Daniel and Tara tied the knot at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Highgate with their reception at The Boatshed Restaurant in South Perth. We’ve had a long drawn out winter this year and most of my winter weddings have been wet and windy with the exception of these guys who were blessed with a beautiful sunny day. As I was working through Dan and Tara’s photos and picking out my favourite images for this post, I ran into the same problem I always face when adding weddings to my blog. I’m conflicted as to which images I should show and which ones to leave out. There are so many details in a wedding day that I could show but because I know the majority of you who see this post probably won’t know the couple, I’m very careful in what I choose to put up.

Each image has a reason for being here. I usually show some close up details of attire, flowers, decor and cakes so you can see how the couple (bride) puts careful thought into every part of their (her) wedding day but I try to keep these to a minimum because you probably don’t have much of a connection looking at a pair of shoes (no matter how masterfully they were crafted). So what I like to show are photos that make me feel something and help you to experience the day as I did. When we come back from a wedding day, by far the most common emotion I see is happiness… It’s a big part of why I love this job because all day I get to hang out with happy people. Dotted throughout the day are brief moments where we might see some tears (out come the tissues) but usually this is where people are overwhelmed with joy, love or grattitude.

Then every once in a while I get a wedding which includes moments of grief and those are hardest to shoot because my natural reaction is to give people space but I need to remember that those feelings are equally important to document. Tara lost her older brother Shannon last year and to honour him, the families released 34 white balloons after the ceremony. It was a touching gesture and for a moment they had to revisit those intense feelings of loss which I can only imagine are devastating. Whilst we usually focus on the happy times at weddings I also want you to experience that grief with them too because we connect with each other in times of sorrow and that’s part of what makes this wedding special.

Enjoy the images.

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