[ Brooke & Michael’s Cram’s Farm, Midginbil Hill Wedding ]

A flashmob, costume change, antique silverware, unrelenting rain, a rainbow “Magic Bus” and an incredible DIY reception isn’t even the tip of the iceberg when it comes to Brooke and Michael’s wedding day, which was so personal, so unique and so fresh!

There was so much laughter my cheeks hurt driving home, there were so many shocked faces when an incognito dancer protested the wedding at the beginning of the ceremony (“Michael, you know we’re meant to be together!), leading into a choreographed routine to Jagged Edge’s “Let’s Get Married”, and Brooke’s months of combing antique stores, Gumtree and garage sales paid off in the most beautiful way possible, all on the stunning backdrop of Cram’s Farm and Midginbil Hill.

Huge thanks to Curl Up and Dye… in Uki for their lovely hair and makeup and Chiquita Mitchell for the perfect ceremony.

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[ Kirsten & Rory’s Samford Valley Wedding ]

“True love is a big deal.” It’s the truth. It’s why a wedding is such a joyous occasion, why so many people look forward to their wedding day all their lives – committing yourself to one person forever is a big deal. Kirsten and Rory’s love is a big deal, and their wedding was spectacular to match their love, with friends and family having travelled from near and far to be with them.

I want to make a special mention here to Francesca’s Flowers who created Kirsten’s stunning flower crown, as well as the girls’ bouquets.

Kirsten and Rory were married at Samsonvale Public Hall (where the reception was also held). Girls’ hair by Dassch Hair Studio.

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stevetognazzini Thank you so much for sharing such beautiful memories with us through your post. I would take a note of hiring them as my Brisbane wedding photographer as who can do such good work with family portraits just will do wonders with my wedding pictures for sure.

[ Mercedes Benz Fashion Festival – Monili Jewellers Bridal Group Show ]

It is the year of new adventures for this little black duck, and one of the more recent was my first time shooting the fashion runway. On the arm of the lovely Ashleigh of the Blonde Silhouette, blogger extraordinaire, I was lucky enough to attend and photograph the Monili Jewellers Bridal Group Show at this year’s Mercedes Benz Fashion Festival – and what a show it was! I was blown away by the mix of classic beauty and creativity on the catwalk, and couldn’t help but want to share a few of my favourites here. Just in case a browsing bride falls in love at first sight with her dream gown, the links to each designer’s website can be found at the beginning of each collection throughout the post.

 

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Theresa Chung My fav has always been George Wu but Sullivan is getting there kekeke
Rachel Wow Erin, these shots are wonderful.

[ Jenna & James’ Byron Bay Wedding ]

Things have been quiet on the blog recently – not because I’ve had nothing to post, but because there has been too much to do! Sometimes being a sole trader, things can get away from you – but I finally have some time to catch up and reflect on the first half of the year, and it has been a pretty incredible six months.

Let’s start with Jenna and James, a long distance love story turned happily ever after. Their wedding day was a combination of rain and sunshine, laughter and tears (happy ones, of course) and with family and friends having travelled to Byron Bay from interstate and overseas, it was overflowing with love in every moment. The Figtree was the perfect backdrop, and in absolute Jenna-and-James style (as you may have noticed from their West End Engagement Date shoot) we even made time to stop for a coffee and a few snaps in their favourite local cafe. A beautiful Italian feast was served, glasses clinked, and a lively Tarantella danced – what more could you add to the recipe for a perfect wedding day? Special thanks to Kerry Nijam for a beautiful ceremony.

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[ Jenna & James’ West End Engagement Date ]

Visually capturing the essence of a person is what portraiture is all about, and capturing the essence of a couple and their relationship is what engagement photo sessions are all about. Jenna and James had a great idea that made it really easy for me to capture their love – rather than arrange a location and a time for the standard engagement session, why not have me accompany them on their standard Saturday morning, doing everything they love doing together?

It worked a treat. I met Jenna and James at Highgate Hill park for some romantic cuddles amongst the fig trees in the early morning sunshine, then we headed to the West End Markets for coffee and fresh flowers. We finished up with another coffee at Plenty and a little walk around town, and we were left with some of the most personal and fun engagement shots I’ve had the pleasure of making to date.

Stay tuned for Jenna and James’ wedding day, coming soon to the blog!

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[ Something Different – Fashion with the Blonde Silhouette ]

I am a firm believer in throwing yourself in the deep end. I love to try new things, I love to learn, and I try to keep improving all the time – and to do that you need to step outside your comfort zone. For me, in the last few months, that meant a huge leap into an area I’d always wanted to try – fashion photography!

Enter the beautiful Ashleigh McCallum, otherwise known as the Blonde Silhouette – fashion blogger and stylist, fellow tea enthusiast and all-round sweetheart. Working with Ashleigh has been, and continues to be, a huge source of inspiration for me – Ashleigh is always up for anything I throw at her and I love testing out new ideas with her. We’re keen to be the next Nicole Warne and Carin Olsson! I’ve learned a lot through trial-and-error about how to photograph to show off Ashleigh’s outfits and accessories, and using locations that are a little offbeat and unusual. Now I’m taking that knowledge with me to weddings and applying it when photographing the bride and bridesmaids in their dresses, detail shots of jewellery and intricate fabrics, and finding locations that will set the bridal portrait session apart – especially if it’s raining! It’s made a huge difference to my work, and I’m pretty excited to see how shooting fashion (and other areas outside my comfort zone) can help me improve for my clients this year!

Here are some of my favourites from my work with Ashleigh so far, and some notes and tidbits from me throughout. There are links to Ashleigh’s complete posts underneath the images from each look, and you’ll find many more with other wonderful Brisbane fashion photographers on her website at www.theblondesilhouette.com.au

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TBS006Huge thanks to Belle Èpoque Cafe & Patisserie in Emporium in Brisbane for giving us permission to use their stunning shopfront for our Paris-inspired shoot above. See Part 1 and Part 2 of Belle Èpoque on the Blonde Silhouette.

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The following three looks were all shot on the same day – Ashleigh is a wizard when it comes to quick changes and making subtle adjustments to bring out a new flavour in her outfit!

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The following images are from our “Iron Maiden” concept – this industrial nook in the heart of West End absolutely has my heart, and it’s my dream to bring a bride and groom here one day for their wedding portraits!

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We now return to your regular programming!

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Mimi I love all your photography of The Blonde Silouhette. Great locations and details. X Mimi www.callmemimi.com

[ The Johnson Family ]

What’s better than a walk around the botanic gardens with family? … A walk around the botanic gardens with family AND photos! The Japanese garden at Mt Coot-tha’s Brisbane Botanic Gardens is one of my favourite places in Brisbane. Lucky for me, my new friends the Johnsons think it’s pretty cool too.

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[ Cathy & Jon’s Crystal Creek Elopement ]

I love elopements. They are so personal, so emotional and such a beautiful way for a couple to quietly, simply and romantically wed. Cathy and Jon chose Crystal Creek Rainforest Retreat, a bit of a trek from their local Canberra, for their special day with two of their closest friends as witnesses. It was the hottest day in January, and it was absolutely perfect.

Cathy and Jon are going to be keeping my blog nice and warm while I’m away for the rest of February, travelling with one of my best friends in Japan and South Korea. I’ll be pretty hard to get in touch with – my phone number won’t be active for that period and I’m not certain how much internet access I’ll have – but I’ll back at my desk on March 1st and ready to roll. I hope you all have a beautiful and safe February, and I’ll see you very soon.

 

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[ Shelby & Hayden’s Main Beach Engagement Session ]

Are these guys head over heels for each other or what?

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[ Families of Summer ]

Summer is a busy time for me – not just for weddings, but for family portrait sessions too! Here are a handful of my favourite shots from a few recent family sessions. Totally fun, totally crazy and totally cute.

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