Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Natalie and Peter - September 19th, 2009

The wedding of Natalie and Peter was truly a story about good things coming to those who wait. Nat and Pete met at university eleven years ago where Pete was studying medicine and Nat was studying education. After travelling the world together and seeing some amazing sights, they decided to begin their marriage in the same place they began their relationship - Immanuel College at the Universtity of Qld.

The chapel was standing room only, filled to the brim by family, friends and Natalie's year nine students who were thrilled to see their favourite teacher getting married. The walls glowed with vivid colour from the stained glass windows and there were very touching musical performances by talented friends.

As Nat and Pete walked out of the chapel as husband and wife, there was a brilliant, "Simpsons" reference made by having, "Garden of Eden" played on the chapel's organ. It was only fitting seeing as how Natalie and Pete live in the suburb of Springfield.

We all moved into the depths of UQ to take the location photos and ended up finding a few nooks and crannies we hadn't discovered in previous shoots. Natalie, Pete and their attendants, Nat's sister Kelly and Pete's brother Dave, were full of laughs and were great in front of the camera. Very soon it was off to the reception at The Summit Restaurant at Mt Cootha.

This is a wedding we had been looking forward to as it included a slideshow of photos taken on the day to be played at the wedding. We love slideshows as it allows family and friends to see a larger selection of images that they might not otherwise have the chance to see. The feedback from the slideshow was great with lots of very happy guests (and bride and groom) grabbing me and Alex and hugging and kissing us with appreciation.

We both had a great time shooting this wedding and it was nice to feel the love that so many people had for Natalie and Peter.

Nat and Pete, we hope you enjoy this selection of your images. Congratulations and all the best for the future.

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Unique Wedding Competition - How Will You "Pay it Forward"?

To see our new blog that is dedicated solely to this competition; head to savvystudioscompetition.blogspot.com

Remember... It can be sometimes be the small things that make a wedding unique or it can be something totally outrageous. Share all of it and don’t be shy! You just never know...

Hi, and welcome to the “Unique Wedding” competition.

Both Alex and Alicia believe in, “paying it forward”. This means when you receive a kindness, you pass along that kindness to the next person. Alex and Alicia have been showered and humbled by the amazing generosity of many of their friends and family over the last few years that they wanted to take the opportunity to, “pay it forward”, to the next person; and that person could be YOU.

Alicia and Alex have put together the ultimate wedding photography package to give away to one lucky couple, absolutely FREE. The wedding package includes coverage of the bride and groom preparation, ceremony, location photos and full reception coverage by both of them. It also includes a photo slideshow presentation at the wedding reception as well as a 40 side/ 20 page wedding album and the high resolution images on a disc. This is valued at well over $5000.

To be in the running for this fantastic prize, you need to send an email to competition@savvystudios.com.au addressing the following points:
- Your names
- Contact details
- Proposed wedding date
- How you met your partner
- Describe the proposal
- What makes your planned wedding, “unique”?
- How will you, “pay it forward” – if you receive your wedding photography absolutely free, how will you repay that, ‘kindness’ elsewhere?

To be eligible, your proposed wedding date needs to fall between February 1st, 2010 and December 1st 2010.

Entries close 1st December 2009. Ten finalists will be selected and interviewed with a winner being announced on 24th December 2009.

Please share this link around to anyone who you think might be eligible and interested! We can't wait to read your emails and stories and find out about your wedding day and how you will pay it forward.

Good luck!

~ Alicia and Alex

Terms and conditions
* Prize is not redeemable for cash and is not transferable
* Prize is forfeited if the date of the wedding is changed after the winner had been announced.
* Entry is open to any couple intending on having their wedding within Australia.
* If the wedding is held outside of the South East Qld area, the winning couple will be responsible for the travel and accommodation costs for two photographers for at least two nights (night before and night of the wedding).
* For this competition, South East Qld is considered as being anywhere within two hours drive of Brisbane city.
* Any information you submit for this competition may be used on the “Savvy Studios” website, blog or facebook page. * Email, street addresses and other contact details will not be made public or available to a third party at any time and will only be used by, “Savvy Studios” to contact you in regards to this competition.

Kristy and Luke, August 29th 2009

Kristy and Luke So as the girls went off to South Stradbroke Island, the boys, Alex and Matt, went to photograph their groom, Luke, at Bellbird Park and their bride, Kristy, at the Stamford Plaza Hotel in Brisbane city. The boys were in high spirits and the girls looked fantastic however there was a hiccup... the limo was an hour late picking up Kristy!

Everyone soon made their way to Sirromet Winery for an elegant lakeside wedding, albeit a little bit later than planned. The ceremony included a, 'champagne ceremony' for the couple as a part of the proceedings. With limited sunlight the wedding party headed off into the winery grounds for their location photos.

Thanks again to Matt for heading out for the weekend with Alex and congratulations to Kristy and Luke.

Saturday, September 5, 2009

Shannon and Shade, August 29th 2009

August 29th was a busy day for us here at Savvy Studios with two weddings on the books. We were fortunate enough to have the very talented pair of Katie and Matt from Shadowplay come out for the weekend to help us out. It ended up being "Boys vs Girls" with Alex and Matt heading out to Sirromet Winery for a wedding and me and Katie heading to An Island Hideaway on South Stradbroke Island.

The day started out looking a little miserable but by the time we all set out, it had cleared up completely to give us perfect weather... which was great for the island wedding as we all had to travel in water taxis to the venue.

I've never shot at An Island Hideaway before but it is a lovely venue for intimate and casual weddings with a great relaxed feel. The bridal party were well looked after by the lovely venue owner Benny (who was also the boat driver for the girls on the way to the island).

Shannon was dressed by her mother and sister and looked amazing as she was walked down the aisle by her father. Shade has the most radiant smile and he certainly lit up when he saw his bride walking towards him.

Katie and I had a great day shooting together with a few laughs along with the bridal party as you can see in this photo captured by Katie of me showing them a few images in the back of the camera.


A huge thank you goes out to Katie for coming along for the day and capturing some truly amazing photos and and even bigger congratulations to Shannon and Shade on your marriage. All the best for your future together and I hope you enjoy this little sneak peek slideshow.

For more of Shannon and Shade's wedding, click HERE to see Katie's blog post.