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)
The latest edition of Queensland Brides is on the shelves! We were super excited to have been asked to shoot the cover, and a special spread on wedding styling put together by a team of experts specially selected by Queensland Brides. We thought you might like to see some of the behind-the-scenes fun from the shoot.
We were lucky to secure the fantastic Gallery of Modern Art and even luckier to have them open sections of the Gallery that you don’t usually get to photograph in. I LOVE this space. I spend my spare time at this gallery wandering, relaxing, gathering inspiration from the art, from the vision of the artists and from the beauty of the space. I love photographing weddings here and I absolutely loved doing this shoot of the gorgeous Michaela from Vivien’s Model Management.
Helena Couture Designs/ were responsible for the amazing gowns Michaela wore and the fantastic Kim Snare provided hair & makeup. Queensland Brides is featuring some pretty amazing styling in this edition and this shoot was put together by one of the best stylists around, Brendan from Styled Events. Valiant Hire provided the chair featured on the cover and Nicole at Stem Design worked her usual floral magic. The cool place cards, menus – Cara Marie from Invitation Station/Cara Marie Designs.
Aurelie & I had a great time working with everyone and doing something special for the team at Queensland Brides. Thanks Heaps QB!
What do you do when you have so many close friends and can’t choose who should be a bridesmaid? Do what the beautiful Madeleine did. Don’t have any bridesmaids, instead invite all your friends to your Stamford Plaza hotel room to be with you while you get ready for your big day. What a great idea. Share that special time before you are married with all the people you have shared being single with.
I loved this idea because it was not only a great way to honor the special part that girlfriends play in a bride’s life, it also meant that Will and Madeleine’s wedding ceremony (at Brisbane City Hall) became all about just them. This couple and their future life together. A simple statement of the strength of being two.
Gabe did a fantastic job of capturing the feel of Madeleine & Will’s wedding, especially the relaxed atmosphere of their Moda reception. I know he had the best time photographing them too. Nothing is nicer than being part of the wedding day of really nice people who are really honestly in love.
Madeleine & Will, thank you for choosing Studio Impressions. May your love grow stronger every day.
I love people that don’t take themselves too seriously. Sarah & Simon are those kind of people. They know how to have a good laugh and they know how to just be. When I saw the images from their wedding I couldn’t help but spend ages chatting to Aurelie (who took these great shots) about their day. Her face lit up as she told me more and more about how lovely everything was, and how their sense of humor was sprinkled through the day.
Sarah and Simon had a picnic wedding at Eumundi’s Hidden Valley. Just a few friends and family sharing rustic food on a glorious day in the Sunshine Coast Hinterland. The team at Style Le Aisle added a few touches to make sure this was no ordinary picnic. The atmosphere was set with perfection and it was as relaxed and beautiful as they had clearly planned.
You might notice that Sarah & Simon share a distinctive feature. But, as the funny guy Tim Minchin sings “only a ginger can call another ginger, ginger” - so I’ll leave you to work it out. I loved how they had fun with it and used it in their wedding theme! Gingerbread men wedding gifts – I LOVE IT! The (ginger) best man and Simon’s brother got in on the act, adding ginger beer & ginger nut biscuits to the mix. Not to be outdone, the Maid of Honour produced a drawing that Sarah had done in school of her “dream man”. Don’t worry Sarah we have not shared the evidence here, but we have shared a photo of Simon’s priceless reaction.
Sarah & Simon, you clearly have long term friends and family who love you and enjoy your company very very much. Having met you, we know why. Aurelie obviously loved every second photographing your wedding and raves about what a great day it was. I think you must have sprinkled a little bit of ginger dust here in Studio Impressions – because we can’t stop smiling or laughing too. Thank you for choosing us to picnic with.
I can’t believe we are half way through the year already. I feel like a poor parent when it comes to our little blog here at the moment. We’ve haven’t even published most of the amazing weddings from last year let yet alone the pretty epic ones we’ve already photographed this year. We’ve been very lucky the past few months flying to all corners of the globe to capture the special memories of some special people. When our blog posts get a little slow, you can follow us through the Studio Impressions facebook, instagram and twitter posts. So fresh from Bali this morning I wanted to share one of my faves so far.
Earlier this year I had the great pleasure of being invited to photograph the wedding of Samantha and Josh – two fantastic people.
Their beautiful jewish wedding was held at Hemmesphere at the Establishment Hotel in Sydney which is an awesome venue, made even more awesome by the talents of Philip Carr & Associates who were responsible for some of the most amazing styling. The flowers & balloons brought just a little romance and whimsy to what was an all out classy affair.
What I loved most about this wedding though, was the thing that always gets me; the people. Samantha & Josh are great people and you can see why when you meet their families. Plus they know how to party! I felt very honored to be part of it all.
Samantha & Josh may you always have this much fun, love and joy in your lives. Thanks for choosing me and Studio Impressions to photograph your wedding.
Preparing tonight to shoot a very special styled shoot for a future edition of Queensland Brides Magazine. It reminded me of the craziness of our last shoot. I don’t usually tell my behind the scenes secrets, but sometimes when you look at the images, you just think, I cannot believe we did it! So I thought this time I would share. It was an awesome day on this shoot, but the weather that day was not our friend. We got together with the amazing style team of Brendan at Styled Events and Cara from Cara Marie Designs coupled with the magic of Stem Design and some of our favourite suppliers and created a glamorous rooftop evening reminiscent of a night out in New York all here in Brisbane. We found the perfect venue, on top of the exclusive rooftop of newly constructed Ecco Apartments in West End with an amazing view of our gorgeous city. We had the pool, we had the sunset, we had it all – including the wind. THE WIND. Oh the wind.
The fabulous Julie Whitehead from Julie Whitehead Cakes: had just finished creating a masterpiece of chocolate deliciousness with the most intricate hand coloured flowers I have ever seen and I spent most of the shoot worrying that the wind would blow the whole thing into the pool! In the end I had Penny lay on the ground & hold the cake from underneath until I got the shot.
The fabulous RUSH Entertainment attended to add more glamour to our recreated rooftop wedding and just before they took their place in front of the huge backdrop of the new york skyline that Styled Events had created (perfect for our low down jazz night) a big gust of wind smashed the whole thing to the floor. So, RUSH, as they always do, just played somewhere else – still looking glamorous.
Our models looked just stunning but poor George Wu had fun trying to find the right dress to work with the wind. Luckily he is the most good humoured person you will ever meet! And Kim Snare had her work cut our for her keeping that gorgeous main of red hair in place. Our male model was the only one really comfortable in his Wil Valor suits.
Luckily Aria Catering came along for the night – because you can’t have a glamorous rooftop wedding without the ULTIMATE sophisticated food – and provided sustenance for our models and the wonderful people that became our guests for the night. They also created a very special cocktail just for our Manhattan wedding. What a fantastic idea for any wedding – your own signature cocktail. Had we known we would have called this one “Gone with the Wind”.
It just goes to show that even the best laid plans don’t always work out, but you can still have fun, and if you are working with professionals, it can still be AMAZING!
Gabe & I had plenty of fun shooting this one together. We got to try out some of my favourite lenses, new angles and some new skills shooting in high winds in a small space & a big drop over the side!. It was great to use the 200mm f2 and the 85mm f1.4 with the Nikon D800E. Don’t get to use 200mm f2 as much as I’d like.
Funnily enough, I am actually looking forward to the next one.!