Danielle and Paul

The heavens opened and the rain came down. It bucketed. We had to come up with a plan B for photos so we invaded a local primary school. Then we moved on to a new location and the bride hitched up her dress and took off into the field while the rain was still coming down. She was laughing and having a ball the whole time, then her groom went off after her and took her hand. They are what weddings should be about.

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 A while back we ran our ‘Pay it Forward’ competition where couples had to tell us what they would do for someone else in exchange for full wedding coverage. We received some fabulous entries but our overall winners were Danielle and Paul.

And we couldn’t have found a couple more deserving.

Danielle offered respite care to a family with a disabled teenage daughter as her ‘pay it forward’. This was enough for them to win the competition but there is so much more to the story. When we eventually met with Danielle and Paul it was unexpectedly while we were working a stand at a wedding expo. They came up and introduced themselves as the winners and told us more about themselves, their lives and why winning meant so much to them and they couldn’t believe they won something so huge. We listened to their story and were floored with all they have been through and continue to go through (most recently heart surgery for Paul). We knew none of their hardship when they won the competition, we just knew that there was a lot of heart in this couple. I had to ask them to stop talking to me and walk away as I would have started crying in front of a rather large crowd. Wow… and they were all smiles the whole time.

We quickly discovered that the smiles are what makes them both so magical. Danielle is the type of person that can’t hide how she’s feeling because every emotion is written on her face. She’s the sort of person that you want to reach out and cuddle, you want to laugh with her, you want to watch her sing bad karaoke and crack up giggling with her. Paul is a rock, he is steadfast and solid and has a wicked sense of humor… as you would have to have if you’re marrying a girl like Danielle.

I have NEVER cried during a wedding ceremony before this one. The minister even had to pause due to his own tears having known Danielle since she was a little girl. I have never laughed so hard when taking photos, particularly shooting the boys.

I have NEVER seen a bride and groom introduced at a reception and welcomed like they were rock stars with all the guests taking photos and screaming and cheering and generally going CRAZY. It was a testament to how much Danielle and Paul are loved by everyone.

Danielle and Paul; you are a truly amazing couple and we were so happy to have you as winners of our pay it forward competition. We hope life gives you more lucky breaks because you certainly deserve them. You are both generous and kind and thoughtful beyond words. Congratulations and much happiness for your future.

Photographed by Alex and Alicia
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No Danielle and Paul; we thank you 🙂

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Ngarie Humphrey - June 8, 2011 - 4:52 pm

Wow amazing couple and so worthy winners of your play it forward comp the images of their special day are beautiful

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Alex - June 8, 2011 - 5:13 pm

Best couple ever! 🙂

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Kym - June 8, 2011 - 6:15 pm

Heartwarming,beautiful so very special

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Kim Brekelmans - June 8, 2011 - 8:17 pm

The photos are gorgeous. I cried looking at them as much as I did at the wedding. An amazing couple so deserving of the prize.

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Sarah - June 8, 2011 - 8:21 pm

Fantastic! Love the bride running into the field and the sand trap but the emotion of the day is so obvious in all of them. Congrats to such a deserving couple.

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robby - June 8, 2011 - 8:45 pm

I google looking for boudoir workshops and stumbled across you. Well I have to tell you…I didn’t bore looking at the wedding photos. What an amazing wedding…I feel like I was there. The photography is gorgeous and you obviously captured them being themselves. Thanks for sharing.

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nadine - June 9, 2011 - 8:11 am

Wow, I cried looking at this blog post.

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Elissa - June 9, 2011 - 8:23 am

They sound like amazing people and these photos are beautiful!

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Ben Godkin - June 9, 2011 - 9:34 am

Such a beautiful wedding! This whole idea is a really great way to share your talent with other people who have something to offer the world… Amazing!

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sarah black - June 9, 2011 - 11:53 am

Oh wow, these are so so amazing. I have so many total faves, the rain shots under umbrellas, the portraits in the red area, the barefoot bride in the field. The loveheart sunnies! The message in the sand bunker. Such great great work guys, for a couple that sound incredible. I wish them a lifetime of happiness.

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tanya tindale - June 9, 2011 - 12:03 pm

how amazing is this wedding,and even more amazing their story… so lovely…..and i love the bride running in the grass.hehe

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Dani B - June 9, 2011 - 4:52 pm

What a fun loving couple! These are just so full of love and laughter – the stuff awesome marriages are made of! Brilliant job.

Love the running in the grass shots especially, so cute!

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Mariah Grace (: - June 12, 2011 - 10:30 am

Best Couple Ever, i wish Dani and Paul The Best, My Faourite Cousin And Cousin In Law <3 <3 i love you both

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Ellen - June 13, 2011 - 6:46 pm

Beautiful wedding and beautiful photos! I was gonna list my favorites, but there are so many I love! Love Danielle running in the field, love the red wall, love the champagne, love the getting ready. Amazing!

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Zoe - June 13, 2011 - 9:26 pm

Oh what a fabulous wedding – you can see all the fun through your photographs! What a lucky couple to have had to capture their day for them so beautifully. I actually found myself smiling as I was looking through. Great work!

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Allegra - June 13, 2011 - 9:51 pm

wow! what a great wedding! I can feel the love! And your inside color shots are especially nicely done!

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Alicia - June 13, 2011 - 10:04 pm

Just lovely. I could feel the joy in these. Beautiful story, and beautiful work.

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Kellee - June 16, 2011 - 11:36 am

This is such an incredible gift. Beautiful images!

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Jim - June 16, 2011 - 2:30 pm

Love shots in the rain.

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Fiona - July 8, 2011 - 2:22 pm

What a stunning wedding! Gorgeous couple… beautiful photographs!

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Diana and Jason

This is a blog post of epic proportions and lots of pinkness. (Is ‘pinkness’ even a word? If not, it is now.)

Diana and Jason had a spectacular day with their ceremony in the chapel at Hyatt Sanctuary Cove. We followed it up fabulous location photos along the roadside on the way to their reception venue Links Hope Island and also on the golf course at Links. This is where I advise people to not shoot and drive a golf buggy at the same time. It can be hazardous – but lots and lots of fun.

Wedding guests came from all over Australia and overseas… including both Di and Jason who live and work in Perth. It was a great day for all followed by an amazing and very pink reception.

Congratulations on your marriage Diana and Jason.

Photographed by Alex and Alicia with Katie Weychardt.

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shipra - May 21, 2011 - 11:10 am

What a beautiful smile the bride has!! Awesome coverage from beginning to end. Felt like I was there 🙂

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Amber Hughes - May 21, 2011 - 1:41 pm

Fantastically captured – I especially love the getting ready photos!

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Sarah - May 21, 2011 - 6:26 pm

Absolutely love the photo of the bridal party across the bridge at sunset!

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Jodie Greck Photography - May 21, 2011 - 8:13 pm

gorgeous x

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derrys - May 22, 2011 - 12:02 am

wow… the shot of the rolls royce is stellar. Beautiful work all around and really good capture of details.

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Sarah - May 22, 2011 - 12:07 am

What a beautiful wedding – the bride looks so so pretty and happy! Great job!

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Rachael Muller - May 22, 2011 - 2:15 am

what an amazing set of photographs. They tell a awesome story. the bride looks HOT!

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Kim Selby - May 22, 2011 - 9:40 am

Fabulous job as always guys. I especially love all the little moments and details you have captured. Stunning

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Anton Chia - May 22, 2011 - 12:31 pm

Elegantly beautiful. Very nice work as always Alicia!

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Dallas Wedding Photographer - May 22, 2011 - 8:15 pm

Such creative composition and love the formal shots.

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Johanna - May 23, 2011 - 4:29 am

That shot of her beside the pool (or whatever it is :)) is my absolute favorite, amazing! I really like the getting ready shots too.

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Tab McCausland - May 23, 2011 - 11:55 am

Wow the picture of them in front of the car is awesome.

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Razvan - May 24, 2011 - 1:06 am

Gorgeous wedding! Lots of beautiful moments and beautiful details. Love the creative approach to portraits!

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Nessa - May 24, 2011 - 3:20 am

There are so many really gorgeous moments here. I really reallyyyyy dig the lighting going on during the bride and groom pictures, too. It was ohhh so pretty. =)

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Kelsey - May 25, 2011 - 5:07 am

Gorgeous coverage of a beautiful wedding! The bride is simply stunning. I love the getting ready photos!

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Katie Beach - May 27, 2011 - 12:30 am

Talk about pinkalicious! LOVE the reception lighting! You shots are amazing! I love the guys getting ready series! Great job!

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John Reyment - May 27, 2011 - 9:35 pm

Epic, what a great fun day, well captured, pink rocks!

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David Robertson - May 30, 2011 - 10:08 am

Really solid set of images, great stuff

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Heather - June 15, 2011 - 5:42 am

Gorgeous work- classic and beautiful! I love the sequence of shots showing the groom putting on the jacket.

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