They met nine years ago on Australia day. They met through mutual friends on a night out in Melbourne CBD. They had an instant connection, and after Gary asked for Renee’s number… fate was sealed. This was the beginning of their love story.
We had a great day capturing the celebrations and love of Renee + Gary alongside our good friends Sharne + Allie from Aria Photography. The day started with rain – but that did not dampen the excitement of both the husband and wife to be, as they busily started getting ready for the events ahead. With all events taking place at the beautiful Potters Receptions in Warrandyte, this meant instead of having to rush around competing with peak hour traffic, they could simply enjoy the day alongside the people that mattered most to them.
On our arrival, Renee was busily having her hair and makeup completed by the lovely Jessica Woods Makeup, whilst her bridesmaids and mum were surrounding her with laughter, frivolity and some bubbles. After a brief interview with Renee, it was time for her to get into her gorgeous Maggie Sottero Dress, accompanied by a beautiful floral arrangement by Red Earth Flowers.
Just a few doors away, Gary and his groomsmen had soon arrived and were busily getting into their suits ahead of the ceremony. The guys were relaxed, calm and collected as plenty of laughs were shared as the weather outside continued to pour down rain.
At long last, the moment had arrived as Renee made her grand entrance to the chapel at Potters, with a heartfelt ceremony delivered by one of our favorite celebrants ever – Kate Haley. Renee + Gary exchanged their personalised vows, and there wasn’t a dry eye in the audience as they were finally pronounced husband and wife with a kiss and congratulations.
It was almost on cue, as the marriage was made official, the rain eased and soon the sunlight appeared in all its glory. Tracking up to Riverlea Estate, you couldn’t have asked for better conditions – sure, it was a bit chilly at times, but that sunlight – the heavens opened up and put on a show for this gorgeous couple. Renee, Gary + the bridal party were just ace throughout the day – there was no need to direct them – simply being in each others company was enough to create some stunning visuals.
By the time we returned to the reception, Renee + Gary were ready to let their hair down and celebrate with their closest friends and family – dancing it out to the tunes provided by DJ Mercury.
What can I say Renee + Gary… it’s been an absolute pleasure to capture your special day and create this film for you both :o)