~CLEMENTINE & JACK~

MANDALAY HOUSE & GARDEN

ADELAIDE HILLS

A warm, intimate celebration of the love of Jack and Clementine in the picturesque homestead, Mandalay House and Garden, which could’ve been snatched from the pages of a Jane Austen novel.

It was a real family affair – the sister hand made the wedding gown, and the brother of the bride officiated the ceremony.

We love them! Thank you so so much. Your wonderful photos (and you your self) will remain a most excellent addition to our day. Simply incredible. Plus, you were just a bloody legend to have around all day, and in lead-up. Thank you James – we couldn’t have imagined anyone better.

Jack & Clementine

Jack and Clementine’s wedding was the sort of day where I had to remind myself that I was there to take pictures, not as a part of the family. It was an easy mistake to make—from the first thing in the morning, an atmosphere of warmth and closeness ruled the day, and I was so glad to participate.

Jack, Clem and their families welcomed me as if I was one of their own, making their wedding such a lovely occasion to be a part of.

Boys on the morning of their wedding drinking beers at home with the dog
The groom's dog on the morning of the wedding
Boys enjoying a beer on the morning of the wedding
Grandfather greets the groom on the morning of the wedding
Groom tying his shoes getting ready for the wedding
Small dog at the wedding
Mother of the groom showing the grandfather photos on her phone
Lazy dog relaxing in a chair at the grooms house
Portrait of the groom, about to get married at Mandalay House and Garden
Groomsmen share a scotch while waiting for the wedding to start at Mandalay House and Garden

We began with Jack and his groomsmen. Laughter mixed with the rattle of ice cubes in whiskey glasses, as ties were tied and boutonnieres pinned. The atmosphere in Clementine’s dressing room was no less relaxed.

Staying at the beautiful Mandalay House in the hills beyond Mount Barker, there was no need to travel, and therefore no need to rush. A good thing too, because there’s always plenty to do. Clementine found a quiet spot to finish her speech. Her sister snipped final threads from a stunning wedding dress, hand made for the occasion. Her mother wrapped the stems of her beautiful flower arrangements. In the beautiful natural light of Mandalay’s guest house, my job felt easy.

Bridesmaids about to leave to go to Mandalay House and Garden
Bride's sister doing last minute alterations to the wedding gown
Wedding dress hanging up in the window of the sewing room
Wedding rings on timber
Bride having her makeup done
Bride writing her speech on the morning of the wedding
Father seeing his daughter for the first time as the bride
Bridal Boquet
Flower girls given gifts on the morning of the wedding
Entrance to Mandalay House and Garden

Mandalay House can trick you. Wandering through its immaculately manicured grounds to the marquee on the tennis court, laden with fairy lights, feels like stepping back in time.

It may feel like an old estate snatched from the pages of a Jane Austen novel, but owner Deb designed and built it recently as a passion project. It’s a special place, not just for a happy couple, but for a photographer too.

With preparations, ceremony and reception all taking place on site, the relaxed pace of day continued. Just enough time for Clementine, a dental hygienist, to floss once more before walking down the aisle.

Father walking his daughter down the aisle
Father of the groom shedding a tear
The ceremony underway at Mandalay House and Garden

In keeping with the theme, the ceremony was officiated by Clementine’s brother. As charismatic as his suit, he made sure there was plenty of laughter to accompany the happy tears.

No matter how many weddings I shoot, it’s hard not to get caught up in the sense of celebration. It’s such a thrill to be able to look at my photos from the day and remember how it felt- that’s what I’m trying to give to each couple I shoot.

The Celebrant was the brother of the bride
Happy bride, smiling at the the groom
Groomsman enjoying himself at the wedding
Bridesmaid with happy tears during congratulations after the wedding ceremony at Mandalay House and Garden
Flower petals being thrown on the bride and groom at Mandalay House and Garden
Bridesmaid with happy tears during congratulations after the wedding ceremony at Mandalay House and Garden

By luck or blessing, we had perfect light to work with. I’m always eager to make the most of it, and we toured the grounds to some of my favourite spots. I was delighted to see that the bridesmaids’ dresses matched perfectly with the overgrown wall of the garden shed- a beautiful tumble of reds and greens.

I love the contrast at Mandalay House. It’s only when you stray past the sculpted hedges and swaying conifers that you even remember where you are. Only minutes from the wedding guests you can step outside the fairytale and find yourself in the wildness of the Australian countryside. The rawness of that dusty Australiana felt like a perfect match to the simple, down to earth atmosphere of the day.

Portrait of the Bride and Groom in the gardens
Autumn leaves with the bride and groom at Mandalay House and Garden
Autumn leaves with the bride and groom at Mandalay House and Garden
Autumn leaves with bridesmaids at Mandalay House and Garden
Bridesmaids selfie at Mandalay House and Garden
The bridal party skipping, looking super happy
Portrait of the bride by herself in the field with dry grass and gumtrees
Groomsan getting ready for a photo on a rocky outcrop
Groomsen on a rocky outcrop in the fields at Mandalay House and Garden
Bride and groom sharing an intimate moment by themselves in the fields at Mandalay House and Garden
Bride and groom sharing an intimate moment by themselves in the fields at Mandalay House and Garden
Bride and groom sharing an intimate moment by themselves in the fields at Mandalay House and Garden
The couple about to walk inside the venue to get ready before the reception

The reception photos speak for themselves. From moving speeches to constant laughter, there was plenty to capture. Mandalay works so well for night shots, and the strings of lights over the outdoor dance floor, or draped between the trees, made for some of my favourite pictures of the day.

The marquee set up ready for the wedding reception
Flowers, the wedding cake and other details at the reception at Mandalay House and Garden
Guests enjoiyng speeches at the wedding reception
Guests waiting for the entrance of the bridal party at Mandalay House and Garden
Entrance of the bride and groom
Father of the bride speech
Bride and groom enjoying the wedding reception speech
Father of the groom listening to the wedding speeches
Teary bridal party listening to the speeches
MC lip syncing before the next round of speeches start
Guests chatting enjoying themseleves at the reception
Guests taking photos of other guests on a gopro at the reception
Best man speech
Parents enjoying the best man speech
Bride embarrased at the best man speech
Brother of the groom getting teary at the best man speech
Guests reaction to the grooms speech
Bride reactions to the grooms speech
First dance outside of the marquee
First dance outside of the marquee
Guests dancing at night outside at Mandalay House and Garden
Male guests posing with cigars at night outside at Mandalay House and Garden

I made sure to keep the shutter firing, as antics got more entertaining the longer the night went on. The band didn’t seem to mind sharing the stage, and I had to laugh as I watched a boozy groomsman commandeer the drum kit to much applause.

Mandalay House is so isolated that there’s no need to keep quiet or finish early. Owner Deb doesn’t set a time limit, so long as she’s welcome to join in for a drink after midnight. Before I knew it the happy couple had been whisked away, and I found myself sharing a nightcap with her under the stars.

Jack and Clementine were such a pleasure to shoot!

Guests dancing at night outside at Mandalay House and Garden
Bride dancing
Band members lying on the ground
Bride and her friends on the dancefloor
Bride and a friend on the dancefloor
Bridesmaid singing on the dancefloor
Partner of the brides mother posing under the festoon lights at Mandalay House and Garden
Guests dancing at night outside at Mandalay House and Garden
Groomsman playing the drums
The property of Mandalay House and Garden at light, from the road
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