Posts tagged GOMA
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.
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.
Aristotle said ” friendship is a single soul dwelling in two bodies”. Maybe he had met Kate and Jackson in an earlier life. I am sure these two were destined to be together and that it was written in the stars somewhere a long time ago. They are just right for each other.
When I photographed their wedding, I felt like I was photographing two close friends. This was a stellar wedding, very unique to the other George family weddings I’ve had the pleasure to document in the past.
That scrumptious cake was from The Welsh Lady.
Kate and Jackson, thank you for choosing me as your photographer. May your love reach further than the stars and last longer than the wisdom of Aristotle.
Adam photographed the classically beautiful wedding of Alison & Richard, so this time I asked him to put together his thoughts on this wedding. Here is what he said……
“When I first met Alison & Richard, I knew straight away that I wanted to be part of their day, they were so clearly in love and truly belonged together. Then they told me about their wedding day plans and I was so happy when they explained the style of day they had in mind. They were having the ceremony at the State Library on the Queensland Terrace, right on the river in Brisbane, followed by the reception on the upper deck of Goma, the Rooftop Terrace. The urban landscape photographer in me was totally excited by what I knew I could capture for them. Then I found out that Brad from Darb Bridal Couture was designing Alison’s gown, and Styled Events and Always Fabulous Flowers were teaming up to handle the event styling, giving everything its finishing touches, along with a cake by the Welsh Lady. I could hardly contain myself! Even the boys were getting into the style of the event and had arranged custom suits from The Cloakroom, to ensure they looked their best. On the day, as Alison was getting ready at the Stamford Plaza, I could see why the boys took it up a notch, because Alison and the girls looked totally stunning! I will admit the boys looked pretty dapper in their suits too. It all looked so great as the bridal party arrived in cars from A Classic Benz that I just couldn’t help but include them in some of the shots.
What followed was such a flawlessly stylish and elegant wedding, with everyone on the day relaxing and immersing themselves in the atmosphere. I guess that’s what happens when you choose such great suppliers to be part of your day, and have a couple who are some of the most loving and caring people I’ve met. Congratulations again Alison & Richard, it was a real priviledge to be chosen to capture your day, I know your future together will be as remarkable as your wedding was. “ Adam.
Wedding guests are welcome to click on the link to view Alison & Richard’s sneak peek slideshow.
Wedding guests are welcome to view all images on the online gallery.
(Slideshow and gallery are password protected. Please contact Alison & Richard for access.)
A love story unfolded before me at Sarah and Budhi’s Brisbane wedding.
If only I could have recorded all the sounds of the “oohs and aahs” during the ceremony, all the laughter during the reception and even the silence when the veil was being placed in position before walking down the aisle. This day had everything a true love story has to offer.
Love was abound on this amazing day.
All the little details
Getting ready: Emporium Hotel
Ceremony location: Maiwar Green – Goma
Reception Venue: GOMA _ The Queensland Gallery of Modern Art
Wedding planner: Danielle Manning of White + White weddings
Styling: Jodie W.Edding & Co
Flower designer: Habitat Flowers
Cake designer: Ideas in icing
Dress designer: Darb Bridal Couture
Wedding guests are welcome to click on the link to view Sarah & Budhi’s sneak peek slideshow.
Wedding guests are invited to view all images on the online gallery.
(Slideshow and Gallery are password protected. Please contact Sarah & Budhi for access.)