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bridget & stu | a farm wedding

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Man. What a day. What a crazy, windy, wonderful day. I had no real expectations of what it was going to be like - Bridge and Stu live in London, so we had only spoken on the phone briefly. I knew times and locations, and that there was going to be a LOT of family there, but nothing else. They held their wedding out at Bridget's nan's farm. Used it as a reason to get the whole, far flung and far out clan together for a day. They spent two days scrubbing out the shearing shed, before they could even think about making it look pretty. They put up a marquee for the oldies and the kids. And then they got married. To the strains of the Sta ...

mary + jono | laurens hall wedding

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Don't tell, but Laurens Hall may be my most favourite venue. Basically, it's a timber mill. That's it. The rest is up to you. It's an amazing space. Provided you and your guests can fill it with laughter. Some tears. Crazy dancing. Much love. Mary and Jono's wedding did. In spades. I knew it was going to be fun when they mentioned that they were having a first look at a pub. Followed by pizza. Tequila. And champagne. So yeah. Meet Mary and Jono.

kirsten & ed

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So, this is how I started 2016. Kirsten & Ed got married. They wanted to keep everything local, but fun. Relaxed, yet meaningful. The held their ceremony under a tree at Royal Park, then ducked over to the Melbourne Zoo for the reception. We probably could have grabbed some more portraits, but drinking champagne and hanging out was more important to them. I get that. And when two people are so clearly into each other, and enjoying their day, a portrait can be made out of every stolen glance and smile. Kirsten & Ed's wedding felt like a celebration. Of love. Of laughter. Friendship. Shared memories. Kirsten's speech was... rem ...

bridget & tim

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I took a lot away from Bridget & Tim's wedding. I learnt that no matter the weather, a good time could be had by all. I learnt that a beautiful bride that refuses to take herself seriously made for a brilliant portrait session. It re-affirmed my notion that Jonny Von Goes - JVG - is clearly one of Melbourne's most involving and stimulating celebrants, no matter the weather. I found out that a red and blue are a fantastic colour combo. I already knew that it wasn't the size of the wedding, but the appetite for fun that makes a difference - but Bridget and Tim's reception, at the Collingwood Children's Farm, was a wonderful affirmation. Tea ...

sharlette & toby

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Sharlette & Toby got married on a perfectly lovely autumn's day, at Stones Of The Yarra - in the Yarra Valley, natch. I was there, to document it for them. To shoot moments of laughter and frivolity. To record the way they feel for each other. To capture their day as they drank champagne and danced out onto the deck. Want to know a secret? Sometimes, this is the easiest job in the world.

© 2016 DARIN COLLISON | MELBOURNE WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER