Shannan and David were married on a cloudy day in the picturesque Yarra Valley. I met with Shannan, her bridemaids and family at the Healesville Garden Retreat for some preparation shots and candid portraits. The Garden Retreat is a lovely old homestead with antique fittings in each room, but still appointed with all the modern amenities you’d expect from 21st century accommodation. I would highly recommend it to anyone requiring space to ready themselves for a wedding. The Retreat sleeps around 12 people, so there’s plenty of room for your close one’s to keep you company & celebrate… the front garden is also lovely, with an old fashioned balcony to pass the time.

Hair and makeup was already completed, but I captured corsages, garters and the like, whilst taking some shots of Shannan and the girls chatting, laughing and getting more excited as they went. After some more formal group shots, I headed off to the site of the ceremony and reception, Stones of the Yarra Valley.

I arrived around 20 minutes later, going straight to the Chapel, to prepare myself for lighting the ceremony. David had just arrived and guests were slowly filtering through the gorgeous grounds from the carparks. There were many tender welcomes from Grandparents and other relatives, before the boys retired to the ‘ready room’ and cracking a very expensive and old bottle of Scotch Whiskey. The boys headed back into the chapel and Shannan arrived with her entourage ready to begin.

After a moving, yet light hearted ceremony, we headed out to the front of the chapel for an entire group shot. Then we headed off with the bridal party to the ‘Stables’.

The Stables are really lovely, with a gorgeous outside area, replete with a very very old bicycle, ivy adorning the walls, quaint seating areas, ornate gates and lots and lots of charm. We spent about half an hour there before heading in to the grape vines as the light gently faded for the day. We finished off our outdoor shoot under a great chandelier in the entrance to The Stables and took a few shots with some rustic, handmade ‘Thank You” signs, hand painted by the couple on to driftwood.

I caught some shots of special signs hanging in a great tree between the chapel and reception area, again hand made by the couple before heading in to9 the reception, entrance and bridal dance. I stayed until the end of the speeches. Stones of the Yarra Valley is a beautiful venue for a ceremony, reception and of course, wedding photography. A lovely day was had by all – here are some of my favourite shots.