Category — Weddings
On Sunday Raphael & Victoria were married at the beautiful Tamborine Gardens in front of their family and friends. We had a really great day with them. Big shout out has to go to their awesome videographers as well – the best we’ve ever worked with. Check out their work here (hi Rob & Jess). :)
Raph & Victoria, I hope you love this sneak peek … have a fantastic honeymoon!
September 30, 2014 0 Comments
Let me introduce you to my dear friends, Kristy & Luke, and their beautiful and amazing children – Mitch, Holly, Samuel and Jack. Grab a drink, sit down in your favourite chair, and get ready to listen to me chatter about this incredible family whom I met way back in 2010.
So those were the days when I used to volunteer at the local hospital photographing children born prematurely or with life threatening illnesses. It was while I was photographing another family that I noticed Kristy and Luke … they stood out to me because I saw SO much love and celebration amongst such sadness that day. Here is what happened in Kristy’s words …
After waiting eight years to conceive our special boy, he decided he was in a big hurry to make his appearance … our little man was born at 25+ weeks after I suffered preterm rupture of the membranes. After an emergency cesarean, our little man checked in at 990grams, a good size for that gestation, however he needed some pressure to help inflate his lungs and the help of a respirator to breathe. As we didn’t have a name yet chosen, a theatre nurse decided that Superman was to be his name, and without knowing it at the time, this name would prove to be extremely apt. After five days we finally agreed on a name – ‘Samuel Eli’.
Samuel did quite well and his breathing support was reduced the next day and our ‘lil man continued to thrive for 10 days …. this is well known amongst medical staff to be “The Honeymoon Period”. As it sometimes can happen though, infection set in and Samuel crashed in a big way and once again required ventilation, and it was ascertained that Samuel was suffering Severe Neo Natal Chronic Lung Disease. His lungs were damaged from ruptured membranes and infection. Simply breathing was a great struggle when his lungs weren’t able to, requiring him to rely on ventilation. From this point Samuel would spend well over a month being ventilated.
We had many, many, many ups and downs and endured much heartache as Samuel appeared to recover, only to fall ill with infection time and time again, and every form of treatment had its consequences. On several occasions we were advised that we should prepare ourselves for the worst, but we had great faith in our boy and for us to even have him was a miracle in itself. Everything the doctors did felt like we were playing with a double edged sword…
Samuel’s journey has been a long one, and to put it simply, I really cannot condense it greatly as it appears to him, nor us and our experiences in The Critical Care Unit any justice at all. Not to take anything away from our two beautiful teenagers at home either, who went without their family for a total of four months and two days, and this combined with our circumstances really ate away at my soul every day. I missed my big kids more than words could say, but I had to be where I was for Sammy’s sake.
After all of his infections, setbacks and hurdles, we were told that Samuels’s lungs were basically too damaged for him to survive and after 102 days in NICU the decision was made for us to take our place in a private room and say our goodbyes to our little Superman. This was the most harrowing experience of our lives … and once again it feels such an injustice to make this story shorter.
However hours became days and Samuel actually did much better being curled up in a bed with Mum and Dad, and he and the Doctors decided that perhaps he wasn’t ready to go anywhere at all. I can remember the looks on their faces upon seeing him and this was so inspiring, rewarding and reassuring all at once. So after a week of rooming in and a total of 109 exceptional days and fearsome nights, it was decided that we would bring our little Superman home.
Samuel is now thriving like never before; he simply LOVES his home and family life. All the salt air and the sounds of the waves at night to lull him to sleep certainly sound much better than alarms in a critical care unit.
At this stage Samuel still requires 24 hours a day oxygen therapy and may well do so for many weeks and/or months to come, but we will take that as we did it before. We did what they said we never do – we brought him home and that brings joy to our hearts every minute of everyday…
Here are some of the first photos I ever took of Sammy …
A few days later, and I was back at the hospital photographing what was meant to be their last moments with Samuel. Kristy and Luke had decided that they would take Sammy outdoors, so he could feel warm sunshine on his face and fresh air on his cheeks. This was truly heartbreaking and so difficult to photograph. But as you know from Sam’s story above, he kept truckin’ on …
Over the years, we’ve caught up when we could, and I captured more memories for them …
And some more … ;)
Which leads us to little Jack’s arrival and then their wedding day (which was supposed to happen a long time ago!) ;)
Kristy wanted a natural vintage theme, and with the help of Carole Davies from Valley Weddings, they transformed the Vines at 139 into this …
Kristy looked amazing in her beautiful dress in their gorgeous pre war home in Grafton.
Time to get married!
The ceremony was all about family …
All the little grandkids together. :)
Mitch and Holly (love these guys) :)
Where Kristy and Luke first met …
The room looked beautiful all lit up. :)
Mention must be made of the amazing cake and ‘cheesecake’. My wonderful big sis made the cake on the left and the restaurant is responsible for the ‘cheesecake’. Both were delicious!! :D
Special mention must be made for this beautiful lady … Ali is also part of this special story, and one of Kristy’s dear friends. She was one of the amazing NICU nurses who cared for Sammy in the early days. Safe to say, Sammy loves her to pieces. :)
We had the most INCREDIBLE day! :)
Kristy & Luke, I hope you enjoy this sneak peek. Love you all to the stars and back! xxx
September 24, 2014 5 Comments
It was a pleasure to photograph Costa and Karen’s small and intimate wedding last Friday. They had their closest family and friends meet at the Marriott Hotel in Brisbane, before heading to Roma St Parklands for their ceremony, and then it was onto Aria Restaurant for their evening celebrations. Such a down to earth, relaxed and gorgeous wedding. :)
Costa & Karen, I hope you enjoy this small sneak peek. :)
September 2, 2014 4 Comments