Shona & James. Brisbane. Queensland wedding photographer.
When half of your guests fly over from England, during the ashes, for the wedding.
When your veil is so big, before you're dressed you have to carry it around in a bag.
When you get ready in the family home and marry each other on the tennis court.
When you let the kids run wild.
When you catch a city council bus to Stokehouse.
When you dance until at least 11pm.
I met with Shona at her parents house what feels like an age ago, before the wedding. We sat in the gazebo adjacent to where her and James would eventually be having their ceremony, and she told me the plan. "We're cutting the fence down here, so people can see straight through", she explained, gesturing to the the tennis court fence. "Dad's really looking forward to making the garden look the best it ever has... I know it sounds kind of crazy but I think we can pull it off!"
It's funny, because I get asked a tonne what venues are my favourite, and there's no real right answer. It depends on what feels right for your wedding or elopement. For these guys, I can't imagine this happening any other way. Drinks on the lawn, portraits in the lounge you've known for 30 years, and Stokehouse for the reception via council bus.
As far as weddings go, this is far from spartan... but if you distill the elements down to what it's really about, it's people and family. Everything else is just a conduit for those things.
That's my pro tip for the day.
And then we got on the bus