ANNOUNCEMENT : NEW ADDITION COMING SOON

16 Mar 2017            Jessica Ratty


We have been trying to drop hints to our little Honey, that come September, she will no longer be the little baby of the family! 
That's right, we are expecting our first little human baby in September! 







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OUR THIRD WEDDING ANNIVERSARY

18 May 2016            Jessica Ratty


I can't believe it has already been 3 years since our absolutely amazing, dream Wedding Day! I loved the entire planning process and even more so the day itself that I wish we could do it all again! My tip for all the Brides-To-Be out there, enjoy every single minute of your day, as it will fly by so quickly! We were married at the stunning Laurelville Manor in York. 

Happy Anniversary to my wonderful husband, Stuart. 

Xx

Image by the incredible Jerry Ghionis 




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My Little Lion : Butters' 9th Birthday

07 Aug 2015            Jessica Ratty


Most of my beautiful clients have met our adorable (and naughty) little fur babies, or at least heard them! Last week it was my little baby Lion, Butters' 9th Birthday! Everyone who meets him, asks what breed he is and we've always only been able to give half an answer .. Pomeranian crossed with something, but we don't know what he was crossed with! So for his birthday, we decided to get him a Doggy DNA test, so in 5 weeks we will be able to finally solve the mystery and answer the question properly! 












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Scarlett's First Birthday : A Princess Party

23 Jul 2015            Jessica Ratty


A few weeks ago it was my beautiful little niece, Scarlett's First Birthday! She had a sweet little "Princess" themed party and I made her birthday cake! (trust me, I will not be giving up my day job! haha). It happened to fall on the same weekend as the Swan Valley Wedding Open Day, so it was definitely a sleep deprived weekend! 

I had an idea when she was born for her First Birthday Gift. Every month for 12 months, I photographed a series of photos of Scarlett. Then for her first birthday, I designed an album, in the form of a counting book, that showed how she grew and changed over the 12 months. It is something really sweet that she can keep and treasure forever! As most of my clients know, I usually never photograph children's portraits, but seriously, how could I resist my own gorgeous little niece? 








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A WEEKEND AWAY : MARGARET RIVER

27 May 2015            Jessica Ratty


Last weekend was my first weekend off in a longgg time. We took a family trip down to Margaret River as a gift to Mum for Mother's Day. It was our first little family trip with my beautiful Niece, so of course I had to bring my camera along to photograph all of her adorable expressions! As all of my clients know, I never usually photograph children or family portraits. But how can I say no to my niece? 


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OUR LAURELVILLE MANOR WEDDING DAY : 2ND YEAR ANNIVERSARY

18 May 2015            Jessica Ratty


How fast two years can fly by! Today is our 2nd Wedding Anniversary. Two years since our Wedding Day.. I can't believe how fast the two years have gone by, it feels like our Wedding wasn't that long ago. You spend so much time thinking and dreaming about your dream wedding day and then planning it down to the finest detail, the day then comes and goes by so quickly (sometimes it feels like it never even happened!). When I look through our Wedding album, sometimes it feels like I am looking through a clients album as it just seems so surreal. But I look back on our incredible images all the time and am so glad we have such beautiful photographs from the day, to remind us of how wonderful it was and of all of the precious moments and details. 

It has been two incredible years and we have been so lucky to be able to experience so many amazing things together. Happy 2 Year Wedding Anniversary to my Husband, Stuart. There is definitely never a dull moment with him by my side! 

Images by the one and only Jerry Ghionis











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White Christmas : Our Trip Through Europe

19 Jan 2015            Jessica Ratty


We are back!! We have arrived home from our incredible, whirlwind trip around Europe! We spent just under 6 weeks, travelling through Dubai, France, The UK and Italy. My Mum was born in Italy and her family left when she was 3 to come to Australia. Mum has never been back to Italy or Europe since they left 58 years ago, so she came along with us to see it all. Being in Europe at Christmas time was beautiful, it was like being in a fairytale. Christmas Markets lined the streets, Christmas Carollers singing where ever you went, Ice Rinks set up in the middle of streets, roasted chestnuts, toasting marshmallows on the fire and mulled wine... It was the most amazing holiday we have ever been on.

Our first stop was the incredible and warm Dubai. There is so many exciting and adventurous things to do.. but some are a little too adventurous for me, so I left Stuart to do them on his own. The World's fastest roller coaster at Ferrari World being one of those things! 0-240kms in 4.9 seconds was a little too fast for me. 

Our next stop was the most amazing place in the world - France. It is definitely my favourite country in the World. We visited Paris and then travelled across to Reims & Epernay to visit the Champagne Region. We timed our stay, so that we would be in Epernay for the annual famous "Habits de Lumiere" the Champagne Festival - where all of the Champagne Houses come out to celebrate Champagne. This is only held one weekend of the year, in December and it is held on "Avenue de Champagne", which is the Avenue where a lot of the famous Champagne Houses line the whole street (including Moet & Chandon, Mercier and Perrier-Jouet). It was the most incredible experience, all of the Champagne Houses open their grounds in the evening and you can walk down the Avenue, stopping in to each Champagne House. 






We travelled back to Paris and of course visited Disneyland - the happiest place on Earth and the Moulin Rouge. It was Mum's first time visiting Disneyland and she was just like a little kid again... waiving to Micky and Minnie Mouse and so excited! 

Some of the Churches in France, were the most incredible ones we saw on the trip. They had so much detail and were so beautiful.




The UK was our next stop. First was London, where we had some of the most unforgettable, once in a lifetime experiences. We had the most beautiful Afternoon Tea at the Ritz in London and then that evening we went to see The Nutcracker Ballet at the London Coliseum. I have always wanted to see The Nutcracker and it definitely lived up to all of the hype. It was the most amazing ballet we have ever seen! One of the best things we did in London though was to have dinner at Heston Blumenthal's restaurant, "The Fat Duck". We were lucky enough to be able to book a table on the last night of dinner service (the next day they closed the restaurant to bring it to Melbourne for 6 months). It was 15 courses and went over 4 and half hours. It wasn't just a dinner, each course was so exciting and like a little theatrical show. It was definitely one of the best experiences of our lives. Every course has a story to it and there are so many elements and details that go with the dish, to bring you in to the story. From London, we travelled to Birmingham to visit Stuart's family. We spent a beautiful Winter Christmas Day with them, complete with a real Christmas tree!

After we left The UK, we continued on to Italy, where we visited Venice, Milan, Florence, Spoleto and Rome. 

The highlight of the entire trip for me, was when it started snowing in Venice! We had all seen snow before, but had never seen it actually snowing, which was one thing I really hoped would happen on the trip. We had missed it snowing in Birmingham by only a few hours, as we were on the morning flight. We hadn't expected it to snow while we were in Italy, as it is warmer than the other countries we had visited. It had been raining the entire day and evening, we then went into a shop. While Mum was looking in the shop, Stuart and I were looking out the windows to the street.. all of a sudden we started seeing tiny white flakes falling to the ground. It was so light at that stage and we had been told by many people in Europe, that it doesn't usually snow if it is raining. So we just assumed it couldn't possibly be snow. We walked out on to the street and it took a few moments to realise that it WAS ACTUALLY SNOWING! It was so amazing and exciting, that we just had to keep stopping to take photos and to try and catch some!

While we were in Italy, we visited my Mum's family that she hasn't seen in many many years, as well as her Mum's only remaining sibling. A few days later, we began the long drive to the little town of Morcone, where Mum was born. Some of our family met us there, where they took us through the town, to see the house where Mum was born and lived in (it is all still standing), the fields where my Nonno worked in, the cemetery where my Mum's Nonna is buried, the houses where people we know lived. There were even little old Italian's coming out of their homes and talking to us, who remembered my Nonna and Nonno. It was such a nice experience.

Assisi, a tiny little town in Umbria (where Saint Francis of Assisi is from), was one of my favourite places we visited. It was unlike anywhere else, we have ever been to! Like a lot of Italy, the entire town was built on the side of a mountain. It is a Medieval high walled town, it is filled with old Churches and sweet little tiny shops, medieval winding streets that are lit with beautiful lanterns hanging from the walls. As you walk down the streets, you see groups of Nuns and Priests walking past you. It is just so beautiful and peaceful. 

Our last stop was Rome, where we happened to meet the illusionist - Dynamo, where he even did a card trick on Stuart. Rome was beautiful and walking down the street, surrounded by old ruins everywhere, was so surreal!
 
Europe was the most amazing place we have ever visited and being there at Christmas time made it even more magical!





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Our Wedding Day : Our Invitations

13 Oct 2014            Jessica Ratty


It is no secret that I love details, especially unique details. I get so excited when I am photographing a wedding and the Bride & Groom have gone out of their way to have unique and beautiful details. It just adds another element of interest and excitement to the day, especially for their guests. 

I especially love unique invitations and stationary at a Wedding. So when it came to designing our own Wedding Stationary, I really wanted to think of something unique and something that our Guests hadn't seen before, I also really wanted them to match our "French" style Wedding Day. Both the "Save The Dates" and the Formal Wedding Invitation, was designed and all made by me (with the help of my very helpful Bridesmaids & Husband!)

First, was our Save The Dates. Our guests received a little box with their names hand stamped on to a little paper lace doily. I also had a stamp made with our initials and wedding date "SJ 18.05.13", which was stamped above the guest names just to add another personal touch. 

When the boxes were opened, inside was the actual "Save The Date" itself, sitting on a little nest of shredded wood wool. For the actual Save The Dates, we had three little pencils bound together by twine, linked to a large cream luggage tag, with the details of the day printed on it .. along with the headline "Pencil in the Date". 




For our Wedding Invites, I really wanted a "Book" type invite. The invites were presented in rectangle "Kraft" Cardboard Boxes and again, layer on a bed of Shredded Wood Wool (which I love to use for presenting invitations). The invitation was covered in a beautiful cream linen and then wrapped with a cream ribbon bow. 

Once the bow was undone, the invitation folded out to a "Zig Zag" style book. The first page was titled "Love & Marriage" and contained all of the information for the day, that the guests needed to know. The next page was "Our Story", which had all of the important little events, from the moment Stuart and I met, until that point, i.e. How we met, our first home, the engagement etc - again we just wanted to personalise them a little more. 
The next page was a hand drawn map of York (where our Wedding was held) - drawn by my very talented sister, Melissa. It contained the Wedding Venue and all of the important landmarks in York, to help the guests get around.
The last page on the first side was a list of "Accommodation" in York, with a list of different options and a very brief explanation on the type of accommodation they offer, to help our guests decide where to stay, depending on their tastes. 

The back of the book, contained a page about gifts and then a page with their RSVP card and the RSVP details that they needed to know. 








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Our Honeymoon : A Trip Around Asia

09 Jul 2014            Jessica Ratty


My gorgeous Brides always share their Honeymoon stories and photos with me, so I thought I should share some images from our incredible Honeymoon. Although our wedding was in May, we went on our Honeymoon at the end of the year in December. 

Our first stop was Hong Kong, it was almost Christmas time and there was Christmas trees and decorations everywhere! We stayed at the Shangri-La and had an amazing view over the Harbour. Hong Kong was so amazing and there was just so much to do. It was freezing while we were there - so it was perfect coat and faux fur neck warmers. 




While we were in Hong Kong we went to DISNEYLAND! Apart from our wedding day, I think this was one of the happiest and most exciting days of our life! We entered the gates and became children again! Everything was so happy and so much fun. There is no way you can't be happy in Disneyland! To top it off because it was Christmas they had on special Christmas shows and carols and even made it snow from the roof tops! 







After spending 6 days in Hong Kong, it was time for us to board the cruise ship - The Holland America : Volendam. It was a 16 night cruise, leaving from Hong Kong and we went to four different stops in Vietnam. We had 2 days in Saigon - which was absolutely incredible - at night time the streets lit up with Christmas lights and decorations, the atmosphere was incredible. We then had a day in Cambodia. We celebrated Christmas and New Years Eve on the ship, which was amazing, Christmas decorations everywhere, carol singers, Christmas shows, champagne and a New Years Eve incredible party. From Cambodia we cruised to Thailand - our first two day stop was in Bangkok, which again was amazing!!! 8 story shopping centres everywhere - they were so big we didn't even see a quarter of them. Bangkok also had such incredible atmosphere at night, so much to see and do. From Bangkok we then went to Koh Samui for a day - we spent the day laying on the beach and swimming in the beautiful blue water. 





The cruise finished in Singapore, I was so excited to get there as Stuart had never been before and had no idea how much there was to do there! We spent the week drinking cocktails, shopping up a storm, swimming with dolphins, Universal Studios... I don't think we slept much that week! There was just way too much to see and do. My Sister Melissa and her partner Nick happened to be in Singapore for a couple of days overlapping our time there. As they are expecting their first baby in July, we wanted to take them out for a celebratory dinner. We wanted to find something really different and amazing... We took them to a restaurant called NOX - which is a dining in the dark restaurant. You arrive, sit and have the most amazing cocktails in the world. You are then escorted upstairs (in total complete darkness - you cannot see a thing) by your blind waiter who knows their way around the restaurant. He then takes each of you to your seat and explains where everything is on the table... still completely in the dark... You cannot even see the outline of the person across from you. It was the most amazing, yet strange experience ever! You are sitting at the table, eating your 3 courses, talking to the people you are with... yet you can't see your food or each other... pouring water into a glass, is also done in complete darkness. It isn't until after you have finished the meal, you go downstairs back into the light and guess the things you have eaten, they then tell you exactly what each dish was. Incredible experience!








The last stop on our Honeymoon was a week in Manila - visiting Stuart's Step Mum who lives over there for part of the year. Stella and Stuart's Dad Peter, always wanted to go swimming with the whale sharks, but the last time they were in Manila, he was too ill to go. So we really wanted to do it, as he could never do it. So Stella took us out to swim with the whale sharks! It was the most amazing experience ever! Some of them were the size of a bus and there was 4-5 swimming around us. Their mouths were huge but they were such gentle giants... they would swim to you and you would need to get out of their way. It was the best thing we have ever done!!!




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Personal : A New Addition To The Family

04 Jul 2014            Jessica Ratty


I HAVE VERY EXCITING NEWS THAT I COULD NOT WAIT TO SHARE! And NO... before any of you even think it... Stuart and I are definitely not expecting a child! 

My gorgeous older sister Melissa gave birth to my new little NIECE yesterday! Her name is Scarlett Melina and I am in love! I am so excited to be an Aunty - my very first niece or nephew!! Being an Aunty is the best role ever - you can buy the baby all of the cute outfits and fun things, you get cuddles and give them back! It is the perfect arrangement for Stuart and I!! We are SO excited to be a Zia & Zio, to this adorable little bunny!

We can't get enough of her.. she is just so cute!


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