Read out to find out more about Meggan & Shane’s Matilda Bay Wedding Photography story!
Our day started at the Westin Hotel in the city with Meggan and her girls while my 2nd photographer Luke hung out with Shane and their guests at Matilda Bay – which included some very friendly swans! The preparation was super chill with a delicious grazing plate that one of Meg’s beautiful bridesmaids put together for her! The view out the window was breathtaking, and if I’m being honest very daunting if you stood right against the glass and looked straight down.
Food played a very important role on the day, from Meg snacking on Pringles and Cheezels during her prep, to the donut tower in place of a wedding cake! Our morning went perfectly thanks to the talented hair and makeup artists, who joined in on the laughs throughout – making the vibe for the day super fun and relaxed. Such a calming atmosphere!
After the final touches, some photos, a few more snacks and some well-earned selfies, I snuck away to get the venue ahead of them.
The plan was to do a “first look” with Meg’s Dad a little distance away from the ceremony location so that no one else could see them! Such a touching moment before the two walked down the aisle and a great idea to do with family members or your significant other before it all gets crazy.
Shane stood proudly underneath the fig tree on the riverbank, flanked by his handsome groomsmen and their 2 dogs! First, the stunning bridesmaids made their way slowly down to take their place. Followed by an emotional Meg and her beaming father. The walk from the car wasn’t short, but thankfully it was all downhill and the wait really added to the moment!
The beautiful ceremony was officiated by their friend Toby and the rings were presented by another friend, Dave. I didn’t realise until the moment Dave stood between the two of them that I knew him. I had photographed Dave’s wedding in the past so was surprised to see him standing up there!
Following the ceremony were some quick congratulations as the sun was setting and we wanted to make the most of the beautiful golden hour glow. Luke and the guests walked the short distance up to the Bayside Kitchen where the reception was being held while we took the chance to capture some wedding party portraits – including our guests of honour, their two pooches who stole the show!
Their reception was a super lowkey cocktail event, focusing on being able to mingle with their guests in between the hilarious and emotional speeches!
Such an incredible wedding to be a part of, thank you both for choosing me to be a part of it <3
“Gemma was the photographer for our wedding in April and did an amazing job! She was so great at keeping in contact in the lead up, answering my million questions and, on the wedding day, was 100% professional. I barely noticed her there but she captured some amazing shots and we couldn’t be happier. Thanks Gemma! ”
Meggan & Shane
Some of the amazing vendors!
2nd shooter Luke Woodley Photography
Celebrant – Toby Alexander Celebrant
Hotel Preparation – The Westin Perth
Makeup – Holly Mudge Makeup Artist
Hair – Nicole Pallotta Hair
Ceremony Venue – Matilda Bay Reserve
Reception Venue – Bayside Kitchen
Florist – Kisschasey Wedding Flowers
Bridal gown – Grace Loves Lace
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