Alternative title: Proof of life
I've been sick (bronchitis) or injured (lower back again!) for the last four weeks, so to celebrate not having to take the antibiotics that were making me feel nauseous and drowsy anymore (last dose last night, woo hoo!) and being able to drive again, I managed to get out of the house to do something that wasn't, (a) a doctor's appointment or trip to the pharmacy, (b) a physio appointment, or (c) a Woollies run. (These were the only three times I left the house over the last four weeks and had to ask mum to take me to most of those!)
Some things I saw:
A Peter Rabbit picnic in the park would have to be one of the sweetest ways to celebrate your first birthday, yes? Yes!
Back at the end of January, Isabelle's family and friends gathered together in a local park in Burnie, Tasmania to celebrate and play and eat the very best jelly cakes and macarons on the planet. Not to mention Isabelle's birthday cake which Em made and decorated herself. Em's eye for detail and her floral arrangements are completely amazing and I totally think she should go into party planning and wedding styling as well as her gorgeous flowers. Maybe one day I'll be able to convince her?
Also, did you know that slides are a lot (a lot!) of fun? If you weren't sure, you can find out about that in some of the photos below. I think it's fair to say everyone thoroughly recommends a slide, just in case you were wondering about that. Also, don't be afraid to get a little creative and think outside the box with your sliding. There are a multitude of different ways to slide and I personally think you should aim to use as many of them as possible. There are a few options expertly demonstrated below for your reference.
The biggest of thank yous to Em, Jimmy, Matilda and Isabelle for having me along to help celebrate - I had a ball with you all as always. (And I'm not just saying that because of the jelly cakes!)
"And every breath we drew was Hallelujah..."
Melissa and Aaron were married in January at Guide Falls, Burnie and afterwards threw a very awesomely relaxed backyard party to celebrate with their friends and family. There was a yurt! I can't tell you how much I love a yurt at a wedding - there should be more yurts if you ask me!
These two created a touching, intimate ceremony and there were plenty of happy tears shed (me included - I always cry at weddings, #sorrynotsorry.) Aaron and Melissa's friends and family were involved in helping to make such a beautiful day for them, from creating the gorgeous cake and decorating the doughnuts, to playing music at the reception and a favourite Leonard Cohen ballad for their first dance. I don't know about you, but it's always so lovely to see everyone play their part in the day, adding special touches that I'm sure the couple will remember for years to come.
It was an absolute pleasure to help capture these wonderful memories from your wedding day Melissa and Aaron - wishing you all the very best for your future together! xx
MELISSA + AARON'S VENDORS
Wedding dress: Frank's Bridal
Suits: Maveric Clothing
Bridesmaids dresses: The Gown House
Hair: Des'Ree Alexander
Makeup: Kelly Viney
Flowers and catering: Thistle Hut
Cake and doughnuts: Katerina Hingston; Krispy Kreme
Celebrant: Kathryn Campbell
Music: Courtney Schmidt; Phil Critchlow; Jack Pitt
Yurt: Don River Yurt Co
Photography: Look See by Naomi Fenton
A couple of years ago I first met the McDonald family for an in-home lifestyle + portrait session; we had a lovely summer morning together so when asked to help with a bit of a family photography update prior to the arrival of their new baby, I was super keen. It's always a wonderful thing to be able to see how the kids have grown, to find out what adventures they've been up to and in this case, further discuss the finer points of Harry Potter. This time around, it was another in-home session but at a different home. These guys have been through some massive changes, including moving house since I last photographed them - obviously with more big changes to come for them all in the not-too-distant future!
As with the last time, it was a beautiful summer morning which made for a decent bit of exploring in the garden and testing out the apples on the tree. The consensus was that they weren't quite ready - although that was a couple of weeks ago now, so I'm sure they're more than ripe for the picking by the time this post is published.
It was so lovely to see you all again - thank you for inviting me into your home and trusting me to capture a small moment in time for your family!
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