It’s funny how when Xenia met Simeon the first week she moved to Bathurst, she was incredibly fond of his last name...
The other week, I had the pleasure of photographing my dear Xenia and Simeon's wedding. A truly Christ-centered wedding that brought much joy to so many. I blogged a bit more about them here.
Julia (Xenia's Superwoman of a mother) SMSed me, warning me that the Williams' house was a mess... I chuckled to myself. For quite some time, I've known the Williams' family through FEVA (Malcolm, Xenia's father, founded the Christian group which was incredibly influential in my Christian walk when I was in uni) and have been welcomed to their home for yummy meals, a cuppa or three and long deep and meaningful conversations. I loved observing how this big family related to one another - and secretly wished that I was part of the family too. I'm sure many others feel the same way. As I entered the Williams' home, it was calm, not-in-a-mess, and quiet (despite having about 15 people hanging around and getting ready). Xenia was chilled. You see, Xenia is the first born out of 6, so she knew how to deal with intense circumstances. She grew up with a maternal heart, much like her mother. Xenia's young brothers intently watched her getting ready throughout the afternoon - it was really sweet. Their big sister was getting married.
The day was certainly filled with emotions.
Just before Xenia rounded the corner of the church aisle, I heard Simeon loudly gasp for air. In his speech, Jorge (Simeon's best man) joked that it sounded like Simeon was having an asthma attack when he saw Xenia. It was quite endearing and I couldn't help but choke back tears. They joyfully pledged their lives to one another before God and their loved ones at All Saints Anglican Church, Petersham and celebrated their union with a reception at Village Church, Annandale. The reception hall was decked out with festoon lights, topiary and we shared in a feast with those we sat with. Loved the sense of community - what a way to start their married lives together.
Xenia and Simeon are incredibly loved and supported by the many lives whom they have been an encouragement and support to. Cannot wait to see what God has in store these two. Thank you so much for entrusting your wedding photographs with me. Andrew and I love you two dearly and are excited to do life with you two!
Sweet invitations designed by Xenia's talented sister, Lucy. Bow tie napkins by her dear friends.
One of Xenia's closest girlfriends, Emily, did Xenia's make up.
I met Tom when he was a toddler... He has grown up to be such a dapper little gentleman.
Beaming as she walked down the aisle.
Simeon couldn't contain his excitement!
Xenia, you beauty!
Joyfully singing their praises to God.
They walked out to Jimmy Barnes' "Higher and Higher". Great song!
"The key to portraits is that everyone has to stand really close to each other..."
Love flower crowns. Hehe. Xenia said that she knew that I loved them, which is part of the reason why she got one.
Love the cake. Alanna did a fantastic job with the flowers!
Love sparkler exits! What a way to send the couple off!
Here is a slideshow of their gorgeous wedding day :D
Some sweet words from my dear Xenia.
"I've admired Linda's work for so many years that when it came to the wedding morning, I couldn't quite believe that the ninja herself was walking through the door about to document the day I married my best friend. We always wanted photos that would capture the palpable joy of a day filled with the people we loved most and that is exactly what we got. Linda didn't miss a beat and captured the little expressions, smiling children, curious grandparents, laughing babies and sun flared moments throughout the whole day! We've sat around the lounge room with our family and laughed and cried and relived the whole day, and for these memories we are so grateful! We love your talent and beautiful images Linda and we just couldn't be happier- It's like we have ants down our pants- we just want to jump for joy (and keep checking our laptops late at night, just to smile at them again!) Thank you for giving us beautifully captured moments that we will cherish forever!"
Posted – 21 February 2014
Shot – 27 January 2014
First sunrise session for the year!
My earliest memory of Xenia was back in 2006, of a bubbly, sweet and lovable teenager, who had a ton of siblings (who all affectionately called me "Pineapple Head" - I tied my hair up like a pineapple top for funsies). Over the years, I've seen her mature into a beautiful woman of God. I loved seeing how she loved God, her big family and those around her. We laughed over Chinese accents ("Watching duh chick flick" and "Who sank da boat"), cried/swooned over boys and just doing life together! I love her honesty and her encouragement! Although she is a few years younger than me - I loved relating to her as though she was my age.
Just under 2 years ago, she told me about this sweet guy named Simeon. A cool, sociable, godly, single fella who had expressed some interest in her. She told me about their shared visions for life, his wisdom and for his love for God. This guy was special and he managed to win over our sweet Xenia’s heart.
Ever since, I’ve heard of how they serve together and clearly saw how God was using them. I’ve been able to have some really great chats with Simeon and marveled at his thirst for truth. Dis guy, good guy!
I cannot wait to witness their marriage tomorrow. My heart is filled with so much excitement for this new journey that they are embarking together. I am confident that their marriage will be such a blessing to others!
I want to blow this up, frame it and mount it onto my office wall! Love!
Linda got in touch with me a few months ago and illustrated the vision she had for their engagement sessions. Linda and her fiance, Laurence, are quite the stylish couple. She envisioned a white horse, lounges and a chandelier, yet they wanted their quirky personality to still come through. At first, I found it quite nerve wrecking... I've never photographed a horse... Also, most of my shoots tend to be natural and prop-less. Nevertheless, I found the challenge quite exciting. The horse they hired, Farr, was a gentle, gorgeous horse, who, has had their fair share of photo shoots. Their good mate (who works for an events company) tagged along with a truck-load of furniture. Props to their mate, Mr Muscles, for carrying all the heavy furniture and for almost breaking his back while carrying the chandelier for the shoot (long story short... we planned on hanging the chandelier from a tree, but the park ranger told us not to or else the tree hugging people will kick up a stink).
Linda and Laurence, you two are a delight to photograph. Loved hanging out with you two!
Linda looking absolutely hot in her red Lover dress!
Love this frame!!
Chandelier!! Love it!
Fo some reason, I really love this frame! They are being themselves.
Love this b/w!!!
As we're in the colder and quieter season, it's given me the opportunity to relax and breath a little. Since the beginning of the year, we've been swamped with shoots and weddings, which gave me little time to actually reflect and enjoy the new season of my life as a wife. Personally, I struggled to juggle the business, moving in, adjusting to sharing my time and making time to spend with my loved ones. I quickly became burnt out and found it difficult to enjoy the shoots. Don't get me wrong; I love my clients and my job... But I struggled to find enjoyment in what has started off as a hobby. Some who I have shared my struggles with were surprised... By the work, they couldn't pick that I was struggling and feeling burnt out. In hindsight, I'm so appreciative of my patient, thoughtful, fun and loving clients, my loved ones (and esp my husband) and the God who provides and sustains, because it's a wonder how I got through such an intense period!
I am thankful and I look forward to the new season to come!
A heap of sunshine,