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Laura and Ryan met at work.  They were a little bit wary at first as Ryan is Laura’s boss!  After many long hours of talking and flirting, they finally started dating.  As they love wineries, the love struck couple went up to the Hunter Valley for their two year anniversary.  They went 4 wheel driving (yes, they both love that too!) up in the Pokolbin Mountains and found a beautiful private lookout, and that is where Ryan popped the question and asked Laura to marry him.

Both the Ceremony & Reception were held at Crooked River Winery, and as you can see it is the best place to take photos!

The day of the wedding was bright blue sunshine, and even though it was scheduled to be a scorcher the winery is on a hill that gets the wonderful North Easterly breeze, so we were all very happy.  Our bridal party were a bunch of crazies – check out the groom planking on the Love sign!  My favourite part of this day was the groom’s wedding speech which was so romantic and caring, even I was crying.

Crooked River Winery in Gerringong is the best kept secret on the south coast of NSW!  There are very few places where the sweeping country landscape meets the ocean with amazing views of both, and this is one of them!  Crooked River Wines is a proud family-owned and operated winery, and even has their own Boutique beers.  If you are someone who is keen on natural methods for your wines, Crooked River hand beats the grapes and uses premium French & American oak barrels. They are the largest vineyard on the NSW south coast.  You think that it couldn’t get better, right?  Well it can, because they also have fabulous accommodation for your family and Bridal party.

Gerringong on the south coast is a great place for a destination wedding, so get yourself down there.south coast wedding crooked river winery gerringong_0001

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Requests for RAW files are becoming more common, as uninformed wedding blog sites tell new brides what to do.  I find that clients making these requests often don’t really understand what these files are.  As a wedding photographer, I wanted to give you some correct information regarding the digital files and what to expect, and to explain why we give you your digital copies (the finished edited photos) in JPEG format.

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RAW unedited file on the left


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Every year I put together a bunch of images of my gorgeous couples on their wedding days. I have had the pleasure of many weddings in my local area of Wollongong and the Illawarra, lots of amazing winery weddings on the south coast of NSW, and of course a bunch of the best weddings Bowral and the southern highlands has to offer.

Off the beaten track this year was a brilliant wedding in Grenfell near Young, complete with the best Canola fields (I went crazy when I saw those giant fields of yellow flowers as I drove into the area the night before).  I also managed to jag a castle wedding, and the most wonderful wedding in Fiji at the Intercontinental.

Some wedding trends that we have noticed over the last couple of years are pretty great too.  Firstly having a “reveal” before the ceremony.  This is a beautiful intimate moment just for the two of you, and takes away some of the nerves. You will see one in here where our beautiful bride has used a spare piece of wedding gown fabric to blindfold her groom before the reveal!  Also many couples are feeling that they don’t want to disappear on their guests for too long, so are having a pre wedding shoot with the bridal party.  One of the best differences in my mind, is not caring about having an even number of bridesmaids and groomsmen, and sometimes even having a “bridesmate” or a “groomsgirl”!  But the winner is …. bringing your fur baby to the wedding as a flower dog or ring bearer!!!!

I can’t guarantee EVERY wedding is in here (us creative types are not quite that organised but I will try harder next year), and it’s even possible a couple from 2015 snuck in:)

I hope you enjoy my retrospective look and the love and joy that I get to photograph…I have a pretty awesome job!  Thank you to all my beautiful couples who choose Anna Blackman Images to be your wedding photographers. We are honoured!

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