Photo by David Moore
Alex and Chris
When your lives are at different ends of the globe, it seems only fitting to capture one of the world’s most iconic harbours in your engagement photographs. Skipping Stone Photography captured Alex and Chris’ engagement photos around Sydney Harbour- Alex being American, Chris being British and their lives together? All over the world!
Alexandra (Alex) recounts the story of their life together. “Chris, a Brit from Manchester, and I’m an American from Los Angeles, first crossed paths when I decided to study in London for a semester while at university back in 2006. A chance meeting led to an instant friendship, but it wasn’t until 2009 that Chris and I would cross paths again, when I returned to London to visit friends. After meeting again, we ended up spending the rest of the trip together! We instantly knew it was a once in a lifetime kind of love that came from their friendship over the years, so even after I had to return back to Los Angeles at the end of her trip, we continued to see each other long distance.”
“A job opportunity came up for Chris in Dubai and I soon followed him there. While life in Dubai was wonderful and luxurious at the start, Chris and I soon realised we did not want to settle there long term. From there, Chris and I moved back to the US before embarking on another adventure around the world – on a cruise ship! Chris took a job as an Art Auctioneer and I tagged along as his assistant. We traveled from Alaska, to Hawaii, to Tahiti, and finally made it to Australia and New Zealand. After spending a couple months here, Chris decided to propose to me on a weekend away in Sydney.”
“Chris planned a mini vacation in Sydney, arranging for them to stay off the cruise ship in a hotel for the weekend and planned all kinds of activities to do together that normal couples “on land” may take for granted – like having a picnic in the park, going to the movies and going out to a nice dinner. One afternoon, Chris and I decided to go Christmas shopping for each other (or so I thought), so they were on their own for a couple hours. While I was out shopping, Chris went back to the hotel and prepared the room for Alex’s arrival with flowers, chocolate and champagne. Needless to say, when I returned to the hotel I was shocked but of course said yes when Chris got down on one knee and proposed!
“Chris and I are now “long distance” wedding planning and have moved to a ship in the Caribbean, where we get to enjoy a pre-wedding honeymoon around the islands while continuing to work as Art Auctioneers. We will be getting married this August back in San Diego, California near my hometown.”
Vi & Yuki
Today we have a gorgeous Manly engagement shoot from David Henry Photography. Manly has some amazing backdrops, even past the Corso and typical beaches. Vi and Yuki love Sydney and wanted to make sure their engagement photographs captured the beauty of the landscape.
Yuki tells their story. “I was born and raised in Guangzhou, China, studied nursing at university in China and then worked as registered nurse for 7 years. As an adventure/challenge to myself, I traveled to Australia to study nursing in the hope to work in Australia as nurse. My cousin lives in Australia so transition to a foreign land was made easier with her help. 1.5 year into studies here, my cousin introduced me to Vi who was working at the same company. This is where our story begins.”
“We talked to each other frequently before first meeting but when we first meet, we both knew it was something special.”
“It was a simple date, coffee and cake in cafe in Parramatta… it needed to be short as I was studying for my finals while doing assignments (I is a notorious last minute crammer!) We both love Sydney for its variety, we both get to eat lots of amazing food which we both love….though we do have a bias to Asian cuisine.”
“As we both have very different backgrounds our tastes in music/movies vary greatly but we like the fact we can both bring something different to the table and enjoy it equally. We both like to snowboarding and traveling.”
Claire and Kez
The love the fun and vibrancy of the wedding of Claire and Kez. I think it started when the vibrant orange bouquet appeared and continued as I saw Claire crack up laughing. Marrying against Sydney’s harbour waters, the couple infused their day with a relaxed atmosphere and had plenty of beautiful moments with their guests.
Claire recalls how they met. “Kieran and I met through a mutual friend out one night in Coogee and it grew from there!”
Photos are by Thomas Stewart Photography. I love how he has captured the relaxed, happy feel of Claire and Kez’s wedding day,
Claire wore a simple gown from Charlie Brown and added a belt made by Luc Diaz Couturier . She added shoes with a sweet crystal bow from Tony Bianco, a hair clip and earrings from Mimco and bracelet from Swarovski from Alison Jewellers.
Jodie McGregor Flowers created the vibrant bouquets.
Claire and Kez had a “first look”. Claire explains “Kieran and I had the majority of our photos taken before the wedding ceremony, which I guess is a bit unusual. We wanted to spend as much time as we could with our friends and family celebrating our marriage so decided to meet beforehand for photos.”
“After discussing this idea with Tom (the photographer), he arranged with Kieran a special meeting place. On the wedding day, my sister Pip (the bridesmaid) liaised with Tom and he set it up and planned it so that we had ‘that moment’ where we saw each other for the first time, which was exactly what we were after. Tom photographed it all unfolding and did an amazing job. He positioned Kieran up on Observatory Hill, facing away from where Pip, my Dad and I were.”
“When Pip got the signal from Tom, she joined Scott (the best man) and my Dad, Howie up on the hill to watch while I walked up right behind Kieran. On Tom’s call, I tapped Kieran on the shoulder. He turned around and when we saw each other it was so exciting, fulfilling, emotional and happy. This was my highlight – it was very personal to the kind of couple we are and a great way to kick off the celebrations!”
Claire and Kez held their ceremony and reception at Simmer On The Bay. Claire says “I loved keeping the whole event in the one spot, no driving around in between ceremony and reception, no waiting, just us with all of our friends and family.
Simmer on the Bay was just gorgeous. The Staff at Simmer were very helpful from the beginning and nothing was ever too much trouble. They ensured that every last detail was attended to and that we did not have to worry about a thing on the day.”
Claire walked down the aisle to Hijomalind by Sigur Ros.
Claire loved “Having so many people who are so important to us together, in the one place made the wedding incredibly special.” The couple were married by Christopher Stalley ( 0413 627 070 ) with music performed by Impression DJs.
Tom is a brilliant photographer and an all round great guy. When we first met Tom, we immediately felt comfortable with him and loved his natural and unimposing shooting style. His images perfectly captured all the amazing moments of our day!
Simmer On The Bay and hired extra furniture from Hollywood For Hire . Claire remarks “We supplied all the menu cards, menu holders and candle decorations. Simmer have this fabulous green feature table that a family friend, Lynne Stalley, decorated with her amazing collection of antiques. We hired and bought in some additional tables and seating as this was a cocktail style reception but we still wanted people to be able to move around and take a seat when they wanted.”Claire and Kez held their cocktail reception at
Impression DJs kept guests on the dance floor. For their first dance, Claire recalls “We danced with no choreography or planning, just us together, rocking happily to ‘Islands’ by The XX.”