“Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication”. – Leonardo da Vinci
Perhaps that was Meagan & James’ motto as they planned their glorious Spicer’s Peak wedding earlier this year. For it was a simple, sophisticated affair. Weddings like this truly warm my heart. Meagan & James live in Sydney but chose to marry in the beautiful Spicers Peak Lodge with just a few close friends and family in attendance. Instead of filling their wedding with details and kitsch things that say funny things about them, they did the opposite. They paired back the styling and filled the day with what they love, the landscape, the people attending, and each other. The style of this wedding, helped along by Main Event Weddings, was glorious in its restraint. By not filling the landscape with lots of ribbons and bows and carpets and chairs and signs and baskets and coloured straws, Meagan & James brought focus to the wonder and beauty of nature in its purest form, their love. And nature sure did its part – clear blue skies, and soft sunshine to bring that perfect yellow green tinge to the land that happens only in this wonderful Australian countryside. Don’t get me wrong, I love all the detail and the cute ways that you can now bring something distinctive to your wedding. I do my fair share of drooling over wedding details. I just think that sometimes, less is more. When I look at the connection between Meagan & James & their friends and family, it is obvious that this was their perfect wedding. And when I asked Marcus about how the day went, he couldn’t stop talking about all the touching moments and how much he enjoyed the day. So I know this wedding really was as good as it looks. Oh yes, and Meagan’s dress was a gorgeous Rhonda Hemmingway. Thanks Meagan & James for choosing Studio Impressions to photograph your wedding, we hope we did justice to the very special bond you so obviously have.
We recently shared with you the pre-wedding photos of this couple and now it’s time for their spectacular wedding!
I got the chance to photograph the “wedding weekend” of Shaun & Taeri at Alila Villas Soori in Bali earlier this year. Gabe came along to second shoot with me and together we got to experience one of those very special weddings that make this job so great.
Yellow is the colour of sunshine, of joy, happiness, warmth, and nourishment. It was a perfect selection as the accent colour for Shaun & Taeri’s wedding. That is exactly how the day felt, joyful, full of sunshine and warmth. Time with this couple and their families was nourishment for the soul.
This fantastic event with impeccable styling was coordinated by their wedding planner extraordinaire Diana, from One & Only Bali Weddings & Events alongside the team of Bali Event Styling, and Westside who provided that lighting that I know you will all ask about. Diana brought together such professional suppliers and created a magical setting for a magical couple. Taeri’s hair and makeup was by Yeanne & Team. The flowers by Heliconia Bali. The Cake by Ixora Cakes and the catering for their amazing party by Bali Catering Company.
Shaun & Taeri are a modern couple but they weren’t afraid to mix contemporary styling with traditional touches in reference to their cultural heritages. For all those couples who want to step away from their cultural traditions at weddings, these guys show you how it is possible to blend the best of both worlds, and create a wedding that represents your own unique histories.
To Taeri, Shaun and your families, thank you for welcoming me into your lives for a weekend, and for entrusting Studio Impressions with the honour of capturing the moment you became husband and wife.
I was recently talking to a non-photographer friend of mine, and mentioned that I had been doing some pre-wedding shoots. They looked at me strangely & asked “what’s that?”. Do you mean engagement photos? It was one of those moments when I realised that not everyone lives and breathes weddings like I do, and many people don’t really understand all the options available to a couple now. So what is the difference between an engagement shoot and a pre-wedding shoot?
Well the short answer is that a pre-wedding shoot is usually longer than the traditional engagement session and it usually involves a lot more planning, styling, locations and dresses. Sometimes more suits, but usually just more dresses. The traditional engagement portrait involves a short portrait session (around 1 hour long), and normally just one location. It is a great way for a couple to become comfortable in front of the camera. A pre-wedding shoot, can take 3 hours to a whole day. On a pre-wedding shoot, I will take the couple to a wide variety of locations and photograph them with many different looks (so lots of dresses). Doing a pre-wedding shoot is awesome fun. I love it. It is a great way to get to know the couple really well, and for them to become comfortable with me taking their photo. It is also a great way for them to get to spend a fun day together celebrating this big change in their lives, without all the pressures of the wedding day. Usually the photos are turned into a slideshow played on the wedding day or put on display at the wedding, and the couple get some gorgeous images to remember how they naturally are at this point in their lives. They can play with styling, props and themes, or they can just use the day to visit and record places special to them. A lot of couples like to visit beaches, or cafes or restaurants that played a specical part in their story, like their first date, or where she said “I love you”, or where he proposed. I also love it when we extend the shoot to include one of the pre-wedding celebrations like the rehearsal dinner, because I get to meet family and friends too. When this happens I always find that I get even better images at the wedding. I know who is who before the day, but I have also learned a little more about them and can anticipate those touching moments even more easily. I just know that it is a privilege to get to photograph couples and their families not just at their wedding, but when they are relaxed and simply being themselves.
Here are some of the pre-wedding portraits I photographed for a fantastic couple recently, taken in and around Alila Villas Soori in Bali. Hope you love them.
I swear that Marcus falls in love with every couple he meets. For as long as he has been photographing weddings, he has come home with stories about how lovely the couple were, usually saying something like they “were the nicest people” or “it was such a beautiful day” and he genuinely means it, every weekend. This is how I know that he is doing what he was meant to do in life. He loves the photography, but more than that he loves the people. Later in the week, I get to see the photos, often over his shoulder late at night as he works through them into the wee morning hours. That’s when he tells me some more stories from the day and that is when I can tell by the look on his face how much he enjoyed photographing that wedding. Sometimes, in these moments, he shows me a wedding that is more than just beautiful, it actually moves me, and I am touched by the way he truly sees people. The images make me laugh, they make me cry, they make me go aaawww, in that way that only girls can. I’m not a very romantic person. In our relationship, that person is Marcus. So when I react like that, I know that the people in this wedding really were “the nicest people”, and they really do have something special. I can see it in their images. No, I can feel it.
Felicity & Damien, your wedding has secretly made me cry happy tears, laugh out loud and smile a great big happy smile. The way you look at each other, the way that you laugh with your friends, the strength of the touch from your parents, how you make fun of yourselves, and the way you included Lola the french bulldog in your day – it all represents something remarkable. Cherish what you have for it is precious indeed.
Felicity and Damien were married at the gorgeous Deux Belettes in Byron Bay. He wore impeccable Wil Valour and she was a vision in DARB Bridal Couture. Damien used to drive racing cars professionally, and now works for V8 Supercars, where he met Felicity. Their love of racing cars making subtle appearances in their wedding. If you look closely you will notice the flowers on the tables aren’t housed in ordinary vases – what better way to use your racing trophies – flower vessels on your wedding day.
Felicity and Damien, thank you for choosing Studio Impressions to share your wedding day. Marcus & I would wish you a love that lasts forever, except that it is obvious – you already have it.
All weddings are enjoyable. Honestly they are. That’s one of the reasons I do what I do. But some weddings, they are an experience. The people, the place, the emotion, fills your senses. Being a photographer becomes the absolute best job in the world.
Truly a couple of the world, Laura & Jehan, who reside in New York City, asked me to photograph their wedding in one of their favourite places, Lake Como, Italy. Sure, I think I can do that. I was pretty pleased when I saw where they were getting ready, two epic locations, the impressive Grand Hotel Tremezzo and the spectacular Villa Del Balbianello . They had the help of local wedding planners “The Lake Como Wedding Planner“. The team were incredible and made the day magical and smooth sailing.
But the absolute best thing about this wedding was the love between Laura & Jehan and the incredible connections they had with all their family and friends. I’m not sure that either of them noticed the spectacular views. They were too busy looking at each other. See what I mean, filled my senses.
Thank you Laura & Jehan and all your wonderful friends and family, for welcoming me into your lives for a short time, and for giving me and experience to remember.
Some weddings just grab you by the heart strings and pull tight. This is one of them. There’s something about the simplicity of Laura & Nicholas’ Maleny Manor wedding. Maybe it was just something about the way they looked at each other all day. Or maybe it was they way they touched each other slightly, gently, often. Or maybe it was all these things combined. Whatever it was it reminds me what a wedding is all about. What love is all about. How good it feels.
Thank you Laura & Nicholas for choosing Studio Impressions to photograph your wedding, for showing with the simplest of gestures how you honestly feel about each other, and letting our very talented (and a little sentimental) Adam Finch capture it in these images. (Laura’s dress was by Maggie Sottero and those gorgeous flowers Mondo Floral Designs)