Two Ton Max Wedding, Ben Potter Photography

Annie and Jake were married on March 25th, with a ceremony and reception at Two Ton Max.

Jake and Annie have been together for five years, and when they told me their story, I was impressed by their commitment. Jake is from Torquay originally, so they drove back and forth between Torquay and Melbourne multiple times a week in order to make their relationship work. Now, they both live in Melbourne with their dog, Evie, where Jake works in finance and Annie works as a speech pathologist.

These two are both from large families, who made up the majority of the wedding guests, and it was clear in every moment that their families were the focus of their day. From the beginning, Jake set the tone as he had prepared a box of supplies for Annie’s father, James, for the wedding day—filled with socks, beer, that kind of thing. The box also included a letter that Jake had written for his new father-in-law, and from the look on James’ face as he read it, the letter clearly meant everything to him.

There was also a beautiful moment between Annie and her grandfather as she helped him get out of the lounge chair. She reached over to get his walking stick for him, and he then cheekily told the story of how Annie used to steal his walking stick when she was a little girl, thinking it was absolutely hilarious.

I also had so much fun talking to Jake’s parents, Sandra and Jeff, who live on a yacht in the Mediterranean and have been doing so for a number of years as they explore that part of the world. They will soon be heading across the Atlantic to the Caribbean for a couple years, and I loved hearing their stories. I adore traveling!

While family meant the world to these two, there was unfortunately one person who could not attend, and that was Annie’s beloved sister. She went into labour during the wedding!


Annie & Jake, thank you for the privilege you have given me of creating your first family heirloom. I had an absolute ball during your big day, and I simply loved your amazing family and friends.

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Farm Vigano Wedding, Ben Potter Photography

David and Sinead were married on March 12th, with a ceremony and reception at Farm Vigano in South Morang.

These two met when Sinead was 14 and David was 15. He was actually her first boyfriend as well as her first kiss before she moved schools and they lost touch. A few years later, as she was walking to her new part-time job, she saw David drive past and wanted to talk to him. She didn’t know what to say, though, so instead, she sneaked around to the back of the car park and “bumped” into him! They reconnected right away and have been together for over 7 years now. After 5 years, he proposed to her on his birthday, and they have been saving up and looking forward to their dream wedding ever since.

For this wedding, I didn’t have a second shooter, so I went to David’s place first before meeting up with Sinead as she was getting ready. When a minor 30 minute delay crept into the day, Suzie, the venue organiser, handled it effortlessly and incredibly. Nothing was too much of a problem whatsoever.

Throughout the whole ceremony, one of the flower girls would not stop playing with the “aisle of petals,” and who can blame her? It was gorgeous! One of my favourite images was of her playing as well as an image of the little pageboy looking into the front window of Sinead’s car.

From there, it was off to the party, where the dance floor really took on a life of its own. The passion and love between family and friends on the dance floor was some of the strongest I have ever witnessed, especially between David and his core group of mates—he was obviously incredibly close to them.

David & Sinead, thank you for sharing this special moment in your lives with me. You relaxed effortlessly in front of the camera and there was just no wiping the smile off of your faces, which made my job an absolute pleasure!

It’s so obvious how in love you both are and wish you the very best for a happy and healthy life together. I had an absolute blast with you and thoroughly enjoyed capturing these timeless memories that will form your very first family heirloom.

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Intimate Marysville Wedding, Ben Potter Photography

Michelle and Mark were married on November 26th, with a ceremony and reception at a private property in Marysville, Victoria.

Mark and Michelle only recently got engaged this past February in Tahiti! They had been together for over 5 years, with 2 beautiful dogs, and as things just started to fall into place for them, they decided that it was meant to be as they got on the fast track to getting married!

The two of them love being outdoors, which is why they chose this gorgeous, family-owned property with a beautiful backyard. Their eclectic, DIY style truly reflected their personalities perfectly as they held their wedding out under the festoon lighting, but it was the fact that the property had a special meaning to these two that truly made the surroundings beautiful.

I was able to capture so many stunning images—which is always easy when I have a beautiful couple and breath-taking setting. I particularly liked the way the sun came down through the gorgeous old oak tree, as well as the way the late afternoon sun cast an elegant backlight. And, of course, the breeze blowing Michelle’s veil made for a picture-perfect moment.

After the private ceremony under the backyard gazebo, it was time to celebrate with friends and family. My favourite part of the evening had to be the speeches. I was laughing my head off the whole time!

Mark & Michelle, thank you for asking me to be your wedding photographer. Your day was truly spectacular, and I was honoured to be part of it.

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I recently had the pleasure of photographing Elizabeth and Justin’s wedding. These guys were my kind of people.

When I asked them to tell me about their story did they ever; Elizabeth proceeded to write a couple of pages about her love of animals, the outdoors and adventure, especially ones that involve a 4wd and caving. If they didn’t get properly stuck then it wasn’t enough of an adventure in Elizabeth’s eyes.

Only naturally, Justin proposed on a camping trip in the Snowy River National Park.

These two coined the term ‘wedstival’, well at least for me. Anzac weekend down in the Otways at a brilliant little spot called Pennyroyal, just behind Lorne.

The venue of choice was King Parrot Cottages and Event Centre, an amazing property that’s caters perfectly for the natural / country / rustic / party style wedding that can go for days if you want. There’s natural beauty wherever you turn, especially with the views across the valley and down in the camp ground at the bottom of the property, which has some stunning spots for a ceremony. Yep, that right, guests can stay on site.

Donkeys, alpacas, a Shetland pony, local wildlife as well as activities like mini golf, foosball, darts, air hockey, pool table, swimming pool and two spas make this place an incredible facility. And from a photographers perspective there’s just too much to work with. It’s perfectly suited to that natural, candid, real style photography we all love.

I hope enjoy their wedding.

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Her friends were quick to ask. “Have you heard….?”

He’d been quietly hoping for years…..four long years in fact. Just like he’d promised, he was around there in a flash, sweeping her off her feet just like he’d done in high school all those years ago.

Everything happens for a reason; this story is proof.

 

When Chris decided he needed time to see the world, they painfully went their separate ways after 3 years of being high school sweet hearts. He promised that the first thing he would do was bang on her door when he returned. Unfortunately, Brigitte had moved on. Four long years passed until out of the blue Brigitte’s friends, whom all wanted her to end up with Chris, asked Chris a question he’s unlikely to forget. Have you heard? Things hadn’t worked out between Brigitte and her ex. He quickly got in touch, and as they say the rest is history.

3.5 years later on a dream trip through Europe, there were squeals, screams and lots of jumping up and down as Chris got down on one knee in front of a stunning Santorini sunset.

 

For their engagement photos, Chris and Brigitte had this special place in mind called Bushrangers Bay, a stunning spot on the Mornington Peninsula near Cape Schank. OMG! The 40 minute walk in was incredible, only to be surpassed by the ocean beach we found ourselves on…….all alone! And with gorgeous late afternoon golden light. A photographers dream!

What more could we ask for. These guys were super fun and amazing to photograph! Seriously made my job easy. I had an absolute blast capturing the love and energy these two have for each other. Thank you for being such an awesome couple to work with.

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