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So I have been a bit busy of late, what with trying to renovate a house and clean it up for sale whilst working full time, chasing after 3 kids and playing taxi driver. It’s been hectic and I’m sorry, but hey it’s better late than never right?
I shot this fantastic, romantic and utterly brilliant Brisbane River wedding in November (where the hell did that 7 months just go!). Megan and Steve are lovely, laid back people who just wanted to get married down by the river and hang with their friends and family. So, they did just that. I was so chuffed to be able to capture this special day for them, and my god the locations down at Riverlife Kangaroo Point are awesome! Brisbane city skyline against dramatic rock faces, lush trees and the beautiful Brisbane River. What’s not to love!?
Megan wore the most amazing Theia dress covered in sequins, just stunning with a touch of vintage. #perfect I loved the little organic touches throughout the day too, with native flowers, kraft invites, and timber additions to the old boathouse reception setting. This wedding was my kind of shindig. The sort of celebration that makes me want to do my own wedding all over again so I can get dressed up and not have a satin dress or roses (yep, that’s what was trending 10 years ago), and for god’s sake not shoot on the beach with a cranky and rather underwhelming photographer! Anywho, here is the Brisbane River Wedding of Megan and Steve….
Dress: ‘Lilia’ by Theia Couture
Flowers: Flowers on the Park in Bulimba
Bride’s Shoes: Forever Soles
Hair: B Hair Bulimba
Make-up: Latonas Makeup
Groom’s Suit: Calvin Klein
Groom’s Shoes: Windsor Smith
Venue: Riverlife Kangaroo Point
Celebrant: Jamie Eastlake – Brisbane City Celebrants
Bridesmaid’s Dress: Cue
Katie-Marie and Daemen are awesome. I met them at a bridal expo and knew we’d get on like a house on fire as soon as I noticed Katie-Marie’s pin-up style. They met at a ballroom dancing competition, which sounds out of the ordinary but for the daughter of a dance champion (Mark Wilson) it’s completely normal!
After a couple of years of courtship when it finally came to getting married, Katie-Marie and Daemen wanted to incorporate their style and the things they love into their day. So, a 50’s vintage retro style ballroom inspired theme it was (with a little kitsch thrown in for good measure)!
The entire day was held at the property of a family friend in the Gold Coast hinterland, and it was amazing. Katie-Marie and Daemen were married in the gazebo on the terrace in front of their family and friends, we had photos in and around the property, and the reception was held in the 50’s inspired bar area and patio overlooking the lights of the Gold Coast.
Let’s talk about Vintage retro wedding attire. When Katie-Marie said she was going to wear a ballgown I imagined a white ballroom inspired gown, but when she showed me the peach diamonte encrusted piece of fabulousness (an actual tailored ballgown) she was actually wearing I almost died of excitement. Wow. Just wow. And to top it all off, she chose a 50’s style hat with veil to match which just made the whole outfit (ballroom shoes and all) complete. The boys wore a blue suit with black piping and braces and the bridesmaids were fabulous in a mismatched blue floral print dress with petticoat and classic white pumps. Katie-Marie opted for silk corsages for the girls and a mix of peach white and blue silk flowers for her bouquet.
A few things I loved about Katie-Marie and Daemen’s vintage retro wedding:
- Their celebrant Marilyn got in on the action and not only wore a retro dress but helped the couple incorporate the vows of Elvis and Priscilla into their ceremony
- They included both a Catholic and Greek orthodox element into their ceremony to honour each family’s background
- The boys wore red/white striped socks which may or may not have been bought at McDonalds (love that!)
- Daemen arrived on an orange Harley Davidson
- The bride and her father danced down the aisle (and so did the waiting groom)
- The couple have a strange love for Minions, so they had a family friend make a Minion cake topper for their giant cupcake (to go with the retro cupcakes served to the guests)
- There was ballroom dancing
- One of the groomsmen (the bride’s brother) split his pants before the ceremony and Grandma had to stitch them up!
- The caterer’s were a Greek street food style company that the bride and groom loved so much they hired the chef to cater their wedding. The food was soooooooo good!
BRIDE’S DRESS – Martha Williams
BRIDES JEWELLERY / OTHER ACCESSORIES – Family heirlooms
BRIDE’S SHOES – Bride’s own ballroom dancing shoes
BRIDESMAIDS’ DRESSES – Wish www.wish.com
HAIR – Darren Roberts (family friend)
MAKEUP – Bride
RINGS – The Diamond Vault http://www.thediamondvault.com.au/
CAKE CAKE TOPPER – Aunty of Groom
FAVOURS / BONBONIERRE – DIY
CELEBRANT / MINISTER – Marilyn Verschuure http://www.marrymemarilyn.com.au/
PROPS / HIRE PIECES – Family friend
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 http://www.oreillys.com.au/
Reception Venue: O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat
Bride’s Dress: Wendy Makin http://www.wendymakin.com/
Flowers: Bella Bloom Floral Design http://www.bellabloomfloraldesigns.com/
Hair and Make-up: The Beauty Case http://www.thebeautycase.com.au/
Bride’s Shoes: Irregular Choice http://www.irregularchoice.com/shop/
Bridesmaid’s Dress: For Her and For Him http://www.forherandforhim.com/
Groom’s suit: Mitchell Olgivie http://mitchellogilvie.com/
Minister: Father John Maher
Wedding Planner: Carla Ventura of O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat
Wedding Rings: Dimani Jewellery http://www.dimanijewellery.com.au/
Engagement Ring: Canturi http://www.canturi.com/
Cake: Gillian Bell Cakes http://www.gillianbellcake.com.au/
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.
This Tropical Beach Wedding is quite special to me. I have known Solua since primary school and Duncan since they met over 10 years ago so I was really looking forward to capturing this special day for them. Solua and Duncan decided to get married in their hometown of Pottsville, nothern NSW in a tropical themed beach ceremony, incorporating Solua’s Torres Straight Islander heritage. They are also brand new parents, with little Finlay being born (after years of trying) just 5 weeks before the wedding!
So in planning, I was super excited when Solua suggested we incorporate Duncan’s love of football (Duncan is English, so when I say football, I mean soccer) into the location photos. Solua is the most bubbly, outgoing person that I know, so I knew it would be awesome. AND awesome it was! Complete with ball, Adidas tropical sneakers and a willing bridal party full of friends and family, we had well, a ball!
Another little touch I loved was that Solua organised to have an usher hand out flowers to her guests before the ceremony so that she could take her time walking down the aisle and collect the flowers for her bouquet from her family and friends. It was lovely and more people should do it.
A trip to the local canefields was also in order, as Duncan works for the local mill (plus they are gorgeous to shoot). The light we were presented with that afternoon was nothing short of spectacular. The soft dreamy tones and grey cloud formations were to die for, and naturally I loved every moment!
The reception, held at the local community hall and styled perfectly by Meherarti, kept with the tropical theme and really nailed Solua and Duncan’s personalities and love of some good light-hearted fun. At the end of the day though, the absolute BEST part of the day and something that touched the soul of every single person in that room was the performance of Solua’s islander family in tribute to Duncan and Solua’s union. Now I have seen cultural dances before, but this was something else. Every word, every move was special, and a celebration, not just a ‘going-through-the-motions’ style activity. I was an emotional mess, so I can’t even imagine how proud and joyous Solua felt witnessing that outpouring of love. BEST NIGHT EVER!
Congratulations Solua, Duncan and Finlay. Love you guys x
Wedding rings: Fine Lines Jewellers
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I can’t keep up with all of the upcoming wedding expos and events I’m attending, so here’s a quick list to keep you informed (to also keep me from losing my mind!). You can find me at the following shin digs:
August 30th – Brisbane Weddings Wedding Expo, Acacia Ridge Hotel, Acacia Ridge
Come down this Sunday for lunch and say hi! http://www.ourweddingexpos.com.au/
September 10th – A Little Vintage Bliss Wedding Hub, Thursday 5-8pm at The Wedding Hub 1/9 Kohl Street Upper Coomera
This one is a must if you enjoy a more relaxed, cruisy environment. Tickets $10. Brides receive a goody bag, so get in quick!
October 9,10,11. Queensland Brides Expo
This is the premier expo in the state. The biggest and the best. Come on down for three days of wedding fun at the Brisbane Convention Centre in Southbank, Brisbane.
1st November – The Bride’s Market Twilight boutique wedding fair. 3pm-8pm 46 Douglas Street Milton
REALLY looking forward to this one! Set in a tuscan style courtyard, with like minded vendors. I can almost taste the wine and cheese from here! Should be a great night, don’t miss it! Early bird tickets on sale now!