National Arboretum (Cork Forest) Surprise Wedding - Geri and James

Geri and James had a "big" wedding planned, but decided to hold a surprise small and intimate wedding ceremony with only their parents in attendance, just two days prior.  They hatched a plan to lure them into the magical Cork Forest at the National Arboretum in Canberra under the guise of a nice walk before a family dinner.  I was a little nervous for them, but it worked. There were so many happy tears, it was a very special ceremony!

The National Arboretum in Canberra, Australia
Groom about to get married by Canberra Small Weddings
Groom holding the wedding rings in the Cork Forest, Canberra.
Parents entering the cork forest for the surprise wedding ceremony.

Geri’s dress (designed by her sister of Designs by Melanie Ford) was a 1950’s inspired piece made from silk and tulle, looked gorgeous as she walked over the hill towards her parents and husband to be, James.

The bride wears a dress made by her sister for her surprise wedding ceremony in the cork forest canberra.
Bride walking towards her groom to get married at the Cork Forest in Canberra.
Intimate wedding ceremony - Cork Forest, Canberra.
Parents watching their daughter get married in the Cork Forrest in Canberra.
Celebrant Steven Murray of Canberra Small Weddings officiating the ceremony of Geri and James
Bride and Groom exchanging rings at their surprise wedding ceremony in Canberra.
Newlywed couple holding hands in the Cork Forrest
Bride and Groom sharing their first kiss in the Cork Forest at the National Arboretum
Groom hugging mother after getting married in the National Arboretum

Steven prepared a simple but lovely ceremony in line with the couples wishes, they then moved to the nearby park bench to sit and sign the marriage certificate with each of their mother's performing the role of official witnesses.

Bride and groom together with their mums after signing the marriage certificate
Bride and groom cheers with champagne at their wedding in Canberra
Mother admiring wedding ring of new bride at National Arboretum 
Newlyweds pose for wedding photos in the Cork Forrest, Canberra.
The newlywed couple sharing a kiss in front of the cork trees at the National Aboretum
Bride and groom pose for photographs in a row of cork trees at the National Arboretum 
Bride and Groom in the Cork Forest, Canberra.

Photography coverage time: 1 Hour

Congratulations guys, thanks for allowing us to be part of your day, and our best wishes for your future together!

Gold Creek Station Small Wedding - Renee and Evan

Everything about Renee and Evan's wedding was amazing.  A self confessed "avid google researcher", Renee had everything planned to perfection!  They wanted an intimate ceremony with family and close friends with a larger celebration to follow a few days later, and it was my absolute pleasure to be there to document it for them.

Renee and her bridesmaids prepared for the wedding at the nearby Surveyor's Hill B&B in their stunning large apartment.

The wedding ceremony was superbly conducted by Steven at Gold Creek Station in front of their beautiful new homestead.  Things were still slightly under construction, but we got an exciting preview into what "Kinleyside Manor" will be like when it's finished shortly - just amazing! 

I hadn't shot there before, so it was just a matter of walking around exploring just some of the photographic features of the property - a massive fallen tree, a gum tree forest, farming relics, etc - with so much variety I could easily shoot there all day long.

Congratulations Renee and Evan, we wish you all the happiness in the world as you start your married lives together - Michael & Steven (Canberra Small Weddings).

Dress and Shoes - Gold Creek Station Wedding
Wedding shoes - Gold Creek Station Wedding
Bride getting ready for her wedding - Surveyors Hill B&B
Bride getting ready for her wedding at Surveyor's Hill B&B
Groom waiting for his bride - Gold Creek Station wedding photography
Bride and Groom Exchanging Vows - Gold Creek Station Wedding
Bride and Groom Exchanging Rings - Gold Creek Station Wedding Ceremony
Groom's Ring - Gold Creek Station Small WE
Bride and Groom sharing their first kiss - Gold Creek Station Wedding Photography
Signing the marriage certificate - Gold Creek Station Wedding
Bridal Party in front of fallen tree at Gold Creek Station - Canberra Small Weddings
Bride standing with her Bridesmaids in front of a fallen tree at Gold Creek Station Wedding
Bride and Bridesmaids - Gold Creek Station
Groom standing with his Groomsmen - Gold Creek Station Wedding Photography
Bride walking in her wedding dress - Gold Creek Station Wedding
Bride and groom framed by old windows - Gold Creek Station
Old Window Frames - Gold Creek Station Wedding Photography
Bridal Party Walking - Gold Creek Station Small Wedding
Close up photograph of Bride and Groom - Gold Creek Station Wedding
Bride and Groom Standing in front of old farm equipment - Gold Creek Station Wedding Photography
Bride and Groom Holding Hands
Bride and Groom Holding Hands and Walking - Gold Creek Station Wedding

Photography coverage time: 2 Hours

If you're considering holding your wedding at the new Gold Creek Station then we'd love to be part of it, get in touch!

Pialligo Estate Small Wedding - Kylie and Dave

Kylie and Dave married over the Easter long weekend at Pialligo Estate in Canberra.   Having both established families previously, their now grown-up children formed the bridal party and stood beside them to support their parent's union in marriage.   The sky was overcast, and rain did fall on us at one stage, but not that you can really tell from the light and airy photos!  

After the ceremony we took some photos in the vineyard and amongst the stunning olive grove down by the river before being chased inside the farmhouse by more threatening rain to cut the cake and get the celebrations started.

The amazingly talented Lisa from Flowers with Love provided the stunning flower arrangements for everyone and the beautiful classic cars were from A1 Classic Car Rentals.

Congratulations Kylie and Dave, and thank you so much for allowing us to share in your day - Michael and Steven (Canberra Small Weddings).

Pialligo Estate - Canberra Wedding Venue
Bride arriving in a Classic Car at Pialligo Estate - Canberra Small Weddings
Bride In Classic Car - Pialligo Estate Wedding
Groomsman holding rings at Pialligo Estate Small Wedding
Bridesmaids walking towards ceremony at Pialligo Estate Wedding
Groom waiting for his bride - Pialligo Estate Wedding
Bride walking towards groom - Pialligo Estate Canberra Small Wedding
Bride and groom exchanging vows - Intimate Wedding Canberra
Exchanging rings - Canberra Small Wedding at Pialligo Estate
Bride and groom exchanging vows - Canberra Small Wedding
First Kiss - Canberra Small Wedding at Pialligo Estate
Guests throwing flower petal confetti at newly married couple - Pialligo Estate Wedding
Guests offering congratulations at Pialligo Estate Small Wedding Canberra
Newly married couple kissing at Pialligo Estate Wedding
Formal Family photo at Pialligo Estate Small Wedding
Fun Family Photo at Pialligo Estate Wedding
A1 Classic Car Rentals Canberra - Canberra Small Wedding
Bride and Groom in the Vineyard at Pialligo Estate Canberra
The vineyard at Pialligo Estate - Pop Up Wedding Canberra
Bride holding a wedding bouquet by Flowers with Love Canberra
Wedding dress details - Canberra Small Wedding
Olive Grove Wedding Photos at Pialligo Estate Canberra
Pialligo Estate Wedding Photography
Bride and Groom amongst the Olive trees at Pialligo Estate - Canberra Small Weddings
Pialligo Estate olive grove wedding photography
Wedding Welcome Sign - Pialligo Estate Canberra
Food at Pialligo Estate Wedding Canberra
Champagne at Pialligo Estate Wedding Canberra
Wedding Cake - Canberra Pop Up Wedding
Wedding Hashtag Sign - Pialligo Estate Canberra

Photography coverage time: 1.5 hours

If you loved this wedding then check out a few more photos of this amazing venue from Monika and Jarrod's Small Wedding last year.

Weston Park Small Wedding - Mary and Shane

Mary and Shane met each other at a barbeque and so it was particularly fitting that they be married by the pond at Weston Park in front of close family and friends, followed by a relaxed barbeque lunch.  Shane was a little nervous as he waited for Mary to arrive but when he first saw her in her wedding dress as she started to walk down the hill with her father, he couldn’t stop smiling.  

These guys are such a fun couple, they laughed throughout the ceremony, enjoying every moment of it and shortly after the photo session, they surprised everyone with a high energy dance routine!  What a magical wedding!

Groom holding the rings at a Small Wedding in Canberra
Bride and Father walking down the aisle to be married - Western Park Canberra Wedding Photography
Canberra Small Wedding by the ponds in Western Park
Father giving away his daughter at a wedding in Canberra
Small wedding by the ponds in Canberra
Couple being married by Steven Murray of Canberra Small Weddings
Happy couple about to be married - Canberra Small Wedding in Western Creek
Couple signing the certificate at a Small Wedding in Weston Park, Canberra.
Guest congratulating bride on her wedding day - Canberra Small Weddings
A fun kissing shot at a small wedding in Canberra
Wedding selfie - Canberra Small Weddings
A bride holding her bouquet - Canberra Small Weddings
Canberra small wedding - Western Park
Couple holding hands on their wedding day - Western Park Wedding Canberra
Bride and Groom Walking - Canberra Small Weddings - Western Park
Wedding Photography - Western Park Canberra
The bride hugging one of her best friends - Canberra Small Weddings
Wedding dance routine - Canberra Small Weddings

Photography coverage time: 1 hour

 

Pialligo Estate Small Wedding - Monika & Jarrod

Monika and Jarrod are a beautiful couple who wanted nothing more than to be married in the company of their closest family and friends down by Lake Burley Griffin.

Their small and intimate ceremony was magnificently officiated by Steven Murray, and after a few family photos, we headed to the new Pialligo Estate Farmhouse so they could meet their guests for lunch.  

We had only a few moments with them out on the farm, so we headed down to a shady patch by the river, and dropped by the established olive groves for a few photos before they enjoyed the fine hospitality at this amazing new restaurant.

Congratulations guys, thanks for allowing us to be part of your day, and our best wishes for your future together!

Groom holding the rings - Canberra Small Weddings
Bride with flowers juste before getting married - Canberra Small Weddings
Groom with Steven Murray waiting for the bride - Canberra Small Weddings
Father and bride walking down the aisle at Lake Burley Griffin - Canberra Small Weddings
Canberra Small Weddings - Lake Burley Griffin Ceremony
Canberra Small Weddings - Intimate Wedding Ceremony
First Kiss - Intimate Wedding Ceremony Canberra
Group Photo - Reconciliation Place Wedding in Canberra
Guest with bride at a wedding by the foreshore of Lake Burley Griffin - Canberra Small Weddings
Pialligo Estate wedding photography - Canberra Small Weddings
Olive Trees at Pialligo Estate Canberra
Bride and Groom amongst the olive trees at Pialligo Estate
Bride and Groom sharing a kiss within the olive grove at Pialligo Estate - Canberra Small Weddings

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