Functions at Federation Gold Creek Wedding - Nicola and Nathan

Nicola and Nathan were treated to a beautiful autumn day for their Gold Creek wedding and we took full advantage of the great light and changing leaves too! Nicola prepared for her wedding with her family and bridesmaids at Abode Gungahlin which offered spacious rooms and large windows that were great for those special bridal portraits.

Bride getting ready at Abode Hotel, Gungahlin

Nicola found her dream dress from Brides of Manuka in Fyshwick (which has since shut down) - it was a Maggie Sottero Couture beaded and lace dress which she fell in love with the second she tried it on!  She had a few alterations once it arrived but thanks to her amazing seamstress at Mary’s Alterations her dress fit like a glove.  I am a bit of a sucker for veils and Nicola purchased her beautiful veil at Nouveau Riche in Queanbeyan only a few weeks before the wedding.  Her wedding shoes were from Wittner and were one of the first things she purchased once engaged. The bridesmaid dresses were from Forever New and they were navy, beaded, lace, silk and chiffon.  The suits were from Roger David, they were grey with navy floral plaid ties and the groom (Nathan) wore a bowtie.

Maggie Sottero Couture Wedding Dress - Gold Creek Wedding
Bride and flower girl holding Moxom & Whitney Flowers - Gold Creek Wedding

The beautiful ladies at Blush Boutique in Gold Creek did Nicola's hair and makeup and what an amazing job they did!  Both Sammie (makeup) & Sarah (hair stylist) were there on the day working their magic. 

The flowers were from Moxom & Whitney - Nicola said "I absolutely adored them, I honestly had no idea about flowers and I merely described the colour and a few flowers and they came up with the rest.  There were roses, and other flowers, foliage, berries, and the colour scheme was white, creams and pink with foliage"

Bridesmaid dresses with personalised hangers - Gold Creek Wedding
Wedding Hair & Makeup by Blush Boutique, Gold Creek
Bridesmaid Portrait - Gold Creek Wedding

The Chapel at Gold Creek was stunning as usual and the amazing Mary-Ann O’Sullivan was the couple's celebrant.  Nicola said "she was warm, very sincere and made us feel as relaxed and as calm as we could have during our ceremony at The Chapel at Gold Creek."

Groom wearing a bow tie at The Chapel at Gold Creek
Groom with Groomsmen - The Chapel at Gold Creek
Groom relaxing with his groomsmen prior to getting married at the Chapel at Gold Creek
Bride arriving in her wedding car - The Chapel at Gold Creek
Bride and Groom getting married at The Chapel at Gold Creek
Mary-Ann O’Sullivan - Wedding Celebrant (Gold Creek Wedding)
Whole group wedding photo outside the Gold Creek Chapel

We then had some time for some location shots around the beautiful gardens at the Gold Creek Chapel, the Gold creek village and the Hall showgrounds which were particularly beautiful at that time of year, there was some gorgeous late afternoon light which was perfect for photos! 

Wedding photography at the Gold Creek Chapel, Canberra
Bride and Groom - Wedding Photography at the Gold Creek Chapel 
Bride with her bridesmaids at the Gold Creek Chapel near Canberra
Bride and Groom - Gold Creek Chapel Wedding Photography
Bride and Groom showing off their wedding rings - Gold Creek Wedding
Gold Creek Chapel Wedding Photography
Bride and Groom kissing at The Green Herring Wedding - Gold Creek
Bride and Groom posing for wedding photos at their Gold Creek Wedding
Bride and Groom sharing an intimate moment at the Hall Showgrounds near Gold Creek
Bridal party photos at Hall Showgrounds near Gold Creek
Photos of groomsmen having fun and their coloured socks - Gold Creek Wedding
Wedding photos at the Hall Showgrounds near Gold Creek
Bridal Party Wedding Photography at Gold Creek

Their reception was held at Functions at Federation, where Kim was a dream and styled the venue wonderfully, Nicola discussed the colour theme with the flower centrepieces and the wedding favours (pink and navy stubby holders) and Kim did the rest!  The style of our wedding was modern, clean and crisp. With a shadow box with hearts as a guest book and simply tied navy sashes on the chairs.

Wedding reception setup at Functions at Federation - Gold Creek
Personalised stubbie coolers at Gold Creek Wedding.jpg
Couple entering their reception at Functions at Federation - Gold Creek Wedding

The wedding cake was from Cakes Of Your Dreams in Queanbeyan, and finished with Moxom & Whitney flowers and shoe figurine heirlooms from Nicola's grandmother. It was 3 tier with vanilla, caramel and chocolate flavours.

Wedding cake by Cake of Your Dreams - Functions at Federation
Wedding Reception photos at Functions at Federation, Gold Creek
Couple sharing their first dance as a married couple at Functions at Federation in Gold Creek

From Nicola and Nathan: 
"I could not fault our beautiful wedding day and having you and Michael capture it was beyond amazing. My favourite memories of that day apart from marrying my soul mate was having so much fun taking photos with my husband and beloved bridal party. You made us all feel at ease and able to be ourselves and there were so many laughs and good times throughout. We visited Hall showground where there are so many great memories captured, many of my favourite photographs are taken amongst the trees and field stands there. Also a stand out photograph is amongst the autumn leaves just by the Chapel at Gold Creek where we had just left for the Hall showground but you and Michael decided to do a few impromptu husband and wife shots which have become household favourites for our families.
What I love most about your work is nearly 1 year on I continue to find new favourite photographs each time I browse through them, the candid photographs are by far the most treasured; where we are merely trying to contain our excitement of just getting married!!"

Featured Vendors

Photographers - Mel and Michael from Mel Hill Photography

Accommodation - Abode Apartments, Gungahlin

Hair and Makeup - Sammie and Sarah from Blush Boutique

Wedding dress - Maggie Sottero

Brides shoes - Wittner 

Bridesmaid dresses - Forever new

Boys suits - Roger David

Flowers - Moxom and Whitney

Wedding cake - Cakes of your Dreams

Ceremony location - The Chapel at Gold Creek 

Reception venue & styling - Functions at Federation (aka Versatile Restaurant) 

Photo locations - The gardens at the Gold Creek chapel, in front of the Green Herring Restaurant in the Gold Creek Village and the Hall showgrounds (5 minutes drive from Gold Creek)

Enlighten Festival - Family self portrait series!

For the past 5 years, Michael and I have been delightfully capturing our growing family at the Enlighten festival as a silhouette series in front of the projections made onto Canberra's important landmarks. 

The first one we captured at the National Library - this was back in 2013 when I was about 7 months pregnant with our first child Millie. 

The second was at Old Parliament House when Millie was already ten months old but still young enough to be held! This was captured in 2014.

The third was in 2015 when I was around six months pregnant with our second child Max and Millie was a young but active toddler.

The fourth was in 2016 when Max was out of my tummy and about nine months old and Millie was about to turn three - as you can see she was pretty excited to fully comprehend her "shadow" at that time! 

The fifth is the latest in the series - two healthy and happy children (no plans for a third at this stage - ha!)  It has been a wonderful personal project of ours and one that has captured our growing family so well! We are excited to be able to share it to the world! 

Hope everyone has had a chance to get out and enjoy the festival - and the yummy night noodle markets!  Thanks also to Lib of Lib Creative for helping us pull this together!


Newborn twins photography in my Canberra studio

I've always found something magical about newborn twins, my father is an identical twin and having a connection with someone so closely matched to you is so special.  I photograph newborn twins in my Canberra photography studio.  Parents love coming here to relax on the couch, grab a coffee from the cafe next door (on me) while we work our magic. I always work with an assistant when photographing twins for safety and the practicality of being able to get all of those special, sleepy poses! 

We have gorgeous props, wraps, blankets, flokatis, baskets and outfits to suit all shapes, sizes and gender of babies and have some special tips and tricks to get them to look their cutest and to show that special connection between twins, just have a look at the images below of some recent newborn twin families we've photographed. 

There is an amazing resource called CARMBA in Canberra which helps families who have had twins or multiples. My families often tell me what a valuable resource this is for them. You can also volunteer to help a family out too!

I do love photographing twins..... if you are having a multiple birth, please get in touch, I'd love to hear from you and capture your new family additions! (no extra charge for twins)

Newborn twins wrapped together for photos at Mel Hill Photography, Canberra.
Newborn twin photography - girls in pink basket wrapped in pink wraps on fluffy pink carpet.
Newborn twins facing each other and mum cuddling the twins photographed at Mel Hill Photography Canberra.
Newborn twins with big sister cuddling them as a sibling photo taken at Mel Hill Photography Canberra
Newborn twin girls in lace outfits with one smiling as they cuddle taken at Mel Hill Photography Canberra
Newborn fraternal twin boys in bonnets with bears and bonnets taken at Canberra newborn photography studio - Mel Hill Photography.
Family picture with newborn twins.
Newborn boy/girl twins in basket together taken at Mel Hill Photography in Canberra.
Newborn twin girls cuddling on a white and cream lace blanket.
Canberra newborn twin photography - toes with parents hands wrapped around them.
Image of newborn twin girls in pink bonnets photographed at Mel Hill Photography Canberra.
Newborn twin photography poses - twins cuddling each other.

Grazing at Gundaroo Wedding - Maddie and Liam

I just love it when fur babies are involved in weddings! It's such a happy day for everyone and one that should be shared with everyone in the family, including four legged members! Maddie and Liam's fur baby (Shadow) had the cutest photos with them both while they were getting ready, as well as Maddie's family dog (Mookie) who skilfully held Maddie's engagement ring on her nose!

Dog (Mookie) balancing an engagement ring on it's nose.
Bride with custom stickers under her shoes and bridal shoes

The girls dresses were all strikingly in white. Maddie chose her dress because it was simple, flattering and timeless, a Wendy Makin dress from Bella Donna, Woolloongabba. The girls wore white lace dresses from Forever New. The same fabric was brought out in two different styles, so the girls were able to choose a style that suited them best.

Bridesmaids enjoy champagne with bride before her wedding at Grazing in Gunderoo.
Bride in wedding dress with her dog before getting married at Grazing at Gundaroo.
Penny cufflinks as a groomsmen gift and other presents for bridesmaids
Groom with his dog on his wedding day at Grazing Gundaroo
Groom's father gives his son words of encouragement before his wedding at Grazing at Gundaroo.

Maddie and Liam were married at St. Christopher's Cathedral Parish in Manuka where Maddie pulled up at the cathedral in her friends Model A Ford Woody. It was a sensational spring day and all of their closest family and friends were there to witness their beautiful ceremony.

Groom and his groomsmen outside St Christopher's Cathedral Manuka.
Bride walks down the aisle at St Christopher's cathedral, Manuka.
Couple getting married at St Christopher's Cathedral in Manuka.
Bride and groom celebrate their marriage by kissing and cheering with hands in the air.
Bride and groom sign the register and kiss as they exit St Christopher's Cathedral, Manuka.
Whole group photo outside St Chrisopher's Cathedral Manuka.
Model A Ford Woody outside St Christopher's Cathedral in Manuka.

Spring weddings have an amazing opportunity to get some awesome sunset and low light photos during their location shots so we headed down to the field near Grazing just before sunset but we also took the couple out for some sneaky but magical sparkler photos at the end of their reception! Check out what time the sun sets on your wedding day!

Bride and Groom kissing in the weeping willow trees at Grazing restaurant in Gundaroo.
Bride and bridesmaids all in white lace dresses from Bella Donna and Forever New
Groom and groomsmen all in suits in a country field at Grazing Gundaroo
Bride and Groom in fruit orchard at Grazing Gundaroo.
Bridal party having fun in hay field near Grazing at Gundaroo.
Sunset photo in the field near Grazing at Gundaroo.

The reception was held at the popular Grazing at Gundaroo, an award winning restaurant and rightly so.....the food is to die for and the service is excellent. It was an elegant, country style that they themed 'made with love'. They made it really personal by making a lot of decorations and other things themselves. Maddie's dad spent months collecting recycled timber and other items for decoration, potting plants and making country style table settings, a guest table and even a hessian-wrapped lectern. Liam even hand welded the table numbers from old doors on our Queenslander house! They flooded the venue with extra flowers and fairy lights and it was stunning. Maddie is a dancer and had a beautiful first dance with Liam, followed by a tutorial for all of their wedding guests on how to Line dance which was hilarious and lots of fun! 

Guests enjoy canapés at Grazing at Gundaroo.
Beautiful country style table decorations at Grazing at Gundaroo.
Decorations and cake made by Cake of your Dreams.
Wedding decoration inspiration at Grazing at Gundaroo.
First dance with bride and groom and line dancing tutorials at Grazing at Gundaroo 
Bride and groom's first dance at Grazing at Gundaroo
Bride and groom kiss while bridal party trace the word love with sparklers.

Featured Vendors

Photographers - Mel and Michael of Mel Hill Photography

Videographers - Say Hello to Forever

Cake - Cake of your Dreams

Bride's dress - Bella Donna, Wooloongabba

Bridesmaids dresses - Forever New

Rings - Stones, Brisbane

Bridal party gifts -  Etsy "The boys had bronze Australian Penny cufflinks - perfect for the Aussie bloke groomsmen! The girls delicate silver bracelet with a pearl and letter of their names"

Flowers - Jamison Flowers - David Austin roses, Queen Anne's lace, spray roses, Fressia's, Pieris, hellebores and dusty miller.

Liam's suit - Dinner suit by Rod Bennett

Groomsmen - Traditional suit by Roger David

Hair - Sarah-Kate from Sarah-Kate Bridal

Makeup - Gabrielle from Belle Artistry

Maddie's shoes - Kardashian Kollection - "We both had stickers made for the bottom of our shoes with our established date too. Mine was a blue horse shoe for my 'something blue' and good luck. Liam's was a green four leaf clover to represent his Irish background and good luck!"

Liam's shoes - RM Williams boots

Car - A Model A Ford Woody. The car was originally made in 1929 and restored by Maddie's friend's grandfather in 1993.  All the body work is made by hand from Tasmanian Oak! 


Grazing at Gundaroo is a perfect venue for country themed weddings and offers so much in the way of opportunities for beautiful photography.   If you're considering country wedding venues then reach out to Tanya and Kurt to discuss your day!

Wedding photography - Canberra's couples of 2015

As we ready ourselves for a busy year ahead, we took a little skip down memory lane and pulled together all the recently married couples we captured over 2015.  Can't wait to photograph all the love in 2016!  - Mel & Michael.

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