A little while ago, I was so happy and proud to announce that my awesome friend Cass would be shooting for me and that I hoped to have one of her weddings up on the website soon. So here it is, Nathan and Paris’ wonderful outdoor wedding on the edges of Melbourne and a little something Cass had to say about it.
When Lucky contacted me about this wedding he said “This one is going to be epic.”. He is pretty much the Russo family photographer, having shot so many of the family’s weddings and he was disappointed when he was already booked for this one. But I’m really glad he was, because he sent this awesome couple and epic wedding to me!
Have you ever had that experience where you just meet someone and feel like you have known them forever? Like an instant feeling of friendship or family even? That’s how it went with Nathan and Paris. These two were so awesome, I just felt right at home. Their families were just as cool and genuine as they were. It made for one truly amazing wedding.
When I first met Nathan and Paris, Nathan explained how he had proposed by Kinder Surprise. He carefully prised open the egg, replaced the toy with a ring and stuck the egg back together! He then took Paris on a picnic and gave her the egg! This penchant for the offbeat certainly carried over to the wedding day. And Lucky saying it was going to be epic – he was right! Giant teepees on a hill in the middle of their family’s apple orchard, a bush chapel built by boy scouts over a hundred years ago – I mean, what more could you ask for? Two of the most lovely people you could meet, gorgeous friends and family, a vegetarian feast – yes, this wedding had everything. But it’s the people who make a wedding truly special and that’s what happened this day – a wedding day where the groom makes me the perfect poached egg for breakfast! Yes, this is going to be awesome!
Kristen and I really love Kuala Lumpur, it’s one of our favourite places to visit. The street food is seriously the best in the world and there’s something fascinating about the city, the people, the buildings, the history. When the opportunity arose for us to have a little break at the end of December, it was immediately the place we thought of heading to. I remembered that Lionel had asked me to keep in mind whether we would be in Malaysia at that time to shoot his wedding in Kuala Lumpur so I immediately got in touch to see if we could work something out.
This was wedding #3 for Lionel and Candice, their first being a cute celebration in Melbourne a few months earlier and their 2nd in Lionel’s home town in Johor Bahru. And talk about finishing off in style with a helicopter ride over Kuala Lumpur! I must admit, Kristen (who is a little fearful of flying) wasn’t too keen on me hopping into a helicopter with Lionel and Candice but it wasn’t an opportunity I was going to miss. And after organising and celebrating three weddings in two countries, Lionel and Candice deserved something out of this world for themselves.
A little earlier in 2013, my friends over at the wonderful magazine Hello May ran a little competition for a couple in each state to win their wedding photographer. Kristen and I received so many great applications from couples highlighting why they wanted us to photograph for them. We also saw a whole bunch of really creative and inspired Pinterest boards featuring the ideas and passions that people had for their wedding days and we could see that all of these couples had gone to great effort to enter. I’m the kind of person that hates disappointing others so to say it was an extremely difficult decision for us to pick the winner is very much an understatement. But there was one application that we read and instantly felt a connection to.
We fell in love, set up house, dug a garden and adopted cats. He proposed with a song he’d written in summer.
In January he collapsed. Life became ICU and neurosurgeons. He’d had a brain hemmorhage, and over the months we nearly lost him. Between surgeries I crawled into his bed and cuddled him while we cried.
Amazingly, he came home and learned to walk again. We’re getting married in Kyneton beside people we love. To have Lucky capture our day would be amazing- otherwise it’s Dad with a digital! Against all odds, it will be the best day ever.
Warrick and Claire fought hard and they battled for their lives and their relationship. And love triumphed all, they were married under the cyprus tree in the botanical gardens in Kyneton surrounded by the people that they cared for most in the world. And it was the best day ever.