It truly is a testament to Jen and James’s relationship that their wedding—which blended Sri Lankan, Chinese, and Australian traditions—went off so seamlessly. The Melbourne couple’s ceremony at St. Joseph’s Church and reception at Quat Quatta was as heartfelt and unique as they are.
The day started at Jen’s parents’ place, which was bursting with colour, family and food for a traditional Chinese tea ceremony. With a little guidance, James’s Sri Lankan family stepped comfortably and warmly into the tradition, making it a lovely fusion of the two families.
James was wowed by his bride at the wedding ceremony. “I still remember when I first saw Jen appear at the back of the church looking amazing in her vintage-looking dress,” he said. He’d actually pointed out the dress in a shop window months before the wedding, not realizing it was the dress she’d be wearing down the aisle.
Apparently the tea wasn’t enough for this caffeine-loving couple, because they convinced us to duck into a coffee shop after heading to the church. They really are Melbournites!
Wedding location: Quat Quatta
Ceremony Official: St. Joseph’s Church, Malvern
Bridal gown: Jannifer Wu, Brunswick
Groom’s attire: Herringbone
Shoes: Tony Bianco
Makeup/hair: Liszu Phan
Flowers: Tribal Rose (bride’s bouquet), other flowers by Jen and her bridesmaids
Cars: Melbourne Classic Cars
Cake: Ab Fab Cakes
Music: John Adams and his band
Rings: Sargisons Jewellers of Hobart, TAS.
First night and honeymoon: Coastal View Cabins in Wilsons Promontory
“Educational” isn’t a word often used to describe weddings, but Ruth and Benn’s event at the Melbourne Museum was no ordinary affair. The couple and their guests escaped the heat of the day by wandering the cool exhibits of the museum after-hours.
Eager to see his bride and get the party started, a giddy Benn and his groomsmen turned up at the Sofitel before the ceremony. Benn greeted Ruth, then we snapped a few portrait shots around the museum—including at Ruth’s favourite exhibit, the dinosaurs.
With a lovely breeze moving the hot summer air, we wandered out to the shade of the beautiful Carlton Gardens. The ceremony took place in the intimate museum courtyard set amidst the vast grounds of the iconic building. We got the feeling of taking a walk back in time through Australian history during the cocktail hour in the exhibition gallery until we were jolted back to the present at the reception as the dance party continued late into the night.
Wedding location: The Melbourne Museum
Ceremony Official: Melissa Jacob (The Ceremony Store)
Bridal gown: Baccini and Hill
Grooms attire: Jack London
Groomsmen: Roger David
Bridesmaids: Forever New
Shoes: Something Bleu from Bhldn (bride) and Jo Mercer (Bridesmaids)
Makeup/hair: Alison Swasbrick
Flowers: Fowlers Flowers
Jewellery: Cellini Melbourne (bride), Oroton (bridesmaids)
Cake: Made by a friend, Vicki Dove
Music: Four Seasons String Quartet (ceremony and cocktail hour) and DJ Masters (reception)
Invitations: Design by Giulia
Wedding Rings: MDT Design
Bridal accessories: Baccini and Hill
First night: The Sofitel Melbourne
Honeymoon: America and Mexico
Shari and Evan’s Werribee Mansion Wedding at the Pavilion
Shari and Evan were married on the grounds of Werribee Mansion, a gorgeous, historic estate on the outskirts of Melbourne. Both the boys and girls got ready on-site at the Werribee Mansion Spa + Hotel — they never even had to leave the estate!
The mansion’s lovingly manicured gardens and rustic barn were a perfect backdrop for the colorful affair. Shari had planned down to the smallest detail, including massive balloons and a pretty vintage-style bike for post-ceremony photos.
The reception at the pavilion revolved around an outdoor dance floor surrounded by strings of globe lights. The fun-loving couple wanted their wedding to be a dance party, and they kept things light by spreading the speeches and other formalities throughout the night. Shari and Evan owned the dance floor for most of the night, and their guests happily followed their lead. Their talented She-J (female DJ) did an admirable job of keeping the fun tunes pumping.
German-born Corinna wanted to show her European family and friends a truly authentic Australian experience, which is why she and her fiance Peter settled on the rustic Emu Bottom Homestead as a venue. They got even more than they bargained for when kangaroos showed up after the ceremony, thrilling the German guests.
Corinna entrusted her German bridesmaids to pick out their own dresses, which they did beautifully with the help of a dressmaker friend. The three girls looked lovely in Easter egg-pastels.
After the reception, the newlyweds and their guests hopped on a party bus and headed to Peter’s brother’s café in Carlton, where they danced until 6 a.m. Corinna and Peter always wanted to throw a major party to celebrate their marriage, and that’s just what they did!
“Lizzy C was amazing on the day and made us feel so comfortable and relaxed,” Corinna later shared. “All throughout the day she was so dedicated to capture all the important moments and her assistant Clara was fantastic too! From our engagement shoot to our wedding day, we couldn’t have made a better choice and we can’t wait to see the pictures!”
Wedding location: Emu Bottom Homestead
Ceremony Official: John McCullough (Right Match Celebrant)
Bridal gown: Louise Alvarez (Roseville, Sydney)
Groom’s attire: Formal Red (hire suit)
Groomsmen: Formal Red (hire suit)
Bridesmaids: Friend in Germany who is a dress maker
Makeup/hair: Megan Harrison
Flowers: Sugarbee Flowers
Jewellery: Earrings: Samantha Wills, Bangle: bride’s mum’s
Cars: 1300 limo, Melbourne Party Bus
Cake. One Sweet Girl
Music: The White Tree
Invitations: Wedding Chicks (printable online template)
Wedding Rings: Georg Jensen
First night: Melbourne Grand Hotel
Honeymoon: One week in Lorne with friends and family, followed by three weeks Vietnam
Corinna Henderson posted the following on January 28, 2014 at 1:25 pm.
Thank you so much for the wonderful photos you took of our wedding, we absolutely love them and can’t wait to see the rest of them now
You made us feel so comfortable throughout the day (and that is quite amazing given Peter and I don’t particularly like having our picture taken!), but you managed to relax us and capture these beautiful pictures. We couldn’t have made a better choice!
Corinna & Peter
While Bec kept it classic with her strapless gown and white bouquet, Barry mixed it up with a slate-colored linen suit that was a perfect complement to their blue-hued surroundings. Their MC, who traveled all the way from the UK for the wedding, introduced the couple nearly 10 years ago.
Wedding location: All Smiles, Sorrento
Ceremony Official: Emma Tomlinson
Bridal gown: Maggies Bridal
Grooms attire: Jack London
Shoes: Aquila (Barry), Alan Pinkus (Bec)
Makeup/hair: Alison Larwood
Flowers: Hello Blossoms
Jewellery: Jeanette Moore
Cake: Cakes & Biscuits by Lisa
Music: Shamdoogie & Bride’s sister on oboe (Jessica Foot)
Bonboniere: Cupcakes – Cakes & Biscuits by Lisa
Invitations: Kelly Armstrong
Wedding Rings: Simon West
First night: The Orchard B&B, Red Hill South
Honeymoon: Thailand – Koh Samui, Koh Phangan, Koh Tao
Stacy Squires Photography posted the following on March 9, 2014 at 7:20 am.
Lisa chose the location because it’s one of her favorite places to take a quiet stroll, and we could see why — the park is a rare bushland escape right in the suburbs. The “magic hour” was upon us as we wandered among the Australian gumtrees and grasses, and the couple quickly forgot their initial awkwardness the more we explored.
Lisa and Matt plan to get married next year in the winery region of Victoria.
Not everyone can claim a celebrity guest at their wedding, but Kate and Duncan can. Greg Evans, host of popular Aussie dating shows Perfect Match and Blind Date, officiated the ceremony, declaring at the end that they were in fact a perfect match.
Of course, that wasn’t all this couple had going for them. They thoughtfully planned their rustic wedding down to the smallest detail, from the beautifully crafted wooden table settings to jars of homemade jam for guests to take home. They even released several butterflies during the ceremony, many of which stuck around for the completion of the vows.
“Lizzy was fantastic,” they shared afterward. “It was so relaxing and she captured our personalities perfectly — cheesy grins from the groom and all! We are so excited to have had her capture all the special moments of our day.”
Wedding location: Emu Bottom Homestead
Ceremony Official: Greg Evans
Bridal gown: Kylie J. Bridal
Groom’s attire: Issimio
Groomsmen: Jared Vetter, James Giblin, Ed Giblin
Bridesmaids: Lesley Neave, Ingrid Blair, Heather Sinahauna
Shoes: Betts “Chandelier”
Flowers: La Petite Tulip: Rebecca Diss
Car: Bride’s father
Cake: Heather Sinahauna
Music: Acoustic duo
Bomboniere: Made by the bride and groom, with a lot of help by the matron of honour
Invitations: Made by the bride and Tiffany Bassindale
Wedding rings: Michael Hill Jewellers
The couple got ready surrounded by family, joking and teasing throughout the process. Chris found himself in a bit of a time crunch, but his mum came to the rescue and made sure they got out on time.
The outdoor ceremony was lovely and heartfelt. Alison and her bridesmaid carried beautifully textured bouquets of succulents, orchids, and ferns [might want to check this]. The lush gardens made a stunning backdrop to the dark greens and navy accents in the bouquets.
Afterward, we strolled around the grounds, having fun with the couple’s fun, quirky ideas for shots. They both seemed keen to enjoy the quiet time together, enjoying a drink and laughing along with their bridal party. Alison later confided: “We were initially worried about feeling awkward but we barely noticed her taking snaps and the engagement session helped. We loved working with her.”
Alison and Chris are currently on a ’round-the-world trip for three months. We’re not jealous at all! Luckily, they’ve promised to take lots of photos to share when they get back.
Wedding location: Emu Bottom, Sunbury
Ceremony official: Wendy McRae
Bridal gown: Pretty Woman, Croydon
Groom’s attire: Spurling
Bridesmaids: Stop Staring
Makeup/hair: Suzanne Fisher, Meddlers, South Yarra. Elise Hull, Makeup
Flowers: Flower Scentsation, Lower Plenty
Jewellery: Great Grandmothers and Grandmothers
Cars: Borrowed from friends
Cake: Sweet by Nature, Heidelberg
Music: Road Ratz
Wedding Rings: Michael Hill
Bridal accessories: Handmade
First night: The Mews
Honeymoon: Around the world trip
Imogene and Christoph Hewett
We first met Imogene and Christoph Hewett when we photographed their wedding in 2009. They were so happy with the results, they not only recommended us to multiple friends, but we were the first ones they turned to when they needed headshots for their new company’s website.
“It was really a natural choice for us to return to Lizzy C knowing full well that she would capture our personalities in the most sincere way,” they said. “We are totally thrilled with our corporate shots as they clearly represent who we are, which is so important to our brand.”
Resonant Integrity is focused on helping professionals sustain their authenticity to the point that they can work in harmony with others to achieve common goals. Imogene and Christoph offer a very personal and authentic approach to developing leaders. They rely on referrals and word-of-mouth to promote their business along with their website — and that’s where Lizzy’s portraits come in.
“The best thing about working with Lizzy C is that she makes you forget you are looking at a camera,” they said after the shoot. “You feel like you are just talking and laughing with a friend. The sincere warmth and interest she extends to you, allows you to relax and just be yourself in front of her camera. You will walk away with so many wonderful shots of yourself that the only hard part is choosing which ones you are going to use. In our combined experience, Lizzy C is the best photographer we have ever worked with.”
Michelle Pizer didn’t always plan to be a psychologist. In fact, when she took her first psychology course at university, she had to look up the word to figure out exactly what it meant. Now she works as a counselling psychologist and an organisational psychologist in Melbourne, and she turned to Lizzy C for portraits for her website.
Michelle started her company in 2001, relying on word-of-mouth to help spread the word about her unique services. Because she provides both counselling and executive coaching, she stands out in her field. “I understand people and organisations,” she explains. “And I care. When I help people with their personal or work issues, I bring a unique breadth and depth of psychological skills combined with emotional sensitivity and decades of experience in the field.”
Michelle says she was drawn to Lizzy C Photography because of the friendly, professional business portraits in our portfolio. “Lizzy was the first professional photographer I’d ever worked with,” she said after the shoot. “And what a pleasure it was. The experience was surprisingly fun and I’ve got some great shots for my new website.”
Brad and his groomsmen got ready at the luxurious Macedon Spa, where they donned sleek suits, retro-cool Ray-Bans, and polka dot bow ties while sipping Coronas. In a cosy cottage in nearby Gisborne, Jess slipped into her vintage-inspired strapless stunner, giggling with her sweet bridesmaids like they were schoolgirls.
The ceremony and reception were sprinkled with thoughtful details that revealed the amount of work Jess and Brad had put into planning the day. From a candy bar to cute disposable cameras for the guests to snap away with, the wedding was overflowing with fun.
“Lizzy was fantastic on the day,” Jess later said. “Half the time we didn’t even realise she was there snapping away. She made us feel very comfortable. Thanks so much Lizzy for making our day so wonderful!”
Wedding location: Emu bottom Homestead
Ceremony Official: Ian Brockhouse
Bridal gown: Always & Forever Bridal (Pronovias)
Groom’s attire: Menz Club
Groomsmen: Menz Club
Bridesmaids: Bridal Dream Dress.com (Alfred Angelo)
Shoes: JJ house.com
Makeup/hair: Miss Aimmey Makeup & Hair
Flowers: Farmyard Flowers in Sea Lake Victoria
Jewellery: Always & Forever Bridal & Lou Lou
Cars: Silver Service Limo
Cake: Pauline Gardiner
Music: Paris by Night
Bonboniere: Candy Bar
Invitations: Paper Dolls
Wedding Rings: Chris Williams (Darwin NT)
Bridal accessories: Lovisa
First night: Macedon Views
Honeymoon: Moulton Park Cottage (Mt. Dandenong)
Jenny Farmyard Flowers posted the following on December 4, 2013 at 9:53 pm.
Well done Lizzy you have captured the joy and happiness shared by all at Jess and Brad’s Wedding. Fantastic photos!!!
Jess posted the following on December 4, 2013 at 11:31 am.
Wow!!! These photos are beautiful Lizzy thank you so much for all your hard work, so happy with them
Rebecca Smith specialises in helping women feel good about themselves, but she was admittedly self-conscious about having her own photograph taken. When the Melbourne-based boutique owner and life coach needed photos for her new website, she turned to Lizzy C Photography for help.
A little back-story: Rebecca started out her professional life as a lawyer, but she always knew she wanted to do something more creative. After working as a buyer for a large cosmetics retailer, she took the plunge and opened de nimes, a women’s clothing store in Camberwell that specialises in helping women feel good about their bodies. Soon after, she started working as a coach to help other people who were ready to change and improve their lives.
“I think the transition from lawyer to buyer to business owner means I have a unique perspective in terms of helping people build up the courage and the skills to make changes in their own professional lives,” Rebecca said. “I love change and I can see that opportunities present themselves every day — we just need to understand what changes will work best in our lives and go after them strategically and with passion.”
When coaching clients, Rebecca taps into her experience across industries, her ability to work with people from different backgrounds, and the fact that she loves to help people create a life they enjoy. “Couple this with my love of fashion and helping women look and feel fantastic, and the combination can be inspiring and powerful — I hope!” she said.
Rebecca met Lizzy through her own business coach years ago. “I always remembered her warmth, her style, and her sense of humour,” she said. “She had a great business and seemed to connect with like-minded women.”
Rebecca said she was looking forward to seeing us, but dreading the process of being photographed—but she shouldn’t have feared. “Liz has this great way about her, she puts you at ease straight away,” she said after the shoot. “You almost feel like she is not really photographing you. She keeps the conversation going, is funny, sympathetic to you when you feel odd, creative with the use of space, and she offers helpful tips that make perfect sense. The end result blew me away! She is a great photographer. I loved her ability to understand what I needed the photos for, and she was able to capture me and ensured that the shots hit the mark in every respect.”