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A Chic Black Tie Wedding on the Island of Tasmania, Australia by Nicholas Purcell Studio

We’re in my very own Australia today, for the wedding of James and Lucy on the beautiful island of Tasmania.  Even though it’s just a short one hour flight from the mainland, Tassie sure has its own unique feel, not to mention some rather epic scenery.  The island is known for its unspoilt wilderness – the incredible old growth forests, spectacular waterfalls, steep gorges and dramatic coastline that have earnt it a UNESCO World Heritage listing.  It’s also home to a really fantastic arts scene (the Museum of Old and New Art (MONA) is a MUST visit if you’re ever there) as well as being a Mecca for foodies and the producer of some of our finest wines.  As you’re about to see however, Tasmania’s beauty played second fiddle to the lovely details of James and Lucy’s wedding day – and no, I’m not talking about the gorgeous gowns, THOSE shoes, the sleek black Jaguars, the helicopter, or even the impossibly chic black-tie reception.  It was the small moments in the middle of this biggest of days that really took everyone’s breath away, as told by their photographer, Nicholas Purcell . . .

 

From the Photographer: There’s Australian beauty and then there’s Tasmanian beauty. Despite being a short distance from the mainland, Tasmania offers a vastly different landscape and light. This was the setting for James and Lucy’s destination wedding. In many ways it was easy to photograph this wedding. It was a grand, black-tie affair. James is an investment banker and Lucy the marketing manager for a major French fashion label. Guests came from all over the world to celebrate with the power-couple. The entire town of Tarraleah was hired. Photos were at the private estate of the Governor of Tasmania. There was even a helicopter. No detail was left unattended. But the heart of this wedding lay in its unexpected moments. As the bride walked down the aisle of her family’s ancestral church, both she and the groom were crying. As James spoke of his horror at witnessing Lucy’s near fatal accident, the lump in his throat stilled the room. Finally, and this speaks both to how brave and nostalgic James must be, he got up on stage in front of the entire room and surprised Lucy with a moving (if completely out of tune) rendition of ‘When you were sweet sixteen’. There wasn’t a dry eye in the hall. 

 

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Wedding Photographer: Nicholas Purcell Studio

Wedding Ceremony Venue: St. Matthew’s Anglican Church – New Norfolk, Tasmania, Australia

Wedding Reception Venue: The Lodge – Tarraleah, Tasmania, Australia

Day-of Wedding Coordinator: Style My Day

Bride’s Wedding Dress & Veil: Pnina Tornai

Bride’s Shoes: Yves Saint Laurent

Hair: Tease Hair

Makeup: Kim Tavares

Florist: Gay Flowers

Music: No Soda for Yoda

Event Catering: Tarraleah

Wedding Cake: Cakes of Heavenly Indulgence

Wedding Videography: The Love Lab