We’re kicking this gorgeous wedding off with Kylie and Carter’s stunning highlight video from Blackbird Wedding Productions, because it really does tell the story of this beautiful couple. A couple who, two days out from their wedding, found out that SA was going into lockdown and their wedding couldn’t go ahead. A couple who, despite this, rallied and rescheduled their entire wedding for two weeks later. A couple who, could quite simply not wipe the smiles from their faces on what was possibly the windiest day ever seen in Mannum. Because, as Kylie says: “it didn’t matter because despite everything, WE GOT MARRIED.” This wedding is full of the most beautiful personal touches – childhood photographs, sentimental tributes, succulents from Nan’s garden, and a fleet of their favourite cars, just to name a few. Kylie and Carter were one of the first couples to marry at Twelve Eighteen, and were delighted that the venue provided such a blank canvas. They opted to keep things simple and draw inspiration from the natural riverside setting, and highlighting the gorgeous venue space with lighting from the experts at Bulb Lighting. Perhaps our favourite thing about Kylie and Carter’s perfect day? They met a heap of their amazing suppliers at our fair, and credit these suppliers with getting them through the tough process of wedding planning during COVID, and having to reschedule their entire wedding within two weeks. “We can honestly say that every single one of our vendors was incredible on the day and in the planning of our wedding. I think we were lucky to see just how generous the wedding vendor community is and their willingness to go above and beyond to make our wedding happen when COVID meant a last minute change of plans.” So to that, we say ‘Cheers!’
This couple had the Eyre Peninsula in their blood so it was no surprise to anyone when they made this beautiful SA region the centre of their plans for a summer wedding! For the 20 years before Jess and Matt met, they both had a love of the outdoors, were drawn to adventure, were people magnets and they both oozed a love of life. Despite the fact that Jess grew up 1500 kilometres from the nearest ocean and Matt effectively grew up ‘in’ the ocean’ when they met, they were already very much in sync when they started their relationship nearly 10 years ago at university college. The sparks were soon visible between them and many of you here today have witnessed their love and respect for each other grow and deepen over the last nine and half years. They are soul mates – they are just meant to be life partners. For years Jess and Matt have tried to consume less and make more environmentally conscious decisions, as well as support small and support local businesses. So, to live their values and have a wedding that truly reflected them as a couple, these values set the foundation for their wedding. The wedding party looked ace, and proves that the best of wedding outfits can be found just about anywhere! The guys jackets were found in vintage stores / grandfathers wardrobes across Adelaide (and tailored by Matt’s wonderfully talented Nona), and the gals pulled together a great selection of borrowed dresses that looked amazing! After a fruitless search for a to buy a dress second hand, Jess went with a beautiful, sustainable bridal two piece set which is something that she plans to wear again & again. The eco-friendly vibe extended to their guests, who were asked to dress ‘seaside snazzy’ but with a twist! Jess says “We asked guests to wear something that they already own, or that they’d borrowed or found second hand. If guests had to buy something new, we asked them to check out the “Good on You” app for ethical brands ratings to guide their choices. Everyone looked amazing!” Florals were sourced from the family farm, guests enjoyed local sustainably sourced seafood and local SA bevvys, and the couple pulled off the most divine styling without buying a single item new! The couple opted for a cheeky first look and photos with their wedding party before heading to the beachside ceremony to make it official. Despite the super hot day, these two looked cool as can be! We love to see a wedding that is such a true reflection of a couple’s day to day living, and Jess and Matt have nailed this! Their wedding day was a celebration of their love and commitment to each other, and the world they want to live in.
When you’re wedding planning, it can feel like there’s an endless list of ‘shoulds’. Websites, friends, family and wedding media tell you that you NEEEEED this, that and the other for you to have a REAL wedding! A short list of some so-called ‘must-haves’ that we put firmly in the ‘only if you want to/have the budget/can be bothered/feel really strongly about’ pile include: – Matching getting ready outfits for the wedding party – Inviting everyone you’ve ever met, or your parents have ever met – Signature cocktails – Helicopter arrival to the wedding – 13 different pre-wedding events that just make you exhausted BUT- You’ll notice that we don’t include engagement photoshoots in the above list. That’s because there are several great reasons to invest in a pre-wedding camera session. Here are our top 3, with special guest comments from one of our favourite Adelaide wedding photographers, Tony and Tereza from Wilson & Lewis Photography!
1. To document a pretty huge milestone Never again will you be engaged! And it is a huge deal. Looking back on professional images of your time as an engaged couple will remind you of this special time and all the emotions that go with being newly engaged. You’re never going to regret having some gorgeous shots of the two of you at this unique point in your lives.
2. Get you comfy in front of the camera! An engagement session is the perfect opportunity for the camera shy to feel comfortable with how things will roll on the actual wedding day. You can figure out how to pose without posing and have a bit of a laugh at the same time. As Tereza puts it: “From a photographer’s point of view, engagement shoots are so much fun. We get to figure out what works for you ahead of time, and we get to bond with you, hearing the story of how you fell in love whilst sharing a glorious sunset together. It’s also the best way to get some practise and feel confident in front of the camera. Feedback from our couples say that their engagement session made their photos feel easier, quicker, and way more relaxed on the wedding day. Laughter is the by-product of what we do!! Prepare to have sore cheeks by the end! It’s honestly such a great experience and not as scary or daunting as a lot of people think.”
3. You get images to use for your wedding Wedding website, save the dates, social media and more, having some gorgeous, current photos of the two of you as a couple will make your wedding planning so much easier! You won’t have to search through old facebook posts to find a half decent photo of you together, and you will have print quality images that will make your stationery sing.
A final word from our photographers to convince you? “Engagement shoots are a great way to spend some special time with your soulmate without the distractions of everyday life. It’s about a shared experience, a little adventure, and a whole lot of love! So, if you are considering it, just go for it. We promise you won’t regret it!”
Heck, this is a pretty big deal right? You’re making it official, you’re tying the knot, you’ve chosen your forever person. Whether it was a low key mutual decision to get married or a full blown ‘gram-worthy engagement, you’re right in the thick of one of the most exciting times of your life! Before you dive head first into the equal parts exciting and terrifying experience that is wedding planning, here’s our top three things to do once you’ve entered fiancée territory.
Take a breath! While it’s no doubt exciting and there’s a million things you want to do, remember that you will never again be newly engaged so make sure you pause and take in allll the feelings. Cherish moments with your spouse-to-be, enjoy sharing the news with your nearest and dearest and soak up all the congratulations and well wishes. There’s plenty of time to get stuck into wedding planning, so take a moment to enjoy that blissful just-engaged feeling.
Celebrate! Your family and friends are super excited for you and you’re giddy af, so make the most of all the love bubbling over and soak it all up. Apart from the traditional engagement party which might take a couple of months to arrange, family lunches, brunch with friends or a night out on the town are all super fun ways to share and celebrate your engagement with the people closest to you. If you’re more private, what about a cosy weekend away with your partner, just the two of you, to bask in that engaged glow? Another way to celebrate your newly engaged status is with a gorgeous couples photoshoot! A great way to capture the memories of a special time in your life.
Start planning! When you’re ready to start planning your big day, what’s the first thing you should do? Set a date? Go and visit venues? Ask your married mates for ideas? Yes, soon, but first we want you to sit down with your partner, and pour your favourite beverage. It’s time to get on the same page about what your wedding will look like. Have an open discussion about budget, likes, dislikes, and what is most important to you in a wedding celebration. Having these upfront discussions will make the planning process smoother, more enjoyable and enable you to present a united front when others (hi, family, friends and random coworkers!) inevitably give you their opinions. Being engaged is a fun and exciting time, but remember, the goal is a lifelong partnership, and your wedding is just one step on the beautiful journey of happily ever after.