I'm pretty sure that Rufus and Deigo would give the grounds at Entally House a really big thumbs up - if they had thumbs that is. They're dogs, so a paws up might have to do! We spent a lovely sunny spring morning exploring and taking photos and playing. Also: I'm a bit of a fan of dogs wearing bow ties, truth be told, so there's that as well.
Huge thanks to Cathie, Chris, Rufus and Diego for hanging out with me that morning - it was lots of fun with you all!
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So, I'm going to make a suggestion here - if you're kinda sorta pretty much into flowers then next year you should definitely go to the Circular Head Garden Spectacular. There were around about eleventy frillion gorgeous arrangements to look at and a huge variety of flowers within those. There were also around about eleventy frillion people who went along yesterday (that might be a slight exaggeration, but it was a very well attended event!)
I loved seeing the different themed displays in each of the rooms in Highfield House and I also thought seeing the steers in action was awesome. I don't know why but cows just crack me up, they always have. I wanted to give them a pat on the head but I'm a bit wary of those horns, so I just took their picture instead. My favourite was 'Tiger' mostly because it's a brilliant name to give a cow but also because he was being a bit of a bored teenager and probs just wanted to go play on his Xbox or something instead of dragging a sled around a paddock. (Are Xboxes still a thing? I have no idea.)
Mum and I had lunch with her friend and a good look around, then we popped down to Touchwood for a coffee and the nice lady there said we'd be helping her out if we wanted to have the last slice of cheesecake. We're pretty selfless, so we agreed to assist. It's hard work but someone's got to do it.
Aaaaand, then we went home. The end!
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Earlier this month I was incredibly honoured to help capture Claire and Jesse's wedding day held at a number of different venues around Hobart. The girls were preparing at Howrah, while the boys were at Battery Point. Serious props to the boys for going the whole hog and learning to tie their bow ties themselves on the day! I'm honestly considering learning how to tie all kinds of different ties after seeing how tricky it is! One of the groomsmen said at one point (when it was looking like a Plan B might be necessary) that he'd give ten bucks to anyone who could tie his tie right then and there. I'm not sure I'd be cheeky enough to charge for that service if I added it to my repertoire though!
Jesse and I then met up with Claire at #thebarnTAS, which was the perfect opportunity and setting for some first look photos (if you're getting married, I strongly suggest having photos of yourself and your partner taken prior to the ceremony, it's great to help ease some of those jitters!) Following that, we had our bridal party photos over at St David's Park, then headed back to Battery Point for some portraits with Claire's family (we did the portraits with Jesse's family following the ceremony.)
Claire and Jesse's ceremony was held at the Waterside Pavilion, I loved that space! I'd definitely recommend it as a venue for smaller weddings. It's a bit cute, frankly. After the ceremony we all made our way out to Grove in the Huon Valley, to Willie Smith's Apple Shed (one of my favourite places in the whole entire world!) We were entertained by Detour, who played so many crowd favourites (as you can possibly tell from the dancefloor shenanigans).
The biggest of thank yous to Claire, Jesse, their family and their friends for being so welcoming on the day - I had an absolute blast getting to know you all (not to mention getting to witness you all cut some serious rug) and finally, congratulations to Claire and Jesse on your wedding!
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I don't know about you, but sometimes just as you're wondering about the state of the world and how the heck we got to the stage we have (we've come so far on so many things and yet still have so freaking far to go!) before you know it, a little something crosses your path and reminds you that not everything is horrid and there are ordinary but great people who do great things simply because they care enough to do so.
Firstly, the amazing Cath of My Bearded Pigeon has been selling very rad (did I just say rad? I think I did!) "Love is Love" rainbow pins over the past couple of weeks. Not only do they look awesome (and apparently make for very decent earrings) but $5 from every pin sold goes to Twenty10 who offer support to young LGBTQI+ people. So far, donations via the pins bought have raised $10,000. I mean, that's just the absolute best, right? You can pre-order (demand has seriously gone through the roof) your pin here for $12.95 plus postage. Please be patient while they work through those orders to get those brilliant pins out to everyone. Mine arrived the other day and I love it!
Finally, I got a message yesterday from the also amazing Nina, giving me a heads up about something really special she has decided to become involved in. She wanted to know if I was keen as well. And I am (as mustard). The also also amazing Nic from Fox and Kin has decided enough is enough and it's time to spread some rainbow love about the place a little. She's offering free mini photography couples sessions for all her LGBTQI+ friends from now on until our laws change. There are a number of other photographers across the country who have hopped aboard to show their support (including the also also also awesome Sophie; Tassie represent!) and I'm incredibly honoured to be taking part. If you're a NW Coast Tasmanian who is part of the LGBTQI+ community and would like to participate, please shoot me through an email via email@example.com or click the link at the end of this post and we'll have a chat!
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