Jess and Ben

The Hunter valley


Wow! what a couple! This is certainly the style of wedding I love to photograph.  A lot of DIY Ideas weaving their way throughout the entire wedding day. With so much detail and personal character its so fun for me, a candid photojournalistic photographer, to wander about and capture everything. I love to tell a stories with my photography; with this wedding I also wanted you to hear from my bride – enjoy.


Q&A for the bride


We met when we were young kids competing in swimming club in Singleton. Our relationship started a few years after school when we met up on a night out with mutual friends and we hit it off from there!

A traditional, romantic Ben asked Mal (father of the bride) for his daughter’s hand in marriage, before whisking her away to the Barossa Valley where he popped the question.

I was in the bath and he snuck up, dropped down on one knee and asked the question!


The dress: I fell in love with this whimsical, sparkling gown in Babushka Ballerina, Fortitude Valley Brisbane. I was so happy with the gown that sparkled through the church ceremony, swished through the picnic soirée and spun on the dance floor!


The church:We were married in the church that Ben was baptised in, where I took my first communion and my Mum taught Sunday school. Father John Gilbert who married us has been a close family friend to both Ben and I for many years with Ben playing rugby with his eldest son and my Mum working with John’s wife Debbie for many years. Our ceremony was very special and personal.


The reception was a beautiful garden soirée at a private homestead outside of Singleton.


Favourite things: There were so many! We were surprised by rose petals that dropped from the bell tower at the church as bell ringing announced our marriage. Watching all of our guests walk around and see the surprise reception set up all at once was a memorable moment. We were upstairs in the homestead looking out through the window and seeing everyone’s reactions and where they decided to sit was a lot of fun. We loved the wonderful speeches by Ben’s Mum and Brother, my Dad, & our beautiful bridal party (Cass, Nat, Ari, Foxy & Scotty). Ben and the groomsmen loved firing antique guns as part of the retelling of the history of the homestead.  Everyone loved dancing and laughing the night away with our beautiful friends and family…


Colours and theming: We loved the bright colours of an Indian Summer colour theme and so used this as inspiration for decorations, floral arrangements and bouquets, the lovely dresses worn by the ladies and the dashing outfits worn by the men.


Planning process: We loved creating the day ourselves and seeking inspiration from all over to assist us in planning. We were very lucky to be surrounded by friends and family who helped us to pull off the vision leading up to and on the wedding day. Thank you to you all! Our wonderful friend and MC, Scotty, did a superb job of guiding us all through the day.


Once we made a conscious decision to make the day a very personal affair for our family and friends to share with us, it became much easier to make decisions! We toted around a scrapbook with ideas and inspiration for over a year in planning and enjoyed organising ideas and pretty things on Pinterest. Inspiration really is everywhere. Our wedding planning process was very DIY and so there were some very practical considerations which kept us level-headed like hiring cool rooms and toilets through to the pretty additions that helped us to create the “feel” of the day which was the most important factor in making decisions.



Ceremony Venue:

All Saints’ Anglican Church, Singleton

Reception Venue: 

Private homestead outside of Singleton


Worn Out Wares – boutique antiques, café and florist in Singleton, NSW


Father John Gilbert


Nicholas Joel

Themeing & Event Hire:

Hire with The Wedding Designer, themed by Jess and Ben


Worn Out Wares Flowers

Wedding Cake:

Turkish rose cake made by Jess


Our gifts to our guests were picnic baskets lovingly collected and tomato jam, made with love by Jess (& friends).

Wedding Gown:

Anna Campbell from Babushka Ballerina, Fortitude Valley Brisbane


Bespoke suits- J.H Cuttler (Sydney)

Beautiful, unique headpieces worn by the bride and bridesmaids designed and created by Sylvy Earl ph: 0435 147 223

Hair :

The Cutting Place, Singleton.

Make up:

Stevi Hopkins


DLove band

Walking down the aisle:

Pachelbel’s Canon on the organ

First dance:

Love Serenade, The Waifs