I always love photographing in the south west and Elizabeth and Willis’ romantic Yallingup destination wedding at the Yallingup Galleries and Wills Domain was beyond anything they could have hoped. I was honoured to have been there to photograph their day for them to remember how incredibly perfect it was.
Elizabeth returned home one unsuspecting Thursday evening to their brownstone apartment in Boston and she was surprised with tealight candles and rose petals leading through their apartment and out onto their rooftop deck. Her heart leaped as she made her way through the apartment and as she stepped onto the deck she saw Willis who swiftly knelt before her and asked her to marry him. Willis was entirely sure of his proposal that he had a bottle of champagne ready for their celebration followed by a picnic by the river Willis had waiting for them.
Elizabeth and Willis’ love spans a decade. Their love has seen their families come together, they have travelled the world together and for the past couple of years have relocated to Boston and just a couple of weekends ago they became husband and wife and begin the next chapter of their lives.
I began the morning with Willis and his family as they began to prepare for the day.
Shortly afterwards I arrived at the rented property in Dunsborough where Elizabeth was getting ready. The home was a perfect backdrop of large windows and white walls amongst the gum trees that allowed me to capture light, bright and natural photographs.
The classic wedding stationery was designed by William Arthur. I always love photographing stationery as it sets the tone for the wedding months in advance.
Elizabeth’s stunning wedding gown was from Monique Lhullier. A perfectly classic gown for their wedding day that she looked amazing in.
A loosely constructed summer bouquet from Flower Poetry added the perfect amount of colour.
Yallingup Galleries provided the perfect garden location for the ceremony. An arbor decorated with a spray of flowers was constructed and created a beautiful focal point.
I could have photographed all day in this amazing back lighting! Elizabeth’s bridesmaids wore J.Crew dresses in the palest shade of apricot and copper toned shoes.
There is something I love about a bride and groom in their finery against the Australian bush. My couples usually choose their locations for their portraits themselves but I had a little scout the day before and coincidentally we had chosen the exact same location for their portraits, including the amazing grove of paperbark gums.
We managed to catch the last of the sunlight at Wills Domain as the sunset over the grapevines before joining their guests at the reception.