Lyds + Wal
Wal and Lyds are a fantastic Aussie-Irish combo always up for a laugh and super laid back about everything, weddings included! They met back in 2012 when Lyds came to Australia to travel, spending some time in Adelaide and moving in right next door to Wal. Two years later, whilst camping at Ayers Rock Wal surprised Lyds with a sunset, an Akubra and an engagement ring (in that order!) and they were off and running!
If you met these guys you would see ... no, feel for yourself how perfect they are for each other. They absolutely shine in each others' company, seem to know each others' thoughts, easily finish each others' sentences ... their connection is palpable.
The creative duo made just about everything for the wedding, from the signs to the actual shed holding the reception... not even exaggerating! We stayed longer than we should have on the night because we wanted to hear their stories and as such heard about the laying of the gravel, only to find it not suitable for dancing (too large) and the subsequent taking up of the gravel and relaying of smaller (dance-ready) gravel! They hung the 700m of fairy lights throughout the venue, over 100m of hessian on the walls, fork-lifted hay bales into position to form walls, crafted bar stools and tables from old farm machinery and found timbers... there is nothing these gems can't do.
The farm on which Wal and Lyds married belongs to Wal's family, with the orange grove being planted around 100 years ago by great grand-parents and stunning wisteria vine decades ago by Wal's parents. As documentary photographers we were careful to include these beautiful spots into our work on the day. The old farmhouse creating the backdrop for the ceremony and through which Lyds walked upon arriving at the reception was the original farm homestead. This is a special building infused with many lifetimes' worth of memories and as such was awarded the respect it deserved in such a momentus family occassion.