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Dennis and Angela – A Sydney Harbour Wedding

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Assisted By: Ryan Ong
Celebrant: Natasha Hill – Hills Celebrant
Wedding Reception: Tarpeian Lawn – Botanical Gardens
Makeup and Hair: Martha Mok – DMakeupstation
Dinner Reception:
L’Aqua – Cocklebay Wharf

When Dennis and Angela contacted me from Hong Kong I thought I’d have to make plans to travel, not so it seemed, as they told me of their plans to be wedded in the land of OZ. Everyone loves Sydney!

Finally the day came, and as we arrived at the brides house the make up artists were already busy at work. Angela, the bride-to-be was looking remarkably relaxed and ushered us around and even offered us breakfast! To date, she has to be the most relaxed bride I’ve shot. And the photos below, are a testament that the secret to the best wedding photos come when the bride and groom are both relaxed! I hope you enjoy just some of the photos of Dennis and Angela’s wedding day! (too many awesome shots of these two to post all of them!)

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This was a bit of a shocker for me too. Its the first time I’ve seen honey and tea served to the best man in this way! and then it was the game of pass the cookies:)

It was time to change out of the traditional Chinese Qua and into the beautiful flowing white wedding dress. As Martha Mok applied the final touches to her make up, Angela was simply glowing as the light hit her.

The ceremony was at the lawn overlooking two of Sydneys most famous icons, the bridge and the opera house and what backdrop it was. The air was so clear that I could see the people looking like ants on the famous Bridgewalk.

The page boy and flower girl got ready as bride and her bridesmaids queued up for the bridal march. As they walked up the aisle, the page boy flashed what looked like Blue Steel™, or was that Magnum™, or possibly La Tigre™ ?;)So much so that the flower girl got nervous and was too scared to walk down the aisle. Poor thing!

Bouquet toss time, as the tradition as it that the girl who catches it is the next to wed. Well as it was in the air you could see the interception attempt and as fate would have it. It was knocked off course in midair, pushed into the hands of the fate girl! The look on her face!

Maggie and Enoch – Married! at Penshurst Anglican Church

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Assisted by: Ryan Ong
Make up and Hair: Sophie Lau Hair and Makeup
Wedding venue: Penshurst Anglican Church
Reception: Dalton House – Sylvania Waters

It wasnt long ago when I spent a day shooting portraits for this lovely couple (See Here) and now is the day for them to be wed.

First thing I noticed was Maggies’ paper figurines adorning the living room, I wondered if these were hand made gifts from Enoch? I enlisted some help straight away from Totoro for the ring shots, a big help indeed! As the girls were getting their make up done, I managed to sneak off to get a few dress shots using the reflection of the pool. Little did I know that I was being watched in the backyard by their lovely and huge pet doberman! As I hopped over the gate, I thought to myself – the hazards of being a wedding photographer:)

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See a clown and some men wearing garbage bags? Yup thats right. The groom and groomsmen are obliged to “endure” a series of “challenges” set by the bridesmaids before he can see the bride. Below were those in the following order.

  1. Dress up in ridiculous outfits – Put on lipstick – Scare the neighbors (whom were wondering if they should call the police)
  2. Blow up 50+ balloons, which are to be popped using only man-chests…..
  3. Completely eat cups and bowls full of – I believe it was vegemite + peanut butter + crushed banana.
  4. Sing love songs to Maggie…loudly

Let the GAMES begin…

The guests arrived and after our mini-portrait session with the beautiful bride and bridesmaid, they were ready to walk in. I’ve seen these many times, bride marches in, groom takes her hand and the ceremony starts. Not this time! I turned around and saw Enoch playing the violin as she marched in, what a lovely surprise.

As the lunch reception was over, I prayed that the weather would get better so our plans for the bridal photos wouldn’t be a wash out. The rains held long enough for some lovely shots of Mr and Mrs  and their bridal party. Of course, Enoch always making Maggie laugh, started to make faces as I directed them..then Maggie let him know who was boss.

Eric and Vivian – A Wedding at Sydney Alliance Church


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Make up and Hair: Selene Mok
Flowers:  Cindy Ng (Cnergy Flowers)
Decorations: Eveleen Shao
Canapes: Amy Fung, Carol Leung
Wedding venue: Sydney Chinese Alliance Church
Reception:
Waterfront – The Rocks

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The day before, Sydney reached a scorching 46^c! Arriving at Vivians home, there was none of that scorching heat, everyone was just relaxed and chilling out.  One by one, the girls got their make up and hair done by Selene. As Vivian got in her wedding dress I couldn’t but notice those crimson red shoes! Soon the family arrived so did the girls, to set up the challenges for the groomsmen.

Couldn’t resist putting the slideshows in for this post! After glamming up the groom and groomsmen with some lipstick, the challenge was set. And for those of you wondering what the challenge was, they had to dance to this (Youtube Link)! And then read out aloud his intentions to Vivian – Romeo and Juliet style:)

Walking to the car, Eric and Vivian were already celebrating. Later arriving at the Church, I could see why. The decorating team and all their friends did a great job from lining the pews to the canapes and to the secret confetti which to be unleashed on the soon-to-be-wedded couple.

Off to the bridals portraits we went. As the rain started to set in, the trusty best man and his yellow umbrella saved the day. (And also gaining a bit of attention, after a hens party kidnapped him for a while!)

 

Peggy and Peter – A Chinese Garden Wedding

 

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Assisted by: Ryan Ong
Make up and Hair
:
Sophie Lau
Wedding venue: Sydney Chinese Garden of Friendship
Celebrant:
Glenda Davison
Reception:
Fishermans Wharf Pyrmont

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As I arrived, I looked up and the sun had already broken through to reveal a clear blue sky, perfect weather for an outdoor wedding.  Peggy was up, and having her make up done by the talented Sophie Lau and her team. I went on elsewhere to admire the details of the day, her dress, with the delicate patterns of the the lace, the pastel pinks of the flowers, and then I was immediately drawn to the engagement ring. Photos could not do it justice, as the brilliance and shine matched perfectly that of the bride. Good work Peter – on the 4Cs! Speaking of Peter, it seemed they were relaxing with a bit of morning ironing and some Gangnam style with the boys. Then off to decorating the bridal car and more Gangnam style! I had a feeling that it was going to be an awesome performance that night.

Notes from the harp filled the air as the guests parted for the bridal party. Peter, eager to get a glimpse of the bride, as she walked down the aisle. Peggy gave him a smile, while Peter responded with a cheeky tongue poke! The ceremony was charged with emotion and as Peggy struggled to keep back tears of joy. It was towards the end where the new couple embraced their family and friends that I got to capture some of the most memorable raw emotions of any wedding.

Off to the bridal shoots! And we took with us a prop for the day. A big yellow duck in a suitcase to set into Darling Harbour;)

All day I knew there was going to be rendition of Gangham style, little did I know it was going to break out after their first dance with the entire bridal group! Awesome indeed. (Video coming soon!)

Charlene and Richard – A wedding at St Martins Killara


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Advent was in full swing as Christmas was just around the corner. But for today, it was another big event in waiting, Richard and Charlene’s wedding! As I walked into the church, it was hard not to notice those beautiful stain glassed windows and stone walls that brought out its character. Together with those flowers, which adorned every pew, it was going to be a special day. As soon as the flower girls and page boy rushed out, I knew the bride had arrived. As her father escorted her into the church I could see the emotions on his face trying to hold back those tears. Canon in D started to play as the march started, I was mum rush up to Charlene to lift up her veil and dry her eyes. She held on to those tears of joy a bit longer as she made it to Richard in waiting. Congratulations Mr and Mrs Lee!

Flowers / Decorations: Cnergy flowers (Cindy Ng)
Wedding venue: St Martins Anglican Church Killara
Reception:
Zilver Chinese Restaurant

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We made our way to Lavender bay for a short bridal session and just as we wrapped up, the rain came down, perfect timing!

Reception time and it was off to Zilver for some delicious Chinese banquet food. First thing I noticed when arriving was the figurines on the cake, guitar in one hand and giggling blushing bride, I wondered if this was how Richard proposed?

The night went on, dish after dish, and now was time for the new couple to face the games organized by their friends. First up was scalp guessing? Charlene got it right in the first guess! Guess she really did know Richards scalp very well:)