Leah and Adriano Wedding | The All Saints Anglican Church | Upper Orara, Coffs Harbour

I totally love capturing destination weddings around the countryside. I get so excited heading off on a road trip and this time it was to the beautiful Upper Orara, just 20 minutes inland from Coffs Harbour. Sure I have been to Coffs Harbour many times but I had never ventured inland to Upper Orara. It was so beautiful exploring the countryside around there.

Leah and Adriano were married there in one of Coffs Coast’s most beautiful country churches, All Saints Anglican Church where the Uniting Church also meet once a month. So it was a pretty special wedding with two ministers from two different denominations taking part in the ceremony.

Leah and Adriano may have made history as it could be the very last wedding to have taken place in this beautiful 101 year old timber church at its current location in Upper Orara. Sadly the church building is being offered for removal and relocation to another town. The local community are hoping the heritage listing will save it from removal. Here’s hoping!

After the ceremony we drove further inland to some stunning locations including a favourite family swimming spot called the ‘magic pool’! You will see in one of the photos below how magical it is with the amazing shade of blue water. This was a very significant spot for Leah and Adriano as this is where Adriano proposed to Leah.

This was our last stop before heading back to the community hall directly next door to the church. The hall was beautifully decorated to set the scene for a very relaxed reception. I love these kind of receptions where the families do all the organising and catering for it all. There is no pressure on the bride and groom and the guests to have to hurry up and get out of the place like in formal reception venues.

We were very blessed with the weather too as it rained while I was at the bride’s parents’ home but then it stopped and didn’t start to rain again until I was taking the last few shots at the magic pool! How is that for perfect timing. It made for some wonderful photos having the dark clouds hanging over the mountains in the background!

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Nicole Landgrebe - 17/11/2011 - 11:25 pm

Peter, this is gorgeous you have captured their day down to a tee….. but not hard when everything is planned to a tee. What a stunning day…..

Rhiannon & Jeremiah Wedding | Mater Dei Chapel | Hopewood Country House

I had the pleasure of photographing another wonderful wedding in the Southern Highlands. I just love it down there. Rhiannon and her three bridesmaids prepared for the big day at a grand historic estate called Hopewood Country House in Bowral. This estate is situated on 11 acres of some of the most picturesque gardens. Then we set off to one of my favourite chapels, The Mater Dei Chapel in Camden. I have been very privileged to photograph quite a few weddings here over the past 12 months.

After the ceremony it was back down to Hopewood Country House for the reception. I had a ball photographing such a delightful couple in so many amazing settings… definitely a photographer’s dream wedding!

Thank you Rhiannon and Jeremiah for giving me this wonderful opportunity to capture your special day.

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Annie G - 28/05/2011 - 8:14 pm

Just Devine Peter. I wish I could spend time with you learning how to shoot inside the Chappel and your night photography. Your image in the Chappel showing everyone including the ceiling is breathtaking.

Nigel Unsworth - 28/05/2011 - 9:44 pm

Peter, these are stunning. I love your work ūüôā

Peter - 29/05/2011 - 11:26 am

Thank you for your lovely comments Annie and Nigel. Annie, you are very welcome to join me any time at a wedding to pick up some tips.

Malcolm Fackender - 30/05/2011 - 6:33 am

For someone who is beginning to do a little wedding photography,I cannot help but be inspired by such a beautiful series of images. Your use of the available light, attention to detail and ability to capture the emotion of the day should be inspiration for anyone determined to succeed in wedding photography.

Helen Sotiropoulos - 30/05/2011 - 9:22 am

Peter, WOW!!! You a truly a talented photographer!! Love all these photographs!!!

Hayley - 21/06/2011 - 6:08 am

The last time I saw Rhiannon was nearly 10 years ago. I can not believe this photographer captured her beauty so accurately. These pictures brought me to tears. So, so beautiful.

James Day - 02/11/2011 - 2:25 am

Your images are beautiful peter!

Corinne - 13/10/2012 - 7:28 am

Peter I LOVE this album!! So beautiful!!!!

Olivia and Daniel

Blossom, blossom, blossom! I had a wonderful wedding to shoot recently at Chapel Hill, Berambing. The reception was decorated with lots of spring blossom detail. It was one of the most beautiful themes I have ever seen for a reception. And to top it off the blossom tree just outside the chapel put on a majestic display and Spring hadn’t arrived yet, being an August wedding. How great is that!

In one of the images below, Olivia is greeting one of her guests with sign language because he is deaf. I just caught them in the spur of the moment signing to each other with the words, “I love you”. I am always touched seeing people signing to each other. For those of you who don’t know me, I am deaf too.

Thank you for a fantastic day, Olivia and Daniel. Enjoy a sneak preview with some of my favourite moments.

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Olivia - 09/09/2010 - 8:25 am

Peter, we would like to thank you so much for being there to capture all of our special moments. You were very calm, patient and kind and we really appreciate that. Everybody has been amazed by the pictures you have posted. Thank you again for everything Peter, we couldn’t have had a better photographer. Your art is incredible!

King regards,

Olivia & Daniel Lopez.

Rebecca - 22/09/2010 - 8:17 pm

How amazing is it out there. I did a wedding out there last year and it’s so pretty. Excellent job! Even with the hard backlight! Well done.

Julie - 03/10/2010 - 7:41 am

That cake is amazing!! Could I please ask who and where the bride and groom asked to create this? Thank you!

ely - 09/10/2010 - 6:41 pm

bellissimo matrimonio di olivia e daniel come vostra da favola –
complimenti – ciao

Sarah and Dennis

I had the pleasure of photographing a wonderful Croatian wedding at St Peters Chanel, a stunning church in Hunters Hill. The wedding cars were led by a groom’s mate doing a very smokey burnout entry into the church grounds! Not sure what the neighbors thought! We then ventured around the Sydney foreshores for some glorious location shots. Here are some of the highlights.

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Marit Karp - 01/05/2011 - 7:02 pm

I love the group photo with a helicopter. Very funky composition and love the clouds.

Btw, it is cool that there is a photographer with a same last name in the other side of the world (I am Estonian) ūüôā

Peter - 01/05/2011 - 10:53 pm

Hi Marit,
Thank you for your comments. That is pretty cool to see another photographer with the same surname on the other side of the world. It is certainly not a common name. We are German descent.

Sarah & Matthew

What can I say but WOW, WOW, WOW! I had another stunning destination wedding in Camden and Bowral. It was the wedding of Sarah and Matthew held at the Mater Dei Chapel in Camden. I would have to say¬†this is one of the most stunning chapels for a wedding.¬† After the ceremony, afternoon tea was served in the grounds where a huge¬†“ONE” sign¬†graced the background symbolising the marriage of two people becoming one body in Christ. There was a huge selection of food including a a guy making fairy floss! I have never seen a fairy floss machine at a¬† wedding before but it sure¬†was a huge hit, not just for the kids but for the adults as well.¬†

Matthew had arranged a huge surprise for¬†Sarah with the arrival of a stretched Hummer to transport all the bridal party to the reception. Along the way, we headed out to a property in Thirlmere where we were greeted by camels… a first for me in 24years of photographing weddings. Then it was off to the absolute stunning Milton Park in Bowral ¬†for more wonderful location shots and the reception. It was all¬†such¬†a photographers’s paradise!

Thank you Sarah and Matthew for allowing me to capture your amazing day.  Enjoy a sneak preview!

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Nicolle - 16/04/2010 - 8:34 am

Absolutely beautiful images Peter. And wow what a great location, camels too.

Adam Cavanagh - 11/05/2010 - 12:38 pm

Gorgeous work as usual.

Peter - 12/05/2010 - 12:58 pm

Hi Adam,
Thank you for your comment. Much appreciated! Thanks for taking the time to view my blog.

Matt - 16/05/2010 - 11:26 pm

Hey Peter- these are fantastic! Better than I imagined! Thankyou for all your work on the day and everything you did to make the day work! You have a great eye and by far the best wedding photography I’ve seen!


Nicole Spies - 21/01/2011 - 12:37 am

There isn’t a single photo, in this collection, that I don’t love.