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Riverfire, the ultimate celebration of this beautiful city we live in. Brisbane comes alive. Nothing beats it.
The only thing better than standing at the water’s edge, favourite drink in hand, special person by your side, watching the sky light up over the Story Bridge with all your closest mates, is starting your married life this way. A Riverfire wedding is something special. Jacinta and Douglas knew this and took full advantage, creating a wedding day that was nothing short of spectacular.
Given that this year was the “QBE Riverfire”, with the whole shebang sponsored by QBE Insurance, and QBE also happens to be Douglas’ employer, I was expecting that this might be a pretty amazing wedding. I was right.
After their ceremony at the magnificent St Stephen’s Cathedral, Jacinta and Douglas chose the perfect venue for a Riverfire wedding, holding their reception right on the Brisbane River at the stunning Stamford Plaza Hotel.
Jacinta’s dress and headpieces were a perfect mix of classicaly elegant and modern sophistication. I couldn’t help but reflect this in the images by mixing it up with some timeless, classic shots as well as doing something a little more modern in some new locations.
Thanks Jacinta and Douglas for giving me one of the best spots in Brisbane, for watching the QBE Riverfire and seeing the F111s fly our skies for the last time. Most of all, thanks for letting me be part of one of the most beautiful, memorable weddings. What a wonderful way to start your life together!
Wedding guests are welcome to click on the link to view Jacinta & Douglas’ sneak peek slideshow.
I’m not a big football follower. Actually I don’t follow much sport at all anymore – except under 6 soccer. It isn’t because I don’t like my sport. I do. I love a day at the cricket with my mates or heading to a great rugby match. I have a favourite team across all codes of footy, and I used to be a legend amongst my mates on weekends because we once lived in walking distance to Ballymore. But, the last couple of years I have to admit I’ve lost touch. Well, that was pretty obvious at Brigid and Dale’s wedding recently.
Brigid and Dale had their beautiful, happy wedding at the Novotel Twin Waters Resort. Love it. Been there many times myself and love it. Brigid and Dale got ready though at the Grand Mercure Apartments on the Sunshine Coast. While I was taking photos of Dale and his groomsmen I noticed that the Best Man was having trouble with his belt. Usually this wouldn’t be a problem, but the guys had gone to a lot of trouble with a really stylish outfit suited for a beach wedding. They were all wearing suspenders and no jackets and their belts were all on show. The Best Man’s belt was somehow broken and just didn’t work with suspenders, so I offered him mine. What I didn’t realise at the time was that the Best Man, now wearing my belt, was Rocky Elsom, the captain of the Australian Wallabies team. I thought it was a bit odd when a couple of the kids at Twin Waters came up and asked to have their photos taken with him. He was the Best Man, not the Groom after all. Turns out Dale and Rocky have been best mates since high school.
Despite all this, neither Dale nor Rocky stole the show. The person that really stole everyone’s attention was Brigid. She was beautiful. She lit up the whole venue and made everyone smile.
Now Brigid has her own story. You see she is a bit of a connosieur and was quite particular about the cake. It had to be Julie Whitehead Design, because she loves Julie’s cakes (can you blame her?) and I had to photograph it. Now I always photograph the cake, but on this occassion I think I would have been sent to the scrum opposite Rocky if I hadn’t taken photos of the cake. Not only did Brigid request it, but I got a phone call from Julie and a text reminder from my wife about it also! It was a magnificent cake, that perfectly suited them and their wedding day, and I’m told it tasted even better than it looked. The beautiful big flowers you see on each layer, well they are hand made, edible, chocolate flowers! Pure art.
Brigid and Dale, thank you for making your wedding so much fun – a true reflection of the wonderful people you are. I enjoyed every moment with you.
And Rocky, thanks for sending my belt back mate, but I would have understood if you wanted to keep it as a souvenier!
One of the many things I love about weddings is the characters you meet. Weddings really bring out the best in people. You see people at their happiest and often, at their funniest. Ainsley & Matthew had a classically stylish wedding, traditional in its ceremony, yet FULL of character. Or was that characters.
It all started at Ainsley’s parent’s house where the whole family were clearly having a great time already. I think I became the butt of the jokes as they all took to pulling funny faces during photos. Then I got to the church and the altar boys gave me the same treatment. How can I get annoyed though when everyone was just having a great time. The whole family seemed to just enjoy each other’s company & the good vibe was just infectious. Thankfully, as you will see below, I did get some images without the funny faces. I’ve reserved those for Ainsley & Matthew’s album (now who’s laughing hey?)
I met some great characters at this wedding & had an absolute blast. It was touching & emotional, but most of all this wedding was happy. Thank you Ainsley & Matthew for sharing your day and your fun family & friends with me.
Now for all the details – their ceremony was at the majestic Albert St Uniting Church, followed by Reception at The Strand at Rugby Quay and that simply gorgeous cake was a Julie Whitehead creation.
Best of luck Ainsley & Matthew!
Wedding guests are welcome to click on the link to view Ainsley & Matthew’s sneak peek slideshow.
Wedding guests are welcome to view all images on the online gallery.
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