Travel is awesome right? Come on...don't lie. We all love it in some way or another, especially now that it's so cheap to get around. But the good old 'road-trip' I believe, is still the number one travel thing-to-do...especially if it's to a place that you've never been before.
The sense of leaving town and driving away from the norm has this energetic feeling mixed with the excitement of the what a trip brings.
Both car ride's on the way to and from the destination is full of visuals, highway coffee that's we've never been tasted is experienced, country towns that have amazing hot chips in the middle of nowhere are devoured and landscapes we've properly flown over countless times thanks to Jetstar and Tiger, become 'wow' moments as you notice them up front and in full view.
I guess this was the sole catalyst for this trip. As you may or may not know, my initial wedding booking process is all about meeting couples 1st hand for a beer or coffee. Getting to know you in a snapshot, and trying to suss out what you're hoping to visualise on the day, and potentially guiding you around any bridal pitfall's that may arise.
But Rebecca and Shannon's situation was a little different. Although both stemming from the beautiful Newcastle surrounds, Shannon's new job opportunity at a university in Victoria meant they had to both plan a wedding and live interstate from one another. Not an ideal situation, but in this day and age, something many of us have done in the past, or do currently.
This got me thinking...and a 1st time for everything. What if we were to take the shoot to Victoria?? A few days away is good for everyone and if it's to a place they'd never been, it's kinda even more romantic? Right?
Meeting with Rebecca and chatting about this seemed like a far fetched idea, but... when you put road-trips and engagement photography together...it's kind of hard to say no! I get excited when I see Australian destination images pop up in my mind.
So that's what we did. I met with Rebecca and Shannon on a mountain top in Victoria after a few weeks of emails and basic planning. We met. We drank coffee. Ate an apple and talked all things weddings - their weddings that is.
Plus I got to meet Shannon in the flesh for the 1st time - which is always nice. After all, the groom is 50% of the wedding too.
Discovering the surrounds of Marysville that morning was ideal as well, as I prayed for any snow and some fog to either fall from the skies during the day, or at least hang around in the winter day at this gorgeous location. Turns out we were welcomed by heaps of fog and a tiny bit of snow - so no complaints from the photographer.
The rest was history. Taking our time we hit the alpine slopes and shot for a few hours. No tricks. Just, natural, gorgeous engagement photography in a stunning location.
So if your married, looking to get married, or you feel like adventuring out in the wilderness after reading this....then do it! Get 'road-tripping', and get some amazing shots of you together, to keep forever! And if you don't have a partner...take your best friend...or dog. It's amazing who you meet out there and what you see.
P.S - You may notice in the images below that there was a lot of hugging going on on this shoot - Yep! It was pretty cold up there. Especially as the fog set in. Perfect for romantic couples to get up close with each other and enjoy the time away!
Hope you love and enjoy this great shoot,