Mildura river wedding, all about history, river boats and a couple in love.
The question is where do we start? Clearly it won’t be at the beginning for that would require this blog to go on forever and ever. Suffice to say. When Ashton and Nathan decided to get married, their wedding was always going to involve the Murray River and boats. Great big old historic Paddle Steamers and a not so old Paddle Boat. Being a third generation river girl, Ashton it is said, has some blood mixed with the Murray River water pulsing through her veins. Nathan, clearly shares the passion for the river and Paddle Boats.
Our first port of call wasn’t beside the river, instead it was to Nathan’s mum and dads house, where we caught up with the boys getting ready. We shot a lot of ideas and locations with the guys… But I’m feeling colourful tonight, so a different angle on a grooms portrait.
I’d like to tell you a big long story about how we created a multiple exposure and spent hours in photoshop creating the work above. Instead, I’ll come clean and tell you that Nathan was occupied with the video team and I noticed his reflection in a framed work of art. Click….
Over to Ashton’s for a very short photo session. Surrounded by family memorabilia and history we shot a whole lot of images. Lots of which I wanted to show here but sometimes one must show a modicum of restraint. Sorry, Royal Tour Fever struck me there for a moment. Amongst all the images, closeups, full lengths, veil over face and with attendants this simple little image stood out to me. We shot a wider version which should have been more powerful… but no this one won out.
In 30 plus years of photographing weddings, I can’t remember another occasion when we have used the brides trip to the ceremony as a whole photo session in itself. That however, is exactly what we did in this case. Remember, earlier I referred to Ashton as a true River Girl with Murray water flowing in her veins… How else would any self respecting bride with such heritage get to her wedding…. Paddle Boat of course.
Travelling upstream from home to Trentham Estate Winery by river, provided us with a unique opportunity to create a whole lot of different images, Some indoors, some out. All as the ever changing scenery past us by. Very pleasant indeed.
The Mundoo has lots of places where photographers can create magic photos. The stair way is one of those. We photographed it from below, front on, side on and then this. Not sure that Ashton will love it…. But I do. Photographed from a near impossible angle while Ashton performed a near impossible back arch while displaying her bouquet.
After the wedding ceremony at Trentham we all got to go and play in an amazing location. Firstly to a graveyard of all things River Boat. For this relatively straight wedding portrait above we use a whole lotta rusting iron. I understand the large remnants of a stream engine behind Nathan and Ashton is the original engine from the PS Rothbury.
Then we headed on over to a wood pile. No ordinary wood pile mind you. But firewood pre cut for the boilers of the PS Melbourne. Lots of photos here in a real short time. Because we then had an appointment with two fine old ladies of the river. PS Melbourne and PV Rothbury. What you say… A minute ago you called her the PS Rothbury and now you say she’s the PV Rothbury. Well she used to be the PS when fitted with the steam engine above. PS = Paddle Steamer, no steam engine and she becomes a PV or Paddle Vessel. Sorry I wander a bit.
We photographed in and around both the old boats. Honestly, I could have spent a whole day there shooting ideas. But time flies and we had another boat to catch at the Mildura wharf. I couldn’t resist one last shot as we headed up the river bank. Late afternoon sunlight. Perfect location for another quick kiss while nobody is looking.
Told you we had another boat to catch. The PV Mundoo again. This time she was the setting for Ashton and Nathan’s reception. Kinda looks like they missed the boat doesn’t it. Also kinda looks like they don’t care. Maybe they knew she would turn around and pick them up.
Some of these image just added to our Google+ page for bigger viewing