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Juanny & Yuri – pre-wedding photography

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I get asked to do a lot of pre-wedding film and photo sessions and I think they are a wonderful way to capture the excitement a future bride and groom share before their special day. This beautiful pre-wedding shoot for Juanny and Yuri took place at one of the best Sydney locations. This lovely couple also works in the photography industry and it was amazing to be able to deliver the best results to colleagues who value captured memories as much as we do at Prema Photo.

Juanny and Yuri first met at their workplace in Sydney, Australia. Juanny was so charmed by this handsome Russian coworker and after getting to know each other, they found that not only were they great at working together, but they also had similar values and goals in life. It didn’t take long for the two to fall in love.

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It was December 2019 when Yuri proposed to Juanny, and early January 2020 they started to plan their Sydney wedding. Vendors were picked and a wedding dress was purchased; the happily engaged couple was beyond excited to become husband and wife. With their family being so far away, in Russia and Brazil, both the bride and groom-to-be had only one thought in mind … to fly their parents out to Australia and have a big celebration with family and friends.

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But just as their plans were coming together, the worldwide Covid-19 crisis began. Things began to close down and everyone was told to keep their distance from one another. Things were uncertain and even scary. Throughout March and April, no one could have imagined how lives would be affected by this pandemic. Sadly, like most engaged couples planning a wedding during this time, Juanny and Yuri postponed their wedding for at least a year or two until it would be safe for their family to travel by airplane.

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Even though the wedding date was extended, they still enjoyed the excitement of an engaged couple. Before the pandemic started, Juanny and Yuri had booked a pre-wedding photography and film session with me. They decided to go ahead with the booking and make it a “rehearsal” pre-wedding photo session and they used this opportunity to test make-up, visit favorite locations, and create unforgettable memories. This worked out great as they were not pressured by a schedule and they didn’t have to worry about leaving guests after a ceremony and this would help them be more relaxed on their real wedding day.

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The session started in Kirribilli, Sydney, and we followed the standard routine with the groom’s first look at the bride. From there we traveled to the Royal Botanic Gardens in Sydney and then the Cronulla Sand Dunes. The weather was perfect during this shoot and everything ran smoothly and was so enjoyable. The future bride and groom showed their true selves and were laughing and dancing the whole time. 

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We captured so many gorgeous photos and it was clear their love was so much stronger than the fear which was wrapped around the world. The couple surprised their families with photos from this shoot and their families were thrilled to receive them – the photos reassured everyone there was still a beautiful wedding to look forward to.

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I hope Juanny and Yuri’s story will be a reminder to everyone that even during tough times we can still be joyful and share positive energy with our families and friends. The team at Prema Photo was happy to provide our services to Juanny and Yuri and we are looking forward to photographing and filming their real wedding in the future.

With love, Diana.

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Prema Photo has been making professional photography and videography since 2013 and strives to reach the highest expectations of each client by delivering elegant, high-quality films and photo galleries.

Press the link​ if you would like to see more wedding videos and photos or get in touch​ to ask a​ question and book your session. We would love to hear from you. 

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Photo – Polina & Artur – Sydney Elopement

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I believe everyone at some point in their life has wished to meet someone special, fall deeply in love, and then escape the flurry of life to elope. It’s everyone’s secret fairytale dream. 

For Polina and Artur, this fairytale dream was so very real and the team at Prema Photo was honored to capture videos and photos for their intimate elopement in Sydney. 

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Their love story began when Polina was eighteen. Her mother arranged a dentist appointment for her and then accompanied her to the clinic. While in the waiting room, a handsome young man wearing converse sneakers and colorful ear plugs came riding into the office on a scooter. 

All the staff greeted this young man in a very official manner. Polina gazed at him in fascination and then realized – he was her doctor! She turned and gave her mother a “let me meet him alone” look. 

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The appointment that only needed to last thirty minutes turned into an hour and a half. Polina was glued to this young dentist’s chair. She and Artur couldn’t stop talking and later that same day they went out together and ate dinner at a restaurant. It’s truly a story of love at first sight.

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After three years, their deep love and affection compelled them to fly away from their hometown and for a secret and thrilling destination elopement in Sydney, Australia. Their adventure began with an overnight stay at the Novotel Sydney Manly Pacific hotel and we joined them the next day to document their beautiful day together.

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We chose intimate and romantic locations for their photo and video love story. The hotel rooms had a magnificent ocean view of Manly Beach. Your eyes can’t help but widen in amazement when you gaze out the window. We had planned to shoot on the hotel rooftop, but rain had kicked us off and we had to shoot in our backup locations.

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Our session began by capturing the bride and groom’s intimate relationship as they relaxed in the hotel room. Then we moved outside to capture their playfulness as they strolled by the pool.  

We shot more darling moments in the hotel’s reception room where Artur and Polina danced slowly across the floor.

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Polina adorned two Corston Couture dresses during this session that, she said, made her feel like a million dollars. The first one was intricately detailed with flowers on the bodice and beads on the tulle. The second was light and dreamy and made entirely of silk.

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The rose bouquet Polina held during the shoot was made by Wild Forager, a local flower company run by two sisters, Sarah and Sophie. Their business is well known and recommended on the Northern Beaches. The blush pink flowers complimented Polina’s ethereal beauty perfectly.

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The couple chose Sydney for a destination wedding hoping to be photographed with the Australia’s famous green landscape as a backdrop. Unfortunately, 2019 was Australia’s hottest and driest year on record and many parks and lawns were dry and yellow. However, I made a couple of quick phone calls and arranged for us to shoot at Manly Golf Club; one of the few places in Sydney with lush green grass.

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Our favorite moment captured on the golf course, was when Artur pulled Polina in his arms, lifted her off the ground, and spun her around with her silk dress trailing gently behind her.

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The session ended at Long Reef Point where there was a magical sunset over the ocean. Warm light covered the bride and groom during the golden hour and a light breeze played with Polina’s dress and hair.  

It was incredibly easy to capture Artur and Polina’s love for each. Their intimacy and connection were expressed in the sweet joy and happiness they shared through the entire shoot.

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Their fairytale elopement was truly enchanting and the team at Prema Photo was thrilled to film and photograph their special wedding day.

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Click here​ to see the video and stills from Artur and Polina’s wedding elopement.​   

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Prema Photo has been making professional photography and videography since 2013 and strives to reach the highest expectations of each client by delivering elegant, high-quality films and photo galleries.

Press the link​ if you would like to see more wedding videos and photos or get in touch​ to ask a​ question and book your session. We would love to hear from you. 

With love, Diana

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Pre wedding film in Portugal

Last spring, I traveled to Europe on holiday and stopped at a bar while passing through Lisbon, Portugal. It was there I spotted a certain young couple sitting near my table. I couldn’t help but notice how in love they looked and caught a glimpse of a beautiful engagement ring on the woman’s finger.

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I asked them how long they’d been engaged and the couple, Selina and Duarte, answered that they were only engaged for a few days. As we chatted, they learned I was a videographer from Sydney, Australia and revealed that they were just looking for someone to make a pre-wedding film for them while they were in Lisbon. I had all my equipment with me and knew it was possible to organize a shoot in a few days, so I agreed to help them out.

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We met up the next day to plan the future shoot and discussed locations that meant the most to them (and were a must-see for me). We decided on Cabo da Roca, which is a cape on the westernmost point of mainland Portugal, and decided to film there at sunset – the golden hour.

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Selina (from Barcelona, Spain) and Duarte (from Madrid) were both freelance models. In fact, they met while on a photoshoot in Lisbon less than a year before their engagement. They spent all their time in between shoots learning about each other and exploring Portugal. When their job was finished and they returned home, Duarte would visit Selina in Barcelona every chance he could get. And eight months later, he proposed to her as they were traveling through Lisbon.

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The day was cloudy, but there was a sort of elegance in this shoot with the cape as the backdrop. The feel was immensely romantic because, although Selina and Duarte lived in front of cameras for their modeling career, they didn’t pay any attention to my camera during our film session together. The young future bride and groom were completely absorbed in one another.

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You could truly see the connection they shared by the way they laughed together as Duarte gave Selina a piggy-back ride into the ocean and the way they looked at each other as she would brush back the curls in his hair. There was no staging at all – it was just the two of them being in love, and the simplicity of that was beautiful.

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Organizing a shoot in just a few days is possible if you just have a good plan set in place. It’s important to discuss the location (and scout the area if you are able), know the time of day you would like to shoot, and have appropriate attire for the environment and weather. This pre-wedding engagement shoot is a perfect example of how Prema Photo prepares and executes a session with little time.

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I was able to provide Selina and Duarte with four minutes of highlighted film and one hundred high-resolution photo stills for them to treasure for their whole lives.

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Congratulations Selina and Duarte! May your marriage be filled with every blessing. 

Prema Photo has been making professional photography and videography since 2013 and strives to reach the highest expectation of each client by delivering elegant, high-quality films and photo galleries. 

Press the link if you would like to see more wedding videos and photos or get in touch to ask questions and book a session. We would love to hear from you. 

With love, Diana.

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Akash and Reene’s intimate wedding in Govinda Valley, Royal National Park, NSW

It’s always an honor when friends ask me to film or photograph their wedding day. Me and my team at Prema Photo get excited to be able to closely share in the joy of the bride and groom. 

This Vedic wedding took place in Govinda Valley, a yoga retreat center located just south of Sydney in the Royal National Park. This was my second time photographing a Vedic wedding ceremony here. 

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Govinda Valley is a wonderful place that brings people together. Anyone can book a weekend just to relax in the green forest or to join a yoga retreat. Many years back, I was able to stay for free in exchange for volunteer work. 

It’s where I met Akash. And where Akash, met his future bride, Renee. 

Their paths crossed at Govinda Valley during a yoga festival where they became fast friends. 

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Akash moved from Sydney to Melbourne to study and to be closer to Renee and their relationship blossomed from an exciting friendship to a more serious romantic relationship. As soon as they were engaged, they both knew exactly where they would celebrate their marriage. 

When the time came, friends traveled from all over South-East Australia to celebrate the marriage of Akash and Renee in this traditional Hindu wedding ceremony called Vivaha-yajna. 

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It was a perfect warm sunny day in the middle of an Australian winter. The bridesmaids rose early to help the bride get ready in her room. 

While preparing for the ceremony, the bride was suddenly overcome by joy. I didn’t want to miss the chance to photograph her at this moment, so I ask everyone to leave the room. I captured her gazing out a window imagining the beautiful married life she was about to spend with her best friend. 

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The ceremony began with the sounds of kirtan (chanting) and a sign that went before Renee saying, “Akash, here comes your bride”. The whole gathering was ecstatic. The bride was led out by her parents and bridesmaids. She was covered with red silk scarves and adorned in a beautiful red sari with opulent golden embroidery.

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During this ceremony, the bride and groom perform a fire sacrifice promising to the Lord Vishnu to be a husband and wife, not only in this lifetime but for seven sequential lives. Ancient Vedic mantras are chanted, and guests give their blessings to the newly married couple to live a long and happy life under God’s protection. 

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Showered in flower petals, Akash and Renee stood before each other smiling, willing to bond their lives in front of the Lord Vishnu, their family, and friends. There are no kisses exchanged during Vivaha-yajna, yet immense love and devotion is expressed throughout the ceremony. 

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The bride and groom offered their obeisance to the deities and to their parents, and after exchanging rings and gifts, they tossed puffed rice into a fire and circled around it seven times. Then seven final steps were made through petal circles where they exchanged vows. At last, the bond was sealed, and Akash and Renee were finally husband and wife.

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A group photo session followed the ceremony and I was able to capture Akash and Renee’s excitement of being husband and wife in the vibrant green locations around the retreat area. 

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At their modern hipster reception, we ate a feast of Indian-Asian cuisine that was followed by speeches, cake cutting, and live music by Akash and his best mates.

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The remarkable thing about this wedding was that friends and family helped with all the preparations and personalized it with DIY decorations for the bride and groom. Through the whole celebration, the newlyweds were surrounded and cared for by all the people they loved. It was a wedding to remember! 

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Renee and Akash, I’m forever grateful to be able to capture your special day and witness your love for each other. 

I wish you prosperity, mutual respect, eternal love, and endless happiness.

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Prema Photo has been making professional photography and videography since 2013 and strives to reach the highest expectations of each client by delivering elegant, high-quality films and photo galleries. 

Press the link if you would like to see more wedding videos and photos or get in touch to ask questions and book your session. We would love to hear from you.

With love, Diana.

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Balmoral Beach for TWO

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Being a photographer and videographer in Sydney, Australia has allowed me to connect with many different people and make so many new friends. 

One of those friends was Jason. At one time, we both lived in the same suburb in Sydney and took the same ferry route to the city. We connected after I saw him post a beautiful picture of a sunset over the harbor while riding a ferry home from work. Three years since then, we remained good online friends. 

One day I received a direct message from Jason, “I’m getting married, we need a photographer”. 

I’m, of course, always happy to photograph and film a friend’s wedding so I quickly had him book a session. 

The very next day, I met up with Jason and though it was our first time meeting offline, we felt like good friends. We caught up for a bit and then scouted the area for good places to take wedding portraits. His fiancé, Erika, was in Slovakia bringing her parents back to Sydney for the wedding. 

Jason and Erika decided a big wedding would be too crowded and uncomfortable for them after attending a huge wedding for Jason’s sister. They dreamed of eloping on a beautiful tropical island, but Erika’s parents asked them to have a Catholic wedding ceremony inside a church. They couldn’t refuse the request, as it was a family tradition, and planned a traditional church wedding at the Sacred Hearts Catholic Church in Mosman with their close family and friends. 

As with most weddings, the days leading up to the big day were stressful for Jason and Erika. I joined them during the rehearsal ceremony and gave them the support they needed to help calm their pre-wedding jitters. I also met with the priest who would officiate the wedding. He let me know where I could place myself to take photos and asked me to avoid using a flash setting. Every church has different rules regarding photography and our crew makes sure we responsibly sort out all the details so the day of the ceremony runs seamlessly 

On the day of the wedding, Erika, a sweet, quiet bride, was a little nervous about being the center of attention. But her anxiety was calmed by the party vibes that surrounded her as her family helped her prepare. Soon she was laughing with her friends as her mother served traditional Slovak pies and her father poured slivovica – a traditional plum liquor. 

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After I took photos of the bride getting ready, I drove to the church to meet Jason and his family. He was also very nervous by all the people so I supported him buy helping him focus only on his beautiful soon-to-be wife. 

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Ave Maria was played on the piano by Erika’s best friend as the ceremony began. You could see the bride and groom were full of emotion as the bride was led down the aisle by her father. When they finally stood before each other, and the priest pronounced them husband and wife, they couldn’t keep back smiles and tears. 

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Every wedding has its unique incident, and usually, it’s unfortunate weather. But for Jason and Erika, it’s that they couldn’t find their wedding rings before the ceremony. The rings were sitting in a box ready to go just a day before the wedding but during all the preparations, they disappeared. It was a blessing that Erika’s parents, who were married for 40 years, gave their wedding bands to the bride and groom. And to everyone’s surprise, the rings fit perfectly! The newlyweds found their own rings in a laundry basket a week after they returned from their tropical island honeymoon. 

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Before the reception at Balmoral Beach Club, we took wedding portraits and group pictures with family and friends at Balmoral beach park – the newlywed’s favorite place to go to have dinner or to relax after work. 

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Prema Photo has a 3-hour wedding package that’s perfect for wedding ceremonies like Jason and Erika’s. It’s enough time to cover the ceremony, portraits, and start of the reception if the venue is close by. 

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Though they had some pre-wedding jitters at the beginning of this session, the entire wedding shoot was full of excitement and joy. Jason and Erika expressed appreciation to Prema Photo for helping them get through the day and that they couldn’t be happier with the results. My team and I were delighted to capture every detail for them. The photos and videos of their wedding day will forever be a time capsule of their special day. 

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Congratulations Jason and Erika! May your life be full of joy, love, and mutual respect. 

Read Jason and Erika’s testimonials of Prema Photo below. 

“Thank you for everything you did on Saturday. We really appreciate it. It was such an amazing day and I have to thank you for all your help getting us through the day.” 

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“Thank you, Diana, for your amazing job capturing our wedding, We both could not be happier with the results and will recommend your services to anyone.”

Erika
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Prema Photo has been making professional photography and videography since 2013 and strives to reach the highest expectations of each client by delivering elegant, high-quality films and photo galleries.

Press the link​ if you would like to see more wedding videos and photos or get in touch​ to ask a​ question and book your session. We would love to hear from you. 

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Centennial Park small family wedding

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When I attend networking events, often people approach me with their questions regarding my services. This is how I met Jenny who was curious to know if I photograph private events. She avoided saying the word “wedding” as many photography services double or even triple the price for weddings.

After a bit of small talk, I reassured her that booking a photographer shouldn’t cost an arm and a leg. A core value of Prema Photo is that professional photography should be affordable for everyone. With this knowledge, she was eager to book a session for her wedding. 

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Jenny and Sean, a naturally shy couple, have been together for 16 years and they’ve raised two bright and beautiful boys. 

They planned a small intimate wedding with only their closest family members at Centennial Park with Sean’s colleague as the celebrant. Centennial Park in Sydney is Jenny and Sean’s favorite place to take their young boys.

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The bride and groom were delighted their grandmothers, from both sides of the family, were present at the wedding. And their grandmothers were happy to witness their grand-kids tie the knot. They waited such a long time!

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Jenny and Sean really wanted their boys to be involved so they gave them the responsibility of tossing the petals during the ceremony. Also, to keep the kids busy, they had them fill vases with sand. Their little boys were thrilled to be a part of the ceremony. 

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The newlyweds had a small reception at Centennial Homestead restaurant. This is where our photo session ended after we took family portraits and toasted to the happy couple.

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I believe professional photography for your wedding should be affordable even after you’ve made a career, bought a house, and have kids.  

Even with a small budget, should you decide your wedding to be: 

  • an elopement
  • small and intimate 
  • in your backyard 
  • later in life

you should still be able to capture every moment of your special day with quality photography. 

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With the package Jenny and Sean purchased, they were able to get over two hundred edited photos in high resolution. It was just enough for their small wedding and I was even able to provide them with three sets of prints to share with their parents.

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Congratulations Jenny and Sean! May your lives be filled with every blessing! 

Prema Photo has been making professional photography and videography since 2013 and strives to reach the highest expectations of each client by delivering elegant, high-quality films and photo galleries.  

Press the link ​if you would like to see more wedding videos and photos or get in touch to​ ask questions and book your session. We would love to hear from you.  

With love, Diana. 

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Alex and Nick – Small Elegant Wedding at the Royal Botanical Gardens in Sydney

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It is common for couples planning their wedding day to question how many hours of photography coverage they need. The answer really depends on the size of the wedding. Prema Photo offers photography packages with varied session hours to choose from, and we help you decide which package would be the best option for your special day.

I only needed five hours of time to capture every loving detail for this elegant Sydney wedding for Alexandra and Nick. 

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Their love story began when Alexandra (Alex) left her home in Kazakhstan to experience life at an American University. A few years later, this adventure led her to meet her future husband, Nick.

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Alex immediately fell for him. She didn’t hesitate to share her feelings or desire to be with him. But Nick, at that time, had “one leg” in an airplane headed for India and couldn’t respond to her feelings right away. 

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Alex greatly anticipated Nick’s feelings but struggled to get an answer from him while he traveled. Then finally – the phone rang. She answered and heard Nick’s voice come from the other end of the phone saying, 

“Hello. I want to be with you, too!”. 

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The young couple shared a brief reunion until Nick moved to Sydney, Australia for work. 

Alex was determined to be with him and made every effort to transfer her university studies from the US to Australia. But even then, they had to wait until they could be together.

They kept up with a long-distance relationship and, other than rare vacations together, it was two years before they finally met in Sydney. 

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At long last they were completely united! A wedding day was chosen and arrangements were made to fly their families out from their home countries. It was the first time for the couple’s families to be in Sydney and they extended their stay to explore the major cities and the Great Barrier reef. 

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Alex and Nick chose the Lion Gate Lodge set in beautiful Royal Botanical Gardens to be their ceremony and reception venue. The view over the Sydney Opera House and Harbor Bridge was like looking at a postcard. 

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The wedding day was sweet and filled with lots of hugs and smiles from friends and family. It was a midday wedding with the reception following immediately after. The bride could not hold back her tears of joy during the ceremony as she walked down the aisle to marry the man of her dreams. The bride and groom shared so much joy because, after so many years of distance between them, they were finally husband and wife. 

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Nick’s grandmother seemed to beam with happiness as she sang a song for the bride and groom’s first dance. The groom gave a loving speech expressing his gratitude to Alexandra’s parents for raising an incredibly sweet lady. After lunch, the entire family joined the photo session for the newly married couple.

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There were several charming DIY elements to this wedding. Table decorations, balloons, and ribbons were all DIY-ed and the cake was made by a friend. The catered lunch was from Govindas (the BEST vegetarian restaurant in Sydney). 

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Short wedding coverage was perfect for Alex and Nick’s wedding. It was just enough time to capture all the love and happiness the bride and groom shared on their special day.

Congratulations Alex and Nick! May your days be filled with much joy and happiness throughout your lives together!

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Prema Photo has been making professional photography and videography since 2013 and strives to reach the highest expectation of each client by delivering elegant, high-quality films and photo galleries.

Press the link if you would like to see more wedding videos and photos or get in touch to ask questions and book your session. We would love to hear from you.

With love, Diana.

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Backyard wedding for Oxana and Duncan in Dunsborough, WA

Sometimes, simple family weddings are the most romantic and heartwarming. This lovely beach wedding for Oxana and Duncan was a joy for Prema Photo team to photograph and film. 

When Oxana was just eighteen years old, she moved from her home in Russia to Sydney to study at a university. This adventure would lead her to meet the love of her life and best friend. 

One lively night in Sydney, Oxana went to a bar with a university friend. Duncan saw her sitting across the bar and immediately fell in love. He was determined to get her attention and his first attempt was successful! Thus, their love story began.

As a couple, they traveled all around Australia, exploring every bit of it with their Labrador dog they adopted together. One of their travels led to Duncan’s home in Dunsborough, on west Australia, where he grew up before moving to Sydney in his late twenties. His father built this home with his own two hands and, in it, raised Duncan and his three sisters. It was there that Duncan proposed to Oxana. It was the easiest “yes” she had ever said. 

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Sadly, Duncan’s father passed away before the wedding. In remembrance of Duncan’s father, the engaged couple decided to have the ceremony at the house which he built as it remained a symbol of strong family values.

Some of Oxana’s family could not make the trip out for the wedding so she organized the ceremony in two languages, Russian and English, and asked our team to film it so that it could be shared with her mom and grandparents.

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Duncan’s three sisters helped organize the ceremony, which was on the beach, just in front of the family house. The wedding day was sunny, and as Oxana walked down the aisle towards her future husband, her best friend (Allya) sang a joyful processional song.

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Before the vows were made, the bride and groom followed a Russian wedding tradition with decorated bread called Karavay which is a symbol of happiness, prosperity, and abundance. It was offered with salt by the oldest family member, Duncan’s mom. The couple pinched off a piece of bread, added some salt, and fed each other. After this, happy tears flowed from the bride and groom as they joined hands to recite their vows.

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During the reception held in the backyard, Russian friends performed one more wedding ritual – hiding the bride and asking the groom to pay the bribe for her return. Laughter broke among the guests as Duncan couldn’t understand why Oxana was stolen and why he had to pay money or play games for her return. 

After 20 minutes, Oxana couldn’t hide anymore as she was bursting with laughter and she was sorry that her husband was feeling so uncomfortable. She revealed herself and Duncan embraced her with tears promising, again and again, to protect her for the rest of his life. 

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The barefoot guests, fresh ocean breeze, and a bride and groom surrounded by loving family and friends made this film and photo session so simple, and yet, romantic. It was a special thing for Oxana to have the ceremony recorded on film. Video ceremony coverage for a wedding is a great way to keep treasured memories close and to share with loved ones who are unable to attend.

Thank you, dear Oxana and Duncan, for letting us film and photograph your beautiful backyard wedding. We wish you lots of love and happiness in your married life! 

Prema Photo has been making professional photography and videography since 2013 and strives to reach the highest expectations of each client by delivering elegant, high-quality films and photo galleries.

Press the link if you would like to see more wedding photos and videos or get in touch to ask questions or book your session. We would love to hear from you.

With love, Diana

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Sydney waterfront elopement for Ben & Sonia