Anneke & Jamie reside in Sydney, but are both from South Australia originally and chose to hold their wedding at Pikes winery in the Clare Valley. A great place for photos – but what I love about these photos is Anneke and Jamie were so relaxed, open and comfortable together the photos would have turned out great if they chose to marry anywhere. Being from Sydney a lot of the work preparing for the wedding was also done by the families residing nearby – but Anneke and Jamie’s personalities came through with fun games (giant connect 4, chess and jenga) for guests to use while we took photos around the winery, a keg set up and beautiful flowers throughout.
When Anneke and Jamie first contacted me I was overseas in Japan (shooting this wedding in Okinawa) and so we Skyped. I had a fairly long beard at the time and so was nervous meeting over Skype (first impressions last and all). But we got along really well and were on the same page photography wise – covering the day naturally with some enjoyable portraits thrown in for measure. By the time it came to start organising the details and timing we Skyped again. This time I had long hair. I think I said “I wear a suit but with hair like this I look a bit like a hippy”. “No worries at all,” said Jamie, “You’ll fit in fine with a few of the guests.” Truth be told I felt more than comfortable amongst all the guests, and Jamie’s and Anneke’s families; a fantastic fun-loving down to earth group of human beings.
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