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Alisha & Garry’s Super Fun Hinterland Wedding

Alisha and Garry are awesome people. They had a gorgeous and hilariously funny hinterland wedding at St Bernards Mt Tamborine. Here is their story.

I had the pleasure of meeting Garry in Grade 9 of high school when he moved to the Gold Coast. We were partners in shenanigans from the outset, united in our quest to get through year 9 social studies in any way we could. Others joined in. We had an awesome time. The teacher left the school shortly after (I feel a little bad about that, but she was super ill-equipped to deal with a bunch of bored 14 year olds).

Bearing all this in mind, I was stoked to be asked to shoot Garry’s wedding to Alisha, his lovely and equally funny fiance. These two are gold. They have two munchkins, love the outdoors and love a good sense of humour. So we were solid.

The location was set, the Gold Coast hinterland was calling, and I couldn’t wait to be involved in this shindig. Many laughs were had, many moments were captured and the hinterland turned it on like never before with a sunset to rival Hollywood blockbusters.

Here is the super fun hinterland wedding of Garry and Alisha. Congrats guys x





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Boho Chic Wedding for Earth Day

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.

Vendor Love

Venue: Coolibah Downs Private Estate

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


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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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Alex and Chris get hitched at Braeside Chapel

Alex and Chris are two of the most laid back people I have ever had the pleasure of meeting. We met, we talked about their wedding, and that was that. We waited for August to roll around so I could capture their day.

Alex and Chris chose the well-manicured lawn at Braeside Chapel in Merrimac on the Gold Coast (a personal favourite of mine, shout out to John and Judy who are excellent hosts) for their garden wedding at the end of winter, and what a great choice it was!

Details began to come together, and we were excited. I was especially stoked with their transport, a giant red double decker bus from Magic Bus Hire in Byron Bay  . Both bride and groom travelled to Braeside with their bridal party, the boys taking the bottom level (with Chris blindfolded all the way) and the girls on the upper deck.

This day was about fun, love and family and friends. So naturally, I had a blast. Lawn games, beer wagons, converse, and the official #cutestparentsever was a recipe for an amazing day.

I should add here that poor Chris had the worst bout of pneumonia resulting in a stay in hospital the week prior to the wedding, so he was feeling super craptacular, but it didn’t stop him from marrying his bride, and despite the fact we almost had to carry him a couple of times he made it through the day like a champ. I have to point out here also, the messages they sent each other with the lightbox were completely unscripted. No coaxing or hints from me. I was more than a little amazed. These guys were obviously meant for each other.

Here is the wedding of Alex (or if you are their ring-in celebrant, Alexander lol) and Chris…


Dress: Strictly Bridal

Bride’s Shoes (so awesome!): Shoes of Prey custom made – seriously, check out this website!

Hair: Little Hair Parlour

Make-up: Melinda Raco

Flowers: Petals on the Plaza

Bridesmaids Dresses: Alfred Sung

Suits: Ed Harry

Groom’s Shoes: RM Williams

Venue: Braeside Chapel

Decorator: All About Venues

Lolly Buffet: DIY

Cake: Friend of bride and groom


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Contact me to have your Braeside Chapel wedding captured!

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  • Mel - Lovely! Great work Wendy, love your workReplyCancel

Romantic Brisbane Wedding of Brianna & Chris at Cherbon Waters

Brianna and Chris are honestly two of the most lovely people I have ever met. Both are just so easy going and the thing that makes me love them most is the fact they just love each other so openly and in a quiet, sweet and intimate way that makes it seem like the world is just passing them by as they travel through it in their little bubble. So when it came to their wedding day, I have to say I was excited. I had visited the venue Cherbon Waters over at Burbank (15 minutes from Brisbane city!) and fallen in love with the gardens (not to mention the lovely staff – and no this is not a sponsored post in any way) so I couldn’t wait to see what Brianna and Chris had organised for their ceremony and reception.

Oh boy, was I not disappointed.

> Let me first point out here that what completely blew me away about this day was that it was about the marriage, not the wedding. The wedding was fabulous and gorgeous and everything you would expect from such a lovely venue but this was about love, family and celebrating everything that holds these together; and I loved it. Every minute <

We were blessed with a perfect Autumn day. Not too hot (thank goodness!), and a wonderful sky full of sunlight which made the gardens just beautiful. Family and friends gathered in the garden under the gazebo and witnessed Brianna and Chris (who played a killer game of rock, paper, scissor to kick off the vow making – Chris lost that lol) declare themselves life-long companions before congratulating the couple who were then whisked off to spend some time with me taking photos while they mingled in the garden with drinks and canapés.

The photos, ahhh the photos!!! Good lord, what a sunset. Spectacular. End of.

Here is the marriage of Brianna and Chris.

Preparation: The Oaks Casino Towers

Venue: Cherbon Waters at Burbank

Dress: Watters at Bella Donna Bridal

Bridesmaid Dress: When Freddie met Lilly

Florist: Bella Bloom Floral Designs

Cake: My Life is Sweet 

Suit: Strictly Formal

Vintage Jaguar: Kenz Classic

Rings: Stones Diamonds

Musician: Dave Power

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Contact me to have your Brisbane Wedding at Cherbon Waters captured! Love that place!

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