December 2019 was a somewhat turbulent time for much of Australia, including the Southern Highlands. There were fires in many places (which seems really weird given the weekend of torrential rain we’ve just had), and there seemed to be smoke everywhere. Rosie and Yash’s Bowral wedding happened to take place during this period. When it comes to weddings, there are many things you can plan for but this wasn’t one of them! You’ll see that lots of my images below, particularly from the ceremony, have a warm slightly orange tinge to them. This was due to the sun coming through the smokey air, and meant for really unique light to shoot in.
A summertime Bowral wedding
Rosie and Yash are two VERY fun people. I had such a good day with them, with their family and friends. Their ceremony was on Mount Gibraltar, which is kinda in between Mittagong and Bowral. It was at a place called the Inner Bowl, which is a small clearing amongst dense gum trees. Guests parked on a nearby road and walked in via a short trail. In this natural amphitheatre, Rosie and Yash’s nearest and dearest watched them get married.
I genuinely feel like I could meet these two at a pub for a few beers down the track, and it would just be like hanging out with old friends. And this is one of the reasons that I absolutely love my job!
A Bowral wedding reception
After the ceremony we spent some time on Mount Gibraltar to take some photos. We ended up at one of the lookouts overlooking Mittagong, which was still great despite the smoke. The reception was at Rosie’s parents’ place in Mittagong. It was an Indian-themed, after Yash’s Indian background, and was a very relaxed cocktail event, with people milling around on the lawn, sitting on blankets on the grass. While the guests were serenaded to some wonderful tunes, they ate delicious food and drank until their hearts were content.
Bowral wedding vendors
I had the chance to work with some pretty wonderful vendors at this Bowral wedding. The celebrant was the self-confessed ‘party starter’ Amy Watson (she’s amazing). The flowers for both the ceremony and reception were by the amazing Petal and Fern. My friend Sammy Hawker was shooting video (she’s awesome, I’ve also shot weddings with her in the UK). Makeup was by Monique Lawler, and hair was by Larissa Silva. Rosie’s incredible gown was by Lost in Paris who make incredible gowns from vintage European lace. Yash was dressed by P Johnson tailors. Music came in two parts. First, some live tunes from my friends Tillee Music, and later from the legend The Vintage Stylus (he spins actual vinyl!)
If you’re planning a Bowral wedding and are looking for a wedding photographer, I’d love to hear from you! Here’s another Bowral wedding that I shot a few years back.