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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!

Preparation

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!

Serafino Wedding – Alice & Stephen

Serafino winery is the location everyone thinks about when they think of a Mclaren Vale wedding, and it was my privilege to cover Alice and Stephen’s Serafino wedding as their wedding photographer. Alice and Stephen took advantage of my flexible hourly rates to have me cover their preparation right through to the end of their first dance. The day turned out just beautifully with stunning weather and friendly guests. It was just fantastic!

Preparation

Stephen and his groomsmen were being prepared at a friend’s house near the Cove. As I arrived the boys were polishing off a pizza sitting about being quite relaxed. It was only until I was about to leave did Stephen start showing some nerves but he was overall quite calm about the whole thing!

Alice and her bridal party were being prepared on site in one of Serafino’s hotel rooms. The room had a lovely little cottage vibe, perfect for preparation photos. The girls were having a bit of fun when I arrived placing temporary tattoos on their legs and generally having a good time.

Serafino wedding ceremony

The Serafino estate is one of the younger wineries in Mclaren Vale, established in 1968 when Serafino “Steve” Maglieri planted his first vines after having immigrated form Italy. The venue is set around a wonderful little lake, complete with a gaggle of resident geese and 200 year old gum trees. It makes for a wonderful backdrop for an outdoor wedding.

Glamour photos

Directly after their ceremony and group photos, we spent a little time walking about the lake and then headed over to the ruins of Pt. Willunga Jetty for some photos. While at the Jetty we were visited by an adorable little fluffball of a dog that we ‘borrowed’ from it’s owner for some cute photos of the girls cuddling it. 🙂 The jetty always provides for an amazing backdrop, contrasting between the lighter colours of the horizon and the people in the photo.

On the way back to Serafino for their reception, we stopped off along the side of the road to take some photos amongst the long grass and vineyards. We also made use of a line of olive trees located just off the main road. This spot happens to be my favourite spot in Mclaren Vale for wedding photos, for reasons I feel will be obvious as you view the photos 🙂

Serafino wedding reception

The reception area back at the winery is a sight to behold. The entire area is covered in an arched, glass awning and the head table is backdropped by wine barrels stamped with ‘Serafino’. The bar area has plenty of room to move and the entire place could host a very large wedding party is so desired. My only gripe about the place is how dark the dancefloor is! During the night we head out for a bit, first to take photos with the geese as they were fed, and then to have a bit of fun light painting in front of the cellar door.

I’d like to thank Alice and Stephen for having me as their wedding photographer, and I very much hope they enjoy their photos as much as I enjoyed creating them!