I met Laura and Alistair about 15 minutes before they were due to get married. Quite unusual, but not a problem. No preparation photography, just diving into the crux of it and holding my breath until late into the night. I loved every minute of it. With no rigid set plan, it just flowed. Blessings to you and for your life together. It was a privilege to be a part and to bear witness, my camera and I, to the heart of the matter. Unbelievable humans, welcome Mr and Mrs Laura and Alistair.

Celebrant: Ben Carlyle   Co-ordinator and stylist: Roxy from Frank & Joy

Music: Thanks to Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic 0`s – “Carries On”

 

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This is certainly not a wedding, but a very welcome and absorbing commission. I felt so much of the human in these beautiful pieces Kirsten created in response to objects and shapes experienced in Margaret Olley`s house that now resides in the Tweed Art Gallery. The exhibition is still on for a little while!

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While the whole wedding has been edited a while ago and Sam and Freya have seen all their photographs, this story post of the wedding has taken me a little while to create.

My memory of this day is very alive and strong. I felt wholly welcome and accepted and included, a place where I feel I can create the most authentic images. And the best of me was present and listening in.

The story that unfolded was absolutely mesmorising and powerful. Raw and unfiltered and laid out before me to see. This is my memory and somehow I feel nervous as I create a post, that I’m bringing that feeling down to earth by solidifying the day into a series of photographs. However, I remind myself that photographs don’t just exist on their own. They connect in with a time and place and an emotion that was definitely present and felt. They’re a trigger to that experience, a way of connecting to. Not just for the people in it, for these are universal feelings. They give me access to my own experiences, remind me of my own joys and love, my freedom and energy. And if they do that for me, they must do that for everyone, right. We’re all essentially the same, we all want to love and be loved, to be warm and included, to feel comfortable in ourselves?

This brings me to a feeling of gratefulness to Sam and Freya, for the incredible people they are, for sharing themselves with each other and with their friends and family and for modelling what is actually important. Connection through relationship. With ourselves and with others. Acceptance. Freedom. Joy.

And thanks too to Chaplin the horse. He can`t help but be real.

Venue: Deux Belettes,  Co-ordinator: Hayley Cravigan,  Celebrant: Modern Love Ceremonies,  Catering:  100 Mile Table

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