It is past time to share one of my favourite Brisbane weddings. I spend a lot of time photographing really stunning weddings, and I am frequently asked to comment on the most common bridal trends because we photograph so many of them. I loved this wedding for a different reason. Of course it was beautiful, but more than that, this wedding was timeless. Jess and Bruno chose style over trends. They chose substance and meaning and brought depth to their wedding styling. Timeless elegance was evident in everything from what they wore to where they held their reception. I bet if they ever have a granddaughter she will look at the photos of Jess and think that she is the most beautiful bride at the most beautiful wedding she has ever seen, and that will be decades from now. This is the kind of wedding that will never go out of style.
Jess wore a dream Vera Wang, complimented with hair & make-up by Brush & Blush. Not to be outdone, Bruno was classically dressed by Ermenegildo Zegna. They got ready at the Treasury Casino Hotel before heading to their ceremony in the chapel of St Brigid’s and partying the night at Tattersall’s Club. All these buildings are heritage listed icons of Brisbane, steeped in history, full of tradition, created and built by visionaries – places of unrepeatable grandeur. See what I mean? Timeless. But this doesn’t mean it was traditional and boring. Definitely not. Nicole from Stem Designs created an indoor forest with ferns, trees and foliage that complimented the decor of Tattersall’s and gave a natural, earthy feel to the reception. Their reception was all about their family and friends. Jess and Bruno made sure they surrounded themselves with the people that mean so much to them but foregoing the traditional bridal table at the front of the room for a round table amongst their guests. Then they chose a band that will always be remembered for knowing how to get all their guests on the dancefloor – RUSH.
Doesn’t this all say something about Jess & Bruno? They like things to last. Love is not reflected in superficial prettiness. Love is creating something together that will last long after you are around to see what it becomes.
Jess and Bruno, thank you for inviting us to capture this historic moment in your lives. I feel so very privileged to capture these memories for your future. May your love leave a legacy bigger than you imagined.
A Brisbane wedding with a Spanish Columbian twist – this was always going to be an amazing day, with a party that we all wanted to be invited to! The gorgeous Angelica is from Columbia. Her family travelled all the way to Brisbane to see their beautiful girl married to Adam. She showed them some of the best of weddings that Brisbane has to offer, with a ceremony in the grandeur of St Stephen’s Cathedral followed by a reception with one of the best views of the Brisbane River and Story Bridge, at Customs House. It was a stunning celebration of their love set in this beautiful city that we live in. They shared some of the best of Queensland produce for dinner, with a spectacular cake by Julie Whitehead. Not to be outdone, Adam brought a little bit of Angelica’s culture to Brisbane, singing a love song to her in Spanish that brought the entire reception to tears. Fireworks filled the sky, the music started & the dance floor filled to capacity. Aurelie captured the fun and emotion of the whole day just perfectly.
Angelica & Adam, thank you for choosing Studio Impressions to photograph your wedding. May these moments live in your heart forever.
Joel’s sister has been friends with Francoise since they were little. She always thought Francoise would be a good match for her brother. So who better to be maid of honour when the two students of medicine finally tied the knot? These are the kind of love stories that we love!
Francoise is not French but she has a French name courtesy of her Belgium-born father. She married the man she was meant to be with in Villa Botanica – a tropical Whitsunday paradise owned by a man who spent his childhood in France. She also chose a French photographer – the lovely Aurelie Beeston, right here at Studio Impressions. And what a stunning job Aurelie did of capturing this wedding. You just want to step right into the photos and join in on all the colour, texture and emotion of this gorgeous wedding. It is always a good feeling when the stars of the images bother to write and say things like:
“Joel and I have finally had the chance to look through all of the photos and we are just blown away!! They are absolutely phenomonal! We just can’t believe that Aurelie captured absolutely everything, so quietly and so perfectly. She’s somehow captured every emotion we felt through every moment. We are so very thankful that we chose studio impressions and Aurelie.”
We are thankful you chose us too Joel & Francoise, because it was our absolute pleasure to capture a love story like yours. May you always be filled with that much love.
Recently we had the great pleasure of photographing some of Brisbane’s best wedding creatives. From florists to cake designers, to fashion legends, we have captured some of the amazing talent that Brisbane offers anyone planning a wedding. These people are artisans. They hand craft their quality products with detail and most of all with love. Every piece they produce reflects the a little piece of them and a lot about the people they design it for. These are people we love working with because of their consistent quality and dedication to what they do, and because they show the utmost respect for the brides and grooms that choose them.
Each week we plan to feature one of these wedding maestro’s, starting with Nicole from STEM DESIGNS. Nicole is the owner and creative visionary of floral design studio Stem Designs. Her gorgeous blooms are sought after by brides all over. She does way more than bouquets, Nicole crafts floral masterpieces. Extravaganzas in greenery & colour. Nicole brings personality to your wedding. To top it off, she is one of the loveliest people you will ever meet.
So meet Nicole and some of the amazing work of Stem Designs that have featured in the weddings of our clients. If you are looking for a florist, you can contact Nicole by clicking Here. Tell her Studio Impressions sent you!
Oooh it has been way too long since we put up my favourite Inspiration Post – DRESSES (second place is a tie between shoes & grooms). There have been so many luscious make-me-want-to-get-married-again dresses on our Studio Impressions brides in the last 12 months that I cannot believe I’ve left it this long to share some. My favourite thing about 2014 bridal gowns is the variety. Personality has returned to wedding couture and I love it! Lace and long long veils have made a big showing, but otherwise the gowns have been as distinct as the beautiful woman wearing them. Exactly how it should be. The best dresses fit the woman – her body and her soul. I think that is why when you buy a wedding dress, you just KNOW when you’ve found the right one. It brings out your beauty. For that reason we’ve started the post with one of Marcus’ crazy light ray shots (even I wonder how he always gets this light). Somehow, it just feels right today.
Laura in Vera Wang.
Samarra in Steven Khalil.
Jess in Vera Wang.
Sarah in Monique L’huillier.
Susannah in MXM.
Liz in J’Aton.
Nicole in Bertossi Brides.
A few years ago I met a wonderful family when I photographed the wedding of one of their daughters Athena. A few months ago, in the ultimate compliment, I had the absolute honor of being invited to photograph the wedding of Athena’s sister, Elizabeth. I think I would have moved earth to photograph this wedding, not because everything about it was spectacular, but because these are truly genuine, honest, loving people. The kind of people that make you want to be a better person just by being near them. You will see what I mean when you look at these photos. Both Elizabeth & Anthony’s families know how to live life filled with feeling. They laugh easily, cry openly, hold each other tightly and dance with abandon. That people, right there, is what life is about, and is why I love weddings.
Elizabeth and Anthony were married at the Greek Orthodox Community of St George and their reception was at The Greek Club, and it looked amazing! After planning her own breathtaking wedding, Elizabeth’s sister Athena has followed her passion (one of the smartest & bravest things a person can do) and is now styling weddings for others through her company Celebrating in Style. Of course there was no-one that could create a wedding more Elizabeth and Anthony, than Athena & she really did an amazing job. Always Fabulous Flowers added to the feel with stunning floral arrangements and Sweetums created that fabulous cake. One of my favourite moments of the day was watching Anthony totally blown away as Liz entered the room. Her dress was J’Aton Couture. He could not take his eyes off her & you could see him visibly relax, like the missing part of him had finally arrived.
Elizabeth & Anthony, thank you so much for inviting me to share these special moments with you. May every day of your life together be filled with the love of your family and friends, and may every moment together feel like that is exactly how it is meant to be.