This wedding at The Grounds of Alexandria was a special wedding to photograph. This was the wedding of some really good friends of mine – Daniel and Grace. I’ve known Daniel since we went to University together. Back then, Dan rocked the streets with long hair, Ksubi jeans, and maintained the largest baseball cap collection that anyone’s ever seen. The hat collection was so significant, that he bought a brand new bed and headboard with built-in storage just to display them. That was then… and this is now: Daniel flaunts a neat haircut, is commonly seen in a sleek blue suit Monday through Friday and has wisely exchanged his cap collection for a sweet compilation of watches. To top it off, Dan and his brother Mike are competition golfers – talk about a transformation!
A couple of months ago I photographed Natalie and Matthew’s wedding at The Grounds of Alexandria – read about that fantastic day over here. Given that on this occasion I was in a more relaxing atmosphere – knowing around 40% of Grace and Dan’s guests; I had a few beers, mingled and had a chat with Kevin Bacon… I had a really excellent time! The service at The Grounds of Alexandria is really top notch!
Dan and Grace decided to have a first look wedding. They shifted their location photography session into the earlier parts of their day, which meant that they spent uninterrupted time with their wedding guests later in the afternoon – we didn’t need to leave the reception venue for wedding photographs. Don’t get me wrong here, we still capitalised on the evening display of garden fairy lights at The Grounds for a mini night-shoot, but that meant a stroll around the venue not longer than 15 minutes. If you’re thinking about having a first look wedding like this, read about some advantages to a first look wedding schedule over on this blog post.
We visited Centennial Park for some wedding photos earlier in the afternoon and had some fun with a confetti cannon. After taking some family portraits, we left for The Grounds of Alexandria for Grace and Daniel’s nuptials. Something that isn’t seen too often is an evening ceremony, but at The Grounds under the fairy lights, the ceremony was lovely. This wedding day went quick, as they always do, but when you’re working with close friends, a wedding day lifts to another level.