While I remember the first meetings with all my couples, I do remember with a special fondness the first time I met Anna-Lee and Tom. We’d been chatting via email for a few weeks or so about their wedding day. Their date hadn’t been finalised yet, but they were looking around October or November 2011. They were still in the process of choosing a venue. Back then, I was meeting couples over a coffee/thickshake at a cafe, and I loved them straight away. My inner chatterbox came tumbling out that day (okay, so maybe my chatterbox is never really ‘inner’) but I just remember how much I hoped I could work with them on their wedding day!
It was another of my few recent weddings that seemed to take awhile to come around – but again, it was worth the wait. While I had some concerns about getting into the city for their getting ready photos in the morning (it was the same day as the Christmas Pageant!) I made it in and parked with ease, with enough spare time for a coffee and cake across the road before we began.
The day unfolded in front of me and my camera, and I loved every second of it! It was such a relaxed, unique celebration between two wonderful people and their family and friends, many of whom had travelled from interstate and overseas to be a part of the day. Before the “official” reception began, we enjoyed speeches in the garden of Al Ru Farm at dusk. A great and very memorable moment was Anna-Lee’s Dad’s speech – because, as you will see, he is not entirely comfortable in formal wedding attire! Biggest thanks to Anna-Lee and Tom, two wonderful people, and their equally wonderful family and friends, for such a memorable experience.