Stacey + Matthew: Dandenong Ranges, Melbourne

Stacey + Matthew

Ceremony & Reception: Avalon Castle - Dandenong Ranges, Melbourne
Photos: Nobelius Heritage Park, Emerald

 Stacey and Matthew Dandenong Ranges wedding photography, Melbourne. Nobelius Heritage Park, Emerald. Puffing Billy. Avalon Castle, Cockatoo. Yarra Valley wedding photographer. 

Highschool sweethearts Stacey and Matthew got married on a lovely summer's day in the Dandenong Ranges, about an hour outside Melbourne. The two of them met in 2003 through Stacey's cousin, who just happened to be one of Matt's best friends. Things were rekindled again in 2011 when their paths happened to cross, and from there their future began! 

The day began at the picturesque Avalon Castle in Cockatoo, situated down a little dirt road nestled in the Dandenong Ranges. The bridal party got ready in the accommodation on-site, which made everything super easy. Stacey and Matthew wanted to do a first look, to ease Matt's nerves a little and to take out one anxiety causing aspect! I had never shot one before and it was so much fun, and definitely helped everyone relax. After the first look, we took a few quick photos around Avalon Castle gardens, then we all went off to nearby Nobelius Heritage Park in Emerald (right near Puffing Billy) for a photoshoot. It's such a gorgeous area - lots of trees and greenery! The Dandenong Ranges, and also the Yarra Valley just next door, is an amazing array of landscape for photography. 

The ceremony at Avalon Castle was beautiful, and Stacey practically floated down the aisle with her dad by her side. I loved seeing all their friends and family, and what lovely bunch of people they have surrounding them. One of my favourite things about weddings is witnessing all the love, joy and relationships people have with each other! It's good to be reminded that there are plenty of wonderful things left in this world. 

Stacey and Matthew's reception was a blast, with the highlight being the shoe game. I had heard of it before but I had never actually seen it in action! Basically, the couple are asked a series of questions while sitting back to back and holding each others shoes, and have to answer "me or them" by holding up a shoe. It provides plenty of laughter from both the couple and the guests, as you can see from the photos below!

 Stacey and Matthew Dandenong Ranges wedding photography, Melbourne. Nobelius Heritage Park, Emerald. Puffing Billy. Avalon Castle, Cockatoo. Yarra Valley wedding photographer. Balsa flowers bouquet
 Stacey and Matthew Dandenong Ranges wedding photography, Melbourne. Nobelius Heritage Park, Emerald. Puffing Billy. Avalon Castle, Cockatoo. Yarra Valley wedding photographer. 
 Stacey and Matthew Dandenong Ranges wedding photography, Melbourne. Nobelius Heritage Park, Emerald. Puffing Billy. Avalon Castle, Cockatoo. Yarra Valley wedding photographer. 
 Stacey and Matthew Dandenong Ranges wedding photography, Melbourne. Nobelius Heritage Park, Emerald. Puffing Billy. Avalon Castle, Cockatoo. Yarra Valley wedding photographer. 
 Stacey and Matthew Dandenong Ranges wedding photography, Melbourne. Yarra Valley wedding photographer. Nobelius Heritage Park, Emerald. Puffing Billy. Avalon Castle, Cockatoo.
 Stacey and Matthew Dandenong Ranges wedding photography, Melbourne. Yarra Valley wedding photographer. Nobelius Heritage Park, Emerald. Puffing Billy. Avalon Castle, Cockatoo.
 Stacey and Matthew Dandenong Ranges wedding photography, Melbourne. Nobelius Heritage Park, Emerald. Puffing Billy. Avalon Castle, Cockatoo. Yarra Valley wedding photographer. 
 Stacey and Matthew Dandenong Ranges wedding photography, Melbourne. Nobelius Heritage Park, Emerald. Puffing Billy. Avalon Castle, Cockatoo. Yarra Valley wedding photographer. 
 Stacey and Matthew Dandenong Ranges wedding photography, Melbourne. Nobelius Heritage Park, Emerald. Puffing Billy. Avalon Castle, Cockatoo. Yarra Valley wedding photographer. 
 Stacey and Matthew Dandenong Ranges wedding photography, Melbourne. Yarra Valley wedding photographer.  Nobelius Heritage Park, Emerald. Puffing Billy. Avalon Castle, Cockatoo.
 Stacey and Matthew Dandenong Ranges wedding photography, Melbourne. Yarra Valley wedding photographer. Nobelius Heritage Park, Emerald. Puffing Billy. Avalon Castle, Cockatoo.
 Stacey and Matthew Dandenong Ranges wedding photography, Melbourne. Yarra Valley wedding photographer. Nobelius Heritage Park, Emerald. Puffing Billy. Avalon Castle, Cockatoo.
 Stacey and Matthew Dandenong Ranges wedding photography, Melbourne. Yarra Valley wedding photographer. Nobelius Heritage Park, Emerald. Puffing Billy. Avalon Castle, Cockatoo.
 Stacey and Matthew Dandenong Ranges wedding photography, Melbourne. Yarra Valley wedding photographer. Nobelius Heritage Park, Emerald. Puffing Billy. Avalon Castle, Cockatoo.
 Stacey and Matthew Dandenong Ranges wedding photography, Melbourne. Yarra Valley wedding photographer. Nobelius Heritage Park, Emerald. Puffing Billy. Avalon Castle, Cockatoo.
 Stacey and Matthew Dandenong Ranges wedding photography, Melbourne. Yarra Valley wedding photographer. Nobelius Heritage Park, Emerald. Puffing Billy. Avalon Castle, Cockatoo. Balsa flowers bouquet
 Stacey and Matthew Dandenong Ranges wedding photography, Melbourne. Yarra Valley wedding photographer. Nobelius Heritage Park, Emerald. Puffing Billy. Avalon Castle, Cockatoo.
 Stacey and Matthew Dandenong Ranges wedding photography, Melbourne. Yarra Valley wedding photographer. Nobelius Heritage Park, Emerald. Puffing Billy. Avalon Castle, Cockatoo.
 Stacey and Matthew Dandenong Ranges wedding photography, Melbourne. Yarra Valley wedding photographer. Nobelius Heritage Park, Emerald. Puffing Billy. Avalon Castle, Cockatoo.
 Stacey and Matthew Dandenong Ranges wedding photography, Melbourne. Yarra Valley wedding photographer. Nobelius Heritage Park, Emerald. Puffing Billy. Avalon Castle, Cockatoo.
 Stacey and Matthew Dandenong Ranges wedding photography, Melbourne. Yarra Valley wedding photographer. Nobelius Heritage Park, Emerald. Puffing Billy. Avalon Castle, Cockatoo.
 Stacey and Matthew Dandenong Ranges wedding photography, Melbourne. Yarra Valley wedding photographer. Nobelius Heritage Park, Emerald. Puffing Billy. Avalon Castle, Cockatoo.
 Stacey and Matthew Dandenong Ranges wedding photography, Melbourne. Yarra Valley wedding photographer. Nobelius Heritage Park, Emerald. Puffing Billy. Avalon Castle, Cockatoo.
 Stacey and Matthew Dandenong Ranges wedding photography, Melbourne. Yarra Valley wedding photographer. Nobelius Heritage Park, Emerald. Puffing Billy. Avalon Castle, Cockatoo.
 Stacey and Matthew Dandenong Ranges wedding photography, Melbourne. Yarra Valley wedding photographer. Nobelius Heritage Park, Emerald. Puffing Billy. Avalon Castle, Cockatoo.
 Stacey and Matthew Dandenong Ranges wedding photography, Melbourne. Yarra Valley wedding photographer. Nobelius Heritage Park, Emerald. Puffing Billy. Avalon Castle, Cockatoo.
 Stacey and Matthew Dandenong Ranges wedding photography, Melbourne. Yarra Valley wedding photographer. Nobelius Heritage Park, Emerald. Puffing Billy. Avalon Castle, Cockatoo.
 Stacey and Matthew Dandenong Ranges wedding photography, Melbourne. Yarra Valley wedding photographer. Nobelius Heritage Park, Emerald. Puffing Billy. Avalon Castle, Cockatoo.
 Stacey and Matthew Dandenong Ranges wedding photography, Melbourne. Yarra Valley wedding photographer. Nobelius Heritage Park, Emerald. Puffing Billy. Avalon Castle, Cockatoo.
 Stacey and Matthew Dandenong Ranges wedding photography, Melbourne. Yarra Valley wedding photographer. Nobelius Heritage Park, Emerald. Puffing Billy. Avalon Castle, Cockatoo.
 Stacey and Matthew Dandenong Ranges wedding photography, Melbourne. Yarra Valley wedding photographer. Nobelius Heritage Park, Emerald. Puffing Billy. Avalon Castle, Cockatoo.
 Stacey and Matthew Dandenong Ranges wedding photography, Melbourne. Yarra Valley wedding photographer. Nobelius Heritage Park, Emerald. Puffing Billy. Avalon Castle, Cockatoo.
 Stacey and Matthew Dandenong Ranges wedding photography, Melbourne. Yarra Valley wedding photographer. Nobelius Heritage Park, Emerald. Puffing Billy. Avalon Castle, Cockatoo.
 Stacey and Matthew Dandenong Ranges wedding photography, Melbourne. Yarra Valley wedding photographer. Nobelius Heritage Park, Emerald. Puffing Billy. Avalon Castle, Cockatoo.
 Stacey and Matthew Dandenong Ranges wedding photography, Melbourne. Yarra Valley wedding photographer. Nobelius Heritage Park, Emerald. Puffing Billy. Avalon Castle, Cockatoo.
 Stacey and Matthew Dandenong Ranges wedding photography, Melbourne. Yarra Valley wedding photographer. Nobelius Heritage Park, Emerald. Puffing Billy. Avalon Castle, Cockatoo.
 Stacey and Matthew Dandenong Ranges wedding photography, Melbourne. Yarra Valley wedding photographer. Nobelius Heritage Park, Emerald. Puffing Billy. Avalon Castle, Cockatoo.
 Stacey and Matthew Dandenong Ranges wedding photography, Melbourne. Yarra Valley wedding photographer. Nobelius Heritage Park, Emerald. Puffing Billy. Avalon Castle, Cockatoo.
 Stacey and Matthew Dandenong Ranges wedding photography, Melbourne. Yarra Valley wedding photographer. Nobelius Heritage Park, Emerald. Puffing Billy. Avalon Castle, Cockatoo. Shoe game
 Stacey and Matthew Dandenong Ranges wedding photography, Melbourne. Yarra Valley wedding photographer. Nobelius Heritage Park, Emerald. Puffing Billy. Avalon Castle, Cockatoo. Shoe game
 Stacey and Matthew Dandenong Ranges wedding photography, Melbourne. Yarra Valley wedding photographer. Nobelius Heritage Park, Emerald. Puffing Billy. Avalon Castle, Cockatoo.
 Stacey and Matthew Dandenong Ranges wedding photography, Melbourne. Yarra Valley wedding photographer. Nobelius Heritage Park, Emerald. Puffing Billy. Avalon Castle, Cockatoo.

Gorgeous Wooden Keepsake Boxes


Each of my wedding packages includes your very own personalised handcrafted timber box and USB! Engraved with your names and wedding date, it's something tangible you can treasure.

Made right here in Australia from certified sustainable timber, it also includes a wooden USB of your wedding photography and six 6x4 archival prints, which are printed locally in Melbourne.

I love wrapping up your photos in this gorgeous box, so I hope you enjoy unwrapping it just as much as I enjoy putting it all together for you! x

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 wedding photography Melbourne wooden timber USB box prints images Australian made Fitzroy Gardens Dandenong Ranges
 wedding photography Melbourne wooden timber USB box prints images Australian made Fitzroy Gardens Dandenong Ranges

Natasa + Boro: Engagement Shoot at Brighton Beach, Melbourne

Natasa + Boro

Location: Brighton Beach, Melbourne

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I love getting to photograph my couples on an engagement session before their wedding! It's a great way for the photographer and the couple to get to know each other a little better, while also getting a bit of experience in front of a camera which will make the wedding day a lot more comfortable. Engagement shoots are always relaxed and lots of fun, and this one was no exception! 

Natasa and Boro were heaps of fun to shoot, and it was a super relaxed afternoon on Brighton Beach which is about 30 minutes south of Melbourne and 45 minutes north if you're coming from the Mornington Peninsula. 

The afternoon was almost cancelled due to poor weather, but the forecast assured me the rain would not hit the Brighton area so I was determined to forge ahead! And when I arrived at the beach, I was not disappointed! The air had a strange balmy feel to it and looking over the bay in the distance, you could see the rain pouring over Melbourne city. The clouds were dark and stormy, yet sitting on the beach was mildly warm and sunny. 

So in the end, it made for some great stormy shots with some beautiful light and contrast. The storm clouds mixed with the sunset light made the colours on the beach boxes just pop! 

I was also very excited that this engagement shoot was featured on Polka Dot Bride, and you can see the post here: Natasa and Boro's Sunset Brighton Beach Engagement

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