Fridays always make me feel like taking off for the weekend to sit by the beach somewhere, sip something cold & just chill for a bit. The downside of my job is that weekends are usually busy so I can’t just disappear. Mostly I see this as an upside except for the odd moment of Fridayitis, because I know there are times when my job gives me the chance to go to places like this.
So, because I’m not taking off to anywhere exotic this afternoon, I think I’ll share a wedding that took me to one of the places I love going to in my head on a Friday – the Whitsunday Islands. This is the beautiful Kate, in her fabulous Darb gown, & her man, Hayden, on their dreamy wedding day at Villa Botanica,
Hope when you look at these images, they take you to places of blue skies, warm sand and big smiles.
Kate & Hayden, thank you for choosing me as your wedding photographer. May your life be filled with happy times and beautiful places.
Yesterday was the birthday of a lovely wedding planner and stylist that we know, Trudy from Lovebird Weddings She celebrated in her usual impeccable style with a stunning outdoor celebration. It made me think of the shoot Aurelie & I did earlier this year styled by Trudy and showcasing the newly renovated Venue: Spicers Tamarind Retreat.
I’ve always been a believer that you need a place to dream. It is good for business and essential for the soul. Before we had children & Penny worked in the studio she was a manager in a rapidly growing highly successful, consultancy firm. This business was run by a small team led by some of the most dynamic, intelligent & hardworking people I know. Every year this little team of decision makers would take two days at what they called their “Tamarind Retreat”. They would stay at Tamarind brainstorming and planning for the business’ future, in a relaxed and creative environment, fueled by the great food Spicer’s served & then relax at night in their own cabins. Partners were always invited. So during the day when Penny was off doing her planning, I would spend the time planning for Studio Impressions in the luxurious confines of my Tamarind Cabin or by the waterfall. At night I would join them for dinner & debrief our ideas together. Those days taught me the importance of time out to dream and to plan, to have a vision for Studio Impressions – that working on my business is as important as working in it. Now, Penny & I still take time out to dream & to plan for Studio Impressions & we still call it our “Tamarind”, even if we are only on our couch. So, when Trudy invited me back to Tamarind to photograph how beautiful this place is for weddings, I could not resist.
An amazing team of wedding suppliers came together to create this look. Here are some of the images that Aurelie & I took with the fantastic models from: Division Models dressed by MXM (bridal gowns) and Wil Valor (suits). The model’s hair was by Jacinta Lennox and make-up by TF Makeup
All the styling was done by the lovely Trudy at Lovebird Weddings who worked with Terrianne at Mondo Floral Designs on the floral arrangements, With Love Stationery & Design for the stationery details and cake by Cake Designs. Spicers Tamarind Restaurant also showed off their amazing talents in the kitchen. Food is after all an essential part of any great event!
More from this fantastic shoot will be featured in the next edition of Sunshine Coast Brides magazine, out in a few weeks. Thanks everyone for your professionalism and creativity on the day. It was amazing to work with you all. Big thanks also to Trudy for taking me back to a place that I love, and unexpectedly reminding me of so much more. Happy Birthday!
With our recent exciting news about Aurelie making the Top 30 Rising Stars of Wedding Photography, I thought you might like to see one of her recent weddings.
This is the gorgeous wedding of Tifani & Reyhan at O’Reilly’s Canungra Valley Vineyards in the Gold Coast Hinterland. Tifani & Reyhan are two of the loveliest people you could meet. They lit up our little studio. It really did feel like they brought a little extra bit of happiness with them whenever they visited. In the lead up to their day, Aurelie often said how much she was looking forward to photographing their wedding. I can see why. Everything about their wedding looked as warm and sincere as they are – even the weather! Aurelie did an amazing job of capturing the feeling of the whole day.
Tifani was gorgeous (as usual) in a dress by The Babushka Ballerina with hair & make-up by Imprezz. I love the bridesmaid’s Zimmerman dress (always partial to the gorgeous fabrics of Zimmerman though). Hyde Roses is responsible for the neat bouquet that held it together in a well contested bouquet toss. That pretty cake is by Ann’s Unique Cakes and the very cool wedding program by Blooming Days.
Tifani & Reyhan thank you for choosing Studio Impressions to share this special day in your lives. We wish you a life filled with even more happiness than you give to others (and that’s a lot!)
The Brisbane Polo Club recently had a Wedding Open Day for prospective brides and grooms. As I was taking pics of this beautiful heritage listed building and all the gorgeous little details it contains, I couldn’t help but think about a wedding Gabe and I captured here recently. Nicole and Adam’s Brisbane wedding was in St Steven’s Cathedral and they held their reception at the Polo Club. This wedding just felt elegant and warm. Actually Nicole and Adam are really warm kind of people, so it was all perfect reflection of them. Here are some of our favourite images from the day.
Adam and Nicole, we were so honoured that you chose Studio Impressions as your wedding photographer. We wish you warmth and happiness always.
Rangefinder Magazine is one of the top magazines for wedding and portrait photographers. It is an honour to get your work in this mag. Every year, Rangefinder searches the globe to discover who they believe are the 30 “rising stars” in wedding photography. These are the people whose names may not yet been known in the photography industry, but they are the people to watch. This year we are so very proud to say that one of the Studio Impressions team has made the list! Congratulations Aurelie!
We have long known the talent of our own Aurelie Beeston and over the last few years we have watched her photography blossom. We have also watched as more and more clients fall in love with not only her work but her personality. She really is fantastic. We couldn’t be more thrilled to see Aurelie identified as one of Rangefinders 30 Rising Stars. Here are some of the images that Rangefinder loved (click here for their gallery), along with some of our favourites. To read more about the Rising stars, click here to go to the magazine.
Well deserved Aurelie!
Shakespeare said it best: “If music be the food of love, play on”.
Rachel and Lai have a life filled with music. They are both singers – AMAZING singers. They both grew up surrounded by music. Now they are both part of the fantastic team at RUSH Entertainment & Events. If you have ever seen RUSH band perform then you will know what I mean when I talk about how good they are. They had a Sunshine Coast wedding at Yandina Station and at the risk of sounding a little schmaltzy their whole day was kind of like a love song. It started out like one of those pared back, simple guitar tunes about falling in love, lifting to a straight out love ballad that fills your soul and finishing with one of those infectious, get-you-on-your-feet-dancing, kind of crazy-in-love songs. Not that songs like that were played all day – Rachel & Lai are cooler than that – but if their love story was a movie you could kind of imagine the backing tracks. This was one of those weddings I love where family and close friends really make it. They all played a part, singing, dancing, playing instruments, and just generally filling the day with so much joy that you couldn’t help but feel happy.
The styling for the day was put together by the ever amazing Carly at CL Weddings & Events, . Planning & coordination was by Main Event Weddings. Their cheese wheel cake was by Farm Gate Cheese and that cool car from PA Transfers.
When Rachel & Lai came to see me with our mutual good friend Leah Rush (of RUSH Entertainment) I couldn’t have been more thrilled to photograph this wedding. Not because Rachel & Lai are pretty good looking people & so were bound to look great in the photos, but because they are such genuine, generous and downright lovely people, and they were having just the kind of wedding I love to photograph – one where the guests and their marriage were the most important thing. I knew this would be an emotional and uplifting day, and it was.
Rachel & Lai, thanks for asking me to photograph your special day. Penny and I wish you happiness always. May you take your marriage advice from Shakespeare and “play on, play on“.