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Tash & Sam – Goonoo Homestead Wedding

Driving out to Goonoo Homestead for Tash & Sam’s wedding was exhilarating. The closer I got, the more aware I was of the smell of dust in the air. New South Wales is currently in a miserable drought, so returning to the country for the fourth time this wedding season I knew what to anticipate.

Similar to my previous drought-ridden weddings, my heart was warmed by the enduring spirit of not only the two marriers Tash & Sam, but of all the wedding party, the guests and the vendors who helped make this celebration happen. The regional community has blown me away yet again. They have the ability to pause any drought-induced sobriety and band together to commemorate (and drink to) the coming together of two life-long lovers.

Tash & Sam are a striking couple. They are laid back, highly affectionate and incredibly vulnerable. When you spend even a short amount of time with them, you just know that they “see” each other. I love the way renowned author and research professor Brené Brown describes this kind of love:

“We cultivate love when we allow our most vulnerable and powerful selves to be deeply seen and known, and when we honor the spiritual connection that grows from that offering with trust, respect, kindness and affection.”

If you want to see a vulnerable, powerful love between two people who see and know each other, keep scrolling…

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Wedding Venue: Goonoo Homestead | Photography: Henry Paul Photography | Florals: The Meadow Floral Design | Engagement Ring: Kings Hall Jewellers | Celebrant: Father Carl | Catering: Trang Hue Vietnamese Catering | Entertainment: Jason Hill | Cake / Dessert: Trish Burke | Invitations / Stationery: Twin Rivers Printing | Sam’s Shirt: Ralph Lauren | Pants: RM Williams | Socks: Happy Socks | Tash’s Gown: Karen Willis Holmes Bridal | Accessories: Fairley Jewellery | Hair: Ashleigh Clares Hair Studio | Makeup: Babydoll Makeup Artistry | Bridesmaid Attire: Esther & Co

Kymmy & Jack – Rural Property Wedding

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No one plans to get married during a drought

With water supply now at critical levels in certain parts of NSW, it was confronting to witness and document the realities of Australia’s worst recorded drought in history. But Jack & Kymmy were champions and embraced the drought in all of its dry beauty on the family farm in The Marra, some 600km from Sydney’s inner west.

I drove the entirety of the way and watched as the landscape drastically changed once I crossed the Blue Mountains. It seemed that every 100km I drove the countryside got a shade browner, a touch dryer, and the layers of dust increasingly covered everything I drove past.

On the wedding day, Jack asked me to take some photos at the bottom of one of their dams, which was empty for the first time in over 40 years.

‘In the future, we want to be able to stand at the top of the dam when it’s full and say to our kids “we had our wedding photos taken at the bottom of this”‘ Jack said.

Although Sydney has recently received rain, the drought continues to affect farmers like Jack & Kymmy. For ways to support our farmers, be sure to check out Drought Angels or the Australian Red Cross.

Which Season Should You Get Married In?

Which season should you get married in?

Choosing which season you should get married in is not always as easy as it sounds. There are pros and cons for every season, some of which you may have never considered.

I’m grateful to live in Sydney, Australia. Here, we get to experience the full four seasons throughout the year. My personal favourite season is Autumn, or “Fall” to my North American friends, due to the vivid orange tones and the warm but breathable temperatures.

One of the first decisions you need to make when you begin planning a wedding is when you want to get married. Knowing the pros and cons will help you determine the kind of weather you would like to hope for.

It goes without saying, but I cannot predict the weather. These tips are supposed to be a framework to help you decide which season will suit your needs best. Rain, hail or shine, you’ll be guaranteed to have an amazing party if you have the right attitude.

Which season should you get married in?


Weddings in Summer:

Summer is often the first choice for most couples. It’s almost always reliably warm, however, there are plenty of things to keep in mind.

Pros:

  • Long sunsets with beautiful golden light.
  • It’s warm enough that you can party into the long hours of the night.
  • If people need to travel to the wedding, summer can often be an easy time to arrange time off.
  • Perfect weather for an all-outdoor celebration.

Cons:

  • A late sunset can make it difficult to structure the timing of the day.
  • The heat. And sweaty armpits. Not a good mix.
  • Not to mention the potential for flies, particularly for weddings in the country.
  • Makeup can melt easily.
  • Sunburn is no one’s friend.
  • People are often taking holidays in the summer months and may not be available to attend your wedding. (Early save-the-dates can help mitigate this issue)
  • Flowers wilt quickly in the heat.

Summer wedding reception


Weddings in Autumn:

Fun fact: March is the most popular month for people to get married in Australia.

Autumn is my favourite season to shoot weddings in Sydney, so I have nothing bad to say about it. However, there are still things to keep in mind.

Pros:

  • Everything about Autumn is beautiful (IMHO).
  • Beautiful sunsets
  • Beautiful fallen leaves
  • Beautiful orange tones
  • You get the point…

Cons:

  • It’s always busy busy busy! Be sure to book ahead.
  • Venues and vendors may charge higher prices during peak season.

Autumn wedding portrait


Weddings in Winter:

I always recommend winter weddings for one reason: they’re off-peak. Most vendors will have greater flexibility with dates and availability.

Pros:

  • Off-peak occasionally means venues and other vendors may charge less money. Do your research, and be respectful. There are still plenty of vendors who charge what they’re worth, regardless of the season.
  • Sunset is earlier in the day, so you can do your sunset shoot before meeting your guests at the reception.
  • Flowers last longer in the cooler weather and won’t wilt easily.
  • The lads won’t get too sweaty in their suits.

Cons:

  • It’s COLD! But maybe that’s just an excuse to cuddle up to your brand new spouse.
  • Sunsets are shorter and typically less colourful.

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Weddings in Spring:

And now we get to Spring, the season of love. The birds are chirping, the flowers are blossoming, and the hayfever hits hard.

Pros:

  • If you are a fan of florals, this may be the best month for you! Spring is the ultimate time for variety and colour in your bouquets and decorations.
  • The sky is bluer, the grass is greener, and there’s generally more colour everywhere in Spring.

Cons:

  • Pollen levels are high and hayfever is rife. Consider this carefully, especially if you or your partner suffers badly. The last thing you want is a red nose in your wedding photos.
  • Spring is another popular time for weddings, so be sure to book things well in advance, or opt for a weekday wedding to avoid disappointment.


I hope this article has helped you make the decision on which season you should get married in. If you have any ideas I should add to this list, please leave a comment below.

Henry Paul is a Sydney wedding photographer. Head to the contact page to see if he’s available to photograph your wedding.

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How The Wedding Industry Is Changing (for the better)

The first wedding I photographed was in 2012. In fact, that was the first wedding I had ever been to! I was a pimply teenager with essentially no clue how to work a camera, let alone any idea what the usual tropes of a wedding were. I have now photographed more than 100 weddings and rest assured I have learned a thing or two since that first one. I’ve seen all the fashions and trends go in and out the proverbial revolving door. Thanks, in no small part, to Pinterest for being the modern gift registry that keeps on re-gifting.

Discounting the inevitable cookie-cutter weddings (who doesn’t like a good cookie anyway?), the shifts I have noticed over the past couple of years give me hope that weddings aren’t going out of fashion, but that people are merely choosing meaningful ways to celebrate the commitment of marriage.

Intimacy over opulence:

Gone are the days when everyone’s wedding needed to be bigger than Ben-Hur. Perhaps it is due to the downturn in the economy (or perhaps an uptake in common sense) brides and grooms are choosing smaller, low-key affairs. Fewer guests, less bunting and less fuss.

My mission statement is “to remind people of the intimacy of being human”, which is far easier to do when I am shooting brides and grooms that already have a revelation of how extraordinary intimacy can be. I tip my hat to the brides that forego the $900 shoes in favour of their favourite sneakers. I salute the grooms that dismiss the need for a fleet of classic Bentley’s and take an Uber instead.

Social Responsibility:

People’s values are progressing, and no two couples are the same. Tailoring services specific to each couples’ needs is one of the major things to be shifting in the industry in 2019 onwards. Environmental awareness. Body positivity. Marriage equality. The wedding industry is embracing this colourful world of inclusion, diversity and social responsibility, and I am all about it!

I recently wrote a piece on ways to incorporate eco-friendly plans in your wedding, but my recommendation to all my clients is to take some time early in the planning process to decide how you can incorporate your values into your celebration. Are there any religious or cultural elements you want to include in the ceremony? Perhaps you want to curate a menu that reflects your own personal diet choices? The key thing I encourage is for you to focus on the intersection between your personal morals and the wedding you are planning.

Flexible payment options:

As more and more couples are opting to pay for their own wedding (rather than relying solely on their parents), the industry has had to provide affordable and flexible options to keep up with the times. Services like Afterpay and Zip Money are growing steadily across all sectors; weddings included. My own business model has shifted to provide fixed payment plans for all of my photography packages to make it easier for clients across the board to avoid being left with an enormous wedding bill when they get home from their honeymoon.

Instead of an industry exploiting the mainstream attitudes of over-expenditure, I see a field of people who are all dedicated to the commitment of marriage and who will work their butts off to help people celebrate it.

As you can see, the wedding industry is changing. ?For ?The ? Better! For these reasons, I am more optimistic and excited than ever before about the future of the wedding industry. If you are looking for a wedding photographer who will let you celebrate your wedding your way, I would love to hear from you. You can reach me by heading to my contact page and filling out the form provided.

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