This time our spotlight is on one of Brisbane’s iconic wedding designers – Wendy Makin. Wendy has been designing bridal wear for the women of Brisbane & beyond for many years and she remains on trend. She just knows how to make a bride shine. Her gowns are wonderful mix of classic and contemporary. Her range is diverse and beautiful, just like the women who wear them, yet they are all so simply elegant. We have known Wendy since our little photography studio began, as she has dressed countless Studio Impressions’ brides. Her commitment to quality and the service she gives her customers is second to none. And, she is quite simply a really lovely person. It is obvious in her work. Wendy Makin is one creative that every bride should meet. It was so great to take your portrait Wendy. Thank you for making so many brides look and feel so beautiful as they stand in front of my camera.
You know some weddings are going to be fun before you even arrive on the day. Hamey & Dan’s wedding was one of those. It might be because we know some of Hamey’s aunts and have seen how these ladies can party, or it might be because the couple themselves are so down to earth, relaxed and good humoured that you know there is no way this could be a stuffy affair.
Dan is a farmer and Hamey is a city girl who now runs a successful personal training business in Dan’s home town of Dalby. They are honestly the most wonderful people. Hamey used to be a nanny with a special knack for looking after twins and some of the families she worked for made a special trip to be at the wedding. It shows how loved Hamey & Dan are by the people that meet them. It was an absolute pleasure for Studio Impressions to be invited to capture their day. Hamey got ready at the Royal Albert Hotel in Brisbane and they were married at the Stuartholme Chapel before partying the night away in the ballroom of Victoria Park Golf Course. You will see from the photos that it was quite a party (although we did expect to see more dancing on tables from some of the guests – they will know who they are).
Hamey & Dan, may your love always be as genuine and grounded as each of you are as individuals. We wish you a life filled with happiness, laughter and crazy people dancing on tables.
Spicers Clovelly is one of those amazing venues that when you see it in pictures you just want to go there. Now. Then, when you get there, it is even more beautiful than you imagined. I wouldn’t have thought it possible but Lucinda & Angus injected even more life into this gorgeous place. Their wedding was nothing short of stunning. With styling by Lovebird Weddings, and flowers by Mondo Floral Designs, this wedding was the epitome of romantic country elegance. Lucinda was glowing in a Vera Wang with the perfect softly romantic updo by Evalyn Parsons. Every time I look at these images I seem to sigh a deep sigh and a little smile appears across my face. Lucinda & Angus, thank you for choosing Studio Impressions to capture the heart and soul of your wedding. It was our pleasure to glimpse into the life you share and for one day, get to feel the love & laughter that fills your world.
I should have shared this wedding months ago. A quintessential Brisbane wedding at St Stephen’s Cathedral and the Stamford Plaza, with a great location shoot around the State Library and GOMA captured perfectly by Aurelie. I love how Brisbane has grown. It can be fun and sophisticated, natural and contemporary, relaxed and yet a little edgy. Kind of like the wedding of Kristen and James. This couple created a wedding that was every bit glamorous but not even a tiny bit pretentious. They were relaxed, fun, and well downright fantastic people. Kristen wore a DARB Couture gown with elegance, and their reception couldn’t have had a better view of the Brisbane river. Top it off with a Julie Whitehead masterpiece for your wedding cake and style it all in white and crystals, and you have a wedding to dream about. But again, as you’ll see from the photos, this wedding was really about the people. There was plenty of laughter and just a few (happy) tears, and so much love and affection that you can feel the warmth in every image that Aurelie has taken. Kristin and James, thanks for choosing Studio Impressions to capture your wedding day. May your life together always be this effortless.
To publicly pledge your commitment to each other, to promise to love and stand by each other whatever life brings, to sign a contract agreeing to share your life going forward – that’s what this whole wedding this is about. It is a BIG deal. I don’t care what anyone says, it takes courage. And that is why when the ceremony is finally over you feel this crazy mixture of joy and relief – like you were just presented with something big and you faced it. That is why I don’t think decorating your a wedding ceremony is a frivolous thing. The way things look, heighten the way they feel and the way we remember them. Your wedding ceremony is something very special and everyone there sharing it with you should feel how special it is from the moment they walk in. So if you want to spend ages choosing just the right candle to light during the ceremony and if you want to go crazy with flowers that smell like the perfume you wore on your very first date – go for it. Make a statement about your love. Mark the importance of this moment in your life any way you want. We have seen some truly beautiful ceremonies over the last 12 months. Here are a few for inspiration.
Introducing Athena, the creative dynamo behind wedding planning & styling company Celebrating in Style.
When I first met Athena she was interviewing me to photograph her wedding and I could tell this was a woman with discerning tastes and an eye for quality and detail. Lucky for me I got the job & I loved every second of photographing the wedding of Athena to Darius. Since then Athena has branched out into her own wedding business and she is taking the industry by storm. This is because not only does she have a distinct sense of style and sophistication, she is hard working, determined and full of enthusiasm. If it can be done, Athena is the kind of person that finds the way to do it. She also comes from a fabulous family and their influence is evident in the warmth and genuineness that you feel when you meet & work with Athena. I don’t think this lady could be nasty if she tried. Celebrating in Style is going from strength to strength styling some of the most stunning weddings and events that Brisbane has seen, so if you want something special for your wedding day or an upcoming special occasion, go and see this lady quickly, because she is going to book up fast!
This week, the wedding of Athena’s sister Elizabeth graces the front cover of Bride to Be Magazine. We were so privileged to be asked to photograph Elizabeth’s wedding too and we know that the love and effort Athena put into styling this wedding is one of the reasons that Bride to Be was so keen to feature it.
Athena, thank you for letting us take your portrait. We hope we have captured the calm, understated and amazing person that you are.