It was a Friday, and I’d slept in until 1oam, something I never do unless it was a holiday. Some 60kms south of here near Babinda, set amongst the lush paddocks with rolling hills and mountains on either side, a backyard shindig was happening at 11:30 am.
However, a miscommunication meant the couple’s photographer wasn’t going to make it to the wedding on time, so a Facebook message and two phone calls later, I became Tracey and Christian’s last-minute photographer. I didn’t like the idea of anyone missing out on having photos taken of their wedding, even if it meant getting ready in less than 10 minutes, putting on the first set of clean clothes and speeding down the highway praying the cops wouldn’t pull me over.
I was a very lucky girl, because I made it just in time to catch them saying their vows.
After we took some photos at a neighbour’s property overlooking Tracey’s parents’ farm, we drove back down to the front of the farm to this pile of rubble that once housed the Panebiancos before cyclone Larry blew it away. What an amazing place to come back to, a significant landmark that doesn’t look like much now, but would have had so many memories made inside it.
And if you look at the wall to the left of Tracey and childhood best friend and bridesmaid Josie, you can still see the train and flower that the two of them painted together when they were kids.
Thank you Tracey and Christian for trusting a total stranger to show up in the middle of your big day and being kind enough to let me to photograph your perfect wedding. Your day was filled with so much love, laughter, hilarious speeches, beautiful happy tears, and wonderful company. You guys planned and styled it meticulously. Your backyard wedding was rustic chic, elegant and classy. If I could wake up every morning and be surprised with a wedding as lovely as yours, I’d be the world’s happiest photographer!
Tracey, your beauty and elegance was only outshined by your genuine and happy heart. You were so relaxed and positive even when it looked like you weren’t even going to have a photographer. Love your attitude!
P.S. And out of all the photos that Tracey could ask for, she only really wanted to know if I got any photo of her and her baby Mufasa, her ‘pride and joy.’ I caught a few quick snaps but these photos don’t do justice to how cute and cuddly this puppy was. xo