YAY!! It is time to share with you some of the completely to-die-for dresses worn by Studio Impressions’ brides in 2015. Feathers and lace, beading and bows, satin and sheer, ruffles, rouging and delicate details. I am so excited to reflect back on the variety of styles from the past year and while I will always love a gorgeous strapless gown (and the ones worn here are perfection) I am super excited to see sleeves! I have always thought there was something timeless about sleeves on a wedding dress, be they long and lacy or demure little cap sleeves. Love, love, love! So here is a small selection of the gorgeousness we saw from the last 12 months…….
Denae in a Maggie Sottero and the spectacular bodice of Oahn’s gown.
Megan & Amy show the versatility and beauty of lace.
Both Kylie & Nikki chose DARB Bridal Couture
Cheryl also chose Maggie Sottero
Sheveux is stunning in Leah Da Gloria.
Such contrasting beautiful detail on Iris & Jackie’s gowns.
Kristy’s Luci Di Bella gown and the recycled lace of Gyan’s dress.
DARB chosen by Tania.
Annabel & Vicky gown by Brides Desire
Kelly in DARB.
Olivia’s mermaid style and Marika in Adam Dixon silk satin.
MXM on Georgie and fitted perfection for Hayley.
Traditional dresses chosen by Claire & Xian
Amy & Tiharny.
Rachel wearing a Dakota.
Catherine, Holly and Nikki take your breath away.
Elizabeth in a Wendy Makin and Chantelle – natural beauties.
Gloria chose classical White Lily Couture.
Sophia wore Jack Sullivan. Claire’s gown was made by her talented mum.
Jess, Sylvie & Suzi.
Chantelle in Bertossi Brides by Paddington Weddings.
And last but definitely not least, Lara wearing Oscar de la Renta & Tania. Sigh.
I love this beautiful city that we live in. The way life is lived along the winding banks of the river. That river as it ebbs and flows is like a heart beat to the city. And as that heart beats, children grow up, people eat, exercise, work and live as they choose, friends meet and lives change. People fall in love. Just like Renata and Paul. Their’s was a Brisbane wedding with that river as the backdrop. A ceremony at St Stephen’s chapel and reception where the ships long ago came at historic Customs House. This was a wedding with heart. Two people obviously meant to be together. The warmth between them filling the room. Jarred caught it all perfectly.
Renata and Paul, thank you for choosing Studio Impressions as your photographer. May the love between you flow endlessly, like a river.
(Oh & that cake – a Julie Whitehead masterpiece).
After a weekend meeting couples at Maleny Manor for the Sunshine Coast Hinterland Wedding Showcase, I can’t help but share a wedding that I shot at this gorgeous location a few months ago. I’ve been meaning to share this wedding anyway. It was honestly so much fun and the couple, Gloria & Raymond, are fantastic. I loved every minute shooting this wedding. There was a lot of love at this wedding and a lot of laughter. Gloria is a dentist & Raymond a plastic surgeon and their bridal party couldn’t help but make this into a bit of fun. Turns out that even blindfolded, Gloria knows Raymond’s teeth & Raymond knows the touch of Gloria’s hand (you’ll know what I mean when you get to the photos). Maleny Manor was the perfect venue for this rainy day with an undercover area for their ceremony andd then a reception space encassed in windows, they always got to take in that view. The weather was perfect for some romantic location photos highlighting the green in the landscape and bringing out just the right amount of mist and soft light. There was something kind of gentle about the landscape that day. I thought it was much like the way Raymond is around Gloria -strong and gentle all at the same time. Tender, beautiful.
Raymond & Gloria, thank you for letting me be there as the love and laughter flowed so freely but also for letting me witness the quiet moments between you – those moments that said so much in so few words.
Happy New Year! We have been quiet with posts lately because this is the time of year when Marcus & I disconnect a little from work to just be with family. We have always believed that family matters above all else – even when sometimes you don’t really like what members of your family might say or do or how they might act. To us, it is their fundamental presence in our life that is important. Family is what you make it. We are lucky to have a big, crazy, hard-to-work-out-how-everyone-fits-together extended family and while it is sometimes confusing to explain who is a cousin & who is an aunt to our 3 young boys, it gives me nothing but joy when we get together to see my sons relax into the vibe of being among this group of people. This family gives them a sense of belonging that cannot easily be defined and can never be replaced. The family we are part of is largely not one we have chosen (no-one does) – it is the one that has been chosen for us. In 2015 we were reminded to cherish it.
To start the new year we would like to share two weddings that are extra special because they are from our own family. This blog covers two weddings (so get a drink & settle in people) – Chantelle & Chris and Gyan & John. Chris & Gyan are brother & sister, and Marcus is their uncle, and I can’t tell you the pleasure he got from photographing their weddings. When you photograph a family wedding it provides a deep reminder of the importance of the images you are taking. By photographing these weddings, Marcus was asked to document part of his own family history. These are moments that he didn’t just see, they are moments that he felt. I know he will take that feeling to all the weddings he photographs in 2016 and beyond. We hope these weddings inspire you to enjoy the time that is given to you with whatever family that you have.
CHRIS & CHANTELLE
Chris & Chantelle recently returned from the overseas adventure of a lifetime, stronger for it and surer of their love. Their wedding was filled with little touches that Chantelle sourced herself or that were handmade by Chris and represented their love of nature. The expansive grounds of Maleny Retreat, couldn’t have been more perfect for these two with a backdrop of the most amazing view of the Glasshouse Mountains. Extra special because Chris’ family lives not far from those mountains so when I looked at that view I thought of Chris’ family home and how he and his brother & sister had grown. They held their ceremony in the centre of a spiral aisle. Spirals are sacred, everywhere in nature and some believe spiritually mark the path to the inner soul. How perfect to walk past the people that love you to find yourself standing with the person that fills your soul. When the sun had set, the fires were lit and the party under the Tipi began. There was so much meaningful detail in this wedding I would need to write another post – but that is not the point of this post. I think you will see from the faces on all of us in these images what this wedding was really about – and what it meant to us.
GYAN & JOHN
Then it was off to Bali where Chris’ sister Gyan married her perfect match John. John & Gyan’s wedding would have always been special – they just have that thing between two people – you know that thing, when you’re single and you see it, you wish more than anything that you will find it. Well, sometimes you do. Bali, however, made this wedding all the more special. Gyan’s family have spent a lot of time there over the years and have many local friends (which came in handy when many of them were subsequently grounded there for weeks thanks to that erupting volcano). This also meant that we were all treated to some local Balinese customs in honour of Gyan & John including a very special Hindu blessing for a respected holy man – something even they did not expect. All the little details just came together – a lot of them at the last minute – but Gyan & John were determined not to get stressed. Gyan was gorgeous in a dress she bought online made from recycled lace with a few adjustments done by her mum. The reception location was moved at the last minute and when a crane drove into the wedding backdrop to set up for the full moon festival, John & Gyan just laughed & decided to use it for their location shoot. As beautiful as everything was, that attitude is what really made this wedding special and it is what we love about Gyan & John – already they know what really matters in marriage.
In a few short months, these two weddings extended our family further. While each wedding was very different, a common thread ran through them joining all of us and our families, together. Chris & Chantelle & Gyan & John, we are forever grateful to be bound in that thread with you.
As I photographed a wedding in and around Brisbane’s Gallery of Modern Art, this weekend just gone, I couldn’t help but think about how much I love this venue, it’s location, this part of Brisbane. There is something so perfect to me about the fusion of art with architecture with the landscape of Brisbane – it is like air to a photographer. Thinking of this made me want to share with you another wedding we have photographed there – the wedding of Annabel & Peter. Annabel & Peter’s wedding was photographed by Gabe who did a great job of capturing the relaxed vibe of this wedding and the beautiful connection between Annabel & Peter. Annabel & Peter don’t need pomp and circumstance – their genuine love for each other is reflected in every part of this wedding. Understated and beautiful. That “thing” that some people have – well you can almost touch it it’s so strong between these two. On top of that, this wedding encompassed some of my favourite Brisbane institutions – GOMA and the Regatta Hotel. Honestly if you haven’t spent a Friday night or a Sunday session at the Regatta, you haven’t experienced Brisbane. Annabel & Peter, thank you for choosing Studio Impressions for your photography. It has been our pleasure to document your love. May your every day be filled with the laughter and smiles that filled your wedding day.
It is no secret that I love Chinese weddings. What I especially love about them are the traditional games that are played before the ceremony. The idea that the groom must prove his worth by passing a series of tests set by the bride’s best girlfriends, and that his groomsmen must support him to get the girl, is not only fun, but symbolic of the whole process of courting don’t you think? I know many guys, myself included, who have felt like they had to run the gauntlet of a close group of girls just to get a date with the girl they liked. But in Chinese ceremonies, these tests are fun and hilarious. Gee-Wai must really love Amanda & his groomsmen must be pretty good mates because they were willing to undergo the ultimate test of strength – enduring the pain of having their legs waxed by the bridesmaids. Ouch! Not sure if my mates would do that for me.
This was a great wedding made better by the fantastic people attending and a couple that were sweet and funny and fantastic to be around. Amanda wore traditional dress for their private tea ceremony and then changed into a Sarah Seven gown for the ceremony at Roma St Parklands and reception at the gorgeous Hillstone St Lucia. The Vintage Flowerbox brought a splash of colourful flowers to their day and Chester St Bakery is responsible for the truly yummy cake in the photos.
Amanda and Gee-Wai, thank you for asking me to be your photographer. It was a pleasure and an honour to capture the love between you and the connection you have with your friends and family. Being around you prompted me to go ring the friends I’ve had since high school and take them to lunch, just to say thanks for having my back all these years. Thank you for reminding me again of what is truly important in life.