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Allyson & Greg’s Wedding

I was lucky enough recently to travel from Geelong to the beautiful Yarra Valley and Photograph Allyson and Greg’s wedding. Along with Killian from Video Story, we decided to ask our couple to tell us a little more about their wedding so we could share it with you. An insight into our industry from a bridal couples point of view. Here is their wedding story.


Describe your wedding to us…

 The mission for our wedding was to create a really fun day for everyone. To achieve this we had a mixture of traditional components incorporated with some unconventional elements! By getting our wedding photos done before the ceremony, we were able to get amazing photos from a variety of locations. A highlight for the day was certainly the boys turning up to the ceremony on Segways, along with our whacky wedding dance montage! The feedback from our guests was that it was the most fun wedding they had been to – mission accomplished! 🙂

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What was your favourite part of the day?

Getting our photos/video taken at various locations was awesome fun! We thoroughly enjoyed being directed by our Videographer, Killian from Video Story and Ric from Photography by Riccardo. Together they set up the perfect shots. Killian and Ric were super fun but still very professional! We arranged all the details with them and were chauffeured by limo to the chosen locations. Since they were so thorough and professional, it meant that we got to enjoy the time with each other and with our bridal party, whilst getting our ‘glamour shots’ done. Zero stress with maximum fun!

Any funny quotes from the day?

During Greg’s speech:

“So, on to my wife. I’m completely overwhelmed at how amazing she looks today, and I can’t believe just how privileged I am that she’s chosen me to be her wife.” Oops!

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Why was it important to you to select a professional Photographer and Videographer for your wedding?

 We not only wanted our wedding day to be fun and memorable, but we wanted the quality of the photos and video of our special day to be something that we could pass down to our children and be happy to share with people. And since Killian and Riccardo were so experienced with capturing the perfect shots, they were able to direct us, which allowed us to relax and know that we were in great hands.

How did you select Riccardo as your photographer?

Killian recommended a few photographers with different styles.  Since we trusted Killian’s judgement, we checked out Ric’s website to have a look at his work – OMG Incredible!

So we decided to meet with Ric and had an instant connection – we could tell that Ric was our guy. He also had a great sense of humour, strong work ethic and incredible talent.

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Can you tell us something your guests don’t know about the day?

 A power outage was scheduled in the Yarra Valley area on the morning of our wedding. Our accommodation was terrific and arranged a generator so that the girls could still get their hair done, despite the loss of power – talk about going above and beyond. We were very fortunate to be so well looked after so that our day wasn’t delayed or ruined.

Also, we were practicing our wedding dance in our room late the night before the big day and were trying to keep the volume down so nobody heard the music…or us jumping around like idiots!

So about the first dance…

Ok, so our first dance was a little different to most and was performed straight after we entered the reception. What started off as a relaxed slow dance, soon turned into a montage of short dance scenes – everything from Gangnam Style and Men in Black to Thriller and the Duck Dance! It set the ‘tone’ for the reception as being relaxed and fun which we feel made everyone “let down their hair” and enjoy the night…

We chose many songs that were easy to dance to (eg Grease Lightening) and a few that required a lot of practice (eg the German slap-dance scene from National Lampoons European Vacation). We had such fun practicing the routine at home weeks before the big day, and were so pleased that we pulled it off on the day. The best part is that it was all captured by Killian of Video Story so we can laugh at it for many years to come – thanks heaps!

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How did you select Video Story to record your wedding?

 I used to work with Killian and knew that he was not only a fun-loving person with a terrific sense of humour, he was also a true professional with a great work ethic – especially working as a Videographer as a SECOND job – absolute dedication! I knew he would add a great element to our day with his extensive experience in wedding videography.

What advice have you got for Brides and Grooms to be?

 Brides – plan ahead and get things ready/booked sooner than later, as the time leading up to the big day flies by so quickly Allocate tasks to your family & bridal party to do on the wedding day, so there is not pressure on you to have to worry about anything – except having an awesome day! Select a great Photographer and Videographer as they are the ones who will capture the most special day of your life – money well spent! You won’t regret it 🙂

Grooms – support your Bride and remember to turn up on the day – that’s your job!

Our guests were very appreciative that we hired a mini bus to pick them up and drop them off from DeBortoli Yarra Valley Estate. They also thoroughly enjoyed the open photo booth (and the open bar, of course!) that we hired – we sent each guest one of their funny photo booth pics with our thank you cards 🙂

DeBortolis was amazing – very competitive pricing and fantastic people to deal with. Their gardens are phenomenal and was the perfect setting for our ceremony – highly recommended!

We strongly recommend Video Story and Photography by Riccardo to capture the most special day of your life. Killian does an amazing job with the video, breaking every section into chapters and providing an awesome ‘highlights’ video which is great for showing people who don’t want to sit through a few hours of footage – it’s great! And Ric’s albums speak for themselves – AMAZING! 🙂 We had a blast getting our pics done by Ric before the wedding as it made the day extremely fun and settled any nerves about the “I dos” – it was great to just feel happy and excited about it instead of nervous. So if you are willing to overlook the superstition, we would thoroughly recommend it.

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Riccardo –  Geelong Photographer  –  Photography by Riccardo

Website: www.riccardo.com.au


Killian Mulcahy – Geelong Videographer – Video Story 
Website: www.videostory.net.au


Watch Allyson and Greg’s first dance HERE






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Photo of the day 2nd April

I’ve just been playing around with a new technique I’ve come up with. I actually took this photograph at Jennas wedding last month. When I saw the lighting that I had available, the new technique came to mind and, by the looks of the below photo, I think it worked. Amazingly enough, I saw another perfect photo for the new technique later that day at the winery where they got married just outside of Geelong, but I think I might add that photo to my Instagram page at a later date. I’m sure that when I showed the bride this photo on the back of my camera she was probably thinking…hmmm…ok. But now you know what I was up to hey Jenna!!

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Courtney & Denis

We were fortunate enough to have a beautiful Winters day for Denis and Courtney’s wedding day. I have known Denis’ family for many many years, so it was also good for me to see them all again. What better place in Geelong to get married in that St. Mary’s Basilica. Courtney wore a stunning gown by Raffaele Ciuca of Fitzroy. We were fortunate enough to be able to photograph in Courtney’s old school, Geelong College. The architecture of the building made for a stunning backdrop. We then headed off to the Geelong Waterfront, which has a huge array of different spots to photograph couples. Being that it was a bit chilly, the bridal party stopped in at The Edge for a few drinks. I took advantage of this opportunity to get a nice photo of all the bridal party enjoying themselves. I absolutely love that image, everyone laughing and having fun, the way that all my weddings are designed to be! Finally we headed back to the Croatian Centre for the reception.

Thanks Courtney and Denis for choosing me as your wedding photographer and making me part of your special day.


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