Keippa + Jake

I first met Keippa and Jake at a wedding expo, and despite meeting hundreds of people that day I clearly remember my conversation with Keippa about traveling to some place called Drake,having no idea where it was and eargerly agreeing to travel there (I'm always up for an adventure) Fast forward several months later to May 2017, and Phoebe and I are on an eventful road trip to Drake,N.S.W for an amazing adventure wedding weekend! I have never seen a bride and groom put so much thoughtful detail into a wedding. This wedding required months and months of work getting a vacant property wedding-ready! No running water, getting the shed cleared, marquee set up, bringing in toilets, hay bails , each chair, table setting & glass collected and painted, trees cleared, a bridge built! It was epic..and so worth it! The whole wedding party, 100 people strong, came together to pitch in and get jobs done to create a rather spectacular ceremony and reception. With any great plan, things go wrong- it flooded the day before the wedding- no problem said coordinator Melissa- we'll put hay down, and build a stage for the Frankly Booth! The bride can no longer arrive via helicopter...no problem! We'll spray paint this old ute gold and still make a grand entrance! After firing his shot gun, Keippa's Dad showed his softer side, singing his little girl down the isle while I blubbered away like a baby and tried to keep my camera still! Family and friends chipped in to make it happen. They camped on the property that Keippa (Bride) spent her childhood visiting for camping trips, while the Bridal party got ready at the Drake Hotel. The big advantage of a reception like this is no curfew, no noise complains, which meant they could party long into the night, dancing away to the band, Occa Rock(so awesome!)with family members also busting out a tune (and I mean busting, like woah, this family has pipes!)  and enjoying a delicious country roast by In Good Taste Catering.

Keippa & Jake- it was all so worth it! What wonderful memories you will have. Thank you for the country hospitality- we'll come back any time!

Getting Ready Venue- Girls- Drake Hotel- Guys- On the property

Ceremony & Reception Venue- Drake Family Property

Florist: The Enchanted Florist

Cake: Kizzi Cakes

Celebrant: Jo Kilburn- Lismore Marriage Celebrant

Catering: In Good Taste Catering

Band: Occa Rock

Wedding Coordinator: Melissa Heath

Videographer: GM Films

Photo Booth- The Frankly Booth

Emma + James

I love that all my couples are different,and that my weddings don't fit the cookie cutter mould- white poofy dress scenario. Sometimes couples are low key & sweet, like James and Emma so it's fitting that their wedding was too! I met James and Emma the day before their wedding at Walkabout Creek. This is a bit unusual for me, as normally I have months to get to know and plan a wedding day, but James and Emma had popped over from the UK and decided to get hitched whilst home in Queensland, among family, friends and the gum trees! I loved them instantly and was super excited to be their photographer. They had an intimate mid-morning ceremony by the creek, followed by a lunch at local Ashgrove cafe, The Hub. A wedding doesn't have to be big, OTT or stressful to be beautiful and capture the love of two individuals and James and Emma's love shone through!  What a wonderful whirlwind it was- check out some of the highlights below...

Credits:

Ceremony: Walkabout Creek

Reception: The Hub, Ashgrove

Bridal Gown- Raishma

Grooms Suit: French Connection

Bridesmaid Gowns: Cooper St

Florist: Gardenbird Flowers

Hair: Amy Perkins Heartfire Collective

Priest: Father Steven Burns

Cake: The Welsh Lady

Leanne & Chris

I absolutely love shooting in new locations- it's exciting, refreshing and inspiring! I was really excited to shoot at Old Petrie Town, where Leanne and Chris held their intimate ceremony on a Friday in May. (Can I also say, I do love a Friday wedding!) Old Petrie Town had been on my list for a while, and Mirra in Fortitude Valleywhere their reception was held was also a new venue for me, it was a good day! 

For those that don't know, Old Petrie Town is a restored historic village replicating life pre 1930's, located about 30 mins from Brisbane and surrounded by bush. It has the cutest little old stores and buildings but it's the 300+ year old Morton Bay Figs that stole Leanne and Chris's hearts....and mine to be honest.

Opting for a low key, DIY wedding (and pulling it off!) Leanne got ready at home, made a lot of the little touches and crafted her own bouquet like a boss! (Seriously, I was so impressed) The bridal party arrived via Kombi (VW Love Bus) and just snuck their ceremony in around the rain! The incredibly lovely Carly Slade delivered a beautiful ceremony, filled with the cutest touches, a highlight being quotes from children on love. They followed the ceremony with their wedding cake (another new idea to me!) so guests could enjoy it as afternoon tea and then we explored the town for couple photos.

It was then onto Mirra for the party, and my gosh Mirra was impressive! I've spent a lot of time in function venues (due to weddings and previous jobs) and can say that the staff at Mirra were excellent- top notch customer service! I take my hat off to any venue that manages to run a smooth reception, feed all the guests delicious food and keep them happy as well as properly look after the vendors! Phoebe was there running the Frankly Booth for me and we had an awesome time partying with the guests!

Congratulations Leanne and Chris! What an amazing day!

Here's a glimpse of what the day looked like:

Credits:

Ceremony: Old Petrie Town

Reception: Mirra- Fortitude Valley

Bridal Gown- The Bridal Company

Florist: The Bride DIY

Hair/Makeup: Sarah Harrington from Harpier

Celebrant: Carly Slade

Cake: Jocelyn's Provisions

DJ: Party Sound Mobile DJ – Craig Richie

Rings: Stones Diamonds

Brides Shoes: Jo Mercer

Kombi Van- VW Love Bus

Photo booth and Photography: Frankly Photography

Gigi + Luke

Gigi and Luke were married at Toowoomba's stunning Preston Peak Wineries back in November 2016- since then their wedding has been made into a stunning album, and also featured in Queensland Brides Magazine. Such an incredible setting for their classy countryside garden party wedding. The ceremony was held on site under the gorgeous wedding tree chapel. Gigi and Luke combined elements of a traditional ceremony with modern DIY touches, lawn games and a relaxed garden party followed the ceremony and then a sit down reception catered by Preston Peak. Then, party time! Lots of fun with the Frankly Booth, a conga line and a 100 people strong dance party! Congratulations Gigi and Luke!

 

Getting Ready Venue- Girls- Bridal cottage Preston Peak Winery, Guys- Vacy Hall

Ceremony & Reception Venue- Preston Peak Winery

Bridal Top/Skirt- Babushka Ballerina

Bridesmaids: Shona Joy

Grooms Suit: Stuart Suit

Florist: Toowoomba Flower Market

Hair: Amy Flinn from Boho Brides

Makeup Artist: Loren Smith

Cake: Pawpaw cafe

Celebrant: Father James Oulds

Rings: Tiffany

Photo Booth- The Frankly Booth

 

VIDEOGRAPHY JOINS THE FRANKLY TEAM!

So excited to announce that Sophia from Silvertail Studios has just joined the Frankly Photography family as our VIDEOGRAPHER! We're so happy to be able to offer our clients both still photography and videography packages! Sophia and her team create the most stunningly beautiful films for your wedding day, that you can watch over and over for years to come!

Get in touch today to find out more! If you've already booked a wedding package with us and would like to add on videography, easy peasy- just send me an email- sarah@frankly-photography.com

Stay tuned- the 'video' section of our website will be updated soon

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Baby Cooper

It's not every day your best friend is expecting a baby, and asks you to take some photos, and that maybe she gets nude in a field for said photos. This little guy is going to be so loved, cannot wait to meet him! (and yes I have mums permission to share her naked butt with the world) xo

VENDOR FEATURE: HIM & HER Events

Let me introduce you to Danielle- the Founder and Director of Him & Her Events!

Image by Kristina Childs

Image by Kristina Childs

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We here at Frankly Photography have had the pleasure of working closely beside Danielle and her team (see our work featured here) and we think they're pretty darn great!  If you're looking for anything from a simple consultation to ask some wedding questions to full wedding styling and management- they do it all, and they do it well!

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Him & Her Events specialize in a variety of services including planning, styling and co-ordination. They aim to not only take away the stress from the lead up, but to ensure the entire day is seamless.  

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Image by Frankly Photography

Image by Frankly Photography

 

Frankly is very pleased to offer our couples 10% off Him & Her Events packages. Please get in touch with myself or the Him & Her Events team to find out more!

You can see more of Him & Her Events work on their website here.

 

 

 

The best of 2016!

As 2016 has drawn to a close I took some time to look back on 2016 and all the incredible things I got to be a part of! It got a bad wrap, but for me 2016 was pretty wonderful-  I met so many amazing people, saw beautiful ceremonies and got to travel to some incredible places. Heres some of my favourite moments.  I'm so looking forward to 2017 and everything it brings!

The Brides Market Babalou Shoot

Flashback to the time I got to be involved in this wonderful styled collaborative shoot at Babalou in Kingscliff for The Brides Market. This shoot was featured on the wonderful White Magazines Blog (click here to see it) It really is such a pleasure to get to work with such talented ladies in business (and a few rad guys too!) I would recommend any of these vendors and their stunning work!

Kristy + Ryan

Kristy and Ryans' country wedding was nothing short of adorable! Set in the stunning Samford- the wedding and reception were both held at Samford Lakes Accommodation. The wedding, including a bridal party of 14, page boys and flower girl plus a 9 month pregnant bridesmaid (who looked totally incredible by the way) went off without a hitch- largely due to the amazing team (see below for credits but cue plug for Danielle from Him & Her events) but also because of the chilled nature of Kristy and Ryan! A beautiful ceremony by the lake (which takes the cake for making me both laugh and cry the most so far-thanks Ryan!) followed by one hell of a party in the barn! Congratulations Kristy and Ryan (and Leo!) All the best for your next adventure! xo

Credits:

Photographer: Frankly Photography

Venue: Samford Lakes Accomodation

Celebrant and MC: Shane Vincent

Event Planner: Him & Her Events

Florist: The Bloom Collective

Cake: Hansel & Gretel Cakes

Bridal Gown: Made with Love Bridal

Grooms Suit: Politix

Makeup Artist: Dollface MUA

Hairstylist: Hannah Willis from Kidmans Hair Studio and Jess McCarthy

Musician: Kevin Maund

Videographer: Marc Media

DJ: Mick Danby

Catering: Spanish Paella

Furniture: Complete Party Hire

Lydia + Sidney

There was SO much to love about Lydia and Sidney's wedding. Firstly, it was my first Chinese wedding...and Lydia you were right, by the end of the night I was wishing I could have a Chinese wedding myself!

The ceremony was held at Rudeemer Lutheran College (featuring the largest group photo I've ever done-300 people!) with a lunch held at the venue. After some creative shots (including a break for ice-cream at Mister Fitz) we headed to St Margaret's Anglican Girls School in Ascot for an intimate traditional Chinese tea ceremony followed by the reception at the same venue (and my, what an awesome venue this was-check out the view!)

The wedding featured many homemade touches; from the bouquets (made by the bride) to the cake (AMAZING CAKE!) made by the bride's family friends and the wedding styling (done by the couple). I loved that the Bride wore the same dress her mother wore at her wedding tea ceremony. I loved the combination of traditional Chinese culture with the couple's love for rap music (including an epic battle on the dance floor to Eminem with her brother....Lydia won!) I love that the couple bought glow sticks for their guests and made cookies for the tables. I love that the couple's love for their cats was mentioned almost as much as their love for each other. I loved the Father of the Bride's hilarious speech, where he said the groom was okay by him as he liked his Facebook posts. I loved having the awesome Phoebe running the Frankly Booth for me (AstroTurf with purple flowers) and the dance party we got to have at the end of the night.

So much love! Congratulations Lydia & Sidney! xx

 

Suppliers:

Bride Getting Ready Venue: Brides parents' house

Ceremony: Redeemer Lutheran College

Reception: St Margaret's Anglican girls school, Ascot

Pastor: Mun Seet

Dress: A Star is Born

Bridesmaid Gowns: ASOS

Groom's Suit: Van Heusen

Florist: Bride arranged herself

Hairdresser : Nicole LÚren

Makeup Artist: Rita's Makeup Artistry

Musician: Friends of the couple- Wesley Ho, Joanne Auyeung, Caleb Fung

Bride's Shoes: Spur

Cake: Awesome Cakes

Emma + Chris

Emma and Chris were married in the stunning Cedar Creek Estate and Winery at Mount Tambourine. The ceremony (conducted by my fave Erin Woodhall!) was fun and chilled- just like the couple. Emma walked down the aisle to the sweet tunes of Steven Childs and you should have seen Chris' face when he saw her in that dress! There was laughter and happy tears, an awkward moment with the ring, ending in more laughter and happy tears! The reception was held at the Cedar Creek venue as well, where everyone struck a pose in the Frankly Booth! What an awesome day- Congratulations Emma and Chris! xx

Suppliers:

Bride Getting Ready Venue: Bartle House

Ceremony: Cedar Creek Estate Winery

Reception: Cedar Creek Estate Winery

Celebrant: Erin Woodhall

Dress: Marilyn Crystelle Bridal

Bridesmaid Gowns: Maurie & Eve

Grooms Suit: Oxford

Groomsmen Suits: Tarocash

Florist: French Flowers

Hairdresser : Karissa McLaren

Makeup Artist: Billie Weston

Musician: Steven Childs

Brides Shoes: Mimco

 

Inga + Steve

Inga and Steve were married in Queens Park, Mackay on the 30th April 2016. My absolute favourite moment was when Inga first put on her wedding dress, she squealed and at first I thought something was wrong, until I saw her smile. She was gushing with happiness and said to me 'I have been waiting for this, to wear this dress, forever!'. I have never seen a bride so excited, so calm and so ready to walk down the aisle.  It was a day filled with love, family, homemade touches and cane fields (Steve is a cane farmer so it was special that we got to capture them there) Congratulations Inga and Steve, I see many happy years ahead! xo

Suppliers:

Getting Ready Venue: Lanai Riverside Apartments, Mackay

Ceremony: Queens Park, Mackay

Reception: Paxtons Warehouse, Mackay

Dress: Jill Burstons for Brides

Bridesmaid Dress: Review

Hairdresser & Makeup: Chez Leeza

Flowers: Starcut Flowers

Celebrant: Rod Ballard

Cake: Glenys Steward

Rings: Greg Neill Jewellers

Stubby coolers: Design by Merie Browne; manufactured by Tropical Coolers.

Caterer: Golden Roast

Stef + Callum

Stefanie and Callum were married on the lawn beside the Brisbane River at The Landing at Dockside, followed by their reception under a sky of fairy lights. The couple had put a lot of work into their big day and it showed with a smooth and chilled wedding and reception. Just as they went to tie the knot, someone flew past on a jet ski yelling 'DON'T DO IT!' which had the crowd in hysterics. I'm certainly glad they did go through with it as they are an awesome couple and it was an incredible reception! Champagne flowed, the musician was awesome, guests enjoyed the Frankly Booth and the Groom Callum gave the best speech I've ever heard! Congrats Stef and Callum! xx