It is past time to share one of my favourite Brisbane weddings. I spend a lot of time photographing really stunning weddings, and I am frequently asked to comment on the most common bridal trends because we photograph so many of them. I loved this wedding for a different reason. Of course it was beautiful, but more than that, this wedding was timeless. Jess and Bruno chose style over trends. They chose substance and meaning and brought depth to their wedding styling. Timeless elegance was evident in everything from what they wore to where they held their reception. I bet if they ever have a granddaughter she will look at the photos of Jess and think that she is the most beautiful bride at the most beautiful wedding she has ever seen, and that will be decades from now. This is the kind of wedding that will never go out of style.
Jess wore a dream Vera Wang, complimented with hair & make-up by Brush & Blush. Not to be outdone, Bruno was classically dressed by Ermenegildo Zegna. They got ready at the Treasury Casino Hotel before heading to their ceremony in the chapel of St Brigid’s and partying the night at Tattersall’s Club. All these buildings are heritage listed icons of Brisbane, steeped in history, full of tradition, created and built by visionaries – places of unrepeatable grandeur. See what I mean? Timeless. But this doesn’t mean it was traditional and boring. Definitely not. Nicole from Stem Designs created an indoor forest with ferns, trees and foliage that complimented the decor of Tattersall’s and gave a natural, earthy feel to the reception. Their reception was all about their family and friends. Jess and Bruno made sure they surrounded themselves with the people that mean so much to them but foregoing the traditional bridal table at the front of the room for a round table amongst their guests. Then they chose a band that will always be remembered for knowing how to get all their guests on the dancefloor – RUSH.
Doesn’t this all say something about Jess & Bruno? They like things to last. Love is not reflected in superficial prettiness. Love is creating something together that will last long after you are around to see what it becomes.
Jess and Bruno, thank you for inviting us to capture this historic moment in your lives. I feel so very privileged to capture these memories for your future. May your love leave a legacy bigger than you imagined.
And this week’s spotlight is on the creative duo behind Invitation Station and Cara Marie Designs – sisters Cara & Felicity. That’s Cara on the left (laughing as usual) & Felicity on the right. You don’t get much more creative than these two. They give paper personality. These girls have individuality, flare, gorgeousness in spades (& just a hint of craziness) and it all ends up turned into invitations and paper creations to die for. With Cara and Felicity you will create beautiful bespoke invitations unique to your wedding or event. These are no cookie-cutter- seen-it-all-before type invitations. These are textured treasures to touch, hold and keep – invitations that tantalise you to attend. No wonder so many couples use them. Check out a snippet of their gorgeous creations below. Exceptional quality, consistent delivery and creative flare puts Cara & Felicity squarely on our list of recommended wedding professionals. Like all the people we like to work with these girls are genuine professionals, and most importantly genuinely good people.
Marcus had so much fun on this shoot, so thank you Cara & Felicity for making our jobs enjoyable and for sitting still long enough to have your photo taken.
A Brisbane wedding with a Spanish Columbian twist – this was always going to be an amazing day, with a party that we all wanted to be invited to! The gorgeous Angelica is from Columbia. Her family travelled all the way to Brisbane to see their beautiful girl married to Adam. She showed them some of the best of weddings that Brisbane has to offer, with a ceremony in the grandeur of St Stephen’s Cathedral followed by a reception with one of the best views of the Brisbane River and Story Bridge, at Customs House. It was a stunning celebration of their love set in this beautiful city that we live in. They shared some of the best of Queensland produce for dinner, with a spectacular cake by Julie Whitehead. Not to be outdone, Adam brought a little bit of Angelica’s culture to Brisbane, singing a love song to her in Spanish that brought the entire reception to tears. Fireworks filled the sky, the music started & the dance floor filled to capacity. Aurelie captured the fun and emotion of the whole day just perfectly.
Angelica & Adam, thank you for choosing Studio Impressions to photograph your wedding. May these moments live in your heart forever.
Introducing this week’s Wedding Industry Creative, fashion designer extraordinaire and downright nice guy – George Wu! George Wu Couture creates innovative luxurious bridal gowns with impeccable attention to detail. Seriously girls, I have been up close and personal with George’s gowns and they are exquisite, delicate masterpieces of lace and love. There is something ethereal in a George Wu gown. But not only does he create wedding gowns to die for, George is funny. Really funny, and such great company. That’s why I couldn’t choose which portrait to post of him – the serious craftsman, or the George we know having a good old laugh at himself. If you are in the market for an amazing gown, do check out George and his work, we’ve included a few samples below, but there is so much more.
Joel’s sister has been friends with Francoise since they were little. She always thought Francoise would be a good match for her brother. So who better to be maid of honour when the two students of medicine finally tied the knot? These are the kind of love stories that we love!
Francoise is not French but she has a French name courtesy of her Belgium-born father. She married the man she was meant to be with in Villa Botanica – a tropical Whitsunday paradise owned by a man who spent his childhood in France. She also chose a French photographer – the lovely Aurelie Beeston, right here at Studio Impressions. And what a stunning job Aurelie did of capturing this wedding. You just want to step right into the photos and join in on all the colour, texture and emotion of this gorgeous wedding. It is always a good feeling when the stars of the images bother to write and say things like:
“Joel and I have finally had the chance to look through all of the photos and we are just blown away!! They are absolutely phenomonal! We just can’t believe that Aurelie captured absolutely everything, so quietly and so perfectly. She’s somehow captured every emotion we felt through every moment. We are so very thankful that we chose studio impressions and Aurelie.”
We are thankful you chose us too Joel & Francoise, because it was our absolute pleasure to capture a love story like yours. May you always be filled with that much love.
Recently we had the great pleasure of photographing some of Brisbane’s best wedding creatives. From florists to cake designers, to fashion legends, we have captured some of the amazing talent that Brisbane offers anyone planning a wedding. These people are artisans. They hand craft their quality products with detail and most of all with love. Every piece they produce reflects the a little piece of them and a lot about the people they design it for. These are people we love working with because of their consistent quality and dedication to what they do, and because they show the utmost respect for the brides and grooms that choose them.
Each week we plan to feature one of these wedding maestro’s, starting with Nicole from STEM DESIGNS. Nicole is the owner and creative visionary of floral design studio Stem Designs. Her gorgeous blooms are sought after by brides all over. She does way more than bouquets, Nicole crafts floral masterpieces. Extravaganzas in greenery & colour. Nicole brings personality to your wedding. To top it off, she is one of the loveliest people you will ever meet.
So meet Nicole and some of the amazing work of Stem Designs that have featured in the weddings of our clients. If you are looking for a florist, you can contact Nicole by clicking Here. Tell her Studio Impressions sent you!