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:

Photographer- Frankly Photography

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:

Photographer- Frankly Photography

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

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!

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