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.
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.
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.
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.