The current media tells me Australia is sitting at 73% in favour for marriage equality. I honestly can not wait for the day when same sex partnerships can be recognised legally in this country. It was a privilege to meet Harriet and Aleisha back in March for a secret ceremony at the British Consulate. I had a few tears during the service, listening to the beautiful words the vice consul read, along with witnessing 2 souls so happy to exchange their wedding rings to symbolise their bonds to each other! I love what I do and being able to provide special memories to others, through my eyes & style is part of my purpose. – Quote from Aleisha, ‘Hopefully one day we’ll look back and laugh at the days when same sex marriage wasn’t legally recognised in Australia!’
A few words from Aleisha
When Harriet and I decided to get married a few years ago, we planned to do it in the UK, partly as Harriet is from London and has friends & family there, and partly because it is legal for same sex couples to be married in the UK since the law was passed a year ago. However, as our wedding approached the length of time required to process a give ‘notice of our marriage’ was extended, and we were informed it was possible our marriage notice would not be approved before the wedding date. We had two options, run the likely risk of the marriage notice not being approved, OR not be married in the UK and do the legal side of things in Australia. As Harriet is english, we could do the legal / paperwork side of our wedding in the British Consulate in Collins Street, Melbourne, just a few minutes from where we live in Fitzroy. Its not widely known in Australia that this is possible for same sex couples to do this since the law changed in 2014, and only a handful of people have done it in Melbourne so far.
So we decided on a small secret ceremony, known as our ‘paperwork day’ and on a friday afternoon in March, we had two of our closest friends fly interstate to be with us and witness the event. Although we had planned a larger wedding in the UK with a photographer, we decided it was still a very important occasion, and asked Donna to capture our day which she did beautifully. The five of us sipped bubbly and rode in a limo to the city, and Nicole Bechard the Vice Consul performed our intimate ceremony, where everyone was left in tears. We had some fun after, taking pics around the grungy streets of Fitzroy where we live.
Since we have just returned from the UK and our small wedding celebration with friends & family, where we announced to everyone that we had already completed the paperwork side of our wedding in Melbourne! We put together a book of the photos Donna had taken to show everyone our special occasion. Looking back, it feels really special that we had our intimate ceremony in Melbourne and I’m so happy we asked Donna to capture it. The pictures of the day turned out better than we could have ever imagined, who knew we were supermodels?! Donna just embraced every opportunity to be creative and although there wasn’t the greatest light in the consulate she managed to still take some absolutely beautiful photos. As well as a talented photographer and a creative eye for detail she is just a gorgeous person, and someone who feels like an old friend, making you feel comfortable and relaxed. I would recommend Donna to anyone wanting pictures of any special event. Hopefully one day we’ll look back and laugh at the days when same sex marriage wasn’t legally recognised in Australia!