Wedding - Rhiannen and Matthew - The Blackman Hotel, Baxter Barn
Aug 13, 2018 | By: sandra lee photography
Rhiannen and Matthew - Wedding at Baxter Barn
One week before Rhiannen and Matthew's wedding I received a phone call from Rhiannen advising that their wedding plans had changed as The Willows, their ceremony and reception venue, had gone into liquidation. They had received a generic email from The Willows at 5pm the previous day and with the doors locked on the venue and no one answering phone calls or emails they were left with no option but to find another venue. The couple had fully paid the venue for their wedding and had started a bar tab leaving them $8k out of pocket - no small amount when you are saving for your first home.
From our first call after receiving this devastating news it was apparent that Rhiannen wasn't going to let anything spoil her dream wedding. After thinking the wedding plans had been finalised Rhiannen found herself planning a whole new wedding in the space of a week and appearing on various media outlets to tell their story. The choice to go public was no doubt a difficult one for Rhiannen but in doing so it allowed the 64 couples affected to share their experiences and to be put in contact with wedding suppliers who generously offered their services at significantly reduce price or at no charge.
But Matt and Rhiannen's story is not about The Willows but about two young people very much in love. Originally from NSW Matt followed his career choice down to Melbourne and Rhiannen followed leaving family and friends to re establish her career in a new state.
I first met Matthew and Rhiannen at their engagement photo session which was held way back in January 2016 in the Carlton Gardens.
Matt and Rhiannen's chose The Blackman - an Art Series Hotel for their accommodation and venue to prepare for their big day. With amazing artworks from Charles Blackman adorning the walls, balcony views and friendly staff, The Blackman is a great location for getting ready shots.
More and more couples are opting for a 'first look'. A first look is where the couple sees each other before their ceremony. It's not for everyone however with a 4.30pm ceremony in the middle of winter, coupled with the unexpected 50 min drive from the Blackman to their new venue, a first look meant that we could capture some couples portraits and bridal party portraits while there was still some daylight.
When a veil toss doesn't go to plan...
With limited time we raced Matt and Rhiannen to the Victorian Army Barracks, which never disappoints regardless of the time of year, for a few pics before heading the 50 mins to Baxter for the ceremony.
The wedding was all set up and ready to go in the beautiful gardens of Baxter Barn but the weather had other ideas and 10 minutes before Rhiannen arrived the ceremony was moved inside the historic barn.
Despite this Rhiannen couldn't take the smile off her face as she was helped from the limo by the wonderful staff at Baxter Barn.
A wedding at Baxter Barn wouldn't be complete without a fairy light shot and Matt and Rhiannen ended their night with a sparkler exit.
Just when we thought the celebrations were over I, along with many of the guests travelled back to the Blackman on the "Party Bus". True to its name The Party Bus was certainly that - dancing in the aisles, drinks, loud music (and I mean LOUD!) and lots of fun!
Many of the suppliers for Matthew and Rhiannen's wedding provided heavily discounted rates to make sure they would have a wedding to remember. Thank you to everyone who pitched in on the day, you guys were all amazing to work with.