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.
Dave and I had a common friendship circle when we were at uni together – but back in those days, I had much worse hair and Dave wore all black and had piercings that made him look far different to the gentle and kind man who volunteered with special needs children. Never judge a book by its cover eh?
We ran into each other after a few years in the wilderness when I was photographing a mutual friend’s weddings (Simon and Linda – wow, what a flashback, slightly different photo editing back in the day I must admit) and I met April for the first time. She was fun and and towards the end of the night, she took what is perhaps one of the funniest photos I’ve ever been part of. For years, I had always joked that it was important for me to smile in photos because being a dark skinned man and often being photographed with lighter skinned people, the camera would struggle to expose both skin shades properly – most often, the lighter person will be exposed well and the darker person underexposed. And after all of these years, all it took was April to accidentally cover up half of the flash with her fingers to make my joke into a reality.
Humour aside, I really loved spending time with April and Dave – there’s this genuineness and sensitivity there and it’s so great experiencing that. I was sitting in the hotel room with April in the morning and she said something which was quite profound to me, even though in reality it probably shouldn’t have been because of what I do for a living. I asked her how she was feeling and calmly with a lot of happiness in her voice she said “Really good, it’s so cool that someone wants to marry me.”
And she was right, it was pretty cool.