WEDDING AT THE WALNUT GROVE
A year later than planned, this fabulous couple got hitched! They chose the beautiful Walnut Grove for their wedding. And my goodness what a day. For some it was the first real day out in public for a long time. There was so much excitement in the air! Lots of lovely people screaming with joy upon seeing missed loved ones.
This was a sort of return to society for myself, so to speak. I shot elopements last year, when I worked at all. Being surrounded by this many joyous people at a beautiful wedding brought tears to my eyes. It felt so good to be back.
All the small details that make up the human theater at a wedding returned in full force. The lovely bridesmaids! One was a little butterfly, bringing sparkle to each person she landed on. The other was so helpful. My assistant for the day! She kept my batteries charged whilst fulfilling big sister duty perfectly.
The wonderful father of the groom, who gave the best father of the groom speech I’ve ever seen at a wedding. This man had us all howling at the moon, people. How can you top that?!
The school friends, college friends, work friends, life friends. All colliding with various family members in one explosion of chaos and joy.
They had an incredible idea for a guest book. Vicki & Michael used After The Tone, A fantastic company. Instead of a written guest book, your guests record a message into a vintage Bakelite telephone. That one has astounded me. The ability to listen to the voices of loved ones whenever you want? Absolutely amazing and I recommend this company 1,000,000%.
A WEDDING ON 35MM FILM
My couple set up their own photo booth, which worked an absolute treat. During the reception I took quite a few laps past the photo booth to see what kind of fun might be occurring in that dark corner. As you can see, when I turned up the guests appeared to be running away from a zombie apocalypse.
Working as a wedding photographer, I am probably the only person at the wedding noticing every small thing that is occurring. It’s my job, and it has become a habit! Always observing.
I love watching people. Every single person is unique and fascinating, and it’s a joy for me to capture that forever on film. Oh yes, film. Vicki and Michael gave me the go-ahead to shoot their day on film and Super 8 video.
More and more people are choosing film, and I’m ecstatic. The feel of the camera, the smell, the thought process, the slowing down. Film is instant nostalgia, and don’t we all want that?
Plus it just looks really good 🙂
On the day I brought a couple of 35mm point-and-shoot cameras. I like to hand them to the guests, to pass around for the day. They are loaded with film, and then I develop. This gives a fascinating different perspective from a guest point of view. It looks fabulous added to the final gallery. I take no responsibility for photos of bottoms.
What an absolute banger of a day. What a fantastic couple. If I could leave a review for Vicki and Michael, I would hire them to be my couple every weekend.
Massive thanks to Freya, wedding guest extraordinaire, for bringing these people in my life.
Thanks also to these fabulous vendors –
Venue: Walnut Grove | Hair & MU: Jana & Co | Musicians: Zane Johnson Trio | Dress: Essence of Australia | DJ: Elegant Event Entertainment | Officiant: Rabbi Shira Freidlin | Cake/dessert: Skiff’s Cakes | Florals: The Exotic Green Garden | Audio Guest Book: After the Tone | Planner: Katie at Mia Bella Weddings | Film & Super 8 stock: Kodak | Film processing: Goodman Film Lab | Super 8 processing: Pro8mm