RACHAEL & NEAL - THE RIDGE ESTATE
We first 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