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The Cake Cutting of the Year

On Friday I had the pleasure of working at Weddings at Tiffanys again and photographing Ken and Amanda’s amazing wedding – truly amazing! The day was absolutely beautiful, but for Ken and Amanda it wasn’t without incident.
This was the cake cutting photo no one saw coming. I’ve already seen a few comments on Facebook posted by those who can’t comprehend that something like this could actually happen on a wedding day. It’s this reason I must categorically state that this did in fact occur and that this is NOT a set up photo!
I must admit when I looked at the back of the camera after the cake fell I suspected this image would possibly cause an online stir. Judging by this afternoon’s Facebook response alone, it’s possible this cake cutting photo may become my most popular. It may very well become the most viewed wedding image I’ve captured to date. I suspect a lot of people who see this may think, “O-M-G!”, but I regret to add that it wasn’t the only issue of the day.
Amanda’s bouquet by Tiffany’s Flowers also went missing.
Loosing her flowers was really unfortunate as they were stunning and a lot of planning had gone into them, but understandably it wasn’t her greatest concern. Amanda’s real worry was that the bouquet had her Great Grandmother’s antique brooch attached to the ribbon wrapped around the stems. So, while meals were being served at the reception, Michael from Deluxe Kombi Service and I backtracked to where we’d been for the post ceremony portrait session that afternoon. By this time it was dark and we had no luck.
When we returned I had the job of telling Amanda that we couldn’t find her flowers or her brooch. I was expecting her to break down, but she kept it together like a champion.
Then it came time for Ken and Amanda to cut their amazing wedding cake by Eden Cakes and Cupcakes, and the unthinkable happened. There was a universal gasp that would’ve been heard from down the road. Then there was a deafening silence as I’m sure many people in that room were waiting to see what Ken and Amanda’s reaction would be, but they kept it together beautifully! Then when both Amanda and Ken saw the image on the back of my camera, amazingly they giggled.
You have to remember I’ve seen quite a few couples over the years getting stressed over issues that have been nowhere near as emotionally challenging, so it’s this reason that Ken and Amanda’s gracious reaction caught me a little off guard. It also relaxed the entire room.
Lost bouquet, lost antique brooch, destroyed wedding cake, and still Ken and Amanda never forgot why they were there – why their wedding day had been planned. Their joy and love for each other overcame everything that had worked against them on the day!  To add, when I left, turning back to see Amanda still smiling from ear to ear, I couldn’t help but be moved. What a lady! Then to top it off, Ken even took the time to grab me as I was leaving to thank me for being a part of their day – an absolute gentleman!
So I bet you’re wondering, “Did they find the bouquet?” Well, the next day Michael the limo driver went back to Maleny and went looking for the bouquet again, and thankfully after some rather intensive investigation, managed to recover it – with the brooch still in tact! What a Champion! I’d like to believe the big guy upstairs rewarded Ken and Amanda for being so gracious on their wedding day in spite of the obstacles that were thrown in front of them. I will never forget their wedding, not just because of the challenges, but because of the way they both handled them!
Congrats to Ken and Amanda for being so classy!
By the Way, the reason Amanda has the engagement ring on her right finger (in the flower photo) is because that image was captured before the wedding. The wedding band is then able to be put on the left wedding finger so it’s closest to the heart and after that the engagement ring is taken off the right hand and the placed on the left wedding finger as well.:)
Cake Cutting Disaster
Cake Cutting Disaster
Cake Cutting Disaster
Here’s a guest image captured by Ian Ronalds from another perspective. As you can see this was the real deal. It’s funny that people online are claiming this was all set up. Honestly, for Ken and Amanda’s sake, I wish that were the case, but this actually happened.
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  • Tasleema Nigh - January 7, 2014 - 4:51 PM

    This was a great wedding, such a shame about the cake but what an amazing photo you captured. Looking forward to working with you again sometime this year Tom!

  • Russ Dillingham - November 16, 2013 - 1:11 PM

    Great shot. Some people will doubt you no matter what. I wouldn’t worry about it. It’s a fantastic moment that I am sure the couple will cherish for the rest of their lives and am sure it will be displayed prominently in their album. The lighting, angle and moment is just fantastic. What I really liked was the follow up shots with the expression of the young boy on the floor…..awesome job.

  • Clare Rose - November 15, 2013 - 11:17 AM

    Fantastic pictures, and wonderful wedding memories for the bride & groom – who a really wants a wedding that doesn't come with an awesome story!

  • Albert Martin - November 14, 2013 - 8:34 PM

    Joy that is a real action picture!! Laura xx

  • Alba Ronalds - November 12, 2013 - 8:57 AM

    congrats guys… awesome pic see you soon xx

  • Gemma O'Neill - November 12, 2013 - 7:55 AM

    Joy that photo is epic!! No one will ever have a photo like that again! Tell Ken I said many congrats! Lots of love Gem xx

  • Tom Hall-Photography - November 12, 2013 - 4:11 AM

    That's lovely Joy. Thank you! You were all so lovely. You all made my job effortless! The day was beautiful and I will NEVER forget it.

  • Tom Hall-Photography - November 12, 2013 - 4:10 AM

    Thank you Matt and Kylie, I appreciate it!

  • Joy Arbuckle - November 12, 2013 - 3:50 AM

    Tom you done an awesome job with Ken and Amanda's photo's we as Ken's mum and dad want to thank you for all your kindness and patients with everyone, it is never easy for the photographer but you made everyone feel so happy and relaxed.

  • Joy Arbuckle - November 12, 2013 - 3:47 AM

    It is because she had the photo taken before she was married as it is her engagement ring you see Angela.

  • Kylie Armstrong - November 11, 2013 - 11:35 PM

    Matt, when I first saw & read this post, I didn't realise it was our Ken's wedding. You are right about the photographer handling it so professionally.

  • Albert Martin - November 11, 2013 - 7:30 PM

    Beautiful wedding apart from the mishaps but they took it all in their stride!! Laura & Albert.

  • Matt Beamish - November 11, 2013 - 10:25 PM

    While I AM related to the groom, I think a big thanks should go to the photographer for handling this in such a professional manner (and capturing such a fleeting shot). You've handled this in a way that has shown great respect to Ken and Amanda and ultimately reflects back on your own professionalism and skill. Well done Tom.

  • Samantha League - November 11, 2013 - 10:16 PM

    It's probably taken before the wedding actually happened. Engagement ring goes to the right hand, so the wedding band can be placest on the left hand, closest to the heart. At least that's what we did in my wedding.

  • Angela Elzey - November 11, 2013 - 10:11 PM

    Lovely pictures! Quick question though lol..I feel like I'm missing something…why is her ring on her right hand in the flower picture?

  • Melanie Gordon - November 11, 2013 - 11:09 AM

    Wow! This is an awesome pic!

  • Kieron Connolly - November 11, 2013 - 9:53 AM

    What a fantastic photo you guys look beautiful it is an absolute classic

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