Elise + Damon / Pre Wedding. Backstreets and a million Laughs

This pre wedding photoshoot of Elise + Damon was tee’d up after they dropped their gorgeous little girls off at their Grandad’s house, before cruising up north to the sleek backstreets of Newcastle! A perfect location hand picked to beat the crowds, melt some ice and feel great in eachother’s arms - not to mention the laughs!

And the best part - we didn’t have to worry about yelling out ‘Car!’ when crossing roads!

Personal journeys like this shoot bring out the best in each other as you both find the comfort zone …

And just think how awesome the day will be when their girls find these shots hidden away for 15 years! Another perfect day in pre wedding photography paradise! Hope you love this one!!

Enjoy + Peace!

Gez Xavier Mansfield


Winter has come and Gone! Golden Light Wedding Prep with Kirsty + Andrew

Newcastle is one of my personal fave photo backdrops. It’s kind of hard to beat up here in the Hunter Valley, as it offers so much more than just a pristine water view. Preparing for their wedding, Kirsty and Andrew wanted their shoot to have the feelings of home, coming from the Inner West in Sydney, with the beach and salty air near by - just the perfect location to hold their pre wedding session.

Beating the crowds in, they head up the freeway mid week to meet me at Hunter Street Mall, talking in all things backstreets, rooftops, graffiti and a little bit of wedding chat... all while having a relaxed, fun photo shoot.

With less than a month before their wedding day, excitement was high, and I sure knew how to expertly frame all the pretty photos of these two, just being in love. Keeping the style light and fun, we bounced from location to location, allowing that famous Hunter Valley afternoon light to work it’s magic as the sun set.

“For me, it’s about making these guys feel amazing in the time we have. Whoever the couple... and no matter where. Full stop. And the experience these amazing couples have with me on these wedding shoots always differ, in an awesome way.”

“I think it’s important to spend time with your wedding photographer before your big day, as you would with other wedding vendors. And these session really allow them to be them…together. Forget strict poses and tourist locations… I even ask couples to choose a way when we come to an intersection. It keeps me sharp, and gives them the freedom they hopefully never thought was possible on a couple shoot”

So here we go - you’re about to see some awesome love on another relaxed Newcastle photo session! By now their wedding would have been shot and edited, but it’s always nice to take a step back and see where I first met them…and to show you all how well couples can look, with a tiny afternoon session.

What a beautiful way to memorialise the year ahead and and celebrate your love!

Hope you love - and throw me (or them a comment if you like!)

Enjoy + Peace

Gez Xavier Mansfield


Modern Wedding Inspiration from another beautiful Enzo Engagement!

We happen to believe that wedding season is actually all year round—gone are the days when a summer wedding is the only kind! At least not here in the best wine growing location that N.S.W has to offer anyway!

And continuing the year with weddings for all seasons means you get some seriously unique wedding design ideas, story telling images and gorgeous photography at some amazing, well known local venues.

It’s no secret that luscious Hunter Valley grapes on the vines look as amazing on as they do off! Giving a whole new look and feel to the venue, specially in the late afternoon! So much so that you can actually have your wedding reception outside on the deck over looking just a section of what Enzo Weddings has to offer out at Ironbark Hill, in Pokolbin. Letting the views add to the perfect backdrop for any sized winter wedding in the Hunter Valley!

The day came together with planning + textures and styling throughout by the well know Enzo team, and the attention to detail was second to none. Wed by Kez was the official celebrant for the excited couple, and this tuned in awesomely as she warmed the crowd up for what was to be an emotional but fun celebration!

Another reason why this wedding venue just continues to be such a popular spot for guests and families alike is the vendors that keep getting asked back! With his holsters drawn, boots tapping and constant chatting with the guest filled the pockets of silence, Gez kept the vibe alive as soon as he and the cameras rolled in! Adding in pops and vibrants rocking florals by Jade McIntosh Flowers, this day was nothing short of amazing!

With all this, the elopement chapel held cheers for Carly and Josh as the kicked the doors open on what was to be their new, next chapter, cheerings with the 150 guests both on the the grounds and on the dancefloor soon after!

Scroll on for a sneak peek and fall in love with all the cozy details in photos from Gez Xavier Mansfield Photography, with more images to come in the coming weeks!