April 10th, 2013
Let me introduce you to Laura and Luke. Laura is a genuine English rose. Luke is a master photobomber (and also English, though I’m not sure what he’d think if I called him a rose). Their wedding day was simple, elegant and completely overflowing with love. There was no fanfare, there was no fuss. Laura’s stunning dress and shoes were secondhand, and suited her perfectly. There was a little rain, but nobody was worried by it. There was a lot of joy. And it was perfect.
Laura’s preparation location: Peppers Balé
Ceremony location: Salt Beach
Ceremony styling: Penny at Circle Of Love
Celebrant: Clarah Luxford
Flowers: Banora Flower Shop
April 4th, 2013
My favourite things about Jess and Casey’s wedding:
- The obvious joy in the air around everyone.
- Jess’s garter covering all of her old, new, borrowed and blue bases – especially her grandmothers’ rings stitched on to it – and her grandmother’s image tied safely into her bouquet. I’ll be borrowing these ideas one day for my own wedding!
- The look in Casey’s eye every time he looked at his glowing bride.
- Peanuts the horse. His involvement in our wedding portraits session was a surprise gift from Jess and Casey’s friends, and they didn’t find out until right after the ceremony – good friends or what?!
I’d love to hear what your favourite things about this wedding are.
April 3rd, 2013
There’s something extra-beautiful about photographing the wedding of a friend. I’ve known Helena (or Noon, as she will always be to me) since we were both eleven years old. It was incredible to see her marry her dream man and help them and their family remember their beautiful day!
Helena and Damian are what I like to call a Disney couple. They are perfect together. Helena absolutely adores Damian. Damien is completely besotted by Helena, and he loves surprising her with the most romantic things – like a smoke-covered dance floor for the first dance as husband and wife (which was a little last minute and required some kitchen-sink dry ice experimentation that morning). Best of all, they’re both completely in awe of their gorgeous son Jonathan. There is so much love in their little family, and it’s obvious at a glance.
Take a look and tell me if you can see it too; the air of Disney one-true-love that this couple’s joy radiates. Congratulations, my beautiful friends!
Ceremony and reception venue: The Abbey Cobaki
March 27th, 2013
There was so much that was special about Tess and Chris’ wedding day. It was the first sunny weekend in months. The boys went skydiving in the morning. Chris survived, so it’s obviously meant to be! Tess and her girls practised the first dance in their hotel room with sparkling eyes. Tess looked like a vintage doll. The two were married by their very charming longtime family friend, father Gerry, in Chris’ school church. EVERYONE got their best dance moves out for the celebration, even Tess’s 100 year old grandmother. Chris’ dad serenaded us all with a sterling rendition of the Joker. And, having lived “down the road” from Chris and his family my whole life, I felt like part of the family. It was a day I’ll never forget.
Ceremony: St. Anthony’s Parish Kingscliff
Reception: Cudgen Leagues Club
March 21st, 2013
Holly ‘s name fits her beautifully. She has all the radiance of a famous flower, which is lucky because she married a Tulip. Pete Tulip. Excuse me while I get a little cheesy… Their wedding planted the seeds for their incredible future together.
… Maybe that’s why it rained so much.
At the beginning of the day, Holly told me she’d be happy if the rain let up for half an hour for us to get their wedding portraits. Later she said fifteen minutes. She didn’t even get five – it rained non-stop all day – but she didn’t let it get to her. Instead, she hitched up her dress and conquered the rain with some admirable umbrella wielding (with a little help from her new husband and a very chilled out bridal party) and we all made it to the reception smiling, if a little soggy. We were also super-blessed to have the beautiful undercover facilities at Amore Gardens in the Currumbin Valley to keep us dry!
Botanical references abound, even if it hadn’t rained on Holly and Pete’s wedding day, there wouldn’t have been a dry eye at their wedding ceremony. I’ve been to a fair few weddings these days, and even I got teary at Holly’s mother’s proud expression as she walked her daughter down the aisle.
Congratulations, Holly and Pete!
March 12th, 2013
There’s something extra-special about weddings that bring together two cultures.
Steve is a great Aussie bloke. Lovely Shirley is from Malaysia la. Together they are one seriously adorable couple.
Shirley was determined to stick to tradition as much as possible, but I loved to see the Chinese-Malaysian touches that crept though – thank you gifts for important people in Chinese New Year red packets, LOTS of photos taken by her friends and family at the reception, and a huge emphasis on celebrating with family – not necessarily the people you’re related to, but the people who make life amazing.
They really made me feel like part of the family, which made their wedding particularly special to me, too.
Ceremony: Hinterland Baptist Church Worongary, Gold Coast
Bridal portrait locations: Gold Coast Regional Botanic Gardens and the Spit, Southport
Reception: Southport RSL
March 3rd, 2013
Tess and Chris are all about fun. I can’t wait to photograph their wedding on Saturday!
Here are a few images from our sweet little engagement session at Cudgen Creek.
February 26th, 2013
There’s nothing more adorable than a groom who cries when he sees his bride. That was Leigh.
There’s nothing more beautiful than an already-stunning woman on her wedding day. That was Amy. Who could blame Leigh for getting teary.
There’s nothing more fun than photographing a friend’s wedding day. That was me. I giggled and chuckled and chortled my way through the day with Amy, Leigh and their hilarious bridal party (hands down, most entertaining speeches I’ve heard yet!) and I may have sneakily wiped away a few tears of my own during their ceremony.
Check out all the smiles and some of the tears below.
Ceremony and reception venue: Pottsville Golf Course
Hair: Erin Strong Hair Artistry
Makeup: Makeup By Lorina (0401 243 663)
January 14th, 2013
My favourite part about Tahlia and Beau’s gorgeous country wedding was that it was incredibly personal. Tahlia’s mother personally hand-stitched their wedding date into the hem of Tahlia’s dress in blue thread for her daughter’s “something blue”. The girls made their bouquets themselves. Tahlia made the cake toppers. They were married on Beau’s parents’ property at Pine Mountain in the round yard. They decorated their reception themselves. Beau’s ring is a beautiful and unusual ceramic piece, since as an electrician he can’t wear a metal ring. Their adorable daughter Tilly was part of each stage of the day, warming hearts with her cheeky grin.
Tahlia and Beau also chose to break tradition and see each other before their wedding ceremony in what’s known as a “first look” or “first sight”. It’s a concept that’s gaining popularity – the couple choose a location and the bride approaches her groom and taps his shoulder, he turns around and they get to fully appreciate the first time they see each other on their wedding day, and react – without the pressure of lots of eyes watching! We also took this opportunity to take their bridal party portraits prior to the ceremony at the Wivenhoe Dam, which meant Tahlia and Beau got to head straight to their reception from the ceremony and party with their guests!
There was no part of their day that wasn’t beautiful, and I’m so happy to share it with you.
Hair: Kelly Weaver’s Bridal Hair
Makeup: Tyneale Hahn
January 13th, 2013
Hello friends! This is a friendly public service announcement to let you know that
I will be away overseas, and therefore fairly difficult to contact, from January 20th until February 19th.
Please feel free to send me emails anyway if you’d like to get in touch! Just know that I won’t be able to respond to them until I’m home again and back behind my desk. As for the phone – I plan on using local SIMs when I reach my destinations, so my number won’t be active for around a month. Best to go for the email option!
Thank you so much for your patience, and I promise I’ll get in touch with you as soon as I can!
(Here’s a shot from my last big holiday in 2010! – out the plane window)