How to be comfortable in front of the camera



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When it comes to being comfortable in front of the camera there is no ‘one way fits all’, and when it comes to one of the most memorable days of your life being documented, I know just as much as you do that you want to look and feel comfortable in these wedding photos  you will cherish forever. 

Feather and Finch is certainly not your standard cookie-cutter wedding photography. I will not be there to tell you when to dip, kiss, laugh or smile; I’ll be there to capture the raw moments as they unfold. As the tears flow with emotion and laughter erupts in the wildest of moments. My wedding photography is based around the stories of your life and love, ensuring my craft is created within your vision the whole time. But how do we get to this stage of being comfortable with one another and making sure the awkwardness stays between that moment of silence when the celebrant asks if anyone objects to your marriage!?

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It is my priority to make sure that you are feeling at ease with my presence, and to do that we break down the barrier of vendor/client and become more like friends. I’d like to think I am a very approachable person and always like to begin our journey towards your wedding day with a video call, here we get to know each other, chat and I can answer any underlying questions you have around what I do and what I can do for you. If you’re local to the Gold Coast get ready for some outings! Before your wedding day we will catch up multiple times and not just for a coffee (that is certainly on the agenda though!). We can spend as little or as much time together as you like as I begin to learn your story through experiences with you. We have a Gold Coast Studio that you’re more than welcome to come to, a world of knowledge to share and the option of having an engagement shoot prior (which I highly recommend)  to let all those pre-wedding photography jitters out and to see how cruisy and relaxed it truly can be. 

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While most of your nerves have faded by now, when your wedding day rolls around it is still my forefront to make capturing these special moments seamless and effortless. I will be completely transparent in saying that I certainly won’t be your ‘director’ for the day but will make sure the love I have learnt from each of you is captured real and authentically and if that means suggesting we go dancing in a field or climbing a mountain, you could just be up for a little adventure – but I promise you it will be worth it. 

Where to get married on the Gold Coast

Where to get married on the Gold Coast

In a world where locations are endless and views are plentiful, why should you choose to get married in the Gold Coast? Besides the ever glow of its candy coloured sunset, the stretch of golden sands and the tranquility of its nearby hinterland, the Sunshine State really does take wedding goals to a whole new level by enriching its bride and grooms with an array of magical vendors that are here to make your wedding experience a nostalgic notion you’ll be able to relive forever. 

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As a Gold Coast Wedding Photographer I am lucky enough to delve into the world of two lovers and get to know them on a really personal level. I would certainly have to say that getting to know each couple and their individualty is one the most incredible parts of this job. Being immersed in the Gold Coast wedding world I have been able to learn the who, what, when , where and whys of wedding vendors to suit each couple. The Gold Coast is full of passionate individuals that love what they do. Being part of a wedding is so much more than a 'job', but to each of us a whole-hearted devotion. From Doughnut Walls, Photo Booths and Firework displays, the people that piece together your wedding will be fuelled with burning desire to help create pure magic for your day of love. 


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Next time you're chatting with your Gold Coast wedding team ask them what they have to offer, and better yet, who they know! What have you got to loose? These guys and girls have met the people and worked the floor (and packed it away). Their creativity is buzzing and who knows, you could end up falling in love with an idea your sweat-pant-friday-night-wine-night-self couldn't even find on Pinterest! 

The Gold Coast wedding options are honestly limitless. Take it all in, be yourself and create an authentic wedding in one of the most beautiful places in the world. 




Gold Coast Engagement Shoot locations

Gold Coast Engagement Shoot locations


You’ve got the ring and chosen your date. Your venue is secured and your Photographer is booked, now the countdown to your modelling debut begins; and what better way to learn that this type of ‘modelling’ is in fact not that at all, well engage your photographer of course! And by that I don’t mean propose, but get a coffee, putting those nerves at ease with a chat and get in front of the lens with some engagement photoshoot fun! You will be so surprised at how incredibly amazing you two look when you’re relaxed, comfortable and hanging out with your best friend while someone takes a few shots, cause basically that happens. 

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  • Create a little contrast

The best part about any Gold Coast engagement shoot is that your options are literally limitless. You can literally e in the mountains or beach side within 20 mins so the choice is really up to you. Just a little food for thought, why not mix it up and go the opposite to what you have planned for your wedding day in the Gold Coast. Hinterland wedding, head to the sandy shores. Beachside ceremony, run for the hills!

  • You and me, by the sea

Breathe in the fresh air and feel the sand between your toes. Is the sea somewhere your destined to be? A golden sunrise or a candied coloured sunset, this alone is a setting for romance, add in you two lovers and BAM, an engagement shoot dream in a place you feel free to roam. 

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  • Head for the hills

Take a walk on the wild-side and let the beauty of nature’s finest be your backdrop for love. While the Gold coast in famous for its stretch of beaches, the hinterland is becoming more and more appealing for couples to explore for their engagement shoot. Tall trees and textures galore, it’s the perfect place to create a million more memories. 

  • Back to where is all began 

Reignite all those loved up feels and relish in the nostalgic notions as you wander through the place it all began. Where is that special place that makes your heart feel giddy when you think of it, the place that makes the tiny little hairs on your arms prick up when you remember how you felt the last time you were there together? Yep, that’s the place. 

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  • Home is where the heart is.

Sometimes there is no better place than in a space you feel most comfortable. That comfy lounge, your adorable puppy and hey, if it’s just Finny the fish, that’s cool too!  While it is nice to get out and about, the stories within these walls will be tales you’ll tell for a lifetime, why not have the pictures within your most cherished surrounding to go with it?

Quirky perks that will get your wedding guests talking. 

Quirky perks that will get your wedding guests talking. 

Everyone wants a wedding to remember; a night that razzle and dazzles and a day that shines bright right through too night. But when you feel like you’ve been to a wedding every weekend that consists of the same alternate-drop menu, dances to the same beat of Grease Lightening and you’ve sunk your sweet tooth into the same flavoured fruit cake, there is reason you might want to spice things up a little

With every tradition comes a little evolution, and with that we know just a few quirky perks to get your guests talking about a night to remember.

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  • Ditch the bar, bring in the bus!

That’s a booze bus we are talking about, and one that serves the beer! Take the formalities out of the drink station and bring in the good vibes with a caravan bar. If espresso martinis on tap or froze slushies’ are more up your alley get the cool drinks flowing with a touch of spice and whole lot of styling fun. 

  • May the odds be ever in your favour…

Really want to ramp up the chatter and mingling between guests? Download the Random Seat allocator. Yep, you read it correctly, have your MC allocate each guest to a table as they arrive and have let the dynamic speak for itself. Aunty Robyn sitting with your high school bestie? Who knows, they could more in common than you think! 

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  • Enlist your Grandmothers as your Flower Girls

They have waited for this day longer than you have dreamed of it, having these two hearts a part of your day will be truly an honour, a special touch to add to an already intimate and magical celebration. 

  • Destination Unknown

Give your guests something to talk about by giving them nothing at all. Have your guests ready for the wedding of a lifetime and celebrate your love with a destination reveal at the very last minute. In an area they may know well, they’ll have no idea where they are about to venture when they jump on the love-bus and head to your wedding ceremony.  

  • DIY Dinner Station

There is something fun about a deconstructed coffee or a taco you get to make yourself, so why not bring it the party? We have seen it all, DIY hot dog stands, personalised Paellas, even  a set up for decorate your own cupcake. The best celebrations of love are those done with full hearts and full tummies, so get your guests involved and have them remember the good times shared with beautiful people and delicious food. 

So I don’t know, but we think 2019 is the year to shake up the wedding, let your inner creative shine. Get amongst the goodness and enjoy your wedding celebration with a little extra fun. 

Top 10 Wedding Hacks

Top 10 Wedding Hacks

There is a lot to be said for the tiny details that you can get yourself into when you’re organising your wedding. What can seem like the most simple task can become quite controversial and just when you think you have it all planned out there are always a few sneaky things that can pop up to surprise you. Hindsight really is a wonderful thing, and we have the top 10 wedding hacks to make sure your covered from head to toe on your wedding day. 

  1. Avoid the Plague..

Or the seating chart conversation that comes with it! Instead of allocating seats for each individual person just allocate table numbers, each person can then decide who they sit next to on the table.

2. Feet for Thought

Head to the chemist for some numbing cream before walking in those brand new wedding day heels. Apply a little to the points of your feet where your shoes apply pressure to avoid the unnecessary pain – um, yes! 

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3. Save the Cake and Send in the Corn-Dogs

As the night comes to an end fill up your guests with a batch of warm hearty food. Who can resist a little bar-like food after a few beverages! We promise they will thank you in the morning! 

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4. Alas, 27 Dresses

If the budget it getting tighter and your bridesmaids dresses are seeming a little out of reach, try renting them! Bang for your buck, quality acquired and a penny saver to say the least! 

5. Touch-up Stash

Get your bridesmaids to stash your bag of touch-ups at your Bridal table before you arrive! When you get back from your photos you can freshen up right away before the dance floor party begins.

6. Lunch-time, Munch-time

The excitement takes over in the morning and the dance floor takes over in the evening; but you need to remember to eat! Have the caterer pack you a lunch on the go to take to your photos. You can have share your first meal as husband and wife as you dance among the trees. 

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7. Bugs Away!

If you’re an outdoorsy kind of love, spray the legs of your chairs with bug repellent prior to the wedding reception to stop those creepy-crawlys from scurrying up your legs mid speech

8. Let It Linger

Before you spray your perfume apply Vaseline to the areas you’ll spray. The petroleum jelly will ensure the scent will stick a whole lot longer.  

9. Wild Weather 

Have that veil sitting pretty throughout the duration of your day with veil weights – yes they are a real thing and YES they work wonders! What better way to ensure wedding hair perfection! 

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10. Bouquet Toss

The lucky lady who catches your bouquet will be wanting to keep those memories for a lifetime! Save yourself some $$ and get yourself a fake floral bouquet from your local discount store – you don’t really want to toss away that beautiful arrangement of your own do you1?

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There you have it, whether you’re a bridezilla or a chiller, there are a few tricks for you to ensure a smooth wedding day with no hidden agendas! 

Should We Book a Wedding Cinematographer?

Should We Book a Wedding Cinematographer?

Before I even get started on the details, the answer to this question is a BIG yes! Cinematography and Photography work hand in hand, they are so similar yet capture completely different elements of your wedding day, and when working closely together are the ultimate recipe for wedding perfection.

When you look back on your wedding day you want to remember and relive every tiny detail. It may be the way the wind swept your hair, how loud you were laughing or the way he looked at you when you first walked down the aisle. By having a team of creatives that know how to work together to capture all of the above (and more) you’ll be set to ignite those emotions every day for the rest of your life! 

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Imagine a time when you sit back together and reminisce on the beginning of your marriage, when your heels are swapped for slippers and your hair from blonde to ash. Imagine hearing the vows you had promised one another in real time, in real words, in a voice that may now be broken or frail. You will hear the sounds of loud cheers, laughter from a loved one and relive words that were spoken ever so beautifully from family and friends about your love.  

You may be thinking ‘why both?’, it’s simple. Wedding photography is about capturing a moment in time, an essence of your love story and a piece of art made up of all the elements of your love. Photography is about reliving a notion that is still, it’s one split second that you’ll have forever, imbedded your hands and heart. Wedding Cinematography is the essence of your love story as a whole, a progression of your wedding day with elements that are brought to life through film, style and sound. It’s a journey like no other, it’s YOUR journey. A whole production of what your love stands for and the day in which you became one. 

Cinematography can sometimes be seen as a luxury, a ‘maybe if there is room in the budget’. Let’s be real. Not many people will remember the colour of your linen washed table cloths or the million dollar extras that are put before budgets of photography and cinematography, but this is YOUR day, and you’ll want to remember in every way shape and form for the rest of your life. This day is about your love, and THAT is exactly what a creative team of cinematographers and photographers will capture. 

When do I get to see my wedding pictures?

When do I get to see my wedding pictures?

After your wedding day most vendors are all finished up; they pack down their settings, scrape their plates and turn the music off; but luckily for photographers that is not the case. Long before and after your wedding our creative mind is processing and thinking about your wedding photos; where to take them, how to compose them and how to best portray that honest love through each individual image. 

While your day itself was where your magic unfolded, it is here after that ours continues.

Feather and Finch endeavour to get your wedding images to you as quickly as possible, however, like any craftsman will tell you, you cannot rush art! Within 4-6 weeks you will be reliving that beautiful day all over again and I can’t wait to share it with you – but you may get a sneaky little still or two to keep you going in the meantime! 

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My passion is to give you the highest quality of images in their purest form. Unlike that awesome DJ that can turn down his music with the flick of a switch, I need a little time to individually select the best captures and edit them to ensure all of your unique love is at the forefront of what I deliver.  

Once they have been complete, we will organise an in-studio catch up (if you’re available) where you can see your love on the big screen. Alternatively we will send your package to you so you can look on together and share the memories that will last a lifetime together forever. 

Ryan





Why an Elopement maybe the answer!

Why an Elopement maybe the answer!


It is becoming more and more common for two strong hearts to slip away under the sun and vow their love to each other forever and ever in enchanted forests and deserted islands; sounds romantic right? Like something out of a Hollywood film! Your love doesn’t always have to be announced to the world with all the bits and bobs, but instead it could begin with a foundation of forever that’s instilled through intimate moments with the one who matters most; then maybe, just maybe, a little celebration with your nearest and dearest to commemorate such an incredible milestone. 

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It is easy to get caught up in everything weddings, there is so much to see, book and buy, but when it all boils down it is all about the beginning of a new journey. 

Capturing that essence is what I love to do. The moments in time that you will never get back yet want to relive forever and ever. Imagine planning your day exactly how you wanted, for just the two of you! 

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So, what’s so special about elopements? 


  • You get your lover all to yourself!

There is no sharing amongst the guests, no loosing each other in a crowd and no morning apart; it’s the best day of your life, enjoy it side by side!

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  • You can indulge a little!

All those tiny extras are gone, you’ve stripped to the basics so go on, indulge a little. Go a little further for your location, get the dress you’ve always wanted, go for a longer honeymoon or book the vendors you’ve dreamed of! Or do the opposite, save a little (or a lot) of cash! 

  • We get the real and the RAW

There is no pressure, so stress and no one watching. It’s just you two running wild with your love and me socking up the moments and indulging in the picturesque surroundings.

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  • Pick exactly where you want!

No need to worry if no one else can make it, afford it or desire to be in that location. We could galivanting out way through Moroccan landscapes, sailing away through the Maldives on sunset or glamping in the rainforests of Northern Queensland; all that matters is you get to be married!!

I could go on and on about how incredible an elopement is; from the moments you’ll remember to the ones you’ll relive, sometimes a day alone away from the world is just the perfect way to start a beautiful beginning. 

Which florals for which season?

Flower lovers, take note!

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You may have your heart set on those freshly bloomed peonies, or that summery scent of frangipani for your special, but not all florals are available throughout the year. While some of the flowers you like may be available to be imported why not chat to your local florist to see what is in season to save yourself some cold hard cash and still be dripping in the finest floral haven.  

Flowers (as you’d know) can play a huge role in the styling of your wedding day. The simple yet oh so effective additions of native greenery adds vibes of that rustic love, pops of red melt hearts being traditional colour of love, while soft pinks and pastel tones add a splash of those romantic feels and white , of course, bursts with minimalism perfection! 

But how do you know what’s in season when you’re planning so far ahead? Here are the top three florals for each season!

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Summer:

Hydrangeas simple and delicate, these are the perfect addition when you have forgotten your something blue.

Kangaroo Paw – Bright red Australian Native for those outback inspired bouquets!

Zinnias These are the best way to add a pop of colour; bright bold and beautiful they are the perfect piece to your popping summer bouquet.

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Autumn:

Gardenias – A bridal fave, these beauties are a white perfection; soft, romantic and sit beautifully amongst a handful of foliage.

Magnolias – Delicate, delightful and a feature flower to say the least! 

Austin Roses – Dense petals that are thick and full of that gorgeous rosy smell! They look as thick as fairy floss and colours  range from light soft pink to deep burgundy, looking as beautiful as they smell!

Winter:

Star of Bethlehem’s – Bunch these together and bam, your perfect white posy! 

Poppies – Delicate and red, these little addition certainly stand out in a crowd.

Oriental Lily – This beauty is believed to have links to the Goddess of Love!

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Spring:

Blossoms –  spring is In the air when these delicate beauties come out! The definition of ‘pretty in pink’.

Orchids – A delicate row of rising florals, these create dynamic and depth in every bouquet!

Peonies – A favourite among brides, these soft yet dense romantic flowers are as full of petals as hearts are with love and their colours have you melting with wedding bliss!

 

Minimalist Wedding

Are these on the to-do list for your minimalist wedding?

It is becoming more and more ‘on trend’ to cut down with the little nitty grittys that can send you crazy when planning your wedding and get stuck in to all the good stuff that this day truly brings; the love, peeps and vibes. 

Brides are cutting down on favours, hessian table runners and over the top cakes and settling in with keepsake polaroids, bareback tables and towers of cheese for all of their guests to enjoy; cutting down on costs, details and keeping it fresh bright and simple with a splash of that Scandinavian vibe.

We all go weak at the knees for a white-walled church or a simple silk gown fitted to perfection with less florals in hand and more hanging from the sky; but how do you cut down on all the things that are so easy to get caught up in? There are lists of people, things, places, vendors lying around but if you’re wanting to venture down the minimalist path you need to cut it all out and go back to basics!

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1. White and Light. 

There can never be enough white. Its bright, bold and allows all those tiny pops of colour really stand out and become a feature all on their own. It really soaks up those Santorini dreams making you feel all island like right here in the beautiful Aus. 

2. Declutter.

Your decorations AND guests. What influence have they had on your life and love? It’s time to do a little culling. Do you need the extra candlestick, the long lost friend? Stick to the things and people that stand out! 

3. Structure and lines. 

The key to any Scandi styling is all in the lines. Simple, effective and a whole lot of wow. Try using simple furniture or an arbour that has a whole lot of nothing – seems weird right, but picture this; an all-white warehouse, concrete floors with an ailse lined in greenery and railway sleeper benches full of excited loved ones. You, your husband and an arbour of house-shaped timber surrounded by candles galore – dreamy as ever!

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4. Tones and Textures. 

If you’re thinking minimal might be a little too stale, use all those natural textures to ‘warm’ things up. Linen table clothes, silk gowns, barely there naked iced cakes will make all the difference or add a few more candles to bring that romantic vibe back into play.

5. Bridal Glow

That is all you need! Don’t get too caught up in hairstyles, looks and extravagant details things that you will look back on (like we sometimes do our parents wedding pics) and think whyyyy! Elegant, sleek and simple. Glowing skin, lashes, gloss, and bam – you’re on! 

6. Pick the Best of the Best

Just because you read you have to every vendor under the sun doesn’t mean you have to! Pick the things you want to have forever, the things you will remember from your magical wedding day.  Don’t get caught up in the tiny details, or leave it to the professionals – concentrate on enjoying the days leading up to your wedding day. 

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Wedding Day Hair and Makeup Tips and Tricks

Wedding Day Hair and Makeup Tips and Tricks

When it comes to hair and makeup for your special day it can often be left until the last minute or totally forgotten about as the excitement of table arrangements and font styles take over in full deco swing. While yes, these things are very important, so is your hair and makeup. I am not saying this to be superficial or that you have to look a certain way, but YOU will be in more of your wedding pictures than your perfectly crafted doughnut sign (even though doughnuts are perfect in every single way). I have teamed up with a great friend and professional hair and makeup artist to give you some top tips when thinking about hair and makeup for your wedding day.

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  1. Like most of your top priority wedding vendors, hair and makeup artists can book out well over a year in advance. If you have been scouting Facebook, Pinterest or Instagram and have your eye on someone in particular, get in touch sooner rather than later!
     
  2. Pinterest is a wonderful thing; all praise the Pinterest angels! Take pictures and pin a million things you love; it doesn’t have to be the exact style, but your artist will get a better understanding of what your trying to explain – they say a picture tells a thousand words right? It can be hard explaining some of those intricate styles.
     
  3. There is such thing as an ‘undone-done’ look; people often think they are going crazy when they ask for this, but it is a thing and a VERY popular one at that. Many brides want to look like themselves ‘just a little more glam’ for their special day and this is the perfect way!
     
  4. The camera will soften a few layers. TRUE! I wouldn’t hold this as an excuse to go the full shebang if makeup isn’t your thing, but keep in mind a little will soften behind the lens – a little extra blush ain’t gonna hurt nobody!
     
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5. To lash or not to lash – it is always the question! Individual lashes will give you a more natural look and can be placed just on the outside to brighten up those eyes while strip lashes will do the same with a little bit more volume. (P.s always get your artist to check your not allergic to the glue, you don’t want puffy eyes on your wedding day before the crying starts!)
 

6. Light and dark coloured hair will look different when styled! Intricate hairstyles on dark hair can sometimes get lost when the colour is solid while the blonde is more prominent. When you go on your pinning rampage, make sure your looking at pictures with similar hair tones to yours so you can see what it will actually look like. 
 

7. Always have a trial!! There are so so so many reason for this; meet the person you are spending your morning with, make sure you feel comfortabl, excited and calm with them. Ensure you don’t react to any of the makeup, try different styles so you can put any second guessing to rest, and most importantly make sure your 100% happy!! 

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10 Quirky Wedding Ideas

Alright, here is the truth. The things I get to see and experience at a wedding are pretty amazing. There are cultural traditions, special announcements and even some pretty crazy guests; but truth be told, being a wedding photographer (and one who isn’t afraid of a little ‘out of ordinary’), I’m also enlightened with the weird, whacky and the (crazily) wonderful!

Piecing together your special day can take every inch of your mind when it comes to making decisions, so throwing in a few curve balls, and by curve balls I mean quality quirks, can be a whole new game field – but hey, that’s what makes every wedding unique!

Some are wild and some a little more tame, but here are my top ten quirkiest wedding ideas, a little taste of who dares wins! 

1. Cake Smash

Start your traditional food fight anniversary with your very own cake smash. Yes, I’ve seen it happen, icing to the face and cream in the hair all done on purpose. Why do the babies get to have all the fun with a cake smash? Own it (and eat it!!)

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2. Second Dress

A mid reception costume change? Why not! A dazzling gown of sequins or a bright bold pretty number, having a second dress to change into is becoming less quirky and way more popular than you think. 

3. Sunset Ceremony

Your favourite part of the day (and mine too) could be the perfect moment to become husband and wife. Switching the formalities of the day towards the end will have you saying I do as the sun steps of into the ocean, a backdrop of utter perfection.

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4. Wedding Piñata

For the wild at heart, and those who love a good jelly bean or two(hundred)! The perfect little dessert idea to have you guests laughing on that sugar high all night long. Did someone say team bonding? Plus, everyone loves being showered in lollies, right? 

5. Wedding Crèche

Quirky or just down right genius!? Mums and dads will be sending back their RSVP quicker than you can Rugrats Gone Wild.

6. Wedding Guest Bouquet

Create your own bouquet as your guests hand you flowers one by one on you way down the aisle. When you reach the end (with your love awaiting) you’ll have a hand full of blessings, each given by someone special in your life – there could be no better bunch!

7. Karaoke

If your down to par-tay this is where it’s at. This entertainment equals a big fat tick. You’ll be sure to hear all the classics and of course a little MC Hammer, so chuck back that extra tequila and grab hold of the microphone, Elvis has entered the building! 

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8. Puppy Love

They say it’s a man best friend right? I’ve seen puppies in tuxedos, speedos and flower crowns; and I’m not even joking. Furry friends are a huge part of your life (sometimes you love them more than your friends, let’s be honest) so if your venue allows, let them join your special day!

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9. Sandy Picnics

It’s a setting like no other and if you’re beach people you’ll totally get it. The Gold Coast has some of the most beautiful beaches in the world, so throw down your cushions and blankets and turn your ceremony into the ultimate coastal gathering with relaxed vibes through ad through.  

10.Match-Maker

This is one I have seen and love, cause apparently it’s not all about the bride and the groom on their wedding day! Do you have a little match-maker amongst your guests? Picture this; A Cupid’s bow and arrow and wristband of high flying helium balloons and a jacket detailed ‘Matchmaker’. Your guests can personally thank them for the party! 

Minimal, quirky or somewhere in between, the special pieces you add to your day are exactly that, special; and I’ll be there to capture it all. 

Tips to planning the ultimate summer wedding

Tips to planning the ultimate summer wedding

Oh, the sweet bliss of a summer wedding; the gorgeous cocktail attire, the sun kissed skin, cloudless blue skies and sweet smell of that salty summer air; but Mother Nature isn’t always that kind. Sometimes she likes to throw in a little (or a lot) of wind and rain, and what most people don’t think of when planning their special day, a blazing sun! While summer weddings on the Gold Coast are far from few, many brides can forget key things to consider when planning their ultimate summer spectacular. Here is how to plan ahead to ensure those summer critters and melting cheese boards are a no show on your big day.

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Location, location

Choose a wedding venue that offers an indoor/outdoor option. Having the chance to get that much needed shade will come with a huge relief to you and your guests; wind, sun or rain! Make the best of both worlds and choose to have one part of your celebration outside and one part in!

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Heat Protection

There can simply never be enough! Sunscreen, hand-held fans and umbrellas; yep! You read right – umbrellas are perfect to protect your guests from the rain AND sun.

Water

Worried about the look of guests walking around with water bottles of all sorts? Ask your bar service to serve in icy cold water in crystal goblets with raspberries and a slice of lemon to get those summery vibes flowing along with the hydration.

Breathable Attire

You may be shopping for your wedding dress in the middle of Winter so keep in mind not only the style but the type of material of both yours and your bridesmaid’s gowns. Oh, and don’t forget the boys in their suits!!

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H20’s the way to go!

Pick a person, any person and delegate them to be your water supplier for the day. Try and pick someone that will actually give you the water and not swap it out for the vodka!

Food Choices

Be mindful of what your serving your guests. Meats and seafood can be dangerous if they’re not stored or severed correctly; and make sure that cheese board is out of the sun and covered up when not being indulged in; it’s for the guests not the creepy crawlys. Time Plan

Be sure to head to the location of your ceremony at the exact time you plan to have your wedding in the lead up. You can then make sure your stylists know where and what to set up to avoid squinting into the sun. It is always best to meet with your photographer before the wedding to discuss options for you photos too, they will know some great places to avoid or go to if the sun is beaming on the day!

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Beach Wedding?

Everyone loves to get married by the ocean but no one like burnt feet! Be mindful of people standing in the sand for too long and of those dear elderly guests who may be a little fragile walking up and down the sand.

Beat the Stress of The Dress

Beat the Stress of The Dress

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As a photographer, one of the most sort after photos from the bride is that of their beloved dress; the ONE. And sometimes the one that has been the result of many a million late night hours on Pinterest, wine in hand, bridesmaids on speed dial and maid of honour on facetime virtually scrolling with you; if this is you, don’t worry you’re not alone!

During the morning of wedding preparations, the girls often chat about how they came to find their perfect dress; some with tears of happiness, others with tears of heartache over the stress of finding what will ultimately be the dress of their dreams. So how do you beat the stress of finding your perfect dress?

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Choose your style; this can be the dress or the wedding! 
Boho? Classic? Couture? Simple and minimalist? Some brides organise the details of their wedding based around their dress, others will pick a dress that flows with their venue and location! Once you have your preference, run with it and try not to overthink it!

Don’t overload yourself with different opinions.
Naturally, everyone likes different things, that’s what makes the world do round right!? If you find yourself asking too many ask to many people their preference it could become a little more stressful than you first think! 

Trust yourself.
Once you find it, trust the person who knows you best, YOU! Some brides have suggested not to take too many pics wearing it, wait for your fittings, get excited and when you feel like whipping out a picture, don’t; just think back to the moment you went, YES, this is the one! 

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Don’t fall too hard, too early
Don’t go in with your heart too set on something, yes ideas are great but be open; listen to the stylists, they may just throw something your way you would have never expected, and even better he might not expect!

You need to FEEL beautiful.
That’s the most important thing. The glow, the confidence and all the tiny perfections fall into place when you feel amazing in that gown. 

Don’t know where to start? Here are a few our bridal faves; Grace Loves Lace and Made with Love Bridal, which are both available for fittings in the Gold Coast; and Steven Kahlil and Pallas Couture. 

Happy shopping, we can’t wait to get that magical shot! 

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When and Why you Should Meet Your Wedding Vendors.

When and Why you Should Meet Your Wedding Vendors.

When it comes to choosing the people who are a part of your wedding day it is important to know that you guys are the right fit! You may love their work, enjoy their gelato or melt over the landscape in the background of their venue, but what happens if once you meet them things aren’t just quite right? It happens, and that’s ok, there are a few ways to navigate through and prevent this from happening and it all starts with a friendly chat and when suitable, a little meet and greet.

When it comes to meeting your vendors you want to know that they are just as excited and invested in your wedding day as you are, so getting to know them, their ideas and how they work can be crucial to a smooth and carefree wedding day. While it’s great if you can meet with as many vendors as possible here a few key peeps we think it’s important to touch base with through more than an email. 

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Photographer

We are always up for a chat! We want to envision your day exactly how you plan. These memories are going to last more than a lifetime; they will be passed down from generation to generation with stories and tales, so it’s important that your photographer has a clear understanding as to how you see your day unfolding. 

Meet with your photographer once you have chosen your date - check their availability if you have one in mind as they tend to book out 10-12 months in advance.

Videographer

Like your photographer, these little beauties will also be highlighting the key features of your day – make clear the things you really want involved and the style in which you are after. Discussing the vibes and feels of your day will be a huge contributing factor; are you set in for formal kind of night, or a relaxed more party vibe?

Meet with your videographer around 6-12 months in advance. Share the things you love and even provide some ideas on some of their previous work so you are both on the same level.

Hair and Makeup

Discussing your styles for hair and makeup can be a little tricky if you don’t have something in mind or you haven’t chosen your dress. Once you know the style of the day get together a little mood board of all the things you love. If you’re not into the girly stuff it can be a little tricky so meet with your stylist to get an expert opinion on things that will work for you.

Use this trial as the perfect excuse for a night out! Your bridal shower, your hens even your kitchen tea, everyone loves to get a little glammed up so why not take the opportunity around 6 months in advance.

Catering

Everyone likes to try before they buy, but not all caterers offer a little taste test! Once you have decided on your venue discuss the catering options with their chef. If you are out sourcing your tucker get in touch to see if you can meet to discuss the menu options! Keep in mind the season of your wedding; you may not want to serve a warm soup on a hot December day, nor offer an array of frozen yogurt in the middle of winter! 

Meet your caterers once you have chosen your venue and make a little date day/night for you and your partner around 6-9 months in advance to choose the delish little delights to be served up to your guests.

Celebrant

The Ring Leader, the Official, the Master of your opening ceremony; this special person is about to set the foundations of our love and formalise your love before all your special family and friends. It is a requirement to meet you marriage celebrant before you are wed, but in all honesty, it is best to get to know them well and truly before your magical day. You want them to know the ins and outs, be comfortable talking about your love and each of you as individuals too!

Meet your celebrant a few times throughout the process if you can. A few little coffee catch ups or a skype call when needed will make reading your vows out loud and declaring your love a little less nerve racking.

Top Three Reasons to Get Married on the Gold Coast

Top Three Reasons to Get Married on the Gold Coast

There are a million and one reasons why this beautiful part of Australia is a number one wedding destination. From overseas travellers’ right through to local love, the Gold Coast inspires such a diverse range of lovers with the amazing traits it holds within its heart. There is nothing I love more than capturing each wedding story with a unique flare, and although that means I am able to travel the globe to extraordinary cultures and sceneries, there are so many places within this location that can allow you to feel a part of something so unique - like they say, there’s no place like home! So, let me fill you in on a few reasons why the Gold Coast is the perfect place to tie the knot!

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Oh, the Land and Sea

From the golden tones of the sandy shores right through to the intricate detail of the tree lined rainforests, the Gold Coast has the most diverse range of landscapes set for your wedding day! Within thirty minutes you can be set on the sandy shores for a balmy night of fun or escaping into the glorious hinterland with the fresh countryside air and scenery to just as beautiful as your love.

Vendor galore

You are honestly spoilt for choice, what more can I say? The Gold Coast has some of the world’s finest vendors on its radar. Each venue is so unique allowing you to stay true to your style while adding splashes of your unique character through your endless choices of live music, styling and most importantly, your FOOD! Don’t be afraid to get fancy, trial run a few things to find exactly what you’re after, and most importantly meet with your vendors to make sure you guys are a perfect fit!

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Hello Holiday

No one could ever say no to attend such a blissful day for you and your partner, nor could they turn down the opportunity to have a little getaway themselves! The Gold Coast is the perfect place for your guests to indulge before and after your celebration and truly make the most of their time in the sunshine state. With white sandy beaches, theme parks galore and mountains as far as the eye can see, this gem within Australia really offers a little piece of paradise for an holiday maker.