As a Wedding Photographer, I don't think there's any greater honour than being asked to photograph the wedding of another Wedding Photographer. In fact, Hannah Dlugi (nee Luscombe) knows now that I was a little terrified at the prospect when I took their engagement portraits (see here). But they were SO much fun to spend time with that I was really looking forward to the wedding! And I wasn't disappointed.
In fact, I am truly grateful that Hannah IS a photographer because her reaction to the rainy weather was one that only a photographer would have - what AWESOME weather for photos!
I know Jamie + Hannah are in for a very happy life together - they both have a "glass-half-full" attitude to life as you can see from their wedding day. Here's the story of their day in their words and my photos....
We chose Denmark for it’s beautiful natural environment, as we wanted an outdoor wedding. In particular we wanted a grassed area that was surrounded by tall majestic Karri’s. In the end we chose Denmark Waterfront, which was perfect… just by the inlet. It was also fantastic because most of our guests booked in there for the night too.
Theme & why?
We didn’t really have a “theme” more just a recycled nature feel with our love for birds thrown in there! We collected old recycled glass blue bottles, branches, everlasting flowers and some hakea pods… I did a lot of DIY including making soaps with my mother-in-law for guest gifts and seeded recycled paper with a bridesmaid for placecards. Our colours were each of our favourites…green and blue.
My dress was from Brides Selection in Perth. It’s from the 2011 Pronovias “White One” Collection. The mermaid cut felt so beautiful and whilst it wasn’t at first what I was looking for, once I tried it on I couldn’t imagine myself in anything else! Jewellery was all my “something borrowed” from my beautiful friend Sam, who wore the same pearls on her wedding day. Shoes were from Wanted shoes in Sydney, a jewelled gold peep toe flat. I also had a feathered flower hair piece from Lo Bohemie, that was sent by a close friend who was overseas at the time and couldn’t get back for the day – I was so touched.
Hair & Makeup?
My makeup was by the very talented Lauren Poultney from Girl Next Door ( who also happens to be my cousin) Hair by Jenna McCracken, a lovely lady I went to school with.
I guess you can say was me! A collection of Banksia Baxteri from my Dad’s property, Hakea pods, and Everlastings from Lucinda’s Everlastings in Kojonup. I wanted bouquets that were native, meaningful and unique and I think I succeeded there! I also made the wrist corsages and buttonholes.
Our wedding rings. Each of our parents donated a piece of gold jewellery from something old or broken and they were melted into our two wedding bands to symbolise the joining of two families.
Did everything go to plan?
Ahhhh…no. It rained.
We thought having a February wedding would surely guarantee us a sunny day. We got a sunny morning but that was it. As the time neared for me to walk down the aisle it started to rain. As we had our hearts set on being married outdoors we decided to go ahead rain and all. So all our guests borrowed and bought umbrellas and soon enough we had a little intimate umbrella ceremony complete with 2 white ones for us! It didn’t bother us at all…the rain itself was beautiful, the little birds were out chirping and playing in the rain and when I walked down the aisle I didn’t even notice it.
Brides: My most memorable moment was definitely once I’d walked down the aisle and I saw the way Jamie looked at me. It was a look I’ll never forget and in that moment I had never felt so beautiful or so loved.
Grooms: When I first saw Hannah walking down the aisle. She was an 11 out of 10.
Leith Maddock.. a fantastic celebrant who was just us! After seeing her in one of my client’s weddings I had to have her.
You can’t ask a fellow photographer this question!! It’s too hard to choose. Jamie said his is the one of us kissing at the end of the ceremony and I can almost agree. It depicts our beautiful surroundings (the umbrellas!) and how happy we are. I don’t usually like kissing photos but this one I love. My other favourite would have to be from the road surrounded by karris…the ones just of us…being us.
Our reception was held at the stunning Southern End Restaurant in Denmark, high up on the hill with stunning views.
We went on a little camping-moon the day after the wedding with our dogs to a little isolated spot on the Blackwood River near Nannup for a few days just to escape the world before we went back to work and that was fantastic. Our real honeymoon was a couple of months later ( as we didn’t want to go in US winter) and we went to Canada, Vegas, New York and then spent 10 days travelling around Alaska in an RV (our dream!!) and then a 7 day cruise down the inner aisle of Alaska. All up we were away for a month - truly a trip of a lifetime.
Hannah + Jamie
My special thanks to Ann (pictured here hiding from the rain) for helping me shoot Hannah + Jamie's big day.
Enjoy more from this day in Hannah + Jamie's slideshow below.