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Wedding stories from around Adelaide, Australia and other places. Some personal photography and stories. Adelaide wedding photographer’s blog.

2011 – Gratitude & Hope

First and foremost, thank you Aki for being a wonderful partner. In marriage, in parenthood and in business. The older the kids become, the more involved you’re becoming. One day you’ll be second shooting at weddings.. Or at least carrying bags around :).

Thank you to all the couples who chose us to cover their weddings. I think it all the time – I’m honoured and blessed to be able to carry out these services, I hope you have long and happy marriages.

Thank you Takiko, Hideki and Maki for looking after Aki and the boys and Tessa as a newborn when I flew over to the US for a photography workshop.

Thank you Hil and Rob and Emma and Mandi, Leah and Brian, Kiet and Hatsumi and anyone I may have forgotten for babysitting the kids so we could walk the Heysen Trail or just have an evening off from T3.

Thank you everyone for frequenting my site and blog and commenting on my work. I feel like I’m continually improving and learning and evolving. I’m really excited for 2012 (and 2013).

Thank you!

Here’s my favourite personal snapshots of 2011:




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Cheryl & John @ Tally-Ho Lodge :: Adelaide Hills Wedding

Thunderstorms were forecast, but didn’t eventuate until after sundown. A light rain set in 2 minutes before the ceremony started. We took a small opportunity (stoppage to the rain) to find spots around the grounds of Tally Ho Lodge to take some photos.

Cheryl & John were referred by my Mum. Cheryl and her have worked together for many years and so we first met when I was just a boy. It made me feel special for Cheryl to place her trust in me to cover her wedding day. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

Congratulations once again Cheryl & John.

Tally Ho Lodge in the Adelaide Hills - wedding venue

wedding shoes

wedding details - adelaide hills

wedding rings - in tree

wedding venue - marquee - adelaide hills

Adelaide hills wedding ceremony

Adelaide Hills wedding ceremony

Bride at Tally-Ho Lodge

Bride and groom under umbrella - raining ceremony

wedding venue - tally ho lodge adelaide hills

Wedding kiss

Hugging guests after ceremony in Adelaide Hills

Enjoying the rain and wedding at Tally Ho Lodge

wedding portraits in Adelaide Hills

RAining on wedding day in Adelaide Hills - under the marquee

wedding portraits in gardens of Tally Ho Lodge in the Adelaide Hills at wedding

Group shot at Cheryl john

Marquee after wedding
Wedding First Dance inside Tally Ho Lodge  - Reception, wedding venue

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If we had our time over again

I’ve seen some pretty wicked and unique weddings around Adelaide, Clare Valley and the Adelaide Hills, as well as attending a couple in Japan and one in Hawaii.

But if we had our time again, with what we know now, where and what style would my partner and I do? Here’s our top three:

3. Ceremony on a moving bus, travelling a scenic a route – perhaps The Great Ocean Rd.

The aisle would be the aisle and the background would be out the front windscreen – nice and varied scenes. Being seated may be a requirement which is undesirable, but the kiss across the aisle would make a sweet photograph.

2. Antarctica – under auroras.

Cold, yes, but imagine the spectacular photos under the perpetual semi-night sky! And fashionable wooly formal wear. And polar bears – or penguins – whatever!

1. What we actually did – ceremony on a clifftop at one of Australia’s most beautiful beaches.

Followed by a relaxed reception at a surf life saving club, watching the sun set over the ocean. Then eating, drinking and dancing with close friends and family into the night.

Not as spectacular as Antarctica or a moving bus, but no regrets!

Maslin

What unique or fun ideas do you have for a wedding day? Feel free to share them below.

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Heysen Trail Part III – Tappanappa Campsite to Balquhidder West Campsite

My wonderful wife Aki joined me for this leg of the Heysen Trail. Thank you Grandma and Wob for looking after the little ones.

We did this section in reverse – starting at Balquhidder and heading down the hill to Tunkalilla Beach for 4.5kms along the sand and then a 6km climb back up to Tappanappa. This leg wasn’t as hard as the previous, but doing it the “right” way would have been a nice reward for getting through Deep Creek. It took us about 4.5hrs.

For much of the way we were escorted by frolicking butterflies and the views were once again magnificent. Aki couldn’t stop proclaiming, “This is HEAVEN”. Although Aki was on the constant lookout for koalas (head pointed towards treetops) on this day we only came across kangaroos, crows, other birds including a kite, a small lizard and a handful of bluetongues.

For the photographer readers – I used a D700 with 100mm macro for most shots and a 18mm 2.8 prime for some shots down the beach.

Tunkalilla Beach - Tappanappa Deep Creek to Balquhidder West Campsite - Bushwalking (1)

Tunkalilla Beach - Tappanappa Deep Creek to Balquhidder West Campsite - Bushwalking (2)

Tunkalilla Beach - Tappanappa Deep Creek to Balquhidder West Campsite - Bushwalking (3)

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Tunkalilla Beach - Tappanappa Deep Creek to Balquhidder West Campsite - Bushwalking (12)

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Tunkalilla Beach - Tappanappa Deep Creek to Balquhidder West Campsite - Bushwalking (18)

Tunkalilla Beach - Tappanappa Deep Creek to Balquhidder West Campsite - Bushwalking (19)

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