Posts tagged St John’s Cathedral
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.
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.
Wedding season this year has seen the whole studio busy. Lately my posts have been mostly couples that I have photographed, but Adam too has been booked out with really beautiful weddings this year. I’ve managed to grab a few that blew me away to post over the next few days. Here is the first….the deeply meaningful wedding of Kinga and Nigel.
You know the old saying….”they make music together”. This is the phrase that came to mind when Adam told me the story of Kinga and Nigel that goes with these images. Everything about this wedding was significant. I LOVE weddings like this. Where all the details are not driven by current trends or by any sense of “what you are supposed to have or do”. Instead the details reflect things that are personally meaningful to them. Deeply meaningful. The whole wedding ends up being a reflection of not just their love for each other, but also a celebration of their family history, their individuality, and the new family bond they are now creating.
Kinga and Nigel got married in St John’s Cathedral. They chose this magnificent church because Nigel’s Grandad worked as an architect on the construction of St John’s. He was responsible for designing the ornate wood carvings that you find inside the cathedral. How special that this is where Nigel pledged his love and commitment to Kinga.
Kinga’s Dad is a classical composer. Kinga walked down the aisle to music composed especially for her, by her father, played by musicians that were also friends. Kinga’s dress was designed by the very popular Pina Fiorenza, but as Pina is a family friend, Kinga’s dress was made with even more love and care than Pina’s usual designs. Pina was on hand at the Stamford Plaza to help Kinga get ready, also doing her makeup for the day. This would be a dress to keep and hand down to your daughter. Kinga’s flowers were by Shirley Baggaley. Their reception was lunch at The Queensland Club where Nigel’s father is a member. Fine food and fabulous jazz, family, friends and lots and lots of love.
Kinga and Nigel, from all of us at Studio Impressions (and especially from Adam), we hope your lives together are forever full of as much love and meaning as on your wedding day.
Wedding guests are welcome to click on the link to view Kinga & Nigel’s sneak peek slideshow.
Wedding guests are welcome to view all images on the online gallery.
(Slideshow and gallery are password protected. Please contact Kinga & Nigel for access).
Fashion and fine food. A marriage made in heaven. Just like Claire and Tom.
Claire is a woman with style. The daughter of Maryon from Maryon’s Shoes fame, she has been raised with fashion in her blood. So who else would be her dress designer than Vera Wang? And the shoes….timeless classics from RODO. Stunning. But then I think Claire would probably look stunning in tracksuit pants. Tom never stood a chance.
Now…the food…..after the ceremony, Claire and Tom celebrated with an intimate reception at Restaurant Two. If you have ever eaten at Restaurant Two, you know how good this place is. The food was impeccable (as always) thanks to the magic of David Pugh, and the veuve flowed throughout the night.
Claire and Tom, thank you for inviting Studio Impressions to be part of your day. I hope every day of your marriage is a beautiful as your wedding day was.
Wedding guests are welcome to click on the link to view Claire & Tom’s sneak peek slideshow.
Wedding guests are welcome to view all images on the online gallery.
(Slideshow and gallery are password protected. Please contact Claire & Tom for access.)