I’ve been a wedding photographer for a decade.
I’ve shot more than 3,000 weddings. I’ve won 17 awards and am currently ranked in the top 10 wedding photographers in Australia.
I moved to the Hunter Valley a few years ago to focus on country weddings as the country truly inspires me.
Over time, I’ve seen way too many stressed out couples. Couples who put themselves into debt for just one day, or did ‘their’ day to please others. Couples who argue and stress out for a year or two over planning details. There has to be a better way I thought. Then I came up with an idea…Elope or Wed with a Twist.
Elope or Wed with a Twist is a unique & affordable way to get married. Based in the stunning Hunter Valley wine region just 2 hours north of Sydney. It's a fun, romantic, stress free and affordable way to tie the knot.
It's about having it all done for you. No need to spend a year of your life pulling your hair out to plan just one day. No need to break the bank for just one day. We do it all for you.
Just turn up with your bag packed for 2 nights in your luxury accommodation and what you wish to wear on your special day and let us do it all for you. We also do no accommodation packages.
For loads of pics and more info please visit my Elope or Wed with a Twist Facebook page.
I am the planner of all Elope or Wed with a Twist Packages, so as you can imagine, with planning every aspect of every wedding and doing 3-5 weddings a week all year round, I simply could no longer cope with doing all of the photography.
Finding the perfect photographer was no small task but along came David Maltby of David Maltby Images. One of the best photographers I’ve ever seen and one of the nicest guys you’d ever meet. David now does nearly all of the photography and is my chief editor and artistic director.
David and I together continue to win awards year after year and were voted again last year in the top 5 wedding photographers in NSW with the Australian Bridal Industry Academy Awards.
‘Everything You Need for your Wedding Day’
I spent over a decade roaming the Australian countryside as a wedding photographer, which meant I spent a lot of time on the road and usually on my own.
Often weddings were 2 or more hours from where I lived and a standard wedding day for me would mean 2 hours drive to the brides house, a 30 minute drive to the grooms house, a 30 minute drive to the church, a 30 minute drive to the photo shoot (which was often 2 or 3 locations) and maybe a 30 minute drive to the reception. Add on a 2 hour drive home and that’s over 6 hours of driving in one day.
During these endless hours on the road, I would re-cap the events of the day and I noticed a pattern. There was just chaos surrounding nearly every wedding I shot. Couples simply didn’t have a clue, and it’s not their fault. It’s not like they do it all the time. It’s a huge day to prepare for and to execute to perfection. There was rarely ever a wedding planner there on the day and it became clear to me that couples would spend years planning their big day and on the day itself, fail to have anyone there to actually pull it all together. They missed out so much things and forgot many important details. At most weddings, I spent more time organising the day and ‘putting out fires’ than I did shooting. I carried a large suitcase full of everything you could possibly need and always had to use something from it.
I realised that these couples needed help. But I was so busy with shooting and editing many weddings each week all year round that I just never had a spare minute. With technology advancing, it gave me the opportunity to voice record into my phone on speaker while I drove. It took me over 2 years to record the book but then it sat idle, as I didn’t have the time to convert it to a written format.
Enter Sarah, my lifesaver and assistant extraordinaire, who helped gather all my information into this amazing book. That was many years ago and as my business kept growing, I never seemed to find the time to market the pdf book I had created.
With many years in the making, I realised something else. That couples all carried around their ‘journal’, their wedding ‘bible’ of sorts from the start of their wedding planning journey. So, in a light bulb moment I knew that my book filled with everything a couple needs to know about their wedding day, wasn’t enough. I needed to turn this book into their own hand book where they can write notes and keep everything together in one location.
Hence the birth of this comprehensive informative book and journal all in one. I can’t even begin to think how many thousands of hours and thousands of weddings of experience has come to fruition in these pages. But every minute has been worth it. To share my knowledge and to know that couples’ wedding days will be so much better for it, makes it all worthwhile.
Much love and support
AKA - Yoda