Some guys are lucky.  Really lucky. Not only do they find a gorgeous girl, but they find one that really gets them.  Like Melissa gets Ryan. I mean, what groom gets an original hand crafted balsa wood surfboard as his wedding gift from his bride to be? Only a very lucky one.  I’ll admit I was a little jealous of Ryan for the rest of the day.

Melissa is one pretty special lady and this turned out to be one of those weddings where I just had a great time.   There were a lot of little touches at this wedding that had so much meaning, not so much because they reflected Melissa & Ryan, but because their whole family played a part in making this a special day.

Melissa has a Sri Lankan heritage & so at the reception they danced the Sri Lankan Baila with family & friends.  Melissa’s mum and aunt spent months leading up to the wedding preparing traditional rich fruit cake for all 150 guests and wrapping them individually in lace and ribbon.  Wow.  That’s pretty special.   Their friends traveled from all over the world to be there on their wedding day.

My favourite part of the day was when Melissa’s dad saw her for the first time.  There was this tender moment.  Funnily enough Melissa later told me that it was a special moment for her because, “when I was growing up, my dad’s health was not stable and there were times I didn’t think he would be there with me on my wedding day. Secondly, because reality finally set in that I would soon be marrying the person that I adore.”   Turns out Melissa’s Dad had been sick with the same disease my Mum has so I get why she felt this way.

I just love weddings like this with so much meaning in all the little things.  It was great.

I know that you’ll want the details, so the getting ready shots were at the Stamford Plaza, the Ceremony at St John’s Cathedral & Reception at Customs House.   Location shots were at New Farm park & surrounds & the cars in the shots were from Continental Limousines.   Melissa’s dress was by San Patrick from Spain.  The stationery & table details by Urban Weddings.

Thanks Melissa & Ryan for sharing some fun, touching & envy creating moments with me.   It meant a lot to be your photographer, and I wish you & your family happiness forever.


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