Kate+Glenn's Woodland Spring Engagement shoot in Pokolbin

We meet. We talk all things weddings. 10 months fly's by and soon it's only 8 weeks until the big day! 

Time fly's when you're having fun, especially when you have someone amazing to share these times with.

I've come to realise that no matter how big or small the wedding is, there is always something more to do. It's a fact of life. 

Something to re-organise and something to change... even if it's to be changed back at a later date. 

Time did fly after I first meet with Kate and Glenn in the hunter over a beer at Harrigan's pub. 

But as I type this, my face smiles knowing that Saturday will be just a perfect day for these two, as they meet each other at the isle. 

With the past few years being quite tough for these two, I feel like it can only get better. Like all couples, Kate and Glenn were a little nervous when starting out but soon the warmth of the spring sun cracked that ice to reveal the true, real love these two have for one another.  If you need to talk, then talk. If you want to laugh, then just laugh. Being in eachothers company is what makes engagement shoots like these perfect, as they bring out the natural side of us all.

Once again, I feel blessed to have captured this important time of their lives, and can't wait to do it all again on Saturday when they become husband and wife!

Once again, I'm talking way to much, when I should be letting the images do the speaking. I hope these shots melt your heart. Enjoy.

GXM

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How did you meet?

We met on Tinder! We met up for a drink that turned into dinner. A few weeks later Glenn looked after my dog Chloe while I sailed the Almalfi Coast. When I got back Chloe decided we should keep him around. 

What do you love about each other?

Glenn took my chronic illness and genetic condition in his stride. He gives me injections, advocates for me at the hospital, looks after me when I am sick and even raised a heap of money for my favourite charity. He is always on my team. 

"I love how much she cares about everybody in her life and her passion for nursing. I love her laugh and when she's smiles too"

Do you have any funny relationship stories?

The first time we went grocery shopping together Glenn said he didn't use plastic bags for vegetables. I grabbed a handful of beans and chucked them straight into the trolley. Glenn's face!!! 

How did you become engaged?

We had a 3 day stopover in Singapore before we travelled around Europe. We spent most of it in the pool at Marina Bay Sands. Glenn proposed on the suspension bridge at Gardens by the Bay. 

Why did you choose this style of shoot for your engagement photos? 

We need to check if we are photogenic enough for our wedding photos. I wanted a wintery woodland style shoot to compliment our bright spring shoot for the wedding. 

What have been the most exciting parts of planning your wedding?

Seeing all of our planning come to life!

How do you think marriage will change your relationship?

Hopefully it will make our bond even stronger. 

What do you most look forward to about your wedding?

Being with all our friends and family. Everyone is staying so we get to really kick back and enjoy our time together. 

 

What are the most important things that will create a long lasting and loving marriage?

Trust and communication. Working as a team. Sticking together through the good and bad. 

What made you choose this location for your engagement shoot?

We love wine and spent a fair few weekends in the Hunter Valley.

What are your favourite ways to spend time together? 

We love travelling together. We have a dog called Arlo who loves to join in our adventures. We love to take our kayaks for a paddle. 

What’s your relationship advice for couples planning their big day?

Get a joint email account where everything is sent! We got so muddled up with who had what email. 

What's been the hardest thing about planning your wedding day?

We want to start a family. We booked our wedding into the future hoping our baby would be with us on the day. We have gone through 3 cycles of IVF with no luck so far. It's taken a huge toll on our finances and we have spent $30,000 so far. We're so lucky to have Kate's parents pay a generous towards our wedding.

What’s the best relationship advice anyone has given you?

Be each other's biggest support. 

If you both had magical powers to turn into an animal, what would you be, and why?

Glenn would be a dog. Our dog is pretty spoilt! Kate would be a seal in the Galapagos Islands they seemed to live a great life of sand and sea. 

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Wedding Day Vendors?

Our celebrant Kate Croucher from Here, Now and Always is coming from Melbourne. Kate met Kate when they hiked the Great Ocean Road to raise funds for Christina Noble's orphanage in Vietnam. 

Gez Xavier Mansfield Photography

Adam's Peak Country Estate

Monkey Place Catering

Williams & Co  

White Hair & Makeup

Blooms & Twine

Van Dan Vintage Caravan

Kombi Event Hire

Mixed Tape Duo

Love & Protect 

Willow & Ink 

Peppermint Press

Johanna + Matt's Engagement Shoot / Maitland's hidden magic!

A stunning fig overlooking a lake and some perfect afternoon weather plucked from a spring day proved to be the perfect location for these two.

Johanna+Matt. For those who know them, it's business as usual - smiles galore!  And for those who don't... well, take it from me - put simply, They're a fun ball of love! and it won't take long for you to see. This was a great shoot for me too. iT PUSHED ME OUT OF MY COMFORT ZONE in terms of visual AS IT WAS AN AREA i'D HAVE NEVER PHOTOGRAPHED. 

unknown locations can look just as stunning as the popular, over-photographed locations throughout N.s.w, and this session was one of them.

Enough talk from me. Enjoy.

GXM

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How did you both meet?

At work! We thought that no one in the office knew… conveniently both going to Hawaii at the same time may have tipped a few people off.

What do you love about each other?

Joh – Matty’s amazing cooking skills… oh and his fun personality ☺ / Matt – Joh’s gorgeous smile and awesome memory

Do you have any funny relationship stories?

Many! But the funniest is probably Joh getting food poisoning / stomach bug from one of our first dates!

How did you become engaged?

We had a wedding to attend in Queensland so we decided to take some extra time off work and go to Noosa for a week.

Matt had a grand master plan and managed to hide the ring on the plane and in our bags for days. Matt surprised me with a picnic in the hinterlands after going to the Eumundi markets to get some cheese & fruit. It was a very rainy day and he had to change the location of the picnic but it was still an amazing day and I had no idea what he was doing when he surprised me with a ring!

 

Why did you choose this style of shoot for your engagement photos?

We are getting married in the CBD of Newcastle so near lots of beautiful beaches, funky streets and parks so we wanted a different feel for our engagement photos.

Where did the engagement shoot take place?

Walka Water Works at Maitland. Gez suggested it after we were both struggling of somewhere to go. Neither of us had been there before but the grounds and buildings are incredible.

When is your wedding set for?

The 1th of September! Very soon!!

 

What have been the most exciting parts of planning your wedding?

The honeymoon is defiantly up there but the whole experience has been fun from driving around the vineyards for a day looking for a venue (and then ending up picking one about 2kms from our house!), cake testing, menu & wine tasting and just in general the excitement that we are getting married with all our family and friends celebrating with us.

How do you think marriage will change your relationship?

Hopefully not too much at all! We have been together for 5 years so hopefully know almost everything about each other now!

What do you most look forward to about your wedding?

The reception – getting to have a dance and drink with our nearest and dearest

What's both of your favourite colours?

Joh – Purple – Matt - Blue

What are the most important things that will create a long lasting and loving marriage?

Laughter.

Who have been your favourite wedding dress designers?

Jane Hill has always been a favourite and I have been lucky enough to get to wear a Jane Hill dress

What special ways do you express your love to each other?

Food – ha ha, whether it be cooking our favourite meal or buying our favourite treats. Of course we also tell each other that we love each other everyday

What made you choose this location for your engagement shoot?

We are getting married in the CBD of Newcastle so near lots of beautiful beaches, funky streets and parks so we wanted a different feel for our engagement photos.

What are your favourite ways to spend time together? 

Going for walks, beach trips and sitting on the couch watching Netflix

What’s your relationship advice for couples planning their big day?

Set a budget and stick to it! Costs can just seem to creep and creep so having a set budget will help you determine if you really need the Valentino heels… which I most defiantly do!

What's been the hardest thing about planning your wedding day?

Not too much so far! We have been pretty lucky and have had lots of advice, my sister got married 18 months ago and my brother 6 months ago so I have had lots of people to help us out with tips.

What’s the best relationship advice anyone has given you?

Happy wife, happy life ;)

If you both had magical powers to turn into an animal, what would you be, and why?

Joh – a zebra – I love black and white stripes!

Matt – A dog because they get lots of food and lay in the sun

 

Who are the vendors that you are working with for your wedding day?

Photographer – Gez Xavier Mansfield

Videographer – Morelife Media

Hair & Makeup – Chic Artistry

Flowers – Oh Fluer

Cake – Hello Naomi

Venue – 48 Watt St

Catering – Sprout Dining

Dress – Jane Hill

Bridesmaid Dresses - Mossman

Suits – Rundle Tailoring

Rings - Whitakers