Recent Weddings – Geelong & Surf Coast

 

I absolutely love my job and when it comes to weddings, I find it so exciting – that buzz in the air is palpable!

A wedding is such an amazing life event, so emotional, so much planning that goes into it, and yet so many unplanned moments to capture.
Every wedding is a privilege to be able to witness and document.
All the time and preparation that goes into making this day so special is sometimes mammoth, but so worth it when it all comes together in the end.

My clients are AMAZING!
I get to know all my lovely couples beforehand:
Their ideas, their dreams, how they met, what is important to them, discover their vision for their wedding day, and together, create memories to last them a lifetime!

My photography style is fun, creative and natural.
I love capturing the candid moments: the love, the joy, the tears, the excitement and everything in between!
And then, I also love getting creative and offering each bridal couple unique photos of them and their bridal party at their ideal location.


Congratulations to Erin and Jack on their marriage  

I love capturing the getting ready photos!
They are always fun as you get to experience all the nerves, excitement and thrills of the ‘before’
Jack got to share the love with his groomsmen and a very excited dog who seemed to know something was happening.
And being able to take some amazing shots of Erin at the Devlin apartments was quite special,
as the building is just stunning – which matched the beautiful bride!

The ceremony at Barwon Edge Boathouse was perfect. The surroundings in the beautiful weather were a gorgeous backdrop
for the lovely ceremony.

A very special moment for me (and I have a feeling I wasn’t alone in this!) was listening to Jack’s very emotional speech.
I’m pretty certain he had everyone in tears.
It is quite apparent that Jack and Erin are made for each other and
it is beautiful to see two gorgeous people come together in marriage.

ERIN & JACKS WEDDING

Date: Saturday 4th March 2016
Ceremony venue / location: Barwon Edge Boathouse
Reception venue / location: Barwon Edge Boathouse
Accommodation: Devlin Apartments
Celebrant/Officiant: Chloe Vieth
Photography:  Tanja Rankin
Florist: Moss Industry Ocean Grove
Hair & Makeup: Pure Edge
The Dress: Bridal House
Bridesmaids dresses:  Portmans
Grooms suit:  Eddy Elias
Groomsmen suits: Eddy Elias
Bow ties / ties: Eddy Elias
Cake: Loveitt
Decorations: Ceremonies I do
Entertainment: DJ Luke Vella
Transport: Limousine – CD Limo’s
Honeymoon: 3 weeks USA

 

Afterword
IN ERINS WORDS:

The meeting. 
We met at work. Jack quit in 2013 to take on a new job, he asked me out two days after his last day.

The one.
We both new early on that we had a future together. Our lives aligned so well that they naturally melded them together after only a few months and we have never looked back.

The proposal.
On the beach in Boracay at sunset.

The planning.
Having just under a year to plan the wedding we tried to keep things as simple and uncomplicated as possible during the planning process. Once we had decided on the venue everything else fell in place.

Style inspiration.
Simple and elegant

The dress.
Essence gown from Bridal House Geelong. Went shopping with my Mum and Bridesmaids. We all new it was the one straight away.

Favourite moments.
Trying on dresses. The tastings. A wonderful hens day wine tour. A fantastic Bucks day put together by the best man and groomsmen.

The meaning of marriage.
To us it is becoming each others family. Being the support system through the hard times and cherishing the good times together. Being each others best friend and biggest supporter.

Wedding soundtrack.
Childish Gambino  – So into you cover, Latch – Sam Smith Acoustic, Adore – Amy Shark

Any funny stories or near disasters.
First date Jack took me to a Steak House not realising I was vegetarian.

Words of wisdom.
Do what makes you happy and keep it simple.

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Congratulations to a gorgeous couple on their wedding Becky and Mark 

A beautiful wedding on a perfect day.

There were so many special moments between this couple and their adorable children, it was an absolute pleasure to witness their marriage

 

BECKY & MARK’S WEDDING

Date: Saturday 25th February 2017
Ceremony venue / location: Eumerella Scout Camp outdoor chapel, Anglesea
Reception venue / location: Pakington Cottage
Celebrant/Officiant: Sarah Aird
Photography:  Tanja Rankin Photography
Florist: self
Hair: Cassandra De Bruin
Makeup: Cassandra De Bruin
The Dress:  Ebay
Shoes: Online
Bridesmaids dresses:  Asos.com
Grooms suit:  Eddy Elias
Grooms Shoes:  RM Williams
Groomsmen suits: Random grey pants and white shirt!
Bow ties / ties:  Edwood.com.au
Reception: Pakington Cottage
Favours: Great Ocean Road Chocolaterie and Ice Creamery
Cake / Cake topper: SethrosBBQ
Entertainment: Something borrowed duo
Transport: own
Honeymoon: We will go to Holland next year!

 

Afterword:
IN  Becky’s WORDS:
The meeting.
Mark and I met at Reconciliation at the Park (an Indigenous celebration and cultural event) at Johnstone Park in 2013. Mark was in the process of moving to Geelong so we didn’t see each other for weeks after, but we talked everyday.

The one.
It sounds ridiculous, but I told my best friend on the day I met Mark that I had just met the future father of my children! There was just something about him, I didn’t care if people thought I was crazy. I was right though, we are very happy and we have two beautiful children!

The proposal.
Mark proposed at Dreamtime Beach on Christmas Day 2013. He wove a little ring out of grass, it was very sweet and certainly surprised me!

The planning.
We welcomed our daughter in July 2014 so the wedding wasn’t a priority until we were expecting our son and we thought if we don’t lock in a date for soon after his birth, a third baby might delay it again! It was hard planning a wedding with two small children, but we chose ceremony and reception venues that were already beautiful and accomodating, so that helped reduce the to-do list. We also collected ideas, items and vendors over a good year or two and that helped to make the planning enjoyable and stress free.

Style inspiration.
We wanted a very relaxed wedding, and everything we chose tended to be nature related. We were pretty happy with how it all came together.

The dress.
I bought my preloved dress on eBay for a crazy good price! It was so perfect but I had just had my daughter and I didn’t come close to fitting in it! Wanting to wear that dress inspired some healthy eating and exercise in our house! It was the perfect dress because I felt very special in it, and I didn’t care when my kids crawled all over it and when everybody stood on the train!

Favourite moments.
When we were announced Mr & Mrs with our kids in our arms and all of our favourite people in front of us.

My very favourite moment at the reception was when my cousin Keith took over the band and belted out ‘Sweet Caroline’. It was fantastic because we agreed we were only going to do a bridal dance if the mood strikes, and when he got up there it was so fun and perfect for our first dance!

Traditions.
We broke from tradition and had a bridesman instead of a maid of honour. Ben has been my best friend for 20 years a absolutely rocked the bridesman role!

The meaning of marriage.
For us, it’s a commitment to choose love every day of our lives. When days are happy, and when times are tough, always choose love.

Wedding soundtrack.
Ocean – John Butler was our ceremony song
Follow the Sun – Xavier Rudd welcomed us to the reception and Sweet Caroline was our first dance!
Our band Something Borrowed played 3 acoustic sets and a dance set during the reception and truly complemented our relaxed reception!

Any funny stories or near disasters.
Our daughter was happy to walk down the aisle, then felt the high energy of the ceremony and got overwhelmed and upset! We ended up having to hold our children during the ceremony, which was lovely and funny and half expected with small children. It made it very memorable and very us.

Words of wisdom.
Plan a wedding true to your personalities! Those are always the best weddings!

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Congratulations to the beautiful bride and groom Naomi and James

I had the pleasure of meeting Naomi and James a few months ago whilst they were preparing for their big day.
They were -and still are – so in love it is plain as day that they are meant for each other.
Here are some of the highlights of their Wedding Day:

NAOMI & JAMES’ WEDDING

Date: Saturday 3rd December 2016
Ceremony venue / location: St James Anglican Church Point Lonsdale
Reception venue / location: Vue Grand, Queenscliff
Celebrant/Officiant: Father Peter
Photography:  Tanja Rankin Photography
Florist: Judy Chirnside Flowers
Hair and Makeup: Blush Makeup Artistry  (Emma Mcfarlane and her team)
The Dress:  Melissa E in Ballarat
Jewellery/Accessories: Hair piece (Lovisa), Pearl bracelet (Tiffany & Co) Grandma’s bracelet
Shoes: Basque
Bridesmaids dresses: Witchery
Grooms suit:  Messer & Opie in ballarat
Bow ties / ties:  above
Catering: Vue Grand, Queenscliff
Reception: Vue Grand, Queenscliff
Cake: Sonia – Love it Cakes
Stationery / Signage: Heather Piez Textile Design & Illustration
Entertainment: Vue Grand, Queenscliff
Honeymoon: Princess Cruise leaving from Melbourne to New Zealand the following day for 13 nights!

Afterword:
The meeting by James
We met at university (ACU Ballarat) in our first year of our degrees in 2013. I was studying a Bachelor of Nursing/Paramedicine, and Naomi was studying Bachelor of Education. We met through a social justice volunteering group that we both signed up for in orientation.

The one by James
Our friendship developed over the next 3 years, and in mid 2015 we started to spend more and more time together. At some point later that year we realised we were madly in love with each other. I knew she was the one with whom I wanted to spend the rest of my life!

The proposal by James
On our 10 month anniversary (August 2016) I planned a romantic evening for us. After dinner we went for a drive to the Mt Buninyong lookout, about 15 minutes south of ballarat. We were all dressed up and walking through the bush in the dark trying to find the lookout tower. We eventually found and climbed up the tower to appreciate the lights of Ballarat. It was very cold and extremely windy up there! I got down on one knee and asked Naomi to marry me! And as they say: the rest is history!

The planning by James
We set the date soon after our engagement (December 3, 2016). This left only 4 months before the wedding to get everything prepared. We were both studying full time at university, so it was busy for both of us! We were very fortunate in finding an appropriate venue, cake maker, and photographer without difficulty. This alleviated much of the stress of planning our wedding.

We both knew exactly what we wanted in our wedding: Simple, elegant, and traditional. The small St James Anglican Church of Point Lonsdale was a picturesque location to be married. We both found accommodation near to the church so we could simply walk to the church on our big day!

Naomi had a fantastic creative vision regarding how we wanted the wedding to look and feel. Together we were able to plan and create a wonderful atmosphere for our special day.

Style inspiration by Naomi
We were inspired by the abundance of beautiful images found on Pinterest. In particular, we loved the romantic styling which was defined by elegance, class, and timelessness.
The dress by Naomi
I had resigned myself to the fact that we would have to travel to Melbourne for my dress as I did not imagine for a moment that we would find one in Ballarat. I had an idea of what I was looking for, something that Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, would approve of (I am a devout Royalist!). My mother encouraged me to look locally, so one day we visited Melissa E Bridal Ballarat. We browsed the dresses, and Mum picked one off the shelf for me to try – I wasn’t at all prepared (wearing my oldest underwear)! The dress was perfect! I knew immediately that it was the one for me. Melissa and her team was fabulous, and she was able to fit the dress to me perfectly!

Favourite moments by James and Naomi
The whole day was magical!

Traditions by James
Naomi embraced the tradition of wearing something old, something new, something borrowed, and something blue. Also, Naomi sent a care package to me in the late morning of our wedding day (delivered by an aunt and uncle). Inside that care package was a cologne, chocolate, and funny blue socks!

The meaning of marriage. by James
Marriage signifies the joining of Naomi and I moving forward as one through the journey of life with shared goals, ideals, and beliefs. It is the commitment we made to put each other above all else.

Wedding soundtrack.
Processional – Te Deum Prelude by Marc Antonine Charpentier
Signing of the certificate – Canon in D by Johann Pachelbel
Recessional – Wedding March by Felix Mendelssohn

Any funny stories or near disasters by James
Naomi’s desire to eat spearmint choc chip ice-cream in her wedding dress could have been a disaster, but thankfully no drips dropped on her dress!

Words of wisdom. by James and Naomi
It is imperative to be on the same team.

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Congratulations to Tracey & Troy 

It was such a pleasure witnessing Tracey and Troy getting married.

Celebrated at the stunning venue: Clyde Park
They were so obviously in love and after a moving ceremony which got a little rained out,
the sun finally decided to make an appearance for the newly weds and created a beautiful rainbow to end the ceremony.

 

 

 


Congratulations to Cherie and Subali!

Such a gorgeous couple, and it was truly a pleasure taking photos for them on their wedding day!
…I wish you both a lifetime of happiness and an amazing journey together as husband and wife ♥

 


Congratulations to this gorgeous couple!

You couldn’t have picked a more perfect day to get married in the beautiful surroundings of Cumberland River.
You both put so much effort into your special day, down to every last detail and it was truly amazing.
The food – yes the very important roast pig!- was delicious, the table flowers were gorgeous, the handmade (by the Groom!) candle holders were inspiring
and most importantly, you make a perfect couple!

 

 

 

 


 

Congratulations Catherine & Daniel!

My goodness, this was such a beautiful day, finally getting married after 12 years of being together, having gorgeous twins and a third baby boy, and now saying their vows.

I think I started tearing up when Catherine walked down the isle and they both first saw each other. But oh boy, when they said their vows, that was truly special!

This couple is so in love and you could see it with every moment they were together, it was quite a special occasion!

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What a perfect day!

Mel & Pete’s wedding was simply beautiful.

The weather was perfect, the location peaceful, the guests friendly and the bridal couple were just delightful and the theme was Vintage – ahhh, this was so much fun to photograph!

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