It was a gorgeous Sunday, the sun was shining and Hayden and Chantae were getting ready to say their vows and promises to each other. Hayden and is mates got ready at the stunning Cowries in Shellharbour Village, a modern B&B just meters from the beach. Hayden was cool, calm and relaxed, which I think is just his nature in general. He was more worried about his beautiful bride, praying that everything would go to plan as she had put so much effort into planning their day.
Chantae was much the same as Hayden when I arrived, just a little more emotional and nervous, as every bride is. Chantae wore a stunning Stella York gown from Cheboom Bridal (details here.)
The ceremony and reception were held at the beautiful Panorama House, Bulli Tops (details here). I have lived in the Illawarra my whole life and I must say, I never get sick of the stunning views we have from the top of the escarpment. Hayden and Chantae requested a 'unplugged' ceremony as they wanted it to be private, intimate and shared with the people that are most important to them, their close family and friends. The ceremony was styled by the talented Renay from All Occasion Flowers and Party Hire (details here) Tiffany chairs supplied by South Coast Party Hire (details here).
Chantae and Hayden are blessed to have a couple of children in their lives, Chantae's little sister and Hayden's nephew. I might add has the sweetest, funniest, giggle ever! It came in handy later on!.
Hayden and Chantae wrote their vowes, promises and dreams to each other and declared them in front of 70 of their closest friends and family.
Toward the end of the ceremony the storm clouds were rolling in, they were black with tinges of green in them. We hurried to Apple Shack, Glenbernie Orchard at Darkes Forest. here we were greated with thunder, lightening, some rain and Jo (one of the owners) with a basket of champagne, cider and glasses whisking us off to the first location. We quickly got some images in the apple orchards near the old fire place before the rain got to heavy (and lightening too close for comfort). Hayden and Chantae were troopers and just went with the flow. Jo was fantastic, nothing was any trouble for her, she drove my car around behind us just incase a massive downpour hit so that Hayden and Chantae could jump in. Jo made sure that they had everything they needed and more. Massive Thanks to the team at Apple Shack!. Be sure to check their website out, details here.
Chantae just looked a vision in her Stella York gown, hair by Jody Johnston and make up by Melissa Gigliotti from MG Artistry by Melissa Gigliotti (details here)
All the beautiful florals were supplied by Renay from All Occasion Flowers and Party Hire (details here)
Hayden and Chantae's reception was held in the Pacific Room of Panorama house. It had spectacilar views of the illawarra and the storm that had just passed. The room was set up beautifully in crisp white draping with touches of pink. Their detailed 3 tiered cake was created by the talented Judy Ayre from Judy Ayre Cakes (details here)
Hayden and Chantae had a photo booth at their reception. At their 'Love Session' they bought along an instant camera which they took selfies and we captured a photo similar to the one below. I thought it was only fitting and a nice way to end this photographic journey by replicating it as MR and MRS Southern!
Hayden and Chantae thank you for the honour, it was a pleasure getting to know you both and documenting your beautiful day. I wish you much love, happiness and laughter throughout your marriage.
A massive Thank You to the creative team who helped make this wedding possible.
Assistant Photographer - Dee Jones
Ceremony and Reception Venue - Panorama House, Bulli Tops www.panoramahouse.com.au
Formal Photos Location - Apple Shack, Gelnbernie Orchard, Darkest Forest. www.appleshack.com.au
Grooms Preparation Accommodation - Cowries B&B, Shellharbour Village. www.visitshellharbour.com.au/cowries-harbourside-shellharbour-village
Bridal Gown - Stella York, Cheboom Bridal, Port Kembla. www.cheboom.com
Bridal Hair - Jody Johnston
Bridal Make-up - MG Artistry by Melissa Giglotti www.mgartistry.com.au
Tiffany Chairs - South Coast Party Hire www.scph.com.au
Cake - Judy Ayre Cakes www.judyayrecakes.com