Hana and Nick are not followers of convention and so decided to do their wedding their own way. They pictured a morning wedding, in the still quiet of the day, surrounded by tall trees and bird song. An 8am wedding doesn’t allow too much time for faffing about, so with minimal contrivance, Hana and Nick arrived at their ceremony location hand in hand.

The bush chapel at Mount Coot-tha is an outdoor chapel in a secluded clearing in the national park, set on a WWII army slab. The pews are lopped trees placed on their sides, and the pulpit is a rustic stone construction. Nick’s family arrived earlier in the morning to set up flowering potted plants along the aisle.

With most of Hana’s family living overseas, a live stream was set up so they could all take part in the ceremony.

Hana and Nick delighted their guests (and myself in particular) by choosing their entrance music from the Lord of the Rings soundtrack – The Fellowship of the Ring. The couple made their vows to each other with just the right amount of sincerity, authenticity and wit.

After a couple of family snaps, the couple headed off to prepare for a celebratory lunch in the city.

Location: The Bush Chapel – Mount Coot-tha

Celebrant: Cheryl Landsberry

Photographer: family

Styling: family