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Is this really a trend? Hasn't made it to the south coast yet!

Best dressed

Look at t his gorgeous bride and groom! So stylish and individual.

Got to love the attitude of this rainy day bride!

"Today I'm marrying the man of my dreams😁 a man who values me and shows me what love is...whether or not it rains I will have a day where my smile will shine on".

Pyree's Big Red Shed - gorgeous inside and out

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Finally got to do a wedding at the big red shed!

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Was really feeling the love this weekend when both my couples had the sweetest thank you gifts for me! Totally unexpected but so thoughtful!
Crystal and Kane etched wineglasses for their guests, while Diane and Terry had the cutest little tins with sweet little star cakes inside.
Thank you!!!!

The amazing Amazing Seclusion - beautiful south coast wedding venue

This picture doesn't quite do Amazing Seclusion justice. The day before at the rehearsal you felt like you were perched on a hilltop surrounded by the  sea. What a great discovery tho. Melissa and Richard had a small, intimate and very lovely wedding here, just family and a few friends and a tiny dog - Taco - the cause of so many disruptions we were relieved there was no "If anyone has any objections to this marriage" part as Taco certainly would have had a few! The only thing I would suggest if you liked this venue is that you give guests lots of detailed directions, after driving through forest for several kilometers everyone thought their GPS was giving them a bum steer!

Natural look weddings

Many people ask about the beautiful arches and settings in the photos on my website and most of them are done by the lovely Jen and her team  As A Whisper. I have seen Jen go that extra mile on many occasions - once she even built a bridge over a creek when a storm the night before  made access for the bride tricky - so its lovely to see nature doing her a favour by providing the driftwood for this beach aisle.

High praise!

Got this lovely message from photographer Russ Quinn today:


Apart from conducting the actual ceremony, a celebrantís most important role is to ensure you are happy and relaxed on the day, and this is where Dallas excels. Based in Jervis Bay, this lovely lady is one of the most highly sought-after celebrantís on the NSW South Coast, so be sure to book early. For more info visit

The relationship between photographer and celebrant is an interesting one, both play a huge part in the ceremony, one delivering it, one capturing the essence of it, its a bit of a choreographed routine and if you find someone you like working with it can make it extra special. Russ is highly talented and I just love working with him, no fuss, very professional, great images - the whole package!
You can find him here:

Here are some more of Russ's images from a Hyams Beach elopement we did earlier this year.

I'm dreaming of a white (wedding) Christmas

December is traditionally a quiet time for weddings mainly because the tradition of Christmas makes for a very busy month but I've been surprised by the number of calls I've had from couples wanting to combines a Christmas wedding with all the usual festivities. So far I've got bookings for December 1, 3, 27, 29 and January 1. 
Most of these are elopements, one couple are only bringing their dog! (we've had to find a dog friendly beach for them) 
If you're looking for advice on how to pull of a elopement there is no better source for advice than one of my favourite bridal websites Offbeat Bride:

Aren't they lovely? Another fantastic elopement.

This was SUCH a sweet ceremony. Just Josh (channeling James Bond!) and Renee, their daughters and mothers in a sweet, simple ceremony at Jervis Bay. You wouldn't know it from this picture but it was threatening to storm all morning and we thought we would have to use a picnic shelter but luckily the rain held off. The look on their mothers faces when they arrived for what they thought was a family photo session was priceless!!! All the best for a long, happy, fulfilling marriage Josh and Renee!

Catering for all tastes

Animals have featured quite a lot in my weddings recently! We had the goatcrashing goat and now its the breadroll stealing wallaby. This little critter tried to make off with the caterers bread rolls but they persuaded him to eat some fruit instead. The catering company - Golden Roast - can really claim to cater for all tastes!

Can I have this dance for the rest of my life?

How romantic is this? Elena and Stuart chose to have their first dance as husband and wife immediately after the ceremony. They waltzed their way around Callala Beach and it was such a beautiful moment! 

Another special guest at Ian and Cats wedding

Goatcrasher? Gate crashing goat? Have truly seen it all now!

Had the pleasure of marrying my nephew Ian and his girlfriend Cat on her parents property outside Brisbane recently.
We got to the serious romantic part of the vows and I couldn't understand why all the guests were laughing....

Even the simplest wedding has a few complications!

Vanessa and Daniel opted for a very simple wedding at Hyams Beach. This isn't a picture of some kind of celebratory square dance - it's just everyone finding their  perfect position for the photo!
And here they are!

Hyams was absolutely gorgeous. You'd never know it was a winter wedding - and they had Hyams all to themselves!

A bevy of bridesmaids

Not sure what the collective term is for Bridesmaids? A bevy? A swag? This particular collection made THE most memorable entrance I've ever seen, dancing down the aisle, shaking maracas (and bootys!) to Love is in the Air. The energy in the room was pretty electric!

White Wedding Day

Vivien and Rick had the loveliest sunniest May wedding at the Sebel in Kiama on the weekend. A quirky touch was their request that everyone wear white. I NEVER wear white, I didn't even wear white to my own wedding so it was a bit of a challenge and I certainly didn't feel like myself as I left the house. I also took great care not to eat or drink anything before the ceremony. There were quite a few people in new clothes that day so I am not alone in my reluctance to wear white. It did add to the atmosphere though and made for some very amusing group photos. Bride Vivien looked amazing - very simple white of course! A statement necklace and a bouquet of the deepest darkest red roses. 

Bawley Bridal Bower Bird

I like to get to a wedding early. Then I can set up and soak up the atmosphere. There was atmosphere aplently at Bawley Bush Retreat (  for Shona and Andrew. A mad flurry when I first arrived, with groomsmen in their ndies putting up a few final decorations and trying to find an iron! Then it was just me and this little bird in the bridal bower!

26 years of happy holidays

It's surprising how many people like to get married at their family holiday location. I guess there's a real emotional connection and a marriage ceremony is one more happy memory to associate with a particular location. Bride Alex is seen in this photo making her way down the bush track to One Tree Beach at Tuross Head. Not only has her family been holidaying here for 26 years but her parents honeymooned here - so lots of happy memories to add to!

Starry starry vows

how beautiful are Mark's vows?

I will laugh with you and amuse you, travel with you and stay home with you. I will  encourage you and support you. I will tell you stories and sing to you. From time to time I will take you out to see the stars. 

Grow Wild

I do so many beach weddings it's great to get out to other - non sandy - venues on occasion. And who could resist a wedding at a wildflower farm? Anthea and Nicholas were married among the wildflowers - 25 acres of them!  at Grow Wild in Alpine.

Lego Love - Bride Janet doesn't like cut flowers so look at the surprisingly lovely alternative

Roadie, date, fashion advisor

My son Jonas and I got to go to a wedding together on the weekend which made it extra special. It was the mother of one of his best friends so while it was my 408th wedding it was only his second! He multi tasked on the day! Carrying my table for me and even offering fashion advice - he didn't like the blue beads with the black dress. Yes I ignored this advice, just as he chose this shirt instead of the very nice blue floral one I suggested for him!

A more realistic suggestion for wedding vows