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)
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.