Courtney Handley


Wild Cattle Creek Estate || Vineyard Wedding || Wandin North

My Journal

“Courtney photographed our wedding day – she fitted seamlessly into the day and became another member of the bridal party and family. Her truly exceptional photos are a testament to her professionalism and skill. She made us feel so relaxed and natural – some of my husband and my favourite parts of the day was when we were getting our portraits done post ceremony as she let us bask in our bubble while capturing those beautiful and extremely unique moments. Wish I could get married again to have her photograph another wedding!”

Cass and Daniel, 2020

A fairytale ending of the romantic love story at the gorgeous Wild Cattle Creek Estate in Wandin North. You cannot go wrong at sunset time, especially in the picturesque Yarra Valley.

Cass and Daniel first met in January 2011 whilst working at the Australian Open. Daniel had already been working there for a few years but it was Cass’ first time. During the first rain delay, the rookies were asked to buddy up with one of the more ‘experienced’ to learn the method of drying the courts and setting them up before play could resume. Gorgeous Confident Cass surveyed the four options she had and made a very quick decision and took some long strides towards Daniel. They spent the day together and then for the next three weeks she tried her best to run in to him every chance she could get.

I asked Cass and Daniel how and who proposed and this is what Cass said in her own words…

“Daniel and I spent three weeks driving through Germany in September/October 2018. Before the trip I had been getting a feeling he might propose soon but was certain he wouldn’t carry a ring overseas, and as I am the suitcase packer, he wouldn’t get it past me anyway. Almost a week into the trip we were driving in the south of Germany and visited Neuschwanstein castle on the 23rd September.

The afternoon was spent exploring the beautiful castle and surrounds but all Daniel seemed to worry about was his backpack. Usually we would share the carrying of the backpack but this day he took it everywhere, including into the bathroom, and wouldn’t let me get anything out of it myself. I initially thought he’d upped his chivalry game but when I couldn’t even get a bottle of water out of the bag without him helping get it out for me, I became a bit suspicious. Unfortunately, being quite a busy tourist time in Germany, the place was packed with tourists and there was a lot of shuffling through throngs of people to get to the incredible lookouts which provided amazing views of the castle, hills and surrounds. Daniel, seemingly unimpressed with the 10/10 views on offer, and was intent on finding a better spot. On hands and toes we scaled this cliff-face for a better view. Already suspicious, this was tipping point for me.

Finally finding a really stunning, and very high, secluded spot, Daniel sat down and encouraged me to sit beside him. No sooner had my bum touched the dirt, Daniel explained his unusual behaviour and presented me with this incredible ring. We were both in tears at this point, only exacerbated by Daniel asking, first in German, then in English if I would marry him. It was a definite yes from me and we spent the next little while enjoying the view and sharing a couple of beers he also had hidden away in the backpack.”

I am so blessed to have captured their beautiful love story and become life friends as well. I feel like they are family and as hard as it is with the Coronavirus restrictions, I know we will be able to catch up together in the years to come and hopefully capture more of their fairytale ending 🙂

Thank you legends! You are the greatest x x

Photographer: Courtney Laura Photography

Venue: Wild Cattle Creek Estate

Gown: Anna Campbell Bridal

Shoes: Nine West

Cake: Pollen Pastry

Bridesmaids: Shona Joy

Suits: YD Australia

Groom Accessories: Blaq Melbourne

Celebrant: Nick Celebrations 

Florist: Sassafras Weddings

Hair: Hair by Amanda Audrey

Make Up: Rebecca Kotze Makeup Artistry

Signage & Stationary: Creative Distinction

Transportation: Amazing Limousines

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