Sunset Picnic in the Woods

Hooray! It’s *finally* December which means… Summer (yes!) and more importantly, it is now socially acceptable to get excited about all things Christmas (though I must confess our house has been Christmased for a couple of weeks already – I couldn’t help it!). Around this time last year I had the joy of shooting a group of long-time lady friends.  As a point of difference, I wanted to create a really fun and festive theme for the shoot to celebrate the most wonderful time of year. Of course I turned to my go-to styling guru Jessie from Mama of a Lion Boy to help bring the vision to life. We wanted the shoot to foster a sense of sophistication (we are ladies after all!) but also feel very relaxed by engaging with the rustic elements of the Pine Forest setting. Jessie opted for an un-cluttered and simplistic table setting that featured foraged greenery, copper string lights, and timber platters adorned with locally sourced cheese and produce. The star of the show was a glorious semi-naked coconut and vanilla bean cake with vanilla butter icing and toasted maple coconut flakes that served at the table centre piece. A woman of many talents, Jessie also whipped the cake up for the shoot as well as styling. To add to the theme of the shoot, local florist Emma Flint made a number of beautiful headpieces and floral accessories that the girls’ adorned which added a dynamic element to our picnic vignette.

Make sure you head to Jessie’s post about the shoot and read her go-to tips for planning and styling an event (and table!). The beautiful copper string lights featured are available from Target for a bargain at $10. You’re welcome ;)

Kate + Pete | Brandy Creek

Kate + Pete were married in among the rolling hills of West Gippsland in December – only a week before Christmas. The day was a sweltering 40 degrees which certainly presented challenges to the whole tribe involved in the wonderful celebration. But, in true fashion for these selfless, kind, and laid-back lovers – they took that all in their stride and used it as an opportunity to showcase their creativity. There were ice packs during the ceremony (which Pete lovingly held on Kate’s back during the formalities to keep her cool – bless!), dips in the river (a great location for portraits that served a multitude of purposes!), and wet face cloths for wedding guests (and this weary over-heated kiwi photographer!) during the reception.

The location for the wedding festivities were significant in the journey of these two loving souls. The ceremony took place in the beautiful established gardens of Glenfynne on the outskirts of the farmland of Drouin East, portraits were taken at the Drouin river (where Kate & Pete spent many Summer evenings cooling off), and a paddock at Kate’s old primary school (in fact, her Grade 3 Classroom used to be exactly where we took photos!). The reception was held at Brandy Creek Estate which has been a long-time favourite in the area for the couple. Famous for their Paella Feasts and beautiful Tapas, the wedding menu was a no-brainer for these two who wanted their wedding to reflect their low-key, relaxed style.

Kate wore:

Karen Willis Holmes ‘Madelyn’ dress

Karen Willis Holmes veil

Elizabeth Bower ‘Drew Drop’ earrings

Anna Campbell ‘Julia’ cuff

Baby Esther | part two

I’m sharing the beautiful journey of baby Esther in two parts. The first, I posted a little earlier over here. This second part is seven days later in the warmth of her new home with her most precious people – adored absolutely by her three siblings and doted upon unconditionally by her mama + papa. Sweet newborn bliss! It’s a tough gig ;)

You can view Part I, hospital, here.

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