18 Nov Jess & Mark
What do you get when you cross the vines with the sea, throw in a very cool cliff top venue with amazing food and views – a very funky wedding !
Jess and Mark are as ‘not fussed’ as you can get. I love how elegantly but simple they made their wedding. The theme and design was subtle, not overstated and just beautiful. I’m sure a hell of a lot of love went into the day – from the home-made moffat-family-recipe shortbreads lovingly hand wrapped in earthy brown paper and tied neatly with craft string, to the ceremony booklets and ‘wedding tree’ Jess’s bridesmaid Leah had created. Then there were the Bliss Cupcakes made by the very clever Jess the day before her own wedding ! If you are a bride-to-be and want truly amazing, not-full-of-dodgy-food-colouring-and-preservative-wedding cupcakes, Jess is your genius.
It rained. It didn’t matter. Yeh, it’s a bummer for the plan not to go exactly as planned but it did not detract from the day or the mood at all. Spirits were high, Jess and the bridesmaids looked superb and Mark and his two bro’s scrubbed up bloody well too. The ceremony was held at a relatively new winery / venue called Producers, nestled among the vines of the McLaren Vale. David and the team have done a great job with the place and were very accommodating hosts.
Down to the water’s edge we headed. Quite bizarre how different the conditions were. It was overcast but there was no sign of rain and the light offshore breeze was fanning the crystal clear 6 inch waves that were rolling in over the pure white sands that stretch for the great red cliffs of this coastline. We had a stroll along the beach towards the over photographed Pt Willunga Jetty ruins and my challenge began to shoot it in a unique way. This spot has been photographed thousands of times. It is beautiful.
If you live in South Australia and have never been to Star of Greece at Pt Willunga, DO IT !! Dane and I had never had the pleasure prior and we have Jess and Mark to thank for inviting us to shoot their wedding and reception. I fell in love the minute I walked in the doors. Eclectic and diversely decorated and vibrant colours fill the senses and the food and wine delight the taste buds beyond words (starting to sound like I’m a restaurant reviewer)……I think I’ll move on.
Entree was had, a speech or two snuck in and we then grabbed Jess and Mark on their own and headed back to the water just in time for the last 5 minutes of glorious sunset. We struck gold and headed back to the reception for mains, more speeches and a beer. Dane and I sat on the balcony overlooking the ocean and had a romantic dinner for two 🙂 If you’d not been able to see us clearly through the windows from inside the restaurant you’d have been forgiven for thinking we were getting it on with all the oohing and aahhing we were doing as we ate…it was so good.
Anyway, that’s by far my longest post. Making up for the last 3 weeks I have not made one I guess.
Hope you enjoy and I welcome your comments, suggestions or feedback,
Cheers Jess and Mark….can we do it again ?