Let me share with you a Wedding that can only be described as honest, heartfelt and raw. I’m talking about taking it back to the basics of what a Wedding Day is all about and discarding anything unnecessary to tell the story.
The bride described her day to me as being a ‘Non Weddingy Wedding’. Forget the bridal party, fancy cars, flowers and endless rules of tradition. How about getting married in front of your family and friends and then throwing a big party. That’s exactly what Daniel and Ashleigh did!!
I met them at a park, in the middle of the day, to take a few photos of their little family unit. Though the light was less than desirable, these guys made up for it. Ashleigh cut a mean figure in her Manning Cartell dress and Daniel was equally suave. Little Eva didn’t scrub up too badly either, though she was bemused as to what all the fuss was about.
After a relaxed session, we headed to Stones Throw at Norwood. This was the location for their Ceremony come Reception. Daniel and Ashleigh planned to be there before guests arrived so that they could receive and mingle with everyone. Once folks were accounted for, they casually congregated in the courtyard where Rebecca Elliott performed their Ceremony.
There was no dramatic musical entrance or bride walking down the aisle. It was as simple as ‘YES… LETS DO THIS’ as they stood at the front holding hands. Through laughs and joy, both the bride and groom beamed as they were united as husband and wife. Little Eva gave her approval with a clap of the hands and the celebration began.
One thing that was so important to the newlyweds was photos of their guests. Whether it was candids of them mingling or formal shots grouped together, they wanted to remember everyone present. Speeches were relatively informal with Ashleigh’s Dad doing his best to embarrass the bride and groom.
From belly laughs to tears, there was no confusing what this day was about and how grateful our new Mr & Mrs were to simply be married and in good company.