Sunday, January 27, 2013

Jenna & Andy | Married
Hans Heysen Garden & Bridgewater Mill Wedding | Adelaide Hills, SA

The Adelaide Hills region is the perfect place to escape from the hot heat of a South Australian wedding. The weather is a few degrees cooler, the trees provide amazing shade and the heat is usually accompanied by a summer breeze.

Andy and Jenna married in the historic Hans Heysen gardens in Hahndorf. With no visitors allowed in the gardens during wedding ceremonies and located off the main road, the gardens were perfectly private and serene!  The sun was shining and the temperature was lovely, following a very hot week!  Their ceremony was followed with a reception at the stunning Bridgewater Mill, where we finished up their portrait photography and then joined the reception for a fun night of fabulous food and dancing!

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Meet Eriksen
Puppy Love

Ever since I left home (for those playing at home, that's 10 years!!!) I have wanted my own puppy. I knew it wasn't going to be possible for quite a while, so I made do. At uni I had my goldfish Chevonne to keep me company...and after her departure, my black goldfish (blackfish??) Trevor. After graduating I was fortunate enough to board with my Sister and her Husband and their cat Mal, and then I lived by myself with no pets allowed.

Throughout all of those years I had decided to name my dog 'Olive' when 'she' eventually came into my life! Eveyone I knew would talk to me about how great it would be to get 'Olive' and how 'Olive' and I could go to dog parks and to the beach...

Fast forward to 2012 and Luke and I purchased our first home, which happens to be in a perfect spot to have a pet! We have a huge backyard and there are walking/bike paths really close where we see dogs all the time! Having an empty backyard made me clucky (or woofy?) for a fur-baby. So I let Luke marinate on the subject while I began my research.

Friday, January 18, 2013

Jenna + Andy | Adelaide Engagement Photographer

Jenna and Andy have been together since high school. As a couple, they have been everywhere travelling and working the globe together. They got engaged while overseas in Ireland and now that they have settled back in Adelaide and bought a house they will be getting married!

When Jenna asked if Luke and I would be their wedding photographers we were honoured and delighted! Jenna and I have known each other since Uni where we were often in the same classes and both lived in campus housing. We had never actually spoke to each other and it wasn't until we met through a mutual friend that we became friends. We then studied our Chartered Accountants Program together which cemented our friendship (anyone who has studied that hard, plus working will understand!).

Jenna + Andy and Luke + I spent a beautiful Sunday together and visited their Adelaide hills ceremony site and reception venue. We had lunch in Hahndorf, where the boys insisted on getting the 'metre and a litre' (us girls had to help them!) and then we took some engagement snaps!

Jenna and Andy, you are a fabulous couple and thank you again for the fun day we spent together. We cannot wait for your wedding tomorrow!

Enjoy. xx

Andy, you are such a natural!

Sunday, January 13, 2013

2012 A Year in Review

It may already be well into the new year but it's never to late to review and see how far you have come in the last year, right?

2012 was a huge year for Luke and I! It was the year we photographed our first two weddings! We loved every minute of both of them and are so grateful for Anita and Marinko, and Jess and Matt for allowing us to capture their special days.

Photographing weddings is such an honour and a responsibility we don't take lightly. To be welcomed by a Bride and Groom to spend the majority of their special day by their side capturing their love and that of their family and friends is lovely. We have fallen head over heels in love with wedding photography and we can't wait to continue it into the future...starting next weekend with the gorgeous wedding of Jenna and Andy. Stay tuned for their engagement photos on the blog in the next week and their wedding photos soon after!!

 Portrait photography is another aspect that we love. We have beautiful nieces, nephews, friends and family who we love taking photos of and in 2012 we also had the pleasure of being welcomed to capture the special moments of  lovely new clients such as Alex and Ryans engagement, Marcos' and Alessandras Christenings, Charlotte newbornJenn's maternity and the Gaskin family.

Last year was also a huge year for us personally. The biggest event for us was that we took the next step in our relationship and purchased our first home! After house hunting for a few months back in late 2011, we took a break and started looking again at the beginning of winter.  We spent numerous weekends at open inspections and then one day we found 'the one'. It was everything we were hoping for - perfect house, perfect time, perfect price. We moved in mid September and have been loving every minute of it!

We also decided to adopt a fur-baby. After convincing Luke that it would be amazing to have a pet I started searching for our ideal puppy. After searching for quite a while we again came upon the puppy perfect for us - perfect temperament, perfect breeders, perfect timing again (after the busy Christmas holidays). Although we officially adopted him in 2012 we welcomed Eriksen into our home on January 2nd. He is a Spoodle - an American Cocker Spaniel cross Poodle. We love him so much and as Luke said 'He's a good bloke'. You will be seeing a lot of Erik on the blog in the months to come!

2013 is already shaping up to be the best year yet for Megan Lesley Photography, with new business procedures, plans and beautiful shoots to come. We can't wait to share our photography and ourselves with you all over the next 12 months. Follow along and enjoy the ride...