I’ve been staring at my screen for about 15 minutes trying to write something poignant for this post but it’s not easy because I’m honestly a little overwhelmed. You know that feeling when someone really special comes into your life and all you want to do is to hang out with them and get to know them more and you gush about them to everyone you know? That’s how I feel about Mel and Alex, they are two of the most beautiful humans I’ve been privileged to meet.
We first met last year and chatted about our shared love of Sigur Ros and Iceland. Two hours later, we were both running late for other things because we couldn’t stop talking and part each others company but thankfully, we had a chance to see each other again when I took a few portraits for them (and their beautiful van Luna). I think it was around this point that I was developing a pretty healthy friend crush on the two of them – it was kinda strange – I had spent just a few hours with these two yet they felt like life-long friends. They had opened their hearts to me and I had done the same in return.
A few months later when Kristen and I were running our first workshop, Mel and Alex helped out as a wonderful couple for all of the workshop participants to photograph. And they hung out with all of us for dinner afterwards and everyone there loved them too.
And that’s simply what it is – they’re just really easy people to love. I could see it on the faces of every single person that was at their wedding, each and every one of us knew Mel and Alex were perfect for each other. Our love for them meant we were happy that they had found their very own happiness. They inspire and encourage the people around them and their enthusiasm and love is utterly infectious. They make you want to be a better person and I think that’s one of the greatest things one can aspire to.
I’m so thankful to have shared in their wedding, not just as a photographer but as their friend as well.
I was helped on the day by another wonderful new friend, Laya Sadegh. Her beautiful images are mixed in with my own here.
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.