Lauren + Ashley
Lauren & Ashley's Balgownie Estate Wedding
It's good luck to rain on your wedding day, right? Oh man. "So lucky" was the ringing endorsement of Lauren & Ash's wedding guests as they dripped dry under the marquee at Alowyn Gardens. In truth, I certainly felt lucky to be a part of this wedding and I think every guest there did too. Where else would we get the unique experience of hearing Uncle Jack offering to tutor Lauren & Ash on the ways of the bedroom, or witness a live performance of a cleverly reworded Disney classic for the bridesmaids' speech, or hear a first person account of life under the McPherson roof by a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel?
Yes, there were many incredible surprises in store, not least of which was the torrential downpour from out of absolutely nowhere in the middle of Celebrant Sally Hughes' engaging ceremony. Nothing would deter Lauren & Ashley from enjoying their wedding day as they braved the cold and wet for some photos around the magnificent gardens. There's a photo here of Lauren's shoes and dress caked in mud which I think is testament to her adventurous spirit and positive attitude; two qualities that must be easy to come by in anyone who spends time with Ash and his refreshingly clever ability to make any situation fun.
We soon moved up the road to the warmth of their Balgownie Estate wedding reception which they had adorned with literary classics and proceeded to set the room into fits of laughter throughout the speeches. Their dedication to the dance floor was no less impressive as I loved hearing Lauren tell a well-wishing family member "can't talk now, this is my jam". It certainly was.
I just want to thank you both so much for having me along on your day and I'm so happy to hear in your own words you were happy with me as well.
"Rick, I cannot thank you enough for being a part of our wedding day and for being so wonderful to work with! The photos are absolutely stunning - it was so important to me to have someone who knew and loved the Yarra Valley to capture its beauty and I honestly cannot sing your praises any higher.
More importantly, you were just so lovely and easy and flexible during the day and evening, didn't bat an eyelid when the rain came pouring down and helped to make the experience so much fun!
Thank you so much
Lauren and Ash 25/03/2017"
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