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Cheri & Luis – Mirboo – Rustic Wedding

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We have known Cheri for many years, she was a bridesmaid at our own wedding and despite not always seeing each other on a regular basis. We always manage to catch up during important times and events and we pick up where we left off.

So when she told us that she was getting married to her long time love Luis. We were absolutely ecstatic for her and Luis. When she asked us to take some shots of her day – we were over the moon as we loved the idea of being able to capture elements of her day exactly how she wanted and give her images that would be memories to last a lifetime.

Cheri was very clear with us that she was having a very relaxed wedding on her country property in Mirboo, it was to be just with a set of close friends and relatives and she definitely didn’t want us to be working overtime taking shots. She just wanted a few nice shots to commemorate the day and capture it the way it was.

We had never been to her property before, but when we got there. we were absolutely amazed. No wonder both Cheri and Luis love coming here and spending their time there. It was a country house set on a hilltop where the back of the house and decking overlook the most amazing vista of hilltops and a valley down below.

The ceremony was absolutely lovely and after getting getting the all important group shot of everyone that was there. It was time to relax, have a drink and some food and take in the most wonderful scenery on a beautiful sunny day. It was even complete with no less than a flock of 5 eagles flying overhead and spiralling down into the valley.

Everyone laid back on the couches as the Venezuelan band started to play tunes that echoed throughout the valley. Quite often when you are asked to be both a guest and take shots of the day it can be quite hard to balance the two. However, this day seemed magical, the happy vibes seemed to permeate throughout the whole area, as people got up to dance on the hilltop decking whilst others were happy to sink back into the couches and watch whilst nibbling, sipping their beverages and exchanging in conversation with others.

It was exactly, how both Cheri and Luis had envisioned, a close knit cohort of friends and family relaxed and enjoying the beautiful day, the scenery and the music to celebrate their coming together as a family.

There was no strict timing as to when things were to happen and so the party went well into the night as a fire was lit to gather around and embroidered blankets were given as gifts to keep warm.

I have to say this wedding was one of the most unique we have ever been too let alone captured and we felt privileged to be apart of it. Not just as a photographer but to share it with one of your close friends was even more special.

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Real Wedding | Rachel & Simon | Merricks

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Rachel and Simon really wanted a cozy Mornington Peninsula wedding where they spend most of their free time from their professional lives with friends and family. Having family at a Balnarring farm, they loved spending time together in the cozy wooded scapes near the beach of Western Port Bay.

Rachel was set on using local suppliers and venues for her special day and loved the feel that “The Merricks General Store” had and so they both knew that that was where they would have their reception. However, Rachel really wanted a grand Church ceremony and was lucky enough to be able to book a nearby church at Cerberus St Marks Chapel. Other locals suppliers included Jiva Workshop for video as well as the talented Tanya Fry for photography.

Starting at their picturesque family farm in Balnarring, where she was getting ready. Rachel had chosen a magnificent Vera Wang dress that really stunned.

Whilst Simon had chosen to get ready at a nearby lodge. Rachel prepared to make her entrance at the magnificent church at Cerberus. Rachel was preceded by her nieces and nephews before the doors flew open to reveal Rachel looking absolutely stunning.

It was a formal ceremony and afterwards we went on location to Rachel’s family farm and surrounds to get images of the rustic surrounds that the farm had to offer including some great wooded areas and manicured gardens.

Rachel & Simon’s Wedding Highlights from Jiva Workshop on Vimeo.


Then it was off to the party at The Merricks General Store whereby their guests enjoyed a three course meal followed by some hilarious speeches until it was time to hit the dancefloor.

With the DJ spinning some popular tracks from the 80’s and 90’s everyone enjoyed having a boogie and even the kids joined in. By the end of the night i am sure that everyone had had a great time.

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Real Wedding | Michelle and Paul | Balnarring

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Michelle and Paul are your typical loved up couple. They met whilst crossing paths in their professional careers in concrete and the rest was history. They started a business together and bought the home so it was logical to take the next step and get married knowing they had built a solid loving partnership together.

Michelle was intent on having a country rustic wedding set on the Mornington Peninsula. She spent months sourcing just the right jars, candles as well as all the little knick knacks that would add to the main event in every little detail.

For the venue Michelle and Paul found “The Heritage” located in Balnarring which had everything that they wanted out of a wedding venue. The magnificent gardens that are located at the back of the pub was perfect for their gathering of friends and family to witness them both say their vows. The main hall area was everything they wanted in a country rustic wedding.

The ceremony was intimate and friendly under one of the large oak trees in the Heritage Gardens gathered with friends and relatives. Afterwards the bridal party all hopped into a VW mini van and made their way to Tussie Mussie Vineyard Lodge, set amongst the hills and rolling grape vines we got some fantastic imagery.

After getting what we came for, we all went back to the Heritage where Michelle and Paul’s guests were waiting to get the party started. Michelle and Paul opted to have a band play live for their guests as they danced and sang to all the popular songs they both liked and added to the feel of a country wedding with live music. 

Michelle&Paul Wedding Highlights Merricks from Jiva Workshop on Vimeo.

It was one hell of a party and by the end of the night there was quite a few people that will remember that it was all such a magnificent night and also a few who wouldn’t remember but that it was evidence they had such a good time.