The Sunshine Coast really is one of our favourite destinations to photograph, and not too far from our home either. There is just such diversity and beauty in the landscape. There are also so many fantastic places for ceremonies and receptions. But most of all, weddings on the Sunshine Coast just seem to be that little bit more relaxed. It must be the coastal vibe, but the guests always seem to have a great time and the bride and groom always seem to relax into the day – almost like they’ve started their honeymoon already.
Rebecca & Aiden’s wedding had that feel. It was a totally stunning wedding, well-thought out, with all the details considered, yet it felt like planning a wedding takes no effort at all. On the day, Rebecca & Aiden weren’t fixated on everything running to perfection, they were too busy fixated on each other. I love that – when the wedding day is actually about getting married. Now this could have been because Rebecca & Aiden had the forethought to entrust a some pretty amazing wedding professionals with making their day run smoothly, but I also think it is because Rebecca & Aiden are the kind of people that know that when it is all said and done, the most important thing at their wedding was their commitment to each other.
The dream team they pulled together to create their special day, included Trudy, wedding planner extraordinaire from Lovebird Weddings, Mondo Floral for some floral magic, and a yummy cake by Sweetness Contained. Rebecca’s look was created by Trish Falzon for makeup and Evelyn Parsons for hair, with a stunning gown by Bertossi Brides. Their reception was held at Sails which never fails to provide the perfect atmosphere for a relaxed coastal wedding and food that makes you want to come back for more and more and more. All this in a place where the sun meets the sea, and you can’t fail to have the perfect start to your wedding. Still, for me, the best thing about this day was watching Rebecca and Aiden – nothing is more beautiful than two people who are truly and honestly in love.
Rebecca & Aiden, thank you letting me be the one to capture that easy connection that you have. I can’t describe it, but I can see it, and I feel privileged to put it into pictures. I wish you happiness always.
Today’s creative spotlight is on one of our favourite florists: Bouquet Boutique. Geraldine is the fantastic lady whose creative vision and hard work has turned Bouquet Boutique into one of the most innovative and well-established florists in Brisbane. Like many of us, Geraldine is much more comfortable behind the scenes, making sure everything is perfect for someone else, so it was our great pleasure to convince Geraldine to let us pamper her a little with a photo shoot to show how fabulous we think she is. We love the way she combines nature and design and uses textures and natural fibres to create floral art with a difference. We have worked with Geraldine on so many weddings and also on some styled shoots and she is the epitome of professionalism. She has a quiet, head-down, do-it-well, kind of approach to things that results in such fantastic quality. Add to that creativity that seems to come naturally, and you get the makings of a great florist. This is why Bouquet Boutique is in our creative spotlight and why if you are planning an event, you should check out their work. Thanks Geraldine for being our model for the morning and for putting colour onto the tables and into the hands of so many brides.
Excited to be sharing one of the most amazing weddings I’ve photographed lately. Lawren & Michael were married in Sydney in front of one of the most memorable backdrops this country has to offer. This wedding was beautiful, it was fun and it was also steeped in tradition. They started the day with traditional chinese door games, where the bridesmaids block the groom and his groomsmen from entering the door to his bride. The groomsmen must try to bribe their way in and complete a series of tasks set by the bridesmaids to prove the worthiness of the groom. Lawren’s bridesmaids obviously love her dearly because they set some challenging and downright funny tasks for Micheal’s men.
Their tea ceremony was held in the Chinese Garden of Friendship in Darling Harbour. As a photographer it was a dream to capture the colour of chinese wedding costumes against the greenery of these beautiful gardens. So rich and so powerful – much like how the bond between Lawren and Michael feels. And this was just the start. Lawren & Michael held a second ceremony in Bradley’s Head Amphitheatre where the backdrop to their vows was Sydney Harbour bridge and the Opera House. It could not have been a more perfect day on the harbour. Sydney was glorious. Their reception party was in the Fleet Steps Marquee which was styled and coordinated to perfection by TeamEvents.
I enjoyed every minute of this wedding. It was an absolute pleasure to be their photographer. Not just because the locations were amazing, or because of the photographic diversity that this wedding offered, but because Lawren & Michael made the day so enjoyable. They were in the moment at every moment. Their enjoyment and happiness spread to every person at this wedding, including me. Thank you Lawren and Michael for choosing me to photograph the start of your happy life together. I wish you good luck and joy always.
What could possibly follow a post about DARB Couture gowns? A post on shoes of course! Whether you are choosing all out sky high glam or flat heeled comfort, there is some gorgeous footwear here to inspire and delight you, all courtesy of our recent brides. Enjoy!
Timeless elegance, feminine sophistication, iconic beauty – these are the words that come to mind when I think of a DARB Couture wedding dress. Brad Webb, the man behind the couture label is a master. I swear he is a reincarnated 1950’s fashion icon. His dresses are the stuff little girls (& big girls) dream of. Every bead is perfectly placed, every stitch is considered. Delicate lace, feathers, silk, pearls, diamantes, so many different layers of exquisite texture and intricate detail. A DARB dress is like owning a piece of art. Any woman that wears one cannot help but feel beautiful as each dress is made to suit her perfectly. This is probably why so many Studio Impressions brides choose DARB Couture and why we have had the pleasure of getting to know Brad over the years. He truly loves what he does. It shows in his work and the personal touches that he provides to women wearing his clothes. I will never forget the time I first saw Brad there on the wedding day, helping the bride get ready and making sure that her gown was just right. I was blown away with that kind of service, attention to detail and care for his clients. It has made him one of the most sought after wedding designers in Australia. But one of the best things about Brad is that under that softly spoken demeanor is a driving passion to create amazing things, but also a weakness for chocolate, a wicked sense of humour and a totally mischievous laugh. Let’s face it – the man is cool without even trying. I never tire of photographing women in his gowns. It is like they have this timeless, ethereal beauty. Who doesn’t want that on their wedding day?
“Let us celebrate the occasion with wine and sweet words” Plautus
And that is just what Renee & Daniel did. Actually Daniel, invested in a particularly special bottle to mark the occasion, saving it to share with Renee and their closest friends (their bridal party) during a bit of downtime as we took some location photos. Daniel must have still been thinking about the sweet words of their wedding ceremony because as he went to open the bottle, he accidently hit Renee in the head with it! No major injuries done, this is a bottle they will never forget for so many reasons.
This is what was so great about this wedding and this couple. Renee and Daniel have style but they also have fun in bucket loads . You can see from the impeccable styling of their wedding they have flair, but also you can see from the little details, like sharing a special drink, that they are thoughtful. They don’t take themselves so seriously that everything has to be perfect. They can laugh at themselves and enjoy the moment for what it is not for what they imagined it to be. They laugh often and when they do, it is contagious. There is a lighter, grounded, genuineness in Renee and Daniel that makes you want to be around them. It was honestly my great pleasure to share those moments with them and get to know two amazing people.
Their wedding was at Spicers Clovelly Estate, with all the added touches by the style team of Lovebird Weddings and Mondo Floral Designs who did all the florals. Renee was a vision in her Bride’s Desire gown and hair and make up by Tasleema Nigh. And when you see the photos below, you’ll probably ask about that cake too – courtesy of The Cake that ate Paris.
Renee & Daniel may your marriage be filled with laughter and light-hearted moments. Thank you for choosing Studio Impressions to share your day.