New Year’s Eve 2016 found me on the banks of the Swan River in Perth, under the gum trees and paper lanterns at Matilda Bay with little boats bobbing on the river. The lights of the city twinkled in the background, providing the perfect backdrop for an awesome end of year party – and my inspiration.
It was my little sister’s wedding, and she was marrying her super groovy man Gerry. And I had the privilege of attending as both a guest and photographer, which always makes a wedding just a teeny bit more special for me. So, surrounded by our family and friends, I set about documenting it all as it unfolded (and chatting a lot in between shots!)
Opting for a laid back, summery beach feel for their special day, Gerry and Sarah enlisted the expertise of awesome vendors Matilda Bay Restaurant, Bride and Groom Events, The Look By Us, Theressa Designs Bridal , Poppys Flowers , Wild Strawberry Catering, Jodi Bavin and The Print Fairy who all helped create the perfect vibe for a summer celebration.
And Matilda Bay itself should get a special mention too, not only for providing such a stunning backdrop for a wedding, but because it’s a little special to our family as it was named after our ancestral grandmother Matilda Roe, the wife of Perth’s first Surveyor General, John Septimus Roe. So I always feel a sense of place as I arrive at this venue and then pass by the photographs of John and Matilda, and the fledgling Swan River Colony hanging on the walls of the restaurant building. And I take a moment to picture the scene as they must have seen it when they gazed out over the river almost 200 years ago…
So congratulations Gerry and Sarah, it was a fabulous, inspiring day and an awesome way to see the new year in. And a few weeks down the track, I can finally say I have almost recovered!
Images by Angie Roe Photography
Ms Chinoiserie Says: Such a beautiful start to the new year – and how inspiring to celebrate at such a special spot for your family.
About Angie Roe Photography: Hi, I’m Angie and I love variety. Everything catches my eye. I’m a lover of light and colour, and my images speak of a relaxed, natural, storytelling style. I’m a documentary and lifestyle based photographer, specialising in fun-filled rural, backyard and DIY events, but with a secret fetish for the occasional formal do too!