• Daniel Brunt

Sustainable Albert Hall Wedding

Rachel & Alister are both savvy and intellectual people who wanted to share the party and celebration of a great Australian wedding, but not take part in the waste and over expense that usually comes with it. They sewed their own table cloths and bought all the cutlery, crockery and glass ware from local charity shops only to re-donate them after their wedding. They made their own arbour, organised their own flowers and Alister even brewed his own beer for the event. Their cake was wheels of cheeses stacked on top of each other and some of the guests brought their own desert creations as gifts. They hired Woodbrook to feed everyone for dinner and the choices were lamb or chicken.

It was a rainy overcast day for an Canberra Wedding and the ceremony was relocated from The Macarthur Rose Garden to inside Albert Hall. Which wasn't so disappointing as only a few weeks earlier The Macarthur Rose Garden was almost completely destroyed by golf ball size hail storm. Unfortunately this wasn't the only misfortune for the day.

Rachel and Alister were getting ready in the Barton rooms of Hyatt Hotel Canberra and we planned a first look in the breezeway around The Rose Courtyard. It was a short walk over to Albert Hall for their ceremony and Rachel & Alister walked down the isle toghether.

After the ceremony we shot some portrait photos around the Parliamentary Triangle and then back to Albert Hall for Alister's Planned entrance on his motorcycle with Rachel riding on the back.... However Alister's motorcycle broke down halfway around the back of Albert Hall and he couldn't get it started again. Later determined to be a flat battery. All of the guests were waiting outside under the Porte-cochère and there was many puzzled faces and gestures thrown around. Then all of a sudden Rachel & Alister appeared hand in hand raised and the crowd roared with excitement.

Sophie Edwards Music filled the hall with a wonderful atmosphere as guests mingled with a smoked salmon appetizer, followed by speaches and main course. As the sun started to set, the Hall grew darker and Woodbrook followed by the guests started to look for the light switch to illuminate the hall. What we didn't know and was neither communicated by Albert Hall facilitators at the time, was that the lighting system was under construction and didn't operate at all. You can't tell from my photography that the lights didn't work, because I make my own light. Pretty disappointing for Rachel & Alister, however it really didn't affect the mood or happiness as everyone had a great time dancing together this great Australian wedding.



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