Archive for May, 2012
Marcus is somewhere in Paris right now in the middle of a busy seminar series and en route to a Tuscan wedding. He asked me to post this because it is just too good to leave until he gets back. He’s right – it is quite special. Actually, it is totally gorgeous!!
This is the wedding of Jane & Ben, just a few weeks ago, photographed jointly by Marcus & Adam. Trudy from Lovebird Weddings helped Jane & Ben plan this divine event at Spicers Clovelly Estate on the Sunshine Coast. Jane’s style was inspired by the wedding of Kate Moss. I think this is better than that. If only I could step straight into those photographs myself….. I should have asked Marcus & Adam if I could carry the bags…..sigh.
I completely love Jane’s simple and elegant look. Her hair was done by Evalyn Parsons & makeup by her good friend Angie. Mondo Floral Designs created her bouquet and the flowers that were everywhere. So romantic. And even though I wasn’t there I have no doubt this was a rockin’ reception because the band they chose was RUSH and they know how to start a party. Impossible to stay in your seat when they are playing.
What I love most though is the bursting-with-excitement look that Ben seems to carry throughout the whole day. And why not wear your happiness on your sleeve? Or on the inside pocket of your jacket as the case may be….
Ben & Jane, on behalf of Marcus, Adam & the rest of the team at Studio Impressions, we wish you a married life as beautiful and happy as your wedding day.
TIme for another great wedding by Adam.
We photograph a lot of Brisbane couples getting married on the Sunshine Coast. Chloe & Jonathan did the opposite. They are a Sunshine Coast couple who chose to have their wedding in beautiful Brisbane. Chloe got dressed with a quintessential view of Brisbane from the Stamford Plaza before leaving for their ceremony at St Andrews Uniting Church. They finished the night with another beautiful river view from Moda Events Portside. Chloe wore a Henry Roth dress and carried flowers by A Sculpted Leaf. The Brow Bar helped to make her even more beautiful than she already was.
The best thing about this wedding though was that it was a real family affair. Chloe’s Mum is an event planner and what better event to plan than your own daughter’s wedding? By planning it together, you know that everything had a personal touch. The ceremony too was special. Jonathan’s Dad is a pastor and had the unique opportunity to be the person that declared them husband and wife. How cool would that be? Getting to marry off your son – literally!
Adam caught all of it in the these fantastic images.
Chloe & Jonathan, thanks for letting Studio Impressions be part of your day. We hope these images always remind you of the love and bond your family obviously shares.
Marcus & I are the parents of premature twins. Our boys were born 2 months early and they did not have an easy start to life. I am forever in wonder of the perfect little crazy, boisterous, brutus, capable human beings that inhabit my house today, 7 years on. The odds said it should not be this good. So, because we know we are lucky, we do our little bit throughout the year to raise money for projects related to newborn babies and perinatal research. Maybe more people will get to have healthy children like ours.
The day our twins were born at the Royal Brisbane & Women’s Hospital I became a “Royal Mum”, one of the thousands of women in the history of Queensland to give birth at “The Royal”. The RBWH Foundation has created a book about Royal Mums documenting the stories of women since the 1930′s that have had babies at their hospital. Volume 2 was launched on Friday with a fabulous morning tea.
We are proud to say that Studio Impressions has been a collaborator on this book. We donated the photography for Volume 1 in 2010, and now we have photographed, Volume 2. This has been an exciting and uplifting project for our little team. We have gotten to meet women of all ages, from all over Queensland and who all have stories that are funny and sad and uplifting and heartwarming. This book is both a story of the experience of women, the creation of generations of Queenslanders, and the story of the history of Brisbane as it describes historic events in our beautiful city through the eyes of new mothers.
Royal Mums: A Collection of Memories Volume 2 is for sale through the RBWH Foundation. All the money goes toward creating a Mother’s Milk Bank which will provide life saving nutrition to newborns when their own mother cannot produce enough.
Here are some behind the scenes from Volume 2. If you like what you see – buy the book - you’ll love what you read and you will help make a difference to the start of someone’s life.
Left Image: Makeup artist extraordinare Kari Chaney who donated all the makeup for our Royal Mums, at work on Royal Mum Kaley. Kaley’s boy, Vincent, was born a premmie.
Right: Marcus at work on the portrait of Royal Mum Angela. Angela was presented with the first release of Volume 2 in honour of her beautiful baby boy Noah who was born on January 23rd 2011 and passed away a few days later. Read more of Angela’s story here and how Noah’s life is making a difference for other little babies.
Below are the Royal Mums portraits appearing in the Book. From top to bottom, left to right: Anna Porfryio, Charmaine Giarratano and baby Brooklyn, Christine Bennett, Muriel Porter, Laura Perkins and Betty Biggers, Angela Perry, Marjorie Bowers, Barbara Underwood and Kaley Butten. Ladies, it was a pleasure to take your portraits. Thank you for being a part of this very special project.
The launch morning tea:
The launch was MC’d by ABC Presenter Jenny Woodward. We also heard from 94 year old Betty Biggers who told the crowd what it was like to have a baby in the early days of the RBWH – when Dads were not allowed in the room, and long before the days of disposable nappies. A neonatal intensive care nurse told us of the daily experience and hundreds of babies every year that will benefit from a milk bank, then CEO of the RBWH Foundation Peter Treseder spoke presented the book to Royal Mum Angela Perry.
If you are looking for a unique Mother’s Day gift guaranteed to make your mum laugh, smile, cry and retell her own story of your start to life – this is a book you HAVE TO GET. PLUS it is only $35! Should I say it again? Do something good today - Buy it now!
I love flowers. Nothing makes me smile like a bunch of fresh flowers on my table, by my bed, or delivered to my door (hint hint). When we planted some gardens recently I wanted plants with flowers. I don’t care if the magnolias attract bees or that I have to scoop frangipanis out of my pool every morning. They smell great and when they are floating on the water I pretend I’m in Bali or Thailand on holidays. If I could get away with it, I would wear fresh flowers in my hair everyday. A flower is a pleasure to the senses. It is beautiful to look at, soft and delicate to hold and the smell will always evoke a memory. Last Friday Marcus arrived home with a bunch of lisianthus. Just because. (OK I hear you groaning & yes it is really really true). At the time our three boys were screaming at each other in a fight, the phone kept ringing, dinner was turning disastrous as I was trying to calm them cook something, fob off ’market researchers’ & send emails all at once. Those flowers came at the perfect time. They made me stop and through all the noise and mess around me, take stock of just how lucky I am. You see, they were purple, my favourite colour. And they were the same flowers that formed part of my bridal bouquet lovingly designed and handmade for me by my sister and two favourite aunts. Marcus had, of course, forgotten all of that. But I hadn’t. In an instant I remembered why family matters and why I married this man all those years ago. The chaos around me suddenly seemed wonderful.
Here are some of the flowers that our brides chose this last year. Perhaps the flowers in these bouquets had meaning for them when they chose them. They will forever have meaning for them now.
I wish I could give you the details of which florists were responsible for these beautiful bouquets, but sadly we don’t have all that info, so if you recognise your fabulous work here, please let us know. If you are looking for a great florist, some of the fantastic ”floral artists” we have worked with over the years include: