Louise and I go way back. Sometime in the late 90′s / early 2000′s we were working together at a trendy furniture showroom, puffing up sofa cushions and dreaming of being elsewhere… Over the years we lost touch, as you do in a pre-social media era, and wouldn’t you know it, we managed to find each other again mid-way through last year, through good old Facebook. We caught up for coffee and chatted about all that had happened in life… relationships, children, work, paths taken, “I wonder what happened to so and so…” – it was just like old times! So of course I was thrilled to be asked to photograph her wedding to the gorgeous Rich! Despite a last minute black eye Rich happened to receive on the job (as an AFL club boxing trainer – occupational hazard!) which he very masculinely agreed to cover up with a bit of make-up (and a touch of photoshop on my end) they tied the knot at the stunning Shadowfax winery at Werribee Mansion. Shirking from tradition, they had no issues with having their photos together pre-ceremony, as they got ready in their room at the Mansion Hotel. Also factored into the relationship, and ‘new family unit’ was Louise’s beautiful daughter Mia. Mia’s speech at the reception showed such an amazing level of maturity beyond her years, and acceptance and love of her new father figure.. touching, humorous, and heartfelt…. she perfectly summed up the happiness of the day. Mwah Lou & Rich!