Wedding ceremonies tend to be seriously formal affairs, but that definitely wasn’t the case at Suzi and Simm’s event in the seaside town of Lorne. Midway through the ceremony, the bridesmaids and groomsmen brought in a boombox and busted out a choreographed dance routine to James Brown. While the couple enjoyed their friends’ surprise performance, the guests were literally dancing in the aisles. After they swapped vows, the newlyweds and their guests headed to Marquee for a tented reception, just a stone’s throw from the beach. During a quick portrait session, Suzi’s vintage-inspired lace dress looked absolutely stunning against the coastal hues.
From Suzi: Lizzy was excellent. She just made everything so easy and comfortable. I love the way she took charge in our post ceremony shoot to keep us on track whilst still having a hilarious time. I think it also takes a true professional to move through a crowd and capture all the special moments, all without really being noticed. The end result is some truly beautiful photos of a very memorable day.
Wedding location: Lorne, Victoria
Ceremony Official: Shanti Wong, Starfish Ceremonies
Bridal gown: Helen Manuell, Victoria
Groom’s attire: Calibre
Shoes: Milana, David Jones
Makeup: Suzanne Sangster (Bride)
Hair: Stephen Seago, Melbourne
Flowers: Great Ocean Road Flowers, Torquay Victoria
Cake: Susie Brain, Anglesea Victoria
Bonboniere: Dupe Thongs
Supplier: Koch & Co.
Wedding Rings: Kristopher Graydin Jewellers, Wagga Wagga NSW
If you think one of Verica’s bridesmaids looks familiar, you’re not imagining things—we photographed Snezana’s wedding back in November. We were thrilled that Verica asked us to photograph her own wedding day at Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Church in Brunswick followed by a reception at the Grand Hyatt.
Verica and Andrea’s timeless wedding combined elements of the bride’s Serbian heritage and the groom’s Italian roots. Andrea’s Italian family and friends seemed to be enjoying exploring Australia (except for his poor groomsmen, who had to literally do a fly in and fly out for the wedding).
After a traditional ceremony at the church—ornate Serbian wedding crowns included—the couple celebrated with family and friends at an intimate and elegant reception with their nearest and dearest before jetting off to the Maldives for their honeymoon.
Wedding location: Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Church
Ceremony Official: Father MIroslav Popovic
Bridal gown: Mariana Hardwick
Groom’s attire: Prinzi Collections
Groomsmen: Prinzi Collections
Bridesmaids: Mariana Hardwick
Shoes: Alannah Hill
Cake: The House of Elegant Cakes
Music: Insatiable Nights (DJ Kevin)
Invitations: Over the rainbow invites
Wedding rings: All Diamonds
Bridal accessories: Mariana Hardwick
First night: The Grand Hyatt
Even though everything didn’t go exactly according to plan at Jacqui and Jason’s Emu Bottom wedding, the couple wasn’t fazed. After being together since the age of 16, they’ve learned to laugh off life’s little complications and take everything in stride, side by side.
The culprit? A vintage mint green-and-white Volkswagen Kombi hired to bus around the wedding party, carefully chosen to match the couple’s wedding colours. Sadly, the van broke down after delivering the boys, leaving the ladies temporarily stranded. After the groomsmen tried to give the Kombi a push—and let us take a few photos of them working hard in their wedding finery—they arranged for Jason’s dad to pick up the bridal party in his Mercedes.
Jacqui and Jason’s close-knit group of friends—some of them dating back to primary school—kept the laughs coming throughout the day. It was easy to photograph the group who let me fit seamlessly into their fun and shenanigans—even if some of the laughs were at our expense!
Wedding location: The Woolshed, Emu Bottom Homestead, Sunbury
Ceremony Official: Abby Kollmorgen
Bridal gown: Karen Willis Holmes
Groom’s attire: RDX and Peter Jackson
Groomsmen: RDX and Peter Jackson
Bridesmaids: J’adore via Jemi Designs
Shoes: SolBijou via Etsy
Makeup: Makeup by Tara
Hair: Clo Adele Hair Boutique
Flowers: Bacchus Marsh Florist
Cake: Anita’s Cakes and Bakes
Invitations: Déjà Invitations
Wedding Rings: Yossi
Bridal Accessories: Anna Campbell
First night: Kudos Bliss, Hepburn Springs
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
James Xavier posted the following on March 24, 2014 at 9:59 pm.
Thanks Lizzy, love your work. Photos were great and you did such an amazing job on the day. Not to mention the professionalism leading up to the wedding and the quick turnaround to receive the photos.
Thanks so much, we would definitely not hesitate to recommend you to anyone!
“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.”