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Dandenongs Pre-Wedding Photo Session from Erin King Photographer

There are lots of things I adore about this pre-wedding shoot, but I have to say, this couple’s outfit choices are absolutely to die for!  The colors, the bride’s gorgeous dresses, the groom’s bright patterned button downs — These two are waaaay ahead on the fashion curve, and it’s not too surprising since they co-run a Kenzo store. I wish I could take a couple styling lessons from them! And the shoot is romantic, playful and fashionable – just like the couple. Many thanks to Erin King Photographer for capturing the magic right here in the full gallery of photos!

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 From the Bride-to-Be… We have been dating for 11.5 years now, and we met each other during our high school time in Singapore. When my best friend starting dating Hengky’s cousin, we both accompanied them on their first date. From there, we kept in touch and our feelings grew. Then we continued our journey together attending Monash University in Melbourne. After graduation, we continued to work together in Jakarta, running the Kenzo store. After many ups and downs, we got engaged on July 29, 2012.

From Erin King PhotographerShierla & Hengky contacted me from Indonesia, where they are currently based, to arrange an Indonesian-styled traditional pre-wedding photography session in Melbourne. They both studied in Melbourne prior to moving to Jakata, Indonesia, where they now work and run the Kenzo clothing store. This lucky couple gets to travel to Paris fashion week to buy the new season’s ranges for the store each year! They are both very fashion-forward and put a lot of effort into their styling and props to match the theme of each outfit. They specifically wanted the photos in Melbourne to show lovely lush green natural and pretty settings — in contrast to the smog-covered, busy city they live in. Shierla knew she wanted to get out of the city and have their photos in a scenic location. After throwing around suggestions of Yarra Valley, Mornington and the Dandenongs, I suggested we settle on the Dandenongs, which offer so many beautiful garden and natural forest type settings.

With Shierla being quite shy and reserved, it was important to her to be able to relax and enjoy their photography session so their moments together could be captured in natural way. She wanted their photos to show that they are having fun and enjoying the session in a colorful, intimate and romantic way. Shierla and Hengky get married in Bali in March next year, which is going to be a grand-scale event with over 1,000 guests.

Photography: Erin King Photographer / Venues: Cloudehill Gardens in Olinda, Victoria + The National Rhododendron Gardens in Dandenongs, Victoria / Wedding Dress: Sally Koeswanto in Indonesia / Bride’s Lace Umbrella: Uluwatu in Bali / Hair Pieces: Mignonne HandmadeEvita Peroni / Head Band: Alannah Hill / Butterfly Hair Clip: H&M / Flowers: David Jones / Makeup: Vivi Octaviani / Couple’s Casual Attire: Kenzo (Owned by the Bride & Groom)

Yarra Valley Wedding from Leo Farrell Photography

This wedding is a boatload of authentic fun and B&B charm — The old photographs, the cheeky signage, and the casually gorgeous fashion choices of everyone present make me wish I could join the fun! Wildflowers in old glass bottles and fun lawn games gave the day a vintage backyard look and feel. Croquet, anyone? Under a parasol to shield you from the sun? Yup, they had it all! Many thanks to Leo Farrell Photography for capturing all the loveliness right here in the full gallery of photos.

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From the Bride… The hardest thing for us was finding the perfect venue. I was sure that we could style the perfect wedding around a great venue, but how to find it? I searched reception and function centers for months, always coming away disappointed with the limitations each venue put on us. In the end, I decided we needed a simple backyard wedding with beautiful details, but living in inner city Melbourne, we just didn’t have the backyard! I broadened my search to country B&Bs and BINGO — we got lucky with the perfect venue, a B&B just out of Healesville in the Yarra Valley. Incredibly, the owners were happy to help us host and plan our wedding there. They even incorporated some of their own veggies from the farm’s veggie patch in each course of our menu! I had also pictured a majestic old oak tree to be married under and there it was — it was perfect! 

Six months before our wedding and well after setting the date, disaster struck and my mother was diagnosed with terminal cancer. Her doctor thought it was unlikely she would make it to the wedding, but with everything booked, all we could do was keep planning and hope for the best. Mum was adamant that she was going to be there, and miraculously kept herself going and had a ball. (We lost her a few months later — she beat everyone’s expectations!) You can see how sick she looks in the photos, but she was having so much fun on the day that it didn’t matter. And we are so lucky that we will always have the amazing photos from the day to remember her.

We decided to cut a lot of the typical wedding traditions — no cake, no speeches and a much longer, relaxed reception with a banquet meal the main focus. We also set up golf and croquet, which our guests loved! We got so many comments from guests about how relaxed, natural and fun the day was with such perfect little details like dancing flip-flops and matching parasols, the table settings with vintage glass bottles as vases, fresh wildflowers, vintage white furniture with cushions made by my mother-in-law, vintage cameras with family photos and signposts that we made and/or styled ourselves. The day itself turned out to be Melbourne’s “proper” last day of summer — 38 degrees with sunshine rolling into a balmy summer evening. It just all came together so perfectly for us.

My only regret with our planning was that I didn’t spend enough time on myself. My dress wasn’t adjusted properly, and I hadn’t planned my jewelry until the last minute. We were so consumed with the little details that I forgot to think about how I was going to look on the day! Still at the end of the day, I got to marry the man I love, and we had our exact vision for the day come to life with all our family and friends. Can’t ask for much more than that!

Wedding Photography: Leo Farrell Photography / Wedding Venue: Harvest Farm in Healesville, Victoria / Floral Design: Bobilee of Clarence / Styling + Decorations: The Bride & Groom / Officiant: Tim Manger / Catering: Healesville Hotel / Wedding Invitations, Save-the-Dates, Place Cards + Menus: The Groom / Ukelele: Romy Stein / Lighting Design + Set-Up: The Groom / Wedding Dress: Fleur Wood / Bride’s Earrings: Vintage / Hair + Makeup: Margo Orsatti / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Custom (Green Dress) + Fleur Wood / Men’s Attire: David Jones + Bossini / Men’s Shoes: Vans

Real Wedding: Steph & Greg, VIII

Thank you so very much to Jessie Broome of j {studios} for sending us today’s featured wedding. The photographs are heart wrenchingly beautiful, which speaks so loudly to your talents. And of course, thank you so so much to Steph & Greg for letting us share in your celebration.

A quick note about the fires that surrounded today’s wedding. From SMP and j {studios}, we hope that today provided a moment of beauty in the absolute tragedy that so many had to endure. Our hearts, our prayers, our thoughts are with everyone that was touched by the fires, everyone who had to experience such a scary and unbelievably difficult experiece.

From Jessie of j {studios}…In March all session fees for portraits (maternity, newborn, family, engagements, couples or individuals) will be donated straight to the Victorian Bushfire appeal. I am also working with many other talented photographers in Melbourne and Australia to offer free sessions to any family who has lost everything (including their precious photos) to hopefully start the healing process and create some new photographic memories for them.

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Oh and if you haven’t already, check out the DIY inspired wedding that Jessamyn Harris photographed over on the Little Black Book Blog….so so cute! Until tomorrow!