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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
I was super excited to be shooting my first Eagle Farm Wedding at Brisbane Racing Club for the awesome Lauren and Michael. These guys know how to have fun, so being the slightly quirky fun-loving gal I am we hit it off right away!
The preparations began at the Brisbane Marriott Hotel, before we made our way to Eagle Farm Racecourse for the ceremony and shindig that followed into the evening. Lauren and Michael wanted a relaxed day with a great vibe. There were a few important things added into the mix for their wedding, so naturally we made those happen too.
Lauren and Michael are car lovers from way back (way, way back to matchbox car days, love it), so it was a given that their newly purchased Holden Kingswood took pride of place in escorting Lauren to the ceremony. Nice touch. It got better.Lauren and Michael met over a feisty game of handball, followed by some serious totem tennis. It would have been irresponsible of me to leave that fact out, so we had some fun with it. I love shaking things up a little, so those photos are a great creative way to keep me on my toes, and Lauren and Michael get some excellent mementos of their day also. Everybody wins! The third must was for their guests to have fun. That was thoroughly taken care of by the always rad Benjamin Carlyle Celebrant, who injected the good vibes into the ceremony, and it was kept rolling by McGee Entertainment and one very delicious gelati cart, which was actually a pretty awesome combination.
Hats off to the Brisbane Racing Club staff, we were granted access to (almost) all areas, and their hospitality and yummy food was to die for. Great fun was had into the night and there were definitely some dusty partygoers as I made my way home!
Here is the Eagle Farm Wedding of Lauren and Michael:
Bride and Groom Prep: Brisbane Marriott Hotel
Ceremony and Reception Venue: Brisbane Racing Club
Bride’s Dress: Jennifer Gifford Designs
Flowers: Bliss Floral Designs
Bride’s Shoes: Nine West
Hair and Make-up: The Beauty Case
Groom’s Suit: Michael Innes Menswear
Celebrant: Benjamin Carlyle
Cake: A Sweet Design- Cakes by Krystal
Rings: Diamonds International
Gelati Cart: Gelato Bar
Band: McGee Entertainment
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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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
Contact me to have your Brisbane Wedding at Cherbon Waters captured! Love that place!
When Lauren and Tony told me they were planning to marry in St Mary’s church in Ipswich in March I was a little excited. I LOVE church architecture, and St Mary’s is one gorgeous old lady right in town. It only got better from there. The bridal preparation and reception all took place on a picturesque property in the beautiful Lockyer Valley called Branell Homestead (in Laidley). Lauren had mentioned they had a library in the homestead. This tipped me over the edge. A LIBRARY! For months I thought about shooting in that library and what I could do with something so awesome. There were also many places to shoot outside, and we loved the tiny jetty overlooking the dam where the vintage inspired reception was held. Not only did we have a lot of fun shooting at Branell Homestead, I just loved the rural setting (we don’t see a lot of that on the Gold Coast!) and the sunset was nothing short of spectacular. I mean, you couldn’t plan it, it was just that good. Let me show you what I mean.
Here is the wedding of Lauren and Tony at St Mary’s Ipswich and Branell Homestead – Lockyer Valley
Ceremony: St Mary’s Church Ipswich
Venue: Branell Homestead, Laidley
Hair: Belladonna Brides
Make-up: Tyneale Hahn
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