Last month I drove out to Inglewood which is 3.5 hours drive west of Brisbane to photograph Georgina & Michael’s country styled wedding which was on the family’s private property.
For around 18 months, Georgina and Michael with the help of family had been building signs, making props and planning the garden around the wedding, evening building a custom made timber alter. They even had signs placed along the Cunningham Highway as you drove out to the property.
I have to say as a visual person, I was very impressed and excited when I saw the property and walked into the garden for the first time and recall saying “we have lots of places to photograph and I could shoot here all day long” because there is so many great spots around the property.
Unfortunately I had under an hour for the location shoot because of the heat and how bright it was, the ceremony wasn’t until 5pm, so we only had a small amount of light before sunset. So the challenge was to narrow down our most favourite spots – naturally we had to use the stunning golden wheat fields and a pile of crates was top of my list, and thankfully Georgina was equally as excited about the crates.
With destination weddings, I always head out the day before to meet with the couple and scout out the location, but I also got there in time for the wedding rehearsal followed by a yummy dinner and even yummier dessert. Which also gave me time to meet some of the family and friends, do some quick detail shots and scout around the property with G&M. Something Georgina had prepared for the dinner guests (including lucky me) was a welcome to Inglewood bag full of yummy treats, G&M branded water bottles and brochures of things to do in the area, all in a customised G&M kraft paper bag which just shows the details they went to to personalise their wedding.
We also used the pre-wedding afternoon to do a quick family shoot for the gracious property owners as a thank you, an all in group photo as well as getting Georgina & Michael in front of the camera for a quick few shots before the big day.
It was the morning of the wedding and they were predicting afternoon storms, but all we got was a mighty strong and hot wind storm just as I was photographing the girls prior to the ceremony. I arrived to photograph the boys and they were still washing the car, so yep I photographed them washing the car.
Georgina was wearing a gorgeous Jennifer Gifford Designs gown, and I was lucky enough to get a sneak peek of the gown on the hanger prior to the wedding when I visited Jennifer’s bridal studio a few weeks before the wedding, so I was super excited to see Georgina wearing the wedding gown.
I could go on and on about there wedding, and I already have, but it’s always a bonus for a wedding photographer to have lots of beautiful styling to photograph, but truly what I particularly loved about Georgina & Michael’s wedding was the joy that radiated from the family and friends to be apart of their wedding day, and that is what draws me to loving country weddings.
Ive done many a photo booth now, but this was the first one where the paddock was the backdrop, and being night time it was as if I had a black backdrop but with lots of room for everyone … I think this also goes down as the best photo booth session ever! Thank you to all the wonderful guests that made this photo booth rock!!
Enjoy some photo highlights from the day below and feel free to leave some love in the comments box at the bottom.
Photography by Boots Photography www.bootsphotography.com.au – Australian wedding photographer based in Brisbane Queensland.