12-12-12 – A special date for my gorgeous friend… (Part I) {Mundubbera Wedding Photographer}

I have known this lady for a while – 25 years in fact! We met waaaay back in 1987, when we were 10 years old! Kellie is one of my dearest friends in the universe, and I was beyond excited to be photographing her wedding on 12-12-12.

Kellie is one of those gals that always looks immaculate. She is a talented hairdresser and wonderful mum, and although she always *looks* amazing, she is the most down-to-earth, fun, caring and quirky person that I know! Not to mention an A.M.A.Z.I.N.G. Mummy too!

So, Kel and her man have been together for 10 years, and have 3 beautiful babies together. It was fitting that they finally tied the knot in grand style!

We travelled from far and wide and converged, old friends and new, upon the teeny tiny country town of Mundubbera in rural Qld. We were treated with all sorts of goodies and much laughter was had, and of course, being a country wedding, we were provided with some amazing locations for our photos as well!

Being the amazing stylist that she is, my beautiful friend left no detail forgotten and *this* was a wedding that was beautiful, and memorable from beginning to end! From the beautiful dress, and dapper suits through to the A.M.A.Z.I.N.G. cake and yummy hand-made chutneys/relishes for the guests to take with them, the day was a feast for the eyes and food for the soul.  I even got to do a speech at this one!  That goes to show just how special this couple are to me!  (Of course there are no pics to prove it as I was talking and not photographing at the time!)…

Join me as I share with you one of the most special weddings I have ever had the privilege of photographing.  So the day began, when I woke up, walked outside and found this leaf on the ground in front of me.  Anyone who is on this blog only has to take one look at my logo to understand the significance of it to me.  It just *had* to be a sign of something special to come!

I am not ashamed to admit that I was PETRIFIED of shooting this ceremony!  I mean, I *always* get super nervous before any wedding, but when it is the special day of somebody who you deeply care about, it makes it even worse!  OMG, what if I somehow mucked it up?!  How could I ever look them in the eye without feeling guilt ever again?  In fact, when I arrived at the 3pm wedding to find before me a scene where the bride would have been facing DIRECTLY into the sun (so squinting in every shot!), very harsh dappled light, and half of the guests standing in shade, the other half sitting in the sun, and a sweltering hot day where everybody was searching for shade to cool down, I was even more scared!  I went so far as to close my eyes and wish to my Grandma, and Kellie’s Grandma, both of whom have passed to the next life, to “please, please let a cloud come over during the ceremony!!” …just so that everybody could enjoy it in comfort, and I could photograph it without freaking out and using copious amounts of *unflattering* flash!

How amazed do you think I was when a nice plump cloud came over, the second the beautiful bride climbed out of the car, and didn’t move until the signing of the registry began.  We were truly blessed!  Everybody looked radiant and not a squint or a bead of perspiration in sight! So a big wave goes out to the combined efforts of our Grandmas who are still hard at work to look after us both! 😉

I have so much to share from this gorgeous day, and you can find Part II right HERE!


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