Luke and Gemma were married on the matilda bay foreshore with their reception in the Astral ballroom at Crown Metropol Perth. Of all the venues I shoot at each season, Crown is probably the most popular as I find myself there probably seven or eight times each year. Sometimes I’m asked if it gets boring shooting at the same venue over and over but I never get bored and this wedding illustrates precisely why. From the perspective of a bride and groom as well as their guests, the reception venue is the largest expense and contributes greatly to the overall wedding experience for them. I do care if a couple picks a good reception venue because the right venue serves as the grand finale to an emotionally charged day but the reason I never get bored is because every couple is unique. Sure each wedding follows a similar format but I’m looking for the personal story that’s unique to each couple and capturing how they spend the day with the people they love.
Luke owns and operates a successful vehicle transport business and Gemma drives one of their many trucks so they’re both very down to earth people and so easy to talk to. As with most of my clients nowadays, I didn’t know them personally before they’d booked and we’d only met once before the wedding day but to create emotionally charged images with moments, I need couples to be so comfortable with me that I can be anywhere (even an arm’s length or closer) and they don’t mind (or even notice) my presence. It’s even better if you’re like Luke and Gemma where you just let it all out and have as much fun as you can.
Be smart, hold nothing back…
Be like Luke and Gemma.
Then add the bridal party, guests and one of the craziest dance-offs I’ve ever seen. Do I get bored shooting at Crown over and over?
They made a reception at possibly Perth’s most popular venue into one of the most entertaining nights I’ve ever experienced. I don’t think I’ve ever laughed so much at another wedding!
Then there’s the father daughter dance. I love shooting these… especially when you can see how close Gemma is to her dad Aaron. You can feel it and when I’m standing there shooting, I had tears well in my eyes (damn music!) because I imagine dancing with my daughter at her wedding and when that day comes, I’m sure I’ll bawl my eyes out.
Here are my favourite images from the day. Hang around at the end if you’d like to see their wedding video.
Here is Luke & Gemma’s wedding video by my friend Andrea at Coocoo Film Productions: