From the moment I met Jess and Matt I knew it was going to be a truly great wedding day with them. They are so gorgeous together and the way they worked together to create their amazing wedding was admirable. The ceremony was held at Matt’s parent’s house up in Basket Range. An old beautiful house with one of the most stunning gardens around. Not only gorgeous gardens but entertaining areas – the venue was perfect for a wedding and celebratory drinks afterwards because of the little pockets and decks their guests could relax, have a drink and laugh.
The day started out at the Jess’ family home with her girls – 2 sisters and 2 friends. Jess was dressed in a classic strapless dress from The Ultimate Bride while the gorgeous bridesmaid dresses were made by Matt’s grandmother. The girls had their hair done by MA:BE Hair and Make Up Artist, Emily Alver did their make up. Florist, Flower Folly pulled together their well matched bouquets.
Upon arriving at the house in Basket Range, I could see how much work Matt and his family had done to pull together a very well thought out ceremony location, since i had met with them up there a few weeks prior. And with the threat of rain all morning it was a welcome relief to have an exceptionally sunny afternoon that turned out to be quite hot.
Alice Colgrave, was their marriage celebrant and a colleague I have the privilege of working alongside at many weddings (whom I can’t recommend highly enough if you are looking for a truly wonderful celebrant. Jess & Matt’s ceremony was sincerely heartfelt and full of emotion. It was enlightening to see these two let down their guards and simply be in the moment – soaking up every word being said and actually looking into each other’s eyes (you’d be surprised how many people don’t look at each other!).
Drinks, canapés and garden games went into full swing once the kisses and hugs of congratulations were over. Most of the the photos from the day were captured at Basket Range with a collection at Mt Lofty Summit where they headed for their reception. The sunset was particularly amazing that night and the warm glow perfect (for me anyway!). The speeches were warm and at times hilarious!
Overall a beautiful wedding. I hope you enjoy the small snapshot of the shoot.