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In 2015, Nick & I travelled to South Africa to document a wedding at the Garden Route Game Lodge (if you want a peek, click here!) Ever since that trip, South Africa has kept a little slice of my heart – and often, when I’m out & about and I hear the South African accent, I smile and memories of that trip and the people we met, come flooding back to me. SO, you can imagine my delight when I met Jenna & Mark for the first time and found out that Mark was South African!

As I got to know them both better, they shared with me how they both met online – the same way Nick & I did – and I discovered how fun, caring & thoughtful they both are – and my love for them only grew. Needless to say, I was SO honoured to be the one trusted to document their first day as husband & wife (and to be surrounded by that lovely South African accent all day was a total bonus!)

Here’s a glimpse into their intimate wedding day story:

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BRIDE PREP VENUE: MERITON APARTMENTS, ADELAIDE STREET BRISBANE

When I arrived at the Meriton that morning Jenna was getting ready with her lovely bridesmaids, mum and mother in law – all such lovely ladies. I started photographing Jenna’s beautiful details while they enjoyed getting pampered by Karla from Blissful Makeup

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I just adored that Jenna had gorgeous Protea’s included in her bouquet… such a stunning South African bloom and perfect for her wedding to Mark!

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After their hair & makeup was all done, it was time for some fun champagne photos before Jenna’s lovely sister, Grace helped her into her stunning wedding gown!

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I love these moments… Jenna’s loved ones seeing her dressed as a bride for the very first time! There may have been tears you guys.

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WEDDING CEREMONY VENUE: HILLSTONE ST LUCIA, BRISBANE

I have had the pleasure of working at Hillstone St Lucia countless times and every time I’m there, I fall in love with this venue a little bit more. Not only are their staff organised & super helpful, the grounds are just a photographers dream! Mark & Jenna held their Ceremony in the Courtyard Garden – which in my opinion, is a unique and super pretty spot!

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Mark’s best man Blake helping him with his final touches… all grooms need a straight bow tie!

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Minutes later, the moment everyone – especially Mark – had been waiting for. His stunning bride walking down the aisle towards him… gosh, this gives me all the feels.

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After a lovely ceremony, it was time for some photos around Hillstone St Lucia with their bridal party! We jumped in the golf carts and chased the pretty light…

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and my goodness friends, did we find pretty light or what! I was one excited wedding photographer… I also want to bring attention to those amazing bouquets. Jess from New England Flower Co is one talented lady! JFL brides, I’d highly recommend her!

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Those quiet moments as husband & wife.

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WEDDING RECEPTION VENUE: ROSEWOOD ROOM, HILLSTONE ST LUCIA

As the sun started to set on what had been a beautiful day, the bridal party shared a glass of champagne and made their way back to the Rosewood Room for their Wedding Reception. I got to work photographing all the pretty details so that Mark & Jenna can remember every single detail for the years to come…

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Can’t you just feel the love. Congratulations again Mr & Mrs Fivaz – and from my heart to yours, thank you! I hope you love these photos as much as I loved taking them – Kylie xx

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I’d love to hear what you think – leave me a comment below (it honestly will make my day!) and I’m sure the newlyweds would appreciate some kind words to:

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