Ali and Bianca – An Afghan-Italian wedding at the Stones of the Yarra Valley Chapel and the Manor on High, in Melbourne Victoria

I was introduced to Ali and Bianca through a long time friend who lives in Melbourne. At my first meeting with them, it was clear that these two had a long history together, were totally in love and were each others balancing partner. We decided to do a Love Portrait session prior to their wedding giving them practice in front of the camera. Their wedding was a coming together of two cultures – Afghan and Italian, proving love does conquer all. Shooting this wedding on my own, in Victoria and being unfamiliar with the surroundings, made me a little anxious. I scouted the locations and planned my shots days before their event to make sure that there were no unexpected hiccups on the day.

My day started at Bianca’s house, where I was greeted by her lovely bridesmaids. After a morning of relaxed preparations, Bianca, with the help of her Mum was dressed in her stunning handmade wedding dress. I was floored when I found out her Mum, Regina, had actually made her wedding dress – a true labour of love. I found Ali at the Stones of the Yarra Valley, waiting outside of The Chapel. He was joking around with the boys was totally relaxed and pumped that he was marrying his best friend.

Their ceremony was personal and lovely. Decorated by Bianca’s cousin, Petti who runs By Invitation Only (you should seriously look her up!). They exchanged their own vows and they had a laugh, they kissed and they were married! We took lovely photos around the Chapel and the Vineyards and they partied at the Manor on High in Epping, Melbourne. It was clear that family was a huge part of their lives. Ali’s Dad was overjoyed at the marriage of his eldest son despite being ill, and there were tears and laughter at the speeches, hugs and kisses all round. Both cultures showed their version of a circle dance and the night ended with a Vintage Caddy whisking away the bride and groom. No stone was left unturned and every detail was perfect. We had amazing weather all day, great food and music. A great day all round with lots of fun and laughter working along side Directors Edge Video. I definitely wouldn’t mind more Melbourne weddings!

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