Already a little while ago, we had the Jewish wedding celebration of this two lovebirds – Cassie & Irwin. Irwin, coming originally from South Africa, and Cassie are living in Brisbane, but decided to do their wedding in Melbourne, where Cassie’s family lives. Since they organised most of the wedding from Brisbane, we couldn’t meet until two days before the wedding itself, so we organised a Skype talk to get to know each other and for them to decide if they wanted to go ahead with us.
And they did. Cassie’s parents were helping the couple from Melbourne to get everything organised, while the family from Irwin flew in from Johannesburg just before the wedding. The ceremony was held at The Rippon Lea Estate, the same place where Cassie’s parents married a long time ago. As the wedding was in the beginning of May, we had to expect any kind of weather Melbourne would through at us. And unfortunately it decided to rain for the most of the day. After the separate preparation Kate arrived with the groom at the Villa, where the groom decided to move the ceremony from the garden to the undercover area at the pool. So all hands were needed to move everything, including the Huppa (wedding canopy). With a little delay everything was ready for the ceremony to begin, with the bride being fashionably a little late. Due to the rain, the path from the car to the villa was quite muddy, so the father of the bride just decided to carry her across.
Due to the change of location, it was very tight for all guests and so for us. But we could still capture the traditional Jewish ceremony from different angles and enjoyed watching the two young lovers to be united as one union. After the ceremony concluded, we took family group photos, followed by portrait photos of the couple in the gardens of Rippon Lea. The Villa gave us a very tight schedule for which the couple had booked and came 5 minutes before the time was up to us to remind us of having to leave. Seriously? This was a bit disappointing as the Gardens offer so many different spots and due to the bad weather there weren’t many people around, so a few minutes more wouldn’t have hurt anyone. But we didn’t want to set up anyone and left, driving with the bridal party to St Kilda Botanical Gardens, where we did the bridal party photos, before we did our last portrait session with the couple at Quat Quatta, the venue for the reception. The sun was setting early in May, so we used the famous hedges of Quat Quatta in the dark, as well as the veranda, which was lit up with candles.
The day conclude with a great celebration and dinner, with lots of dancing, fun and great speeches. Even though it was raining during the ceremony, we had an awesome day with this couple and are grateful that we could capture their love story.