Overlooking Shoalhaven River in Illaroo NSW sits a most spectacular property – Riversdale, Bundanon Trust.
I was privileged to see the NSW South Coast property transformed by the Form Over Function team.
Upon arriving at Riversdale, this was the view that greeted me.
Wedding photography doesn’t have to be just about capturing meaningful moments and interactions between people (although, a lot of what makes wedding photos meaningful are these moments).
Having photographed nearly 300 weddings, I have come to appreciate that wedding photography is a careful balance of many things: photojournalism (i.e., pre-empting candid moments between people), a bit of fashion photography (understanding how to portray the human body), landscape photography, and product photography.
This particular blog post is dedicated to the product photography component of wedding photography.
First, the gorgeous array of buttonholes.
Following the theme of florals, next are Courtney and her bridesmaids’ bouquets featuring Australian natives such as the humble gum nut South African proteas.
In a digital age, finding drool-worthy stationery design at a wedding is rare. Sadly, the skill that goes into the artwork and production of such stationery is undervalued by most couples. But you’re not going to one of them are you?
Pictured below are the hand painted designs of Chloe & Co.: a watercolour map for guide guests to the spectacular Riversdale property, and an infinity symbol that had special meaning to Damien the groom (who happened to be a science/maths guru) – all designed under the art direction of Form Over Function; printed to perfection by Peter Kin Paper.
At their wedding ceremony location, found right upon the shores of Shoalhaven river, Form Over Function had created a floral backdrop in the shape of Damien’s favourite symbol.
Guests sat on hardwood timber benches, brought especially on-site just for the lucky couple.
Everything about Courtney + Damien is the opposite of ‘normal’. This extended to their signing table and chairs, as seen below.
For those with a keen eye, yes, that is a glamping tent. More on that to come ..
Riversdale, Bundanon Trust has on-site accommodation. But Courtney + Damien chose to take their wedding experience one step further to embrace their love of nature. They asked Form Over Function to organise a one-of-a-kind glamping wedding night experience.
Come and take a look inside as this takes luxury camping to a whole new level.
This was the generous spread that greeted guests after the wedding ceremony.
What you see here is an actual painter’s easel. That my friends, is the definition of attention to detail.
The wedding reception took place in the Arthur and Yvonne Boyd Education Centre, a space designed by internationally celebrated Australian architect Glenn Murcutt in association with Reg Lark and Wendy Lewin.
Venue: Bundanon Trust | Planner, styling, florals, art direction: Form over Function | Stationery artwork: chloeand.co | Celebrant: Rebecca Ramsey | Catering: duckduckgoosecatering | Courtney wore: Karen Willis Holmes | Bridal makeup: Kate Winkler | Hair: Maiden Hair | Photographer: Mitch Pohl