Dru had the most romantic of intentions for his proposal to Hannah. They were on their way back from a quick trip to Queensland to pick up a trailer and were camping overnight. He was going to set up a nice campsite, put on a bit of dinner and propose. Unfortunately, a torrential downpour and getting the trailer locked put a dampener on things that night! But, the next day he got the job done and hasn’t looked back since!
Hannah and her three sisters Sarah, Rachel and Ruth, chose Magnolia House in Tamworth to prepare for the wedding day – Friday 2nd October. It’s a beautiful little B&B in East Tamworth’s Upper Street with an eclectic mix of furniture and décor. It has a lovely little garden out the front and an airy deck out the back, where the girls chose to have their hair and makeup done.
Carissa from Exclusive Image in Narrabri did a spot on job with the girls’ hair and Jess from Jess + James in Tamworth did makeup.
Dru and his three groomsmen – long time friends Jeff, Kurt and Sean, dropped by briefly for some photos out the front on the cute little verandah before heading to the church for final preparations. Dru had organised for some ‘bullet’ bottle openers to be made and engraved for the day. While the boys tried to peek through the windows, the girls were safely out of sight out on the back deck!
Once the boys left, the girls found their dresses and before helping Hannah into her wedding dress, delivered a card from Dru where he spoke of his excitement for the day and for Hannah to be his wife.
The ceremony took place at the St Nicholas Catholic Church on White Street. The service was short, but the priest talked of what love meant and also encouraged the happy couple to share their love with many offspring (I think he mentioned 12 in fact!!)
After some family shots at the church, the bridal party and I found King George Ave in Tamworth – the quintessential wedding photography location. It really is just so stunning down there – the trees were so leafy and green and that avenue effect is superb! We had also arranged with the owners to utilise an adjoining paddock for some more rural looking shots. It was the most perfect time of the afternoon with the beautiful golden sunlight shining through the leaves.
Dru and Hannah’s reception was at the Pavillion Function Centre at Nemingha. After dinner I stole the happy couple away for 10 minutes and we shot some after-dark flash effects pic – something I love doing with my brides and grooms.
The Caskey family had also hired me to update their family portraits on the day after the wedding. With 9 kids (yes,9!) it’s not often that they are all together and it was the perfect opportunity to take some family photos. We again went down to King George Avenue (and dodged the Saturday morning traffic!)