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Andres + Sheryl · Melbourne City Wedding

 

In the week leading up to Andres and Sheryl's wedding, the weather forecast was looking a little scary - rain, rain and more rain. Allll day! I was basically prepared for Armageddon/World War Three - I had multiple umbrellas, plastic bags, spare outfits in case I got drenched, towels, back up plans, you name it and I probably had it!  

The day started off with the lads hanging out (and being super chill) with the groom's family! The two little flower girls were the cutest, and were so excited to be wearing their beautiful dresses and seeing Andres and Sheryl get married.  They'd been looking forward to it for weeks, and were hyperactive with excitement. 

After spending some time with Andres, I headed off to the city to meet Sheryl who was equally chill and relaxed!  Chill brides are my favourite!  Andres and Sheryl had chosen to only have a best man and maid of honpur, so both groups were pretty quiet and relaxed in the morning. Being able to hang out and have a chat, while taking photographs of the girls getting ready and all the beautiful details is just such a nice way to start every wedding! Brides often ask me if I get bored, and the answer is never! I love getting to know you all, and pottering around listening to you laugh and chat and get pampered! 

Also - how beautiful is Sheryl's dress?! It was made by one of her best friends Angelica Prado - how lovely is that?!

It rained a few times while the girls were getting ready, but the weather wasn't as bad as predicted - it started to rain as Sheryl made her way to the ceremony, but less than five minutes into the ceremony the sun came out, and stayed for the rest of their ceremony.

The ceremony was at St Thomas Aquinas Church in South Yarra - and I fell so in love with it's big beautiful blue front doors!! ♥♥

Andres and Sheryl gave me almost 90 minutes of their time after the ceremony for photos (say whaaat)! And as they only had a small bridal party, they wanted to spend the portrait time celebrating their wedding and the love they have (music to my ears) - the longer the time I can get with you, the better!!!!!!

We spent our time wandering around the Melbourne Botanical Gardens, the clouds came back over just as we arrived but the rain held off until the end. I was kind of excited that we had some rainy weather, as it meant that I got to finally use the clear umbrellas I have stashed away!

Afterwards we headed off to the reception, which was at Carousel Cafe, at Albert Park Lak. Such a beautiful venue, with awesome views of the city! 

Andres' speech made us all cry, multiple times, which is all you can really ask for; and the dancing was pretty epic!  The award for best dancer goes to the flower girls FOR SURE!

Thank you Andres + Sheryl for letting me capture your big day!!

Much love, Lecinda ♥


What Andres + Sheryl had to say...

"At the beginning we a little indifferent to looking for a photographer because we were worried that we would spend a lot of money and maybe be left with a so so result. Lecinda was recommended to us by our friends, and was the only photographer we met with - that was all we needed because once we met her we loved her! She was incredibly personable, warm and also didn't try to oversell us on anything.

She is very personable and easy to talk with so that was great for us to get out of our shell a bit. It was also great to see how she got along and interacted with our guests. We were all amazed you stayed so late with us! 

Watching our slideshow was so awesome, we got to relive the whole day and night.  We were so surprised, because for most of the reception we didnt realise she was walking about taking snaps and so when going through all the photos, and you can tell the photos are natural and really captured the moment. 

We wouldn't go back and do it any other way, and we totally feel like we would have regretted it if we didn't choose Lecinda!"


Wedding Vendors

Ceremony Venue: St Thomas Aquinas Church, South Yarra

Reception Venue: Carousel Cafe, Albert Park

Hair + Makeup: Jen Castro

Dress: Angelica Prado

Cake: Spy Cakes

Flowers: DIY by the Bride

Photographer: Me!

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Our Wedding Day - 10.10.15

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Our Wedding Day - 10.10.15

You know those girls who start dreaming about getting married when they are little? I was never one of those, and the older I grew the more convinced I was that getting married wasn't really necessary.

And then, I met Dan; and completely changed my mind ♥

Today is our two year wedding anniversary, and thought I would re-publish some of my favourite images on the blog to celebrate.


  We chose to have a really small and intimate wedding, with our nearest and dearest friends and family, in Noosa on the Sunshine Coast. We are beach babies at heart, so it was important to both of us that we get married on or near the beach.  

We are both incredibly casual people, so instead of hiring a traditional wedding reception venue, we hired a private beach house (I also wanted to be a little different)!  Being able to spend time with our friends was one of our top priorities, so we hired the beach house for 5 days (with our wedding in the middle) which allowed us to turn our wedding day into a wedding weekend.  The days in the lead up to our wedding were so much fun, and being able to spend so much time with everyone we love all at once was amazing, and was so, so, so incredibly special.

We all ended up getting ready at the beach house, which meant we were able to have the most beautiful lunch together with our friends and families.

Dan and I are also super corny, so we wrote each other a love letter and read them together, right before we got dressed.  Even further evidence of our dorkiness is that we both calculated how many days we had been together for (2,854 days, in case you were wondering), and used that in our letters to each other - clearly we were made for each other!!

We also chose to have a first look, and see each other before the ceremony, Dan took some convincing because it was so different and non-traditional, but he totally came around to the idea and loved it just as much as I did.  It was short, but so sweet, and it felt right for us.  Our ceremony was at Casuarina Gardens, and after the ceremony we got to hang out with our guests for an hour or so before heading off to take some photos at sunset (naturally, our whole wedding day was planned around this lol)!  

And speaking of photos, here are some of my faves...

 

WHAT WENT RIGHT

Hiring the beach house was a stroke of genius - even our most traditional family members came around to the idea eventually.  Almost everyone who didn't stay on the night of the wedding, came back the next day for a post-wedding-BBQ, which kept the party going. It was just so nice to hang out with everyone the next day, it really ended the weekend in the best way.  Having (almost) everyone we love in the one place at the same time, happy and excited for us, is hands down one of my top three favourite memories of our wedding - so thank you to everyone who could make it, it meant (and still means) so much to me.

In order to hire the beach house, we had to hire a wedding planner. I was so sceptical about this, and worried about how it would impact our budget, but in the end this was one of the best things we did and their prices were so affordable that we didn't even blink.  Having almost everything organised through the one company took the stress out of everything, they took care of every.single.thing.  On the day, the staff were so friendly and helpful - they set up the ceremony and reception, transported chairs back and forth, organised catering - and pretty much everyone had amazing things to say about them.  

My dress - I never wanted to take it off. Making your own wedding dress isn't for the faint of heart - especially when you have your "moment" (finding your dress) while watching Say Yes to the Dress on TV!!! It took me about three months, and cost me about $600 (versus the $7,000 price tag attached to the Pnina Tornei dress which inspired me) and I absolutely love it.  I was spinning and twirling alllllll day.

 

WHAT WENT WRONG

Something always goes wrong, it's almost impossible for everything to go perfectly on a day as big as a wedding day! But thankfully, we only had a few hiccups - the first was that we didn't book the Casuarina Gardens for long enough, and we got kicked out shortly after our wedding because another wedding was taking place! So we hustled into a little clearing next to the garden for drinks and laughter - hopefully we weren't too noisy and didn't disrupt the couple's wedding =/ but it was nice for them, as they got to celebrate under our archway and white paper balloons in the trees.

But the biggest hiccup was probably the lack of proper speakers at the beach house!  The house had internal speakers all through the house, and in the lead up to the wedding they seemed fine, but when we added 30+ people to the house, we could barely hear them! The wind was also blowing the music back into the house, which meant that our first dance (on the deck outside) was done to no music! I played our song on my mobile and popped it in Dan's suit jacket pocket - we could hear it but no one else could! I was determined to have our dance under the stars and the fairy lights, no matter what - and thankfully everyone laughed about it with us :D


OUR AWESOME VENDORS

Photographer: Anya Maria

Wedding Planners: First Class Functions

Celebrant: David Webber

Car Hire: Noosa Woody 

Dress + Flowers: Made by Me!

 

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Tesselar Tulip Festival

I've got a thing for flowers - I even managed to grow bulbs this year!! So when a friend invited me along to the Tulip Festival on Friday, how could I say no?!  I almost didn't make it, as I had back to back sessions on Friday, but luckily we managed to get there with a few hours to spare.

Thankfully I had my camera's along for the ride, and I got to play with my new 50mm sigma art series lens, as well as my macro lens; it's been so long since I photographed something just for the pure joy of it. I was as happy as a pig in mud in the tulip fields, getting all arty-farty as my mother-in-law calls it haha.

I wanted to share a few of my favourite snaps with you, in case they inspire you to check it out too.

There are also lots of food trucks and wine + beer tasting stands as well (not photographed), and there's a Wizard of Oz theme in the other gardens. It was absolutely packed with people in the afternoon!!! So maybe a morning trip would be quieter, but either way, leave yourself a couple of hours to explore as the tulip fields are pretty big. There are so many different variations of tulips, even a few I've never seen before with frayed edge?! Crazy! The colours are out of control, and it's a visual feast, well worth the trip out there!!!

I think it's open until the 15th of October, and there were still quite a few tulips that had yet to open so you should still be in for a treat!

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