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While I was visiting England for the Photography Farm Workshop I was teaching at in February, I stopped off to meet up with & take some photos of the darling Anika & Peter, two Australian’s living in London. We bonded over expat life and sausage rolls :) I’m looking forward to heading back to Australia to photograph their wedding in Margaret River later this year <3

  • Owen MathiasJune 10, 2015 - 10:41 pm

    These are brilliant. I love how you’ve really captured London as well as these beautiful people. The tones and colours are lovely. They look so relaxed in your company, I bet you’re going to have a lovely wedding day with them in Australia.ReplyCancel

  • TasjJune 11, 2015 - 1:32 am

    these are amazing. you owe me a drink xxxxReplyCancel

  • BenJune 12, 2015 - 5:57 am

    Super nice set Samm!ReplyCancel

  • ChiaraJune 12, 2015 - 3:45 pm

    Love this session. “Simple” and stunning.ReplyCancel

  • MeutiaJune 18, 2015 - 3:50 am

    Samm! Gorgeous shots! I’d like a workshop with you, in Bali!ReplyCancel

  • Victoria ChristopheJune 27, 2015 - 6:59 am

    Wow! just amazing. You did a fantastic job. Capturing those beautiful momentsReplyCancel

  • Mike SpiritoJuly 18, 2015 - 2:51 am

    your work is an inspiration.ReplyCancel

  • Mike SpiritoJuly 18, 2015 - 2:52 am

    Amazing!ReplyCancel

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  • AimeeJune 6, 2015 - 1:49 am

    sweet images Samm, I especially love her dress! xReplyCancel

  • ElinJune 6, 2015 - 10:35 pm

    thank you for a very inspiring post. beautiful moments captured. (at nd the bumping of iso! really needed to see that today :) )ReplyCancel

  • ElinJune 6, 2015 - 10:35 pm

    thank you for a very inspiring post. beautiful moments captured. (and the bumping of iso! really needed to see that today :) )ReplyCancel

  • […] Bowery Hotel New York – From Samm Blake […]ReplyCancel

  • MeutiaJune 8, 2015 - 5:19 pm

    i’ve always been inspired by how you curate colors in one single story. your eyes and taste are amazing (:ReplyCancel

  • DarraghJune 9, 2015 - 10:47 am

    SO BEAUTIFUL. LOVE THE IMAGES OF THE speeches, YOU CAN HEAR THE LAUGHTER THROUGH YOUR IMAGES. THANKS FOR SHARING.ReplyCancel

  • Jonathan OngJune 16, 2015 - 7:36 am

    Love seeing NYC through your weddings :)ReplyCancel

  • chellise xoJune 23, 2015 - 6:51 pm

    stunning!ReplyCancel

  • Adam GrantJuly 16, 2015 - 12:35 am

    Incredible! Love the moodReplyCancel

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I spent four days at Big Indian Springs in the Catskill Mountains in upstate New York last August photographing this very lovely collection of friends & family come together to celebrate the very sweet, Erin & Chris, get married.

 

For a moment, let us be silent.
Let us communicate with our faces,
with our bodies, with our thoughts.
Let us sit down and watch,
watch the birds and the clouds
and the earth and everything around
and in between.
Let us see as it is. Let us be silent.

~ kyhpo

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The afternoon following Brooke & Tavis’s elopement in Iceland, we headed out into a lava field and took some pictures in the sprinkling rain. x

  • Mark TrelaMay 1, 2015 - 8:28 pm

    Beautiful work! There’s so much genuine emotions here.ReplyCancel

  • heather nanMay 2, 2015 - 12:09 am

    Fourth one from the bottom… Perfect summary of those two, Beautiful work.ReplyCancel

  • Proshanto MahatoMay 2, 2015 - 5:39 am

    I have been watching and following tour since past one year and I am amazingly surprised that every time you come with a couple shot with such a great feel. Each and every picture surprisingly is talking and I love that !! An amateur photog from India !! Take care god bless and happy clicking !!ReplyCancel

  • DarraghMay 5, 2015 - 4:03 pm

    Beautiful set of images, what an amazing place to photograph the couple, stunning.ReplyCancel

  • KristenMay 25, 2015 - 9:03 am

    This elopement photoshoot is amazing. It’s so beautiful!ReplyCancel

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Excited to see Julie & Jon’s Mexico wedding in the latest issue of Martha Stewart Real Weddings (special issue spring 2015) – this amazing wedding came together with such a talented group of creatives and my favorites in this industry, in particular the very fine people at Bash Please, Shark Pig, The Flashdance and Smilebooth!

 

You can read the article online at Martha Stewart Weddings.

  • JessApril 21, 2015 - 6:15 pm

    it looks like it was a beautiful wedding!ReplyCancel

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At night I dream that you and I are two plants that grew together, roots entwined.
– Pablo Neruda

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Brooke & Tavis, two very talented photographers went to Iceland to elope.  Their friend, Ryan Muirhead, officiated and a small collection of friends (and one particularly adorable tourist) witnessed the ceremony high on a cliff top looking out over the ocean. Getting the opportunity to be part of such an intimate wedding in my favorite part of the world was beyond anything I could imagine and so thankful for these two dears I now call friends.

The next day we ventured out in the rain for a few more photos. I’ll be sharing them soon. xo

Rock N Roll Bride featured this wedding this week. Check out the post here.

♥♥♥

Video: Luke Lindgren
Hair & Make Up: Vivian Johnson
Flowers: Shotgun Floral

  • Tigzy // Tigz Rice StudiosMarch 18, 2015 - 3:15 pm

    What a beautiful wedding and such lovely photos! Congratulations Brooke and Tavis! xReplyCancel

  • MikeMarch 18, 2015 - 3:17 pm

    Wow what and awesome wedding! Great photos!ReplyCancel

  • Louise BrynjulfsenMarch 18, 2015 - 3:23 pm

    ohhhh mannnnnnnn.

    Swoon. Seriously. On all levels. ReplyCancel

  • joannaMarch 18, 2015 - 3:32 pm

    wow so beautiful a perfect match. xReplyCancel

  • Marta LocklearMarch 18, 2015 - 3:39 pm

    So much brilliance in this. The location, the colors, the people and your vision. Bravo!ReplyCancel

  • Antony TurnerMarch 18, 2015 - 4:23 pm

    Samm, Hands down! best wedding I’ve seen this year so far!ReplyCancel

  • Maurizio Solis BrocaMarch 18, 2015 - 4:40 pm

    I felt it.ReplyCancel

  • AnetaMarch 18, 2015 - 5:06 pm

    Oh, I love the wind! Beautiful!ReplyCancel

  • Laura BabbMarch 18, 2015 - 6:41 pm

    the beautifulness of it all.ReplyCancel

  • Zoe CampbellMarch 18, 2015 - 9:49 pm

    so so beautiful.ReplyCancel

  • JKBlackwellMarch 18, 2015 - 10:09 pm

    So delicately captured.ReplyCancel

  • David MooreMarch 18, 2015 - 10:47 pm

    Damn… I’m speechless!ReplyCancel

  • BenMarch 18, 2015 - 11:39 pm

    Beautiful Samm!ReplyCancel

  • myekieMarch 19, 2015 - 4:40 am

    Precious Memories captures so beautifully. <3ReplyCancel

  • ElizaMarch 19, 2015 - 7:32 am

    I can’t even tell you how seeing this makes me feel, the emotion is just bubbling up so much! Completely beautiful, such amazing storytelling, such a beautiful couple…just perfect <3ReplyCancel

  • Maureen Du PreezMarch 19, 2015 - 8:45 am

    Stunning images. So much love for all of this. Congrats to Brooke & Tavis <3ReplyCancel

  • GlennMarch 19, 2015 - 9:13 am

    That wedding was nailed. Hard. Epic blog Samm, kudos!ReplyCancel

  • Lisa DevlinMarch 19, 2015 - 3:18 pm

    All that talent in one amazing place at once.. I can’t get enough… beautiful imagery Samm, you are incredible.ReplyCancel

  • VoyteckMarch 19, 2015 - 4:48 pm

    absolutely breathtaking images, wow!ReplyCancel

  • Genevieve ( Miss Gen )March 19, 2015 - 8:21 pm

    so gorgeous.ReplyCancel

  • Yann MignonetMarch 19, 2015 - 10:50 pm

    It’s an absolutely incredibly told story ! Such a wonderful couple with friends in a completely magical place !ReplyCancel

  • Dado CalabresiMarch 20, 2015 - 9:41 am

    It’s a dream, right?ReplyCancel

  • JohannaMarch 20, 2015 - 11:30 am

    Magical <3 Dyrholaey took my breath away last september.ReplyCancel

  • RachelMarch 20, 2015 - 5:40 pm

    Wow – what an absolutely stunning set of images – and what a location – love everything about this. Beautifully captured. Thanks for sharing.ReplyCancel

  • MattiasMarch 21, 2015 - 7:20 am

    Just loving it… gorgeous pictures!ReplyCancel

  • […] Iceland Elopment – From Samm Blake […]ReplyCancel

  • Rob DodsworthApril 12, 2015 - 9:02 pm

    Wow…just wow! Stunning couple, stunning backdrop, stunning photography!ReplyCancel

  • BrookeMay 29, 2015 - 6:11 pm

    I keep coming back to look at these Samn. You are so very clever and make this look like the most incredibly special day.ReplyCancel

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Jean & Matthew celebrated their wedding day at Flatbush Farms, a dark little bar & restaurant in Brooklyn. It turned into a rainy day and they had planned for dinner under the stars in the backyard, but instead turned into a intimate dinner across the bar & restaurant areas inside. Thanks to Accuweather, we were able to time the rain clouds so they were still able to have their ceremony outside, with just a little sprinkling of drops. Emily Asher’s Garden Party played amazing jazz all night long.

♥♥♥

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Jacqueline & Darryl had a small and sweet wedding in Paris, France in June this year. They married at the Jardin des Tuileries and then celebrated on a roof deck with drinks & pizza as the sunset over Paris. It was a lovely day to be part of. Much love for these two! ♥

  • Antony TurnerJanuary 1, 2015 - 7:18 pm

    Incredible photographs, what a cool couple!ReplyCancel

  • EmilyJanuary 2, 2015 - 4:24 pm

    This is just SO. GOOD. The Tuileries followed by pizza?! Sign me up.ReplyCancel

  • MattiasJanuary 3, 2015 - 8:37 am

    Amazing pictures!ReplyCancel

  • HayleyLaneJanuary 4, 2015 - 6:57 am

    What an sensational affair with sensational images to match! THe bride and groom look sensational :)ReplyCancel

  • Tomasz WagnerJanuary 15, 2015 - 1:22 am

    beautifully and thoughtfully captured, Samm. I love how you see the world.ReplyCancel

  • Wedding | Paris FranceFebruary 14, 2015 - 9:43 pm

    […] the fun part. Here’s a slideshow from the wedding. I had the insanely talented Samm Blake shoot it. She’s considered one of the top 10 wedding photographers in the world, so I was […]ReplyCancel

  • JK BlackwellFebruary 17, 2015 - 3:05 am

    So beautiful! I just want to visit Paris again!ReplyCancel

  • AntoninaFebruary 19, 2015 - 2:45 am

    I just really love this place. It really shows a very romantic feel which makes a great venue for a wedding. Both the groom and the bride are incredibly fantastic and they had a very simple yet elegant wedding. Capturing this moment is such a wonderful thing. Cheers to that!ReplyCancel

Suzanne and Martin traveled over from Perth, Australia to marry at the Clerk’s office in New York. After a short wait at the Clerk’s Office in Manhattan, they were married and we spent the afternoon wandering around Manhattan and Brooklyn.

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At night I dream that you and I are two plants that grew together, roots entwined. – Pablo Neruda
I photographed a very sweet elopement in Iceland in September. Can’t wait to share more of the day soon. Xx

  • Laura BabbNovember 5, 2014 - 12:30 am

    What a tease!ReplyCancel

  • Rob VillettoNovember 7, 2014 - 1:30 pm

    beautiful work!ReplyCancel

  • AmyNovember 9, 2014 - 10:58 pm

    I can’t wait either. Its going to be perfection I can already tell :)ReplyCancel

  • gNovember 10, 2014 - 6:04 pm

    Looks lovely, can’t wait to see the rest!ReplyCancel

  • Genevieve ( Miss Gen )December 16, 2014 - 3:33 pm

    Lovely! can’t wait to see moreReplyCancel

  • RogJanuary 5, 2015 - 6:12 pm

    Sammie. Darling. Where the heck are the rest of the photos. You’re killing me slowly here. -with love, rog.ReplyCancel

  • Jon - Millgrove PhotographyFebruary 19, 2015 - 9:17 pm

    Looks amazing, have had to follow the post now to check out what happens next :-) I’m planning on shooting a few in Denmark this year, I might get some inspiration :-)ReplyCancel

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I am excited to announce that I have finally locked in dates for the Melbourne workshop and it is now open for registration. The Melbourne workshop will take place on Tuesday 27th & Wednesday 28th January 2015 in a venue in the Docklands area of Melbourne.

It’s a time to help you find your way as a photographer and give you the tools to create a photography business that will ultimately give you much happiness and freedom.

We will cover the topics that I think the most important in taking the steps into getting the right clients for you, which will ultimately make you create better work. Any level of photographer is welcome to book in for the workshop, it does not matter if you are a amateur photographer, just at the very start of your photography career or a professional photographer already and want to refine your focus and overhaul your business.

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  • Georgie JamesOctober 21, 2014 - 5:37 am

    Am interested in a place at the 2015 Melbourne workshop.ReplyCancel

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You are
hazy sunshine
and rolled down windows
Quiet ambience
of summertime cicadas.

You are
the velvet dark
of a thousand midnights
spent in the arms of
The One.

You are
the sound of snow-fall
and the smell of
home.

You are
the shiver running up
my twisted
knotted
spine.

– (EC)

  

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Over the past two years I have been working on an ongoing project about my dear friend Harold Martin, who is now 97 years old. He was a prisoner of war during World War 2, captured by the Japanese in the Fall of Singapore, and spent the next two years in POW camps building the Burma Thai Death railway along with 60,000 other allied soldiers, of which 12,399 died as a direct result of working on the railway. Harold has an epic tale of survival.

I have been documenting Harold and his story now for two years, both video and stills, filming in Myanmar, Thailand, Singapore, San Francisco and at Harold’s home in Albany, Australia. Along the way, I have recorded his stories with the intention of compiling a documentary about his experience about being a POW and his travels going back to Myanmar and Thailand.

Two years ago, I traveled to Myanmar (Burma) with Harold, my father and a few of his close friends. Myanmar finally opened up to tourism and it was his first opportunity to go back to find the gravesites of his fallen mates. It was an amazing experience to be alongside Harold and you can see more of project from then here.

Harold’s latest request was to travel to Thailand to attend the ANZAC (Australian and New Zealand Army Corps) day service at Hell Fire Pass in Kanchanaburi. My dad and our dear friend Murray, decided it would be another great adventure. I decided to join in too to continue the project. In the middle of already a very hectic travel schedule in April, traveling to the United Arab Emirates and Mexico for work, I managed to get a week in Thailand. I surprised Harold at the hotel in Bangkok with a knock on his door, he didn’t know I was coming. We kept it a secret incase it did not work out. That moment will forever be a favorite. I was a little nervous I may have given him a heart attack from the surprise, but instead he pinched me to see if I was really there. He didn’t really believe it :)

From Bangkok we headed to Kanchanaburi, which is close to where the Thailand side of the railway line had started.  We visited and walked many different parts of the railway line, went to the bridge over the River Kwai and we attended the ANZAC day services at Hell Fire Pass and at the cemetery in Kanchanaburi. Harold was a VIP guest along with two other POW survivors who had traveled over from Australia. We also visited one of the original Japanese trains that carted the POW’s on the 5 day journey from Singapore up into Thailand. Each carriage had 34 men crammed into them, the carriage door was closed and it had no ventilation. There were no toilets and many of the men were very sick and many died along the way.  I have been working on this project for two years now and it was not until seeing inside one of these carriages that it all really hit me. The reality of it all.

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  • Glenn StephensonJuly 28, 2014 - 1:00 am

    I’ve been following your document of Harold Martin since the beginning. With each new instalment, I make sure I share it with my family- we sit back and are silenced by your portrayal. What I have just seen is not only visualy stunning, but incredibly moving. Your images reach out and touch the soul and with the subject you have chosen (or chose you) you have ‘documented him accurately and done him justice’
    Love everything I see.
    Glenn.ReplyCancel

  • carleyJuly 28, 2014 - 5:28 am

    Samm. Loves these images, have loved this series since you first shared it! Good luck with it all xReplyCancel

  • Siobhan ByrneJuly 28, 2014 - 10:07 pm

    Beautiful portrayal Samm. Very moving.ReplyCancel

  • Link marketJuly 30, 2014 - 2:09 am

    […] photographer Samm Blake is creating a documentary about Harold Martin, POW. Help her complete by contributing […]ReplyCancel

  • MelissaAugust 2, 2014 - 11:48 am

    These are amazing Samm. It’s so moving watching Harold through your images. I really hope you get enough to complete it, it’s such a worthwhile story xxxxReplyCancel

  • Danny TMarch 6, 2015 - 10:17 pm

    Brilliant photos, very moving.ReplyCancel

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I headed back to Australia last year to document Isabella & Adrian’s sweet wedding in Fremantle, Western Australia. They lived directly across from my old office in Fremantle that I spent many years working from. I decided to make the trip over and photograph their wedding based on this fact alone as I knew it was going to be a great day spending time in my old beloved Fremantle. After the church service at St Thomas’s in Claremont, we headed to The Attic for coffee before continuing to roam the streets of Fremantle before heading to the Maritime Museum on the wharf to continue the celebrations.

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sammblake_wedding_thorncrown_chapel_eurekasprings_ arkansas_029Lauren and David bought their children and parents over from Perth, Australia to marry in a intimate ceremony at Thorncrown Chapel in the little town of Eureka Springs in Arkansas. They celebrated in the evening with a dinner at Crescent Hotel. It was such a lovely day to document for this sweet family.

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Last August took me to Mallorca, one of the Balearic Islands off Spain to document Sarah & David’s destination wedding. Their close friends & family came down from England to celebrate and they hired out a beautiful house in the countryside near Inca, where the evening celebrations took place. Sarah & David had their ceremony in up in the little village of Fornalutx at a little boutique hotel called Can Verdera. David is an amazing wedding photographer, so it was an honor he asked me to photograph his wedding. Not a terrifying experience at all ;)

 

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Last September I headed over to Italy to document Daniela & Remo’s wedding day near their home town of Terracina, just a few hours south of Rome. The wedding took place at Abbazia di Fossanova, an amazing Cistercian monastery built around 1135.

My dear friend Kelly Tunney was in the neighborhood (England) the week prior so with a little tempting with a few days in Venice and surviving the crazy drive out of Rome to Terracina (mostly thanks to her great navigating skills), she helped second shoot this wedding with me.  The hospitality that Daniela & Remo showed us was amazing.. we have never been so well looked after (and fed!) in our lives. I had to go on a 3 day juice detox when I got back to New York to recover :)

I have photographed many Italian weddings in Australia.. but this took my idea of what an Italian wedding was to a whole new level… a 7 course dinner, many many many toasts, a crazy amount of dancing and a toilet paper covered get away car :)

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Sareh Nouri - New York - 2015 Spring Collection

Yesterday I headed to a sky suite at the London Hotel in Manhattan to document behind the scenes for the Sareh Nouri 2015 Spring Collection on behalf of Burnett’s Boards.  The New York International Bridal Week took place over the weekend, where designers from around the world come to NYC to showcase their latest designs. It was a fun hour photographing these pretty models.

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The best part of my job is that I get to step into peoples lives for a day, wander around and document all that I see for them. I get see how people celebrate weddings all over the world. I am an anthropologist at heart. I love studying humankind with my camera.

This wedding was back on my home turf in Perth, Western Australia. Now that I am living in New York, looking through all these photographs again and remembering what it feels to walk out into a big wide open field with menacing storm clouds and breath in all that fresh country again, makes me miss home so very much.

Amber & Corrin celebrated their wedding day surrounding themselves in all the things they love.. loved ones, animals, food, music and bright colors, along with a stormy Australian sky. They had a little baby animal petting farm for all the guests to play & hang out with and a fairy floss station & pizzas on demand throughout the evening. It was a pretty amazing day to be part of :)

This wedding was featured recently on Hello May – you can check out the post here.

 

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Quincy and Steffani married in a tiny little dark bar (Manhattan Inn, Greenpoint) in Brooklyn only 4 blocks from my apartment (first time ever I walked to and from a wedding :). They celebrated the day surrounded by all their loved ones and documenting the evening for them was a complete joy.. getting to do what I love the most, photographing people surrounded by their nearest and dearest. ♥

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  • TasjMarch 27, 2014 - 1:06 am

    Sammidges you are such a cutie, how wonderful. Can see you in these images. Beautiful xxxReplyCancel

  • BettinaMarch 27, 2014 - 1:11 am

    Honest.True.Love beautiful SammReplyCancel

  • AnyaMarch 27, 2014 - 1:18 am

    Absolutely love everything about this celebrations, so well captured! xReplyCancel

  • john benaventeMarch 27, 2014 - 1:24 am

    lovely work samm!ReplyCancel

  • ali v.March 27, 2014 - 1:25 am

    so so good.ReplyCancel

  • JessicaMarch 27, 2014 - 1:35 am

    This is exactly what a wedding should be about- the people and the ambiance they create when together.ReplyCancel

  • michelle fionaMarch 27, 2014 - 2:06 am

    perfect day xReplyCancel

  • /mariahedengren@yahoo.comMarch 27, 2014 - 3:40 am

    This is amazing!ReplyCancel

  • Logan ColeMarch 27, 2014 - 6:23 am

    Love this so muchReplyCancel

  • MichelleMarch 27, 2014 - 6:59 am

    So beautiful and intimate. I love weddings like this.. Gorgeous, perfect work!ReplyCancel

  • joanna brownMarch 27, 2014 - 9:02 am

    Just beautiful beautiful work and a intimate way to celebrate. LOVE LOVE LOVEReplyCancel

  • xantheMarch 27, 2014 - 9:22 am

    Packed with emotion.
    Beautiful xxReplyCancel

  • ReniMarch 27, 2014 - 10:57 am

    Great imagery! And this photo is my absolute best! sammblakephotographer_manhattaninn_brooklyn__nycwedding_036ReplyCancel

  • Luis EfigénioMarch 27, 2014 - 11:26 am

    Lovely work Samm. love this intimate wedding. People are so close to each other, and you very close to them. Amazing.ReplyCancel

  • jenMarch 27, 2014 - 11:56 pm

    so intimate. i love how physically close you are to the guests and couple <3ReplyCancel

  • HayleyLaneMarch 30, 2014 - 1:33 am

    What an awesome wedding! Love that you can really feel the atmosphere and joy in these images. Beautiful!ReplyCancel

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  • Laura BabbMarch 30, 2014 - 2:43 pm

    This looks like it was awesome fun. Beautifully captured.ReplyCancel

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Destination Wedding Photographer

These two are beyond sweet. Samantha & Julian married on a very warm summers day in December 2012 and they had their ceremony at the at the Sacred Heart Church in Perth, Australia and celebrated in the evening at Mosman’s Restaurant in Mosman Park. Sam’s amazing dress was from Galleria Couture.

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