Smithers Photography: Blog https://www.smithersphotography.com.au/blog en-us (C) Smithers Photography (Smithers Photography) Sun, 12 Sep 2021 03:29:00 GMT Sun, 12 Sep 2021 03:29:00 GMT https://www.smithersphotography.com.au/img/s/v-12/u538020738-o155873466-50.jpg Smithers Photography: Blog https://www.smithersphotography.com.au/blog 85 120 Our Flushmount Album https://www.smithersphotography.com.au/blog/2021/9/flushmount Albums are forever.

This is why you need one.

When we started doing wedding photography we were reluctant to offer wedding albums. Quite frankly, we didn't really see the value in them at that time. But, weren't we wrong!

When we were looking for our own wedding, we saw it as a pricey product that would end up sitting in our cupboard or under our bed collecting dust, only to be pulled out once in a while on special occasions.

Since then, a lot more product variety has come out, which are less bulky and allow more customisation, making an album design more personal and unique. We have always told our couples how important and special it is to have a tangible product, a physical reminder of your special day.  And it doesn't get much better than a beautiful album.  Do you remember going through your parents' or grandparent's photo albums as a kid? How special was it to see those images and hear their stories!  That's exactly what your wedding album will do. It will take you right back to your wedding day, and those generations after you will love looking through the photos, too. It will become a part of your family history - not just a precious keepsake for yourself, but a family heirloom that will be cherished.

 

So why the higher price point?

We are lucky enough today to have such amazing products available, that are crafted to stand the test of time. It is both the production and the design process of the albums that justify their price.

When we were looking for a supplier to work with we, focused not only on the highest quality but also wanted to choose an Australian made product. In times like these, supporting local businesses is more important than ever. We fell in love with the Flushmount album - a handcrafted product that is bound with a seamless gutter, allowing the pages to sit flawlessly flat.  This enables us to fill a page with one photo, without a visible cut in between, and really showcasing the true beauty of the image.

The pages have a beautiful texture and feel, plus the materials used are carefully selected and specially treated to ensure maximum longevity. You can tell how much care and pride goes into this product! The albums are customisable by imprinting the cover, so our couples can choose whether they like their names, initials, wedding date or a special message on the album. We love this, as every wedding and every couple is different, and your album should represent you. You can also choose from two different cover materials, a leatherette and linen - we love them both! There are plenty of colour options, too. When we chose the album size we went for an A4, as this is not overwhelmingly big and bulky, but a decent size to fit in your book shelf or on the table, inviting you to view it more often. We were so excited when our portfolio album arrived - we love showing our couples what their images can look like and more importantly, how beautiful they will look in an album.

We cannot wait to create many of these beauties!

 

The design process

When you choose a wedding package with an album included, we will start designing it as soon as the photo editing process is finished. We will carefully design the album layout to retell the story of your wedding day. This is quite time consuming, as we want to get it right before we show it to our couples. We ask our couples to trust us in choosing the images for the album, as we know how hard it is to go through them and choose favourites, let alone design an album yourself! However, if you have a special request or like more input in what goes into the album before we present you the proof you are welcome to.  We will guide you through the whole process and ask about your preferences along the way, so we can give you an album that truly represents your day. When we are happy with the album layout, we will schedule in a proofing session with you, which will take place at our home/studio. You will be able to view the design on a big screen - this might also be the first time you see your wedding photos, so please make sure you come together. It is such a special moment! You can then give us feedback - whether you instantly love it as it is or whether you ask for a couple of tweaks here and there. Either way is fine - we want you to be 100% happy with your album! Once you give us your approval we can then order it for you. You choose cover and imprint yourself to suit your taste and personality. Then all you have to do is wait for us to contact you that your album is ready, which may take a few weeks.

If you're looking for your photographer and love to have an album to treasure, please CONTACT US. We would love to show you the album in person and hopefully get to create your own unique version.

 

Love Captured-Promo Album

This is our portfolio album with copper imprint on rust leatherette cover.

LCLC

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Beth & Adam - Oaks Cypress Lakes Resort, Hunter Valley https://www.smithersphotography.com.au/blog/2021/8/beth-adam Beth & Adam

Beaming smiles and lots of pre wedding excitement is what we remembered from our first meeting with them. And when their day had finally arrived their smiles were even bigger! Beth and Adam were so lucky to have their wedding when they did, as shortly after restrictions came back in. 

When you envision getting married in the Hunter Valley you automatically think of the lush green vineyards in Spring and Summer. But Autumn actually has its perks, too - the changing colours in the vines are beautiful, and in Beth and Adam's case the reds and browns beautifully matched their wedding colours. 

They had their ceremony on the grass overlooking the lake. Beth looked absolutely stunning, bringing her groom to tears, and their funny vows straight from the heart had the same effect on everyone else. It was simply beautiful. By the end of their afternoon ceremony the light was changing, and colourful skies made us want to dash off to start their bridal shoot, to capture that beautiful light.

We used the beautiful grounds across the lake and the vineyards for the bridal shoot, first with the whole wedding party and then of the couple alone before heading to their reception.

We always tell our couples to make sure they enjoy their day - and Beth and Adam did just that! Especially after their ceremony was done and dusted and they got to hold each other's hands, they lit up and relaxed even more. They were definitely keen on the party part of the day! Beth's grandfather had created their unique wedding cake - a profiterole tower, requested by the bride, as it was her favourite dessert. We love when family and friends contribute to the couple's day - it such a personal touch and we often admire their talents. 

There was no need to worry about an empty dancefloor! Everyone was keen to celebrate with the newlyweds, and lots of laughs were had during their bouquet and garter toss. The happy couple finished off their night with a farewell tunnel formed by their guests.

Thank you for a beautiful day with you, Beth and Adam! Your love and positivity made the day a breeze. We wish you a lifetime of happiness!

 

Ceremony Venue: Oaks Cypress Lakes Resort

Reception Venue: Oaks Cypress Lakes Resort

Celebrant: Michelle Woloschyn

Hair: Brodie

Catering: Cypress Lakes resort

Rings: Monty Adams Jewellery

Music: Dorian Taylor

Wedding Dress: Final Touch Bridal

 

 

Beth & Adam

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Melissa and Paul - Peppers Creek https://www.smithersphotography.com.au/blog/2021/8/melissa-and-paul---peppers-creek Melissa & Paul - Peppers Creek

When you plan your wedding in the middle of a pandemic you're faced with a decision: to postpone or go ahead with some restrictions. Mel and Paul had to make that call last year, and they didn't want to put their wedding off any longer! So last year they tied the knot in a very intimate ceremony at their dream venue.

However, they felt like something was missing - the party! They decided to do it all again, ceremony, bridal shoot and a proper reception with all their family and friends once restrictions allowed them to. We were lucky enough to capture their first ceremony last year, and it made it even more special to do it again with them, this time to capture what they called their "real" wedding. 

We arrived for the late morning preparations, and despite them being already married, they were just as excited for the day. Mel got ready in the property's stunning accommodation on site. The beautiful bedroom was perfect to showcase her new wedding dress!

It was a stunning autumn day, so we used the grounds for their bridal shoot. Last year we photographed Mel & Paul inside the Barrel Room after their ceremony, and we wanted to give them a different setting and set of photos this time around. There were some green leaves left on the vines, mixed in with some Autumn red, which looked beautiful. Clint also used the drone to capture some aerial shots with the couple walking.

Their reception was was filled with laughs, dancing and delicious food. We could see how important it was for Mel and Paul to have their party - they could celebrate their wedding all over again, and it made it feel even more special having their loved ones around. 

We had a blast with you, Mel and Paul - thanks for having us capture your wedding (again). We're ready for wedding number 3 or an anniversary shoot with you! 

 

Ceremony Venue: Peppers Creek

Reception Venue: Peppers Creek

Celebrant: Barbara Cowley

Make Up: Jenna Louise

Hair: Mflair - Monica

Catering: Peppers Creek

Decorator: Donna, Decorating Dreams

Wedding Dress: The Bridal Outlet

 

Mel & Paul

 

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Lisa & Matt - Happy Valley Weddings and Events https://www.smithersphotography.com.au/blog/2021/6/lisa-matt---happy-valley-weddings-and-events Lisa & Matt - Happy Valley Weddings

Lisa and Matt contacted us through a mutual friend. They had planned a casual celebration and simply wanted us to photograph ceremony and a few bridal shots afterwards. It's not unusual that we haven't met the couple in person before the big day, and when we arrived, the place was already bustling. The party had already started, and we found Matt first amongst all the guests. He was bit nervous but very excited to see his bride and get the show on the road.

Under the midday sun Matt and Lisa tied the knot in front of their kids, families and their friends. Family photos proved a bit tricky as we had to compete with the grazing platter and literally had to whisk some family members away from the food (can't blame them though!). We used the garden and swing on the property We wish more venues had swings - it's always a lot of fun for the couple releasing the inner child and can make for some beautiful photos.

We wrapped up after two hours, whilst the celebration continued. No doubt everyone had a great time, it was a relaxed and happy vibe throughout! 

We enjoyed capturing part of your day, Lisa and Matt, and wish you a lifetime of happiness.

 

Ceremony Venue: Happy Valley Weddings and Events

Reception Venue: Happy Valley Weddings and Events

Celebrant: Katie Blanchflower

Make Up: Melinda- The Getaway - Eyelashes, Beauty, Makeup, Hair & Nails

Hair: The Getaway - Eyelashes, Beauty, Makeup, Hair & Nails

Catering: Honey and Brie Grazing

Decorator: The Event Decorators

Cake: SNB Cupcakes

Flowers: Arrow and Rose 

 

Lisa & Matt

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(Smithers Photography) central coast wedding photographer elopement wedding hunter valley photographer newcastle wedding sydney wedding photographer wedding photography https://www.smithersphotography.com.au/blog/2021/6/lisa-matt---happy-valley-weddings-and-events Tue, 22 Jun 2021 03:17:35 GMT
Michelle & Dayne - Somersby Gardens Estate https://www.smithersphotography.com.au/blog/2021/5/michelle-dayne MICHELLE & DAYNE - SOMERSBY GARDENS

What better date to choose for your wedding than your anniversary as a couple! It's a great way to remember how your relationship started (and all those butterflies you had!) and cherish the road you've travelled as a couple so far. Your wedding day can definitely bring back all those feels and more, from nerves to excitement and pure happiness.

Michelle and Dayne put in a lot of effort to create the wedding of their dreams. And they weren't afraid of putting in some work! Especially Michelle had a clear vision for their big day and lots of ideas, from unique wedding bands to vintage furniture in their reception. They did the majority of the wedding set up themselves, too, which is a huge job.

They spent the night before the wedding in the beautiful accommodation on the property, and when we arrived in the late morning it was bustling! The girls were getting ready in one side of the house whereas the boys occupied the opposite end. Michelle had spent the night finishing up the personalized decals on their robes and glasses and getting everyone organized. Hair and Makeup were taking shape now and we started photographing in the background. Michelle and Dayne's kids both had gorgeous little outfits and special roles as flowergirl and ring security.

We can't stress enough how important it is to have a Plan B for your outdoor ceremony! It had rained heavily the week prior, and on the day it was still raining on and off. They made the call to move their ceremony closer to the reception area, so guests could find shelter if needed. 

After our bridal shoot they made their entry into the reception area and kicked off the celebrations. A photobooth was set up to capture those fun and quirky portraits, and Michelle and Dayne had their first dance on the lawn after sun had set. 

Thank you for letting us tell your story through our photos Michelle and Dayne, we wish you and your family a wonderful future!

 

Ceremony Venue: Somersby Gardens

Reception Venue: Somersby Gardens

Celebrant: Edward Taylor

Catering: Simply Sublime Catering

Music: DJ Magoos

Flowers: Floral Mode

Rings: Monty Adams Jewellery

Hair: Alicia's Personal Hair Design

Make Up: JM Makeup

Wedding Dress: Final Touch Bridal

Wedding Coordinator: Dream Decor

Michelle & Dayne

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Rachael & Neal - The Ridge Estate, Peats Ridge https://www.smithersphotography.com.au/blog/2021/4/rachael-and-neal RACHAEL & NEAL - THE RIDGE ESTATE

We fir​st met Rachael as a bridesmaid at her friends' wedding that we photographed.  Her unique sense of humour and laid back nature kept us on our toes and entertained at the same time that day. And when she contacted us a few months later, asking us to photograph her own wedding, we knew we were in for a treat!

Rachael and Neal's wedding plans had been put through the wringer due to Covid restrictions. Their original plans to get married overseas got crushed last minute, so they tied the knot in a simple ceremony instead at that time. But they never gave up on their plans to have the big celebration they wanted - and on their first anniversary they got to have their proper wedding day. And boy did they enjoy it!

Rachael was simply stunning, with her bright red hair matching her personality and bringing a beautiful pop of colour. She was definitely the most carefree bride we've ever worked with! Just going with the flow and letting the Hair and Make Up ladies work their magic.

Their venue provided the relaxed and rural setting they were looking for and was the perfect choice. The house offered ample space for them all to get ready and to keep bride and groom separate until their first look photos. Rachael loved the idea of having that moment, when Neal saw her in her dress for the first time, happen before the ceremony. And she made quite the entrance, dancing her way towards him! 

Their ceremony was followed by a casual reception in the barn setting. Their focus was on people having fun and enjoying being part of their day. Pretty sure Rachael and Neal had the most fun of all, as they should!

A highlight was definitely their visit to the horses. Rachael was keen on having photo with William, the horse, but when he didn't bother coming to the fence they simply went into his paddock! Armed with carrots, they lured him closer and we snapped away. A few nibbles on Neal's suits later we all had had a good laugh, and no horses or wedding dresses were harmed in this.

Thank you for having us, Rachael and Neal, we had a blast with you! Congratulations on your fabulous wedding - and when you decide to do another renewal we're keen!

Ceremony Venue: The Ridge Estate

Reception Venue: The Ridge Estate

Celebrant: Kahlia Wilkin Celebrant

Catering: Pachamana Catering

Flowers: Olivieri Flowers

Hair: Bridal Hair Artistry

Make Up: Taylor Beck

Wedding Dress: Grace Loves Lace

Rachael & Neal

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(Smithers Photography) central coast wedding photographer elopement wedding hunter valley photographer newcastle wedding sydney wedding photographer wedding photography https://www.smithersphotography.com.au/blog/2021/4/rachael-and-neal Wed, 28 Apr 2021 01:05:16 GMT
Mandy & Nick - The Beach Hotel, Merewether https://www.smithersphotography.com.au/blog/2021/4/mandy-and-nick MANDY & NICK - MEREWETHER BEACH HOTEL

For Mandy and Nick it wasn't the first time down the aisle, but this didn't make it any less special. A second chance at love is worth cherishing and celebrating, and that's what their focus was on.

They had planned a beautiful outdoor ceremony at the Rotunda in Newcastle, but unfortunately it had rained all week and was forecast for their day as well, so they went with Plan B. Their reception venue turned into their ceremony venue as well. 

We started with some photos at their house, instead of outside. This turned out to be perfect, as the traditional features in their home set a beautiful scene for portraits. We were very lucky that the rain held off enough to photograph Mandy and Nick with the beautiful vintage Buick they had organised for the day. In this they made their way to the venue, with their guests watching their arrival from the balcony.

Their ceremony was filled by their beaming smiles and gratitude to one another. Everyone in the room could sense their love and happiness. There were even a few happy tears shared by the groom. Their casual celebrations were then kicked off by Mandy and Nick taking to the dancefloor, remembering how they had danced together on their first date, just this time, they did it as husband and wife.

Congratulations on your beautiful love story, Mandy & Nick, and thank you for allowing us to capture a part of your wedding day.

 

Ceremony Venue: The Beach Hotel

Reception Venue: The Beach Hotel

Celebrant: Joanna Cook

Decorator: Creative Events Hire

Music: Ashley knight

 

Mandy & Nick

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Belinda & David - Our Secret Garden, Berkeley Vale https://www.smithersphotography.com.au/blog/2021/4/belinda-david Belinda & David - Our Secret Garden

Binny and Dave, what can we say! What an absolute cracker of an afternoon we had with these two. Definitely one of the most unique ceremonies we've witnessed and shared a lot of laughs throughout as well. We love a good love story, especially one about second chances at love. Both Binny and Dave have been there, done that, with adult children and independent lives. But when they met, they both had butterflies and even their friends knew they had found something special.

A very nervous Binny made her way to the altar at the stunning garden venue as passenger on a friend's motorbike (her first ride by the way, no wonder she was nervous!), looking radiant in her dress, completed by a beautiful flower crown. Her sons then walked her down to Dave, who couldn't help but smile the whole time. So many laughs were shared during the ceremony, with quirky details about their relationship and a unique ring warming raffle - who was handing them the rings was decided by a lottery! For Binny and Dave all their guests meant the world, so they let a blind pick decide who were meant to be their ring bearers. 

These two definitely know how to have a good time! Their afternoon was filled with games, lots of dancing and laughter. 

Thank you for being so much fun, Binny and Dave, you made our job easy. Wishing you lots of happiness together!

Ceremony Venue: Our Secret Garden

Reception Venue: Our Secret Garden

Celebrant: Zoe

Decorator: Zoe - Our Secret Garden

Catering: CC Catering

Music: Zoe Hallam

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Flowers: Life with Petals

Hair: Nyx Hair Design

Wedding Planner: Zoe - Our Secret Garden

Belinda & David

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Uvana & David https://www.smithersphotography.com.au/blog/2021/3/uvana-david Uvana & David - Bidja Estate

 

Ceremony Venue: Bidja Estate

Reception Venue: Bidja Estate

Celebrant: Casey McBeath

Decorator: Everlong Events

Catering: Simply Sublime Catering

Music: Sion & Andrea

Jeff Hindermarsh Dj

Flowers: Forever Floral Designs

Hair: Dream Hair and Makeup

Make Up: Dream Hair and Makeup

Videographer: Shane Arrow Media

Photobooth: Sunset Strip Photobooth

Wedding Coordinator: Zoe Memory Lane Weddings & Events

Uvana & David

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Brittany & Cameron https://www.smithersphotography.com.au/blog/2021/3/brittany-cameron Brittany & Cameron - Pullman, Magenta Shores

Ceremony Venue:Pullman Magenta Shores

Reception Venue:Pullman Magenta Shores

Celebrant:Celebrate with Kate

Decorator:Gg Events

Music:Luke Marlin

Flowers:Gg Events

Hair: Hair-Jays hair and beauty

Make Up:Chelsea Evans

Wedding Dress:Somersby Bridal Outlet

Brittany & Cameron

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Bianca & Brad https://www.smithersphotography.com.au/blog/2021/2/biance-brad BIANCA & BRAD - LINTON GARDENS

 

Ceremony Venue: Linton Gardens

Reception Venue: Linton Gardens

Celebrant: Allyson Schultz - Killcare Weddings

Cake: Ezzy’s cake creations

Music: The Jets Music

Flowers: Forever FLoral Designs

Hair: Hair by Cassie

Bianca & Brad

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Stella & Shannon https://www.smithersphotography.com.au/blog/2021/2/stella-shannon Stella and Shannon - Happy Valley Ceremonies and Events

 

 

Ceremony Venue: Happy Valley Ceremonies - TED's

Reception Venue: Happy Valley Ceremonies - TED's

Celebrant: Katie Blanchflower

Decorator: The Event Decorators

Catering: Knife & Fork

Cake: Bedazzled Cakes Creation

Flowers: Forever Floral Designs

Videographer: Shane - Arrow Media

Stella & Shannon

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Kirrily & Brett- Merewether Surfhouse, Newcastle https://www.smithersphotography.com.au/blog/2021/1/kirrily-brett--merewether-surfhouse-newcastle  

Ceremony Venue: Merewether Surfhouse

Reception Venue: Merewether Surfhouse

Celebrant: Victoria Langham

Catering: Merewether Surfhouse

Cake: Sweet Poison Cakes

Music: Jackson Broadway

Flowers: Mala Rose Events

Hair: Clara Sapphire Hair Makeup

Make Up: Clara Sapphire Hair Makeup

 

Kirrily & Brett

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(Smithers Photography) Central Coast wedding photographer Elopement wedding Hunter Valley photographer Newcastle wedding Sydney Wedding photographer wedding photography https://www.smithersphotography.com.au/blog/2021/1/kirrily-brett--merewether-surfhouse-newcastle Tue, 26 Jan 2021 05:49:59 GMT
Ashlee & Luke - Our Secret Garden NSW https://www.smithersphotography.com.au/blog/2020/11/ashlee-luke Ceremony Venue: Our Secret Garden

Reception Venue: Our Secret Garden

Celebrant: Jake @ Marry me Cupid

Catering: Pizza

Catering: Drinks

Cake: Capcakn Around

Flowers: Cinto Home Deco

Make Up: Rebecca

Videographer:

Wedding Car: Limo Hire

Wedding Dress: Bridal Outlet

Wedding Suit: Formal Suit

Wedding Planner: Zoe @ Our Secret Garden

 

Ashlee & Luke

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Tiffany & Daniel - Dungog, NSW https://www.smithersphotography.com.au/blog/2020/11/tiffany-daniel Ceremony Venue: Carawirry Forest Escape

Reception Venue: Carawirry Forest Escape

Celebrant: Kristine O'Sullivan

Decorator: Event Master HIre

Catering: Little Pantry Co.

Cake: TaylorMade Cakes and Cookies

 

Tiffany & Daniel

 

 

 

 

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Elopement Weddings- A collection https://www.smithersphotography.com.au/blog/2020/11/elopement-weddings--a-collection ELOPEMENT WEDDINGS

We have had quiet a few couples just wanting to elope, rather than have a big wedding.

2020 has been a tough one for everyone, luckily enough we have had our work pick up during the later months.

Here's hoping 2021 can be more prosperous.

From Our elopements in private back yards, public spaces, rainy parks and sunshine at the beach.

Here is just a short sequel of photos from the 2nd half of 2020.

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(Smithers Photography) Central Coast wedding photographer Elopement wedding Hunter Valley photographer Newcastle wedding Sydney Wedding photographer wedding photography https://www.smithersphotography.com.au/blog/2020/11/elopement-weddings--a-collection Sun, 22 Nov 2020 03:39:00 GMT
Susie & Pete - Our Secret Garden, NSW https://www.smithersphotography.com.au/blog/2020/11/susie-pete---our-secet-garden-nsw Ceremony Venue: Our Secret Garden

Reception Venue: Our Secret Garden

Celebrant: Zoe Bose

Decorator: Our Secret Garden

Catering: Amazing Grazing Co

Cake: Lolly Heaven

Videographer: Ian Parale

Wedding Dress: Nova Chic Boutique

Wedding Planner: Zoe- Our Secret Garden

 

Susie & Pete

 

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(Smithers Photography) Central Coast wedding photographer Elopement wedding Hunter Valley photographer Newcastle wedding Sydney Wedding photographer wedding photography https://www.smithersphotography.com.au/blog/2020/11/susie-pete---our-secet-garden-nsw Sat, 14 Nov 2020 09:14:00 GMT
Ashley & Jessica - Kooindah Waters Resort https://www.smithersphotography.com.au/blog/2020/10/ashley-jessica---kooindah-waters-resort Ceremony Venue: Kooindah Waters

Reception Venue: Kooindah Waters

Celebrant: Kahlia Wilkin Celebrant

Catering: Kooindah Waters

Cake: Marissas Cakes

Music: Magoos Party Hire

Hair: MFlair

Make Up: Jodie-Lee Makeup Artistry

Videographer: White Stone Weddings Films

Wedding Dress: Kel- Leigh Couture

 

Ash & Jess

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(Smithers Photography) Central Coast wedding photographer Elopement wedding Hunter Valley photographer Newcastle wedding Sydney Wedding photographer wedding photography https://www.smithersphotography.com.au/blog/2020/10/ashley-jessica---kooindah-waters-resort Sat, 24 Oct 2020 09:14:00 GMT
Jennifer and Mitchell - Bells at Killcare https://www.smithersphotography.com.au/blog/2020/10/jennifer-and-mitchell---bells-at-killcare  

Ceremony Venue: Bells at Killcare

Reception Venue: Bells at Killcare

Celebrant: Ceremonies by Bri

Catering: Bells at Killcare

Music: Jake Edgley

Flowers: Mimosa Floral Design

Hair: Ann Marie Gosse

Make Up: Ann Marie Gosse

Wedding Dress: Rachel Gilbert

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(Smithers Photography) central coast wedding photographer elopement wedding hunter valley photographer newcastle wedding sydney wedding photographer wedding photography https://www.smithersphotography.com.au/blog/2020/10/jennifer-and-mitchell---bells-at-killcare Sun, 11 Oct 2020 11:49:00 GMT
Jolana & Zac - Tamburlaine Organic Winery https://www.smithersphotography.com.au/blog/2020/10/jolana-zac---tamburlaine-organic-winery  

Ceremony Venue: Tamburlaine Organic Winery

Reception Venue: Tamburlaine

Celebrant: Rachel Michael

Decorator: Affections Wedding & Hire

Catering: Tamburlaine

Cake: Elegant Rose Tea House

Flowers: Ivy Lane Florist

Hair: Gloss Hair & Make up 

Make Up: KP Makeup Artistry

Wedding Dress: Shazzam

 

Jolana & Zac

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(Smithers Photography) central coast wedding photographer elopement wedding hunter valley photographer newcastle wedding sydney wedding photographer wedding photography https://www.smithersphotography.com.au/blog/2020/10/jolana-zac---tamburlaine-organic-winery Fri, 09 Oct 2020 02:45:00 GMT
Chantelle & Wade - Linton Gardens, NSW https://www.smithersphotography.com.au/blog/2020/9/chantell-wade---linton-gardens-nsw  

Ceremony Venue: Linton gardens

Reception Venue: Linton gardens

Celebrant / MC: Joined by Jeff

Cake: Mudda Cake

Hair / Make Up: Divine hair and makeup

 

Chantelle & Wade

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(Smithers Photography) central coast wedding photographer elopement wedding hunter valley photographer newcastle wedding sydney wedding photographer wedding photography https://www.smithersphotography.com.au/blog/2020/9/chantell-wade---linton-gardens-nsw Sat, 19 Sep 2020 11:59:00 GMT
Jill & Jon at Our Secret Gardens, Central Coast. https://www.smithersphotography.com.au/blog/2020/9/jill-jon-at-our-secret-gardens-central-coast  

Ceremony Venue: Our secret garden

Celebrant: Marry me Zoe

 

Jill & Jon

 

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(Smithers Photography) Central Coast wedding photographer Elopement wedding Hunter Valley photographer Newcastle wedding Sydney Wedding photographer wedding photography https://www.smithersphotography.com.au/blog/2020/9/jill-jon-at-our-secret-gardens-central-coast Fri, 18 Sep 2020 01:59:00 GMT
Brittany & Paul, Private Ceremony https://www.smithersphotography.com.au/blog/2020/8/brittany-paul-private-ceremony As many couples currently do, Brittany and Paul got married in a small ceremony at a private location on the Central Coast, surrounded only by close friends and family.

The ceremony area was set up beautifully and was pool side, and I made a mental note to myself not to fall into the water. Thankfully this never happened, and I was able to create some beautiful images using the pool's reflection. The groom was very emotional when he laid eyes on his beautiful bride, and the happy emotions kept coming. The large property also allowed us to capture nice walking photos among the trees and gave us plenty of room for family photos.

Thank you for letting me photograph this special moment for you. Huge congratulations on a beautiful wedding day.

 

Celebrant Celebrate with Kate

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Melissa & Paul, Peppers Creek Chapel https://www.smithersphotography.com.au/blog/2020/8/melissa-paul-peppers-creek-chapel We were hopeful (as pretty much everyone was...) that by the time August came around we'd have this whole pandemic under control, so that things can slowly get back to normal. Unfortunately there is no end in sight when it comes to restrictions, which still means social distancing, no mingling or dancing for weddings. Having your wedding at the moment just won't be the same – but it doesn't mean it's impossible! More and more couples decide to still go ahead with their wedding. Yes, it might be different, but it will be special nonetheless.

After months without weddings I finally got to photograph again - actually three on the same weekend, so stay tuned for Blogs to follow.

Melissa and Paul had booked us for their big wedding a while back, but due to Covid they were forced to postpone. A few weeks later they got in touch with us, asking if we could photograph their small ceremony, as they had decided to still get married on their original date. I was excited to jump back into photographing weddings, and to be able to do this at a stunning venue like Peppers Creek in the Hunter Valley.

With a small group of friends and family present, Mel and Paul were married in the chapel, with happy tears shared by them and their kids. After the intimate ceremony I was able to use the Barrel Room for some bridal photos. Thanks to Donna for allowing us and helping setting the mood in the room. I just love the doors and fire place of the Barrel Room. I'm excited to shoot something different again next time, as there are other beautiful locations within the venue.

Thank you for letting me capture part of your beautiful day – can't wait to do it all again next year at your “BIG” wedding!

 

Ceremony Venue: PEPPERS CREEK CHAPEL

Celebrant: BARBARA COWLEY

Rings: MICHAEL HILL

Make Up: DANNI J

 

 

 

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(Smithers Photography) Central Coast wedding photographer Elopement wedding Hunter Valley photographer Newcastle wedding Sydney Wedding photographer wedding photography https://www.smithersphotography.com.au/blog/2020/8/melissa-paul-peppers-creek-chapel Tue, 11 Aug 2020 03:53:46 GMT
Dance studio shoot - part 2 https://www.smithersphotography.com.au/blog/2020/7/dancing Three years ago (almost to the date) we had our first taste of shooting a studio style dance session. We enjoy trying something new and with photography, there's always something new to learn and plenty of room to experiment. Since our first session we knew we'd like to do this kind of shoot again, but this time with some new equipment and a different approach.

 

First off we would like to thank Michelle Maree's School of Dance for allowing us again to use their studio, and for Kate and Michelle for their time to arrange the dancers and help on the day.

We would also like to thank the dancers, for their patience and dedication: Hayley for performing with a broken ankle, Maeve also for turning up with a broken foot, along with Eryn, Lucinda and Lulu. Thank you again girls, you were a pleasure to work with, and your love for dancing shines through the photos.

The shoot was going to be a little different this time. Rather than just have the girls dance in front of one backdrop, we brought along (and fought with) three - black, white and (never again) chrome green. And although the edited versions of the photos alone look stunning, we also had another vision in mind for these photos.

 

So starting out with this original capture,

a finished edit turned out to look like this

 

We hope to get the chance to shoot with the girls again (possibly on location) or just in the studio again.

If you're a dancer and would like to do a similar shoot with us please get in touch.

Please enjoy the rest of the photos!

Possibly my favourite photo from the shoot:

 

 

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(Smithers Photography) dance photography dancer portrait photographer studio photography https://www.smithersphotography.com.au/blog/2020/7/dancing Tue, 28 Jul 2020 05:47:30 GMT
Studio dance shoot - a sneak peek https://www.smithersphotography.com.au/blog/2020/7/dance Almost exactly three years ago we did our first dance shoot with two of these girls, and yesterday we got to work with them again, plus three other dancers. They all created some beautiful images!

Huge thank you to Michelle Maree's School of Dance for letting us use their studio and to Kate for helping with the poses.

Here's just a little sneak peek - there will be a proper Blog following soon, with more beautiful photos, so keep an eye out for our favourite images coming soon!

 

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(Smithers Photography) dance photography portrait photographer central coast https://www.smithersphotography.com.au/blog/2020/7/dance Mon, 20 Jul 2020 06:02:10 GMT
Never pack up too early - Photographing a sunrise https://www.smithersphotography.com.au/blog/2020/5/never-pack-up-too-early Early morning sunrises! Why do I do it to myself, getting up before the crack of dawn?

Before photography became my sole profession I worked in the landscaping industry for years, and waking up early every morning, even whilst it was still dark, wasn't a problem. What I didn't like though was driving down or up the freeway watching the sunrise over the land and not being able to stop and take in its beauty. Autumn and spring is the best time for such sunrises and sunsets, as the high cloud and low temperatures will bring out the best colours. And whilst I was driving along, not being able to stop nor take a photo, all I could do was wish to be somewhere else than stuck in a vehicle.

So now, as I don't work in that industry anymore, I have the time to get out and be in that place I always dreamt about, but there is one problem...

Mother Nature seems to be against me, even after all these years planting hundreds of new trees for her! At least that's what it feels like, as every time I go out for a sunrise photo session the clouds never play nice with me.

I will show you how my time this morning has gone. This wasn't my first rodeo and I'm sure I will punish myself again (tomorrow maybe) with another early start (reminder to self: check weather forecast).

My subject today was this old weathered wharf along Brisbane Waters. I have photographed this bridge a few times before in the early morning, and I'm not giving up until I get the shot I like.

I love how run down the wharf is - hopefully it doesn't fall apart soon and that the council doesn't repair it anytime soon either.

 

Arriving well before Nautical sunrise, I took this shot to see where we are at.

I was able to tell from this frame that the clouds were going to be a problem (surprised? I'm not).

Well, I was there and set up the camera anyways, so I found my composition and took another frame.

 

At this time I could see some colour coming from under the cloud cover (maybe it might work out after all).

I waited for the image to show on the display of the camera, and once I could see some more fiery orange from below the clouds, I wasn't happy with my composition. The end of the wharf wasn't showing and I wanted it to be in the picture. So I moved the camera right about 10m and took this frame.

Watching the clock slowly tick by 6.25am (the sun should have risen by now) I changed composition again to allow the big puff of clouds into frame, and I fired off three more frames. By the third frame I was starting to think the weather had done it again - another early morning for nothing.

I packed up. I walked over to the other side of the wharf to get my GoPro camera, waiting to see if the images were anything of use, and 5-10 minutes went by. When I looked back for a check, the clouds had parted and were showing colour.

 

I quickly scrambled to get everything back out, ran back to were I was before and shot this frame. Good but still not the best.

Lesson learnt: never pack up early!

I wanted something more, and before I could check the display, I was running back to my bag for my filters. I needed to show movement in the clouds, and for that I wanted to use my ND 10stop filter coupled with a GND 1.2 soft filter. I opened the shutter up and let all the colours soak through to the sensor of the camera.

 

I know I shouldn't pack up early and that mistake will not be made again. Am I happy with the final frame? Well, kinda.

Will I wake up early tomorrow and do the same thing? Yeah I'm sure I can get more colours than that.

Plus, there is another subject I would like to photograph just another 200m down the path.

 

My final image. Canon Eos 5D mk3 ISO-100 F/14 @186sec.

I may name this one "Never pack up too early".

 

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(Smithers Photography) landscape photographer photography seascape photography https://www.smithersphotography.com.au/blog/2020/5/never-pack-up-too-early Fri, 29 May 2020 07:07:57 GMT
Elopement ceremonies and small weddings - not just a Plan B https://www.smithersphotography.com.au/blog/2020/5/elopement-wedding-not-just-a-plan-b A lot of our couples are deciding to have a smaller wedding instead of wanting all the bells and whistles of the traditional wedding, even before the current social distancing rules and restrictions came in. And who's to say an intimate ceremony can't be as beautiful! We always say to our couples to have the wedding the way THEY want, and some people do not want all the fuss and attention of a big wedding. If you look at it, all you really need is yourself and your loving bond as a couple to make it a special day, and if you like to surround yourself with your closest family or friends, a legals only or small wedding allows for that, too. Budget may be another reason for couples to keep their weddings small. Whatever your reason may be, you shouldn't see an Elopement or small wedding as a compromise solution or Plan B. With the right attitude and a wonderful celebrant it can be just as emotional and special as any elaborate wedding.

 

If you are one of the couples that were meant to get married this year but have been left disappointed and feeling lost among all the current restrictions, keeping your original wedding date may still be possible.

You most likely chose that particular date for a reason or it might carry special meaning – so why not still get married that day? You can have the big party once the restrictions have been lifted completely and even do another ceremony or vow renewal, just the way you originally planned.

Who doesn't like to celebrate their wedding twice?

And it doesn't need to break the bank, either! Elopement ceremonies are no more expensive than getting married at the registry office (sometimes even cheaper!), but – in our opinion – are a lot nicer and more personal. A big bonus is that you can choose a nice location to tie the knot, like a park, nice backyard or the beach.

 

We have photographed some beautiful intimate weddings and can wholeheartedly say that they can be just as memorable and touching as any big wedding! Those few people that get to witness your ceremony will feel even more honoured to be a part of your day, and the focus really lies on the importance and beauty of your union as a couple.

We believe any wedding - big or small – deserves to be captured. Photos have the wonderful ability to bring back memories and carry emotions, and we like our images to be a true representation of your wedding day.

When we designed our photography packages we were thinking about how different everyone's needs and plans are, and how we can pay that justice. Our smaller photography packages are aimed at couples that are simply looking for someone to photograph their ceremony – after all, that's what it's all about! We make sure there is always enough time to do a quick bridal shoot, too, so you get those beautiful portraits of just the two of you on that special day. Or if you prefer, we can photograph you with your guests before you head of for a celebratory lunch or dinner.

Whether you have already found your celebrant or are looking at a package option that suits you – we are happy to help. We have worked with some wonderful celebrants and know some beautiful locations to have your ceremony that will also work well for beautiful bridal photos.

Sometimes we need to free ourselves from expectations that say you have to go all out when it comes to weddings, and have to stop worrying about whether you can afford getting married! There is always a way, and an Elopement or intimate wedding might just be the perfect choice for you.

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(Smithers Photography) Central Coast wedding photographer Elopement wedding Hunter Valley photographer Newcastle wedding Sydney Wedding photographer wedding photography https://www.smithersphotography.com.au/blog/2020/5/elopement-wedding-not-just-a-plan-b Tue, 12 May 2020 09:12:36 GMT
How to choose your perfect wedding photo location https://www.smithersphotography.com.au/blog/2020/5/how-to-choose-your-perfect-wedding-photo-location How lucky are we, getting to live on the beautiful Central Coast! It has so many beautiful spots, that we are really spoilt for choice when it comes to possible locations for photography. It really depends on your preference – do you love the beach? If it's a big fat yes from your side be prepared to walk through sand, and maybe even a few stairs to get to the perfect spot, as some of the best locations may not be in plain sight. You ideally want to choose a beach that is not highly frequented – you may not feel comfortable to have spectators watching on, and having a lot of people in the background makes photos and the editing process unnecessarily challenging, unless you love strangers photobombing your photos!

As long as you're not worried about getting sandy feet and a bit of sand or dirt on your dress (trust us - if you're uncomfortable it will show in your photos), a beach location can be the perfect choice. Afternoon light is usually the best and less harsh, so you want to time your wedding schedule accordingly for your photographer to capture the beautiful late afternoon golden glow. You can simply stroll along the beach, climb onto the rocks or if you are more adventurous and playful, splash each other at the edge of the water. We are certainly up for anything and don't mind getting our feet wet for the perfect shot.

We have done some beautiful shoots on the beach – it's always a popular choice for wedding couples and families.

If you love the ocean but are not keen on carrying sand back to your reception, there are other options to include water views. We've worked with a bride that really wanted the ocean as her backdrop in the bridal shoot, but the wind and sand would make her eyes itch, so we chose to shoot at a jetty and lakeside location instead. This also meant less walking, which is something you should consider when you are strapped for time or have people that are less mobile with you. Another beautiful way to capture the ocean without braving the elements too much is choosing a lookout or location overlooking the water as your photo location. Luckily there are plenty to choose from, whether you are on the Southern or Northern part of the Central Coast.

 

The lush greens of the bush are a stunning backdrop as well, not just here on the Central Coast. We love shooting areas with indirect light and a bit of shade – the light is so flattering and on a hot day you will be grateful for getting out of the sun for a bit. To get to the really magical spots you usually need to be prepared for a bit of a walk, so bring a comfy pair of shoes for the walking part! However, sometimes a line of trees that is easily accessible – a public park, your backyard or even a pretty driveway – might do the trick, too. But don't be discouraged if you're not up for the exercise or are short on time - an experienced photographer will be able to make the most out of almost any location.

How amazing are waterfalls as your photo backdrop! A favourite of ours – but, in most cases, they require quite a bit of walking, and your timeline needs to allow enough time to get there and do the shoot. You will certainly be rewarded with beautiful images though! However, not every couple is willing to spend hours away from their guests on their wedding day to have their photos taken. A shoot at the waterfall definitely requires more time, due to their usually remote locations. If you love the setting but can't find enough time in your wedding schedule, how about booking an engagement shoot there instead, like our couple below?

 

We also love it when our clients have unusual ideas or requests, too – it really gets the creativity going! The dance photo shoot with the waterfall as the backdrop was challenging for all sides, but so much fun, and we ended up with some amazing and unique photos.

 

One thing important to do is research – certain locations, landmarks or national parks will require you to pay a fee or permit to photograph there. Please don't leave it up to your photographer to organize! If there is a fee involved (whether it is for parking, council fees or the use of a private property) it is your responsibility to cover the cost, unless arranged otherwise. There's nothing more embarrassing than rocking up to a shoot and then be refused entry or be send away mid shoot. You certainly don't need that kind of stress on your wedding day!

So, how do you choose your perfect photo location for your wedding photos here on the Coast and beyond? Your first step is to find the right wedding venue for you. If you have ceremony and reception at the same location we usually have more time for photos, as we don't have to travel in between, but this doesn't mean you shouldn't choose different locations you fell in love with! Different locations can give you more diverse photos, and as long as you time your wedding schedule right - leaving a bigger gap in between ceremony and reception - no location change should be an issue. You have to choose your venue to suit you – of course, it has to fit in your budget, but in the end it will be your heart that will let you know you have found the right one. Once you have secured your venue your photographer will help you choose suitable photography locations. You may have some ideas, but the experience your photographer brings to the table will definitely help narrow down options and also let you know if something won't work.

 

You might really love to have different photo locations, but your wedding timeline is only allowing an hour for the bridal shoot. Sorry to say, but unless you have wings (wish we did!) you won't make them all and you may need to compromise or rethink your plans. It is good to have several locations in mind, but you may only be able to choose your favourite one when time is sparse. Once we know what kind of setting a couple likes we go into scouting mode ourselves, to try and find beautiful locations that suit both their brief and the timeline of the day.

A lot of couples underestimate the time it takes to get from one location to another, plus any delay in your formalities affects the running of the rest of your day. We are all only human – the bride may want to grab a quick drink, someone needs a toilet, a groomsman is running late, the wedding car hasn't found a parking spot, someone gets lost on the way... you get the picture.

With weddings you have to be prepared things don't always run smoothly and according to plan, so please consider this when you work out the timeline and leave a little wiggle room here and there, so you don't get stressed. We are always happy to help our couples with working out a timeline of the wedding day – after all, if we don't get enough time for photos with you, you might miss out on images you really wanted. And we certainly want you to be happy and relaxed in our photos, not to worry that you might miss the entrees because of time slipping away.

Wedding planning can be overwhelming, and being spoilt for choice can lead to more confusion. Rest assured we, as well as your other wedding suppliers, are always happy to help find options that will actually work with your wedding plans. Ultimately though, it all depends on you – choose a location together that represents you and speaks to you. Maybe it is a place that has special meaning to you, where you got engaged, had a date or love going together. If you are comfortable in a place it will help you be yourself and relax in front of our camera. Your energy and connection will transpire into your photos and will give you those candid images you dream of.

Do you have a favourite location here on the Central Coast? We'd love to hear your thoughts!

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(Smithers Photography) Central Coast wedding photographer wedding photography https://www.smithersphotography.com.au/blog/2020/5/how-to-choose-your-perfect-wedding-photo-location Wed, 06 May 2020 09:00:00 GMT
Jess & Jared https://www.smithersphotography.com.au/blog/2020/4/jess-jared Jess & Jared

Such a sweet and genuine couple - you couldn't wipe the smiles off their faces all day! We started off with the traditional getting ready photos, followed by a First Look shoot with bride and groom at Swadling Reserve, Toowoon Bay. Jess and Jared enjoyed this special moment alone and taking in a few minutes by themselves before the wedding ceremony. After their ceremony in front of a huge crowd of family and friends we were off to do the bridal shoot with their bridal party down at the beach at Toowoon Bay.

Their reception was completely DIY - from setting up the room to the catering - everything was done with the help of family and friends. Since they had no formal proceedings apart from speeches during the reception, we were able to whisk Jess and Jared away again to capture some sunset photos at Long Jetty - so lucky to have three different times and settings to photograph bride and groom! We hope you enjoy the little peek into their unique day.

 

Ceremony Venue: Long Jetty Corps

Reception Venue: Long Jetty Corps, Salvation Army

Celebrant Katherine Louise - Marriage Celebrant

 

For supplier details simply click on their name and their website will pop up. Please let them know Smithers Photography sent you if you get in touch!

 

Jess & Jared

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(Smithers Photography) Central Coast wedding photographer First Look photos wedding photography https://www.smithersphotography.com.au/blog/2020/4/jess-jared Fri, 24 Apr 2020 08:08:20 GMT
COVID-19 - a pandemic that puts life and your wedding plans on hold https://www.smithersphotography.com.au/blog/2020/3/covid-19---a-virus-that-puts-a-halt-to-your-wedding-plans Usually our Blogs are about happy occasions, our photo shoots, but the situation we currently find ourselves in calls for a bit of a different Blog.

We don't think this virus deserves any more attention than it already has, but it has affected so many people and businesses already, with unfortunately the wedding industry hit hard as part of it, that we like to share our approach to handling it.

We've already had some couples postponing (actually all of our winter weddings now) and we are expecting more devastated brides and grooms to contact us. The longer this crisis is going, the more weddings will be affected, and once strict regulations are set in place venues and vendors are obligated to follow, to ensure people's safety and to avoid fines. The added stress this event is causing when you're already fully involved in your wedding planning is heartbreaking, especially for those couples whose weddings are just around the corner. All final details are in place and they are ready to enjoy their day, only to have their plans cancelled. The fact that it is something completely out of their control makes it so much harder to accept. Who knows how this crisis will develop and when it will end!

In times like these it is crucial to focus on things that are really important - your health and the love and support you share. Yes, it is terrible that right now you cannot go ahead with the wedding as you planned, but this doesn't mean it won't happen! It will, and when you finally have your dream wedding it will be even more special. This crisis will make us appreciate what we have, and make us realize that we cannot control everything. However, we can control how we tackle this crisis and make sure we come out stronger than before.

Have you considered still going ahead with your ceremony? Government regulations may prohibit gatherings of any kind, but you can still get married, even if it's just the two of you, your celebrant and witnesses. Social media and technology make it easy for your other guests to be a part of it, through live streaming, chat and videography options. And once things have gone back to normal you can have the biggest party and celebrate your wedding once again!

We as a wedding supplier are very understanding of the situation and are allowing all our couples that are affected by the current changes to reschedule their day if they wish to, pushing most weddings into the last term of the year and well into 2021. The circumstances we're faced with are unprecedented and out of anyone's control, and it would be unfair making our couples lose their booking or make them pay a fee when they choose a new date. It is hard enough losing your wedding date and cancel all plans for now - we feel for every couple going through this difficult time. Remember you are not alone in this, and it will certainly not be the end of your dream wedding!

It has affected us massively as a business. As in other industries new bookings have stopped, as couples understandably wait out this crisis before tackling their wedding planning. On a positive note, we know that eventually this crisis will be over, and we're preparing for a busy time afterwards. Couples will pick up where they have left of, and new bookings will come. This current time will hopefully make people more conscious of what's important in their lives and bring us all closer. We're ready and excited for a fresh start!

If you happen to be one of those couples affected in your planning - rest assured we'll be here to support you and are ready to jump into a new season of weddings. 2020 was a big year for wedding bookings (actually our best year since starting our wedding business!) - up until Coronavirus put a hold on all plans. As devastating as it is right now, we try to be positive and stay busy behind the scenes. We're hoping that 2021 will be the new and improved 2020.

For anyone reluctant to plan their big day right now - this might actually be a good time to start browsing and looking for wedding vendors you like. You might be hesitant to lock in a date, but knowing your budget, preferences and what you like in a vendor will help you narrow down the search for the perfect fit for your day. Due to postponements and rescheduling, a lot of popular dates for spring and summer this year and for 2021 will be booked quickly. It doesn't hurt putting your feelers out early, talk to some vendors to see if your personalities click and then lock them in as soon as you set your date. Also, it doesn't have to be a Saturday wedding - your guests will love you for giving them a long weekend if you choose a Friday or Sunday!

All we can say is, don't be discouraged in your planning - this too shall pass! It may be a stressful time, on top of planning a wedding which is already stressful enough. Let's support each other - us wedding suppliers as well as any small business need all the support we can get at the moment, too! You can help us and other vendors by sharing and following our pages and recommending us to friends and family. Giving your favourite vendors a stellar review, purchasing gift vouchers or simply commenting on their work will make their day and increase their exposure, so they can jump back into work once the crisis has passed. The little things go a long way and can make a business stay afloat in these uncertain times. After all, we're all in this together and hope to survive the storm.

Remember that health is our greatest good, and even though your plans may have to change it is a necessary evil to follow the rules of social distancing and will keep us safe in the long run.

We'd love to hear from you how you deal with this situation - whether you are a vendor or a couple affected. Are you going ahead with your wedding or are you holding off? What advise can you give others affected by it?

For now, all we can do is keep calm, stay positive and stay safe!

 

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(Smithers Photography) Central Coast wedding photographer coronavirus crisis covid-19 effects Hunter Valley photographer Newcastle wedding Sydney Wedding photographer wedding photography https://www.smithersphotography.com.au/blog/2020/3/covid-19---a-virus-that-puts-a-halt-to-your-wedding-plans Thu, 26 Mar 2020 00:33:39 GMT
Madi & Josh, Gunners Barracks https://www.smithersphotography.com.au/blog/2020/1/madi-josh-gunners-barracks Madi & JOSH

Madi and Josh chose the beautiful and historic Gunners Barracks for their intimate wedding. It was the first time for us to shoot there, and we were looking forward to photographing in front of the stunning Sydney skyline. Unfortunately it was drizzling with rain, so we had to make use of umbrellas and improvise with photo locations. Both Madi and Josh trusted us with our ideas and were not fussed about the rain. The bride even had a Plan B wedding dress to get changed into, in case the weather proved non-cooperative – that's what we call prepared!

It was a beautiful ceremony by Sydney celebrant Vivienne, who had already conducted two ceremonies within the family, which made it extra special. After dinner and speeches the bride got changed to light up the dance floor. The traditional bouquet toss was followed by dancing, and we loved to see everyone joining in. Before the sparkler send off we took some night shots of bride and groom in the rain – and thankfully they didn't mind getting wet and got rewarded with some unique shots, as you can see in the little slideshow.

 

Ceremony Venue: Gunners Barrack, Sydney

Reception Venue: Gunners Barracks, Sydney

Celebrant: Vivienne Warren

Catering: Gunners Barracks, Sydney

Cake: My Little Cupcake, Sydney

Music: Daniel March

Flowers: Miriam Wu, 0425 871 125

Hair: Emily Doyle

Make Up: Emily Doyle

Wedding Dress: Luna Novias

 

For supplier details simply click on their name and their website will pop up. Please let them know Smithers Photography sent you!

Madi & Josh

 

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Jessika & Brad, Toowoon Bay SLSC https://www.smithersphotography.com.au/blog/2019/11/jessika-brad-toowoon-bay-slsc Jessika and Brad had an emotional lead up to their wedding day, with Jess' beloved grandmother, who was supposed to play a special part in their big day passing away just months before. The couple had planned special tributes planned throughout their day to honour loved ones that had passed away, with a butterfly release at reception being an emotional highlight. No dry eye in the house at that time!  

As emotional as their day was, it was still filled with so much fun and happiness. Brad's face when he saw his little girls walking down the aisle to him spoke volumes about the love and connection they have as a family. It's capturing moments like these that make us proud and humble to be a part of our couples' day.

The reception was set up beautifully, with every little detail taken care of by the event organisers. The woodfired pizza catering and donut cake were in high demand all night, after all, who doesn't love pizza and donuts! The celebrations continued with the chicken dance (not just to entertain the little guests) and the traditional shoe game of bride and groom.

Thank you to this fantastic couple for allowing us to be part of their wonderful day!

 

Suppliers:

Celebrant: Celebrate with Kate

Ceremony: Cliff Street Reserve, Norah Head

Venue: Toowoon Bay SLSC

Videographer: Shane from ARROW Media

Decorator and Coordinator: Jen from Madden & Co Events

Make up: Makeup by Macy Ryan

DJ: JC Entertainment & Events

Food: Fire-Break Pizza

Flowers: Piccolo Pear

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(Smithers Photography) butterfly release Central Coast wedding photographer wedding photography https://www.smithersphotography.com.au/blog/2019/11/jessika-brad-toowoon-bay-slsc Sat, 09 Nov 2019 08:26:00 GMT
Fiona & Greg, Ocean Beach SLSC https://www.smithersphotography.com.au/blog/2019/11/fiona-greg-ocean-beach-slsc When we met Fiona and Greg for their pre-wedding meeting we knew we'd be in for a fun wedding!

Although being from Sydney they have a strong connection to the Central Coast, loving the beaches and getting out on a boat with their friends. Fiona and Greg were married at Ocean Beach SLSC, overlooking one their favourite beaches. They opted for a low key wedding with direct family and friends. They also chose to do a bridal shoot before their vows, to allow more time with their guests right after their ceremony.

We arranged to meet at Half Tide Rocks in Ettalong, a place that meant something special to them both. With the sun shining and the wind howling along the water it made for another fun bridal shoot, although we should have brought a kite! We found some shelter in between the trees, using the beautiful light to capture their connection.

Their ceremony started off with Greg dancing his way down the isle to ACDC, followed by Fiona and her nieces as bridesmaids doing their choreography. Such a unique and fun entrance that was a surprise to everyone! As the sun set in the background their ceremony was short and sweet, followed by hilarious speeches by both groom (if you ever need an MC make sure to hit Greg up!) and friends giving impromptu speeches. The room looked stunning with their beach themed set up. A conga line filled up the dancefloor and bride and groom as well as their guests had a blast, and we did too for the short time we had with them.

Thanks for being such a fun couple!

 

Vendors:

Venue: Ocena Beach SLSC

Celebrant: Fiona Rogers Celebrancy

Hair and Make up: Fiona Rogers (Divine Hair and Makeup)

Decorator: Material Girlz Event Styling

DJ: DJ Magoo Party Hire

Rings: Monty Adams Jewellery Concierge

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(Smithers Photography) Central Coast wedding photographer wedding photography https://www.smithersphotography.com.au/blog/2019/11/fiona-greg-ocean-beach-slsc Fri, 01 Nov 2019 03:58:00 GMT
Sarah & Toby, Summerland Point https://www.smithersphotography.com.au/blog/2019/10/sarah-toby-lake-maquarie Lots of happy tears, laughter and a relaxed and fun party - that's how we will remember Sarah & Toby's Lake Macquarie wedding!

They chose a holiday rental as their venue, one that they use every year for family get-togethers, so it was the perfect choice for them. The houses had plenty of room to accommodate those guests that had travelled, and the place was already bustling when we arrived. It was all hands on deck, with family and friends setting up the marquee, arranging the flowers or baking up a storm to keep the kids occupied. It was a homely and relaxed atmosphere, which also helped Sarah and Toby settle their nerves.  

Unfortunately the weather took an unpredictable turn, with heavy winds making a ceremony amongst the beautiful trees too dangerous (two parked cars were actually hit by falling branches!), so the ceremony was held in the marquee instead. An emotional ceremony with lots of humour was followed by even more happy tears and laughter in the speeches. The couple requested the bridal shoot to be kept very short - having lots of photos of their guests and celebrations was more important to them. We took them for a quick walk to the waterfront and onto a small walking track - after all you got to have a few photos of just the two of you! 

We hope you enjoy a small peek into their unique day.

 

Suppliers:

Celebrant: Mandy from Taylored Ceremonies & Life Celebrations

Hair and Make up: Mabel Lace

Catering: Cateraid

Wedding Cake: Sweet Poison Cakes

Sarah & Toby

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(Smithers Photography) central coast wedding photographer newcastle wedding wedding photography https://www.smithersphotography.com.au/blog/2019/10/sarah-toby-lake-maquarie Sat, 26 Oct 2019 08:26:00 GMT
Corinne & Glen, Saratoga Sailing Club https://www.smithersphotography.com.au/blog/2019/9/corinne-glen-saratoga-sailing-club Corinne and Glen got married in the Anglican Church in Kincumber, which they had chosen for its charm and history. The groom arrived in style in a Chev Belair Lowrider, with the bride being dropped off by a vintage VW Kombi. With the church filled to the brim with their family and friends it made it quite hot and a tight squeeze for us to capture their vows, but everyone came out smiling and ready to start their celebrations.

Their reception was held at Saratoga Sailing Club that they had set up and decorated themselves, with yummy chocolates at each table. Their focus was on having a fun and low-key party, which reflects their easy-going personalities. The lucky couple had their rings custom-made by the bride's brother - what an awesome personal gift!

We took them down the road for their bridal shoot, along with their children as their bridal party. We used a small boathouse they had mentioned as a location, then afterwards took some photos of them with the beautiful wedding cars, too.

We wrapped up just when they kicked off the real party and dancing - and we're certain they had a blast, enjoying every minute of their day.

Vendors:

Venue: Saratoga Sailing Club

Rings: Christian Kinder Jeweller

Groom's wedding car: Tim Jones

 

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(Smithers Photography) Central Coast wedding photographer wedding photography https://www.smithersphotography.com.au/blog/2019/9/corinne-glen-saratoga-sailing-club Sat, 21 Sep 2019 04:58:00 GMT
Paige & Joel, Sprout Newcastle https://www.smithersphotography.com.au/blog/2019/7/paige-joel Paige and Joel booked us for our Essentials Package to capture their ceremony and part of the reception, both held at the beautifully decked out Sprout Dining in Newcastle. We could tell Joel was nervous before his bride's arrival, but mingling with his guests seemed to calm his nerves. On the other hand our bride was walking up to the venue with her dad and sister. Dad's jokes certainly helped elevate the bride's excitement.

Wedding days tend to go by so quickly, and with us only having a few hours with the couple it was crucial to get their priorities right. For Paige and Joel their day was all about the celebration of their love amongst their closest friends and family. Spending time with their guests and having fun was most important, and being a very laid back couple they didn't want a lengthy bridal shoot, and preferred the unposed photos. When we whisked them outside the sun was setting, leaving us with a beautiful blueish purple glow in the Eastern skyline. 

The pair kept the celebrations going with great live music and lots of dancing, when we finished off. Wishing you both a very happy future!

 

Suppliers:

Venue: Sprout Dining, Newcastle

Celebrant: Nadine from Celebrating Life's Events

Music: Jackson Halliday - Justin Humphries

 

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(Smithers Photography) Central Coast wedding photographer Newcastle wedding wedding photography https://www.smithersphotography.com.au/blog/2019/7/paige-joel Fri, 12 Jul 2019 12:22:00 GMT
Louise & Adam, L'Aqua Darling Harbour https://www.smithersphotography.com.au/blog/2019/7/louise-adam Louise and Adam decided to do their bridal shoot before their ceremony, arriving at Darling Harbour together and meeting their bridal party on location. We started the day just under the Pyrmont Bridge, using the lovely sandstone walls as our backdrop, before capturing some photos of the bridal party strolling along Pyrmont Bridge towards their venue at Darling Harbour. It was nice shooting the bridal photos early - less stressful on time and it actually worked really well putting Louise and Adam at ease before the official parts of the day. 

Their ceremony was at the beautiful L'Aqua, overlooking Darling Harbour with the sun setting in the background. With a lovely heart felt ceremony surrounded by friends and family and a special handfasting ceremony involving their bridal party these two finished off their ceremony at dusk and with lots of bubbles and a surprise rendition of the Beatles' "All you need is love" sung by their guests.

Having the ceremony and reception all in the one place gave more time for bride and groom to spend with their guests and to enjoy themselves, something that was important for them. The night was topped off with a free display of fireworks, compliments from Darling Harbour itself.

Thank you for allowing us a peak into your life and special celebration! Wishing you a wonderful life together.

 

Suppliers:

Celebrant: Janet from Weddings I do

Venue and Catering: L'Aqua, Darling Harbour

 

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(Smithers Photography) Central Coast wedding photographer Sydney Wedding photographer wedding photography https://www.smithersphotography.com.au/blog/2019/7/louise-adam Sat, 06 Jul 2019 12:22:00 GMT
Sebastien Hibbard, Edogawa Commemorative Garden, East Gosford https://www.smithersphotography.com.au/blog/2019/4/sebastien-hibbard Sebastien Hibbard, Central Coast's finest young cellist, asked us for some portraits for an up and coming musical event which he was featured in, Symphony Central Coast’s second concert to be ‘From Russia With Love’.

The photo shoot was at the Edogawa Commemorative Garden, East Gosford. We wanted to create some portfolio shots that weren't the norm, but rather something creative that ties in with the beauty and elegance of classical music. The gardens always provide a beautiful backdrop and we felt honoured to create those images for him.

It was a pleasure to meet you Sebastien, and we wish you all the best for your future your career as a musician.

 

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(Smithers Photography) Central Coast photographer Central Coast portrait photography family photographer musician portrait portfolio photography https://www.smithersphotography.com.au/blog/2019/4/sebastien-hibbard Mon, 15 Apr 2019 09:24:00 GMT
Jamie-Lee & Levi, Long Jetty https://www.smithersphotography.com.au/blog/2019/3/jamie-lee-levi Four seasons in one day - that's how we remember this wedding! The foreshore at Long Jetty is a popular wedding spot, as it overlooks the water and has plenty of beautiful photo locations close by. The weathergods were definitely unpredictable that weekend! We were faced with strong winds, rain, clouds and then sunshine again - and although we are happy to photograph in any condition, that afternoon was really challenging, as the strong winds made it difficult and rather risky to photograph on the jetty. We definitely didn't want bride and groom to get blown off the jetty into the water!

Jamie-Lee and Levi had set up the reception in their backyard, and told us that their marquee and set up got completely drenched the night before and forced them to start fresh. But with the help of family and friends they got to enjoy their celebrations and were simply happy to tie the knot.

Thank you for a memorable day, Jamie-Lee and Levi, and for letting us capture that special moment in your lives. Wishing you and your family a wonderful future!

Suppliers:

Celebrant: Adore You Wedding Services

Decorator: Central Coast Bamboo Toasts

Hair and Makeup: Bridal Glow Hair Design

Bouquet: Fleurish Flowers

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(Smithers Photography) Central Coast wedding photographer wedding photography https://www.smithersphotography.com.au/blog/2019/3/jamie-lee-levi Sat, 30 Mar 2019 08:24:00 GMT
Jessica & Daniel, Yarramalong https://www.smithersphotography.com.au/blog/2019/3/jessica-daniel-yarramalong We firmly believe that everyone deserves beautiful photos to remember their wedding day by. Whether you're planning a big wedding or a simple legal ceremony - it's such a special moment when two people bind their lives together. We created our Elopement package for couples that only wanted that moment captured, along with some family and couple photos afterwards. Jess and Dan had a beautiful and intimate ceremony amongst their family and close friends at the historic Saint Barnabas in Yarramalong. Having their children beside them during their ceremony and witness their commitment definitely made it extra special.

Thank you for choosing us to capture a small part of your family's special day!

 

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Venue : Saint Barnabas Church, Yarramalong

Celebrant: Katherine Mills Marriage Celebrant

Hair and Makeup: Monika Schelinsky

 

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(Smithers Photography) Central Coast wedding photographer Elopement wedding wedding photography https://www.smithersphotography.com.au/blog/2019/3/jessica-daniel-yarramalong Thu, 21 Mar 2019 08:24:00 GMT
Cathy & Jeff, Wallarah Bay Recreation Club and Norah Head https://www.smithersphotography.com.au/blog/2019/2/cathy-jeff-wallarah-bay-recreation-club-norah-head Cathy & Jeff That was one windy wedding! The weather gods had us wondering if we'd get wet during the ceremony, with dark clouds approaching quickly over the water at Wallarah Bay Club. We always say the weather on your wedding day is one thing you can't control, but you certainly shouldn't let it taint your fun, and luckily Cathy and Jeff rolled with it. We are happy to go with whatever our couples decide - if you're happy to get married in the rain or in general brave the weather to get some photos outside in challenging conditions we are up for it!

Everything was set up in front of the Club on the waterfront, with guests trying to shelter themselves from the gushes of wind and a light drizzle. Cathy ended up walking towards Jeff accompanied by a sprinkle of rain, with her veil flying in the wind. Quite a dramatic entry, but Jeff's smile when he saw his beautiful bride said it all. A bridal shoot at Lighthouse Beach in Norah Head was followed by a fun-filled reception at Wallarah Bay Club.

Wishing you both a wonderful future together, Cathy and Jeff.

 

Suppliers:

Venue: Wallarah Bay Recreation Club

Celebrant: Christina's Creative Ceremonies

Catering: Wallarah Bay Recreation Club

Flowers: Buttercups Florist

Videography: Relive the Day

Dress: Bridal Outlet

Hair and Makeup: Kiki Hair and Makeup

Decorations: Dream Decor Central Coast

Cake: Ella Bella Cakes

Limousine: White Knight Limousines

 

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(Smithers Photography) central coast wedding photographer wedding photography https://www.smithersphotography.com.au/blog/2019/2/cathy-jeff-wallarah-bay-recreation-club-norah-head Sat, 23 Feb 2019 08:24:00 GMT
Jeanette and Stephen, The Robertson Hotel Southern Highlands https://www.smithersphotography.com.au/blog/2019/1/jeanette-and-stephen-the-robertson-hotel-southern-highlands This was our first time traveling to the Southern Highlands, and our first destination wedding. During our drive the day before we took in the beautiful scenery and could see why the couple had chosen that stunning area for their wedding. The lovely couple getting hitched, Jeanette and Stephen, loved the old charm and stunning grounds of the Robertson Hotel, built in the 1920s, and we did too!

It might be an unusual wedding date to pick, but Australia Day was the perfect choice for Jeanette and Stephen. Not only because they are proud to be Australian, but also as they saw their wedding as a huge celebration of their love and connection to their friends and family. They had their whole circle of friends and family invested in their wedding - from planning, to decorating, to being part of their huge bridal party - everyone was so happy to be part of their day, with some friends even traveling from America to share the day with them. Jeanette's brother officiated their wedding and the lucky bride had her wedding dress designed and custom made by her friend and talented designer Alberto Barros. It's so special seeing friends and family pitch in and use their talents to help the couple have the wedding of their dreams.

The Southern Highlands are known for their cold winter weather, and moderate summer temperatures, but it must have been one of the hottest days on record there! We have had lots hot wedding days in the past, but that one topped them all so far, simply because it was unexpected. The guests were struggling to get ready, as the hotel wasn't equipped with air conditioning nor had enough fans available to get a bit of relief.

The ceremony took place in the beautiful gardens of the hotel, and there were lots of happy tears, prayers and songs during the heartfelt ceremony. We loved the little retired train station at the bottom of the hotel - it was the perfect spot for part of the bridal shoot. The wedding ended with a reception outside, underneath fairy lights and with a sparkler send-off.

It was an absolutely memorable day, and we are so honoured you chose us to capture it for you, Jeanette and Stephen!

 

Vendors:

Venue: The Robertson Hotel, Robertson

Dress: Alberto Barros Couture

Makeup: Jasmine Charles from More than Makeup

Videographer: Glenn from That's Right Productions

Jeanette & Stephen

 

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(Smithers Photography) Central Coast wedding photographer destination wedding Sydney Wedding photographer wedding photography https://www.smithersphotography.com.au/blog/2019/1/jeanette-and-stephen-the-robertson-hotel-southern-highlands Sat, 26 Jan 2019 10:15:00 GMT
Vella Family photoshoot, Bambara Road walking track, Kariong https://www.smithersphotography.com.au/blog/2019/1/vella-family-photoshoot-bambara-road-walking-track-kariong People often think having professional family photos done is an unnecessary luxury, after all we all have good phones that take decent photos, right? Life is busy, and we actually take way less photos than we may think - and most of the time one family member (usually the one that's taking the photo) is not in them.

Sometimes it takes a dramatic life event to remember what's important - making memories with your family and preserving those moments. Chelsea and her family were gifted this photo session with us, after she got diagnosed with cancer. It was so important for her to have some beautiful family photos taken before her hair would start falling out from the treatment. Her story touched our hearts and really emphasizes the fact that we should treasure what we have and make the most of our time. The Vellas have been continuously making special memories and cherishing their time together.

A family session may not be on top of your priority list, but having these wonderful photos that reflect the love you have for each other is priceless and can make all the difference when life get tough. We wish you, Chelsea all the best for your way to recovery and always keep that positivity and infectious smile of yours!

Vella Family

 

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(Smithers Photography) Central Coast photographer family photographer portrait photography https://www.smithersphotography.com.au/blog/2019/1/vella-family-photoshoot-bambara-road-walking-track-kariong Sun, 13 Jan 2019 03:33:00 GMT
Rebecca & Andrew, Gracelands Forresters Beach wedding https://www.smithersphotography.com.au/blog/2019/1/rebecca-andrew-gracelands-forresters-beach-wedding What a beautiful couple, what a stunning venue! It was our first time photographing at Gracelands in Forresters Beach, and hopefully not our last. Rebecca and Andrew fell in love with the venue when they were looking for the right one for their wedding, and we can clearly see why. It's always a bonus if you have a venue that's perfect for both ceremony and reception. No traveling between places means less stress and more time with your guests. Of course we did whisk Rebecca and Andrew away for their bridal shoot.

Family is the most important to these two, so it wasn't surprising that they had chosen their siblings and their kids as their bridal party. Everyone came along for the bridal shoot, and the kids had fun climbing the trees at Crackneck Lookout and walking track. We also took some photos on one of the wharfs at Long Jetty before returning to the venue for their reception.

After emotional speeches and great food the newlyweds opened the dance floor with a spectacular First Dance! They had learnt and mastered a choreography and deservingly got lots of cheer from their guests.

Congratulations on your beautiful wedding and we wish you lots of happiness, Rebecca and Andrew!

 

Suppliers:

Venue: Gracelands, Forresters Beach

Celebrant: Fiona Rogers Celebrancy

Flowers: Sea Rose Florist

Hair and Makeup: Taylor Beck -  Makeup Artist

DJ and MC: Sohodjs

 

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(Smithers Photography) Central Coast wedding photographer wedding photography https://www.smithersphotography.com.au/blog/2019/1/rebecca-andrew-gracelands-forresters-beach-wedding Sat, 12 Jan 2019 03:33:00 GMT
Kylie & Caleb, Pearl Beach Arboretum and Ettalong Diggers https://www.smithersphotography.com.au/blog/2018/11/kylie-caleb-pearl-beach-arboretum-and-ettalong-diggers What an absolutely beautiful and emotional day for these two, with lots of surprises, tears and laughter. We captured their wedding day from the morning preparations all the way until their first dance as husband and wife.

Caleb surprised his bride during her bridal preparations with roses and a heartfelt card, and Kylie's bouquet was made even more special by adding a memory bracelet with a photo of her beloved dad that had recently passed. Their ceremony among the trees at the Arboretum in Pearl Beach was beautiful, followed by a bridal shoot including their bridal party at Mount Ettalong Lookout, overlooking the ocean. So many laughs, especially when the girls tried to help Kylie cool down in the heat by lifting her dress up over the cliff to catch some wind (that's real friendship there!).

At the reception at Ettalong Diggers Caleb and his best mate surprised everyone by performing a haka (that was only practiced the night before!) to honour Caleb's heritage and their special friendship. Tears were shed by everyone when Caleb asked all the father figures in Kylie's life to take turns dancing with her in a special father daughter dance, as a tribute to her father.

Thank you for letting us be a part of your wonderful wedding day, Kylie & Caleb! Wishing you and your family all the happiness.

Vendors:

Venue: Ettalong Diggers

Ceremony: Arboretum, Pearl Beach

Celebrant: Grahame Crossing

Decorator: Material Girlz

Flowers: The Flower Door

Hair: Envee Hair & Beauty

Makeup: Brittany Ivery Makeup

Car: HighClass Limousines

Music: DJ Magoo

Kylie & Caleb

 

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(Smithers Photography) Central Coast wedding photographer wedding photography https://www.smithersphotography.com.au/blog/2018/11/kylie-caleb-pearl-beach-arboretum-and-ettalong-diggers Fri, 30 Nov 2018 02:15:00 GMT
Jessica & Glenn, Norah Head Central Coast Wedding https://www.smithersphotography.com.au/blog/2018/11/jessica-glenn-norah-head-central-coast-wedding Jessica & Glenn

Jessica and Glenn planned their wedding reception at their new house, with Glenn finishing some renovations and building a beautiful deck to host the celebrations. A lot of their set-up and decorations were DIY, and it was stunning!

For their ceremony they chose the beautiful Cliff Street Reserve at Norah Head, with a view of the lighthouse and ocean in the background. It was a stunning day, with the lush greens giving some shelter from the sun. Their wedding day turned out to be extra special, as the beautiful bride was pregnant with their first child. Their ceremony was followed by a bridal shoot in between the trees and then at Jenny Dixon beach, with their fun bridal party having everyone laughing.

Thank you for letting us capture your wedding and being such an easy-going couple. Wishing you both and bub a wonderful future as a family.

Ceremony: Cliff St Reserve, Norah Head

Celebrant: Grahame Crossing

Catering: Newcastle Golden Roast

Florist: Oliveris

Hair: Cassie Morris Mobile Hairstylist

Makeup: The Natural Bride Hair & Makeup Artistry

Music: The traveling Music Man

Wedding car: Prestige Limousines

 

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(Smithers Photography) Central Coast wedding photographer wedding photography https://www.smithersphotography.com.au/blog/2018/11/jessica-glenn-norah-head-central-coast-wedding Fri, 16 Nov 2018 23:00:00 GMT
Kristy & Lee, Pokolbin Hall Wedding https://www.smithersphotography.com.au/blog/2018/11/kristy-lee-pokolbin-hall-wedding When we met Kristy and Lee with their two daughters for a client meeting we instantly knew this would be an amazing and fun wedding! Kristy was already very organized and both knew what they wanted, all whilst enjoying the planning process and not sweating the small stuff.

Their sense of humor and pure happiness to get married was shining bright - and on their wedding day we got to witness big emotions from all sides. We loved the first look for Kristy's dad and the little presents for bridal party and parents (and the cars!). Kristy's friend Drew sang amazingly for the father and daughter dance, and the speeches had everyone in stitches (including us)!

Thank you for having us, Kristy and Lee! Keep making each other smile and enjoy marriage!

Kristy & Lee

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(Smithers Photography) Central Coast wedding photographer Hunter Valley photographer wedding photography https://www.smithersphotography.com.au/blog/2018/11/kristy-lee-pokolbin-hall-wedding Fri, 02 Nov 2018 23:00:00 GMT
Haley & Dave, Club Macquarie Wedding https://www.smithersphotography.com.au/blog/2018/10/haley-dave-club-macquarie-wedding Haley and Dave got married in front of their families and friends. They asked us to photograph part of their day, and nerves and excitement were high when we arrived. We loved their tribute to Dave's mum, who had not long passed away, with her urn taking a front seat. Their ceremony was filled with lots of emotions and tears of joy, especially when Dave laid eyes on his bride. Haley had a calming effect on her groom, and both of them had the biggest smiles after being introduced as Newlyweds.

Haley and Dave - thank you for letting us capture your ceremony! We actually share the same wedding date with you, and it was very special spending our anniversary photographing another wedding. We wish you and your family all the best for your future.

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(Smithers Photography) Central Coast wedding photographer wedding photography https://www.smithersphotography.com.au/blog/2018/10/haley-dave-club-macquarie-wedding Fri, 26 Oct 2018 23:00:00 GMT
Carla & Michael, Kincumba Mountain Wedding https://www.smithersphotography.com.au/blog/2018/10/carla-michael-kincumba-mountain-wedding We love it when our couples do something a bit different! Carla and Michael had booked us to only photograph part of their day, and they had decided to do a first look shoot before the ceremony rather than the typical bridal shoot afterwards, to ensure we didn't run out of time and also enjoy a bit of time together before the official part of the day.

The excitement on their faces, just before they saw each other, and the joy when Michael finally got to lay eyes on his beautiful bride was amazing! Carla also did the first look with her daughters and parents, and there surely were some happy tears. During their ceremony Michael gave little bracelets to Carla's daughters as gifts, and the couple also used their ceremony as a naming day for their son.

It was a beautiful wedding, and the celebrations kicked off when we packed up - just in time for huge storm clouds to roll in! We do know though that no thunderstorm could taint their fun.

Congratulations again, Carla & Michael! Thank you for letting us capture part of your day. We wish you and your family a wonderful future.

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(Smithers Photography) Central Coast wedding photographer First Look photos wedding photography https://www.smithersphotography.com.au/blog/2018/10/carla-michael-kincumba-mountain-wedding Fri, 19 Oct 2018 23:00:00 GMT
Glenn & Amanda, All Saints Anglican Church and Wallarah Bay https://www.smithersphotography.com.au/blog/2018/10/glenn-amanda-all-saints-anglican-church-and-wallarah-bay Photographing our couples getting ready is very special. It is a personal and intimate part of the day, and we get to capture the excitement, nerves and dynamics of the preparations. Glenn and his groomsmen eased up in front of our camera during a game of table tennis, and a beer helped ease the nerves too! Amanda was all smiles - she enjoyed this part of the day, that she had organized so well with the help of her sister and bridesmaids.

After the ceremony Amanda and Glenn took a detour to the place they met - a Cafe at Long Jetty - to snap a few photos there. Their reception venue was set up beautifully incorporating the bride's favourite colours, and the bridal party couldn't wait to get the celebration underway. Seeing the special bond this family has was beautiful, and we got to see lots of tears of joy, especially during the heartfelt speeches.

Thank you for letting us capture your beautiful day, Amanda and Glenn! We wish you a wonderful life as husband and wife.

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(Smithers Photography) Central Coast wedding photographer wedding photography https://www.smithersphotography.com.au/blog/2018/10/glenn-amanda-all-saints-anglican-church-and-wallarah-bay Sat, 06 Oct 2018 00:00:00 GMT
Chris & Rebekah, Peppers Creek Winery https://www.smithersphotography.com.au/blog/2018/10/chris-rebekah-peppers-creek-winery Rain on your wedding day is supposed to be good luck - so these two should have that covered! Thank you Bec and Chris for not letting the constant drizzle dampen your day.

We love it when kids are involved in a wedding! You never know what may happen, which certainly keeps everyone on their toes but also creates some very special moments. Bec and Chris share two beautiful daughters, who (of course!) stole the show on their wedding day! But thanks to their families and friends helping to keep them entertained we managed to quickly steal mum and dad away for a few photos, too.

It was the first time for us at this beautiful venue, and the Barrel Room they chose for their reception is simply stunning!

Bec and Chris - we wish you and your girls an amazing future together. Make sure you continue to make each other laugh, as you did on your wedding day. Thank you very much for having us capture a small part of your day!

Rebekah & Chris

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(Smithers Photography) Central Coast wedding photographer Hunter Valley photographer wedding photography https://www.smithersphotography.com.au/blog/2018/10/chris-rebekah-peppers-creek-winery Fri, 05 Oct 2018 00:00:00 GMT
Brad & Monica, Umina Beach Wedding https://www.smithersphotography.com.au/blog/2018/9/brad-monica-umina-beach-wedding A wedding with the ocean as the perfect backdrop - what more could you want? Brad and Monica love the beach, so they chose Umina Beach as their ceremony location, followed by a short reception at the Surf Club, overlooking the ocean. The bride and her girls arrived in style in the local Surf Club's buggy, too!

A lot of our couples bring children into their marriage - it is so special having them witness this special commitment and promise to each other and to them as well. Monica's beautiful daughters even gave a speech each! Coming from their hearts and melting everyone else's. And the newlyweds themselves couldn't keep their eyes of each other, with big smiles all day.

Congratulations on a stunning, relaxed and heartfelt wedding, Brad and Monica. Thank you for letting us capture part of your day. We wish you and your beautiful family only the very best!

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(Smithers Photography) Central Coast wedding photographer wedding photography https://www.smithersphotography.com.au/blog/2018/9/brad-monica-umina-beach-wedding Sat, 29 Sep 2018 00:00:00 GMT
Colin & Anne, Japanese Gardens & Somersby https://www.smithersphotography.com.au/blog/2018/9/colin-anne-japanese-gardens-somersby We met Colin and Anne a year ago for their engagement shoot. Both were camera shy, but warmed up quickly and ended up enjoying the experience. And here we are a year later photographing their big day!

They had chosen the beautiful Japanese Gardens in Gosford for their ceremony, and with spring finally in full bloom we saw some lovely colours popping through the lush greens. The couple had put their personal touches on everything - from including grandma's jewellery to personalized cufflinks. Beautiful rustic elements complemented their theme.

Lots of laughs and fun throughout the day showed that everyone enjoyed themselves.

Thank you for letting us capture your day and trusting us with our photo ideas.

Congratulations on a beautiful wedding, and we wish you a lifetime of happiness as husband and wife!

Anne & Colin

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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(Smithers Photography) Central Coast wedding photographer wedding photography https://www.smithersphotography.com.au/blog/2018/9/colin-anne-japanese-gardens-somersby Sat, 22 Sep 2018 00:00:00 GMT
Sam & Vanessa, Crowne Plaza Hawkesbury https://www.smithersphotography.com.au/blog/2018/9/sam-vanessa-crowne-plaza-hawkesbury A few weeks ago we had the pleasure of photographing these two for their engagement session. Vanessa persevered, although she had hurt her knee badly just prior to that. No way she would let that injury, that put her onto crutches, ruin her plans and fun! And her wedding day was no exception.

On their wedding day there wasn't a moment without smiles - these two fully enjoyed their day, with their happiness and love for each other shining bright. Seeing the bride sing at her own wedding was amazing, and it was lovely how everyone joined in.

The Jane Austen themed wedding reception was completed by Sam's surprise costume change as Vanessa's own Mr Darcy!

Thank you for letting us capture your wedding, Sam & Vanessa! We wish you and your beautiful family all the love in the world.

 

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(Smithers Photography) Central Coast wedding photographer Sydney Wedding photographer wedding photography https://www.smithersphotography.com.au/blog/2018/9/sam-vanessa-crowne-plaza-hawkesbury Fri, 14 Sep 2018 00:00:00 GMT
Lyn & Kel, North Entrance Surf Club https://www.smithersphotography.com.au/blog/2018/9/lyn-kel-north-entrance-surf-club From the initial meeting we had with these two ladies we knew this wedding would be a special one. Such great sense of humor and a wonderfully relaxed approach to planning the big day. All they really wanted was for everyone to have fun, and to finally be able to legally get married! After all, they had made a commitment to each other a long time ago, but had to wait for legislation to catch up.

Witnessed by their families and friends, they tied the knot in a very personal ceremony, with songs dedicated to one another and their children. There wasn't a dry eye in the house, plus lots of laughs! Everyone was so involved and truly happy for Lyn & Kel, and the whole event was as much a wedding as it was a celebration of everyone supporting these two in their lives.

Congratulations Lyn & Kel, and thank you for making our work so much fun!

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(Smithers Photography) Central Coast wedding photographer Elopement wedding wedding photography https://www.smithersphotography.com.au/blog/2018/9/lyn-kel-north-entrance-surf-club Sat, 08 Sep 2018 00:00:00 GMT
Rikki & Tyson, Elopement Wedding https://www.smithersphotography.com.au/blog/2018/8/rikki-tyson Rikki and Tyson tied the knot in an intimate "Legals Only" ceremony at a park in Wyong. This date also marked their anniversary as a couple, which made it extra special. The lovely Kate Tyler-Webber conducted the legal requirements for marriage, witnessed by the couples' parents and Rikki's brother and his daughter. For their quick photoshoot after the ceremony Rikki and Tyson requested family photos, but we also managed to capture a few photos of just bride and groom, which will be a lovely reminder of their special day.

Congratulations to the newlyweds - we wish you a lifetime of happiness!

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(Smithers Photography) Central Coast wedding photographer Elopement wedding wedding photography https://www.smithersphotography.com.au/blog/2018/8/rikki-tyson Thu, 02 Aug 2018 00:00:00 GMT
Cliantha and Leighton, Holroyd Gardens Wedding https://www.smithersphotography.com.au/blog/2018/4/cliantha-and-leighton-holroyd-gardens This young couple had booked us to capture their intimate ceremony in a beautiful park in Sydney. They got married with only their families present, in a very spiritual ceremony. In the short time we had to work with Cliantha and Leighton we got to witness their love and enjoyed capturing their special commitment.

Cliantha and Leighton - we wish you and your little family all the best for your future together! It was a pleasure working with you to create images that will forever remind you of this special day.

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(Smithers Photography) Central Coast wedding photographer Sydney Wedding photographer wedding photography https://www.smithersphotography.com.au/blog/2018/4/cliantha-and-leighton-holroyd-gardens Sat, 28 Apr 2018 00:00:00 GMT
Kimberley & Phillip, Avoca Beach Wedding https://www.smithersphotography.com.au/blog/2018/2/kimberley-phillip-avoca-wedding This was such a beautiful day! It has been a few weeks since we photographed at Kimberley and Phillip's wedding, as we respected their wishes to wait with the posting of photos, until they had had a chance to send them to their families overseas first. But writing about their day now puts us right back. What we took away from their wedding was the love, happiness and fun everyone brought to the day. Kimberley and Phillip had their closest friends witness their heartfelt commitment - and we could feel how special these people were to them. And they were an entertaining bunch as well!

The couple had set up and decorated the grounds of a private house in Avoca, all by themselves - and it was stunning! One thing we will certainly not forget was the heat in this house though - challenging for the bridal party to get ready in, and for us to photograph, but the bride took in in her stride and it certainly did not stop us either.

We loved capturing the emotions of the day, from nervousness and excitement to pure joy and even a few happy tears. It was simply amazing to be a part of this. Thank you, Kimberley and Phillip - we wish you and your beautiful girls a lifetime of happiness together!

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(Smithers Photography) Central Coast wedding photographer wedding photography https://www.smithersphotography.com.au/blog/2018/2/kimberley-phillip-avoca-wedding Fri, 23 Feb 2018 23:00:00 GMT
Hannah & Jordan's Bush Reserve Wedding https://www.smithersphotography.com.au/blog/2017/12/hannah-jordans-bush-reserve-wedding Hannah and Jordan got married at a beautiful spot in Rumbalara Reserve, Springfield. They had asked us to capture them and their bridal parties whilst getting ready at separate locations before the ceremony. It's always a nice opportunity to photograph bride and groom individually and with their bridal parties.
Everyone was so relaxed, no pre-wedding jitters in sight. They simply enjoyed themselves – as they should!
Both wedding parties then made their entrance to the ceremony in a beautiful retro VW bus. A short and sweet ceremony was followed by family photos and a few bridal shots, before we started heading down to the reception.
Family and friends were still putting their final touches on the decorations of Wagstaffe Hall, which looked beautiful. Hannah and Jordan had done most of the things themselves – from the flowers, to writing their vows to decorating the hall. Hats off to that!
We finished photographing just before dinner (mobile pizza- yum!) was served. We hope that you enjoyed the rest of your reception, Hannah and Jordan! It was a pleasure being part of your day, and we wish you all the best for your future together.
 
 

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(Smithers Photography) Central Coast wedding photographer wedding photography https://www.smithersphotography.com.au/blog/2017/12/hannah-jordans-bush-reserve-wedding Fri, 08 Dec 2017 23:00:00 GMT
Nathan & Lucy's Terrigal Haven Wedding https://www.smithersphotography.com.au/blog/2017/8/nathan-lucy We had the pleasure to capture a beautiful intimate wedding ceremony at Terrigal. Nathan and Lucy only had their closest family and friends present, including their two adorable daughters. The winter weather was on its best behaviour – perfect for an outdoor wedding. The couple chose a lookout at Terrigal Haven for their ceremony, overlooking the ocean. It was a lovely ceremony, held by celebrant Sheree Ward, and it was obvious how much this commitment means to the couple, a few nerves but lots of smiles inclusive.

The reception was held at Splash Restaurant, and we managed to snap a few pictures of the newlywed couple in the short time between ceremony and reception.

Nathan and Lucy, thank you for being so laid back and easy to work with! We wish you and your beautiful family all the happiness for the future.

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(Smithers Photography) Central Coast wedding photographer wedding photography https://www.smithersphotography.com.au/blog/2017/8/nathan-lucy Sat, 05 Aug 2017 00:00:00 GMT