We had the absolute pleasure of photographing this beautiful wedding of Shannon and Anthony out at Branell Homestead in Laidley, QLD, last October. From the outset we knew that the combination of these really fun people and the stunning location would be a real blast to photograph, but I was determined to capture some images that made the most of the location and also brought something new and distinctive compared to images I had previously seen.
But before I blog about the rest of the wedding, I'm going to jump straight tot he end of the night...
The few clouds that were around at the start of the day cleared up, and it became evident it would be a cloudless night. Being out in such a rural area then meant one thing to me - a starry night sky, and in particular the Milky Way! In early October, the Milky Way sits quite low in the Western night sky, sets quite early, and within a couple of weeks of that time won't be possible to photograph at all. So I knew that we had a golden opportunity to use the Branell features and to capture a big panoramic image with the bride and groom and the Milky Way spanning the night sky above. The biggest difficulty was always going to be balancing the strong lights of the reception area with the more subtle light of the night sky; the resulting image was really pretty cool:
Branell has to be one of the most special places for a bride to get ready.
The ceremony had just the right balance of romantic + casual and fun, and the Branell location with the amazing view as a backdrop was a perfect setting.
We wanted to make the most of the rural setting - that said, how brave is a bride to hold a live chicken against her wedding dress! Impressive indeed...
As the sun sets, this spot really transforms into an amazing party location!