I actually met Aimee and Jacobus (or, JF as he is known), at Aimee’s brother’s wedding (Nathan and Chelsea) around a year earlier. I remember Aimee and JF were the ushers at the entrance to the church; guiding people inside and distributing the program for the church service. Around a year later, Aimee emailed me to ask if I’d be available to photograph her wedding to JF in the Hunter Valley, and so this blog post is about Aimee and JF’s Hunter Valley Wedding in Singleton. Ps, the frame below is Aimee and JF ushering guests at Nathan and Chelsea’s wedding a year earlier.
I was very much looking forward to photographing Aimee and JF’s Hunter Valley wedding because I knew that I was in for a really fun day. JF and his groomsmen get ready at the Wattle Lodge, a quaint cottage just outside of Singleton, whereas Aimee and her bridesmaids got ready in a nearby hotel.
Aimee and JF’s ceremony, held in the Branxton Uniting Chapel in Branxton (around 20 minutes east of Singleton) was lovely. The light inside the chapel was soft and flattering. The memorable thing about their ceremony was that after the celebrant pronounced Aimee and Jacobus to be husband and wife, he didn’t invite JF to kiss his bride. JF, unsure of what to do, simply asked the question, to which their celebrant conceded with a chuckle; “Of course… You may now kiss your bride”. The chapel erupted in laughter as they kissed.
JF’s parents had a property in the neighbouring town of Glendonbrook, that hosted the evening’s reception. Before entering the reception we spent some time around the property taking some portraits amongst an olive orchard, and also on JF’s new ute. We timed the session perfectly with golden hour, to capture some lovely light.
Aimee and JF’s Hunter Valley wedding ended with the couple’s first dance under festoon lights before the dancefloor opened for everyone else. Aimee and JF performed their rehearsed jive featuring a great lift (see some images below).
It’s really awesome to travel out of Sydney for weddings. The air is clearer, the backdrops are beautiful, and your guests really enjoy themselves because they all enjoy a weekend away together. I’d be happy to chat Hunter Valley wedding photography with you, just drop me a line via this link.