Rushcutter’s Bay & The Grounds of Alexandria Wedding

August 9, 2014

I’ve been looking forward to shooting Joy and Chris’ wedding ever since I met them for a chat at my home and learnt they were both from the UK. I always realise how much I miss my home country and its people when I hear an English accent out here in Sydney! We hit it off immediately – I loved Joy’s enthusiasm and energy in contrast to Chris’ laid back, nonchalant attitude. Chris only perked up on the way out when he noticed my pair of Air Max ’97 sneakers and realised we¬†were from the same generation!

Unsurprisingly, Joy took the helm with the wedding procedures. She wanted something completely relaxed, with good food (at the Grounds of Alexandria), then some old school house classics to dance the night away. Sounded like my kinda wedding!

Joy wasn’t fussed about the traditional dress/rings/shoes shots, so I took a more natural, ‘photojournalistic’ approach to my coverage of the preparations, which I actually prefer.

As you’ll see, Chris’ ‘prep’ elsewhere in Darlinghurst consisted of rushing off last minute to buy a tie, then chilling with Joy’s other lover¬†– Bruce the cat.

The ‘first look’ took place next to the harbour in Yarranabbe Park in Rushcutter’s Bay. Bearing in mind this was on a freezing afternoon in early August, Joy managed to hold herself together beautifully (like a right proper English lass!) in her shoulder-less dress.

The ceremony at the Grounds was another very natural, deconstructed affair which involved all the guests as much as possible. A nice touch after the vows was when Joy & Chris asked their guests to hug the person adjacent; then later when the cutting of the cake was preceded with a chorus of Happy Birthday for a close friend, including his very own cake and candles. Clearly Joy & Chris were keen to show all their guests how grateful they were for their close friendships, and this created an incredibly warm, relaxed and enjoyable evening, which I was very grateful to be a part of.
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Congratulations to Joy and Chris!

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The photos are awesome, we love them – there are so many candid natural shots which was just what we wanted. Obviously the one of Bruce is a particular fave!

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Meanwhile, elsewhere in Sydney…

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A Rendezvous at Rushcutters…

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The Grounds of Alexandria beckons…

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Let’s hit the¬†dance floor!

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