In November 2017, and despite our government's best efforts, Australia voted overwhelmingly YES for marriage equality. Having been with my partner for 16 years and never imagined that this become a possibility for us, should we decide it's for us.
I was overjoyed when Garry and Peter got in touch with me through the Melbourne Metropolitan Community Church, having shot a portrait of Rev. Sue Townsend last year. This would be my first same sex wedding, and particularly as the guys are senior members of our community, I was determined to do my best.
A cheeky little shot.
The guys wanted 'documentary' style, no elaborate poses or sets, just to capture the day as it unfolded.
The wedding ceremony was a beautiful service at the church's current base in Hawthorn, with an array of family and friends. During the service I quietly and discreetly captured moments during the service including the guys exchanging vows, rings, kiss and walking down the aisle as a couple.
Afterwards we made sure to capture groups of friends and family outside.
Some location shots followed, nearby at the Yarra River, and then later in Sandringham.
I scouted the location the week before, so knew exactly where to take the guys for a series of shots along a beautiful pathway, and secluded little park bench area.
I don't think the guys have ever kissed so much in one day, but they didn't seem to be flagging!!
After our little shoot in Hawthorn, we hit the beach in Sandringham for a few extra shots before the wedding reception at the Sandringham hotel.
I had a great time with Garry & Peter on such a special day.
I wish them all the best as they embark on their new journey together.