I don’t mean to brag, but we sort of have this “awesome Saturday” thing down to a serious science.  A little something that has a lot to do with a very special meet and greet with two of our brand new advertisers, The Follans and Aravina Estate.  I’m talking drop-dead gorgeous photos and one seriously breathtaking setting here to pretty up your weekend to the extreme.  So sit back, relax and prepare for a whole host of pretty…

To say that I am obsessed with The Follans and their stunning imagery is a serious understatement. Because the love I have for this talented husband and wife duo is much more than that.  It’s a all-out admiration for their drop-dead gorgeous work and the way they manage to capture each and every breathtaking moment of your Big Day.  Moments that will flat out stun you, make you smile and bring tears to your eyes all at the same time.  Just take a look below and prepare to be amazed…

From The Follans… We are The Follans! We’re Andrew & Sarah Follan, a husband & wife team who specialise in modern wedding photography. This is what we do… full time… for the last eight years.

Yes, we’ve won some photography awards and been featured in lots of blogs and wedding magazines but really, what does that matter? We are also both full-accredited members of the Australian Institute of Professional Photography (AIPP). But again that probably doesn’t mean all that much to you!

To be honest, we are just photographers that really love what we do. We treat each wedding with the attention and devotion it deserves, minus all the drama. We will enjoy the day as much as you; document your day truthfully; take some awesome shots; and all whilst having fun doing it.

We like to think we are good at what we do, as well as being normal and trustworthy people (yes you can have both). Here is what some of our previous couples have said about us…

“OMG…WOW!!! They are amazing! A big thank you for making us feel so relaxed and comfortable from the minute you walked through the door.  You are true professionals- I will be highly recommending you everyone!! “- Rena & Grant, Mar 2012

“Rob and I cannot thank you both enough for your artistry, craftsmanship, professionalism and superior organisation yesterday. You made our day so seamless and wonderful, not to mention saving the day on more than one occasion. It was wonderful to have such a lovely and dedicated couple working with us who felt like family by the end of the day!!
Like I said, ‘Not just a pretty lens.’” - The Freemans (Sarah & Rob), Mar 2012

“If you want picture perfect perfection look no further than The Follans. Andrew & Sarah are a lovely couple who makes a real effort to make everyone feel special on your special day.” - Kristine & Ben, Mar 2013

“The service you provided from the first phone call through the entire process has been exceptional. At times we even commented that you were our unofficial wedding planners as you had more of an idea of what we needed to do than we did! The most important thing when choosing a photographer for us was personality, we realised our photographers would be such a big part of our wedding as they are with us the entire day. You were a patient, calming force and yet enthusiastic throughout the entire day. We trusted you completely and you made us so comfortable. We can honestly say that we loved having you at our wedding and it was an incredible bonus that we got the most stunning photos at the end of it.
It’s so special to have all of our favourite memories captured so beautifully. We couldn’t recommend you highly enough. Thank you.” - Jen & Cam, Nov 2011

We are based in Sydney, but have travelled Australia and the world capturing weddings. We hope you get in touch so we can chat more about your wedding and how we can help make it the best day of your lives.

Please note that as we are a small boutique studio, we only do a limited numbers of weddings per year and do book out in advance (especially during peak months). So don’t wait too long to call! Cheers! 

Until the end of the year we are offering TWO complimentary mini wedding books to any fabulous Style Me Pretty readers who book our essentials package or above with us. Simply mention you found us on SMP. The TWO mini wedding books are valued at $998 and make great parent gifts!

We all know that Australia is home to some of the prettiest places in the world to say “I do.”  Places that are known for their top-notch service, wedding day know-how and beyond breathtaking views. Aravina Estate is one of those places; a seriously stunning locale tucked away amongst picturesque rolling acres and Western Australia wine country with award-winning wines, an incredible staff and yummy modern cuisine all on hand to turn your Big Day into the day of your dreams.  Amazing.

From Aravina Estate… Aravina Estate, established in 2010 by Perth businessman and seventh generation Western Australian Steve Tobin, is located on Thornton Road, Yallingup in the northern corner of the premium wine growing region of Margaret River in Western Australia – close to the town of Dunsborough and the famed surf at Yallingup.

Nestled amongst the picturesque setting of expansive vineyards across rolling hills, natural bushland and manicured gardens, Aravina Estate would surely be one of Margaret River’s finest Estates in the region. The magnificent Hamptons-inspired building – complete with high ceilings, open fire, French doors and white trimmings – is home to the restaurant, sports car gallery and cellar door.

Whether it is an intimate gathering for 20 or a formal function for 150 guests, we will ensure your wedding is simply unforgettable – tailored to your individual requirements!

BREATHTAKING VIEWS – Aravina offers a choice of stunning locations for you to exchange your vows and take wedding photographs. Whether you are immersed within the grapevines, at the water’s edge of the pristine Aravina Lake, or surrounded by beautiful, flowering gardens and terraces, let us show you how to make your special day a memorable experience for you and your guests.

MODERN CUISINE – After you exchange your vows, you can move inside to our Hamptons inspired restaurant, with French doors that open onto a picturesque garden terrace, where you can dance away the night under a blanket of stars. Our team of chefs use only the freshest local produce including herbs and vegetables from our garden to create dishes that are well matched to Aravina Estate’s award winning wines.

AWARD-WINNING WINES – This wonderful setting is complemented by a wide range of superbly crafted wines that are truly expressive of the world renowned Margaret River wine region. Aravina Estate is not only committed to the traditional Margaret River varieties but other European varieties that are emerging from the region, in particular the Spanish variety, Tempranillo. Travel the globe from our Cellar Door at Aravina Estate.

COMING MARCH 2014 – Our new Functions and Wedding facility is available to seat 180 banquet dinner, 230 in classroom/theatre formation, 350 cocktail style. With wrap around Verandah and a private Bride’s Parlour – we have thought of everything to make sure your party leaves a five star impression!

THE PERFECT PACKAGE – Contact Narelle Ward, Wedding Coordinator, who can assist with packaging up your perfect day including ceremony, reception, local accommodation and transport options for your guests plus much more! narelle@aravinaestate.com or +61 8 9750 1111

Aravina Estate is giving away a $200 dining voucher to one lucky SMP reader!  Just leave a comment below telling us why you can.not.wait to hold your wedding at Aravina Estate! A winner, chosen completely at random, will be announced right here on SMP on Friday, November 1st.  For terms and conditions, click here. Good luck, lovelies! xo

Photography: Michelle Dean + Yoram Conradt + Tim Swallow + Life Photography + Copper Leaf + Anna Rose Photography + Samantha House

Welcome to the family, The Follans and Aravina Estate!  We are so happy to have you! xo

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