~JENNA & SAM~
With as much variety in the weather as there is in the scenery at Longview Vineyard, there were a few worrisome moments during the day at Jenna & Sam’s wedding. Despite the threatening weather, it all went off without a hitch for a perfect day amongst the vines.
We just want to say a huge thankyou for all your hard work! We had such a fun day and you made us feel so relaxed – we couldn’t have asked for anything more! The photos look amazing and we are so happy with them!! Thanks so much :)
I pulled into Hahndorf to begin with Sam and his groomsmen as they prepared. The disorganisation of the morning couldn’t dampen the giddy atmosphere of the room as the boys grappled with bow ties and suspenders. Apparently calm about the ceremony now only hours away, Sam lead the laughter with champagne in hand.
After a stein at the pub for confidence, we meandered in convoy up to Longview Vineyard. It’s always a pleasure to shoot a relaxed couple, and Sam’s refusal to take himself too seriously made sure I was laughing along too. It was certainly hard not to, with Sam standing arms raised on the bonnet of his new father-in-law’s precious four wheel drive in celebration of arriving at Longview.
Jenna and her bridesmaids were already there, enjoying the picturesque views across the hillsides of Macclesfield. Getting ready at the ceremony location left plenty of time for natural, organic photos that truly reflected the tone of the day.
The girls lounging around in their casual robes sharing smiles, Jenna’s loved ones proudly buttoned her into her dress—the kind of moments you enjoy then and there, as well as enjoy looking back on years later.
Longview’s function manager Jess is one of the best I’ve met. She’s the perfect balance of fun and on-the-ball, meaning a day that goes off without a hitch but never feels too scheduled, and Jenna and Sam’s was no exception.
They married amid sprawling vineyards and happy tears. The sun shone just long enough to drench the ceremony in light for beautiful, sunny photos, before a few clouds appeared to give us a moody, dramatic sky to shoot.
The venue has a wonderful variety of backdrops—while many vineyards can boast rows of picturesque vines to shoot, Longview’s photo opportunities are as diverse as they are beautiful.
We wandered the grounds and found spots for intimate portraits in a stand of ghostly eucalypts and wide open landscapes under a brooding sky. And we didn’t have to take Jenna and Sam away from their guests for too long to do it- something that’s important to me. I’m there to document their day, not take over.
As the sun set over the hills, we headed back to the reception to celebrate. With the official parts of the day all over, there was nothing left for Jenna and Sam to do but share in the collective joy of the wedding with their loved ones.
The function room at Longview is wonderful–the high ceilings give a sense of space and grandeur, and the mezzanine levels allow for beautiful wide shots that encompass the whole feel of the night. As food and drinks circle the room, I can pass unnoticed and tell the true stories of the day.
Watching Sam and his groomsmen perform a dance number, complete with Bruno Mars-inspired fedoras, kicked off a raucous atmosphere that far outlasted the youngest guests.
After stealing the happy couple away once more for a set of night shots under a beautiful old tree outside the function room, it was time for goodbyes. On a whim I stayed on for a last landscape. As if the weather and the heavens conspired together, I was rewarded with a shooting star streaking across the sky. It was lovely to share in the day of a couple like Jenna and Sam. To be given the chance to document if for them is a privilege