A few years ago now, around this time of year, I had the pleasure of capturing the first wedding held at Mali Brae Farm. These days Mali Brae Farm feels like a second home to me, but I never get tired of shooting there. Greg and Shelley, Mali Brae’s visionary owners are always creating new spots to photograph newlyweds around their beautiful farm. Mali Brae is always lovely and always relaxed. So I knew the day was going to go wonderfully smoothly for Lauren and Andrew, who had chosen Mali Brae Farm as the venue for both their ceremony and reception. The day started in the perfect Southern Highlands way – cool and crisp, with the warm sun breaking through the early morning fog as I arrived to begin capturing Zoe and Donna working their magic. As soon as I caught a glimpse of Lauren’s flowers I knew they had to be created by the magnificent Affair with George who always impresses me with gorgeous, vibrant bouquets. Lauren looked beautiful in her Couture by Francesca gown and in no time she was ready to meet Andrew at the end of the aisle.
Following the service, officiated by Rebecca Ramsey , we wandered down to the dam (but lets be honest, it is more of a beautiful lake than a farm dam!) to take some shots. But pretty soon the aroma of woodfired meat drifted down to us, thanks to Matt and Cass from Violets and Vinegar, one the best caterers in the Southern Highlands, and so we headed back up to join the party and to let the feast begin.
Tillee Music sang for Lauren and Andrew’s first dance as husband and wife, before The Vintage Stylus took over, getting everyone up on the dance floor. The cold clear night glittered with the sparklers lit to farewell Lauren and Andrew, and as they burned low the stars twinkled and shone in the dark sky over us, reminding me, and all the guests who with coats and frosted breath were huddled outside, what a magical place Mali Brae Farm is.
Venue: Mali Brae Farm
Caterers: Violets and Vinegar
Celebrant: Rebecca Ramsey
Flower: Affair with George
Videography: Way Up High
Make up – Looks Natural – Donna Lloyd
Hair: Zoe Bochynski
Dress: Couture by Francesca
Band: Tillee Music