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I get a few wedding inquiries. And even though I do get to shoot all over the world, I try not to get my hopes up. Plans change and weddings get cancelled. And for me it’s sometimes as exciting shooting in my own back yard. When I received Cheree and Mitchell’s inquiry about shooting their wedding, I reacted the way I normally do. I didn’t want to get my hopes up. Not only were they planning on having their reception at the Sydney Opera House, they also planned to have TWO weddings, the second one in Cape Town, South Africa, two weeks after the first one. I would have jumped at either one.
Well, they went through with it and I flew to Sydney to shoot their first wedding. And the same thing happened as always happens, I started shooting and time and place became irrelevant. I was shooting a beautiful love story, just look at the way Cheree and Mitchell look at each other, look at the way their families share those precious days with them. It wouldn’t have mattered where they got married. Not with love like that. It was interesting to see Cheree’s South African family share their joy with her and Mitchell in Cape Town, how much more at ease they were with their close friends around. Mitchell’s Maltese family shared the Sydney part of the wedding with them, but in many ways I wonder what it would have been like if the first part of the wedding would have taken place in Malta instead, Sydney the obvious middle ground, a mix of their two cultures. But home is always home. But saying that I know it wouldn’t have mattered. Look at Cheree looking at Mitchell. Look at him looking at her. Both in Sydney and in Cape Town. It wouldn’t have mattered where in the world they got married. They were already home.
Music Credit: Balmorhea – Dream of Thaw (iTunes)
When Chris and Jesper contacted me about shooting their elopement on Gozo, an island off Malta in the Mediterranean, it was only supposed to be them. He’s Danish, she’s French. Apart from witnesses I would be the only outsider there. Over the year that followed things changed slightly. Though we’d never met, we became friends. So when Jesper and Chris decided they wanted their friends there to celebrate their day, they also graciously invited my family. So on a beautiful day in July, only ten days after my own wedding, Jacqui, Noah, Joel and I joined Jesper, Chris and their five friends for the smallest and sweetest wedding I’ve been a part of to date. Every now and then I get to experience something that changes the way I look at love, the reasons I do what I do.
This was one of those days.
music credit: Wake Me – Message To Bears (iTunes)