March 22, 2016

Taryn & Matt {married at Taronga Zoo, Sydney}

Sit down, have a cup of tea, today is a story of smiles, but also tears. Of joy. Of sorrow. Of love. For once I’m not starting a wedding story with a photo of a happy couple, though there are plenty of those.

out·line (out′līn′)
n.
1. A line indicating the outer contours or boundaries of an object or figure: could see the outlines of an animal in the dark.

I believe there is no light without darkness. Without it, nothing to give shape to your feelings. Taryn and Matt’s families have endured a lot of heartbreak in the past few years. So this day was always going to be difficult at times. But they remembered every way they could. And by all means, this wedding day was even more joyous than most. It is exactly that. At the edge of it, there was more. As you go through it, you’ll notice the hugs are just that little bit tighter. The smiles even more heartfelt. The strength of those who remember.

Taryn and her husband Matt decided to forgo bonbonnières in lieu of a donation to support the life-saving work of Doctors Without Borders and towards the SAN foundation building a new multi-disciplinary integrated cancer care center. If you would like to make a difference, remember any donation 2$ and up is tax deductible.

Here are some kind words Taryn left on my Facebook page after they received their wedding photos:

“It doesn’t matter where you go in life. It matters who you have walking beside you.”

Father sees his daughter as bride for the first time Bride and bridesmaids getting ready in Church Point, Pittwater. Wedding Photography by Jilske. Father hugs daughter at Taronga Zoo wedding ceremony. Bridesmaids and flowers styled by Divine Events at Taronga Zoo function centre's Harbourview Garden Court Bride and groom wedding ceremony at Taronga Zoo function centre's Harbourview Garden Court. Flowers and details styled by Divine Events. Bride and groom laugh during ceremony Groom's family watch during ceremony Bridesmaids speech during wedding ceremony at Taronga Zoo function centre's harbourview garden court Heartfelt speech during wedding ceremony at Taronga Zoo Bride's family tears up at wedding ceremony Wedding Flowers by Divine Events at Taronga Zoo wedding ceremony Celebrant at Taronga Zoo wedding ceremony Bridesmaids looking on at Taronga Zoo function centre wedding Wedding music at Taronga Zoo function centre Bride and groom saying vows at Taronga Zoo function centre Bride saying vows at Taronga Zoo wedding ceremony Bride and groom saying 'I do' at Taronga Zoo wedding ceremony Bride smiles as she sees her groom at Taronga Zoo wedding ceremony Exchanging the rings at Taronga Zoo wedding ceremony Guests cheer as bride and groom are married at Taronga Zoo wedding ceremony Wedding kiss at Taronga Zoo wedding ceremony Happy bride and groom hug at Taronga Zoo wedding ceremony Happy bride and groom exit wedding ceremony at Taronga Zoo Taronga Zoo wedding photography at bird amphitheatre and giraffes Taronga Zoo wedding photography by Jilske Bride and groom portrait at Taronga Zoo entrance. Wedding photography by Jilske. Groom wearing striped zebra socks for Taronga Zoo wedding. Photography by Jilske. Groom wearing suspenders and navy suit. Taronga Zoo wedding photography by Jilske. Bride and groom under bamboo arch. Family portrait with bride and groom at Taronga Zoo Family portrait at Taronga Zoo entrance Groom with bride and bridesmaids at Taronga Zoo Natural relaxed bride and groom laughing Wedding cake at Taronga Zoo wedding ceremony Bride and groom watching giraffes at Taronga Zoo wedding. Photography by Jilske Bride and groom relaxed and smiling at their wedding at Taronga Zoo View of Sydney Harbour sunset from Taronga Zoo function centre Soft pastels table setting for wedding at Taronga Zoo function centre Groom speech Bride listens to groom's speech at her wedding reception Sister grabs bride's hand during groom's emotional speech Bride and groom's mother hug each other during emotional wedding speech Epic reflection of Sydney Harbour at Taronga Zoo function centre wedding Wishing jar at Taronga Zoo function centre wedding Groom and sister laugh during mother's speech Toast at Taronga Zoo function centre wedding reception Bride and groom kiss during wedding reception at Taronga Zoo function centre Night view of Sydney Harbour at Taronga Zoo function centre Bride and groom's first dance Wedding guests dance at Taronga Zoo wedding Wicked groom dives into audience on dancefloor at Taronga Zoo wedding

Taronga Zoo was especially significant because of the link to Taryn’s home country.  They also chose to surround themselves with lovely vendors who were absolutely wonderful on the day:

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