I need to see all of this country... or at least, as much of it as I can. And since wedding photography has long been my vehicle for exploration and expression, I've decided to set myself a task.  To photograph a wedding in every state!  To say photographing weddings is my passion, wouldn't be entirely accurate. It's more like an addiction... or an obsession. There's just no other life event more curiously beautiful or visually exciting to me. I'm not talking about the flowers, the cake or Uncle Bob's rocking dance moves. I'm more interested in the ritual itself... the vulnerability and bravery of two people putting their love on show. Not to mention, the emotional reactions this love drunk behavior provokes. To me, capturing these unique stories is like bottling lightning... and it's an honor and responsibility that I don't take for granted. I also love to travel. In fact, I already travel for most of the weddings on my calendar. So this isn't new for me... I'm just not the type of person that can repeatedly point my camera at the same scenes week in and week out. It's not that there isn't enough beauty and inspiration close by, it's just that the allure of some place else is always beckoning for me. Perhaps it's because this country is actually my adopted home. I'm originally from South Australia. A place I love and miss deeply. This ...

JEMMA + DAN // Waverly Estate Wedding

    Play for slideshow // Scroll for highlights    I'm not going to explain this one in too much wordy detail. I think the images will do just fine. But here are some thoughts that swirled around my head while I was putting the finished touches on this once in a lifetime day at the Waverly Estate.Some wedding day stories just have an extra layer of emotion that no one expects. It's a feeling that hangs thick in the air, and you can see it on the faces around you if you watch for longer enough. It's an excitement, an urgency... but it's also an acknowledgement and a realization of the shortness of our existence. There are few life experiences that take us on an emotional roller coaster like a wedding can.These events are huge reminders of what's important!After this wedding, I made a list of things I want to do more often, and I think everyone should do more oftenStand in a field, close your eyes and just listenWhen it's windy, go to the beach and watch the wavesHug your parents, hug your friends, hug everybodyEat cannolis Jump in a cold pool at night timeDance with your grandparentsAND Wear ugg boots as often as possible       

TAMMY + FRASER // Engagement in Havana, Cuba

Though it's so close to our home in Florida, Cuba is a place I never thought I'd get to visit for the purpose of telling a story through photography. It just seemed like too big of a task or too awesome of a dream to actually happen. So when Tammy and Fraser contacted me about doing their engagement photos in Havana, I didn't get my hopes up too high. A lot had to fall into place, particularly with fairly short notice and an already hectic travel schedule. BUT, after meeting these guys and connecting with their story, I knew I had to be a part of this journey.What their relationship represents to me, is exactly what I love about this craft and the concept of joining lives and families through marriage. In essence, Tammy and Fraser couldn't be from more different backgrounds... culturally, politically or in any other way. Fraser is an Aussie (like me). We grow up believing that ours is the "lucky country", a place where anything is possible. I don't have to explain how drastically different this is from the Cuba that Tammy grew up in. However conflicted you are about the current state of affairs in Cuba, or it's political history, from my observations and interactions with Tammy and her family, Cuba can only be described in one word... beautiful. Somehow, Tammy and Fraser found one another in Miami, and they have an amazing life together. Soon they'll make it ...

KRISTEN + LLOYD // Winter Park, Florida

    Play for slideshow // Scroll for highlights     Kristen and Lloyd are beyond cool. They dress cool. They talk cool. They have a cool record collection... They just seem to ooze coolness in a way that makes you want to know them. Their friends will back me up here. BUT they're also genuine, down to earth and just bloody lovely humans. So photographing their wedding in the beautiful Harry P Leu Gardens was a pretty great way to spend a winter's day in Orlando. I don't know why, but I often end up photographing couples from different parts of the world who meet in unlikely circumstances. Lloyd is a strapping British music industry guy whose work unexpectedly based him in Florida (a place he once described as a creative desert), and it took meeting Kristen for him to realize, there are things to love about Florida after all. This is similar to my own story (not the music industry part -- I'm not that cool), but certainly the part about winding up in Florida, falling in love, and eventually moving here permanently. I could totally relate, and I always have a heightened sensitivity to the emotions experienced by the couples and their families in this situation. Needless to say, these are often my favorite stories to tell, and seeing people come together from great distances, somehow makes the world feel smaller and less ...

HALEY + ANIKET // New Delhi, India

   Play for slideshow // Scroll for highlights    Haley and Aniket. Documenting their story was like watching worlds collide. From near polar opposite ends of the earth and against impossible odds, they did it. They found one another. To be so perfectly matched, to be so supremely complimented by another being, to exist in the same moment in time and space, and to simultaneously recognize this miraculous fortune... It must have been fated.When I started traveling to photograph destination weddings for people of different cultures, I thought it would just be a bit of fun... a nice way to add some diversity to my portfolio, and maybe even a chance to experience something a bit out of the ordinary. In a million years, I never would have imagined that one day I'd have such a profound and moving human experience that it would alter everything I thought I knew about weddings, about love, about the human condition or about the importance of photography.Among the many things I learned on this adventure, I learned that many Hindus are extremely fatalistic. Remnants of an ancient and beautiful culture that teaches people to believe they are chained to their experiences by astrology, birth and the choices of the Gods. Although, most Gurus say, that we can change our fate at any moment by engaging fully with the ...

CLARA + VINCE // Seppeltsfield Winery Wedding

   Play for slideshow // Scroll for highlights    Clara and Vince's dual wedding ceremonies took place at one the best Barossa Valley wedding venues I'm yet to photograph. Seppeltsfield Winery has all the rustic South Australian charm you could ask for. And considering the vibrant contrast of blended Chinese-Malaysian traditions against the vintage Australian wedding backdrop, it definitely made for an interesting and dynamic setting for this emotional wedding story to unfold. I always implore couples to make their wedding plans with their joint personalities and values at the core of each decision. And these guys, who have a passion for amazing food, wild dance parties and of course, family, did just that. Their wedding was absolutely a reflection of them. Clara and Vince are equally fun, genuine and beautiful souls... whose chemistry and passions align in such perfect splendor that it really made my job of documenting their love and celebration a truly amazing experience. Now, I don't often comment on the peripheral details of the wedding... BUT I absolutely have to mention how impressed I was by the collaborative efforts of their family and friends who combined many creative talents to pull off a truly unique and beautiful aesthetic for this wedding. Clara's sister Brenda, actually hand made the ...

JEN + MIKE // Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh

   Play for slideshow // Scroll for highlights    Jen and Mike are totally my kind of people! Rad to the bone and madly in love, they set off for Jen's hometown of Pittsburgh for their super unique wedding at the Andy Warhol Museum. Surrounded by the absurd and beautiful paintings, prints, photographs and installations that shocked and changed the art world, these two committed themselves to one another in one of the most unique and endearing ceremonies I've witnessed. Although the setting was insanely cool and beautiful, not even Warhol's multiple masterpieces were as moving as what we were all gathered there for...A wedding is a special enough occasion, but the fact that Jen was actually about 7 months pregnant just added another layer of awesome to this story!A few weeks ago they welcomed the adorable Ripley to their family, and I'm so happy that these photos will always be a reminder of this incredible phase of life. One unfortunate part of this story was that it took place during one of the worst weather events in recent history. Hurricane Irma was set to batter the entire state of Florida where the couple and most of their family and friends reside. A pretty significant portion of the group couldn't get flights up to Pittsburgh which meant a much lighter guest list and bridal party. But, realizing ...

JENN + WILL // Asheville Elopement Photography

     Play for slideshow // Scroll for highlights    Jenn and Will wanted to do something unique. They love each other and marriage is an inevitable chapter in their story... but a traditional and expensive wedding did not sit well with the way they planned to celebrate their love and commitment.After all, there just aren't any rules to love and they're certainly shouldn't be any restrictions to the way you choose to celebrate it. So off to the Great Smokey Mountains they went. Asheville in the fall is such a perfect place for a destination elopement, and although this particular occasion was symbolic in meaning and yet to be made legal (a formality they intend to finalize soon) the freedom and flexibility of a true adventure in a place with so much soul, history and beauty was the perfect way to spend a weekend. A fortuitous series of events help them to land accommodation at possibly the most authentic hillside cabin in the South. It was so rich with detail and history that it just added an extra layer of charm and character to an experience that already felt like journey through time. I was extremely fortunate to be a passenger for the entirety of this expedition. A voyeur to something truly special. I can't that Jenn and Will enough for their trust and friendship throughout this ...