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Lee & Dwight | Sydney Wedding at Montrose Berry Farm | Sutton Forest

When Lee and Dwight told me about what they had planned for their day, I almost pinched myself. It’s not every wedding I get to photograph lion dancers before the tea ceremony, an open air dance floor under the stars, and a massive sparkler exit.

They married at Montrose berry farm, the most delightfully sweet venue about one and a half hours outside of Sydney. The owners were lovely and the grounds just incredible. Seriously, if you’re getting married near Sydney, you have to check it out. Sydney was of course, bright, sunny and warm – as were the wonderful guests and the gorgeously happy bride and groom.

A pre-tea ceremony highlight was the groom and groomsmen trying to “earn” their way in past a set of bridesmaids who really made them work for it. Chilli peppers, raw egg and raw garlic all had to go down the hatch before they were allowed past. Up to the task, the boys tackled those like troopers!

I feel all groomsmen should have to do this, really.

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February 20, 2014 - 4:42 am

Bec - I love this wedding. SO much. One of my faves is Dwight spinning Lee on the dancefloor, and the shot is out of focus. I love it. Gorgeous work, all of it. x

February 20, 2014 - 4:49 am

victoria - Mary, your photos are incredible! Always something special in every frame and all so unique! Nice work.

February 20, 2014 - 5:17 am

Mary Sylvia - Thanks so much Victoria and Bec :)

February 20, 2014 - 9:32 am

Don Barrington - just amazing. great coverage and great couple.

February 20, 2014 - 9:53 am

/mariahedengren - Some crazy moments captured. And just amazing night atmosphere.

February 20, 2014 - 12:17 pm

Damian Burcher - These are outstanding, you nailed every stage of the day. Too many great photos to list them all but particular favourites are the silhouette of them framed in the door, the one of the girl spinning in the hallway, and my absolute favourite the black and white group shot just as they are getting themselves in position, perfect moment.

February 20, 2014 - 4:24 pm

lisa lacroix - These are absolutely beautiful. What a stunning wedding!!!

February 20, 2014 - 5:34 pm

Amy Barton - Wow – what a wedding story! Soooo many beautiful details and some stunning portraits thrown in there too! Good job Mary :)

February 23, 2014 - 6:18 am

Anton Chia - Love those portraits in the trees!

February 23, 2014 - 5:20 pm

heathernan - I can hardly stand all the cute kiddos and that baby! Love the dragon candids of the kids… Such a wonderful wedding, so well done!

February 24, 2014 - 12:54 am

ALMA // - Awesome frames!!

February 24, 2014 - 4:09 am

Janet - What an epic day! And you’ve captured it all perfectly

February 24, 2014 - 4:15 am

Mercedes - Mary, these are so pretty! I adore this couple and…dragon! So much fun to look throughout these.

February 24, 2014 - 8:58 pm

Joseph Hall - Love the bride portraits and the boy singing into the hairbrush – fab photos.

February 28, 2014 - 8:06 am

Cole - So wicked. Also wicked was seeing you and Sam in Wellington! Such a fun afternoon. Until next time!

March 2, 2014 - 7:54 pm

Cassandra - Aruba Photographers - Great groomsmen tradition! The emotions are very well captured in this photo collection!

Three Years

Happy anniversary my Sam.

“Simply, my darling, I will love you, always.”

 
February 4, 2014 - 2:11 am

Heather - Oh how I love you two darlings. Well, mostly I love Mary, but Sam gets loved based on his good taste in women alone.

February 4, 2014 - 7:06 am

Bec - This just makes my heart feel good <3 I love the photo, and happy anniversary. x

February 4, 2014 - 9:06 am

Joseph Hall - Gorgeously scrummy photo!

February 5, 2014 - 1:16 am

Maxwell Monty - Mary this is beautiful! The shadows and tones are so awesome.

February 5, 2014 - 10:36 am

Tim May - Lovely shot. Lovely light. Lovely moment

Anna and Kester Sneak Peek | Featherston Wedding Photography Tarureka | In the Olive Grove

Anna and Kester were married at Tarureka; a gorgeous location I’ve had the pleasure of photographing at many times. What was different this time, was that they also booked out the Olive Grove up the road, and I was just about beside myself with happiness shooting among overgrown buttercups and daisies in an established olive orchard. I can’t recommend this little hideaway enough if you’re getting married at Turareka; it’s perfection, and just 2 minutes away.

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I don’t usually post much more than a few portraits for a ‘sneak peek’ post, but I couldn’t resist including this next shot. I got it while Anna and Kester were waiting happily for their witnesses to sign their marriage register during the wedding ceremony; a time where I love focusing on the couple since it’s usually the first moment they get to take each other in all day. Anna turned to Kester and they just looked at each other. It made for such a beautiful moment.

Signing the marriage license, first look

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Venue: Tarureka

Photo Venue: In the Grove

Hair and Makeup: Miranda Millen

Flowers: Piccadilly Flower Company

January 5, 2014 - 9:12 am

Kogn wai - very nice. can’t wait to see more

January 5, 2014 - 11:45 am

Rowan Ellson Arias - Beautiful beautiful photographs, my compliments to the photographer… But let’s face it, with that sort of love it was always going to be transparent! You’ve made me blub like a small child Anna- but I guess you knew you would xxxxxxxxxxxcx

January 5, 2014 - 4:40 pm

lisa lacroix - Each photograph is extraordinary, the area you have taken this set of photos in is beautiful.

January 6, 2014 - 2:36 am

Rachelle - What a completely stunning couple! Can’t wait to see the full wedding!

January 6, 2014 - 3:00 am

Matt - Beautiful photos as always!

January 6, 2014 - 3:49 am

Shyann - Your photos are so swoon worthy Mary! Love these

January 6, 2014 - 2:30 pm

Brian - Daaaamn. Awesome set of images!

January 6, 2014 - 4:51 pm

Becca Dilley - Right now it is -20 Fahrenheit where I am, and I think that I will just keep looking back at that first image to warm me up. I love the slightly cool tones and low contrast, but the composition is what really get me. Just lovely. Thanks for a little bit of summer!

January 6, 2014 - 5:56 pm

Jessie - i literally stopped and stared at the image with rainbow! BEAUTIFUL!

January 6, 2014 - 7:31 pm

Amanda Basteen - Mary, these are gorgeous!! Love them!! Especially that top frame!

January 6, 2014 - 8:30 pm

Veronica Varos - Stunning! One of my favorite sets of yours!

January 7, 2014 - 8:25 pm

Paul Von Rieter - These are amazing. Such a beautifully warm set of images. I am super loving the bottom left image… the light is perfect.

January 8, 2014 - 11:37 am

Tim May - Love the lens flare on the one near the bottom. Beautiful. Reminds me of warmer times!

January 10, 2014 - 10:52 pm

Vitaly - Money! Timeless captures.

January 12, 2014 - 9:39 pm

Tim Kelly - Stunning as always. I love your work. The fist frame is just so good. And the colours, wow!

January 13, 2014 - 9:02 pm

Liz Gupta - Magic, magic, magic, so wonderful to see you both on your special day. you guys are amazing x

February 3, 2014 - 11:56 am

Joseph Hall - Great soft tones – perfect for the setting and couple – lovely shots – can’t wait for the rest!

Helen and John | The Landing Wedding Photography Masterton

I think willow trees are my favorite. Helen and John married at the Landing in Wairarapa, Masterton, and one of the features on that property are these romantic weeping willows. Helen looked amazing standing in the shade of one, with a slight breeze coming in, it was perfection for photos. So here’s a tiny sneak peek in the last post before the holidays; I hope everyone has the most lovely Christmas with lots of family and friends, and of course love all around.

 

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December 20, 2013 - 7:56 am

alexbee - wow, Mary. What lovely tones!! So pretty.

December 20, 2013 - 8:32 am

PJ - Bride is so cute ;) Great, Mary!

December 20, 2013 - 12:21 pm

Tim - You’re right those willows are beautiful. And the light… just so good.

December 20, 2013 - 3:30 pm

Mercedes - Mary these are so impressively beautiful!

December 20, 2013 - 8:37 pm

Shyann - One heck of a preview! Love it! Great work Mary!

December 21, 2013 - 12:33 am

Paul - Great photos! Great use of scenery and colours!

December 21, 2013 - 3:29 am

Priya - That first image is amazing! Great set!

December 21, 2013 - 3:35 am

Nora - Gorgeous! Looking forward to seeing more.

December 21, 2013 - 4:14 pm

sam hurd - i’m usually not a fan of vertical photos but that first one is epic.

December 23, 2013 - 2:13 am

Bec - Ethereal.
Georgous work Mary.

December 23, 2013 - 3:50 am

Teresa K - Gorgeous images Mary…I’m swooning!!

December 23, 2013 - 6:03 am

Damien - Beautiful Mary, small but intimate post

December 23, 2013 - 6:11 pm

Carsten - Love love love it! Love the warm feeling and the film look! very well done!

December 30, 2013 - 1:03 am

Tim Kelly - Stunning images Mary! The first photo is amazing. I love it so much! It almost looks like a painting.

February 3, 2014 - 11:56 am

Joseph Hall - WOW! adore the first shot – so original!

Sarah and Jason Preview | Wedding at Hobbiton | Matamata New Zealand Wedding Photography

Not all those who wander are lost.

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December 11, 2013 - 8:14 am

Elissa - I am FREAKING OUT. This is the most awesome wedding I’ve ever seeeeen. I love Hobbiton. And every frame is AMAZING.

December 11, 2013 - 10:08 am

Tracy Morter - Magical!

December 11, 2013 - 10:47 am

Matt - Love the shots and what you’ve achieved with the tonal balances.

December 11, 2013 - 11:35 am

Tim May - Hobbit houses: Awesome!!!!

December 11, 2013 - 12:32 pm

Mathias Cederholm - Brilliant! The second and the last ones are my favourite. Very intimate and beautiful.

December 11, 2013 - 6:31 pm

Johanna Hietanen - Officially jealous. ;)

December 11, 2013 - 6:46 pm

Joseph Yarrow - Wow, this place actually exists?! Beautiful images Mary.
Congratulations Sarah and Jason.

December 11, 2013 - 6:49 pm

Brett - Is this place even real? Truly amazing work!

December 11, 2013 - 7:29 pm

alexbee - OH MY GOD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

December 11, 2013 - 7:33 pm

small - Oooooh! Love the hobbit house! SO fun!

December 11, 2013 - 8:11 pm

Kat Forsyth - Eeek, Hobbiton! *adds to list of must-shoot places* So gorgeous!

December 11, 2013 - 10:10 pm

Danny - I NEED MORE!!!! These are fantastic!

December 11, 2013 - 11:50 pm

Emily - Um you need to post WAY MORE of these!!!! How gorgeous! I love the first black and white and the shot of them kissing in the doorway. So beautiful, Mary.

December 12, 2013 - 5:13 am

Mercedes - More please? These are insanely good!

December 12, 2013 - 9:56 pm

Matthew Long - Wow, these are so cool. Lovely.

December 13, 2013 - 1:27 am

Jason Young - Thanks everyone! Mary did an amazing job, as evidenced here. We were very lucky to have her there to capture the day.

December 13, 2013 - 6:38 am

Mary Sylvia - Aw thanks Jason! You guys looked amazing and you had such a beautiful story to tell :)

December 13, 2013 - 4:39 pm

Jakob - Awesome.

December 23, 2013 - 6:16 pm

Carsten - Such a beautiful location and amazing work!