Hitting the shelves this week is the new edition of Brisbane Bride magazine and we are very excited to say that one of our gorgeous brides is on the front cover!
Susannah married David at St John’s Cathedral in Brisbane. She was breathtaking in her MXM Couture gown, made perfectly for her. Their reception at Customs House was impeccable. A perfect Brisbane night overlooking the Brisbane River. This was a wedding filled with the colour, movement, and emotion of true love. It was a fantastic day with a couple that are seriously good fun. You can read the full story for yourself in Brisbane Bride, and get to see a few more fabulous weddings we photographed last year, but here are some of my favourite images from Susannah & David’s day.
Susannah & David, thanks so much for choosing Studio Impressions to photograph your wedding. I have loved every moment working with you and getting to know what great people you are. May it always feel like you are floating on clouds.
I almost wish we were butterflies and lived but three summer days..
three such days with you I could fill with more delight than fifty common years could ever contain.
There were so many gorgeous flowers at Kristy & Trent’s Sunshine Coast Hinterland wedding that I’m surprised the butterflies weren’t everywhere. The talents of the fabulous Terrianne from Mondo Florists and Trudy from Lovebird Weddings came together to style this very special wedding at Spicers Clovelly Estate. Dreamy. Just dreamy. And the best thing about it is how much in love Kristy & Trent so obviously are. So much romance in the air…and so much fun. No wonder Marcus was in such a good mood after he photographed this wedding – it had to be contagious.
What better way to start the new year than with some gorgeous photos of a new life. Here is a series taken by Karen showing the exciting start to Baby Ruby’s life. There honestly is nothing like it – the anticipation, the excitement, the intense love and overwhelming joy that a new baby brings. Everything changes, and somehow, despite how hard being a parent can be some days, you never, ever want it to change back. Welcome to the world little Ruby!
We have been a little quiet on the blog lately. That’s because Marcus & I took a little time out over the Christmas/New Year break to enjoy our own family, to be together and laugh a lot. That is what we wish for you all in 2015 – a little time to just stop and be with the people that matter most to you. Happy New Year xxx
“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.