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Clint & Karla’s Colourful Waterside Wedding

As with a lot of my lovely clients, Karla and Clint just wanted a laid back wedding with their family and friends that incorporated the stuff that makes them happy. For Karla, that was their family and their brand new home, and for Clint, it was the waterside. So they combined the two and voila, a fun, joy-filled, sunlit, water-surrounded day ensued!

We began the day at St Margaret’s chapel outside the Arts Centre in Bundall on the Gold Coast. It’s the cutest little chapel, and I love the old school feel of it – no literally, it feels like an old turn-of-the-century school. The guests all piled in and we had a beautiful intimate service that suited Karla and Clint perfectly.

After the ceremony, drinks were served in the gardens where the gorgeous cake was cut and speeches were made. It was a nice change to an evening reception and I loved being able to shoot in the afternoon light, so much nicer!!!

Location photos took place at Bum’s Bay on the Spit in Main Beach, perfect for our photos with its mix of greenery and water views (which our couple loved). Honestly nothing beats a beautiful sunny afternoon for golden hour photos. Just magnificent!

Roll on to the waterside reception. Actually, make that boat on to the waterside reception. We took a ride in Clint’s banana boat as the sun set (just magic) along the Gold Coast waterways and arrived at their home-made reception via the canal. I love a bit of something different so I was keen as!

These guys were lovely. Such fun and just nice people. My people. Awesome.


Dress and hair accessory: White Lily Couture

Flowers: Gypsy and Bloom – ahmazing!!!!!

Hair: Bella Boutique Bridal

Make-up: HL Beauty

Grooms Suit: Politix

Celebrant: Lisa Knell – Custom Ceremonies

Chapel: St Margarets, The Arts Centre Bundall

Cake: Sugar Lily cakes


Main Beach Location photos

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Rainbows, Kombis and Karaoke – Mercedes and Greg’s carnival themed wedding

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.

Vendor Love

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

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Marina and Grant’s Brisbane City Wedding

Marina and Grant made the trip down from Townsville to be married in a Brisbane city wedding in the presence of their family and friends. Both are involved in the armed forces, so it was only fitting that they marry in the chapel at Enoggera’s Gallipoli barracks. The day was a classy affair from start to finish, with black, white and silver the theme in true city style. Black suits, long flowing gowns and veils, silver accents. Gorgeous. My favourite thing of course was Marina’s striking blue shoes, because, well, why not? LOVE them!

Gambaro hotel was a perfect setting for Marina and Grant’s reception, overlooking Caxton Street and with the perfect Italian style food to match Marina’s heritage. Main Event Weddings did a wonderful job styling the venue, also providing the flowers on the day and ensuring it all went smoothly, which it did, until mother nature stepped in.

The heavens opened just as we arrived at Roma St Parklands (our planned location for photos), so some quick thinking ensued, and across the river we went to GOMA and the State Library. Good call! It was perfect. I just loved the real city wedding feel it gave to Marina and Grant’s photos, and the sun even made an appearance just as we were finishing! Sorry (not sorry) I made you get in the garden guys, but the photos are gorgeous! We had a blast, but the rooftop at Gambaro’s was the best part. After sunset, in fading light, we went up to the terrace and took some photos of some of the most amazing skies I have seen on the job. Needless to say, it was worth it.

Vendor love:

Bride’s Dress: White Lily

Hair: Athina Salon

Make-up: Miss Luxe

Flowers: Main Event Weddings

Rings: Jewellery by Design Townsville

Cake: Vanilla Pod

Suits: Connor

Venue: Gambaro Hotel

Here ifs the Brisbane City Wedding of Marina and Grant.

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Venue Spotlight – Braeside Chapel Merrimac

First of all, this post about Braeside Chapel is all me. Nobody has paid me to write this, it’s just an opinion piece by a photographer who loves this venue. End of.

The Venue

So, let’s have a chat about Braeside Chapel in Merrimac. It’s at the heart of the Gold Coast, making it very central and quite easy to reach from both the coast and the M1 highway. First win.

The venue, run by the wonderful John and Judy, has been extensively upgraded and cared for in the last few years to offer a great amount of choice when it comes to planning your wedding. Both garden and chapel weddings can be catered for as well as the reception. Everything in one place? Second win.

The gardens are lovely with a beautiful lawn for garden ceremonies and of course there is a large tree (my favourite) which has a cute swing you can use for photos (and night photos!). The garden also boasts a good deal of room for lawn games, such as croquet and there is a giant chess set for guests to play with, so you can hang out there for drinks and canapés and just generally have a pleasant afternoon.

Chapel Ceremonies

Braeside Chapel is a photographer’s dream. It’s super cute outside, but I’m not kidding here, it’s got one giant thing over a great many churches and chapels I have shot in. It’s white inside. WHITE!! This means the interior is bathed in beautiful, soft diffused light. You know what this means? BEAUTIFUL PHOTOS! You will look even more gorgeous in your gown with this light, I guarantee it. Wonderful! Hot tip: You can only fit one, maybe two photographers in here, so if you’re thinking of hiring a video crew and a team of shooters, perhaps let them know first, as it can be a tight squeeze. The garden may be a better option.


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Garden ceremonies are held on the lawn near the grand tree, making for a lovely natural setting. The other great thing is, the path is solid (not grass), so you’re not going to sink in your wedding heels. The ceremony area is also paved, so guests don’t have that sinking feeling either. If you have lots of guests, they have plenty of room to stand at the back of the ceremony, which is also nice. The best part? Lots of room for us photographic types! I love having the freedom to move around a ceremony to capture all the different angles because I tend to get shots I may not normally get inside a church or enclosed venue simply because of the lack of space. There’s nothing worse than blocking the view of the parents and families of the bride and groom, so I avoid that at all costs!

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The Reception Area

Drinks and canapes can be enjoyed in the courtyard area outside the chapel while you are off with your bridal party and photographer capturing awesome photos in the garden or offsite at a variety of close-by hot spots depending on what you’re into. There is a bar connected to the exterior of the marquee so you can keep your guests entertained and well-watered before they enter the reception ready for your return. Toilets are also close by 🙂

The marquee itself is white, with a stone paved floor and elegant chandeliers, fairy lights and white curtains so you can customise it as much or as little as you like (within reason I’m sure, or John will kill me lol). Speak to Judy and or John at Braeside Chapel about catering and set-up, they are very helpful!

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So there you go, one of my favourite venues on the Gold Coast, Braeside Chapel. Hit the contact form to have a chat to me about capturing your Braeside Chapel wedding.

I’ll also be blogging about some more awesome venues soon, so stay tuned.

W x



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Green and Gold Beauty – O’Reilly’s Hinterland Wedding

It’s completely true that when I met Rosie at a Brisbane Bridal Expo in 2014 and she told me her wedding would be an O’Reilly’s Hinterland Wedding I told her I was going to shoot it for her. I love O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat. The views, the sunsets, the green and gold beauty. Ah-maz-ing! So I was stoked when Rosie and her fiance Pat decided I was the photographer for them.

Rosie and Pat are a cool couple. Laid back, slightly disorganised and into food. My kind of people. They also own a vintage car. Win!

So when it came to their wedding in October I was expecting cruisy, fun, colourful and a nice touch of DIY. I wasn’t disappointed. The day was perfect. The people, the laughs, the dress getting stuck in the brambles. All awesome. Then the sun set and I lost my mind. I mean, you could not have orchestrated this kind of beauty if you tried. Absolutely STUNNING!

Awesome Vendors that made this happen:

Ceremony Venue: O’Reilly’s Chapel

Reception Venue: O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat

Bride’s Dress: Wendy Makin

Flowers: Bella Bloom Floral Design

Hair and Make-up: The Beauty Case

Bride’s Shoes: Irregular Choice

Bridesmaid’s Dress: For Her and For Him

Groom’s suit: Mitchell Olgivie

Minister: Father John Maher

Wedding Planner: Carla Ventura of O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat

Wedding Rings: Dimani Jewellery

Engagement Ring: Canturi

Cake: Gillian Bell Cakes


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To book me for your O’Reilly’s Hinterland Wedding, email me here or hit the enquiry form above! I’d love to chat about your plans and help you capture your day.

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