Although I’ve moved to the beautiful town of Maleny on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland, I still find myself often flying down to Southern Highlands and Canberra for weddings. I thoroughly enjoy getting out of the humidity of the coast and visiting my old stomping ground. Who knows, maybe I’m meant to move back down that way one day?
But as usual, I was very excited to be attending and photographing Maddie and Nicholas’s wedding day at one of my favorite wedding locations in Canberra, Pialligo Estate. The day was hot hot hot! We decided to allow time prior to the wedding ceremony to have a first look session with Maddie and Nicholas to shake some nerves off and give us a little more time to have more portraits. Unsure if the partly cloudy day will stay, I suggested we head to the Pialligo Redwood forest just outside of Canberra Airport to do this first look session. This beautiful forest offers not only some intimate areas out of public way, but also great cover in case it is glaringly hot and sunny (which it was). It is also a fantastic area in winter for Canberra wedding photos as it provides some greenery to what is sometimes a very sparse look when the trees generally have no leaves being it so cold and frosty during June/July! Luckily for us we had some beautiful yellow ground flowers which gave an extra special touch to the flora around us!
Following our first portraits, Maddie and Nicholas chose to hold a Greek infused (a ‘nod’ to Josh’s heritage) ceremony in one of the newer areas in Pialligo Estate with celebrant extraordinaire, Steven Murray. Conveniently surrounded by beautiful Olive trees, this site provided a lovely themed backdrop to the ceremony. From ceremony to reception, you couldn’t take away the smiles and laughs from Maddie and Nicholas -these guys sure knew how to party. As the dance floor started there was plenty traditional dancing including the Hasapikos and Zeibekiko. I’m happy to report no spirits or shot glasses were tipped out during the night!