When a couple tells you their wedding is set in the beautiful coastal wine region of McLaren Vale and involves helicopters, lion dancers and fireworks, there’s pretty well only one response you can give as a photographer. Fortunately they also said yes and I got to spend the day with two super human beings, their family and friends and the incredible staff at Beach Road Wines celebrating in superb fashion. And taking photos of course…

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As I write this post I am being serenaded through my computer speakers by some of the best country music to come out of Australia in like…ever. Late last year I had the pleasure to hang, sink beers with and shoot the belles and beasts that make up The Sloe Ruin before they’d even had their first gig. Even then you could tell there was something pretty special in the air. 4 shows in and they’ve already proven themselves a powerhouse playing to packed rooms of hootin’ and hollerin’ fans and putting on an absolutely cracking show. Don’t just take my word for it, head along to their EP launch this Friday 6th of February at The Wheatsheaf. You can also stream their EP all week for free here to get you in the mood. In the words of Walter Marsh from Rip It Up magazine “The Sloe Ruin are here to teach Adelaide music lovers that country ain’t a dirty word with the release of their debut EP.”

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It doesn’t get much more Australian than getting married in the backyard underneath the Hills Hoist, and it doesn’t get much more rock ‘n’ roll than donning a leather jacket over the bridal dress, strapping on a guitar and belting out some tunes for your guests. So much fun it was hard to leave anything out, so you might wanna grab yourself a cuppa and an iced vovo, this is a long one.

 

P.S. This one was too hot just for this blog, go check it out at Rock ‘n’ Roll Bride for the inside scoop and planning ideas.

 

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Hosted at the infamous Freemason’s Hall in Adelaide’s east end, this was the perfect venue for a delightfully lavish and cartoonishly fun event. Complete with burlesque dancers from Bellarouge and a fire twirler appropriately named Sparky, I couldn’t help but give these photos a treatment that was a little, well, you’ll see…

 

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Most times you do your work and before you have a chance to realise what you’ve created you’re inundated with more work and you’ve forgotten what happened just weeks before. It’s a really cool thing to see your work printed up in a magazine even when it is to promote someone else’s work, as it reminds you that what you do is tangible, real and lasting, especially in this digital age.

If you’re getting married or even thinking about it, pick yourself up a copy of Hello May as it’s full of great, quirky, creative and interesting inspiration.

This issue of Hello May features two incredibly talented friends of mine, Alastair Innes and Lucy Spartalis of She Takes Pictures He Makes Films. If you haven’t seen the magic these two create, put down whatever it is you’re doing right now and head on over.

*cover photo by the also stupidly talented Dan O’Day

 

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