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Erin & Micah | Gold Creek Station Wedding

Gold Creek Station Wedding Photos

Erin & Micah’s celebrated their wedding at the picturesque Gold Creek Station, a few kilometres north of Canberra. We were blessed with divine cloud coverage for the majority of the day, which makes my job incredibly easy as a photographer. The grey clouds also contributed to a sensational, de-saturated colour palette for the impressive floral arrangements. I love a good bit of de-saturation 😛

I was delighted to come back to Canberra over the Christmas period for this particular occasion – Erin and I are old school mates. Seeing her find marry the love of her life was a pleasure, and I feel privileged to have shared the day with them both.

Erin looked phenomenal. Her dress, her makeup, her entire demeanour was dazzling. It was a spectacular outing for a bride, and such a special moment capturing the first-look of her parents and bridesmaids.

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Erin and Micah also gave me time to take them out at sunset. Whilst it was cloudy and there wasn’t much sun, it was still an excellent opportunity to take a break from the noise of the reception.

Micah’s mum arranged a flashmob-style song for the coupe upon our return, with the entire room of friends and family joining in to commemorate the special day.

Erin & Micah’s wedding at Gold Creek Station, Hall

Wedding Credits:

Photography: Henry Paul Photography | Florist: Peony n’ Pearl | Engagement Ring: James Allen | Celebrant: Pastor Stephen Dunn | Ceremony Venue: Gold Creek Station | Reception Venue: Gold Creek Station | Catering: Tree83 | Entertainment Chris and Bec Van der Wielen | Cake / Dessert: Canberra Cake Boutique | Event Furniture / Prop Hire: Wedding Event Creators and Gold Creek Station | Wedding Bands: Michael Hill | Micah’s Suit: Peter Jackson | Bow Tie: OTAA Ties | Shoes: Julius Marlow | Erin’s Bridal Gown Designer: Ashleigh Bridal | Boutique: La Belle Bridal | Hair: Kate Lily Hairdressing | Makeup: Angela Marshall Makeup Artistry

Jess & Liv – Blayney Wedding

A party for the ages. Jess & Liv wedding was full of excitement and anticipation, as it was one of the first full-scale weddings in NSW to be held without any restrictions in almost a year. And what a way to celebrate!!

I was instantly fond of the couple, as they each embraced me upon meeting me and welcomed me into the fold. Escorted by their all-female wedding party, this has got to have been one of the cheekiest, most rambunctious groups I’ve ever had the pleasure of working with. I was pleasantly reminded about the generosity of strangers (even when they couldn’t comprehend two brides getting married to each other!) and was inspired by Jess & Liv’s attitude: nothing could get in their way of having the best day ever.

Without a doubt, the highlight of the entire day was taking time out of the reception to climb to the top of a wind farm, and experience the turbines in all their glory. I’ve never stood so close to a wind turbine before, but my god, they are truly majestic. Being there with two loved-up women was even greater, as the sun shone on them in a way almost akin to the heavens blessing this sacred union.

It was an honour to spend a day with such wonderful humans, doing what a love the most: photographing people in love.

Maddie & Deo Pialligo Estate Wedding

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It was the best of times, long overdue after the worst of times. Back in September 2020 when large-scale gatherings and weddings weren’t happening in most states, the ACT was Covid-free and managed to reopen earlier (and with dancing!) before other states. Maddie & Deo forged ahead with their plans determined to mark their moment with joy and tears and good food.

The wedding was held at the captivating Pialligo Estate, in the heart of Canberra. The cherry blossoms and the vines put on a perfect performance for the bride and groom, who themselves dazzled their friends and family by looking hands-down adorable together.

“I love how Deo and always make me smile and laugh, no matter what is going on. He makes me feel so loved all the time with everything that he does.”

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Those cherry blossoms were absolutely spectacular. Such a welcome addition to the portrait session.
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If time permits, I always enjoy experimenting a little with some photos of the bride and groom.

After months of lockdown and social distancing, Maddie & Deo’s wedding was one of the first weddings in Canberra unencumbered by dancefloor restrictions. And you can be we partied hard!

Wedding Credits:
Photographer: Henry Paul Photography | Florist: MiChic Weddings & Events | Engagement Ring: Angus and Coote | Celebrant: Owen Chadwick | Ceremony Venue: Pialligo Estate | Reception Venue: Pialligo Estate | Catering: Pialligo Estate | Entertainment: Marty Kooistra | Cake / Dessert: Emma Kennedy | Wedding Bands: Michael Hill Jeweller | Bridal Boutique: Oleg Cassini | Hair: Galatea Hair Salon | Makeup: Imogen Kerma | Shirt: H&M | Jacket: MJ Bale | Pants: H&M | Shoes: Florsheim

Livia & Dean’s Sydney Centennial Picnic Wedding

Livia & Dean hosted a gorgeous picnic wedding in Sydney’s Centennial Park, complete with a hockey sticks, a competition involving cupcakes, and purple jacaranda trees.

“Dean tells me every day that he loves me. Often, he’ll use the phrase “don’t forget how much I love you” which is what I have engraved in my wedding band.” – Livia

When I first met Liv & Dean, they gave me a very clear brief: jacarandas. They said “we’re getting married in November, which is Jacaranda season. We would love some photos with the beautiful purple trees that are so iconic to Sydney”.

In addition, they gave me a rundown on their most anticipated part of the day: the Spalierstehen.

The Spalierstehen is one of the most practised wedding traditions in Switzerland. After the wedding ceremony, the guests get up and form an honour guard, a sort of “tunnel”, holding up various items that reflect the couple’s hobbies and interests. The couple then walk through into their new shared life.

“I find it hilarious (and endearing) that Liv’s worst nightmares often revolve around scenarios of inefficiency or disorganisation. She’ll wake up with a look of panic only to laugh that her nightmare involved someone doing something inefficiently where she couldn’t intervene.” – Dean

As you scroll, keep an eye out for the cupcakes and see if you can read the sign. It says “Who”ll find the chünig? Dean & Livia got engaged on January 6th – Three Kings’ Day in Switzerland. On this day, we share “Three Kings’ Cake” – whoever finds the plastic king wins a crown and is King/Queen for the day! Good luck!

Henry Paul Photography acknowledges Traditional Owners of Country throughout Australia and recognises the continuing connection to lands, waters and communities. I pay my respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures, and to Elders both past and present. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples should be aware that this website may contain images or names of people who have since passed away.


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