GUYS - 2018 has began and this years wedding's are set to be stunning with some awesome new venues popping out of the wood work thanks to couples taking the advice and checking out Wedshed. Plus meeting up with new couples and new vendors add to that relaxing wedding plan feeling that help build this experience!
Diving into it, there’s a lot more here that meets the eye to this weeks engagement shoot with Cath and David. A couple that I met with over a cold beer in Cooks Hill back in October. I knew from the get go that these two were going to be a brilliant force to work alongside with! And so the friendship began.
A wedding that will hold place in the 3rd week of this year at the stunning Wallalong House in Wallallong, which is backed by the chef's at Mason Restaurant (their exclusive caterer for Wallalong weddings) you kinda can't go wrong. Especially if you love rustic style, loose, natural feel weddings.
If you haven't yet seen this place...wow...do yourself a favour and check it out. You'll be pretty blown away. A couples dream to be getting married at and a photographer's playground of amazing gardens, historic stables and open fielded spaces with views that seem to dim forever over looking the gorgeous Hunter Valley skyline.
But before we get there, (yes...I'm getting pretty excited about their wedding...) I thought it would be great to post some of the gorgeous images from our colourful, urban-styled engagement shoot here in the lovely surrounds of the 'working class' Newcastle. Can't get much further from the truth. Again - street art and rooftops blow this location away at different times of the day. I took Cath and David here initially to get to know them a little better with camera in hand, and again, picking an area where I haven't shot before was the key to ending 2017 on a high. Pretty stoked with these two awesome humans.
Thinking the bigger the shoot, the more believable… the setting with it's mini-city skyline continues to grow underneath our caps - soon to disappear I can't help think. Not knowing what to expect or where we'd end up... we just had a ball discovering what all engagement shoots are about.
I have to add too, that these engagement sessions aren't just about taking photos, or finding sweet little, awesome areas to shoot in. They're hardly even about nailing that perfect 'sunset' image - as we all know (and should start to learn that this isn't always the case...) although that is a massive bonus.
These shoots are about being present with the couple.
The photography is the easy part. haha. Making a couple feel and look natural is a tad harder. And don't get me wrong, I do sometimes get nervous too. All 'artists' do. Even a few of my idols claim victim to being nervous before they shoot each of their weddings.
But, in all of this... I think we need to look at this as a positive. Nothing good comes from negative feelings. Pushing nerves aside and asking questions on how their wedding planning is going, or who they expect to be the life of the party are genuine insights I look to get from couples.
From this, I'll let the images speak for themselves.
Enjoy, and Happy New Year!
Ok guys, for all the readers out there... tell us all a little bit about yourselves. How did you met?
We met in Newcastle working for a construction company, and we used to spend countless hours emailing each other from our desks on the ground floor and second floor. We tried to keep our relationship a secret to avoid any awkward conversations at work, and while this might have worked for a few months it would have been pretty obvious when we were getting lunch together every day!
What was it like on your 1st date out?
It’s hard for us to pinpoint our first proper date as our relationship blurred from being best friends into becoming a couple. I guess one of our first dates would be one of our work lunch dates. We both would “forget” our lunch quite often so we had an excuse to head out together for a meal.
What's the burning reason you both fell in love with each other?
I first fell in love with Dave’s sense of humour – he genuinely makes me laugh every day, and I’m always smiling whenever I’m with him.
Cath has a smile that can light up a room and she is the sweetest, nicest person I have honestly ever met.
Shed some light on the most exciting parts of planning your time as a couple.
Some of the big moments we’ve had together have been buying our first home, bringing home our fur-child Ace, and our overseas adventures in Bali, New Zealand and Europe.
What have been the most exciting parts of planning your wedding?
We both loved choosing the venue. Finding somewhere we can feel at home, and relax with all our friends and family was really important to us. We’ve also loved choosing the food and drink to serve for our first meal as a married couple.
How do you think marriage will change your relationship?
We've lived together for 3 years now, so I don't believe it will change our relationship too much, we're already like an old married couple from time to time!
What do you most look forward to about your wedding?
We’re both looking forward to enjoying the day with all our friends and family. It will be the most incredible feeling having all the people we love in one place to help us celebrate.
We’re also really excited to have everyone come back to the property for brunch on the morning after the wedding for our recovery party!
OK - BIG ONE HERE.... Favourite colours guys - go!
Dave – blue
Cath - green
Who are the vendors that you are working with for your wedding day?
Hair & Make-up – Chic Artistry
Celebrant – Sophie Coombes
Catering – Restaurant Mason
Dessert table – Hello Naomi (Cake) Pork Ewe Deli (Grazing table)
Entertainment – Rennie Adams
Photographer – Gez Xavier Mansfield Photography
Videographer – Morelife Films
Venue – Wallalong House
What special ways do you express your love to each other?
Neither of us are really what you'd call big romantics, but we both try and find little thoughtful things to do for each other.
What made you choose this location for your engagement shoot?
We were open to doing our shoot anywhere. Gez suggested we meet in the mall which was perfect because that’s where we used to go and get all our work lunches together, and where our relationship first began.
What are the most important things that will create a long lasting and loving marriage?
Laughter, honesty and trust.
What are your favourite ways to spend time together?
Doing anything fun – going out together for dinner or lunch or just hanging out with friends. In summer we love going to the beach together with our Aussie Shepherd Ace leading the way.
And being honest here, what's been the hardest thing about planning your wedding day?
The hardest thing was probably writing a list of everything that needs to be done and then trying not to let it overwhelm you. Prioritising what to do first and trying to stay focused on the big elements helped make it seem a little less daunting.
Best relationship advice anyone has given you - spill the beans!
"Never go to bed on an argument..."
Ok, ridiculous but I have to ask all my couples...haha - If you both had magical powers to turn into an animal, what would you be, and why?
Dave: A seagull - so I could eat hot chips, watch cricket and hang out at the beach!
Cath: A dog - so I could split my time between the beach, playing in the park and napping at home.
With all the planning nearly over... what’s your relationship advice for couples planning their big day in the near future?
We found that by each choosing three things we thought were important, we could make sure we were on the same page in terms of priorities and what to spend our money on. Dave and I both picked the same things; good food, good entertainment, and everlasting memories captured by a great photographer & videographer.