What an amazingly epic day. Something has to be said for weddings with culture… the dance floor is always electric, bursting with energy as the party doesn’t stop until the moment the night concludes. Every moment before the couple bids farewell at the end of the night is filled with laughter, spontaneousness and frivolity. But most importantly, at the centre of the hype and craziness is two people who genuinely care and love each other, which is what has brought us to today. Continue reading
CASIE + STEVEN
What an amazingly epic day. Something has to be said for weddings with culture... the dance floor is always electric, bursting with energy as the party doesn't stop until the moment the night concludes. Every moment before the couple bids farewell at the end of the night is filled with laughter, spontaneousness and frivolity. But most importantly, at the centre of the hype and craziness is two people who genuinely care and love each other, which is what has brought us to today.
Both Casie + Steve are two light hearted individuals. What an absolute joy it has been to get to know them both since they first locked in their wedding cinematography back in September 2013 (yes, they planned well in advance). Every correspondence was an absolute delight, so I've been looking forward to capturing their day from the moment I first met them both.
A few days before the wedding day, I completed some pre interviews with both Casie + Steve, which allowed more insight into their relationship, their thoughts and anticipation for the day ahead, plus form a backstory which builds their wedding film narrative. I could sense both of their excitement for what would happen in a few days, as they have both been long awaiting formalising their commitment to each other.
Preparations were well underway in the morning, as Steve surprised Casie with flowers and a card (happy tears were forming just after makeup was completed). Both preparations were filled with happy smiles and emotive sentiments.
Their ceremony was held at the renown St Patrick's Cathedral followed by reception at the only venue that was big enough to house their massive guest list, Lakeside Receptions. Working alongside Chris from Epic Photography, it was so much fun to observe Casie + Steven interacting with their energetic bridal party as we captured the natural interactions and celebrations of the day.
It was a hot day. A really hot day. But Casie + Steve persisted with the warm weather as excitement overwhelmed both of them, so the heat wasn't an issue. The dance floor was insane at their reception as everyone continued the party atmosphere long into the night. Cassie + Steve can seriously bust some serious moves.
We loved being a part of Casie + Steve's wedding. We hope you enjoy reliving their day as much as we enjoyed putting their wedding film together. Thank you so much you two :o)
ALANA + LACHY
Ascot House Receptions
All good stories start with "we met at a party". Whilst it wasn't particularly love at first sight for Alana, with Lachy being persistent and determined to show off his 'charm', the two soon formed a bond which was established almost 9 years ago and an attraction developed which leads us to celebrating this momentous occasion today.
I first met with Alana for a hot chocolate at Max Brenner in Doncaster. Instantly, I knew this would be a fun relaxed day, as she was eagerly looking forward to spending the day with those that matter most to her and Lachy. Upon meeting Lachy at our second meeting, the playful banter between the two was radiating which showed they complemented each other well. Both Alana and Lachy are caring, thoughtful and a breeze to get along with. They exude a warmth which mirrored the sun shining on their actual wedding day.
With preparations underway in Williamstown, Alana looked absolutely stunning in her Annette of Melbourne dress, with floral arrangements provided by Floral Accent. Lachy looked dapper in his suit, eagerly awaiting to set eyes upon his bride to be in a heartfelt ceremony held at St Mary's Church in Williamstown.
Working alongside Daniel Sheehan from Sheehan Studios, we were able to capture the candidness of both Alana and Lachy after the ceremony together with their amazing bridal party. The Baker Boys rocked it out at their reception held at the picturesque Ascot House, where celebrations continued celebrating an amazing couple.
Thank you so much Alana + Lachy for inviting us to capture your amazing day.
STEPH + BEN
Rydges on Swanston
Every once in a while, you come across a couple who are so lovely to deal with. They both not only are a perfect match for one another, but their separate identities and who they are as people emphasise how ideal they are together as a couple.
The spark between Steph + Ben began many years prior, when 'myspace' was the popular forum for social interaction. Steph had a few friends over for a gathering at her parent's place, with Ben being invited along by a mutual friend. After Ben took the lead and looked up Steph's profile the following day, they arranged to get together for a movie date. Arriving early, they both decided to go to the Melbourne Aquarium to kill some time. With Steph running around "like a crazy person" (by her own omission), Ben found this an endearing quality which soon commenced a relationship which has brought us to today... their wedding day.
If there is one thing which I have observed through my correspondence with Ben and Steph is their precision for detail. Every moment of their wedding day was planned with handcrafted care. From the letters they would write and exchange to each other during their preparations, to the personalised vows they pledged through their heartfelt ceremony.
Family and friends united at Sacre Coeur chapel in Glen Iris, where Father Terry Wade hosted a wonderfully romantic ceremony. You couldn't wipe the smiles of excitement of Steph + Ben's faces throughout the entire day. Opting for an 'unplugged ceremony' allowed all guests to be present in the moment and witness the words exchanged between Steph + Ben - you can hear the emotion in their voices as they pledged their love for one another.
With the downpour of rain descending as the ceremony concluded, Ben + Steph made the most of the beautiful interiors of Sacre Coeur, finally being able to share some candid moments celebrating their new titles as 'husband and wife'. Fortunately the sun appeared through the clouds, as we headed to Docklands alongside photographer Shad Watson, having some fun along the way with the bridal party (pleasure working alongside you, Shad).
As the reception commenced at Rydges on Swanson, Dean Sindoni was the perfect choice for MC to continue the celebrations long into the night. Band Midnight Blue ensured everyone was up on the dance floor shaking their grooves to some pumped up tunes.
Thanks for such a great day Steph + Ben. It has been an absolute delight to capture your wedding day as you both have been so cooperative, kind and welcoming. We wish you all the very best for the months, years and decades ahead.
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BIANCA + ALI
Stones of the Yarra Valley
The sun was out in full form for the wedding of Bianca + Ali, as after months of planning and preparations, the day has finally arrived for the two to be united as husband and wife. From their heartfelt ceremony held at Stones of the Yarra Valley, to the energetic and celebratory reception at Manor on High in Epping, no stone was left unturned in what will long be remembered as a perfect wedding day.
Both Bianca + Ali are two kind souls. I could sense they adored each other from the first moment I met with them both. Watching them both joke around, having a laugh and being naturally comical, it was with sheer anticipation I was looking forward to capturing their marvellous day. Ali had described Bianca as "beautiful, kind and always organised". True words which suited a wonderfully considerate bride to be. Every email correspondence, phone call and liaison leading up to their wedding has been an absolute delight which reflects well on Bianca's easy going and caring nature.
The day commenced with their respective preparations - surrounded by their parents and bridal party. Excitement quivered from early hours, anticipating the events which would unfold over the next few hours. Bianca looked absolutely stunning in her dress, which was handcrafted with love from her mother, Regina. Both houses were filed with laughter as Bianca + Ali got dressed respectively and made their way to the Yarra Valley.
In the chapel of Stones of the Yarra Valley, celebrant Mary Savoia delivered a heartfelt ceremony which was a perfect summation of Bianca + Ali. Witnessed by their closest family and friends, you couldn't wipe a smile off both of their faces as they exchanged their vows and rings and ultimately were united together as husband and wife.
With the generous photo session time, this gave us ample opportunities to capture the candidness between the newly married couple, and their energetic and laugh-a-minute bridal party. Working alongside Sydney-sider Nav from Nav A Photography was a delightful experience with lots of laughs.
Bianca + Ali needed no prompting. They were simply immersed in the moment which is really reflective in their wedding feature film. It was evident the love they shared for each other, and was simply beautiful to see. The grounds at Stones of the Yarra Valley were the perfect backdrop for all to have fun, relax and just be happy.
Every moment of this day was planned with meticulous detail. By her own commission, Bianca mentioned to me they were bringing "The Yarra Valley to Epping". Their reception room at Manor on High was filled with little incidentals to help bring the Yarra Valley to the other side of the highway. Partying to the beats played by our friends at Party Hire Productions, celebrations were in full form as the night kicked on with plenty of dancing, festivities and surprises.
Bianca + Ali... it has been such a joy to get to know you both over the past few months and we are thrilled to be invited to capture your special day. We wish you all the best Bianca + Ali and are so glad we got to share part of the journey with you.
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SHERENE + RICHARD
Picturesque clear blue skies provided an ideal backdrop for Sherene and Richard's special day. A relationship that has been in the making for 26 years, after they first met each other in prep and have grown up together.
I still remember one of the first times I met Sherene. Having went to uni with her sister (and my superb friend) Nicole, it was at one of her parties at her house that I had met Sherene - a vibrant, bubbly and caring person who was friendly and welcoming from the get-go. As time passed on and I met Richard who is thoughtful, charming and comical, it was clear that they were ideally suited for one another. When Richard finally popped the question, and a date was set for their "i do's", the countdown commenced to the wedding of the year.
Celebrating with their closest family and friends, the ceremony was held at the stunning St Ignatius Church in Richmond, followed by an absolutely amazing reception at Maia - Docklands. The importance of family was a central theme throughout the wedding day as two families became one.
Sherene + Rich... what can I say... thank you so much for being awesome. It has been an absolute delight to get to know both of you over the past few months (and years) and I really wish you both every bit of happiness for the years ahead.
Massive thank you's to Steve from Eldorado Productions + Michael from Alure Productions for their assistance on the day. You both rock.
It was so much fun to work and laugh with Theo from Loco Photography who set up some stunning shots on the day.
Thank you also to Kushla Smith for her assistance with the pre-interviews and to Nicole for recommending me to film her sisters wedding xx
SARAH + JOHN
Same Day Edit Experience
Where do I begin.......
I don't think there are any words which I can use to accurately describe the pleasure and enjoyment I have had witnessing these two lovely people get together, fall in love and finally get married on what will be forever known as one of the best weddings I have EVER been to.
Having known both Sarah + John for some 10 years (and having studied alongside John at uni with film & television production) it was a daunting task to capture their special day which has been in the making for quiet a few years now. It was comforting to know that Sarah + John trusted me 110% to capture their day and bottle their memory into a visual feast which they can share to all of their friends and families both in Australia and in Greece.
We commenced with interviews with both Sarah + John a month or two prior to their wedding, which gave us a unique insight into their lives, their thoughts on the impending day, and above all - their opportunity to tell their story... The film also incorporates pre wedding preparations footage of Sarah at her final dress fitting with her mum (Sarah looked absolutely STUNNING in her dress by Juanita Bridal), John at his final suit fitting with his groomsmen (the boys looked stylish in their Ferrari Formalwear Suits) and the "pamper day" of Sarah + her bridesmaids two days before the wedding (Makeup With Me) .
All this extra footage added another element to their film which helped tell their overall story and tied the film together nicely. Seeing all these elements come together makes you appreciate how much time and effort actually goes into putting a wedding together. Everyone has a part to play which will result in a memorable occasion.
The wedding day finally came... and rain, hail and possible snow was predicted. But as the morning skies broke with hints of clear blue skies, the day was off to a solid start.
The ceremony at St Anaragyri Greek Orthodox Church in Oakleigh was perfect. It was lovely. It was 10 years in the making. Sarah + John couldn't stop smiling at each other and exchanging laughs and giggles.
It was a thrilling experience to put together this Same Day Edit film for Sarah + John, which was played in front of some 240 guests at their reception, held at the exquisite Brighton International. The thrill and smiles of joy on all the guests faces as they watched in awe reliving the days events which happened some moments ago... amazing!
Sarah + John... not sure what else I can say except... THANK YOU. Thank you for trusting me to capture your day. Thank you for your friendship over the past 10 years. Thank you to all your family, your friends, your guests, your parents + bridal party for being so welcoming. Thank you to Page Boy Logan - my best friend I made during Sarah's preparations!
Enjoy your honeymoon in Europe and I wish you every bit of happiness xx
Special thanks must go to Dean from Preface Films + Steve from Allsorts Films who were filming all day with me - I really appreciate both of your help lads 😀
Also a special thanks to Kushla for her interview skills xx
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JILL + ADAM
Beaumaris Motor Yacht Squadron
I'm not sure if there is any words that I can write that would accurately describe the excitement both JIll and Adam shared in the months, weeks and final hours leading up to exchanging their "i do's". If the SMS log on my phone is any indication, Jill has been overly excited about her wedding for the past year, as every month or so I would receive a message from the bride-to-be, suggesting songs to be included in their feature film and simply sharing her excitement over the day she has been dreaming about since she met Adam.
After a week of unpredictable weather bestowed Melbourne, their prayers and hopes were answered with pure sunshine and clear blue skies, which mirrored the radiance and sheer joy of both Jill + Adam in the lead up to their ceremony. Arriving by boat (which was a surprise for their guests), you couldn't wipe the smile off Adam's face as his wifey made her way down the isle, towards their future together.
Spending some time with Jill + Adam before their wedding, it was clear that they had substance which would withhold the test of time. They are both bubbly, genuine and kind individuals who are perfectly suited for one another in every single way.
The celebrations continued throughout the reception, with surprise fireworks organised by Adam in sheer secrecy, which was the perfect way to eclipse a perfect day.
Jill + Adam, we were absolutely thrilled and delighted to be apart of such a wonderful day. It has been an absolute joy to get to know you both over the past year, and I truly wish you every bit of happiness with your lives together as a family (you will both make amazing parents in a few months time too).
- Glen xx
Massive thanks to Steve from Allsorts Films and Monica from TML Media for their respective talents and work on the day.
It was great to work with photographer Robyn Swallow who was so easy going and a pleasure to film along side of!
Special thanks also to Sean Harvey + Lukas Brock for their assistance on the day with audio!
OLIVIA + MARK
All Saints Estate
The sun was out in full form as Olivia + Mark, together with their closest friends and family made their way to country Victoria for the celebration of a commitment that ignited some ten years prior. Whilst both are Melbourne based, the reasoning behind having their wedding in Rutherglen was simple - the weather is usually nicer and they could make a weekend getaway together with the people that mattered most to them.
The celebrations commenced the day prior, as the ladies enjoyed an afternoon of lawn bowls and the guys having a 9-hole round of golf. It was great to see both Olivia and Mark enjoying the company of their bridal party as laughs were shared, and fun was had, knowing that this was just the start of the excitement which would lead into the weekend ahead.
Olivia and Mark are both perfectionists. They do everything to 100% in their work, professional lives and for planning their wedding. Both are determined and seek the very best that life has to offer, which is one of the reasons why they are both perfectly suited for one another. They are both polite, engaging and kind hearted individuals.
The setting at All Saints Estate was nothing short of perfection. The ample grounds and rustic setting provided some great photo and video visuals, whilst the guests could relax and unwind and enjoy the serenity.
The ceremony was officiated by the wonderful Susan Roosenboom who captured the essence of what Olivia and Mark were like together as a couple, and their hopes and aspirations for their future together as husband and wife.
Congratulations Olivia + Mark :o)
MIMI + DANIEL
It is with exquisite delight that I invite you to witness the union between Mimi + Daniel. Having spent a few moments with them at the Pancake Parlour in Chadstone the week prior, I could sense that there was something special between Mimi + Daniel. From the subtle glances of affection they shared over a hot beverage, to the way Daniel's eyes illuminate when talking about his bride-to-be and the journey they have experienced over the years which culminates in a day of celebrations.
I commenced the preparations with pre-interviews with both Mimi and Daniel, which allowed me to dive into the background of their relationship. It was heart warming to learn how they first met and the path they have followed which has lead them to exchange the rings and stand under the chutzpah committing themselves to one another.
Their ceremony, held at St Kilda Shule, provided a spiritual backdrop which mirrored their commitment to their faith and beliefs. The happiness which was expressed on their faces when they first saw one another and the tears of joy from all family members when Daniel lowered the veil over Mimi reflected the joy that encompassed the room. As Mimi entered the chutzpah (escorted by her parents), Daniel surprised her by singing with the choir... you couldn't wipe the smile off Mimi's face.
The admiration and kindness that Mimi and Daniel share for one another was evident throughout the day, as they both enjoyed simply sharing it with one another. They are both relatively quiet and reserved individuals which when united, they ignite a spark within each other which flourishes throughout their feature film.
The celebrations continued at The Florian Receptions in Elsternwick, with extended family and friends gathering to create some great memories which I'm sure Mimi + Daniel will treasure for a long time. All speeches were spoken with heart and sincerity which reflected who Mimi + Daniel were as a couple. Then there was the dancing... eccentric, energetic whirlwind traditional dancing which certainly was the perfect way to conclude a perfect day.
It was an absolute joy to work with both Lara + Paola from Lara Luz Photography who were both considerate, easy going and fun to work alongside. It's refreshing to work with photographers who respect the work we as cinematographers produce and create for our couples, and hoping to work with both Lara + Paola again real soon.
Thank you also to Monica from TML Media for second shooting on the day and being the "Slider Queen".
Finally, and most importantly, thank you to Mimi + Daniel for entrusting me to capture your special day and share it with you. I wish you all the best for your future together.
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