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Some guys are lucky. Really lucky. Not only do they find a gorgeous girl, but they find one that really gets them. Like Melissa gets Ryan. I mean, what groom gets an original hand crafted balsa wood surfboard as his wedding gift from his bride to be? Only a very lucky one. I’ll admit I was a little jealous of Ryan for the rest of the day.
Melissa is one pretty special lady and this turned out to be one of those weddings where I just had a great time. There were a lot of little touches at this wedding that had so much meaning, not so much because they reflected Melissa & Ryan, but because their whole family played a part in making this a special day.
Melissa has a Sri Lankan heritage & so at the reception they danced the Sri Lankan Baila with family & friends. Melissa’s mum and aunt spent months leading up to the wedding preparing traditional rich fruit cake for all 150 guests and wrapping them individually in lace and ribbon. Wow. That’s pretty special. Their friends traveled from all over the world to be there on their wedding day.
My favourite part of the day was when Melissa’s dad saw her for the first time. There was this tender moment. Funnily enough Melissa later told me that it was a special moment for her because, “when I was growing up, my dad’s health was not stable and there were times I didn’t think he would be there with me on my wedding day. Secondly, because reality finally set in that I would soon be marrying the person that I adore.” Turns out Melissa’s Dad had been sick with the same disease my Mum has so I get why she felt this way.
I just love weddings like this with so much meaning in all the little things. It was great.
I know that you’ll want the details, so the getting ready shots were at the Stamford Plaza, the Ceremony at St John’s Cathedral & Reception at Customs House. Location shots were at New Farm park & surrounds & the cars in the shots were from Continental Limousines. Melissa’s dress was by San Patrick from Spain. The stationery & table details by Urban Weddings.
Thanks Melissa & Ryan for sharing some fun, touching & envy creating moments with me. It meant a lot to be your photographer, and I wish you & your family happiness forever.
If you have ever been to our studio, you will have been served a coffee from our favourite place Tognini’s Bistro Cafe Deli, which lucky for us, is also just upstairs from Studio Impressions. We figure, why try & brew our own when the experts are right above our front door. The Tognini family is a very talented one and well known in Brisbane. Mark runs the Tognini’s Bistros and his brother Benni runs the award winning salon Tognini’s Hair Skin & Body in New Farm. Benni & his team are responsible for some of the best hair in Brisbane. And also for mine. So, I couldn’t have been happier to be their chosen photographer when Benni’s son Kristian (also an amazing hairdresser), got married recently. These are creative people and to trust me with their photography, well that’s pretty humbling and just a little daunting. Moira & Kristian are such warm people and their wedding was just brilliant. They are all about family and this wedding was, for me, like being with family.
They got married at St Francis of Assisi in West End and had their reception in a suitably artistic place - Goma. It was a fantastic day with great food and lots of love and laughter. Moira looked amazing in a Karen Willis Holmes dress with flowers by Mardi Dodwell at Fleurus. Of course, her hair was done by Tognini’s Hair Skin & Body with makeup by Lauri Zabell. The food was a feature at this wedding with a cake by Couture Cupcakes and Della Mano Brownies as bonbonnieres. The whole Studio loves Della Mano Brownies and we often give them as gifts to people that we want to thank. If you haven’t tasted one of these brownies, you haven’t lived yet. One of the other things that was great about this wedding was that everything there was not only of the highest quality, almost all of it was produced here in Brisbane. It just shows how much of an amazing creative talent there is across a broad range of industries right here in my home town.
Moira & Kristian, thank you so much for inviting me to be part of such a great night. From me, Penny, Adam & all the team at Studio Impressions, we wish you many many years filled with love and family feasts.
Some weddings just leave you feeling fantastic.
I know this wedding was like that. Adam was the photographer at Gina & Chris’ wedding and he just keeps talking about it. A sure sign that being there made him feel, well, awesome.
It is pretty obvious that Chris & Gina are really loving, energetic, happy people. Genuinely in love. Everyone here in Studio Impressions that has had the pleasure to deal with them personally has said it, and you can just see it in their photos. You can tell they wanted their guests to have fun. Their reception in the Ballroom of Victoria Park was a total party atmosphere. They had so much to keep their guests entertained, a dessert bar and coffee cart complete with Vespa for a great photo op, fireworks, African Drummers and an ABBA tribute band that kept the guests dancing all night long. Jodie from Wedding & Co helped create this party atmosphere while Jason Peppler (of Isis Restaurant and Confit Bistro fame) ensured that the guests were treated to a truly memorable meal. It was finished off with a classically simple wedding cake by Renee Peppler from Confit Bistro. And you can tell their guests loved it.
This is the kind of people Gina & Chris are. They take a day that is supposed to be all about them and focus on giving their guests something special. No wonder they are so obviously loved.
Gina wore a Karen Willis Holmes dress and prepped for her big day at Stamford Plaza. They were married at All Hallows’ chapel and then Adam got some great location shots in an around All Hallows, including some great shots using those Jags from Kenz Classics .
Gina & Chris, from Adam & the rest of us here at Studio Impressions, thanks for choosing to share your celebration with us and may you have so much more to celebrate throughout your married life.
Here is another beautiful wedding from the end of 2011 that I’m only now sharing with you. I have to get faster at this, I know! Cheryl & Tim actually had their wedding planned for 2012, so maybe I’m ahead of the game on this one.
You know how sometimes in life things just don’t go according to plan? Well, I’ve always thought that there are two kinds of people. Those that throw their hands up and give it all up when things don’t go the way they expected, and then there are those that just say “Oh well” and then face challenges head on… They not only adapt, but make it even more special. Cheryl & Tim are those kind of people. When life threw their family a curve ball, they didn’t wonder what to do about their wedding. They just decided what was important and changed their plans. The wedding was brought forward and they adjusted whatever they needed to. And voila! …. A day that little girls dream of. Magic just seemed to flow.
Cheryl got ready with a gorgeous view of the River at the Stamford Plaza and then married Tim with an intimate ceremony at Our Lady of Graces. We then got some fantastic shots that just scream Brisbane to me – everything from New Farm Park to the Story Bridge & the Brisbane skyline, to the great little workers cottages that make the history of this city. In keeping with celebrating the beauty of our little hometown, Cheryl & Tim celebrated their newlywed status at the fantastic Watt Restaurant, right on the river at the Brisbane Powerhouse.
I loved this wedding for its timelessness, simplicity & class. Cheryl made an absolutely stunning bride. A photographer’s dream. We’ve been featuring a lot of bigger weddings on this blog lately. It is nice to share a smaller wedding. It also goes to show that weddings come in all different shapes & sizes – just like the people getting married.
Cheryl & Tim, we are so very glad that we got to share this day with you. It was my privilege to be your photographer. We hope that these images bring back some very special memories for you in years to come.
From some of the trends I’ve seen in weddings I think there might be a misconception that big church weddings aren’t as personal as small gatherings of friends & family at an outdoor ceremony. Here is a wedding that proves that even a grand cathedral wedding can be intimate. I love this wedding. This wedding shows that it doesn’t really matter where you have your ceremony, or what colour theme your choose or styling details you labour over, what makes a wedding truly memorable is the couple. Ronald & Julie exuded warmth and so much love on their wedding day that you couldn’t help but be drawn in. Thank goodness for the photos. Because even though I took the time to notice & photograph all the details of their wedding, I can barely remember what the venue looked like. What I remember most from this wedding is the never ending smiles on their faces, the joy in their eyes & their complete immersion in each other, and how everyone in the room shared those smiles. It just sticks with you.
Ronald & Julie got married at St John’s Cathedral here in Brisbane and had their reception at Goma, where they had also held their traditional tea ceremony before going to the church. While Ronald & Julie were getting ready for the Tea Ceremony, I thought I’d get some detail shots. As I moved the tea pot & cups around a little to get the right shot, Ronald’s Mum approached & chastised me with a tap across the back of the hand explaining these were for the ceremony. Seems she thought I was helping myself to a cup of tea! It was very funny! It was also a great reminder that even though I do this every weekend and I know what I’m doing, the other people in the room don’t & as professional photographers we should always be mindful, respectful & aware of how our actions are interpreted. Poor Ronald & his mum were very embarrassed, but they needn’t have been. I give her full credit for taking care of her son’s day!
As you look through these images you will wonder – “who did her dress?” Vera Wang. “Where was that location shoot?” Cloudland , and ”why on earth are those guys in animal costumes?” It’s a great story. When Ronald proposed he enlisted the help of his closest friends. Ronald & Julie had gone on a ski trip to Japan with some of their close friends when Ronald decided to pop the question. So Julie will never forget, Ronald and his best mates donned animal costumes and choreographed a dance declaring Ronald’s love to Julie & starring his proposal. Julie was never expecting it. Ronald’s marriage proposal had become so legendary among their broader group of friends and family, that he and his mates did an encore performance at the wedding for those that missed it the first time. How good is that? I don’t know many people who have friends that are so true that they would dress up in an animal costume, do a dance in public and keep it secret for days & maybe weeks before, all because they want to see this couple together forever. And then, do it again for MORE people. That is Ronald & Julie. Completely genuine, so much fun and totally meant for each other, and their friends know it.
Thanks Julie & Ronald for sharing your happiness with me. THIS is what weddings are all about.