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Thursday
Nov252010

Love & Adventure in Leura {Blue Mountains Offbeat Wedding}

I had a wonderful day on my birthday last weekend. I awoke to sunshine streaming in the window, a 'Happy Berfday' song and cupcake from the munchkin, homemade coffee in bed (made by husband not said toddler) and then I got to spend my day surrounded by happy people in love, shooting a gorgeous wedding at the award winning Old Leura Dairy, in the Blue Mountains.

Vanessa and Stephen had taken much time to include their families and guests in their wedding ceremony, and it was a wonderful expression of their love for each other, and their passion for the environment.

With so much attention to detail I was in heaven for shooting creatively, starting with the artwork of a dress Vanessa had made personally.

As best friends in love, it seemed so fitting that this groom would be there to zip up the bride!

Vanessa and Stephen had thought carefully about how their day would go, so that once they were wed they could share the most time possible celebrating with their loved ones. So prior to the ceremony we went on a photo adventure with the couples' immediate family for a cliff side shoot (location chosen that morning by the groom)...

With wonderful sunny weather comes a different set of challenges to the rainy day, and the bright sunny day following days of rain brings new challenges yet again. Such as puddles for the more mature to leap and shadows under the eyes at midday if you are not equipped or practised in midday challenges. However we had all worn our 'sensible' shoes and all made it to the location with dry feet and within minutes were all laughing and admiring the stunning view.

With a brolly to shade the bride (don't want her melting in the hot sun before the ceremony!) and lots of humour from the teens we got some gorgeous shots. Then back to have a wedding!

Each guest received a carnation for the ceremony and the poems read by the children of this newly blended family were touching. Everything had a sentiment and meaning to share. Even the sweets were served afterwards in compostible eco cups - likely to have been sourced from Vanessa's Eco Shop - Zuri Homewares.

Congratulations Vanessa and Stephen on what was a wonderful wedding that clearly showed your love for each other and your children, and your commitment to a fabulous future together.

Thankyou for including me in such a love-filled day.

Happy birthday me :)

Stephen & Vanessa, I'll be in touch soon regarding your full wedding story CD.

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Reader Comments (5)

Lovely shots Ann, well done!!

November 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSteve Krinks
I was a guest at the wedding - you have captured the feel of the day just beautifully, both in word and image.
November 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDee
Lovely photos Ann, you really caught the day, looking forward to catching up next week and I wish I had known it was your birthday :)
November 26, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterOffbeat Ceremonies
OK, using the correct blog address this time, d'oh!
November 26, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterOffbeat Ceremonies
Thanks very much Dee. It was so lovely to be involved. Ann Lorna, thanks very much for your feedback too! I didn't share with them that it was my birthday initially because it was their special day!
Cheers,
Ann
January 12, 2011 | Registered CommenterAnn Niddrie
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