lakshalperera The small town of Parkes is kinda in the middle of nowhere. It's about 4 hours drive from Canberra, 5 from Sydney and about 12 from Brisbane so regardless of where you're from, you've still got a long way to go. Joel's family's 3000 acre farm that grows wheat, canola and barley is about another 25km to the north of this middle of nowhere and it is a stunning place in the world. Their land overlooks the Parkes Observatory aka 'The Dish', the location of arguably the world's best radio telescope.
I have been so excited to shoot this wedding from the moment that Laura and Joel contacted me earlier this year, the history of their land, families and the observatory were so intertwined - I just wanted to share in it. You see, Joel's grandpa was one of the engineers who was responsible for routing the TV signals from Apollo 11 to the world on the day of the moon landing. He was also the guy that hurriedly managed to figure out a way of getting the stranded Apollo 13 spacecraft's radio signals from Parkes to NASA in Houston as the 3 astronauts clung to life after an on-board accident.

With my love of astronomy and astrophysics, I felt like it was almost fate for our paths to cross. I'll share more of their story (which I was so privileged to shoot along with my dear friend Cass), but for the moment, just one single instant in time which I hope summarises their lives - sun, land, love and togetherness.  #wedding #parkes #weddingphotography #sunset #Australia #thedish #lunarlanding #farm #nsw
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lakshalperera This is Fiona - she's pretty great which is probably why Dan wanted to get married to her!
#wedding #weddingphotography #melbourne
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lakshalperera Rose and Adrian left for their honeymoon in NYC at 3am on Sunday morning after their #wedding on Saturday. At the end of their wedding reception, I promised them that I'd post a preview image in time for their arrival in NYC - so here it is.

I hope this is a great reminder of the start of your adventure together and fingers crossed that you can remember my advice to you about that place to get great doughnuts in Brooklyn!

#weddingphotography
#melbourne
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lakshalperera This is Niki and Tom - we photographed their beautiful #wedding in #Manchester a few months ago. To say I'm excited about sharing some of the images from our travels this year is an understatement! But for now, here's just one image taken inside the 150 year old Manchester Town Hall. #destination wedding #weddingphotography 2w

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lakshalperera Somehow, #love always has a way. I seem to end up all over the earth #photographing #weddings for couples who have the most unlikely ways of meeting and strange ways of keeping their relationships together. And sometimes, I even photograph weddings which are pretty much strung together at the last minute.

Check out Fontaine and Nicola's #wedding on the blog tonight.

http://www.lakshalperera.com/2014/09/nicola-and-fontaines-awesome-backyard-wedding-in-melbourne/  #wedding #Melbourne #alternative #backyard #diy
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lakshalperera Meow has decided today isn't a good day to do any work. #vscocam #cat #jerk 3w

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lakshalperera I reckon THIS is a sunset! #vscocam 3w

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lakshalperera Yesterday, in the small English town of Bursledon, surrounded by family, friends, sparkles and and delicious vegan food (all prepared with love by the guests), the wonderful Holly and Paul committed their lives to each other. 1mon
  •   jo_betz_celebrant I know I love this wedding already! Can't wait to see more. 1mon
  •   leanne_cutajar Lovely photo. Love her dress. Gorgeous! 1mon
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  •   pinkdahliaphoto Just read your article in "Turning Pro". I'm really thinking about why I'm doing this and what clients I want to work with because of it. Thank you for that :) 1mon

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lakshalperera A secret "friendship" with George W. Bush, a crazy entrance dance and plenty of wonderful tears, laughter and emotion. Please say hello to Vanessa and Tim who were married at the beautiful Stones of the Yarra Valley just a little while ago. 2mon

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lakshalperera An afternoon of mixed weather in #Prague. #vscocam #czechrepublic 2mon

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lakshalperera YYZ -> GLA -> LHR -> PRG. Two down, one to go. #vscocam #ihateairports 2mon

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  •   __danielmccully__ Gananoque, Ontario? 2mon
  •   __danielmccully__ This is 20 mins from me! 2mon
  •   lakshalperera @__danielmccully__ Oh man so close!! We stayed there one night on our way back to Toronto from Montreal. It's so pretty there! And a total bummer we missed you, I had no idea you were around there mate! 2mon
  •   __danielmccully__ Would have been nice to meet you in person. Maybe next time. :) 2mon

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lakshalperera Rightio, I think I've done pretty much everything I wanted to do in #Canada this time around. Time to go home! #vscocam #poutine #delicious 2mon

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