Jen + Jack
My 2019 working year kicked off in extraordinary fashion, when I had the honour of documenting Jen and Jack’s wedding on the 4th January.
We connected mid 2018, exchanging emails and ideas about their big day. After a couple of weeks of emails, we decided to meet for a drink at Shady Palms in Stones Corner to meet in person.
This is something I love doing and it’s something that is integral to how I work, particularly with wedding clients. I believe it is the number one most important thing when selecting your photographer, you want someone you connect with - someone you feel comfortable with and immediately have trust in.
It was perfect. We instantly clicked over a drink, and after we discussed all things wedding plans we spent some time getting to know each other, lots of banter and plenty of laughs. I know it sounds like I just went on a first date, but, it kinda is like that - after all, I will be your professional third wheel on your big day.
The months seemed to fly, and then was December when we met again for their engagement session. We headed to Mt Cootha Botanic Gardens and wandered around snapping photos, almost getting locked in the greenhouse! It was a gloomy and rainy day, but there was something about their love that was beaming. Perhaps it was the playfulness, or their very chill vibes - but there was a softness, a gentle love and fiery adoration for each other. I’ve included some of my favourite snaps from their engagement session below.
We finished the engagement session with a laugh, hug and goodbye - or - at least, a “see you in a couple of weeks”. As the Christmas and NY holiday always does, it went in a blur, and all of a sudden it was the day before their wedding and I was packing my cameras and getting ready (with all the butterflies in my tummy).
The thing that I was really drawn to about Jen and Jack, apart from their cheekiness, is how relaxed and chilled they are. They’re that couple who don’t even realise how damn cool they are. #goals.
Jen and Jack had curated a day that was meaningful to them, a rebellion of the standard traditions, and totally rocked it in their chill, hilarious and fun style. And it was a total dream…
I was up bright and early the morning, I met them at the hotel where they were getting ready together. Side note: the Ovolo Incholm Hotel is absolutely divine!
I walked into the room and the energy was building. The ladies were getting ready, the lads were getting dressed and a bottle of champagne was popped - hell yeah!
I stole Jen and Jack for an hour or so, as we wandered Roma Street Parklands at 7:30am on a Friday morning. It was so lovely to have that time, and for them to have that space together to soak in the day, but particularly at that time of the morning as the city was slowly rise.
We went back to the hotel where we gathered the bridal gang and snapped some photos of them together. Then we were in another Uber, and on our way to the Registry Office on Ann St.
Jen and Jack opted for a relaxed ceremony, inviting only their nearest and dearest. It was sweet, simple and just so them. One of my favourite moments (aside from the sentimental stuff) was when the best man dropped the ring in the ceremony, it was hilarious and I think any remaining nerves were expelled in laughter.
They hugged and took a moment to be with their people.
Then they went on their happily married way to lunch with their mates, which is where I left them.
I believe the photos echo them as a couple - relaxed and fun, with a little sprinkle of romance.
It was such a gorgeous day and one that I will always remember…
Dress: White Lily Couture
Hair + Make up: Bella Brides
Hotel: Ovolo Hotel Incholm
Ceremony: Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages Brisabane