This was the first line of the first email I received from Micala ‘”Hi Mel! I’ve had a look at your website and I think you’re the one! :)”. I had a smile on my face from that very first email until the very end of the journey. I still do, looking over the images today. It has become one of those weddings that I almost measure others against in the joy stakes and have taken notes of how to approach your wedding day and make it just about you and the people you love. It’s really my philosophy for weddings now and what I tell clients, no matter what your taste or style, your wedding should be about you, about representing you together and involving all your family and friends and just celebrating big time, with laughter and lots and lots of love.

This wedding also had a lot of firsts for me. It was my first destination wedding. The boys got ready in a Melbourne hotel and the ladies at Micala and Nick’s awesome home. They had a first look (my first and I think only first look ever – and i loved it!!) at a beach close by, one that they love and then we drove around 45 mins to The Briars, on the Mornington Peninsula where they had their ceremony and reception. It was a barn wedding (my first!! and I had wanted to shoot a wedding at a barn for forever)  and just filled with so much DIY, but DIY with meaning.

They had a happy yellow colours scheme. Micala told her bridesmaids to go off and get a yellow dress, they all came back with what suited them and it worked. Micala purchased her dress on ETSY, she saw it and knew it was the one. Micala’s hat was from her mother in law and she added the veil herself to have her own special touch. One of Micala’s sisters drove the gorgeous car from the house to the ceremony. Nick lovingly restored Micala’s grandfather’s bicycle that he used to deliver the mail with, and Nick  rode it up the aisle. It stayed up the front where it served as a reminder of those that sadly couldn’t be there. The wedding cake was made by her mum (Amazing!) and the desserts by family members. There were photos of previous generations, there were planted flowers which not only served as decorations and to bring some of the outside in, but guest were to take them home at the end of the night. I thought that was pretty fabulous. The guys had a bold Melbourne vibe which I loved. The speeches were up there with the funniest ever, I laughed my head off. Micala’s mum and some family members sang Micala and Nick a song and she got up and joined them, that was pretty special and the atmosphere on the dance floor was amazing. In fact the warm, fuzzy and genuine atmosphere the whole night was just crazy and epic and wonderful and I really remember not actually wanting to leave.

The other thing about this wedding was, well, Micala and Nick. I did feel a bit of an instant affinity with Micala. The wedding day was the first day that I had met these two, but they were so warm and loving an genuine and special. I could see that they had many varied friends and it was a testament to their amazing natures. The other thing I really loved, was how Micala just loved to snuggle into Nick’s neck and shoulder. It was adorable and I loved that I could capture the natural-ness that unfolded between them on their day.

Even though this wedding is coming up to two years old, (I have no idea why I haven’t blogged it before!! It may have been that I was so excite that Hello May decided to blog it. You can find that here: hellomay.com.au/…/mic-nick-yellow-barn-wedding-photographer )  and I have changed my editing style a little, this wedding is me. I felt my heart melt at all the love and attention to the special details. And they had a bloody fantastic day.

Thanks for being so Amazing Micala and Nick and inviting me to share this crazy wonderful day with you both. xx

 

Please Enjoy. xx

 

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Photos Mel Boulden Photography // Bridal gown Have Love, Will Travel via Etsy // Veil Spotlight // Head piece flower Floral Jewellery // Shoes Novo // Flowers Flowergirls // RingsHoskings Jewellers // Sash Branchbound via Etsy // Bridesmaid dresses Sheike, Country Road,Alannah Hill and Myer // Grooms shoes RM Williams // Groomsmen suits Zara (jacket), Roger David (pants), Myer (shirt) // Bow ties / ties ASOS and Connor // Ceremony and reception The Briars, VIC // Catering Josephine’s Restaurant // Cake topper Coffee with Dot via Etsy // Bunting Collecting Feathers via Etsy // Lighting Celebrate Party Hire // Stationery Santiago Sunbird // Entertainment DJ Nomad // Celebrant Danielle Binaisse.

 

 

 

As some of you may know, I share my office with the talented ladies from EMKHO (EMma-Kelly-HOlly). These guys are the most amazing stylists in Adelaide and I have to say I was pretty freaking excited when Emma asked me to photograph her wedding to her lovely man Sam.

We are so blessed to also have the amazing Sally and her talented Poppie-ette’s from “Poppies Flowers” as our next door neighbours. So it was my pure an absolute pleasure to photograph the one wedding (so far, and hoping there will be plenty more) that we were involved with all together (admittedly I may have also  been a little nervous to make sure I did it all justice!.)

The girls pulled this off in crazy fashion in the middle of a mental wedding season and with not as much notice as you would expect from someone in the wedding industry. But far out, they blew it out of the park. Of course these girls wanted to show what they can do, but they also knew that the centre of this epic-ness had to be EMMA and SAM. Emma being a graphic designer knew what she wanted and she (literally) made it happen. It was stunning and the location of Mt Hoban Estate made the whole thing shine  (again quite literally at sunset time!).

The details at the wedding were crazy and by details, I mean soooo many. Each guest had their own personalised name ‘circle’ with a cute little message designed just for them. Not only that, but each guest also had their own personalised booklet! crazy talk right? The cakes were insane, the signage amazing and then there was the ‘Bridal suite’ put together by Fig and Hunter (which is run by Courtney, who also works as a stylist for EMKHO). Not to mention the breathtaking florals from Poppies (I’m also an absolute lover of flowers so these get lots of exposure in this post!) and Emma’s amazing Carla Zampatti gown. The whole thing was just perfect and when Emma saw for the setup the first time, there were tears.

Each wedding has it’s own story, and for these guys it was just fun and laughter, and that’s the story I wanted to tell through these images and this post. Emma is a crack up and she did not wipe that smile of her face the entire day. The bridal party were such a cool gang and the inclusion of Em’s brother as her “Bro-maid” was all kinds of nice. The banter between Sam and his boys was hilarious and the whole gang together just has that awesome vibe, that really life long friends just have. I’d also had the pleasure of photographing one of Sam’s groomsmen’s weddings, and another of the guests weddings, so there were lots of familiar faces in the crowd which was really cool for me.

It was a just an awesome (EPIC) party that Sam and Em wanted their friends to be a part of. The details, location and everything else, were just the icing on a pretty awesome cake. xx

Grab a vino, it’s a long one (and by long I mean looooooooong). Enjoy.  xxxxx

 

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Venue: Mt. Hoban Estate

Styling: EMKHO

Stationary: EMKHO

Florals: Poppies Flowers

Celbrant: Emily Davies

Caterer: Two Brothers Catering

Bridal Suite: Fig and Hunter

Brides Dress: Carla Zampatti

Brides Shoes: TBC

Bridesmaids Dresses: BNKR

Bridesmaids Shoes: TBC

Bridesmaids Earrings: MIMCO

Bridesmaids Bracelets: Carly Paike

Hair: TBC

Makeup: TBC

One of the things I clearly remember about Selga and Sam’s wedding was the week before. They came to see me on the Wednesday to discuss a few last minute things. These guys had just bought a new house, moved in and clearing out the old house to rent, the weather was terrible. I don’t just mean bad, there was torrential rain, for what was actually supposed to be an outdoors wedding. The stress levels were high (like REALLY high) and it was obvious. I felt so bad for them and I wanted them to be able to have a little holiday before their wedding to relax, but it was work right up to the Friday before. I have to say I was a little stressed myself, not knowing how these guys would fair on Saturday.

First of all the rain had stopped. The clouds were out and grey and fabulous, but the rain had gone. The ceremony had been moved into the barn (just in case) with the help of the amazing staff at Kingsford Homestead and a marquee had gone up. But it wasn’t these things I really noticed. I saw Selga and Sam and they were both just beaming. That one night away beforehand,  staying at Kingsford, relaxed them so much and seeing that they had solutions to all their problems, they were relieved. I could tell though that they had kind of let it go and basically adopted the,’ whatever will be will be’, way of thinking, which let me  tell you my friends , is the best bloody attitude you can have on your wedding day.

So the day went ahead with great happiness, joy, love and laughter and one of the most amazing dresses I’ve seen. It was one of a kind, just like the lady who wore it. Thank you so much Selga and Sam for having me capture your most amazing day. It’s one I will remember for years to come and I so enjoyed being a part of it.

Mel xxx

P.S. Get comfy and put your feet up. This is going to be pretty epic.

 



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Vendor list coming soon.

I have to say I’m pretty keen on this couple. It was obvious from our first meeting over a beer, that I wanted to shoot their wedding. Dylan was master planner while Lauren was pretty excited to take a backseat role. Whatever they did, it worked. Their day was fun, fun, fun, warm and bright and sunny and just all round perfect.

They enlisted the help of their lovely friends, and my studio buddies, EMKHO and booked a venue that you just cant go wrong with, Carrick Hill. Their were mini buses,  beer, fake fights with bouquets, pink chevron walls, lots of awkward PDA’s and most of all huge laughs, which is really what these guys are all about. This is just a snippet of their wedding to give you some idea of just how bloody wonderful their day was.

Enjoy. xx

 

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So here’s the second part of Rachel and Michael’s amazing wedding at The White House in Hahndorf. So many amazing vendors involved in this wedding and two very, very special people, Michael and Rachel, you are the bomb. xx

(Get a cup of tea or a glass of vino. It’s a bit of a long one. )

 

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VENDOR DETAILS

Makeup: Daniella Rapuano Makeup Artis

Hairdresser: L’amour Hair

Brides Jewellery: Samantha Wills

Brides Shoes: Zu shoes

Brides Dress: Bonita Cotour

Bridesmaids Jewellery: Mimco

Bridesmaids Shoes: Tony Bianco

Bridesmaids Dresses: Zimmerman

Grooms cufflinks: Joseph Uzumcu

Grooms shoes: Zu

Grooms suit: Joseph Uzumcu

Groomsmen cufflinks: Joseph Uzumcu

Groomsmen Shoes: Zu

Groomsmen Suits: Joseph Uzumcu

 

Floristry: Poppies Flowers

Celebrant / Priest: Tim Koch

Ceremony Location: The White House

Reception Venue: The White House

Caterer: The White House

 

Horse and Carriage – Carriage of Occasion

 

What can I say about this wedding but wowsa. It’s gonna need more than one blog post to cover it. So here’s the prep and the details. Amazing!! The White House, Poppies flowers and everything else just came together in one majestic day. Michael’s cool style and Rachel’s natural beauty as well as them just being genuinely fabulous people made it pretty freakin awesome to photograph.

Here’s Part One. Part Two coming real soon. xx

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So here we meet Chelsea and Andrew and their adorable fur baby. They let me in for a sneaky morning E shoot to capture some love before their fabulous wedding at Waverley Estate. I love a shoot at home, they’re just so relaxed and casual, where the environment is familiar and all your bits and pieces are captured to remind you of the home you live in (or in the future possibly lived).  Which I think is pretty spesh .

Here’s a few pics of their shoot Enjoy. xx

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In June / July this year, things began moving in what seemed like fast forward action. One minute there was talk of a space, the next we were in it.

The lovely ladies from EMKHO and I had been chatting for some time about sharing the cost of a space. It felt like it would never happen as the right space just never seemed to pop up. Then one day it happened. We both saw a little FB post from Poppies flowers regarding the other half oh her shop that she wanted to rent out. We were in like Flynn. After a bit of cosmetic work to the old girl, she is reborn.

Weirdly enough the girls and I didn’t really talk about ideas for the space in terms of colour combinations etc but what you see is what happened. It s all white, black and woods. We meshed and it was a sign that it was all meant to be. I love the space (and also the amazing organic café next door!). I love the feel of the area and just how busy it is. So take a quick spin around my very quick tour. I think my assistant is busy at work in one of the images.

Pop in and visit us for a chat. We have coffee (and the café next door has the best immunity booster juice ever. YUM!) You can find us at 363a Glen Osmond Road, Glen Osmond. x

 

This is the first blog post in a long while. I’ve typed it in my head a few times, attempting to make the words come out at a rate that will help you understand just how ‘full’ I am feeling, but without just gushing them all at you. I have trouble containing myself sometimes when it comes to writing, especially when the gap has been long and large. So at the risk of sounding like I am about to give some weird acceptance speech (of nothing other than just being grateful for where I am ), I will just say, bear with me, and I will try to keep it short.

To start off in a place not that long ago, a week or so actually a client, asked me how long I had been doing weddings. With a few randoms here and there, it really has only been two seasons. After telling him I was booked up for the next season he said that I should be impressed with myself to be doing so well after a short amount of time. And it hit me. I was. I am very proud of myself. I have a shop / office which I really never thought I might get. It was a little dream I had and it has come true. I have given up Nursing too. This was one of the things that weighed heaviest on my shoulders, for many reasons. I won’t go into them all now. But for me, it was a huge leap of faith to let that go. It was something I had been doing since I left school, and took me to some awesome places. I worked overseas for four years and met some wonderful people. I worked here in Adelaide for the majority of my career in ICU. It was a strange and wonderful, sometimes terrifying, sometimes heart-exploding-ly awesome place. It has a deep spot within me. One that I might never be able to let go, some weird sense of longing to do something physical that helps me look after someone. I don’t miss wiping up poo though. At the end of the day I couldn’t give that my all and as I haven’t worked as a nurse for over three years. I wasn’t about to jump back in to something that was only sometimes something I loved, as opposed to photography which is something that I always love.

So moving on from that I decided to explore my photography in a way I hadn’t done for some time. I went travelling. I went with a bunch of wonderful people to Cambodia and it was awesome. needless to say this reinvigorated my love of just capturing images for the sake of creating and making something for me. I loved it. I am still planning an exhibition and also a big blog post too. It woke me up and I am more in love with photography and my family and my friends and my life than I have been in a long time (needless to say, that one might be a long blog post).

So my photography became about me again, not what others were doing or who I felt I should be. It became about doing what I ‘felt’ not what I thought. So these images from Charmaine and Daniel’s shoot were created from and idea and a desire to create something that was moody. I wanted them to have elements of fashion, to be candid, to be posed, to get my subject to engage with me and my camera, to be sexy and subtle and to just be. I knew Charmaine and Daniel would be perfect for the monochromatic palette that I wanted, and all the elements fell into place. The weather turned it on for us and we had a fab time. I love these images and I know Charmaine and Daniel do too. When I look a them it reminds me not to think but to really feel. I hope you get that out of them too.

Thanks. (Back to normal blog post, not ramblings next time.)

 

My love affair with film began a very long time ago. I studied film photography and spent more hours in the darkroom developing my own film and processing my prints that just about anywhere else. But that was a long (long, long) time ago. I made the switch to digital photography, a change I said I would never make, I guess because in the end it was perceived to be easier and cheaper.

Digital photography is great, there are so many positives to it, but at the same time, it just isn’t film. It does not have that same ability of film to capture both highlights and darks in a scene without losing all the details. there is much more scope with film. And is just has that inexplicable filmy goodness.

I recently went to a FIND (Film Is Not Dead) workshop, with one of the maestro’s of film, Jonathan Canlas (from the U.S.) to rediscover my love of film. I also wanted to get to know my new beast of a camera, a Mamiya RZ Pro II. It’s heavy and difficult to focus and has a waist viewfinder. It’s difficult to use but as I practice I know my abilities with this camera will grow. But this rediscovery of film and using ‘the beast’ isn’t just about ‘filmy goodness’ and all that. It’s about slowing down and really, really seeing what is in the viewfinder, not just snapping away because I can or because I somehow feel obliged to.

Since the workshop I am shooting a lot less images on my digital (not using film for weddings just yet) and really taking in the scene like I used to. Photography has become a little fast paced and in some instances hectic and thoughtless. So I practice on the beast and it slows me down. I have rediscovered a pure joy in photography that only comes with shooting what you love and taking the time to nurture the artist within. I am shooting much more personal work and am planning some projects that will nurture that young starry eyed photographer that I was many years ago. She’s back and she is excited.

Mel xx

P.S. The pics below are just a sneak of the workshop. This couple Britt and Josh were awesome. Thanks for modelling guys. Also thanks to Jonathan Canlas for a wonderful few days, it was amazing. And to all you Narrabeen FINDers, you are all gorgeous, creative, talented individuals and I love that we can hang in our FIND FB page and grow together.