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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Whoever scores the least goals on the netball court has to shout the other a cocktail. It was a deal. Jaz bought her younger brother to play with strict instructions; don’t pass the ball to Ben.

Of course, Jaz stitched Ben up and won the cocktail. Little did she realise Ben had won as well; he’d got the date he wanted.

3.5 years later, on a random Tuesday night a little something was burning a nervous hole in Ben’s pocket. Jaz was working the late shift at hospital and Ben had been round to her parents to ask for their blessing.

As soon as Jaz pulled into the driveway, Ben came running out of the house saying they had to go to the top of Arthurs Seat lookout to see the super moon.

As they say, the rest is history.

Jaz and Ben wanted some images along the back beaches of Mornington Peninsula. We chose Koonya back beach, an area of the world very fond to them. Jaz is a mad surfer and taught Ben a few back, so a lot of their time is spent surfing along these beaches.

They were an absolute pleasure to work with and relaxed amazingly well, allowing me to capture some very special engagement memories for them.

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Can we bring our dog Obie? It wouldn’t feel complete without Obie in some of the photos. Of course you can. This is about you guys, getting to know you both before your big day in a few weeks time.

Sarah had called me an hour before our session to ask if she could bring Obie, their German short ahired pointer fur baby. Whilst I had never photographed an engagement session with a dog, there is a first for everything, hey!

We were blessed with some stunning light on a balmy summer’s evening in Melbourne. Matt & Sarah grew up around Bayside and are getting married just down the road at Sandringham Yacht Club, so Green Point and the Brighton Beach Boxes is a special spot for them. It was a no brainer.

It was an absolute pleasure to properly meet and get to know Sarah & Matt before their big day in January, 2016. It’s going to be an incredible day at the stunning Sandringham Yacht Club.

People always wonder if engagement / pre-wedding session is important.

On your big day, I’m probably going to spend as much time with you (if not more) as you will get to spend with your husband. If we don’t get along, know each other well or even know how I work the whole process will be harder than it needs to be.

Not to mention the quality of the photos. At the end of the day, the more relaxed, comfortable and natural you feel on your special day, the better your images will be. It’s that simple.

They’ll be more candid; more natural; more relaxed; more you and include more of the small things you love! Not to mention that special moment you spent with grandpa, the relationship you told me about during the time we spent getting to know each other beforehand.

I’ve never had a couple regret an engagement shoot, even the ones who hate being in front of the camera. They always say we felt so much more comfortable on their wedding day.

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