SPICERS HIDDEN VALE WEDDING: G&I

Their chance meeting was due in large part to Network Video. You remember – the days before Netflix when you actually had to hire a new release? Oh I do! They were the highlights of my weekends as a kid and then, as I got older – there was nothing better than picking up a couple new DVD’s and settling in for the night (with a glass of wine). I’m sure that what Gareth remembers most about those days, is the cute girl that he first saw behind the counter at his local video store. That cute girl that he couldn’t stop thinking about. That cute girl he just had to see again – and so started not only his frequent visits to Network Video, but a love that would change both of their lives forever.

Last Thursday, Gareth & Itsumi became husband & wife, surrounded by their closest friends & family on the country property at Spicers Hidden Vale, here in Queensland. It was a day Nick & I will remember for a long time to come, full of excitement, joy, laughter and most of all, love! To be honest, a lot of our wedding days are filled with such things, but this one was extra special to both of us – because over the last 12-18 months since our paths crossed with this couple, we have formed a lovely friendship – it may have started with good food, smooth wine and great conversation (the foundation of all good friendships!) but it’s grown into so much more. So needless to say, we were SUPER excited to be a part of their wedding last week!

Gareth & Itsumi, thank you so much for choosing us. For trusting us, not only as your photographers but also as your friends – we have so much love for you guys and cannot wait to catch up when you get home from your honeymoon! xx

Here’s a glimpse into their Spicers Hidden Vale Wedding Day story:

Holding their wedding at one of my favourite country venues, Spicers Hidden Vale meant that both Gareth & Itsumi could get ready on the property and didn’t have to worry about the logistics of transport on their wedding day… a huge bonus. Plus, just look at these gorgeous grounds… they make for the most relaxed wedding day morning and prettiest photos – even the Kangaroo’s were out to say hello!

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Itsumi’s wedding dress was from White Lily Couture – the lace was just divine and fit her perfectly! I was not surprised when she had the most beautiful of wedding day details…

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Itsumi shared her morning with her mum and two sisters making the morning even more special… have you ever seen such gorgeous, smiling women!

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Before long it was time to get dressed, with her mum having the honour of helping Itsumi into her gown… so we could surprise her sisters once she was dressed! I just adore moments like these…

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Before long it was time for the Ceremony… held on the lawn out the front of the Restaurant, the arbour making such a perfect backdrop! Kim from Anatomy of Flowers creating such amazing florals for this wedding, from the bouquets to the ceremony florals (she even adorned the arbour with gorgeous blooms) and you guys, just wait until you see the Reception Barn!

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Gareth waiting for his bride…

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Having two photographers means that not a single moment is missed! Here Nick was documenting Gareth’s reaction as Itsumi walked down the aisle… while I focused on Itsumi. These two perspectives is a wedding day must!

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Carly Slade led them in a beautiful & personal wedding ceremony, both Gareth & Itsumi writing each other personalised vows to share…

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before becoming Husband & Wife… Introducing Mr & Mrs Miya-Jones!

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After a quick group photo, it was time to explore the property with the bridal party. We love to make this portrait time fun & relaxed – with a few games up our sleeve to make sure everyone enjoys themselves! I just adore Mrs Miya-Jones huge smiles & laughs… I mean, your wedding day should be fun right!

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We also snuck Gareth & Itsumi away for some more intimate photos, just the two of them…

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As the sun started to set on their wedding day, it was almost time for them to celebrate with their guests at their Wedding Reception! The Barn at Spicers Hidden Vale was decorated with fairy lights, florals & candles, only adding to the romantic yet rustic atmosphere…

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All ready for the Bride & Groom!

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There were heartfelt speeches, a little cake cutting (the cake was made with love by Gillian Bell, ahhh-mazing!) and then all the guests filled the dance floor and danced the night away, under the twinkling fairy lights. A perfect end to a perfect day…

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A huge thanks to the following vendors for making Gareth & Itsumi’s Wedding Day as beautiful as it was:

Wedding Venue: Spicers Hidden Vale Retreat, Grandchester QLD

Celebrant: Carly Slade | Bridal Gown: White Lily Couture | Bridesmaid Dresses: Sheike | Ring Box: Photographers Own, by Amonie | Groom’s Attire: Joe Black | Hair Stylist: Aimee Lea Hair | Makeup Artist: Mel from Xsentuate Makeup Artistry | Florist: Kim from Anatomy of Flowers | Cake: Gillian Bell | Music: Jake Hill | Videography: Sean Smith | Flower Wall & Love Letters: Tag Snaps