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Patty & John | Wedding

Patty & John’s wedding was quite different for me. The entire ceremony and much of the reception were spoken in Korean and it completely changed the way I saw things for the day. I couldn’t rely on hearing beautiful words and anticipating a reaction, everything was visual, and it was incredible. One thing I know for certain is that love and laughter translate in every language!

Everyone got ready at the Shangrila Hotel in The Rocks. While I’ve done a few first looks in the past, it was the first time I’ve had a bride and groom actually get ready together. Admittedly, John left before Patty got into her dress, but it was very sweet to watch her putting on his bow tie :)

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The ceremony was held at St Mary’s Cathedral. Only a few weeks after Kami & Stephen’s wedding there!

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This church is breathtaking!

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Her smile says it all.

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A few portraits across the road in Hyde Park…

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We then headed down to Mrs Macquaries Chair for a few more with the big landmarks.

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The reception was in the Grand Ballroom at the Shangrila Hotel.

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The reception incorporated a traditional Korean Tea Ceremony. So much colour!

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John had to carry Patty around the room as a symbol that he would always take care of her.

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One thing for certain, the Koreans know how to party :)

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Another crazy photobooth :)

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Patty & John, I hope you had the best day ever! I certainly had an amazing time capturing it for you xx

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Stephanie & Dean | Wedding

Stephanie & Dean were married recently on what was an incredible day full of tradition!

I started out with Stephanie at her parents house, getting ready for the first part of the day. Her red lace dress was just divine.

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This was my first chinese door games experience, and I can’t wait for the next one! For those who have never seen this before, the groom arrives at the brides house to collect her for the tea ceremony. First he must pass a series of tests to prove he’s worthy. These range from questions to determine how well he knows her, to humiliating him in front of everyone – in this case, wearing a bright red lingerie set (unfortunately the red stilettos were a little small).

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After about 15 minutes of talking through the door and passing bribes underneath, he was finally allowed inside.

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Finally, they left for the first tea ceremony at Dean’s family home.

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Then back to Stephanie’s family home with a pig as a gift from Dean’s family.

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After the second Tea Ceremony, Stephanie changed into a stunning white dress to wear for the remainder of the day.

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The ceremony was held at the Deckhouse in Woolwich.

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From the ceremony, we spent a little time wandering the pier and park nearby, before heading to the city for some more portraits.

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The reception was held at The Eight restaurant in Chinatown.

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Gangnam style!!

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Another quick change back in to red for the last few formalities.

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Stephanie & Dean, I hope you both had the most incredible day & are having a ball in Europe!

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Jasmine & Ivan | Wedding

Jasmine & Ivan are high school sweethearts, which I think it just about the most adorable thing ever.  They were married at the end of August in what was a truly spectacular day, start to finish.

I started out with the girls in Carlton, where the excitement was electric. Everyone was buzzing and joking and there wasn’t a hint of nerves or stress anywhere.

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We then headed to The Gardens on Forest in Peakhurst for the ceremony.

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Jasmine got completely choked up during her vows and I think the entire crowd of family and friends cried along with her as she made it through.

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We then headed to Ballast Point Park in Balmain for an hour or so. I could have spent a whole day here. There’s so many amazing backdrops locations around the park.

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A few more at Breakfast Point just as the sun was setting. I love how relaxed they are in each others arms.

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The reception was held at the Rhodes Phoenix restaurant & the food was amazing!!

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A shot tea ceremony before the reception officially got started.

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A father & daughter dance off & a dancefloor to remember!

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Jasmine & Ivan, I hope you had the best day ever. I certainly had a ball capturing it for you :)

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