Nicolette and Andy’s first date was a three hour climb to the top of Mt Warning, so it was very fitting that they celebrated their wedding at Mavis’s Kitchen in Uki, overlooking this beautiful mountain.
Preparations took place in Coorabell at two spectacular properties (as you would expect… Nicky is the Director of Unique Estates). Everyone knows that this is a stunning part of the country, but it takes on a whole new level when viewed from a vantage as gorgeous as these. I have never seen Mavis’s Kitchen look as good as it did on Friday. Guests were greeted with a rustic bar made of old wheelbarrows and wooden kegs when they stepped off The Magic Bus from Byron Bay. Petals lined a pathway from the carpark to the marquee by the lake where the ceremony took place.
Another marquee was the setting for two long banquet tables seating 140 guests and styled beautifully with a vintage feel. Not only were the guests treated to some of the best food the region has to offer, they also enjoyed the sultry sounds of Miss Renee Simone during both the ceremony and the meals. After the meals and speeches were completed, everyone rocked out to Goodrich in the barn. This wedding had it all, a lolly bar, a polaroid table and a crowd of some of the nicest people you could ever hope to meet!
Venue: Mavis’s Kitchen
Special thanks to Suze McLeod for second shooting on the day (Down Bangalow Road)
Videography: Lemon Tree Film House
Flowers: The French Petal
Make-Up: Taylor Jean
Celebrant: Brent Jones
Transport: The Magic Bus
Music: Miss Renee Simone
Rock Band: Goodrich
Ian ‘Wilko’ Wilkinson, a Brisbane wedding photographer, has been a friend, colleague and mentor to me now for many years. I first met Wilko when I was working for a creative software company and it was he who first dragged me along to shoot a wedding. The idea of choosing photography as a career had never even crossed my mind until that day. From memory, the shoot was about a 90 minute drive from Brisbane and I think he may have invited me along just so he had come company for the drive. The results however, I think, surprised us both. I absolutely loved every moment of the day and Wilko told me I was the best assistant he had ever had. For all I knew, he may well say this to everyone who ever assists him, however it was enough for the cogs in my mind to start turning and working a path to truly turning this into a career… and loving every minute!
It has been a number of years since I have assisted Wilko on a wedding, so when he said he was shooting at Mavis’s Kitchen, practically in my backyard, I jumped at the opportunity to tag along.
Kylie is also a photographer, so it was no surprise that she chose Ian Wilkinson to capture every aspect of the day. Ian and I were capturing the entire day digitally. Ted Hagemeijer from ‘In The Booth’ was working hard entertaining the guests with his photobooth. And as a special treat, Wilko organised Alex Kennison to capture tintypes using old-school, wet plate collodion techniques that date back to the 1850’s. We are pretty sure this is the first wedding to combine the modern digital capture with techniques from the 1800’s. Alex had converted his Tarago into a mobile darkroom so that he could prepare the plates and process them as soon as each image was captured. It was a real treat to watch and a great crowd-pleaser!
Kylie and Andrew, I hope you had an amazing day… you certainly won’t have any shortage of imagery to remember it by.