Helen & Von | Barn 1890


 “Nothing good ever happens after midnight” was Von’s mantra about going out and now a fond joke between Helen & Von, who ironically met after midnight. Helen was out celebrating after a Christmas party and so it’s lucky Von’s gym mate (Wade from EFM Rostrevor) talked him into going out that evening.

The down-to-earth, happy couple chose Barn1890 for their wedding because it matched their relaxed style and was the perfect venue for them; a secluded and lovingly restored barn on 3 acres overlooking the McLaren Vale vines with views to the ocean. Helen and Von loved that many of their guests stayed locally, joining them for a pub meal Friday night and again on Sunday.

We loved the the union of cultures with Filipino Wedding Traditions in the  ceremony, and how they lovingly added their own touches, completing the spaces with little DYI projects.

Helen and Von, thank you for choosing us for your wedding photography, hair and makeup. We appreciate how honest you were with us that Von doesn’t like having his photo taken and that we were able to stand back, capturing the day as it happened, with a little posed-unposed guidance when needed. You two have the biggest hearts, are genuinely good-people, gorgeous together, and we pray your marriage is richly blessed. Allen & Melissa xo



Allen and Melissa photographed our wedding recently and were both amazing to work with. They were so helpful throughout the whole process and we really valued all the little bits of advice they offered! Loved our photos and would 100% recommend!
Melissa was AMAZING!! I went to her with a heap of random photos of hair and she created a masterpiece – Helen


Helen got ready at the Sea & Vines Cottage on the same property as Barn 1890, making for a relaxing morning. It was really special that her Mum any Aunt joined the girls to get their hair & makeup done. We listened to wedding covers on spotify, had nibbles and champagne while enjoying each-other’s company, some pampering, and the views.


In a B&B overlooking the ocean, Von, his parents & groomsmen enjoyed a relaxed-chilled vibe over sports-talk & drinks. Checkout the cool socks!


Married under a big, old gum tree, with mismatch wooden seating for guests, the ceremony had a cosy, intimate feel. As part of the service, Helen and Von were seated in matching chairs. Von’s parents lit candles on each side of the couple, then Helen’s father pinned Helen’s veil to Von, and her parents placed a cord shaped in a figure 8 (like the infinity sign) over Helen & Von’s collar bones, representing everlasting fidelity.


As guests enjoyed refreshments by the barn, Helen & Von joined their bridal party for photos around the estate.
We loved that they had some time together inside the barn before their reception officially started. It was delightful capturing them so pleased with how the venue looked, giggling and whispering sweet-nothings to each other before joining their guests.


Hessian table runners, foliage and wooden tree-blocks from Helen’s parents’ farm, moccona coffee jars as vases, tea-candles, fairly lights and live acoustic music. Note the arbor from their ceremony hanging in their reception space, adding to the ambience.

We love that Helen and Von hid behind the barn doors, walking out to meet their guests who were waiting for them while enjoying the outdoor entertaining space on the other side. Then, their reception was officially started with prayer.

Everyone was all smiles when Helen & Von broke into the “Elbow Dance” part way through their bridal waltz. Complete with vintage decor and DIY photobooth, their wedding was truly a memorable experience enjoyed by all.



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