Destination weddings

Becky & Shane | A super relaxed and fun wedding held at the Budgie Smuggler in Melbourne, Australia

Becky and Shane are two of my favourite people in the entire world. As soon as they got engaged I just knew they would plan a super relaxed and fun wedding for all their friends and family and I couldn't wait!

These guys know how to plan one hell of a wedding. They chose to forego tradition and get married in an awesome venue called The Budgie Smuggler - a really relaxed bar/warehouse event space which is decorated in stylish and industrial touches. 

In Becky's own words "I felt like an imposter at the traditional wedding venues, so I went with a place that made me feel happy and at home...oh and it had beer on tap, that was Shane's prerequisite!" 

These guys were so relaxed that when I suggested they have a first look and take portraits and group shots before the ceremony in the daylight (they got married in the evening) they didn't hesitate. I've not photographed a first look before and I would definitely recommend them to anyone getting married later in the day (or during winter!) or even if you feel a little anxious about the ceremony! 

I really loved the whole approach that Becky and Shane took to planning their wedding, Becky told me "I tried to forget about what people expected you to do on the day and just went with what we really wanted. I have got through most of my life with a relaxed 'wing it' attitude and thought I've made it this far and nothing bad has happened!". Other examples of ways in which they broke tradition included getting an Uber to and from the ceremony (such a good idea!) and abandoning the idea of 'favours' and just making sure everyone had plenty to eat and drink. 

One of my favourite things about this wedding (apart from their carefree approach the whole day and in the run up!) was how much love was felt throughout the entire day. Becky and Shane love each other so much, you only have to be with them for 5 minutes to notice it. I don't think there was a dry eye in the room during the ceremony (mine definitely weren't!)!

But it wasn't just the two of them, everyone loves these two so much - from family who travelled across the world to be with them, to friends who helped organise and prep for the big day (a huge shout out to Becky's Maid of Honour Thea who is actually superhuman!) and Shane's parents who have continually supported the two of them in everything they do. It was such an incredible honour to be a part of this amazing occasion and I am so bloody happy to say (for the millionth time!) congratulations Mr and Mrs Young ♡ 

Supplier info:

Venue (plus food, drink and DJ): The Budgie Smuggler

Flowers: TBC Event Styling, Floristry & Design

Make-up: Emily Tong

Hair: Cropped Hair and Beauty - Ash Jende

Bridal shoes: Bared Footwear

Dress: Pollardi

Shane's suit: Joe Black 

Enjoy the photos! I will be blogging my travel photos from Australia soon too, yay! :) 

Melbourne Australia postcard 'Melbourne because you can never have too much weather!'
'happy wedding day' card
Shane do not enter - sign on the door
Red and white roses
Preparing rose petal confetti
Champagne and croissants on the morning of the wedding
Sister of the groom holding Rosie the dog
Baskets of rose petal confetti
Bridal flowers
Bride on the morning of her wedding
Bride having make up finished
Bride having lipstick applied by make up artist
Grandpa cuddles his granddaughter at wedding
Bridesmaids help the bride get ready
Bridesmaids and family react to seeing bride for the first time
Bride arrives at venue in an uber
Father of the bride and maid of honour help the bride out of an uber outside wedding venue
Beautiful bride waiting to go into wedding venue
Bride walking across bridge for first look
Groom waits for bride at first look
Bride and groom first look in Melbourne Australia
Groom sees bride for first time at first look
Family walking across bridge see bride and groom for the first time
Bride and groom first look
Bridal party laughing at Ringwood Lake Park, VIC
Bride and groom walking through Ringwood Lake Park, VIC
Bride trying to make groom smile
Bride and groom cuddling with cheesy grins
Bride and groom portraits in Ringwood Lake Park, VIC. The Budgie Smuggler wedding. Melbourne Australia
wedding portraits in Ringwood Lake Park, Ringwood, VIC The Budgie Smuggler wedding photography
Bride and groom laughing during portraits at Ringwood Lake Park, Ringwood, VIC
Bride and groom laughing during portraits The Budgie Smuggler wedding
Bride and groom laughing in black and white
Welcome to the Budgie Smuggler sign - The Budgie Smuggler, Ringwood, VIC
Handwritten wedding sign reading 'welcome to the wedding of Shane and Becky'
Groom and groomsmen waiting for the bride at The Budgie Smuggler, Ringwood, VIC
Groom, groomsmen and officiant awaiting the bride
Bride and her father walking down the aisle
Bride hugging her father during wedding ceremony
Wedding ceremony at The Budgie Smuggler, Ringwood, VIC
Bride and groom laughing during wedding ceremony
Groom crying during wedding ceremony
Bride and groom smiling during wedding ceremony
Bride wiping tears from groom's face during wedding ceremony
Bride watching groom during wedding ceremony at The Budgie Smuggler, Ringwood, VIC
Father and mother of the groom crying during the wedding ceremony
Groom wiping his eyes during the wedding ceremony
Bride and groom exchange vows
Bride smiling while groom reads his vows at The Budgie Smuggler, Ringwood, VIC
Bride laughing while exchanging rings
Bride and groom kiss at The Budgie Smuggler, Ringwood, VIC
Rose petal confetti shot
Groom drinking a pint of beer
Groomsman eating a burger
Bride chatting to friends after wedding ceremony at The Budgie Smuggler, Ringwood, VIC
Guest dancing at wedding
Bride and friends pulling silly faces
Bride and mother of the groom smiling
Donut wall at The Budgie Smuggler, Ringwood, VIC
Bride drinking beer after wedding ceremony at The Budgie Smuggler, Ringwood, VIC
Bride and groom eating donuts
Groom shoving a donut in bride's face
Bride and groom eating donuts after wedding ceremony
Bride and groom drinking beer after wedding ceremony
Wedding guests pose for picture at The Budgie Smuggler, Ringwood, VIC
The Budgie Smuggler, Ringwood, VIC
Bride and groom first dance at The Budgie Smuggler, Ringwood, VIC
Dancing bride
Dancing wedding guests
Wedding guests dancing
Happy dancing wedding guests
Wedding dance floor conga
Maid of honour and father of the bride dancing
Wedding guests dancing the Macarena
Singing wedding guests
Bride dancing with the mother of the groom
Wedding guests dancing
Bride and groom dancing
Couple dancing at wedding
Donut wall
Bride dance off
Wedding guest dance off

We ended the night with shots at the bar! 

Thank you so much to my amazing second shooter Jess for this photo! :) 

Wedding guests take shots at the bar at The Budgie Smuggler, Ringwood, VIC

Lenka & Alastair | Penzion André, Czech Republic

This wedding was absolutely incredible! I've known Lenka and Alastair for several years and it was such a joy to see them get married ♡ 

Lenka and Alastair flew all their favourite people out to a beautiful vineyard in the Czech Republic for 3 days of fantastic wine and fun. It was such a blast! The whole weekend was sooo hot, it felt like we were attending a wedding at a vineyard in Italy, not the Czech Republic!

The couple, their families and Lenka's awesome bridesmaids put so much effort into the whole day and it really showed. There were fun Czech traditions such as smashing plates on the floor and cleaning them up together, drinking shots of vodka disguised as water and hilarious games of them both trying to pick each other out of a lineup - blindfolded! 

The attention to detail at this wedding was fantastic and there was always something for the guests to do - drink incredible wine, eat ALL THE FOOD (seriously, it was amazing and there was so much of it!), play fun games, dance along to a talented Czech folk band, dance along to the DJ and Lenka's own party playlist or explore the super venue with all its nooks and crannies (the wine cellar was vast!). 

As you'll see below there were some particularly cheeky groomsmen at this wedding! They spent hours blowing up normal balloons only to realise that they'd run out of helium and the huge heart balloons they were supposed to be filling had been left until last (and that's nothing compared to the other shenanigans they got up to...more below!). 

As I write this Lenka and Alastair have just finished their honeymoon and moved to a beautiful part of Italy for the summer to soak up the sun and plant some vines of their own (!) so hopefully these photographs will remind them of an incredible weekend they shared with all the people they love :) 

I'm super proud of my husband Russell as he filmed a highlight video for Lenka and Al - check it out below!

Now for the photos!


Are you getting married overseas? Somewhere in Europe perhaps? Or maybe you're going even further on a once-of-a-lifetime adventure? I'd love to join you! My destination wedding rates might be less than you expect so get in touch and let's plan something awesome!