James and Grace met whilst working at Lilla Creek Station in the middle of Australia. So it was fitting that they held a stylish country Wedding in a patch of scrub on Grace’s family farm.
When I first heard about their vision for an open air Ceremony and Reception, I could barely contain my excitement. Mother nature delivered a stellar forecast and their vision became a reality.
After the long commute I started my day with the lads at O’Deas B&B. Here I captured their hurried preparation as they donned the Moleskins and then took off to get ice.
I headed to the family farm where I met my very chilled out bride. Grace chose the Harriet gown (Grace Loves Lace) and her girls wore white flowing jumpsuits. Add some strappy heels and this was the perfect attire for a bush Wedding. Also true to theme were all the native florals, a combination of DIY and local talent. With the Bride ready and waiting, I made my way from the house down the dirt road to the secluded scrub.
As I entered, I was greeted by a log lined walkway, bunting (lovingly made by Nana), succulents and signage. Guests hovered in the shade as everyone awaited the bride. Grace’s two cousins polished up their 4WD tanks to chauffeur her down the hill. As she walked the aisle, I turned to see James melt into a blubbering mess and it was clear that this was no ordinary love.
Kathy Speake officiated their service in front of a large gathering from Australia, the UK and abroad. At the conclusion, the newlyweds were showered in a tunnel of confetti which was such a colourful point of difference.
Guests then migrated through the natural landscape to a wider opening. Here they enjoyed drinks on one side with the banquet tables primed for dinner on the other. This set up gave the bridal party the flexibility to mingle and depart for photos when necessary.
The surrounding scrub and paddocks offered plenty of photographic opportunities. My favourite was when I whisked the couple away, just as the sun was setting, for some golden hour goodness. As we returned the light diminished quickly and my time to depart drew near.
I snapped a few images of the twilight ambience before jumping in the car. This Wedding was full of all the things that make my heart sing as a Wedding Photographer. Genuine people, authentic love and the backdrop of the South Australian landscape. Perfect!!