I first met Karolina and her Merge Photography busines partner Jodie at the First Comes Love Bridal Fair in 2012. We were exhibitors in the same little room and shared lots of laughs over that weekend and then again together at the Perth Wedding Upmarket in August 2012. I was so flattered and excited when Karolina phoned me and asked if I would perform her wedding ceremony in December. While every wedding ceremony is special, being asked to do the honours for someone from the wedding industry is always extra nice (it's a bit like a family wedding, with a teensy bit of additional pressure of course).
When I met Ron, I just knew that Karolina had found her soulmate. This little blonde 'pocket rocket' had an ideal match in Ron and we had so much fun talking about their ceremony and all the traditions from their diverse cultural backgrounds. This couple had very clear ideas about what they wanted in their ceremony and had arranged for a number of friends and family members to participate. Ron's cousin read Corinthians, Karolina's cousin sang Sea of Love while they signed the legal paperwork and to conclude the ceremony, close friends Mikey and Niki read a poem composed especially for the occasion. It was hilarious and a perfect tribute to these two gorgeous people.
Being a wedding photographer, Karolina was particularly conscious of how we set up the ceremony. A couple of days beforehand we all met up at the Sunken Gardens at the University of Western Australia to look at positioning and choreography. I'm a firm believer in paying a lot of attention to the rehearsal and at this stage it's not about practicing the words that will be said (that's all sorted) but determining where everyone will be standing and what will be happening at each stage of the ceremony. This is vitally important when there are lots of elements to the ceremony and allows us to check lighting (very important for a photographer of course) and practice transitions. If the rehearsal can be scheduled at approximately the same time as the ceremony then it helps but is not always possible.
So who does a wedding photographer bride entrust with her own special day when her business partner and best friend is in the bridal party? Karolina chose Loren from Nectarine Photography to capture her special day and I am sure you will agree that she did an incredible job. You can see more of Loren's beautiful work on this wedding in her blogpost and it also featured in Hello May, Australia's newest bridal blog, magazine and directory.
It was an absolutely beautiful ceremony with tears of joy as Karolina and Ron read their personal vows to each other and I pronounced them to be 'husband and wife'. Performing an industry wedding is quite unique as I get to see both Karolina and Jodie several times a year when we work on other weddings together - we were reunited back at the Sunken Gardens together just two months later for another couple's special day.
Congratulations to Karolina and Ron. It was an honour and a pleasure to be part of your wedding day.
Karolina and Ron's wedding was styled by Flights of Fancy by Kristy. Karolina's hair was by Amelia Blunt Wedding Hair and her makeup by Nicole Forde. Karolina's dress was from Brides By Design and her headpiece and belt were by Fiona Dixon. The bridesmaids dresses were from Villains with headpieces also by Fiona Dixon. The groom and groomsmen's suits were by Jack London. The bride's mother put together the flowers and the reception was held at Moore and Moore Cafe in Fremantle.