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The stunning Boho Chic Wedding of Sam and Michael took place in April, fittingly on Earth day. Coolibah Downs in Nerang was chosen as the venue, as the couple loved the garden setting and were more than happy that their guests could share in their day and not have to travel to the reception. Win!
Sam loves to DIY, so almost all the decorations were lovingly made by her (or family members) over the few months prior to the big day. Even the succulents given as gifts to the guests were grown by her uncle and friends of the Maid of Honour, with Sam and Michael growing more from cuttings (which is a great personal touch) , all used to style the ceremony and reception areas. The fresh greens and natural timber tones used were understated yet elegant, just like the couple.
Michael is a super keen fisherman, so this was incorporated into the day via his excellent choice of socks and some very unique cufflinks, which apparently took months to track down. I love when a couple puts personal touches like this into their wedding. It makes it more memorable, and certainly more fun for me! Bring out the crazy cufflinks I say!
So a beautiful ceremony was performed, some gorgeous photos were taken (while some serious fun was had and one particular kookaburra was kept at bay – no kookaburras were harmed during the making of these photos), and a wonderful reception followed. What more could you ask for? Oh, there was cake too. CAKE!
Here is the wedding of Samantha and Michael.
Flowers: Wedding Flowers by Keren
Bride’s Shoes: Nine West
Celebrant: Bernadette Brushe
Cake: Yanir Merhav – @sweetcakeddreams 0413 765 985
Cufflinks: Dave’s Emporium – Ebay
Fishing Socks: The Sock Drawer
Hair and Make-up: Porcelain Face
Necklace and Earrings: Crystal Avenues – Etsy
Mercedes and Greg are really excellent people. I love a good sense of humour, and I wasn’t disappointed when I rocked up to shoot their pretty awesome rainbow carnival themed wedding at Braeside Chapel on the Gold Coast. From the gold plated toilet seat wedding present to the killer tunes belted out (Love Shack) by the Bride and Groom on the Karaoke machine as voted by their guests, this wedding was not short of laughter, or fun, or anything else you might consider awesome. Kombi van = check. Sparklers = check. Ridiculous face pulling = double check. I freaking love these guys! Laughs were had, drinks were consumed, day was enjoyed. What more could you want in a wedding? Oh, and they decided on a first look too which is always great!
One of my favourite moments? The quick dash to the bedside of Mercedes’ grandma, who would have loved to witness the ceremony but was unfortunately too ill to attend (images have not been published out of respect for the family) right before the ceremony. It was lovely to witness.
I hope you enjoy this DIY piece of rainbow fabulousness. Here is the wedding of Mercedes and Greg.
Bride’s Jewellery – Swarovski
Rings – Lee Volk
Kombi Van – Kombi Celebrations
Prep (bride and groom) – Mecure Gold Coast Resort (Palm Meadows)
Venue: Braeside Chapel
Flowers: Flowers on Q
Celebrant: Bree Nicholls from Be Weddings and Events
They say it all happens at once. Well, it’s all happening at once over here at the moment!
On the back of a super busy wedding season, I have had the pleasure of being featured in a few wedding and bridal publications in the last few weeks. It’s really exciting seeing your images in print. No matter how many times it happens, I still get a kick out of it (even if I paid for advertising! I know, ridiculous, but true).
So here are the places you can find me right now. Well my imagery anyway. Right now I’m tucked away in my study with a glass of wine writing this post, but anyway, i digress (as usual).
Check out these classy publications at your local newsagent NOW!
Queensland Brides also have a little love for me with this editorial. They asked me for one of my favourite photos. This was the wedding of Sarah and Rob last December. I absolutely love this shot of Sarah’s Dad during the ceremony. Such a sweet moment I had the pleasure of witnessing. You can check out the rest of that wedding here.
I was also super lucky to be featured on the Queensland Brides blog the other day with a photo in their top 15 for 2015! This is from the wedding of Imogen and Dave and was a cracker of a wedding at the Sheraton Mirage Main Beach. Check out the Qld Brides Blog post here.
The Wedding Guide is another Publication that’s got the goods. I was lucky enough to have a couple of weddings feature in the current (and new) edition, as well as a few other morsels of loveliness throughout. One such wedding was that of Lauren and Tony. Any wonder, this wedding was amazing! Check out Lauren and Tony’s Branell Homestead wedding on my blog here, and purchase your copy of the Gold Coast edition of The Wedding Guide now!
Louise and Michael are awesome people. I met Louise at the Queensland Brides Expo last year, and that was when the fun began in planning their romantic Brisbane City wedding which took place in May (my favourite time of year), at the grand St Patricks Catholic Church in Fortitude Valley and Room 360 at QUT Gardens Point campus. Room 360 Wedding
The whole day was a relaxed and fun affair with an air of elegance that only a city wedding can bring. I just loved the location and thoroughly enjoyed the contrasts between the green of the botanical gardens and the concrete jungle of the Goodwill bridge and rich sandstone of old government house at QUT. Room 360 provided the perfect setting for guests to celebrate with spectacular views of the city and elegant styling by Willow Tree Creative and florals by Bella Bloom Floral Designs.
I love seeing families come together and this wedding was no exception. Michael’s daughter Scarlett was flower girl, and she thoroughly enjoyed being involved with all of the preparations and ceremonial tasks for the day. She was just precious, and it was wonderful to see. Good job Scarlett!
Michael’s family has Russian heritage, so the inclusion of vodka shots at the reception to toast the newlyweds was also a highlight for me (and them). Boy, do they know how to party! On that note, a big thank you to Louise and Michael for allowing me to capture your day. I had a ball! Congratulations guys, may you spend many years together making more awesome memories (vodka optional).
Dress: Maggie Sottero
Hair: Mel Moxon (friend)
Make-up: The Powder Room
Rings: Michael Hill
Church: St Patricks Catholic Fortitude Valley
Flowers: Bella Bloom Floral Designs
Reception: Room 360 QUT Gardens Point
Cake: Hansel & Gretel
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So Nicola and James are adorable! They met quite a few years ago, when James spied Nicola wearing a Queen shirt and knew she was the girl for him. They both have a love of the band Queen (I know, could this get anymore awesome?). The rest they say, is history. After many years together, James finally popped that all-important question at; yep you guessed it, a Queen concert. Seriously! Wish I had captured that!
Pink was the order of the day, and while I’m not an overly pink loving gal, I was completely blown away by the show stopping dusty pink dress Nicola wore. I mean I literally gasped when I saw her for the first time, so you can just imagine James’ reaction! It was simply stunning and a joy to photograph a non-traditional bride. Nicola herself is just awesome. She giggled through the entire day with so much joy that it was contagious. James just adores Nicola, and it was excellent to be at a marriage rather than a wedding with their family and friends looking on.
When choosing particular elements for their big day, Nicola and James were super relaxed. After attending a performance at the Brisbane Powerhouse, Nicola immediately knew that was their dream venue (and I quite agree) with its perfect mix of eclectic, artsy and vintage. Nicola’s super amazing dress was bought off the rack (can you believe it?!), and lots of vintage elements were included throughout the day including mismatched chairs, lace doilies, typewriters, vintage inspired sweets and (my favourite) the old books with flowers seemingly growing out of them (made by the bride’s twin sister Mariam from Flowers of the World in Southbank). My other favourite (I’m sentimental) item was the snowflake cufflinks James wore as a tribute to his love’s nickname. Nicola also wore a snowflake pendant as her mum; a single mother of twins walked her down the aisle (to Queen’s wedding march – I nearly died with excitement. Best wedding march EVER!).
Oh, you may also notice the best man was in fact a woman. Love it! Carla totally rocked her best man duties like a boss too, and I’m stealing her dress.
Completely awesome day, congrats James and Nicola!
The awesome vendors:
Bride’s Dress: Hills in Hollywood
Suits: Roger David
Flowers: Flowers of the World Southbank
Bridesmaids Dresses and Shoes: Kitten D’Amour
Bride’s Shoes: Modcloth
Hair & Make-up: Bye Bye Birdie
Cake: My Life is Sweet
Celebrant: Alison Easten
Car (vintage Chrysler): A Golden Roller
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