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John Franklin

Wedding at Whitehaven Receptions, Whittlesea

The most memorable part of Greta and Bryan’s day was all of it! It’s a day that I certainly will never forget.

Set in the gardens of Whitehaven Receptions, Whittlesea, Mother Nature was kind enough to hold off the rain (well, there were a few drops) for the ceremony and the remainder of the evening.

Guests danced the night away after listening to heartfelt sentiments from family and friends.

The music by Kelly Evans even had me bopping away behind the camera. A fun night was had by all and I was thrilled to have been a part of it all. So my sincerest thanks to Greta and Bryan for including me on this memorable occasion.

A special thanks must also go out to my very good friend Gabbie Hine for coming down at the last minute to assist myself and Kim race the light.

Baptism and First birthday of young Jake

Happiest of birthdays and Congratulations for young Jake. Such a gorgeous little man celebrating his Christening. A very important milestone in this young mans life.

The ceremony was held at the St Nikola Macedonian Orthodox Church with celebrations continuing into the evening at Meadowbank Reception in Campbellfields. A circus theme party with face painting and a jumping castle for the kids and fine food, dining and dancing for all. And boy, can they dance!!

Thank you to Stephanie and Kris for inviting me in to your lives on such an important occasion. 

10 Tips for planning your perfect wedding April 11, 2019

Preparing for your wedding is an exciting adventure. It’s finally time to unleash those Pinterest wedding boards you’ve been secretly pinning and make it happen.

With these top 10 tips to help get your wedding prep on, getting started couldn’t be easier:
1. Get support

After the whirlwind excitement of being engaged settles in, it’s time to start making the initial plans.

Your to-do list will soon become filled with venues to visit, vendors to meet and menu options galore. But don’t panic!

It’s important to create a network of support: divide jobs between you and your partner, enlist savvy friends and family to help out and be sure to use helpful wedding planning tools like Checklists to ensure you’re staying on track.
2. Find inspiration

Now, it’s time for the fun to begin! The most exciting part of planning your big day is all the research involved.

With so many beautiful and fun ideas out there to suit any taste or budget, it’s important for you both take time out and find inspiration. Wedding blogs, magazines and Pinterest are our go-to inspirations.
3. Get organised

Now that you’ve got an idea in mind, it’s time to get your organisation skills up to scratch and make them happen.

Whether taking it old school with pen-to-paper lists or keeping it all in check with an online planner – make sure you stick to your schedule and plan accordingly.
4. Stick to your budget

First and foremost in your wedding planning is outlining your budget right from the beginning. Be realistic with what you are prepared to spend and prioritise what’s important.

Investing in your wedding photography will be something you treasure forever and create your very first heirloom with timeless memories for your children and grandchildren.
5. Start booking

Found your ultimate venue? Sussed out a photographer that understands your needs? Pencil in that date and book it in ASAP – especially if your wedding is in peak summer season. Delays cause disappointment.
6. Find the ‘one’

Pop a date in the diary and gather all your best gal pals and bridesmaids, it’s officially time to hunt out your dream dress. For a one of a kind vintage piece or a bespoke custom accessory, take a look on source websites for their top fashionable finds.
7. Add the personal touch

You’ve got the bridesmaid dresses, the table settings planned and playlist all sorted, now it’s time to bring a personal touch to your wedding. A simple handmade touch will make all the difference and make your day unique to you, from personalised cake toppers to customised groomsmen cufflinks – it’s all in the detail.
8. Prepare for all occasions

Whilst you may plan your day right down to the finer moments, there will always be little surprises here and there that may catch you off guard. The trick is to be prepped for all occurrences: have umbrellas on standby for grey clouds, flat shoes at the ready for dancing feet and don’t forget to pen an itinerary and contact numbers for all bridesmaids and groomsmen just in case.
9. Give thanks

In the run up to the big day, all hands will be on deck with DIY prepping and ensuring everything runs smoothly. Whether hosting a dinner party to give thanks or showing your appreciation with a small token, we suggest pencilling in a thank you into your timeline before everything gets hectic!
10. Enjoy your wedding

Last but definitely not least, my final piece of advice is to simply enjoy every moment. After all, as the wise old saying goes, it is the best day of your life!

All bookings with Jewels Photography will receive a comprehensive Checklist for detailing all those important pieces of information. A one-stop shop for your entire wedding day preparation.

Nook Park Sunbury wedding

A beautiful ceremony amidst the peppercorn trees in The Nook Park in Sunbury for the wedding of Dan and Danni. Steeped in Scottish tradition with an international audience via Skype, certainly a wedding to remember.

I was blown away by the warmth of this extraordinary family, so charming and welcoming.

The sun shone over this beautiful couple while they officially united their family as one. Fortunately, there was very little wind, or we may have just found out exactly what is under those kilts!!!

Make up: Tabetha Henry