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lakshalperera At Gillian and Joel's wedding reception, some of her friends had organised a small surprise for them. They'd handed out small sheets of paper to each table with lyrics to the beautiful old Turtles song, "Happy Together" and as a whole, all the guests were going to sing the song for the two of them. A small group in the corner led the singing but during the rousing chorus where everyone else joined in, I could see Gillian and Joel both gleaming with happiness and utter joy. It was a little overwhelming for them, and for me too and it was most importantly, a perfect way to describe the love of these two amazing people. "I can't see me loving nobody but you for all my life

When you're with me baby the skies will be blue, for all my life." #wedding #outdoor #autumn #colourful #leaves #canberra #act #melbourneweddingphotographer #australia #gillyjoel
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  •   gilliane84 @lakshalperera this. This is amazing. Thank you again so so much for being a part of it! We can't wait to see more! You're such a legend. 3d
  •   amy_jarvis21 Wow! This is incredible! 3d

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lakshalperera Renee and Dean are such wonderful people. I'm so happy to have been able to share in their beautiful rustic wedding and now, it's on the blog to share with all of you! Check it out right here: http://bit.ly/reneedean

#wedding #melbourne #melbourneweddingphotographer #victoria #rustic #floralcrown #farm #gumgully #silvan #dandenongranges #yarravalley #portrait #bride #groom #love
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lakshalperera I sometimes anthropomorphise objects. I can't help but wish that this tree had a friend. #vscocam #lonelytree #tree #minimalist #samsung #galaxys3 2w

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lakshalperera I don't usually share food photos but tonight's dinner is the food of my people and I want to share it with you. This my friends, is a poor man's Sri Lankan meal.

Samba (a Sri Lankan type of rice)

Parippu (a creamy lentil dish which has a coconut milk based gravy combining the flavours of curry powder, tumeric, cumin, garlic, onion, mustard seeds, fenugreek seeds and most importantly, curry leaves)

Pol Sambol (coconut sambol made with finely sliced onions, chili powder, lime, salt, maldive fish and pepper)

Acharu (Sri Lankan pickle)

Sri Lankan food takes me back to my grandmother's kitchen all those years ago when I was a kid. It was a dark room with a low roof at the back of their house with clay pots on shelves waiting for food to be prepared. There was a small opening for the smoke to get out of from the fire but often, the smoke would go anywhere but up the chimney. In this tiny space, my grandmother would spend up to 10 hours a day making food that was much grander (and more delicious) than my own tonight, but there's something comforting and warm for me in a meal like this, as humble as it may be.

#dinner #srilankan #food #parippu #polsambol #acharu #delicious
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lakshalperera Molly and Ben are proof that love sometimes takes a little time. They met about 20 years ago when Ben became friends with Molly's brother, also named Ben. Molly looked at them as just an annoying brother and his equally annoying friend - things weren't off to a good start, but then again, when you're 6 years old, you probably don't tend to care so much about things like that.

But as time went on, things changed. Molly started seeing both her brother Ben as a caring young man and his friend Ben as much much more. He was smart, passionate and viewed life and the world the same way as her. Eventually, time caught up with them and that's how we got to yesterday.

#wedding #portrait #melbourne #dandenongranges #gumgullyfarm #victoria #australia #farm #melbourneweddingphotographer #love
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lakshalperera "Lucky! I had a dream you showed us the photos and you were actually a terribly photographer and it was so sad. You were also married to a girl from Big Brother and I was so confused about why you were lying about being married to Kristen 😐" Shanna sent me that SMS a few weeks after her and Mick got married and it made me smile. Partly because it's exactly Shanna's kind of humour and mainly because their photos were actually about as far from terrible as possible - they agreed when they saw them a few hours later.

You can see it for yourself on the blog tonight (and it comes with an apt photo). Go right her to check it out: http://bit.ly/shannamick

#wedding #brisbane #cbd #metroarts #queensland #australia #diy #golden #blackandwhite #spots #stripes
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lakshalperera As some of you may know, Kristen and I have recently moved to the beautiful Macedon Ranges north of Melbourne. We're settling into a new way of life that's more relaxed and peaceful - one where we can truly appreciate the natural beauty which surrounds us.

In the past, I used to shoot quite a few portrait sessions - I can count on one hand how many I've shot in the last 2 years though! I've been time poor which is something that we've wanted to change - and thankfully, with alittle planning and direction, we're well on our way. Being in such a beautiful place is inspiring, there's simply untapped potential for great places to be, and also to photograph. The golden light, the beautiful trees and the rolling hills - it's somewhere that I want to see more of and it's somewhere that I want to show to you.

I drove past an amazing forest today and it reminded me that I needed to push this idea a little more. I've shot a couple of sessions already and I'm excited about doing some more. So this is the deal:
- we have to shoot somewhere in the Macedon Ranges/Daylesford area
- it can't be on a Saturday
- the two of you must be in love

Simple.

Get in touch via the In-Love Session contact form on my website (link to website is in profile) for pricing and more information and let's share in this amazing place together.

#portraits #love #engagement #MacedonRanges #Clarkefield #Gisborne #Kyneton #Lancefield#Macedon #Malmsbury #MountMacedon#NewGisborne #RiddellsCreek #Romsey #Woodend#Daylesford #HepburnSprings #HangingRock #centralvictoria #inlovesession
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lakshalperera Ange & Scotty's first date was supposed to be for coffee. This coffee turned into a walk, which then turned into dinner and 10 hours later, they knew that they needed to be together (I can see why). Just about 13 months later, this decision led us to yesterday. 4w

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lakshalperera Richie and Lala smiled all day and partied all night. Two amazingly generous and wonderful people getting married - the best kind of wedding to be a part of!

Their colourful farm wedding (featuring a very special guest appearence from a donkey!) is on the blog tonight! Check it out right here:http://bit.ly/richielala

#wedding #gumgullyfarm #dandenongranges #melbourne #colourful #chinese #indonesian #flowercrown #victoria #melbournewedding #melbourneweddingphotographer #australia
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lakshalperera It's been a while since a new blog post but this one is totally worth waiting for I reckon - Richard and Clarissa's heartwarming wedding in the Yarra Valley will be online this week!

#wedding #yarravalley #melbournewedding #blackandwhite #tree #portrait #gumgullyfarm
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lakshalperera About 6 years ago, Ashlee moved from her home in Melbourne to London, England as part of a working holiday. She had organised a share house to live in and after knocking at the door, she was met by a handsome and very charming man named James. Yesterday, she married him in a beautiful wedding in Melbourne and I was so happy and honoured to share in it with them.

#wedding #melbourne #melbourneweddingphotography #quatquatta #bride #weddingphotography #vintage #australia #jamesandashwedding
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lakshalperera Picking season has started! Only about 3 million more of these little red and yellow things to go!

#dragontonguebeans #yellowbelltomato #beans #tomato #countrylyf4eva #garden #vscocam
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lakshalperera Hamish and Marie were married yesterday and they have hearts of gold. It's no wonder the people around them love them.

#wedding #geelong #campbellpointhouse #melbourneweddingphotographer #blackandwhite #flowergirls #hnmrl2015
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lakshalperera Quark the Delightful Cat. #vscocam #cat #abstract #lowkey #cats #eyes 1mon

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lakshalperera Jannah's grandmother is 88 years old - she's a radiant woman with wisdom to match her years. At her 80th birthday, she commented to her grandson (Jannah's brother) that his best friend Nick was "such a lovely boy" and that he would be perfect for Jannah. It only took 7 years for Jannah and Nick to figure that out for themselves but once they did, it was a beautiful realisation.

#wedding #weddingphotography #melbourneweddingphotography #Victoria #bellarine #oceangrove #blueskies
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  •   beckilove Did he have to wait long? Great photo. 1mon
  •   lakshalperera Thanks @beckilove. He actually had about 10 mates gettinf around but apparently this power line wasn't the place to hang out. A few seconds after this photo, he was gone! 1mon
  •   rdi.engineering Nice! :) 1mon

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lakshalperera This is one of the most beautiful places I've photographed a wedding. The whole wedding here: http://bit.ly/laurajoel

#wedding #parkes #newsouthwales #country #wheat #farm #thedish
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  •   jenarator I just stalked your blog and wowzzeers! You really captured their whole wedding I felt like I relived it looking at your blog whilst sitting at my work desk! Love your work! @lakshalperera 2mon
  •   jenarator And plus they are a perfect couple too! 2mon
  •   lakshalperera Thank you so much (and sorry for the very slow reply) @jenarator! I'm excited you liked the photos but your boss at work has asked me to express his/her disappointment at you for slacking off on the job. ;) 2w

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