Kerry and Luke

Ceremony and Portraits Venue: MacArthur Park, Camden
Post-Wedding Celebration: MacArthur Tavern

Here’s one that’ll be hard to forget! This cozy wedding took place in Camden and radiated warmth – and I’m not just talking about the 35 degree weather! Kerry and Luke were accompanied by their closest family members and friends at their secret ceremony on a lively Saturday with many unexpected onlookers close by, making the most of the last warmth in Autumn.

Kerry was accompanied down the very long aisle (from the park gate to beyond the playground) by both her father and Kerry and Luke’s gorgeous little daughter. I had to fight back tears as I watched Luke become emotional at the arrival of his stunning bride. Their daughter served as emotional support, occasionally hopping off of grandad’s lap to hold hands with mum and dad throughout the ceremony.

The ceremony included so many personal touches, including quite a fiery sparkler union ceremony (oops) and even a bodyguard to test the bubble recessional exit. The bubble machine perched at the end of the aisle was very effective at creating a festive path for our newlyweds and their daughter at the end.

Given the heat of the day, we found refuge during our portraits in the fern section of the gardens, taking some gorgeous and moody images.

Before we headed to the “reception”, here’s where the secret was spilled – the rest of their friends and family had been invited to Kerry and Luke’s “engagement” party at Macarthur Tavern, where a staff member had the job of informing the crowd that “due to unforeseen circumstances, we won’t be celebrating the engagement this evening. Instead we’d like you all to welcome Mr and Mrs Hallam!”. Our bride and groom were swarmed by endless happy – and surprised – loved ones. They then celebrated with some light catering and heavy chatter for the rest of the evening!

(Advance warning – this gallery is HUGE! It is just too hard to pick favourites!)

Published by Chloe Ianni

I am a Wollongong based photographer who specializes in small weddings and on-location portraits.