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Rob & Anne-Marie tie the knot on Rottnest Island

Is there anything more quintessentially Perth then the quokkas, blue skies and relaxing beachside vibe of Rottnest Island? I doubt it! Julie (my second shooter) and I took the ferry over one sunny Friday afternoon to spend several hours capturing the wedding day memories of a gorgeous couple: Annie & Rob.

Annie and Rob’s style vision was for yellows, a beachy aesthetic and plenty of sparkles. Annie’s friend Sarah put together the bouquet, button holes and table centre pieces:

I had in mind that I wanted a tight bunch of yellow roses, single yellow roses in vases with crystals as center pieces and single yellow rose button holes. I was so happy with what she created for us.

The bonbonniere and church decor was put together by Annie’s mother and sister. Her gown was designed by Ronald Joyce (from the UK), and Annie says that she had the most exciting experience shopping for it at Collezione.


On the day, Rob prepared in one of the limestone cottages, whilst Annie got ready at the Hotel Rottnest.

Rob and I both wrote each other a letter to read as we were getting ready. Both unknown to each other (just goes to show that great minds think alike) and it was a really special touch on the day when the nerves and excitement where rising.

It was a truly memorable moment when Annie walked through the Beer Gardens of the hotel to cheers and applause from the patrons. She then got a ride with the Island’s Fire Truck (thanks to fire fighter Brendon) and made her way over to the Holy Trinity Church. Rob made the trip on foot.

The Holy Trinity Church is an intimate and pristine setting for a ceremony, and the resident priest Father Leon Russell was, according to Anne,

“the MOST amazing priest who guided us along our journey every step if the way. He was an angel sent from heaven to bless our nuptials. He will remain a close friend now and always.”

Rob’s mum, Janice, in South Africa recorded the closing prayer of the ceremony as she was unable to attend. It was a nice way for the couple to still have her presence felt on the day.

After saying their vows in the beautiful ceremony, Rob surprised Annie with a tandem “just married” tricycle. It was waiting to take them up to the Bathurst Lighthouse for some quick photos and a glass of champagne. I think it was the fastest session I’ve ever done—just 20 minutes!

“The lighthouse was an unreal backdrop for our photographs, both the lighthouse itself and the surrounding scenic views of Pinky Beach and across the waters to the mainland.”

The reception was held in the Governor’ Dining Room at the Hotel Rottnest and it was absolutely stunning—the polished floor boards, high standing wine rack, views over Thompson Bay—all very exquisite.

The cake was arranged by the sister of the bride as her wedding gift, and it was baked by Colleen of Colleen’s Cake Corner.

Photos of the invitation provided by the bride

The afternoon was filled with meaningful vows, laughter and alot of love. The bride & groom and guests waved us off at the Jetty as we headed back to Perth after a truly wonderful wedding experience.


By Trish Woodford Photography

Trish Woodford is an award winning photographer specialising in Portraiture, Weddings and Photographic Fine Art. For her, it's about emotion, connections and storytelling. Mood and feeling is everything.