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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!
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!
It was a stunning April day for Natasha and Sean’s wedding at the beautiful Silvestris of Clarendon garden! The day was filled with family joy, wonderful weather and even a cake that was flown on from interstate! Natasha and Sean opted to hold their wedding ceremony in the lovely little garden on site, then heading off to the nearby Riverbend reserve for photos before heading back to the Silvestris of Clarendon restaurant for their reception. I was asked to be their wedding photographer for their entire day, and I had a great time! 🙂
Sean was being prepared at a house in Morphett Vale, with his groomsmen and mother watching on. His heritage was on display for all to see with his Celtic cufflinks, and of course the wonderful kilts he and his groomsmen were wearing! It was quite a coincidence that apparently my mother had spent her youth highland dancing with Sean’s mother – which just goes to show how small Adelaide is!
Natasha was being prepared at the couple’s house nearby with her favorite movie of ‘Beauty and Beast’ playing in the background. The entire morning went very smoothly with only a slight delay with the bridal party leaving a little late due to Natasha’s hair taking a little longer than expected, but that’s the bride’s prerogative to be late! 🙂 Somehow they still beat me to Silvestris of Clarendon though, despite me leaving before them..
Silvestris of Clarendon Wedding Ceremony
The gardens of Silvestris of Clarendon were bursting with Autumnal colours which made the already wonderful garden that much more special. The famed dome made for an awesome backdrop to where Natasha and Sean chose to hold their ceremony, and the sun was in a great spot for some amazing lens flare 🙂
After the family photos were done on a terrace just below where the ceremony took place, we used the gardens – with a focus on the dome for some glamour photos before heading off to the nearby Riverbend Reserve to make use of the cliffs and Australiana surrounds for more photos.
Silvestris of Clarendon Wedding Reception
While I had been to Silvestris of Clarendon before to cover a wedding, I had not set foot in the wonderful restaurant that is also on site. It’s a wonderfully modern function room and restaurant with adjacent courtyard suitable for cocktails. The setting was resplendent and the service immaculate. A wonderful place to celebrate a wedding!
Thanks so much to Natasha and Sean for having me as your wedding photographer!