Southern Highlands Wedding Photographer | Jessica & Raef

There were so many beautiful elements to Jess & Raef’s wedding day down in the Southern Highlands that I am totally struggling to find words to describe it all. I think it stems from the fact that I have no idea where to start, and I don’t think words could even do it all justice. You see, Jess & Raef decided to do things a little differently. They injected their heart & soul into creating a day that was personal and intimate. Almost every detail was hand-made by them and their friends. Yes, including Jess’s dress, her bridesmaid’s dresses, the floral arrangements and bouquets, the centrepieces, the bunting, the pinwheels, the great big double doors – almost everything! And yes, you heard me right, Jess stitched her own lace vintage dress. Absolutely incredible.

Jess & Raef’s wedding in the Southern Highlands Peppers Manor House estate, Sutton Forest, was a gorgeous explosion of DIY brilliance, and I feel so honoured to have been a part of it.

In the evening we were blessed with one of the most incredible sunsets ever! It really was the perfect touch to an overall magical day. It really makes me love my job as a southern highlands wedding photographer. Congratulations guys!

Jess & Raef’s wedding was also recently featured on one of the best DIY bridal blogs out there – RuffledBlog. Click here to check it out!

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southern highlands wedding photographer | the details

Photography |
Planner | Carrie Blunt (Peppers Manor House)
Stylist | Bride
Rings | Cape York Pearls
Florist | Bride
Dress | Bride
Shoes | Hey Lady Shoes
Bridesmaid’s Dresses | Bride
Hair/Makeup | June-Rose Bridal
Suits | Peppers Formal Wear
Celebrant | Mhairi Clark
Caterer | Kater’s Restaurant
DJ | Pro Discos
Cake | Natalie Giardina/Celebration Cakes (Jess’s Sister)
Bomboniere | Bride

their songs

walking down the aisle | “Real Love” – Regina Spektor (John Lennon Cover)
signing their lives away | “Lovesong” – The Cure
back down the aisle | “I Feel Better” – Gotye
reception entrance | “Cashmere” – Led Zeppelin
their first dance | “Never Tear Us Apart” – INXS

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  • Kristie Gravenall said:

    Love the light! And such sweet details. Beautiful photos :)

  • Clint Leonard said:

    As always, Amazing work!

  • Some great moments here, Jonathan. Love all the laughs while the guys are getting ready!

  • Teresa said:

    Great work! I love the first dance image of the bride and groom from up above!

  • Nora said:

    Gorgeous work! I'm actually shooting there on Saturday. Thanks for the inspiration.

  • ed peers said:

    Beautifully captured Jonathan... Superb work.

  • Heather K said:

    Absolutely flawless work. So clean and full of fresh air... I adore your style!

  • small said:

    What a fantastic wedding! I love all the handmade details, her dress is fabulous, love the top hats, and it looks like such a great party!

  • Dale Lempa said:

    Great color; awesome portraits. They will love these forever.

  • Elissa said:

    What a light, bright, and beautiful wedding!

  • Shyann said:

    ooh! What a wonderful wedding!! I love everything about it. You truly captured it perfectly.

  • caroline said:

    love so many of these! great light and colors. and how beautiful is her dress?? i can't believe that she made it. so creative!

  • Love everything about this wedding: The light is amazing, the details are perfect, and their reception looks so, so fun! Great job!

  • David Campbell Imagery said:

    NAILED. IT. DUDE!

  • Adonye Jaja said:

    Wow great coverage, that monochrome portrait with their foreheads touching in the sun is fantastic!

  • What a beautiful and emotional day. Gorgeous work as always!