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.
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!