2018 / Year In Review

 

2018. What a year it’s been! So many weddings, styled shoots and engagements. I’ve loved shooting in some of my favourite places like the Southern Highlands and all over Sydney’s coastline and also exploring new locations like the beautiful South Coast.

I also returned to Adelaide to shoot weddings – one in the beautiful Adelaide Hills and the other in McLaren Vale in South Australia’s amazing wine country. For those of you that don’t know, I spent my teens in Adelaide and love heading back to photograph weddings there. There’s something special about the South Australian landscape and I’ll always jump at the opportunity to head back and shoot there.

2018 will also stand out to me as a year in which I made some wonderful new friends in the wedding industry. It’s so good to be able to share ideas, swap stories and experiences. These friendships have often resulted in collaborations which have allowed me to stretch my creativity – I’ll be sharing a selection of my favourite images from these collaborations very soon.

What I’m most thankful for however is the couples that I get to meet and become friends with. I’ve been fortunate enough to get to know some of the most genuine people who have invited me into their lives and families. Very often when editing photos I find myself re-living the day with a massive smile on my face. Looking back at all the weddings I shot last year, I can say that my favourite images by far are the ones showing lots of emotion and the ones where I’ve captured moments that might have gone unnoticed but which bind the whole story together. Most of my couples also tell me that they absolutely love the photos capturing these small but beautiful moments – a wedding day can go by so fast and it’s such a wonderful feeling to sit down and look through all the photos and re-live the magic.

2019 is already shaping up to be an exciting one. I cannot wait to hear more love stories, to be there when vows are exchanged, to hear all the speeches (which I love so much!) and to see everyone on the dance floor at the end of the day. I’ve got some amazing weddings lined up for the year, in the Hunter Valley, Berry, Southern Highlands, and Adelaide, as well as some favourite locations here in Sydney.

To my 2018 couples, thank you from the bottom of my heart for sharing one of the most important days of your lives with me, for inviting me into your home and your inner circle and for trusting me to document an amazing experience for you. I wouldn’t be where I am today without you all.

To my 2019 couples, I cannot wait to see you tie the knot and to create beautiful memories for you. Thank you for choosing me to document your big day, we’re going to have so much fun!!

Sonja x

Southern Highlands home with Jane Hill bridal dress

Blue Nile Engagement Ring at Bondi Beach weddingSouthern Highlands bride getting her makeup done Groom getting ready at Sydney Intercontinental Hotel Groom getting ready at home in Sydney before wedding ceremony Bride's pink velvet shoes in Bowral Southern Highlands Bride putting her Malachi Empire dress on before Watsons Bay wedding ceremony Bride looking in mirror at Sydney Intercontinental Hotel Bride getting ready in Bowral Southern Highlands and helped by bridesmaidsGroom getting ready in Berrima Southern Highlands Groom getting ready in Austinmer South Coast Groom standing in front of vintage car before wedding ceremony Brides dress and shoes in shadows Engagement ring placed on Needle and Thread London wedding dress Bridesmaids helping bride put veil on in McLaren Vale South Australia Back of bride putting on earrings and bride wearing Rue De Seine lace wedding dress Mother of the bride placing a bracelet on bride's hand Bridesmaid fixing brides dress before ceremony Bride sitting in window before ceremony and wearing Rue De Seine lace wedding dress Bridesmaids helping bride get ready in Vaucluse Sydney Bride putting on shoes in Austinmer South Coast Bride wearing veil and putting on earrings at Terara Riverside RetreatBride wearing dress by Malachi Empire and holding Verda Flore bouquet in Vaucluse Sydney Bride wearing Needle and Thread London wedding dress and holding Twig Studio bouquet in Adelaide South AustraliaBride and bridesmaids hugging before wedding ceremony in Southern Highlands

Bride kissing her dogBride wearing Jane Hill Bridal dress and holding white flowers by Sophie Rothwell florist Bride portrait before ceremony Bride standing by window wearing sequinned dress by Karen Willis Holmes and holding bouquet made by Maggie May flowers Bride holding her veil standing in front of palm trees in VaucluseBride arriving to church with father Bride and her father entering St Francis Xavier Church in Berrima Southern Highlands Groom waiting at altar at Panorama House Bulli Tops Groom waiting at aisle at Watsons Bay Groom standing at altar at St Mary Magdalene Church at Rose BayGroom waiting for bride at Maximilians Restaurant Adelaide HillsGroom seeing bride walking down aisle at Grand Bistro Wombat HollowBride and father walking down aisle at Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Church in Randwick Bride and father at church ceremony Father giving bride away at Terara Riverside Retreat wedding ceremony Bride and groom at wedding ceremony Wedding ceremony at Maximilians Restaurant Sidewood in Adelaide Hills Wedding ceremony at Beachside Dojo Manly Wombat Hollow Southern Highlands wedding ceremonySt Francis Xavier Church Berrima wedding ceremony Sydney Harbour Botanic Gardens wedding ceremony styled by George and See Peppers Manor House Sutton Forest wedding ceremony Randwick church wedding ceremony Paxton Winery McLaren Vale wedding ceremonyBride and groom kiss at Wombat Hollow wedding ceremony in Southern HighlandsMaximilians Vineyard Sidewood wedding ceremony Bride and groom exiting church at Mary Magdalene Rose Bay Bride and groom just married and walking down the aisle at Watsons Bay Bride and groom walking out of St Francis Xavier church in Berrima to confetti being thrownBride and groom walking down aisle at Wombat Hollow after wedding ceremony to cheers and confetti Bridal party at Austinmer Beach, South Coast Bridal party at Centennial Vineyards Bridal party at Sydney Botanic Gardens Bride and bridesmaids at Horsley Homesteadbride and bridesmaids at Three Blue Ducks in RoseberyBride and bridesmaids in front of greenery at Vaucluse Bridal party at Camp Cove Watsons Bay Bride and bridesmaids at a winery in Adelaide Hills Groomsmen in Austinmer Beach Bridal party in Sydney Botanic Gardens Bridal party at Wombat Hollow Southern Highlands Groomsmen at Horsley Homestead Bride and bridesmaids at Watsons Bay in front of water Small bridal party at succulent garden in Sydney Botanic Gardens Bridal party at Three Blue Ducks Rosebery Bridal party at Bondi Beach Bride and groom at Watsons Bay Bride and groom at Botanic Gardens Sydney Wedding Bride and groom in front of vintage VW kombi at Centennial Vineyards Bride wearing Jane Hill wedding dress at Centennial Vineyards Rue De Seine lace wedding dress Centennial Park wedding photography Watsons Bay Wedding Photographer Beachside Dojo Manly Wedding Archie Rose wedding Sydney Bondi Beach wedding photography Sydney Beach wedding photos Grand Bistro Wombat Hollow wedding reception Three Blue Ducks Rosebery wedding reception Paxton Winery Wedding Photos

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