Emma & Josh’s Gold Coast Beach Wedding

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Emma and Josh’s wedding day was everything a girl could dream of. The weather was perfect – not a cloud in the sky. The girls were radiant in flowing cream gowns, the boys were boisterous and grinning, Emma & Josh’s little ones were full of beaming smiles. The day was blissful. When I got home I was dead tired but still riding high. I dutifully backed up my memory cards before I hit the hay.

The next morning I couldn’t wait to look through the images, but I noticed some were missing… That’s when I realised I’d left one of my cameras behind, one memory card still inside. My heart dropped not just through my chest, but through the floor. The camera I could live without – it’s insured, of course – but those photos were part of Emma and Josh’s story, and I would do anything to not lose those memories.

Lucky for me, someone had handed my poor little camera in to the bar staff at the venue and it was safely returned to me that afternoon. I don’t think I breathed for hours, until it was back in my hands. I don’t know for sure, but judging from the last few photos I found on the card, a few boys had a little fun taking inebriated photos with it before they handed it over. I’m glad they had a good time, and I kept a few of those shots in Emma and Josh’s final gallery just for fun! The camera was sporting an 85mm f1.4 lens, which is a very close and very shallow depth-of-field lens, so they didn’t have much luck focussing it – check out my favourite of their efforts:

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Let’s get one thing straight here – I am Little Miss Organisation, Master of Lists, Preacher of Preparation. I DO NOT leave belongings behind. But I guess we all screw up sometimes, and I’m so glad that in this case, everything turned out fine. It’s certainly taught me to run a quick stocktake before I leave a wedding from now on!

Scroll on to see the perfection for yourself. I think the scare makes me love these images even more.

Thank you to the wonderful vendors who all contributed to the perfection of Emma and Josh’s wedding day!

Hair and makeup: Jacque Priem
Celebrant: Colleen Low
Flowers: Roots Floristry
Ceremony and reception styling: Down the Aisle
Videographer: Benny Kaz of KazFilms, assisted by Eva Lilly
Reception: Ocean View at North Burleigh Surf Lifesaving Club

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Cassie and Steve’s Tweed Coast Country Wedding

Before you start scrolling through this wedding post, go grab a cup of tea. It’s OK, I’ll wait. But make sure it’s tea, not coffee – for two reasons. First, Cass and Steve married at Madura Tea Estates by Camellia Weddings and we wasted no time in frolicking about the tea fields. I swear you can almost smell it just from seeing the photos! Second, Cassie is known to many as the “tea hugger” – a moniker bestowed upon her by her maid of honour Katie. I’ve known Cass for about a decade, and I have never known someone more overjoyed by tea (which is saying something, since tea leaves me pretty joyous) – and it says a lot about Cassie’s approach to life and love – finding happiness in simple pleasures and focussing on the positive in every situation. It makes perfect sense that she drew someone like Steve to her – I started calling him “AwesomeSteve” years ago because of how happy he made her and how supportive he was of her dreams!

Together, Cass and Steve are a laid-back whirlwind of laughter, gratitude and toilet humour, and they value their friends and family more than anything. That vibe is infectious! Their wedding day was highly emotional, but every tear from every guest (myself included) was doubled by heartfelt smiles or cheeky giggles, so the happiness cup was always brimming over.

Got your cuppa? Then it’s time to scroll on! Thank you to the vendors who all had a hand in making Cassie and Steve’s Big Day Dreams a reality:
Celebrant: Ceremonies with Amala
Makeup: Bang Bang Beauty
Flowers: Alstonville Florist
Videographer: Last Minute Videographers
Venue & Styling: Camellia Weddings (Madura Tea Estates)
Cassie and Steve both got ready at Santai Retreat

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Nicole and Jack’s Rainy Kingscliff Wedding

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We’ve all heard the adage that rain on your wedding day is a sign of good luck – but nobody REALLY wants it to rain on their big day, right? If it does happen, and you’ve planned an outdoor ceremony, going to contingency doesn’t have to mean your wedding day suffers. Nicole and Jack had a gorgeous beachside ceremony planned, but when weather would not permit their family and friends helped them pick up and relocate at a moments notice to their reception venue, Kingscliff favourite Babalou. Still surrounded by their nearest and dearest, still looking their finest and still completely in love, their wedding day was still magical – perhaps even moreso thanks to the contribution of their guests. It stopped sprinkling just long enough for us to dash out for bridal party photos, and the girls definitely made the most of that stormy coastal wind in their dresses.

If you were a guest of Nicole and Jack you can see their complete gallery and purchase downloads or products here.

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What’s So Great About Engagement Shoots?

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Everything, actually. I’m a huge fan of engagement shoots with my wedding clients – they always, always, ALWAYS mean amazing wedding photos ahead. Here’s four reasons your engagement shoot is totally worthwhile. Big thanks to my excellent examples here, the lovely Jasmin and Matt!

1. You’ll get over your camera-shy tendencies long before the Big Day.
It’s rare that I meet someone with no qualms about being photographed – more often than not I hear “we hate having our photo taken.” I hear you! But after every session, I hear this over and over instead: “that was actually fun!” and “that was nowhere near as bad as I thought.” Couples who have an engagement shoot don’t take that fear of being photographed into their wedding day – and one less thing to worry about is ALWAYS a good thing on the Big Day. The more camera-shy you (or your partner) are, the more you can benefit from an engagement shoot.

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2. You’ll already know how I roll.
My photographic style is very chilled – I place you and your other half somewhere in a scene and get you talking and laughing and being totally real. If you’ve had an engagement session, you’ll go into your wedding photos knowing exactly what to expect and how to rock it. If you’ve had an engagement session with another photographer that’s totally cool too! Just remember that we might have totally different approaches, so there’s no one-size-fits-all option here. Jasmin and Matt had another engagement shoot done when they were visiting Hawaii early this year, and they tell me it was VERY different to our shoot on the beach in Wurtulla – much more formal, and much less fun. There’s a feather in my cap!

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3. We’ll get to know each other better.
Queue the Barry White! Really though, the more I know about you the more “YOU” I can pack into your photos. Your engagement shoot gives us a great chance to chat throughout the photo process – I’ll learn about the tw
o of you, how you interact, what you like to do together. You’ll learn a bit about me too – my sense of humour and how excited I get when I capture a shot that looks exactly how I envisioned in my head (sometimes there’s even dancing). When we “get” each other, we’ll also “get” better photos. You’ll also have a much better idea of how spending almost a whole day with me on the wedding day will feel – it’s important that we have a similar vibe!

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4. You’ll have some fantastic photos of yourselves!
I don’t know about you guys, but I’ve been with my man Chris for over 10 years now and most of our photos together are selfies – usually when we’re all dressed up for someone else’s special occasion. How often do we have a chance to get photos of us that are just about us? Obviously not very often! I’d guess it’s the same for most couples – but here’s your chance. Whether you want to share them with everyone or keep them for yourselves; or e
ven use them on handy wedding things like save the date cards, invitations, reception decorations, guest books and more – you’ll have an excellent record of the two of you. On a side note – I love to make engagement shoots happen in special places if at all possible! Jasmin and Matt chose a beach close to home, one of Matt’s best-kept surfing secrets. A couple of years ago I captured the lovely Jenna and James at the West End markets – one of their Sunday morning traditions. If the location means something special to you, the photos will mean even more. That’s a win!

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Now for a little more about Jasmin and Matt – they chose to theme their engagement shoot around the idea of a prince and princess, since Jasmin is a big Disney fan. Despite her name giving allusions to Aladdin, she wanted to rock a mermaid-inspired gown – can you believe she found this one on eBay?! We chose a late afternoon timeslot to give us plenty of soft, golden sunshine, and Matt’s surfer-lore knowledge led us to this practically-empty stretch of sand at Wurtulla on the Sunshine Coast – nice and close to home for the Mooloolaba-based couple.

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Moira & Joe’s Brisbane Rainforest Wedding

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Picture a perfect, golden-tinged sunny winter’s afternoon; is there anything more ideal for a garden wedding? Moira and Joe wed amongst the trees at Bundaleer Rainforest Garden by a babbling brook, accompanied by an overture of birdsong the well-wishing of their closest family and friends.

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