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Megan and Steve’s Romantic Brisbane River Wedding

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


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Vintage Retro Wedding – Ballgowns and Blue Suits

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


BRIDE’S SHOES – Bride’s own ballroom dancing shoes


HAIR – Darren Roberts (family friend)

MAKEUP – Bride

RINGS – The Diamond Vault

CAKE CAKE TOPPER – Aunty of Groom


CELEBRANT / MINISTER – Marilyn Verschuure

PROPS / HIRE PIECES – Family friend

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Hot off the Press! Vintage Bride Magazine, QLD Brides, Wedding Guide Features

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!

Vintage Bride Magazine

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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.

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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 hereMain Beach Wedding

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! Sunset Wedding


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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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The most perfect pink Powerhouse Brisbane wedding

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:

Venue: The Brisbane Powerhouse Rooftop Terrace

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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  • Pantone Colour of the year for 2016 – Rose Quartz and Serenity for the win » Wendy Maley Photography - […] your entire dress Rose Quartz like Nicola did. Let me tell you, it was fabulous! See that wedding here. Flower girl dresses can also be beautiful in Rose Quartz or Serenity. Little girls always look […]ReplyCancel

  • Nicola Cheyne - Wendy you are the most fantastic photographer and such a beautiful person! Thank you so much for capturing our wonderful day so perfectly!ReplyCancel

    • - Awww thanks you guys! It was an absolute pleasure! WReplyCancel

  • James Harvey - I cannot thank you enough Wendy for all the work you have done for Nicola and I. You helped capture the most important day in our lives so far in such a perfect way. You are an amazing photographer and a wonderful person.ReplyCancel

  • Alison Easten - Amazing pics Wendy! My favourite is the one of them on the park bench in the garden, taken from above. Your blog summed up the emotion of the day perfectly. And thanks for the mention as Celebrant. I love being able to be part of a couple’s special day. It’s such an honour.
    Cheers, Alison EastenReplyCancel

    • - Thanks Alison, great working with you!ReplyCancel