used as a backdrop for ceremonies – however unfortunately due to the recent weather it was deemed too muddy for the congregation to use, so the ceremony was set up under the Pulpshed’s veranda.
The veranda space is adorned by vines and decorated with wooden features like wine barrels, and also of course allowed all their guests to be undercover in case of rain – which wasn’t likely on their day. It’s a nice space, but the only issue I have with it is that it’s impossible to get around the left hand side of the congregation in order to get a grinning photo of the groom looking at his bride.
Carol and her bridesmaids arrived in style riding in two volkswagon kombis, which suited the theme and aethetic of the wedding beautifully, and the ceremony took place with lots of laughter, tears and heartfelt tributes to the children who were now a part of a new family unit. It was lovely.
After the group shots and the drone big group shot, we walked about the stunning gardens a bit to make use of the awesome pond and stone jetty which I mentioned before. The greens in the trees were super lush due to the recent weather and just made evrything such a delight to walk through!
We also made sure .to use the Kombis in a few group shots with Carol and Ash’s bridal party before they left.
The main downside was unfortunately Ash managed to draw the ire of an angry bee while out and about taking photos, got a bit of a bee stong – but all seemed well!
Glen Ewin Pulpshed Wedding Reception
The wedding reception took place in the Pulpshed, complete with my photobooth running in the corner, and everyone having a great time in this stunning setting!
I was only asked to take photos for 6 hours, but as I was thewre with the photobooth anyway, I had to take some shot of the first dance and the other events, 🙂
Thanks so much Ash and Carol for having me!
I head out to Paula and Andrew’s beautifully family-centric Lakes Hotel wedding in West Lakes at the beginning of October, and I had a ball of a time 🙂
The weather wasn’t always the best, showing a bit of cloud for much of the day, but we still managed to make use of the hotel and nearby park for some great shots!
Lakes Hotel Wedding Ceremony
I started my time with Paula and Andrew right at the start of their wedding ceremony, which was held in one of the function rooms on site at the Lakes Hotel. The function room they held their ceremony in overlooked the West Lakes river which made for a lovely backdrop while also being shielded from the slight drizzle of rain that was falling outside.
The ceremony itself was a lovely simple affair with some in-jokes about Paula and Andrews relationship interspersed by some lovely heart-felt vows and reading from a guest who diddnt seem to know they were doing a reading! Thosesorts of things at a wedding always makes everyone smile 🙂
Apparently Paula and Andrew had been engaged for a good 25 years! So of course some of the injokes throughout the ceremony and the speeches later in the night centered around that! Qudos for them to finally tying the knot though! Even if was doing a global pandemic.. :/
After taking all the group photos both outside on the riverside, and then the rest inside as it had started to rain a little, I attempted to use the architecture of the Lakes Hotel for much of their photoshoot, hoping the rain dispersed enough for us to head outside a bit later – thankfully that’s exactly what happened!
We went for a walk along side the river and made use of the wonderful little beach nearby and dozens of seagulls flying overhead for some neat shots! I did get my shoes wet – but that’s just the life of a wedding photographer! Need to do what it takes for the best shot!
Lakes Hotel Wedding Reception
Before starting for the day I arrived at the Lakes Hotel early to set up my photobooth for the evening. When I arrived the hall was very small, but I wasn’t to know that they actually extended the reception hall where I set the photobooth up in throughout the other function room where they held their ceremony! Turned out to be a huge area very suitable for a lovely wedding reception overlooking the water.
While I was attending the photobooth throughout the night I also stood up every now and again to take photos of the speeches and of course the first dance. Was a lovely night!
I’d like to thank Paula and Andrew for having me as their wedding photographer on their special day! I hope Paula and Andrew enjoy their photos as much as I enjoyed taking them throughout their big day!