Wednesday, December 10, 2008

The Wedding of Renee and Tarek, 6th December 2008

The 6th of December has been eagerley anticipated by us as it wasn't just the last wedding for 2008, but also one of the more unique events. Renee and Tarek themed the wedding around having an old fashioned good time and this is exactly what they had!

We arrived at Conrad Jupiters to shoot Tarek and his groomsman up in their suite on the 20th floor. We entered the room to see some amazing views to the world outside and inside; a table covered in imported and expensive bottles of cognac, champagne and scotch. It was a lighthearted yet busy morning with the boys with the outgoing Tarek starting to feel the nerves as time moved along. We stayed with the boys a short time then headed to Renee's room for a while to leave the boys to relax without cameras around.

Renee and her bridesmaid, Mel, were in high spirits and full of laughs. Renee was having the finishing touches applied to her make-up and hair with Mel on-hand looking after her every need (just the way a great maid should.) Mel ducked into the bedroom to get the dress ready for Renee and returned with one of the most gorgeous 'bling' dresses we have seen in some time. The dress was from Darb Bridal Couture and it was like a dress you would imagine from a fairytale and so delicately adorned with crystals throughout. It was simply stunning and perfect for the day that Renee had planned.

Alex returned to the boys to get all their last minute photos and I drove on ahead to The Villa awaiting the arrival of the girls who were coming in by helicopter (and lucky Alex shared the ride with them.)

The groom arrived at the venue by limo and had a few moments to relax with friends and family before the arrival of his bride. Everyone kept watch in the distance for the approaching helicopter and when it came into view there was a little bit of excitement in the air. Renee and Mel emerged from the helicopter looking like stars and they were whisked away by golf buggy to make final preparations before walking down the aisle.

The ceremony was short and sweet but contained many laughs and light hearted moments one of which was supplied by an overeager groom who grabbed his beautiful bride and laid a kiss on her before the formalities were dealt with. When it came time for the real thing, practice obviously made for perfection and a cheer went up among family and friends.

Whilst guests mingled on the lawn, Tarek and Renee were whisked away for a quick series of photos before joining their guests in an amazingly 80's nightclub themed room to party the night away. Later in the evening, we presented a photo slide show of the day of which the photos below are only a small selection.

Tarek and Renee, we'd like to thank you both for allowing us to be a part of your day and we both had an absolute blast! It was a fantastic way to finish off a year of weddings. Congratulations to you both and we wish you all the best for the future.

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

The Wedding of Louise and Craig, 29th November.

Louise and Craig originally hail from England so their friends and family travelled from far and wide to be a part of their day... and what a day it was with some wild weather thrown in for good measure as a fitting introduction to Queensland's unpredictable summer.

Both the bride and groom took the opportunity to use the facilities that, The Villa, at Nerang has to offer and made use of the well outfitted dressing rooms to get ready for the day ahead. Louise had chosen a very elegant dress for the occasion and it was admired by many. Craig and the boys were in good spirits and we headed to the lounge to shoot some images around the pool table and then headed outside into the steamy afternoon heat for a few more shots in and around the golf course.

The weather itself posed a few issues. The day started out clear, hot and muggy but with just 15 minutes to go before the ceremony (that was planned outdoors) a storm rapidly blew in over the hinterland. The wonderful staff at The Villa worked fast to move all the furnishings inside for an indoor ceremony. The ceremony went ahead a short time later indoors and it may not have been what the bride and groom had planned for but it was still a lovely and intimate affair and the staff were brilliant in setting it up so fast.

By the time the ceremony was over, the weather had cleared enough to venture out and shoot some location photos outdoors dodging random raindrops. Even with the weather trying to wash out their plans, Louise and Craig made it through the day unscathed and with smiles on their faces.

Congratulations, Louise and Craig, on your marriage and may the future bring you much joy and happiness.

Big News here at Savvy Studios

Yesterday afternoon while I was cuddling one of our sons, Alex got down on bended knee and proposed to me. It took a while for the 'yes' to come out (due to shock) but I got there in the end and I am now very happy to announce that we are engaged to be married.

So naturally the first question that people asked us wasn't, "when's the wedding?", it was, "so who is taking the photos?". At the moment we have no idea as we have a few extremely talented friends whose images we love and we need to work out what the heck we are doing!

However for the girls that seem to read this blog religously, I'll keep you updated. Photographers are one of the few people that see wedding days through from the very beginning to the very end so we keep a few ideas up our sleeves from each wedding we go to. I guess this means you will actually get to see who our recommended suppliers are in reality!

At this point I can safely say that I already have my lovely maid of honour who is also the most incredible make-up artist in the freaking universe. Paula from Humankind who I was fortunate enough to befriend back in 2002 through the industry (I was blown away with the work that she did and ended up talking to her about it and then that turned into, 'let's catch up later' and now she is my best friend in the world.) Love you Paula and I was over the moon when you said yes to being by my side.

As to the question of, "when's the wedding?", we should have an answer for that very soon. I'll keep you posted.