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Rhys & Suzie – Mills Beach – Mornington

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Rhys and Suzie opted to have a small wedding with just close friends and family. They thought what better way to get married than to have an intimate ceremony right on the beach. After looking around most of the beaches around the Mornington Peninsula, they found and fell in love with Mills Beach in Mornington. After some inquiries they found that they could have a ceremony right on the beach and a celebrant to officiate the proceedings in  Jessica Edwards – celebrant

Jessica did an absolute fantastic job of performing an intimate ceremony on the beach whereby friends and family found themselves front and centre of the proceedings which was full of fun, laughter and heartfelt gestures.

When Rhys and Suzie first came to us – Jiva Workshop, they wanted some really great photography of their day. They knew they had picked a picturesque setting and wanted their wedding photo’s to not only capture the scenic location but also the love they felt for each other.

Not having shot at the beach before we, went down to Mills Beach in Mornington to scout the location and see what would be the best way to shoot the couple on the beach and surrounds.

We knew we would get some absolutely fantastic shots of the couple with the beach, the beach boxes and the sea, butwe wanted to try something different and get a different angle that most haven’t seen before. That is why we decided to use a drone for photography only. As you can see by using the drone we were able to get shots that no one else would be able to get otherwise.

We were really ecstatic as were Rhys and Suzie at how they turned out and will be using the drone again to get shots that are truly unique.  

 

Real Wedding – Daniel and Rochelle – Portsea Hotel

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Daniel and Rochelle contacted us after attending a wedding that we had the pleasure of capturing. After seeing our work and what we had done, they were both impressed enough to hire Jiva Workshop to capture their special day.

Daniel and Rochelle already had two children and it was important to them to be able to include them both in the wedding ceremony. They had already booked the venue at Portsea Hotel for the fantastic venue with sweeping views of Port Phillip Bay. This made for a picturesque setting for their special little family to come together and for both Daniel and Rochelle to say their vows to each other.

Their celebrant Karen Wilmot did a magnificent job of presiding over the ceremony with beautiful stories of how Daniel proposed and courted Rochelle, not to mention growing into a beautiful family of four. Daniel and Rochelle chose to do a hand fasting ritual during the ceremony. Hand Fasting is an old Celtic tradition where the hands of the bride and groom are bound together to represent the bond they will have together as man and wife.

 

After the ceremony we headed down to the Portsea Pier to get some loved up images of the bridal party. Timing it perfectly for Golden hour, we got some fantastic candid images of everyone on the pier with the water in the background.

We finished by heading back to The Portsea Hotel where Daniel and Rochelle had a cocktail / meal reception – The entree’s were a mixture of cocktail platters whilst the main meal was served as a sit down meal. Something that i had not seen before, yet seemed to work quite well for everyone present.

Daniel & Rochelle Wedding Highlights – Portsea Hotel from Jiva Workshop on Vimeo.

 

We loved working with Daniel and Rochelle, they brought humour and fun to our day and they had the cutest most adorable children you could have witnessed. Congratulations Daniel and Rochelle we wish you all the best for your future.

Real Wedding | Matt & Kate | Lindinderry – Red Hill

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Matt and Kate really wanted an intimate wedding with a few special family and friends. They wanted the backdrop of the rolling hills that Red Hill had to offer and so opted for a small wedding at Lindenderry at Red Hill. When Matt and Kate came to us they especially wanted us to capture the very special ceremony that they had planned and after seeing what took place it’s easy to understand why.

The Ceremony

With Matt waiting nervously down the aisle Kate made her entrance walking between the massive elm trees that stand to attention along the aisle. 

when it came time to say their special vows, Matt had tears of happiness in his eyes but managed to get them out without seeming to unmanly. Kate then said her own vows which again took on special meaning and made the crowd say a collective Awwww.

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After the ceremony and group shot, we whisked the bridal party away for some location shots around the magnificent grounds of Lindinderry at Red Hill. Although it seemed like it might rain during the day, the weather held up and we were able to get some great light for our shots around the ground.

 

Matt & Kate Wedding Highlights – Red Hill – Lindenderry from Jiva Workshop on Vimeo.

 

After the location shots, Matt & Kate made their grand entrance into the reception. They didn’t want to waste much time on formalities and so jumped pretty much straight into speeches.

The speeches really were a highlight of the night as what seemed like what would be a short and sweet affair turned into many heart felt messages and hilarity at stories of Matt’s past exploits as an Ebay reseller.

A great night was had by all and i wish both Matt and Kate all the best for the future. 

 

  

  

Beach Wedding Mornington Peninsula

Real Wedding | Brendan & Natalie | Sorrento

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Sweethearts Brendan and Natalie when deciding where to get married really wanted a beach wedding overlooking the sea. So when Brendan finally popped the question they settled on a destination wedding down at sorrento at all smiles. All smiles is the one venue that overlooks the Sorrento back beach and makes for a magnificent venue and atmosphere.

Being very laid back they opted for a cocktail party that could host their many family and friends as well as have the outlook and atmosphere that the background scenery could offer. 

Brendan and Natalie both came to us again by looking at some of our work that was featured on our facebook page and knew they wanted Jiva Workshop to capture their special day. They opted to get us to do both photography and video and together we looked at many different idea’s of how to get the best Photography and Video of their day.

All smiles ceremony

The ceremony took place at the back of the venue which is more or less a cliff top that has the magnificent backdrop of Sorrento Back Beach. It was a beautiful ceremony whereby even Brendan had tears in his eyes when he saw the beautiful Natalie for the first time coming down the aisle. 

After the ceremony was said and done we ventured off with the bridal party to get some location shots down on the beach and some special ones at a secret pier location in Sorrento.

Brendan & Natalie Wedding Highlights Sorrento from Jiva Workshop on Vimeo.

After the location shots were done and dusted. The couple came back to the venue with one thing on their minds and that was to party. With so many of their friends and family that have gathered they danced into the night and even at one stage held Natalie above their heads crowd surfing. It was a great night for both of them. 

Celebrity Wedding | Dave & Lauren | Baxter Barn

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Well some TV fanatics might recognise the bride in this wedding. Lauren was the chef from “Wings & Fins” restaurant that featured in the channel 9 reality series “The Hotplate”, where competing restaurants battle it out against each other to take out best restaurant.

It was just before the series started filming that Dave and Lauren first met and started a relationship whereby Lauren had to say goodbye suddenly and start shooting the tv show. They survived the ups and downs of the show and after everything had settled, they had a loving relationship and baby on the way.

Dave and Lauren first came to us wanting to capture their special day after seeing some of our previous work. They both had some very special moments that they wanted captured. One in particular was having a butterfly release during the group shot after the ceremony at Baxter Barn. We had concerns over how to capture a few hundred butterflies flying up all at once, however it was an obvious choice to shoot the video in slow motion at 200 frames per second.

The Ceremony

The ceremony was placed at the back of the barn facing the grand wisteria encompassing the back porch. It was a intimate ceremony that was personal to both Dave and Lauren with stories about how they met and what they mean to each other. When it came time for the group shot, coordinating the release of hundreds of butterflies is no easy task, however it was managed very well and what it resulted in was truly a unique piece of vision for their wedding video.

 

 

The location shots

After all the formal ceremony proceedings were done and dusted, we managed to get the bridal party away for a few location shots in and around the rustic scenery that is Baxter Barn.

We were able to get some memorable shots of the couple, and with the sun setting in the background made for a really fun and candid shoot. 

Dave and Lauren’s wedding was most memorable and intimate. Being somewhat recognisable it was important to both Dave and Lauren that they had a small but memorable and intimate wedding, which really was achieved with great food and wine and mingling in the back decks of Baxter Barn.  

Sunset Lake wedding

Real Wedding | Sarah & Chris | McClelland Gallery

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Sarah and Chris first met at a friends wedding when they were unexpectedly seated together. Chris was quite shy around knew people whilst Sarah was quite outgoing and accommodating so much so she ended up finishing Chris’s meal at their friends reception. And So this is a story where the couple hit it off at first sight and never look back. 

When Sarah and Chris first came to us they really wanted a small but meaningful wedding. It was important to both of them to include Chris’s daughter into the day and Sarah had prepared special vows not just to Chris but to Kayla as well. 

Originally both Chris and Sarah were opting for a backyard wedding at Sarah’s Parents house, with a beautiful backyard it would make a great scene for a cozy small wedding that they wanted. When they saw The McClelland Gallery & Sculpture Park and realised that they could have weddings there, they knew it was the perfect place to hold their small but fun wedding.

The ceremony was held in front of the picturesque lake and as they both said their own vows to each other and to a surprised Kayla, the tears began to flow and people began to choke up. It was very meaningful and you could feel the emotion in the air.

IT was after the ceremony that we ventured into the sculpture park to take some great shots of the bridal party and the couple. It was the first time we had tried to use smoke bombs and although it was a little temperamental some of the results were astounding. Making use of the sculptures and the natural surrounds we were able to get some fantastic imagery. 

Sarah & Chris Wedding Highlights – McClelland Gallery from Jiva Workshop on Vimeo.

Then after all the formalities such as the speeches were over it was over to the great band of Inkasounds  which led the party in all night fun and dancing. It really was a fantastic wedding and we had so much fun and laughter capturing it. 

 

Real Wedding | Mel & Shane | Beaumaris

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Mel and Shane first met at a club in Sorrento whilst out with their respective friends. According to his best man, Shane was instantly attracted to Mel and went about the process of wooing her the only way he knew how. Mel fell for Shane’s charms that night and long story short subsequently had 2 children together and were for all intents and purposes a committed couple. The only thing that was missing was the ring. So it was with great excitement that Shane asked Mel to marry him and finally put a ring on it. 

Both Mel and Shane wanted to have a beach side wedding, and when they saw The Beaumaris Motor Yacht Squadron that was situated right on the foreshore of Port Phillip Bay. They knew they had found their wedding venue. The ceremony would be perfect overlooking the water, however, The gods on that day decided to bless Mel and Shanes wedding day with rain. It’s not often that it rains all day in Melbourne but today was one of those days. And so everything had to be moved inside. The crew setting up did an amazing job making the venue look quite magical for the ceremony with the big LOVE letters displayed as a backdrop to the whole procession.

It was after the ceremony that we had a small break in the weather and was able for a small time to go out and get some great shots of Mel and Shane even if their was a light shower. It shows that even if it does rain on your wedding day that it can still be special and you can capture some absolutely gorgeous moments.

Mel & Shane Wedding Highlights from Jiva Workshop on Vimeo.

 

 

wedding, Sandhurst golf club

Real Wedding | Breanna & Chris | Sandhurst Club

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When Breanna and Chris decided to get married they wanted a simple wedding in a picturesque setting with lots of fun and dancing afterwards. It was when they saw Sandhurst Club that they knew they had found the perfect place to get married.  “We knew we wanted to get married at a golf club because Chris loves golf”. Having gone to quite a few friends and families weddings before they knew most of the vendors that they wanted for their big day. They had seen Andrew from Passion8 Photography work his magic once before as well as DJ Peter D, of whom both have come to know the family quite well.

However, when it came to capturing their wedding on video they hadn’t seen any that they really liked until they saw Jiva Workshop’s Facebook Page where they saw an assortment of video’s that told the story of the couples day the way that they would want it. Chris and Breanna had each written special vows to each other and the speeches were extra special as though everyone was nervous about speaking, it was heartfelt and Chris and Breanna both wanted those special moments captured.

Breanna & Chris Wedding Highlights – Sandhurst Golf Club from Jiva Workshop on Vimeo.

The day was certainly special, and after the speeches and first wedding dance. It was time for everyone to get up and dance. And so with a spin of the DJ table everyone hit the floor and began to boogie to the popular songs they knew and loved. Thank You Breanna and Chris for having us capture your day. We had a great time producing the video for you.   

 

Wedding couple Palmtree photo

Real Wedding | Tegan & Shaun | Mount Martha

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Tegan and Shaun first met at Sofia’s Italian Restaurant in Frankston. Although they didn’t get together till much later, they worked together side by side. It wasn’t till after they had both left “Sofia’s” that they ended up hooking up and as they say the rest was history.

When we first met these two love birds and their family (they have two children), it was obvious just how much they loved each other and wanted more than anything to share their love for each other with the world.

They had decided on having the ceremony at “The Mornington Rose Garden” which is pretty much near the centre of Mornington with rows upon rows of carefully manicured roses surrounding a Gazebo in the middle and a lake towards the background that is home to an assortment of ducks and swans.

Getting ready, they decided that it would be easier to do their prep at the same hotel in Mornington at “The Tanti” Hotel. This made it possible to do something which is a little rare where they can have one last moment together before saying their vows to each other without ruining the day by seeing each other fully in person – (see video & photo’s below)

Then finally came time to say “I Do” at the rose garden. Shaun looked incredibly proud and ecstatic at seeing his children make their way to the front of the aisle and when he saw Tegan in her dress – well his eyes absolutely lit up. Seeing her in her dress might have been the reason why he found it difficult to get some of the words right when saying his vows to Tegan, which in itself made for a funny cute moment for the two.

Tegan & Shaun Wedding Highlights Mornington from Jiva Workshop on Vimeo.

After the ceremony, we went down to the lake and park with all the ducks and swans on display to take some snaps of the newly married couple. It was quite convenient having such a picturesque park nearby to take some great photo’s and video of the two.

Later it was off to The Dava Hotel in Mount Martha. The cocktail reception was held on the rooftop deck which overlooked the stunning Port Phillip Bay, which enabled some great photo’s and scenery as the we were all witness to a fantastic sunset. As night fell and people began to dance to Live Duo that were performing well known acoustic hits. Jaime, Tegan’s sister gave a surprise performance of a song that was specifically for Tegan and Shaun.

It was a magnificent night for a truly fantastic couple, well done and we wish you all the happiness in the world.

Wooded Couple

Real Wedding | Sam & Shane | Mt Martha

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Sam and Shane had been together for some time before wanting to tie the knot. They had renovated a house they were living in and Shane had a thriving business in fixing motorbikes and mechanical that Sam worked in from time to time.

So when it came to getting married, they both wanted something simple with family and a small group of friends. They opted to have their ceremony in the beautiful grounds of Karrawingi Park in Moorooduc where they have an assortment of scenery from lakes to early settler cottages. The reception was to be held at Sam’s parents home in Mt Martha where they had a marquee and a two piece band guitar and Cajon (hand drumming box).

Sam and Shanes wedding was a done a little differently with family photo’s and prep photo’s taking place together where they were getting ready at their newly renovated home at Crib Point.

From there everyone made their way to Karrawingi Park for the lovely ceremony in front of the gazebo overlooking the lake. Sam was walked down the aisle by her grandfather and stepfather together and she looked absolutely stunning.

Afterwards, we were able to roam the grounds and take many different candid shots of the couple taking advantage of the picturesque grounds that Karrawingi had to offer. As you can see below.

After the fun of location shooting had ended and the sun began to die down, it was time to party at the reception in Mt Martha. Although this wasn’t a reception venue, you could be forgiven for thinking a little otherwise as the decorations and preparation in making the house look so good was really apparent and definitely set the mood for what was going to be a magnificent night.

With a combination of live music to mellow tunes with the duo previously mentioned to pumping out “get down” tunes over the stereo. It really was not only a well catered affair with food and canapes in abundance, but just a damn lot of fun.