I don't often shoot weddings. As a result of my previously unpredictable travel patterns, it was always difficult to accept a job if I wasn't certain I would be in the required country. However, since recently establishing Sydney as a home base, my schedule magically opened up for bookings in advance! This wedding, however, was very last minute. The booking reflected the casual nature of the entirely untraditional wedding, and I loved it.
Located at Megalong Valley, deep in the Blue Mountains outside Sydney, the wedding was held in the bushland outside the Town Hall. The bride, Leonie, wore an amazingly colourful dress, complete with reversible cape and tiara of native shrubbery. The days events commenced with a mini colouring festival, where guests had the chance to attack Steve with coloured powder, to bring his level of decoration in line with Leonie.
The bride and groom MC'd their own day, loosely directing the days events from start to finish. There was a piñata, handball, and my personal favourite, a scavenger hunt through the bush for the wedding rings. The ceremony was simply Leonie and Steve making their own vows (There was no celebrant. They wanted the wedding to be for their family and friend's recognition, and they went to the registry a couple of days later to make it "official"). The wedding's final touch, for me, was forgoing a single wedding cake, and replacing it with a tray of cakes and slices baked by their parents and grandparents. They were delicious.
There was only one element of the day I wished to be different, and it was born of entirely selfish reasons. Leonie & Steve didn't want preparation photos, and didn't factor in, or prioritise any time for bridal portraits. They were both happy with their decisions, preferring to party with their friends. I just wanted to take more beautiful photos!
While admittedly not even close to the traditional definition of a wedding, the day was undeniably full of love, family and friends. Everyone had fun, and from all accounts the casual, mildly disorganised, frequently hilarious, and honest wedding was a perfect representation of the couple.