When February rolls around so do the candy hearts, boxes of chocolate and flowers. Often the images we see around us displaying expressions of love and romance are fairytale-esque, and Hollywood-driven — which sometimes can make those moments of connection and joy feel unattainable or not entirely sincere.
Combatting these depictions of love and in its fourth year running, Love (Actually) is an exhibition that celebrates the realities of love and the unexpected quirks and bumps that naturally come with it. From the true vows of expression, to the real tears, to the accidents, to the precious and the fleeting moments — Love (Actually) is a depiction of real life love stories.
Exhibition curator Scarlet O’Neill is no stranger to these realities, as she witnesses them through her own photography practice, as well as through her personal relationships in being a wife and mom herself.
“After being witness to more than just a few weddings, and having been a bride myself, I’ve come to understand the value and beauty of a real moment. Weddings are real days, full of real emotions and relationships. Weddings are not Hollywood productions, so why should they be treated like so? Weddings are full of love, happiness, and dozens upon dozen of moments that will live on in the minds of those who were a part of that special day.”Scarlet O’Neill
Recently, there has been a shift in wedding photography from the classic pose and shoot, to capturing the more candid and raw moments. Each photographer in the exhibition submitted a memorable image for them, with the story behind that moment.
Love (Actually) helps even the biggest skeptics about love and weddings embrace the joyous moments of love and affection that life can sometimes be so generous to offer us.
Love (Actually) runs from February 6th to March 4th. Join us at the opening reception on February 13th as we celebrate love in all its forms!
Interested in falling in love in our humble abode? Find out more on how to book your Gladstone Wedding story here.