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TeePee // The Grounds of Alexandria Wedding


Oh me, oh my! Theresa & Pete (affectionately called TeePee by their friends and family) had one cracker of a wedding, and honestly, I knew it was going to be a lot of fun and a lot of craziness right from the get-go.

You see, I met Theresa & Pete in 2011. Vy, Theresa’s sister was getting married, so we set up a time to meet and I met not only Vy & Matt, but also Theresa, Pete, and Matt’s sister, Alexis. It was intense in the best way possible! I loved that they were so close and involved in each other’s lives. They cared not just about the photos, but also how everyone got along.

Theresa & Pete’s wedding was planned in much the same way as that very first meeting, making sure that everyone got along and enjoyed themselves, their wedding wasn’t just a celebration of their love, but also of how much they loved their families and friends. Of course with a little bit of quirk thrown in… I mean, how awesome are the TEE PEE balloons?! And bowling the morning of the wedding? I feel like this is a new trend that needs to be started! It was just awesome how excited everyone got for bowling and also just how relaxed Pete was!

I’m not the only one who thinks this wedding is crazy adorable, it was recently featured on one of my favourite blogs, Nouba, you can check it out here.

Theresa’s dress: Carla Zampatti
Theresa’s shoes: Mimco
Bridesmaids dresses: Carla Zampatti
Pete’s suit: Brent Wilson suit, Saba shirt
Pete’s shoes: Aquila
Rings: Cerrone (Theresa), Raffini (Pete)
Accessories: Tiffany & Co. earrings, The Tie Bar ties
Hair: Murphy Gozzard Hair Community
Makeup: Liquid Illusion
Ceremony/reception venue: The Grounds of Alexandria, Sydney
Celebrant: Kirsten Carter Custom Celebrations
Flowers: Florals by Silva
Entertainment: The Baker Boys Band
Stationery/invitations: DIY, printed by Digital Press
Transport: bride’s father’s BMW

Entry way at Theresa & Pete's getting ready for their wedding
amazing decorative T and yellow bridesmaids dress

Carla Zampatti black and white stripe wedding dress
Theresa's Mimco wedding shoes
A detail of Instax Minis
Makeup getting ready with Liquid Illusion Makeup
Writing the Maid of Honour speech
The final makeup touches in the morning for Theresa & Pete's wedding at The Grounds
Final touches of makeup by Liquid Illusion Makeup Sydney
Theresa getting into her Carla Zampatti wedding gown
Bride getting dressed in her gown
Bride walking down the stairs in her black and white stripe wedding dress
Theresa putting on her Mimco shoes at the last moment
Floral hair piece by Florals by Silva
putting dad's bow tie on and getting ready to get married
Bridal portrait the morning of her wedding
Bowling the morning of their wedding in Alexandria, Sydney
Sitting around at the bowling alley and getting ready for the next frame
Celebrating at a bowling strike
The groom bowling on the morning of his wedding
Congratulations sign at the bowling alley for Theresa & Pete
The boys getting ready house for the wedding
Miss Molly, the puppy getting ready with the boys for the wedding
Pete getting ready for the wedding
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Groom doing up his shirt
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Theresa & Pete's wedding ceremony at The Grounds of Alexandria
The rooster at The Grounds of Alexandria walking around at TeePee wedding
Theresa arriving for her wedding in her dad's vintage BMW
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Individual portraits of the bridal party
Bride & Groom portrait with lush greenery around
Theresa & Pete in the atrium at The Grounds
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Lush green wedding portraits at The Grounds of Alexandria
Striped wedding dress and stripes at The Grounds of Alexandria
Quirky wedding portraits in Sydney
quirky dancing portraits of Theresa & Pete at The Grounds of Aelxandria
quirky dancing portraits of Theresa & Pete at The Grounds of Aelxandria
quirky dancing portraits of Theresa & Pete at The Grounds of Aelxandria
yellow, black and white bridal party portrait
Bride & Groom with a big yellow ballon at Sydney Park
Bride & Groom with a big yellow ballon at Sydney Park
Wedding portraits at dusk
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The Grounds of Alexandria wedding
Sydney Wedding Photographer
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Rangefinder 30 Rising Stars of Wedding Photography 2014


These magazines have sat beside my side of the couch for a little while now, I think from pure shock I haven’t posted about it on the blog. When I started out in wedding photography, this was the list I read every year looking at who the newest batch of amazing wedding photographers were and aspiring to create the same level of work for my couples as they did for theirs.

I’ve always dreamt of being a photographer and have found so much joy in getting to actually live out that dream, that getting this kind of recognition for it feels like icing on the cake. What makes it so much sweeter is that some of my favourite people and wonderful photographers are on that list along with me. We, essentially, grew up together photographically. I’ve known Nessa & Brit since before I shot my first wedding, and they’ve both helped shape and support the person and photographer that I’ve become. I’m thankful to them and to all the couples that have hired me to document their day and have trusted my vision and style. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

rangefinder rising stars of wedding photography,  sydney wedding photographer
rangefinder rising stars of wedding photography,  sydney wedding photographer


Katelyn + Tyler’s Awesome Saloon Themed Rehearsal {Spokane Wedding}


So much of what we do as photographers is about anticipation and happenstance, a mix knowing where and how to be at the right place at the time and being at the right place at the right time by kismet. With Katelyn & Tyler, it was the kismetic recommendation of a fellow photographer friend Matt Shumate that brought us into each other’s spheres and brought me to Spokane in Washington to shoot their very much family affair of a wedding.

Katelyn & Tyler invited my better half, Nick & I to their saloon themed rehearsal dinner a couple of days before their wedding to get to know their family & friends. Through our Skype chats & emails they’d very much begun to feel like old friends and I won’t lie, I was really excited to meet their extended families and get to know everyone a little bit better. I was told that under no circumstances was I to bring my camera (but really… what kind of a photographer would I be if I left the hotel without at LEAST one camera?) and that we were there to be their guests and enjoy it all.

I’ve never been more thankful for my always camera-toting ways than when we arrived at Tyler’s family farm. I wish there was a way to bottle that atmosphere, because really, it felt like we’d arrived at our family house.

I’m going to camera-geek a little bit with you guys and say that one of the things that I loved about shooting this rehearsal was shooting purely with one camera and one lens (Canon 5D Mark III & 50L for my curious photographer friends). There’s something about using the one focal length and using your feet & getting up close and personal which I love, it makes you think everything through much more clearly.

 

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I Love Wednesdays at One Fine Day


To say we loved our booth for this year’s One Fine Day would be an understatement. It was a real labour of love and DIY goodness. We basically transported a part of my house to Australian Technology Park and tried to bring love and colour to our booth.

A lot was DIYed in the weeks prior to the fair, including our rug (which is not so secretly my faovourite DIY from this year). But our kind of amazing wall was made by the wonderful guys from WildSets, who built our epic wall, I really wanted it to feel lived in and like you were coming into our backyard and they really nailed the look. It turned out more perfect than I could’ve imagined, and I’m trying to figure out how to put it up in our house!

Thank you to my better half Nick for, as always, keeping me sane and running with my crazy ideas, my biz buddy Vic for making sure things ran smoothly, Jack attack for coming to help set everything up and to everyone else who came and said hello it was so lovely to meet you all and I hope you enjoyed the fair!

xx

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Christine + TK {Loved Up} Cockatoo Island


It’s a rainy Monday here in Sydney and I feel like some sunshine and smiles and Christine & TK’s loved up session brings that in spades! There’s so much love between these two, I remember our first chat, via Skype, and even with the connection breaking up, the way that they spoke and looked at each other was just beyond wonderful (and made me not so secretly excited to get to spend time with them).

Christine & TK both have a love of food and our little adventure around Cockatoo Island became a gastronomic delight, I think I have a list a mile long of restaurants I now want to check out, especially a lot of places in Perth, where their wedding is going to be very, very soon (so keep your eyes posted for more of these two).

xx Len

 

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Christine & TK Loved Up on Cockatoo Island
Christine & TK Loved Up on Cockatoo Island
Christine & TK Loved Up on Cockatoo Island
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Sydney Loved Up Photographer
Cockatoo Island engagement photography
Christine & TK loved up on Cockatoo Island
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Cockatoo Island engagement photography
Cockatoo Island engagement photography
Love, love, love on Cockatoo Island
Love, love, love on Cockatoo Island
Christine & TK Loved Up on Cockatoo Island
Christine & TK Loved Up on Cockatoo Island
Christine & TK Loved Up on Cockatoo Island
Christine & TK Loved Up on Cockatoo Island
Christine & TK Loved Up on Cockatoo Island
Christine & TK Loved Up on Cockatoo Island
Christine & TK Loved Up on Cockatoo Island
Christine & TK Loved Up on Cockatoo Island