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Alex + Alex | Dunbar House

My sister married a man who shares her name. So I wasn’t too phased when about a year ago Alex and Alex got in contact from the other side of the world to ask me about photographing their wedding. When the big day came, the rain threatened but held off just enough for them to wed outside under the large fig tree in front of Dunbar House.

It’s taken me a while to put this post together, largely because I couldn’t find the words to complement the pictures. But then the amazing Jessie Cacchillo, the celebrant who made Alex and Alex whole under the fig tree, generously agreed to share her words with me. Here is just a snippet.

They balance each other well – both knows when the other’s feeling out of sorts, and steps up to lift their mood. They’re both hard-working, but still like to have fun and adventure, good food and lots of outdoor sports. Laughter is one of the definers of their relationship – It’s not uncommon for them to laugh themselves to sleep. Autonomy is important too – the freedom to do things on their own when they need it. And learning not to sweat the small stuff is paramount.

They have so many good memories – just being at home, enjoying a home-cooked meal; camping in their tiny two-man tent in the pouring rain. Hiking volcanoes in Guatemala and toasting marshmallows in the lava; diving with sharks in Belize; husky sledding at the Northern Lights in the arctic circle. Cycling tandem between wine tastings amongst the vineyards in Argentina. Punting on the river in Cambridge. And back in London, wondering what on earth they’d done, buying their first flat – a renovator’s delight.

Their engagement is one of their favourite memories. It happened in Seville last March, nearly eight years into the relationship when they were living in London, taking off to Spain on an Easter holiday. Of course, Alexander’s proposal was met with a flood of tears and an instant “yes” and also to the cheers of the restaurant they were dining at.

The engagement ring is an heirloom, inherited by Alexander and believed to be first presented to a bride-to-be in 1914, 100 years ago, it was just perfect according to Alexandra – a beautiful antique full of family history.

Getting married is their honest commitment to being together forever, celebrated with family and friends. Or as Alexander puts it “shouting to all who will listen that this is the girl I want to grow old with”. It’s a statement of intent that they’ll always make an effort for each other and pursue their dreams together, including starting a family of their own.

Alex and Alex thank you all for being here today, for travelling far and wide to share in the joy of their wedding. They both feel so honoured to have you witness the start of this amazing adventure together, helping shape this new chapter they’re writing now – as official husband and wife.




Venue: Dunbar House
Celebrant: Jessie Cacchillo
Music: Jasmine Strings
DJ and Band: Scotty Sax


Jack Chauvel1 April 2014 - 1:00 am

Lovely work mate.

Jessie Cacchillo - Marriage Celebrant1 April 2014 - 9:20 am

Thanks so much Dave, just gorgeous. You are a pleasure x

Gemma + Aaron | Athol Hall | Sydney Wedding Photographer

One of my favourite photography-related quotes comes from one of my all time favourite photographers, the photojournalist David Alan Harvey. “Don’t shoot what it looks like. Shoot what it feels like.” This is what I am constantly striving to do. When I take a photo, I don’t just want it to be sharp and well composed. I need to feel something too.

That’s one of the reasons I’m so excited to share the amazing wedding of Gemma and Aaron. Every wedding has a different mood; a different feeling to it. Trying to convey that mood is one of the challenges that keeps me going as a wedding photographer. And the incredible mood of this wedding is … well it’s not something I can put into words. If I could, I wouldn’t need to take photos.

To get a sense of that mood, hang around for a bit and look at some photos. And check out the slideshow. You really don’t want to miss the slideshow.




Make up and hair: Mae You Be
Venue: Athol Hall
Celebrant: Laura Craddock
Band: The Swinging Gypsies
DJ: Above and Beyond
Car: London Cab Company
Bride’s dress: Elizabeth Dye (Etsy)
Bridesmaids’ dresses: Review
Groom’s suit: Roger David
Groomsmen’s suits: Roger David


Robert Meredith10 March 2014 - 4:26 pm

So many strong frames dude! That silhouette of the lipstick shot is awesome! Definitely captured the mood of a wedding day at Athol Hall. x

2013 | The Year in Review | Sydney Wedding Photographer

Looking back at my body of work for the year is always an illuminating experience. I’m reminded of all the amazing new people I’ve met, all the places I’ve been and those fleeting, perfect, beautiful moments I managed to find amid the chaos.

Following is a somewhat eclectic mix of images. As usual, it’s a mix of both my professional and personal work. There are dark, brooding images. There are some bright and quirky ones. There are couples and kids (including, prominently, my own). There are a few more landscape images than usual. There are even some posed portraits. But if there is a predominant theme, it is a sense of the moment. The perfect moment amid the chaos.

When I have to stop and think about what I am trying to achieve, this is what I come back to. The moment amid the chaos. It’s what I’ve always loved about photography. And it’s what I especially love about weddings. The chaos can be overwhelming at times. So many people, all moving around, interacting and moving between good light and bad. Unintentionally creating stories and perfect compositions when viewed from a certain angle with a certain focal length, that vanish just as quickly as they form. Capturing those moments to tell the real story of someone’s wedding day is a constant challenge – a challenge that will always stop me feeling like I’ve totally mastered my medium and said everything I want to say.

As usual I’m looking forward to the year ahead. I don’t know exactly what sort of images I will have to show in 12 months’ time. But I can guarantee there will be many more perfect moments from amid the chaos.



Paola Buchan2 January 2014 - 4:27 pm

Thanks for sharing this amazing selection of photos, I love your work and will forever be thankful for our amazing wedding photos – can’t wait for another special occasion where we can use your beautiful help again!

Hope you have a bigger and better 2014!

Jane Kennedy2 January 2014 - 11:13 pm

They are amazing David – look forward to the next instalment

Adam Cavanagh3 January 2014 - 3:20 pm

Beautiful work!

Robert Meredith10 March 2014 - 4:35 pm

Top drawer! Absolutely loving some of the family captures & its amazing that your kids will have such great pictures to look back on when they get older. Seeing these has made me wanna get my X100 out more, the range in those files… x