Nat and Justin got married in March at the always lovely Vines on Avon [formerly Avon Ridge Vineyard], a winery in Maffra. They had their ceremony near the gazebo, in front the vines and a wooden arch that Justin built. It was such a fun day with so many laughs and the sun shone all day!
Justin got ready at his parents property with his dad also being a groomsman, the atmosphere was so relaxed. As Justin is into all things woodworking [he also made the gift boxes for both the boys and the girls] and blacksmithery, we had to take photos at the toolshed. He then jumped into his pride and joy, his Commodore, to get to the ceremony. Nat got ready at Mansi on Raymond in Sale, I’d not been there before, but it was an awesome place to shoot with tonnes of room and tonnes of light. The girls travelled to the ceremony in a black ’57 Chev [yup, that’s one for all the Dirty Dancing fans out there].
Their wedding was one of the first since Portside in Sale took over at Vines on Avon [formerly Avon Ridge Vineyard]. Nat + Justin chose the venue because it meant they could really add their own touches [including the table centrepieces Justin made] and they could blend their personal tastes. It was a fun, relaxed wedding, which is always good on a hot day. I love shooting The Vines on Avon weddings because they’ve always got such a great atmosphere. There are tonnes of options photo-wise and the late afternoon light can be absolutely amazing so it’s always worth sneaking out of the reception for golden hour.
Everyone had drinks and canapes in the afternoon, the hamper the bridal party was given was HUGE and live music in the evening. We even got to use the new Kissing Booth for some photos before Justin and his boys carried the giant photo frame he’d made into the vines for photos. They decorated the venue with flowers and had a beautiful wood panel with “their saying” on it – You Are My Today and All of My Tomorrows.
The funniest part of the day was when I asked Nat what vegetable Justin would be, when she said “lettuce” because he likes lettuce, but he interpreted it as she meant that he “wilts on a hot day”, needless to say, hilarious. Nat + Justin just laughed the whole day, even during the ceremony – it was honestly so much fun being part of their day and everything I love about capturing people’s relationships.
Nat + Justin picked up their wedding album over the weekend, handing over a wedding album is one of my favourite things, but it also makes me kind of sad that the wedding photography journey with a couple has come to an end. Don’t be strangers guys.
P.S. If you’re planning a Vines on Avon wedding, get in touch!