Michelle+Haydn's Engagement Shoot / Walka Water Works, Maitland

Meet Michelle and Haydn.

A gorgeous young couple that I met at the Love on the Lawn Festival at Hope Estate back in 2016.

After getting to know them a bit on this shoot together, it's so great to hear that they have both been such a support for each other from day one.

Meeting at school, finishing their HSC and buying their first house, this really is a 'high-school sweetheart' relationship.

Their wedding is to be held this weekend, with some great vendors thrown in the mix - and some of which I've yet to work alongside with. With all that said, I'm looking forward to catching up with two really nice souls on the morning of their wedding!

Bring on the good times, date nights and loving memories!


Tell me a little about yourselves guys, and how did you both meet?

Well, Haydn is 2 years older than me - He's 23 and I'm 21. We both met through school and have been dating since I was 15.

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

Haydn hasn't had much to do with the wedding planning but he's had a say on some things. I wanted a cake topper made out of clay to look like us on our wedding day and he kinda didn't, haha so we compromised and got one! The most exciting part for me has been has been going through all the pamphlets and cards from vendors from expos selecting vendors and seeing things just stat to come together.

How do you think marriage will change this relationship? 

We don't think marriage will change us much at all. We definitely are best friends and we have relied on each other since a young age. We do a lot together and we have gone through all the milestones together too - our 18th and 21st birthdays, getting our car licences, completing the hsc, living together and even buying our 1st house together. If anything the only thing changing will be my last name!

What do you most look forward to about your wedding?

"The I do's". And I look forward to seeing Haydn on the day and how he will react during all the moments we encounter. 

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

Always having time for each other. You can't let your busy lives out way the importance to connect with each other.

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

Well you - Gez Xavier Mansfield Photography! Fennel and Co are our Catering, Edie McCarthy is our celebrant, Once Upon a Picture is the photo booth and DJ hired, Switch Multimedia is doing videography and Lovedale Wedding Chapel is where our ceremony is being held with their reception centre. 

Karli from forever Floral wedding designs is our florist, and we also hired Princess Classic Cars for our transport to Lovedale in the Hunter Valley.

Who have been your favourite wedding dress designers?

I have chosen a Kenneth Winston Gown. I love their designs. I did also really love some of the rosa Clara Gown's too. Getting married? Check them out. 

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

Just little things we do I guess. Being supportive of each other. We always put kisses at the end of our texts. Always. 

What are your favourite ways to spend time together? 

Going out on a regular date night (dinner and movies is great). I love laughing with him, we always find ways to make each other laugh. It's part of us.

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

Haha, well Haydn says 'let the fiance have what she wants." I say the professional, modern expo's are really fantastic - they're so informative and a fun day out.

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

Our advice would be from my Grandma actually, which would be to make sure we keep going on dates. That and 'happy Wife, happy Life' hehe!

Wedding Day Vendors

Photographer - Gez Xavier Mansfield Photography

Gown Designer - Kenneth Winston

Suit Designer - Made in Bali

Hair and Makeup Artist - Lisa Single

Invitations Design - Vintage La Belle

Florist - Forever Floral Wedding Designs

Cake Designer - Becs Cakes

Music / Enterainment - Once upon a Picture 

Catering Company - Fennel and Co Catering

Videographer - Switch Multimedia

Transport Company - Princess Classic Cars

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.



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.