Serafino Wines Wedding – Claire & Arron


It was a delightfully sunny day in early January for Claire and Arron’s Serafino Wines wedding in Mclaren Vale! It was great to see Claire and Arron again after having shot their incredible engagement shoot on a private farm near Mt Compass.

Their day was laid back, relaxed but still full of fun, joy and a tonne of little surpises that just made their whole day great!


I started the day as I usually do with the groom and his groomsmen getting ready at their house in Seaford Heights. The atmosphere was jovial with the boys all having a bit of fun while getting prepared.

Arron’s parents were on hand to help out with tieing ties and putting on cufflinks which is always nice to have for photos!

Claire and her bridemaids were being prepared together in one of the Serafino winery’s rooms as part of their accomodation offering. It’s a super convenient perk to be able to be prepared on site of your wedding venue as it cuts down on travel time and any chance of being late!

The atmosphere with the girls was equally as laid back as the boys, but if I were to choose who was showing more nerves, it would have to have been Arron! He was seento have been pacing a little bit checking his watch at the altar before the ceremony began. 🙂

Serafino Wines Wedding Ceremony

Claire and Arron’s Serafino Wines wedding ceremony took place were it usually does at Serafino winery – under a big gum tree backdropped by a delightful lake. The area boasts a huge manicured grassy area suited for any size of congregation.

Their ceremony was presided over by a priest, but much of the time was taken up by readings and speeches written by guests who could not attend due to COVID restrictions, but instead read out by a member of the bridal party – which was a nice touch. We were also blessed to have a nice little reading from Claire’s Mum after the first kiss.

What I thought was really cool though was the fact that Claire being a music teacher – her students were invited to come out and provide the background music for her bridal approach and exit, which was really awesome! And what was even more awesome was Claire’s choice of song! Disney’s Tangled theme song ‘I see the Light‘.

Glamour Photos

Hosting a Serafino wines wedding ceremony means that you can make the most of what Mclaren vale has to offer in regards to vineyards, Australian bush land and histroic buildings. As a Mclaren Vale wedding venue, Serafino has it all.

After the usual family photos, Claire Arron and I went for a bit of a walk around the lake with their bridal party for some group shots, before heading out by ourselves for some more intimate scenes amongst the vineyards.

As the weather was very sunny, I attempted to keep Claire and Arron away from the direct sunlight as much as possible in order to produce some lovely photography without too much int he way of overblown highlights and harsh shadows.

before heading back into the main reception hall to be announced as bride and groom, we were lucky enough to be able to use the old Serafino wines cellar door which is always packed with a pleasing amount of wine barrels that makes for a lovely backdrop!

Serafino WInes Wedding Reception

Claire and Arron’s Serafino wines wedding reception was a blast to be a part of! Along with having my photobooth running all night, they also had a wonderful acoustic guitar band who also acted as their DJs.

The speeches that were said were very entertaining, with each one being quite fun – in particular one by one of Claire’s bridesmaids that was set to music and party sung! Check out the end of their wedding highlight video above for that!

Claire and Arron also played a pretty unique wedding game, which was a bit of a different take on the shoe game, but in this case it was the guests who were answering the questions about the bride and groom’s relationship. For example the bridesmaid would ask the guests a question such as ‘Who said I love you first?’ and the guests would hold up a stick for either the bride or groom corresponding who they thought was the correct answer. Was a bit of fun!

Thanks so much to Claire and Arron for having me shoot your wedding photography! I had a blast and hopefully you love your photos as much as I enjoyed being a part of your big day!

Sunday Mail Wedding Feature


Sunday Mail Wedding Feature

I realise I’m a bit late this this one, but last weekend, on March 7 – A recent wedding that I covered was featured as full page Sunday Mail Wedding Feature! I have had my weddings featured in the Sunday mail and the Advertiser’s wedding sections in the past – the most recent of which was Paula and Luke’s lakes Hotel Wedding, but this one took up a whole page which was fairly neat 🙂

Nikki and Trenton’s wedding took place at the delightful Ekhidna winery in Mclaren Vale and although the weather was overcast – wasnt bad enough to have to be inside! The Sunday Mail wedding feature of their day showcases one of my favourite photos from their day too which is a lovely change! It’s so often the newspaper’s editors choose some random photo when there are so much better ones to choose from!

Sunday Mail Wedding Feature Copy

Trenton didn’t seem himself and was acting nervous, but Nikki thought nothing of it. The two explored Adelaide for the day, including visits to Mt Lofty House, Largs Bay beach and a winery in the Adelaide Hills before returning home.

As Nikki relaxed in her tracksuit and Ugg boots on the couch, Trenton approached her in a suit jacket. He then dropped to one knee and asked: “Will you marry me?”

“I said ‘Yes, of course, yes’,” Nikki Says.

“There were tears all around.”

Nikki was proudly walked down the aisle by her sons Ethan Winen, 15, and Bailey Winen, 19 at Ekhidna Wines, McLaren vale, where their celebrant, Pat Haynes, and 65 guests were eagerly waiting. “Our day was perfect,” The bride says.

The couple – who own a Jim’s Pool Care franchise – had a country rustic theme, with country decorations, country music and the bride even wearing Ariat country boots. She teamed them with an ivory strapless vintage lace dress with a corset back and small train from Luv Bridal that could be bustled up to dance the night away.

Carmen Tucker, the bride’s best friend since university, wore a dusty pink lace top dress and was the matron of honour. The best man was Carl Fox.

They joined their other guests, including the couple’s fur baby Kip and family and friends from interstate as restrictions had been eased, which was “definitely” a highlight. Revellers enjoyed a delicious naked cake by Teresa from She Baked, with a different flavour for each layer.

“Outdoor games for the guests were popular all night and the dance floor certainly got a workout,” Nikki says.

The Lockleys couple met a decade ago in Queensland, before they moved to Adelaide and have “loved every minute” exploring the state. The honeymooed in Mclaren Vale.

Written by Tara Nash.

Mollydooker Wines Wedding – Jiayi & Sam

Jiayi and Sam held their Mollydooker wines wedding on a rather windy and overcast day, but that certainly diddnt dampen the feeling and love between these two, and all involved! The day was full of fun – and often crazy times, and the weather even opened up for some spectacular shots later on in the day!

Mollydooker wines was a new wedding venue for me, so I was very much looking forward to covering Jiayi and Sam’s wedding there, and what a spot it is! Rolling hills, beautiful trees and a cozy little reception hall!

Before the ceremony

I began my wedding photography coverage at Mollydooker wines itself, capturing the arrival of Sam and his entourage where they quickly got ready by putting on their buttionare and having a few photos with each other before Jiayi and her bridal party arrived.

Sam was in two minds right up to the beginning of their wedding ceremony as to whether or not to hold the ceremony outside. As it turned out he decided to hold the ceremony inside due to the blustery winds and the rain clouds threatening to drench everyone outside.

Jiayi was prepared in a back office room at Mollydooker wines, out of the way of prying eyes of her groom to be – which we had to make sure he wouldnt ruin the surpise as he would often try to see her! I think we managed though 🙂

Mollydooker Wines Wedding

Jiayi and Sam’s Mollydooker wines wedding took place in the winery’s reception area, which was not to plan due to the weather. The change in venue caused a bit of a fuss with the Mollydooker wines staff having to clear out the area of regular lunchtime guests in time for the ceremony to take place! But they did an admirable job!

Jiayi and Sam’s ceremony was a short and simple affair with some small in jokes here and there, this coupled with the close proximity of all their guests made the whole ceremony a delight to be a part of!

Glamour Shoot

After the formailities were out of the way, including the mandatory family photos we went for a walk out and about the Mollydooker Wines grounds to make good use of the sun now peeking out of the clouds that earlier had earlier threatened the ceremony.

The vineyard was a favourite of mine with the large, broad grape leaves and unkeptness of the foliage making a perfect frame for some intimate portraits of Jiayi and Sam!

I also loved the rolling grassy hill to the rear of the reception area which coupled with the poor weather made for some very moody shots!

I had a blast taking photos despite the poor weather! Just goes to show that if you do have poor weather at your wedding there is always a silver lining – in this case some awesome atmosphere to create lovely photos!

Mollydooker Wines Wedding Reception

The Mollydooker Wines wedding reception area is a modern space but still sports a rustic feel due to it’s wooden features and surrounding windows that look out over the winery’s grounds.

The space was full for Jiayi and Sam’s sit down reception complete with heartfelt speeches and excited guests.

Thanks so much to jiayi and Sam for having me as your wedding photographer! Your day was a blast to be a part of and I hope you enjoy your photos! 😀

IvyBrook Farm Wedding – Carly & Josh

I was delighted to have been asked to be Carly and Josh’s wedding photographer at their Ivybrook Farm wedding at the beginning of November!

Their day was one full of fun and family, and was certainly a relaxing day out with a lunch time reception and ample time to mingle with guests. The time mingling with their guests was foremost in Carly and Josh’s mind when planning their day with only a small portion dedicated to having glamour photos done, which I feel is a really nice way to look at your day.

Still, I was keen to make fulluse of the incredible scenery Ivybrook Farm has to offer!

Ivybrook Farm Wedding Ceremony

My coverage began with Carly and Josh’s Ivybrook Farm wedding ceremony under the large tree nearby the main building of the venue. Their guests were set up facing the tree on the grass, as Carly and Josh both approached the wedding arbour together from the on site bed and breakfast.

The highlight of their ceremony in my opinion was the delightful readings from a family member which detailed the love story of Carly and Josh coming together intermingled with inside jokes and fun stories that had everyone giggling.

Ivybrook Farm Wedding Reception

Carly and Josh opted to hold a lunchtime reception so as to maximise the time they could spend with the firends and family. The settig at Ivybrook Farm was set up in a delightfully rustic way, complete with Australian fauna and a stunning semi-nude wedding cake set atop a barrel which just made the whole setting pop.

Guests were treated to lawn games, food platters and games for the kids while everyone enjoyed the warm weather before settling down for a pizza lunch.

Lunch was eaten, and speeches were told before we had some time to head out around the grounds to shoot some glamour photos of Carly and Josh. After which we returned for the first dance!

Glamour Photos

The great thing about hosting an Ivybrook farm wedding is the variety of spots you can head to have your photos done. The area boasts fields of long unkempt grass, or well kept grass depending on what you feel would work best. There are also lines of trees, vineyards and rustic buildings which I certainly made the most of!

Thanks so much to Carly and Josh for having me at their delightful wedding!

Ekhidna Wines Mclaren Vale Wedding – Nikki & Trenton

I always love heading to Ekhidna Wines Mclaren Vale, as it’s one of my absolute favourite wineries in Mclaren Vale to shoot a wedding at! So I was excited to head there once again for Nikki and Trenton’s wedding that took place right at the end of October! The day was a little overcast and windy, but that diddnt hampen the spirits of these two lovely people and their guests!


Trenton and his entourage were being prepared in a bed and breakfast on Main street Mclaren Vale, and while Trenton seems cool, calm and collected he was obviously trying to find things to do to keep his mind busy – but he certainly managed to do so, and had his groomsmen nearby to keep the nerves away!

Nikki was being prepared a little further away in a hidden bed and breakfast nearber Kangarilla. It was a spectacular location, overlooking the rolling hills the region is so famous for and the building has some amazing architecture! Nikki was being helped to prepare by her sole bridesmaid/maid of honour which made for a very stress-less time!

Ekhidna Wines Mclaren Vale Wedding Ceremony

Both Niki and trenton were quite excited by their bridal cars so they made a big entrance by driving right up onto the lawn near the vineyards at Ekhidna Wines Mclaren Vale. From there, the ceremony took place with the hills and vineyards in the background and was personalised by some funky personal quirky events Nikki and Trenton planned.

Things such as a coin toss to figure out who says their vows first, adn then their fur baby dog coming to visit as they signed their paper work. These sorts fo things are always guarnateed to put a smile on everyone’s face!

Glamour Photos

As their dog wasn’t going tostay long we began by taking some glamour photos of both Nikki and Trenton with their dog – however they were a little afraid that he would run off – so I ended up having to photoshop out the leash which was held by one of their sons as he ran with the dog down the vine ally way 🙂

The day’s weather was a finicky beast being cloudy and windy one minute, then sunny the next – but we made the most of it by walking about the vineyards a bit, then using the barrels Ekhidna Wines have on display.

One major reason why I love Ekhida Wines as a Mclaren Vale Wedding Venue is the direction their vine yards face – it always makes for a great drone sunset shot – despite there not being much of a sunset!

Wedding Reception

To finish up the day, Nikki and Trenton held a cocktail style reception in the Ekhidna Wines cellar door, and also had the SvenStudios photobooth set up! The night was a lovely casual affair, which really picked up once the dance floor opened and everyone cut loose for a bit 🙂 Was a lot of fun to be a part of!

Thanks a bunch Nikki and Trenton for having me as your wedding photographer! Hope you enjoy your photos as much as I did taking them!