When I visited Jasmine and Jason the week before their DIY wedding in the Perth hills, they’d told me that there was still a ton of work to do. Grass to be mowed, gardens to be tidied, vintage cars to be repaired, string lights to be mounted — you name it, they had it on the list. They were planning on hosting their entire wedding on their property — a sloping section of natural bush with at its centre a beautiful, haphazard wooden affair of a house, with a long upper-floor balcony poking out over the treetops.
When I arrived to photograph the wedding, I couldn’t believe my eyes. I honestly don’t know how they pulled it off; everything from the mis-matched chairs for the ceremony guests that they’d spent months trawling classified ads for to the neatly planted herb garden and extensive lolly bar they’d set up on the pathway up to the house.
We chose to head up further into the hills to John Forrest National Park for their shoot, exploring the old Swan View Tunnel and the beautiful burnt-copper coloured rocks throughout. The views all the way back into Perth were spectacular as the sun began to set and we started to head back to their reception. If we were lucky, Jason had said, we might even have a few kangaroos pop by during the evening.
What a day.