phuong & mark

OK be warned….  this is a very long post (for me at least).. but I felt it necessary to really tell the story of Phuong & Mark..  We tend to shoot a lot of tea ceremony weddings – we love them..  They are the most unpredictable of all weddings I think.. Nothing ever runs on time, & the day rarely runs to plan – you have no choice but to run with the mayhem.. It’s a bit like white water rafting really, except without the raging river, lifejackets & paddles..

Phuong & Mark really are the perfect clients.. Their love for each other is most interesting.. They love each other – that’s a given right? – they’re getting married.. But the thing I noticed about P&M is that they love each other most actively.. Almost like they’re both constantly looking for more ways to deepen their love for the other – even just a little bit, & then a bit more, & then a bit more..  It was happening right in front of me – I could see it.. They have a constant awareness of where the other is, a deep unspoken connection..  It was beautiful to watch – like watching the spring sun rise after a long & dark winter..

So what else makes them awesome? Well, Mark is a big fan of cycling & photography, Phuong runs a tidy little blog called Bubble Tea Love so you can see what she’s into, & they both have great taste in music.. This wedding was special, & I found my eyes welling up on at least 17 occasions.. Phuong & Mark you guys officially rank ‘off the chart’ on our RAD-o-meter!

[P&M’s mIGHTYbOOTh pics coming soon]

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This post is dedicated to Mark’s father Pete.. Dear Pete, Seeing how much your family loves & misses you totally made me wish I had met you.. I never knew you, but I somehow ended up missing you too..  You must have been a really awesome person..  Regards, Todd

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24 August 2011 - 5:17 pm

Zoe what were you on on that wedding – cos I want myself some of that!! Wowzies! Loving all those choppy angles love love love – the newly weds must be over the moon x

24 August 2011 - 1:29 pm
14 April 2011 - 8:35 pm

David Moore I really like your wedding images…A lot! They are so real.

13 April 2011 - 4:21 am

Drew W What a stunning bride. Your photography compliments this wedding so well, T&A. Those shots of Mark with the window lighting coming in from the left are my absolute favorites.

6 April 2011 - 8:18 pm

Clea & Denton Guys – these pictures are fabulous! Clea got goosebumps just looking at them.. we can’t wait for November! xx

6 April 2011 - 11:45 am

katie cute n colourful n creamy! nice work there x

1 April 2011 - 3:27 am

michele bowman i am totally in love with these photos!! i love them all!!

29 March 2011 - 9:00 pm

Sidd Rishi Wonderful photos as always :)

29 March 2011 - 10:27 am

Maggie Fortson You captured such beautiful moments! Gorgeous couple and images to go along with it ;)

26 March 2011 - 9:40 pm

Kimura Congratulations!
very pretty Phuong!

25 March 2011 - 1:08 pm

Samuel Burns Quirky, creative and downright awesome

25 March 2011 - 7:55 am

Gemma Carr Better than BBQ shapes. And you know how I feel about them. :)

22 March 2011 - 4:56 pm

Nina Like the style and how you can capture their ‘constant’ awareness of each other!

21 March 2011 - 10:37 pm

Linh Beautiful and totally amaaazing as usual! :) love love love indeed!! x

19 March 2011 - 7:53 am

Nirav Wow Todd. First time on the site and am just beside myself with how creative and awesome your work is.

16 March 2011 - 8:44 am

AmyPunky Photography Gorgeous bride!!!

14 March 2011 - 6:21 pm

Cecilia Cool, great photography!!

14 March 2011 - 4:53 pm

Calvin Congratulations again Mark and Phuong :)

13 March 2011 - 5:55 am

John Reyment Lovely T&A, (oops, just realisd what I wrote), photos in the library are cool.

11 March 2011 - 8:11 pm

Allison McGaw Bride + Groom + Todd Hunter Mcgaw photographery = UBER AWESOME!!!

11 March 2011 - 3:09 pm

Simon l.o.v.e.

11 March 2011 - 2:18 pm

Kelly Lee Tunney You are both so clever, absolutely no doubt there but this set has so much more. I may have said this before in a slightly more (slurrrred) fashion but I just adore how you see the world, so differently unique. Can I be your groupie now? Kell xx

10 March 2011 - 7:06 pm

Sophie Such an awesome day, captured so beautifully!

10 March 2011 - 7:15 am

Kyle You guys are SO GOOD.

I know I’ve told you that before, but I’m sure hearing it doesn’t get old :)

9 March 2011 - 11:10 pm

Jacqui my fav ever, ever …

9 March 2011 - 10:27 pm

Catherine Byrne Thanks guys. It was a very happy, special and sometimes sad day for us all. You are right about M & P; they are totally in tune with one another. I loved everything about the day and especially your pictures. Mark’s Mum.

9 March 2011 - 9:33 pm

trish you guys are way two creative cats. What a great set!!!!

9 March 2011 - 9:21 pm

Jono wa wa wee wa! If you got a chocolate frog for every awesome picture you’ve posted you’d have at least like a thousand chocolate frogs. For real.

9 March 2011 - 9:11 pm

Andrew Kwintowski Hey Guys – Big Fan of your creativity (and energy!) :)

9 March 2011 - 7:35 pm

Sam@Shuttersnap I attended your workshop at Hair of the Dog this year and have since become a big fan of your work. This was definitely a totally rad wedding, as was the photography! Awesome.

9 March 2011 - 6:17 pm

Steve Elmer Lady Lades and “The Hunter” Mcgaw show us all how it’s done… again. RIGHT ON GUYS!

9 March 2011 - 5:36 pm

Lan Nguyen AMAZING!

9 March 2011 - 4:42 pm

Emma Best Wedding Photos. I wish you guys got married 3 years ago so you could recommend a good photographer for my wedding :( LOVE LOVE LOVE these.

9 March 2011 - 4:39 pm

Matt and Katie | Photographers Great work guys! Really great!

9 March 2011 - 3:20 pm

Jane Love your photos, and love Phuong and Mark: such incredible peeps, such an amazing day!

9 March 2011 - 2:52 pm

Rae Threnoworth I love the birds eye view photo of the two of them just after the library.. just gorgeous and classy!

9 March 2011 - 2:14 pm

Katie-Joy Brilliant and different pics, really did well in capturing the moment. Lovely words in the blog to go with it too. Good work photographers and congrats to Mark and Phuong – you guys are one stunning couple!xx

9 March 2011 - 1:11 pm

Cam Reeves pm606a = epic!

I like your take on 725 too (though lets face it, its always hard to narrow down which shots you guys take are the betterer-est).

9 March 2011 - 12:49 pm

Biccie great pics as always guys, you rock.

9 March 2011 - 12:39 pm

Bintan you had me at ‘ok be warned’. love love love!

9 March 2011 - 12:30 pm

Phuong You guys are the sweetest and the awesome-est!

9 March 2011 - 10:52 am

samm blake awesome + beautiful + lovely :)

9 March 2011 - 10:43 am

hailey lovely work as always!! ;)

9 March 2011 - 10:37 am

Tim Harris Fantastical work from the creative magicians.

9 March 2011 - 10:35 am

Mark Thanks guys! Really nice words to go with the photos, and you already know what we think of the photos! :)

9 March 2011 - 10:27 am

Julian Beattie These are gorgeous, guys. Creativity is spectacular, as always (Bike shot, wow)! I love your words about them, too.

9 March 2011 - 10:09 am

Dan O’Day awesome to the plural’s !!! the square root of rad = (not Jaws) but it is in fact the McGaws! (see what i did there)? skillz kids, skillz

9 March 2011 - 10:04 am

David Robertson Love it all! so visually impacting! gorgeous work guys!

9 March 2011 - 9:58 am

Christine YES YES YES! :) love the bike! love the stripes! love the tea! love the dancing! love THE HUNTER! love the LADES! :) xoxoxo

9 March 2011 - 9:18 am

cole Holy. Awesome. Love it. #hugefan (pm083a FTW)