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!! 

Hair By - Aleesha Darke
Makeup By - Face it you're beautiful and Porcelain Face Makeup Artistry

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! 

Ryan - Feather and Finch Photography

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. 

What happens once you have booked your photographer?

What happens once you have booked your photographer? 

You have chosen the date, have ideas on florals, dresses and styling all overflowing in your mind and you have inquired with Feather & Finch, so what happens now? Well, now is where all the fun begins, and the excitement starts to really sink in for both of us! 

One of the most special things about your wedding journey is that everyone’s is different. There are so many little quirks that make up the unique characters of our clients and we have a few little steps within the Feather & Finch process to ensure we are the perfect fit and can capture your day in the most comfortable and natural way possible.

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So, to kick things off, once you have inquired with us the first thing we like to do is organise a meeting! In our studio, at your local café or a Skype call for you international and interstate peeps, this meeting gives us chance to not only chat face to face but ensure we are on the same path when it comes to the imagery for your wedding day.

After we meet we set you up with your own personal portal – yep, you got it – a place where we can communicate for the months, sometimes years, leading up to your day instead of trying to filter through old emails and messages! We really encourage this interaction with our couples as it not only provides clear information but enables you to feel organised and on track for everything to do with your wedding photography! 

It is from this point we are available to you 24/7; via email, phone, location scouts, studio catch ups, you name it – we are there!  We encourage as much communication as possible and love scouting out each venue with you to see your visions for the day, regardless if we have been there before! 

As your day draws near we have a few mandatory catch ups at the three-month, two-month and two to three-week stage, here we can get a little more in depth and plan a little more detail – and by plan, I mean timings etc, not your photography poses, there will be none of that!  

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Once we have captured this phenomenal love of yours our team will have all of your images back in your hand within thirty days! We love to arrange a studio meeting with all the finer trimmings of beers and champagne to unwind and watch the narration of your love unfold. Caution: there may be beaming smiles and way too many tears of happiness as you walk away! 

From the very beginning right until the end Feather & Finch are all about enjoying this journey with you. We want to feel just as much a guest at the wedding as we are vendor. The natural moments unveil the second you feel comfortable with the people surrounding and this is exactly what we want to capture on your wedding day. 

Feel free to check out what some of Feather and Finch previous clients have to say about their experience. REVIEWS

Do’s and Don’ts when preparing Your Wedding

Do’s and Don’ts when preparing Your Wedding

When you start to prepare for your wedding day there are so many things that come to mind that even beginning the beginning of the list seems unachievable.  We have put together a few little tips to help you ease into that wedding mode and prepare you for preparing your wedding day (cause that is totally a thing!) 

Do set out some time to chat with your partner. Decide on some of the key features of your day and designate a few jobs around to take ease the workload. 

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Don’t give in to the things that you don’t love. There is nothing worse than feeling a little bridal pressure from friends and family; choose the characteristics that represent you –  just cause cousin Katie had a DJ from weneedadj.com doesn’t mean you must too! This is YOUR wedding, a representation of YOUR relationship. 

Do decide if you prefer a cocktail, sit-down or buffet style of reception; this can play a huge role in choosing your venues, scrumptious food and styling!  

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Do remember to start looking and booking your vendors. Venues and photographers book incredibly quickly, some up to 18 months in advance! So, put your feelers out for your date and lock your favourites in and work the rest around that. 

Don’t forget to visit these incredible places! Taste the cake, take a walk through the venue (multiple times) and quadruple check that champagne. Planning your wedding should be some of your best days, many people forget to enjoy the lead up just as much as the day.

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Do consider a backup plan if you’re having an outdoor wedding. Sometimes, well, all the time, we can’t predict the weather that far in advance so chat with your vendors for a wet weather option – just in case! 

Don’t get caught up on the little things. While these still play a special part in your day, if you feel you’re getting side tacked deciding on what size font you want your table numbers, sit down, revaluate and focus on the things that will truly mean something to you on the day.

Don’t forget to meet with your photographer and lock in a date for your engagement shoot. This will not only allow you to get to know your photographer, but if there are any camera-shy participants they will be totally comfortable on the day knowing that they don’t have to do the usual stand, smile and say ‘cheese’.

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Do choose your traditions and run with them. Every wedding is so unique, fill yours with personal or cultural traditions that you will remember forever; and if you don’t have any to instil, that’s just as amazing and hey, a whole new tradition in its self!

Don’t forget to take out a few moments of your day for yourself.  Sit back together and take it all in. Relish in those moments of bliss and remember that everyone surrounding is there to celebrate YOU and YOUR love!

Do I really need to pose?

Do I Really Need To Pose? 

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Capturing images that represent your wedding day is so much more than your standard ‘look into each other’s eyes on the count of three and smile’. There are so many couples, and I am talking a good 90%, that fear their wedding photos; ‘I’m not very photogenic, I never look good in photos, this is going to be so awkward, are you going to tell us how to pose?’. Well let’s cut to the chase and let me tell you why not posing is the best thing you could possibly do!

This day is a celebration of love, so all you need to focus is exactly that; from the morning mimosa and round of golf, right through to those first few moments as husband and wife, I am there to bring these to life, there is no need for me to tell you how to pose, nor do you need to, your natural love will flow and shine - and that’s exactly what I am after.
I want you to look back on these photos in all the years to come and see those laugh out loud moments, the unseen tears and the hidden little whispers between yourselves as you stroll hand in hand through your chosen location and just enjoying each other’s presence. If you want to cry, cry, if you want to skip back down the aisle through the colourful confetti, then go right ahead and do that too! These are the captures that will truly represent your love, free from all fear of awkwardness and just beaming with the elements of you. You will be pleasantly surprised on just how special and perfectly angled these become without any posing or modelling instructions from myself or any other random posing blog you might have scuffled across – you guys just be you and leave the rest to me, it’s the part I love the most.  

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The Camera Strap That Saved My Back

Hold Fast

There’s a lot of jobs out there that can take a huge toll on our bodies leaving work a complete drain due to becoming physically and mentally fatigued trying to fight that ongoing battle of pursing our dreams and listening to your body at the same time. There came a time where I had question my ability to continue working within my passion of photography, I could spend days in bed recovering from one wedding and the idea of knowing how much pain my back would be in after another became more daunting by the minute. 

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Fortunately for me that all turned around with the purchase of the best investment I have made to date, my Hold Fast Money Maker camera strap. This bad boy literally saved my back (pun intended) and my photography career continued to blossom and grow because of it – I am forever grateful! Stylish, comfortable and made with quality at its forefront, I honestly could not image my life without it – I sure wouldn’t be able to capture all the incredible weddings I do now! 

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