Sneak Peeks: Courtney and Nash's Bendooley Estate, Southern Highlands Wedding
This was a wedding about resilience and perseverance. It’s often said that the only thing you can’t control on your wedding day is the weather and for Courtney and Nash the weather was their foil on Saturday at Bendooley Estate. I’d been watching the weather forecast all week, and on the day itself I was keeping an eye on the radar map every hour. The forecast had been heavy rain and a high likelihood of a thunderstorm but as we approached the ceremony time with no sign of the wet stuff heading our way the positive vibes started flowing that we would get through the ceremony unscathed. And we almost did.
We were half way through the ceremony when the first drops started to fall and within seconds umbrellas were being passed around. Courtney and Nash were courageously trying to keep a brave face despite concern at the increasingly darkening skies and approaching rumbles of thunder. And then just as Nash was about to put a ring on it the heavens opened and what can only be described as a mini hurricane smashed into us. Guests scattered in all directions, the arch was blown over and no one quite knew how things would proceed. But just a few minutes later word spread that the ceremony would continue under the shelter of the lakeside pavilion and after all 170 guests had squeezed in, Courtney and Nash were finally wed.
There were many memorable moments from the day but for me the standout image is Courtney triumphantly punching the air in her mud stained dress as she and Nash ascended the steps following the ceremony. She had put so much effort into planning the day and styling all the elements, and as an interior architect you can imagine how attention to detail was paramount for her. But when things turned sour she didn’t lose heart. Instead I think she realised, as many brides and grooms do in this situation, that there’s only one mission that really matters and it had been accomplished.