Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Our Huge Weekend - Wedding Two - Stacey and Chris, 8th May

While Alex was in Brisbane shooting the three day wedding, I was flown to Canberra for the wedding of Stacey and Chris. From the moment I saw Stacey's smiling face at the airport I knew I was going to have a great weekend.

I arrived on the Thursday before her wedding and the first thing we did was head to a shopping center to buy me a decent jacket. Canberra was cold! I was expecting that, but being a Queenslander I don't own a lot of gear that's suited to very chilly temperatures. I found a jacket and Stacey then took me on a bit of a drive around to show me the sites and run a few last minute errands. Stacey talks... a lot. I got to hear all about the plans, the family, her gorgeous dogs Orson and Oi, her shoes, Chris's cufflinks that still hadn't arrived, her flowers... I loved it. Her excitement was contagious and I was just wanting to get into the job of shooting! It was all sounding like Stacey and Chris's day was coming together so perfectly.

That night, Stacey and Chris took me out for Kevin's Chinese - I was a little dubious heading into a place named, "Kevin's" to eat Chinese food but I shouldn't have been worried. I recommend the duck. The dinner was a good chance for me to sit down and chat to Chris and meet him properly and over dinner I got to see such a cute connection between Stacey and Chris and it was really heart warming. It's definitely a dinner I won't forget in a hurry.

The next day was full of errands for Stacey and I accompanied her on the trip (and the cufflinks arrived! Yay!). It was the first chance for me to get a look at the reception venue, Poacher's Pantry. On the drive out there I was getting excited at the gorgeous countryside we were driving through. I knew that I had to find a way to shoot out there because it was so beautiful and the autumn colours were magnificent. That night I dined with Stacey's mother, sister and partner, a couple of their very good friends and of course, Stacey. Another night of meeting wonderful people and having a great time out.

The wedding day started early as I arrived at Stacey's hotel just after breakfast to capture the first of the traditional ceremonies. The mother of the bride brushes the brides hair and prepares her for the day ahead. A short time later the hairdresser and make-up artists arrived and so did Robyn Geering who is a fab Canberra photographer who was helping me out for the day.

There were just so much that happened on this wedding day and amazingly, it all went off without a hitch! There was a Chinese tea ceremony, Stacey and Chris's dogs as ring-bearers, amazing scenery and delicious lighting conditions, an athletic Chinese lion dance, great food and lovely people.

Really, what more can a wedding photographer ask for?

Thank you so much Stacey, Chris and family for making me feel so welcome during my time in Canberra. I had a great time and I loved every minute of my stay and congratulations on your marriage.

Another big thank you to Robyn for heading out with me and doing a stellar job (particularly on all the detail photos) - you rocked it!

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Our Huge Weekend - Wedding One - Abdul Rasheed and Arzina, 6th,7th,8th of May

We are so excited to be blogging the next two weddings as it was a huge weekend for both Alex and myself. I was off to Canberra to shoot a wedding that was including a lot of traditional Chinese ceremonies (will blog this wedding next) and Alex was shooting an Indian wedding over three days.

Abdul Rasheed, Arzina and Arzina's mother first met with Alex last year and they hit it off immediately. Alex was telling me about the meeting and I could see his excitement bubbling over back then. In the lead up to the wedding they had another appointment to discuss the different events happening at the wedding and Alex came home from the studio looking like a kid at a candy store... then he also told me that they were giving him curry for dinner. The way to a man's heart...

Alex enlisted the help of Fiona and Bec over the three days to make sure nothing was missed. With around 200 guests there was certainly lots of action to be captured! The colour and vibrancy of the wedding was truly beautiful and after it was all over, Alex told me about the fabulous people he met and said that it was one of the most warm and welcoming weddings he had ever attended (and he also loved the curry.)

Congratulations to Abdul Rasheed and Arzina on your marriage. We look forward to catching up with you soon.

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Sarah and Josh - 17th April

Sarah and Josh's wedding was one that we had been looking forward to for a while as we love a good Gold Coast wedding, however I was knocked out of commission the day before the wedding and Terence Kearns took my place for the day.

The girls all looked amazing and Sarah was radiant. The boys looked great and had a few laughs caught by the cameras... and the weather; it poured with rain. The trade off for the rain was that there was enough of a break in the weather to head out and get some shots with an amazing and colourful sky as a backdrop.

Congratulations to you Sarah and Josh on your day.

ps - and thank you to Terence for driving Alex home when he was just too sick to drive. You're a champion.

Sarah and Chad - April Fool's Day Wedding

April started off with a bang with the wedding of Sarah and Chad on April 1st. Alex again teamed up with Matt for this wedding and together they worked some magic.

Sarah and Chad live at New Farm and kept their wedding local with the ceremony in New Farm Park and the reception at The Powerhouse. This is definitely a wedding that had smiles all 'round and a whole lot of fun. Sarah and Chad also included a photobooth at the wedding reception for a few extra hijinx (all caught by Alex).

Congratulations Sarah and Chad!

Julie and Duane - 20th March

As much as a big wedding is fun, sometimes the smaller weddings have a wonderful intimacy about them that is just so special to be a part of. Alex and I were lucky enough to photograph Julie and Duane's day - an intimate wedding that was filled with mostly family who had travelled a long way to share their day with them.

It was a very relaxed group and heading out for the location photos was a lot of laughs. Nothing like a bridal party who are happy to ham it up for the cameras.

Thank you for having us as a part of your day and congratualtions on your marriage Julie and Duane.

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Saturday, June 26, 2010

Kylie and Matt - 13th February

In my catch up I got a little bit ahead of myself with the blogging!

Alex and our friend Matt headed out for the wedding of Kylie and Matt up Shorncliffe way. It's not often when you see a bride in red but it sure packs a punch! Kylie looked fantastic in a deep red dress with her maids in white and what a gorgeous day for a wedding.

Congratulations on your marriage Kylie and Matt.

Friday, June 25, 2010

Hayley and Chris - 6th March

So while I was busy shooting a wedding down in Byron Bay, Alex and Serena photographed the wedding of Hayley and Chris out Manly way. The rain poured down for most of the day but the rewards were some awesome skies as a backdrop for some great photos.

We also had to include the photo of where the wedding dress was suspended before the bride stepped into it. A few people have asked, "What's with the ladder?", the answer is that one of the bridesmaids came up with a clever way to hang the dress without it touching the ground. All she needed was a ladder and some rope and it was perfect!

Congratulations to Hayley and Chris. We look forward to catching up with you soon.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Julie and Scott - 6th March

Alex and I split up on the 6th of March to shoot a wedding each. I was lucky to team up with the very talented Caroline from Mihaja Photography for the day and along with Julie and Scott we all had a ball at beautiful Byron Bay.

There was so much attention to detail and the whole day came together beautifully. The best bit was seeing how in love Julie and Scott are. I'd be about to say to them to have a little kiss and a cuddle and they were already there. Truly a case of only having eyes for each other.

Thank you to Julie and Scott for having Caroline and I as a part of your day and I can't wait to catch up with you soon. Congratulations!