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Mitch Pohl Photography by Mitch.pohl@hotmail.com - 5d ago

I’ve just clicked complete on my final wedding of the year – but before I crack open a beer and let my (lack of) hair down for the festive season, it felt only right to look back on some special moments from 2018.

I want to say a big thank you to you all – my couples, my now friends. What a year it has been! I am so lucky to spend my time traveling around Aus/The World documenting love. Thank you letting me into your lives and allowing me to play a part in something as special as your wedding day.

I’ve put together below a handful of images that I have shot throughout 2018 (and when I say a handful I mean, well a few hundred – there was just too many good moments). I hope you enjoy looking over them as much as I do.

I am so excited to see what 2019 brings, meet more amazing couples, and share with you more of my work.

Until then – Merry Christmas, Happy New year, and enjoy the festivities.

See you in 2019 legends (*beer crack*) x

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Mitch Pohl Photography by Mitch.pohl@hotmail.com - 5d ago

Kaitlynn and Brody know how to throw one heck of a celebration!

They chose to spend the occasion with close friends and family at the incredible resort, Nihi Sumba (formerly Nihiwatu), located on a small island just off of Bali. Nihi Sumba was voted the #1 hotel in the world for 2 consecutive years, and after having the pleasure of staying there, I can completely understand why!

Kaitlynn and Brody kicked off the festivities the night before the wedding inviting guests down to the beach for a White Party following the wedding rehearsal. Complete with a giant flaming ‘K’ and ‘B’, locals racing horses along the beach (with all proceeds from bets going to the Sumba Foundation), an amazing spread of fresh seafood, and a stunning beach setting – guests danced, drank, and celebrated.

The wedding day itself was relaxed and dreamy. Kaitlynn got ready in the Mamole Tree house suite overlooking the ocean with her Mum and sister. Kaitlynn wore a stunning Bo and Luca gown, and Brody a custom suit lined with photos of the pair.

The ceremony took place in the afternoon at Nihi Oka Spa. On arrival guests made their way down a long winding path with a view through the trees to the ocean – the perfect welcome. The picturesque surroundings were the perfect backdrop to the I Do’s . They had a close friend, Rishi, hold the ceremony and his fun and relaxed nature made for a heartwarming ceremony. Locals held a blessing, a nod to the local culture, and Kaitlynn and Brody read personalised vows.

After the ceremony guests headed back to the resort where the reception was held in a creek-bed beneath the jungle canopy. Friends and family formed a welcome arch for Kaitlynn and Brody’s arrival.

The night was full of celebration with amazing food, speeches by close family and friends, a poem by Brody’s Mum, and lots and lots of dancing on the beach. There was even a surprise fireworks display – a gift from a friend.

Word is the party continued well into the wee hours of the morning. And so it should have – not only do these two know how to celebrate, they deserve to be celebrated.

Cheers to Kaitlynn and Brody!

I am so glad to have been a part of this day and capture a celebration so special.

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Mitch Pohl Photography by Mitch.pohl@hotmail.com - 5d ago

You know you’re in for a treat when your clients become great friends and are willing to do anything to create some magic. I count myself lucky to be able to meet so many wonderful couples who not only are the most fun to hang out with but who also are willing to take a chance to adventure with me.

Stephen, Sam and I drove 5 hours through highways and country towns to get to the most beautiful forest you ever did see. The trunks of the trees grew higher than we could imagine and even though the breeze was cold and we could hardly feel our fingers, there was a sense of warmth that came from the two of them that thawed out any cold we felt.

We wandered through the forest together, laughing and talking and before we knew it hours had gone by. It was a cool, cloudy day but, like all love stories and enchanted forests, the clouds opened and the sun appeared just before it went beyond the horizon. We raced up the hill to catch it, all of us puffed out, legs burning, but it was worth it to catch the last glimpse of the day.

We spent the night in the nearby town, having dinner at the local pub and watching movies into the late night. It was clear this portrait session wasn’t just about creating beautiful photos, it was about creating beautiful memories, for them and for me. It’s one I’ll never forget and I hope you too can sense the beauty we all felt that day.

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Mitch Pohl Photography by Mitch.pohl@hotmail.com - 5d ago

“You + Me. Flowers + Sea.”

Esther and Jack threw all the “rules” of a wedding day out the window. They opted for a relaxed day honouring all of their favourite things – all of the special things that they love as a couple. Combined, all of these special things told the story of Esther and Jack and of the type of love that they share. And the result was so very cool. They met before the ceremony, embracing in front of their closest family and friends before heading to the “I do’s” together. With Esther an incredible florist, naturally a nursery was a fitting place for the promises of forever. Beachside portraits followed, for their love of the sea. And then off to a Date Night inspired reception with Romeo and Juliet on the big screen, wood-fire pizza and pasta, margaritas and beer, cozy blankets, and Nutella Pizzas for dessert. Decked out with burning signs, neon crosses, and flowers galore, the warehouse was filled with adoring friends and family. Esther and Jack were all smiles and overflowing with love. The whole day exuded joy, just like the couple. The raddest “date night” ever.

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Mitch Pohl Photography by Mitch.pohl@hotmail.com - 5d ago

I have felt lucky to meet all of my couples, but Sarah and Cody were one who left an extra special impression. From the first Skype call, I could tell we had a solid connection and that their day was going to be one to remember. We chatted more and more leading up to the wedding and with each convo we all got more excited for the day to unfold. By the time their special day came around, it felt like we had known each other for years. On the weekend of the wedding, Sarah and Cody greeted me at the airport in a rad jeep and we excitedly headed off to the venue straight away. The connection we had felt over Skype, was even stronger in person. We had so much in common – and with Sarah and Cody’s laid-back chilled vibe, love of a good laugh, and love for good food and good music, I knew I was in for a good time. It almost felt like I was on a bit of a holiday. We hung out sipping on beers and setting up for the coming day. Conversation flowed easily and they were so open to me throwing around a few suggestions about what would work well for the setup and layout of the day. That night Cody was kind enough to include me as he and his friends hung out, sharing a beautiful dinner and a few more beers. It was a kind of strange, yet great feeling, that I’d only known these people for such a short time yet it felt like we were best friends.

We kicked off the wedding day with a surf, and as we got ready for the day everything was working out perfect – until the ceremony. A huge storm arrived just as Sarah pulled up in the combi ready to head down the isle. The wind and rain was crazy – the arbour fell over, guests were losing hats and everyone retreated to the Teepee to take cover. In the face of having to change their ceremony location last minute both Sarah and Cody were taking everything in their stride. But when I jumped in the combi and sat with Sarah, we checked the radar, and I knew this storm was going to move quite quick. I asked if she was keen to wait it out and have the ceremony where she dreamt of having it – and she had total trust in my advice.  20 minutes later, the weather passed, the guests moved back into place and the amazing ceremony that had originally been planned commenced. It was so worth the wait and the perfect way to kick off their celebrations. The reception that followed was fun and funky, with good music, good food and good vibes.  It was filled with paella, tacos, gelato, tequila and some killer moves on the dance floor! Throughout the day, Sarah and Cody were so accomodating – making sure I was ok and that I always had a taco or beer nearby. They wanted to make sure I was also having a good time – and how could I not. The day was such a tribute to them as a couple and the wedding was a total dream to be a part of. I’m so lucky to be able to say that that day kicked off a great friendship with Sarah and Cody. Since then we have talked heaps and I’ve been welcomed back down to Melbourne to hang with them, watching live music and sharing hot-cross bun gelato sandwiches! I know we will be friends for a long time and look forward to seeing them each time I head to Melbourne – a rad couple that I have the privilege to have met!

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Mitch Pohl Photography by Mitch.pohl@hotmail.com - 5d ago

Karissa and Tom got married at the insane Villa Rustica in Byron Bay hinterland. This place was an absolute dream. It is this beautiful balinese/morrocan inspired house with lush, overgrown gardens. Each corner of the house is like a work of art. The ceremony by the pool, canapes on the front balcony overlooking the garden and then the reception was held in the breezeway area off the pool.

Their inspiration was to create an effortlessly romantic space. They wanted to create an atmosphere that was relaxed, but breathtaking and really encouraged their guests to mingle and move.

Karissa and Tom learn’t a swing style dance to surprise their guests. The breif they gave to their dance teacher was “we will suck at foot work, so give us some showy lifts to distract our guests” and that she did. At the end of the dance, Tom carried Karissa off the dance floor and they jumped into the pool. (Scroll down for about half an hour and you will see this happen)

ENJOY.

{ the day before }

{ the day }

Both Tom and Karissa felt it was important to have that time alone and together on the morning of the wedding. They woke up to watch the sunrise together, before going their separate ways. Karissa went off to do yoga with her dear friend Sally, and Tom went surfing. Karissa says that Yoga was the best way she could have started the day, something to really ground her so that she could enjoy and be present in every moment of the day.

They met up for an ocean dip together at Wategos Beach, which was followed by a quick smoothie stop before heading to the venue to get ready. They also chose to do a first look before the ceremony which was so special. It also meant we could shoot most of our portraits before the ceremony, which allowed Karissa and Tom to spend more time with their guests.

{ the wedding }

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Mitch Pohl Photography by Mitch.pohl@hotmail.com - 5d ago

Its all kind of funny!!! Soph actually cancelled her original wedding because she was so stressed out about the whole thing, and then ended up planning the whole thing in under two months and having it in her backyard. I think after buying their first home as a couple,they had always wanted to have a backyard wedding, so it seemed meant to be.

Soph went dress shopping and hated every dress she saw / tried – nothing seemed to fit her. She was ready to give up when Mitch found this Lover two-piece on their website. She tried it on and fell in love. BOOM!

Soph and Mitch just wanted something totally chilled out with as little stress / fuss as possible, away from any traditional wedding. They actually got ready together and then we walked around Carrington before the ceremony shooting a few portraits which was cool. It took the stress out of the fact they were about to get married and just really enjoyed hanging out before it all went down.

We got back to the house the celebrant met us at the front door and was like “Let’s get you married” So we walked through the house and out the back door and it happened. They didn’t have any formalities – just one speech from their best mate, Jackson. They wrote their own vows together and made fun of each other in a playful way. Soph walked down the aisle with Mitch to “Don’t Cry” by the Gooch Palms (His sister’s band).

A little later in the night Mitch and Soph went for dinner at a beautiful restaurant just the two of them. She said It was so nice to sit down and speak to each other properly for the first time as husband as wife and just reflect upon the day.

What a couple!!!!

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Mitch Pohl Photography by Mitch.pohl@hotmail.com - 5d ago

Relaxed, Colourful, Homemade, Natural, Simple, Tasmanian. That pretty much describes this wedding in a nutshell!

Kat & Michael decided to get ready in 2 different rooms but in the same house. This private time before the ceremony was so special. Seeing each other for the first time, before anyone saw them. They got the chance to see the look and the emotion on each others face. To them it was so calming and meant they could spend as much time with their guests as possible after the ceremony. These guys really love the natural beauty of the area in which they chose to tie the knot. Especially the waterhole at the ceremony, walking up there after the ceremony was so dreamy.

They pretty much did EVERYTHING themselves. They spent months and months creating pieces that would not only look perfect but meant something to them. Such as the arbour, dried rose confetti, tables, signs, kokodema balls, homebrew (which was AMAZING) and their wedding cake & grazing table. (Yeah, these two are good)

They just really were about having it as organic as possible, and just leaving the natural beauty of the surrounds to speak for itself. A lot of their guests travelled interstate to Tassie for the first time so it was a really special reunion as well as their farewell to Tasmania.

Enjoy the MEGA post



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Mitch Pohl Photography by Mitch.pohl@hotmail.com - 5d ago

Even though Alicia & Will looked up a few venues online, they knew almost straight away that nothing could compare to having a wedding at their friend Dave’s farm. Will had completed a 3 week placement at the farm during his Vet school days and always raved about how beautiful the property was. It was the perfect canvas to create the beautiful, yet relaxed vibe that Alicia and Will were after. The farm was already such an amazing place, and Alicia and Will managed to perfectly compliment the stunning scenery with their choice in decor. Believe it or not, some of their clever ideas were dreamt up whilst scribbling on a paper table cloth in a restaurant in Malaysia!

I was lucky enough to get a little extra time to soak up the atmosphere by spending the night before the wedding camped out with the boys on the property. One of the groomsmen, Terence, cooked up a delicious dinner for all of us, including Dave and his wife, and the night was full of eating, laughing, bonding, and watching the stars. It was a very special way to kick off a wedding filled with warm and generous people, stunning light, and overflowing love. For me, by far, the biggest highlight was the ceremony. It was one of the strongest and most loving ceremonies I’ve ever been to. These two seriously love each other so much and their passion for both each other and for God is powerfully beautiful.

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Mitch Pohl Photography by Mitch.pohl@hotmail.com - 5d ago

Natalia and Brett flew me up from the beautiful South Coast to the even more beautiful Byron Bay to photograph their wedding. I got off the plane the day before the wedding to find that my bag didn’t make it on the flight. Grrrrr. (Don’t worry guys I had all my camera gear with me already, it just would have meant I was shooting the wedding the next day with ripped jeans, a standard tee and some thongs, eek!)

At first I was a little sad and lost without my luggage but I totally knew everything was going to come together and it would all work out. Especially when Brett and the boys met me at the airport and I was greeted by nothing but happiness. We hung out all afternoon and drove around Byron checking out the venue and scouting some locations for the next day.

When the day came and I still didn’t actually have my bag, or hear anything from anyone about it, I checked what first flight was arriving in Byron from Sydney and drove down to the aiport to try my luck.

Flight came in…..drum roll. There it was!!!! WOO, I grabbed that sneaky little bag who thought he could get away from me and drove back to the house to get ready for what was going to be such a fun wedding.

This weekend had some pretty wild weather from strong winds to mega down pours and everyone was saying “that’s just Byron for ya”. It was my first time and I fell in love with the place, good weather or not.

Both Natalia and Brett were so calm and just fully embraced the weather and what it had in store. When it came down to the crunch, just moments before the wedding it was looking like rain, so Natalia was happy to wait it out until it passed. She didn’t want to miss out on saying I do under that insane fig tree!

It’s so crazy to think how perfect this place was for them to get married at. Brett proposed to Natalia underneath a Fig Tree which was also in Byron Bay, then they found The Fig Tree Restaurant who not only had the perfect name but also had an amazing Fig Tree that they could get married under.

I could seriously go on and on about these guys and how much fun this day was but I’m going to let you scroll through their day and hopefully the rest of the story unfolds for you and you can connect with this series of images as much as I do.

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