Andrea and Dan’s sweet Autumn St Andrew’s Conservatory wedding in Fitzroy. Andrea and Dan kicked it off with a first look before their ceremony. We wandered and meandered through the laneways of Fitzroy before making it offical.
LGBTQIA+ photography giveaway
WOOHOO!! LET'S CELEBRATE
To celebrate the recent YES vote I'm offering all of my LGBTQIA+ couples a special opportunity to win a Lovebirds portrait/engagement session in a location of your choice.
WHAT'S THE GO?
Together we can plan a location that suits you, anywhere within two hours travel time from Melbourne. Perhaps you love exploring the quirky little laneways around your local coffee hub, or have an affinity with open country, long grass and endless skies. It's entirely up to you, I will help choose and plan a location that is just right for you both.
The session will take place on an evening between December the 4th and December the 18th at around 7pm and will last for about an hour so keep yourself free on this date! You will receive between 40 and 60 curated and edited high res. images on USB, along with some sneaky gift prints to get you started. You'll have exclusive access to print enlargements and albums at 25% off as well! And yes, your Furbabies are welcome to come along too :)
HOW DO I ENTER?
1.follow @bonavitaphotography on Instagram or Facebook if you're not already
2. like the "YES!! Let's celebrate! " post
3. share the love- in the comments section tag 2 of your LGBTQIA+ mate's who would love to be in on this as well.
The lucky winners will be chosen at random and will be announced Friday evening on the 1/12/17.
THE PESKY FINE PRINT
Engagement session will take place on an evening between December 4 and 18, 2017 at an agreed location within 2 hours travel time from Melbourne. Winner's must be available for this date. Date may change at the photographer's discretion if weather if unfavourable. This prize is not redeemable for cash. Competition runs from 8pm 19/11/17 - 8pm 1/12/17.
Karli and Damo's relaxed Gum Gully Farm wedding
Karli and Damian. Best friends. This was evident from the moment I met them both. Two completely different individuals, Karli, outgoing and chatty, Damian, quieter and observant. But together they make the perfect team.
Their Gum Gully Farm wedding was casual and relaxed. Towards the end of the evening I was taking a little breather outside, admiring the sky, (as I often do if I'm honest with you,) reflecting on the day just past and how lucky I was to have been a part of it, when the sky took on a sudden blood red hue. I raced to find Karli and Damian, motioning to the sky outside- it was on fire. I have never in my life, witnessed such a sunset.
And there we were- Karli, Damian, a couple of photographers with a couple of videographers running and weaving and ducking through mingling guests, with mouths wide open wondering just what all the fuss was all about, across to fields to be able to attempt to capture what we were all seeing. That moment, of running with them to catch the light will always stay with me. I have never felt so alive.
Leanora + James' heartfelt country wedding in Ballarat
Tears welled in Leanora's eyes as she looked towards James. She spoke softly, her emotion tangible, about the notion of home, and how, when with James, she was home.
Love is a funny thing. Once you've felt it, really felt it, the notion of home becomes not a place, or a destination or a postcode, but can be found in another person. It is a love of deep knowing, of rightness, and comfort- I am home with you.
When I first met with Leanora and James they made me believe, naively or not, that everyone has their person, that if we are lucky enough, in a sea of 7 billion souls, we can each find our way home.
As the sun grew heavy and low on the horizon during Leanora and James' day and the night gently crept in, a deep sense of relief surged through me. I realised the notion of home in another, isn't naive. Through their actions, they demonstrated that it is real. And tangible. The love I witnessed during their day is evidence of that.
May we all, if for a lifetime, or only fleetingly, find our way home. There is no higher love.
This is the mark this wedding has left on me.
Rach + Sam. Married. Gum Gully Farm Wedding
"Dee, we don't want a huge fuss, it's not really us. We just want to celebrate with our family and friends, a day that reflects who we are, that's what's important to us."
Beneath the laughter, the jokes, the chaos, and all those pretty details, runs a deeper, quieter narrative, that pulls at me, and this, is what I keep coming back to, again, and again.
This is Rach and Sam's beautifully stripped back wedding.
Their day is also featured on Ivory Tribe. You can see more of their day here.
Liz and Scott's Lancefield Country Wedding
Anyone who knows me will know that there are a few little visual quirks that I love- such as forming my compositions based solely on lines, and angles, and symmetry, (as well as awesome light!) I'm not sure why I am so drawn to these elements but for as long as I can remember they have brought me a sense of calm and order in a world, which for better or worse is crazy, unpredictable, chaotic.
And, as it turns out, I have found a kindred sprit in Liz, during a conversation on her wedding day, who, I might add is much more mathematically minded than myself, and this got me thinking about the connections that can be drawn between art and mathematics, art and science. In my little world, mathematics and science are just another expression of art, they are all interconnected.
And I guess this is how our relationships are too, all interconnected with each other, at times affecting those around us profoundly, and other times, so subtly that it is barely noticeable. And this is what I love about being human, how we are all connected, how we have the ability to profoundly influence and compliment each other in so many known and unknown ways.
You could see this in Liz and Scott, two strong, independent, beautiful people, who grew up on opposite sides of the globe, coming together, complimenting each other, merging two families- And it was such a pleasure being let into their lives for a day.
My friend Glen photographed alongside me during this wedding, his images are interspersed throughout.