A little while ago I shared a sneak peek from Megan & James’ wedding in Chinchilla, which is about 4 hours west of Brisbane, so you are heading along the Warrego Highway out past Toowoomba and Dalby and here Im about to share some more of their wedding photos.
While I was sick as a dog that weekend, I was really excited to shoot their country wedding as I didn’t get to meet Megan & James until the day before the wedding as they booked me over the phone. The other reason I was excited to shoot their wedding was because I had never been to Chinchilla or that far west of Brisbane and I love visiting new places as its like a big adventure, plus I love country scenery as a backdrop to wedding photos – throw in an old rusty shed and a gorgeous bride and groom and Im at home.
For you Brisbane people, you might think it odd Ive never been that far west before, but you see I only moved to Brisbane 5 years ago, so there are many places I haven’t explored in Queensland but that is what I love about being a professional wedding photographer, the fact that I get to travel to many new places and I believe this makes me a better photographer as seeing things with a fresh vision, means I dont go in shooting the same old thing for every wedding – my experience shooting many things in all situations means Im good at thinking on my feet, however, for most destination weddings I like to arrive the day before and do a quick location scout as I did with Megan & James – a great opportunity to get to know the couple as well.
Megan & James were just so down to earth and put up with me coughing and sneezing my way through their wedding – and I thank them for making me feel so comfortable when I didn’t feel crash hot, but I think that might be my new mantra because we got some amazing photos, but then Megan was adament that she didn’t want their location photos in the usual spots around Chinchilla – so they were the perfect couple for me as I hate shooting in the typical locations most photographers choose to shoot, whereas I like to make each wedding I photograph unique to that couple. During our scouting trip we found some very cool spots for our location shoot the next day – I love the challenge of being put in a new environment and finding really cool spots for photos.
The day of the wedding I headed out to Megan’s parents property (after getting lost down a dirt track first … hehe) for her bridal preparation photos where we headed out to the paddock which was filled with pretty purple weeds, purple being Megan’s favourite colour. Then it was off to the Johnson Quality Builders property where the Johnson’s have created a beautiful landscaped lawn complete with a lake, just the perfect spot for a Chinchilla wedding. Megan and the girls rolled in to the property in 3 restored classic Ford cars – a gold, an off white and a white – before having a beautiful intimate ceremony.
After the ceremony and the family portraits, we headed off for our location shoot – I usually allow about an hour and a half but we had 2 hours and Im so glad we did as we had 4 amazing different spots picked out and I didn’t want to miss any of them as each had their own unique appeal, and Im so glad the bridal party lasted to the last spot as it was probably my favourite – an old shed, long grass, a field of purple weeds and an old run down toilet block – what more could a girl ask for – and Im just so thankful my bride and groom let me run with my vision for the photos and were just as excited as me about the run down shed and toilets for the wedding photos !!
After shooting for 2 hours it was time for a drink so off to the Chinchilla Cultural Centre for the wedding reception – cake cutting, hilarious speeches, the romantic first dance and crazy photo booth session. Yes this photo booth session was crazy with everyone letting loose with the gangster themed props – everyone even the grandma’s got into the spirit … and the guns !! To view the photo booth session photos click here.
Enough of my prattling and check out the photos from Megan & James’ Chinchilla wedding …