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Brisbane Wedding Photography: Rebecca & James’ CBD Wedding

Date: 14th January 2017

Location: Brisbane CBD

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I love photographing weddings in Brisbane! There are just so many locations for great photos, and when you have a gorgeous couple like Rebecca and James, my job becomes very easy indeed!

I had met this beautiful couple before; I was lucky enough to do an engagement shoot for them and jumped at the chance to capture their big day!

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We met at the shiny new Registry Office on Ann Street, a great place for Brisbane Wedding Photography, and grabbed some photos of the amazing view!

And then Rebecca walked in! Rebecca was a stunning bride, and James a dashing groom! The ceremony was touching and intimate, and after a few family photos outside, we headed to Eagle Street for some photos of the newly married couple!

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It was a very hot day that day and the mercury nudged 40 degrees! But the guys smiled through the sunshine and looked amazing by the Brisbane River!

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As the newlyweds headed to Eagle Street for a post-wedding celebration, I walked through the Botanic Gardens and thought how amazing Brisbane Wedding Photography really is! With the almost unlimited amazing photography locations, I consider myself very lucky to be able to do a job I love in a city I adore! Being a wedding photographer is a privilege I will never take for granted and I have to pinch myself every day when I think about where I am based doing what I love doing!


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Gold Coast Wedding Photography: Main Beach Wedding Photos

Date: 13th March 2017

Location: Beach Opposite Sea World, Main Beach

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I love photographing weddings on the Gold Coast! Maybe it’s because I’m from the UK where you never get the chance to photograph beach weddings, but there’s something about being on the beach that makes me smile!

And this wedding was unique in so much that there wasn’t a wedding happening! David and his beautiful bride were married in Japan and came to the Gold Coast for some beautiful beach wedding photos and I was more than happy to oblige!

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We chose the area around Main Beach as it is rarely busy, and being a Monday it was even less so. There is also a beautiful rainforest area between the road and the beach which gives a more diverse option for photos! We started there and got some fantastic shots of the guys in their finery and then headed to the beach itself for some more open shots.

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It wasn’t the brightest, sunniest day ever, and we had a bit of rain too, but an overcast sky means less shadows, squinting and harsh contrasts so I was doing a little happy dance as I headed down there! Of course rain means rainbows – which we were rewarded with – and umbrella shots always look intimate and cosy.

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The guys also dragged their family in for some photos, and their beautiful daughter Emma was an absolute gem, smiling for the camera and stealing the show!

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David’s Mum and dad hopped in for a few family photos, and as the sun started to fade we said our goodbyes and they headed out for a celebratory dinner.

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Morning, Andy! Thanks for everything yesterday. We had a great afternoon!

Wedding Photographer: Mt Tamborine Wedding

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Wedding Photographer: Mt Tamborine Wedding Photography

Date: 27th May 2016

Location: Botanic Gardens, Mt Tamborine

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Being a wedding photographer is fantastic: you get to meet a lot of fun and amazing people, and you get to spend the happiest day of people’s lives with them! How cool is that?!

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Siobhan and Sandeep’s wedding on Mount Tamborine was particularly awesome: the guys are such amazing, laid back people and were so welcoming. They are clearly profoundly in love (yes folks there were tears!) and they both looked amazing! That day, being a wedding photographer on Mount Tamborine was a fun thing to be!

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The ceremony and bridal party photos were both at Mount Tamborine Botanic Gardens, an amazing place for wedding photos! The weather was gorgeous and it was beautifully warm for late May, meaning we had no hinderences for a perfect wedding photography session!

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The ceremony was perfect, with plenty of sentiment and emotion, and expertly officiated by Marilyn McPhail!

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After a few family photos, I dragged Siobhan and Sandeep into the heart of the gardens for some bride and groom wedding photos – and didn’t they do well! They were both an absolute pleasure to photograph and made it so much fun! It helped that they are both amazing looking people and that the camera loved them both! The gardens did us proud too and looked fantastic, and with so many places to choose from, it’s a great spot for wedding photography.

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The wedding reception was at Tea and Niceties, an awesome tea shop a few minutes away from the gardens where we headed to get some photos of the cake cutting, the reception set up and of the guys themselves in the amazing gardens! If you have never been there, go! It’s an incredible place, and so pretty! And a perfect spot for a wedding reception.

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I left the guys as they sat down to afternoon tea and couldn’t stop smiling all the way home! Sometimes you don’t need to say too much: the photos say everything you need to! Thanks heaps guys – I had a blast and I absolutely adore your wedding photos!

We received the photos yesterday. They are exceptional! Sandeep marvels at every shot looking at the finest details and the quality. My grandparents were most impressed and said you didn’t miss a trick. We love them. I am so pleased to have these photos as precious memories. THANK YOU!!!  – Siobhan and Sandeep

Bundaleer Wedding Photography

Wedding Photos: Bundaleer Wedding Photography

Date: 28th May 2016

Location: Bundaleer Rainforest Gardens, Brookfield

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There was nothing about this incredible wedding at Bundaleer Rainforest Gardens that I didn’t adore! I had known Megan and Brandon for a while and knew them to be amazingly friendly and welcoming people, so I knew there would be no dramas on the day. And this magical wedding day went off  perfectly! One of the good things about Bundaleer is that you can often use the house behind the property to get ready. Its proximity and amazing light makes an ideal spot for wedding photos!

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The only problem when writing a wedding photography blog is that you are forced to leave certain photos out, and as you can see from the length of this blog, I really struggled today!

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After photographing the bridesmaids, I headed to Bundaleer itself. I love Bundaleer wedding photography – the venue is such a fantastic place to photograph and the light is always amazing regardless of the weather.

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Brandon and the boys were patiently waiting when I got there. Brandon was mildly nervous but excited, and the best man leaving the rings in the wedding car didn’t help! The panic only lasted a few minutes and once the rings were retrieved, it was time for action stations!

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Were there tears? Yes! Were there smiles? Yes! It was a perfect ceremony conducted by a family member, and the congratulations afterwards made for some beautifully emotional moments.

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Following the family photos, it was time for a wedding photographer’s favourite part of the day! The Bridal Party photos! Bundaleer Rainforest Gardens has some amazing areas for photos and there is no shortage of stunning backdrops. The guys had hired a beautiful car for the day which certainly helped, and with a bridal party as good looking as this, there were never going to be a shortage of photos taken!

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Some of the best photos can be taken on the road on the way into Bundaleer so we headed there for some spontaneous, non-posed shots, and again Megan and Brandon were amazing to photograph!

Bundaleer also has a reception room, so we headed there after the photos to party the night away!

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Megan had also told me she loved night photography so we sneaked out to grab some awesome shots in the gardens. They turned out to be some of my favourite Bundaleer wedding photos from the whole day! Congratulations guys – your wedding day was perfection!



Thank you so much for all the beautiful photos 😍 We absolutely love the canvas, prints and photobook!! Can’t stop looking at them 😊 Words honestly can’t even express how much we’ve appreciated everything you’ve done for us and all your support throughout such an amazing time in our life Andy. We look forward to staying in touch, and will definitely recommend you to friends and family! Megan



Kangaroo Point Wedding Photos: Lejla & Ares

Kangaroo Point Wedding Photography: Lejla and Ares

Location: Kangaroo Point

Date: 3rd January 2017

You might recognise Lejla and Ares from a previous post – I was lucky enough to photograph their engagement shoot last year! Happily they invited me back to photograph their Kangaroo Point wedding in January and I was ecstatic that they did! The guys are so easy to work with and so laid back; and yeah – they make my job easy by being very comfortable in front of the camera!



We met at the top of the cliffs and headed straight to the bottom to photograph at one of my favourite places in Brisbane – the little peninsular of rock that juts out into the Brisbane River and rewards the eager wedding photographer with an amazing city backdrop.

We had a great day for wedding photography; slightly overcast but nice and light.

We had an easy wander down river towards the city, stopping for photos and chatting. We ended up at the awesome white wooden pagolas that stick out into the river – another amazing spot for wedding photos. Kangaroo Point is an awesome location for bridal photography as there are so many options and such incredible backdrops. There’s the option of urban wedding photos, rural wedding photos, and rustic wedding photos, so we had a very easy run that day!

And of course it helped that Lejla and Ares were so confident in front of the camera and were so ready to laugh!









We then headed south back towards the cliffs, grabbing some photos amongst the trees and then climbing the ramp back to the top of the cliffs for some great pics in the rotunda. How amazing does Lejla look in her dress with the city through the window?!
















I love Kangaroo Point wedding photos; there is such an amazing variety and such an incredible backdrop! I can’t wait to get back there again soon!


















And I mst apologise for the long post – I couldn’t decide which Kangaroo Point wedding photos to prioritise! I love them all! Enjoy! And congratulations to Lejla and Ares for an amazing wedding and a fantastic Kangaroo Point Wedding Photography session!









Hey Andy!

we’ve just received the photos and my god do they look incredible!! thank you so much for photographing our day on such short notice and for once again blowing our minds!! we are in love with the photos!

good luck to you in the future, hopefully we meet again some day!

Lejla and Ares

Wedding Photos: Juliette and Tony’s Perfect Day at Topiaries!

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Wedding Photos: Juliette and Tony‘s Perfect Day at Topiaries:

Date: 20th March 2016

Location: Topiaries, Samford

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Wedding photos are (in my completely biased opinion!) probably the most important thing that a bride and groom will take from their wedding. Memories do unfortunately fade over the years but photographs last forever. That’s why having a comprehensive reminder of your day is always a wise investment! In the grand scheme of things your photos will be a small cost compared to what you get in return!

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Plus wedding photos are fun! You get to look back and relive the warm and fuzzies from the most important day of your life! So many people say to me that the day flew by way too fast and that having a fantastic collection of wedding photos helps to piece the day together, and also helps to plug the gaps that the bride and groom missed!

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Having a good scope of your day – from getting ready shots right through to the reception – is a great way to keep these memories, and venues like Topiaries are perfect for this! Topiaries is a self-contained venue that allows the bride and groom to get ready on site, to get married in their garden area or chapel, and to party the night away in their reception hall. The grounds are also beautiful meaning you needn’t leave for your bridal party photographs!

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Several weeks ago, I was privileged to photograph Juliette and Tony’s perfect day which was held at Topiaries, and I arrived to find the girls in a flurry of activity! Quick hint – if you know what time the photographer is due to arrive, make sure you aren’t having your hair or make up done then. You will be picked on! Poor Skye, Juliette’s maid of honour, had the short straw this day and suffered my camera lens from the moment I arrived! But it was soon Juliette’s turn, which she didn’t seem to mind at all. She had also very thoughtfully hung her dress from the chandeliers of the beautifully decorated room, which made for a fantastic backdrop to her photos!

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Generally I will try and make myself as inconspicuous as possible when I’m photographing the bridal party getting ready, preferring instead to capture things as they happen in a more candid and photo-journalistic style. This makes the bridesmaids feel more relaxed before the main event and allows everyone to concentrate on looking beautiful rather than being forced to pose!

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Quite often the boys will be a little reluctant to have their photos taken but it is always a nice mix to get some shots of the boys too. It also makes for a convenient break to allow the girls a few moments of modesty to get in their dresses! Tony’s groomsmen were a great laugh and helped him feel relaxed. Mocking my accent, they called me ‘undies’ for the rest of the day! Cheers, guys! Tony helped get Juliette’s son Slade get dressed and into his bow tie and then dressed himself as his groomsmen struggled tying their ties!

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IMG_3093xFor a wedding photographer, it is very important to capture the details of the wedding day – the shoes, flowers, jewellery and clothes. It is these little details that will have been pored over for days if not weeks, and these details are just as important as photos of the guests. I always meet with the bride and groom prior to the big day to discuss the type of wedding photos they are looking for – no point in photographing details if they aren’t wanted at the cost of missing photographs of things that are! I always send through a shot list for this precise reason – add it to the list and I will know to take it! I always encourage sending example shots through for this very same reason!


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And then suddenly it was action stations! As the boys headed outside to the ceremony area, Tony started to look a little nervous! The boys lined up in the pagola as the girls filtered outside. Then the bridal song started. It was time to get these guys married!

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One photo I will always capture is the look on the groom’s face the moment he sees his wife start to walk down the aisle. To me it is one of the most important photos of the day, and in truth you can never pick what the reaction might be! Sometimes even the toughest blokes will shed a tear, and it’s always fun finding out!

Tony looked delighted at seeing Juliette for the first time that day, but he still managed to keep it together for one very important part of the ceremony. Juliette’s family are originally from Zimbabwe, where traditionally the groom will give the father-in-law a dowry of cattle for his daughter’s hand in marriage. To everyone’s great surprise Tony produced two head of cattle as he shook his father-in-law’s hand. OK, they were plastic and about 5cm high but it was still a very moo-ving moment – one that was legen-dairy. Sorry, I cud have left that bit out. OK, that’s enough cow jokes, there’ll be no udders…. Sorry.

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Juliette and Tony’s ceremony was officiated beautifully by Sally Corfield ( who gave a brief history of the bridal couple before launching into the good stuff!

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Sally focussed on the couple – the way a wedding ceremony should do – and told us how and where they met, their likes, dislikes and foibles and the moment they realised that they had fallen in love. To Juliette her kids are her life and it was the moment that Tony said that he loved them that she fell helplessly for him – as a Dad I can understand this sentiment completely!

People often say to me that it must be a lot of pressure being a wedding photographer, that you have a very important job to do and can’t afford to mess up. It can be but it doesn’t faze me at all; but I always think the same about the celebrant – they really do have the most important job on the day and without them the wedding simply can’t take place! Happily, Sally was an amazing professional and the ceremony was flawless!

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Juliette’s son and daughter – who looked absolutely adorable! – were prominent in the ceremony; her son Slade had the biggest job of the ceremony as ring bearer, which he accomplished expertly! The vows were heart-warming and spoken perfectly, and then with the signing and the kiss Juliette and Tony were married! Congratulations you beautiful people!

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Following the ceremony, I always allow a good ten to fifteen minutes of congratulations time before launching into the group shot and family photos. I love the family photographs as everyone always looks so good and is in a great mood and it gives me the chance to chat and have a giggle!

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And then it was time for the bridal party photos and happily Topiaries has a wealth of locations for great shots. We started at the viewpoint which has amazing vistas over Samford Valley. The clouds had closed in a little giving us an awesomely dramatic sky and perfect lighting and the results look pretty amazing!

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We then headed to the front of the venue and grabbed some shots there before heading to the street and the forested area to the side of the venue. Juliette and Tony were very patient with my squeaking enthusiasm and posed without complaint!! I do get very excitable when I am taking what I know to be an awesome shot!

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Then as the sun set on a perfect day we headed back into Topiaries for the party! I photographed the empty reception room as everyone had drinks on the deck, which allowed the bridal party to chill out for a while and grab a drink too! Juliette and Tony had decided to have their first dance early on (to get it out of the way?!) and strutted their stuff before officially entering the room! They did a very good job too!

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The speeches followed which were equally heart felt and homourous and we saw both tears and laughter – always the sign of a good speech! The room looked spectacular and the cake divine, and Juliette and Tony very graciously arranged a meal for me which I have to say was one of the best I have had in a very long time! Hats off to the Topiaries staff too who were efficient and polite and made my job a lot easier!

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Just before I headed off, I dragged poor Juliette and her new husband outside for a few more wedding photos – the gardens of Topiaries are simply too beautiful not to get some night-time shots. I am so glad we did – the results were some of the best photos we got from the whole day!

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A huge and genuine congratulations on your amazing day guys. and all the very best for a long and fantastic marriage!

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“Thanks so much for Sunday it was the perfect afternoon and we are still receiving feedback on what a great photographer you are, you really put everyone at ease and made the whole process fun, not to mention the fact that the photos you have sent through are awesome, we absolutely love them and look forward to seeing the rest!” Juliette and Tony


Beth and Jason’s Old Petrie Town Wedding

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Old Petrie Town Wedding: Beth and Jason’s Perfect Day:

Date: 5th March 2016

Location: Old Petrie Town, Brisbane

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Old Petrie Town is one of those places I had been trying to get to for some time but never seemed to make it. If you have never been: go! It’s amazing! Add a perfect wedding day in there and it’s even better!

Jason contacted me a few months prior to his big day asking if I was free to photograph his wedding – I was, so we arranged to catch up at Old Petrie Town for a chat about his plans and to scope out some photo locations. Happily Old Petrie Town is one of those places that looks good regardless of where you point your camera so we weren’t spoilt for choice, and there’s even plenty of spots to photograph should there be rain on the big day!

Fast forward a few months and I was back at Old Petrie Town for real! And it looked amazing! I arrived over an hour early as I usually do when I am photographing a wedding (you never know what the traffic’s going to be like, and it’s always good to check the place isn’t underwater!) and went for a wander. I had only met Beth a few days prior to the wedding as she had been away when I met Jason at the venue, but both bride and groom had been very laid back in the few months counting down to the wedding, as Jason was on his big day when he arrived with his dashing groomsmen!

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The location for the ceremony was impeccable – beneath and in front of a gorgeous centuries-old fig tree. What an amazing backdrop! I snapped people arriving and taking their seats and the groomsmen looking nervous and anxious. I love the build up to the ceremony – the anticipation and nervous tension before the bride’s arrival! And even laid back Jason looked a little bit nervous!

But he needn’t have: Beth arrived on time looking stunning and her bridesmaids looked amazing in their matching blue and red dresses and bright red shoes! I took a few snaps of Beth’s Dad lowering the veil: I had been given the heads up that Dad was odds on favourite to shed a few tears on the day and he did; good on him!

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And then there was quiet…and the aisle song started. Jason’s face as he saw his bride for the first time was priceless – and Beth couldn’t have looked any happier seeing her man waiting at the end of the aisle. Her dad did shed a few tears too!

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The ceremony started with a prayer – during which I caught Beth’s Mum having a sneaky peek at her daughter. Sometimes the best shots are the spontaneous ones!

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And for me, this wedding was the wedding of sneaky peeks and lingering glimpses! Check out these photos and the look of love on everyone’s faces! I love these shots – totally spontaneous, not posed or rehearsed, just genuine emotion!

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I zoomed in on a few of the details too – its the small things that count after all!

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And every wedding album needs a photograph of the parents during the ceremony – my kids are far too young to get married but I know I will be a blubbering mess when they do get wed!

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Following a perfect reading of the vows the guys exchanged wedding rings (they fit!) and then came the part everyone was waiting for: the kiss! We headed to a table for the signing and a few more shots and then it was official: here is Australia’s newest couple! Congratulations guys!


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Jason and Beth brought along their fur baby along for support – cute! – and he didn’t miss out on a photo opportunity! Then it was time for the hardest shot of the day: the group shot! Happily everyone behaved and using the fig tree as a backdrop we got some fantastic shots!

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Jason and Beth had warned me the week prior to their wedding that posing for photos was not their favourite thing! No problems at all – I let the guys be themselves and picked on the bridal party instead who happily didn’t mind the camera one little bit!

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Old Petrie Town is filled with amazing rustic barns and outhouses that make for incredible wedding photography backdrops. I could have spent all afternoon there! We did some fun shots, a few posed shots, some relaxed shots and some moody shots with no complaints or tantrums!! Time does indeed fly when you’re having fun!

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Happily Beth and Jason are a very photogenic couple and incredibly easy going and made my job very easy indeed!

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One of my favourite parts of the day was when Beth asked if we had done all of the ‘nice’ photos. Sure, I replied, why? The bridesmaids all ripped off their high heels and brought out some comfy bright red pumps for the rest of the afternoon! Outstanding!

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The sky had been darkening for a short while and it did eventually rain – but I say this honestly: rain is not a bad thing! First of all rain is meant to be lucky, secondly an umbrella makes for an amazing prop and forces you to snuggle up to your new spouse, and thirdly: rain means rainbows! I don’t think I have ever seen anyone as excited as these guys to have a rainbow in their photos!

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I used the rain as an opportunity to grab some shots of Jason and Beth sharing an umbrella and we headed towards the other end of Old Petrie Town, to the old train station: probably my favourite part! The rain eased off so we got some nice shots of the groomsmen and bridesmaids then I took off the pace and let Jason and Beth relax and be themselves. That didn’t mean I stopped shooting! I was just a little more inconspicuous about it!

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But all good things must come to an end and I finally let the guys chill out and have a few drinks before the start of the reception, which was on site at the upstairs function room of the Heritage Hotel. I headed in first to grab some shots of the table settings and decorations, and a quick portrait of each of the guests.

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Then the guys were called in and sadly it was time to leave, but not before a few glamour shots on the stairs!

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“Hey Andy, I just wanted to say thanks so much for the photos. You did an amazing job with them, Beth was absolutely pumped!” Jason




Gen and Regan’s Toowoomba Wedding

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Toowoomba Wedding: Gen and Regan’s Perfect Day!:

Date: 14th February 2016

Location: Vacy Hall and Gip’s Restaurant, Toowoomba

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Being a Brisbane-based wedding photographer means that I can cover a lot of locations within a relatively short drive; Gold Coast weddings, Sunshine Coast weddings, Brisbane weddings and, as in Gen and Regan’s case; Toowoomba weddings. A lot of people assume that I have extra travel fees to photograph their wedding in Toowoomba (I don’t!) or assume that I won’t travel up the range (I will!), so I don’t get to head up as often as I’d like, but I do like the leafy streets, the cooler air and the beautiful venues they have up there. Just ask Gen and Regan, an awesome couple I photographed on Valentine’s Day this year!

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I headed to the boys first and grabbed a few shots of the guys fine-tuning their wardrobe – tieing laces, tieing ties and fastening cufflinks. The boys were high spirited and excited and were loving the chance to dress up and to laugh at each other’s attempts at formal attire!! We did a few nice posed shots outside, then it was off to see how the girls were shaping up!

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I drove fifteen minutes to the gorgeous Vacy Hall where Gen and the girls were relaxing, having had their hair and make-up done earlier in the day. I had never had the privilege of photographing inside Vacy Hall before, but wow! What a stunning location. The decor is amazing and elegant, and was an absolute treat for a wedding photographer like myself!

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Gen was in an incredibly relaxed mood and played with her new-born daughter as her bridesmaids whirled and organised around her! The colour theme for the wedding was purple, and could be seen in the dresses, the boy’s ties and waistcoats, and Gen’s incredible hair! Awesome!

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I find that allowing preparations to take their course works best for the pre-Wedding photos: too much stopping, starting and posing throws everyone off their balance and increases nervousness, so it’s much better to stand back and capture everything unfold. More often than not, any relaxation is kicked into touch the moment the dress is on and the bridesmaids are fastening the straps – suddenly everything becomes real as action time looms!

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Save for one zip-based mishap, the girls were ready with plenty of time to spare so we grabbed some shots both inside Vacy Hall and on the deck outside, careful not to be seen as the ceremony was just across Russell Road in the garden of Gip’s Restaurant! Gen’s brother, David, came to check that things were running smoothly; the poor guy had the twin responsibilities/privileges of walking Gen down the aisle and being MC for the evening!

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Gen and Regan had recently had a beautiful little girl (congratulations Guys!) so I was able to grab a few shots of Mum and daughter before heading across the road to the beautiful grounds of Gip’s Restaurant, built next to a gorgeous mansion dating from 1860, where the ceremony was due to start. And what a day it was for a wedding! Not a cloud in the sky and a balmy (for Toowoomba!) 33degrees! The congregation had gathered, the boys were attaching their coursages; all that we needed was our bride!

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The garden set up was spectacular, and the amazing floral arrangements complimented the location. As 3 o’clock ticked past, Regan started to look nervous, checking his watch and looking over his shoulder to Vacy Hall! But her wedding day is one occasion a bride is allowed to be late, and at 3.05pm on Valentine’s Day, Gen arrived on David’s arm and walked down the aisle to marry the man of her dreams! The look on Regan’s face couldn’t have been better!

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The rings fit perfectly, the signing went well, which just left the best bit …..

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….The Kiss! Great work guys! And congratulations!

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The guys spent half an hour relaxing with family and sharing canapes, we did a group shot (one of my favourite parts of any wedding) and grabbing some candid moments with the long lens, then it was glamour time, so we headed back to Vacy Hall for some bridal party photos.

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We spent a short while outside making the most of the glorious light – I grabbed some sneaky shots of the girls chilling out as the boys were being photographed; I don’t think they stopped laughing all afternoon!

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Me: “Hey Regan, wanna try to dip Gen?”

Regan: “Er, no…”

Me: “Go ooooonnnnn….!”

Regan: “OK…”

Gen: “Aaargghhhhhhh……!!!!!!!”

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It is the interior of Vacy Hall where everything comes alive – the decor is old colonial and no detail is left out. I loved it: the furniture, props, four-poster beds. The time just went too fast!

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After we ditched the congregation following the ceremony, they had stayed on the lawn for canapes and drinks (nice!) so after an hour or so of photographs, we went to join them. It was such a lovely way to mingle and catch up with friends; and each other! All too often the first time the bride and groom get to chat to each other on their wedding day is after the guests have all gone home and I openly advocate spending just 10 – 15 minutes without friends, family, photographers (!!) and just sit and chat as husband and wife!

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Ten minutes before the reception is due to start, I always duck into the venue to grab some shots of the room looking its best before bread crumbs, wine and handbags get dispersed around the tables! And what a room this was! The James Taylor Room at the adjoining Clifford House takes some beating with its high arched windows and beautiful French doors. The decoration was elegant and purple, and the cake (which I got to taste at the end of the night!) was amazing!

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Once the guests have entered, I always grab a portrait photograph of everyone there – it can be a mad dash but always worth it. And then the grand entrance! Ladies and Gentlemen, Australia’s newest couple!

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It is always a good idea to let your photographer have a run sheet for your reception. It has never happened to me happily but you don’t want your photographer to be in the loo or photographing the exterior when the speeches start or the cake is being cut! Happily the reception was well masterminded by David and ran (pretty much) on time!

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There were tears from Gen’s teenage daughters as they warmly welcomed Regan to the family, and luckily (for Regan) not too many embarrasing truths were rolled out during Cam, the best man’s, speech!

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The cake cutting followed, and then the most nerve-racking moment for many couples: the first dance! But there were no nerves here, or if there were they didn’t show any and the dance floor was soon filled with guests for the remainder of the night.

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And all too quickly the night came to a close. We headed out to the gardens for a few last minute photos, I congratulated the guys and then hopped in the car to roll down the range. Awesome day, awesome people, awesome venue! I hope to be back soon! Andy

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“Thank you so much for being our photographer, you did an amazing job and everyone keeps asking me where we found you and commenting on how nice you were. Can’t wait to see all the photos ?? Thank you again you were amazing!” Gen



Gold Coast Wedding: Jac and Mat’s Hinterland Marriage

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Gold Coast Wedding: Jac and Mat’s Amazing Hinterland Marriage!:

Date: 31st October 2015

Location: A Private Property on Pocket Road, Numinbah Valley, Gold Coast Hinterland

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One of the best things about being a wedding photographer in South East Queensland is the variety of venues you get to visit. Some are rural, some urban, and some are in between. Jac and Mat’s wedding location was very much the former! I like to think I know the Gold Coast hinterland pretty well, but the private property on which Jac and Mat got married took some finding! Jac’s directions simply stated: “Drive along Pocket Rd and stop when you see a cow shaped letter box….!” Oooooo Kaaaayy! As it happened it was surprisingly easy to find, and what a spot! I fell in love with it instantly – a beautifully undulating block of land with a copse of trees blocking the road and backed by gorgeous mountains. Add a lake, a beautiful wooden home and an awesome level area and gazebo (ideal for a wedding ceremony…), and you’d struggle to find anywhere more ideal for a country wedding!

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Fast forward to the wedding day and the weather was perfect: clear, warm and sunny. The guys had been busy and had erected a marquee for their reception and had thrown up a mini city of tents for friends and family! And the gents toilets? Stacked bales of hay! The area was a hive of activity of decorating, tweaking and finalising, so to avoid being thrown up a ladder to hang lanterns, I headed to the house to photograph the girls getting ready!

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The hair and make up guys worked their magic as Jac and her bridesmaids sipped champagne; and what a great job they did! The girls looked amazing, and judging by the relaxed atmosphere that prevailed, they did it effortlessly and without any stress or meltdowns!

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I snap away furiously as the bridesmaids are getting their hair and make-up done, then for modesty reasons, I disappear to photograph the ‘still life’ aspects of the day – the perfume, flowers, shoes and (unless the boys are trustworthy!) the rings – as the bride hops into her dress.

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And all of a sudden it was action stations! Sarah Alexander ( flawlessly officiated and kept the laid back feeling to the day. In another unique twist, the girls drove themselves in Jac’s elaborately decorated/vandalised car to the top of the paddock and walked down to the pagola together, smiling and laughing and truly loving the occasion. The look on Mat’s face when he saw his bride-to-be was priceless:)

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This was the second wedding I have photographed with Sarah officiating and she always does a great job of keeping the ceremony about the couple. We heard how Jac and Mat met and how they share a mutual love of travel (when I emailed Jac a few weeks after the wedding to let her know her wedding photos were ready, she replied to say they were just boarding a cruise ship in the Caribbean and would be heading to Mexico after that! Jealous? Yeah!) The ceremony couldn’t have been more ‘Jac and Mat’ – informal, fun and full of love!

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And then with a kiss, it was official! Australia’s newest (and happiest!) couple were now wed!

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Following the ceremony, I always allow a good 10 – 15 minutes of spontaneous congratulations – we will often capture some of the best moments of the day at this point, with expressions of joy, tears and laughter. I follow this with a group shot and photos with the family; after all, when does everyone look this good?!

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And then its the photographers favourite part of the day – the Bridal Party Photos! After the suspense and build up of the ceremony, this tends to be the most relaxed part of the day: friends having fun, having a drink, and allowing someone to capture it all. I generally mix in a handful of posed shots with some spontaneous, casual moments and just let the guys be themselves. Sonny joined us of course and we headed to the creek behind the pagoda for some posed shots before heading into one of the paddocks for some more casual photos.

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This part of the day also allows the photographer to get a little creative and to have a bit of fun as well – and these guys were so much fun and laid back, it was a very easy half hour!

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We left the guests to the canapes and drinks and headed back to the lake and homestead, grabbing a few fun shots in the tree house and on the jetty, then headed back to where it all began on the deck where a bottle of very old and very expensive rum materialised and the guys simply forgot I was there and enjoyed the afternoon.

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At 6pm, I left the guys to enjoy their drinks and headed to the marquee area where I found the Mexican themed reception in very full swing! Being a self catering venue meant that all drinks were free pour, including the tequila! Happily it was an amazingly clear day so everyone relaxed outdoors on mats, plucking beers from a cooler and laughing harder than just about any wedding reception I’ve ever attended! As the sun dropped, the fires were lit and the party continued into the night.

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The guys had done an amazing job with the decoration, adding personal touches like travel photos and hanging Day of the Dead memorabilia from the ceiling.

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As dusk settled, the bridal party made their enthusiastic entrance carrying personalised bottles of champagne and dived straight into the party! I asked Mat if self catering had saved them any money. Nah, he reckoned, but it did mean people could drink more! Catering came from a Siguenos taco truck ( – an amazing idea (great food, no cooking, no clear up, no mess!) which allowed everyone to feast under the stars!

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The speeches were very funny and very light hearted and revealed a lot about Mat’s dislike for clothing when drunk (sorry mate!), and I always say you can tell a lot about a couple from the speeches at their wedding. Every speech was warm and heartfelt and everyone was genuinely listening and contributing. This was clearly a fun reception!

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And then to the first dance, which is rarely (ever?!) a newly wed’s favourite part of their wedding day! The guys did a decent job and soon the dance floor was packed and continued to be so far into the night. I bid my farewells and headed home under an amazing blanket of stars, sorry to be leaving and sure that there would be a lot of sore heads the next day! Congratulations guys; what an amazing day!

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“We both just wanted to say thanks so much for Saturday, we had the best day and the whole getting photos taken was no where near as scary or stressful as we were expecting!” Jac

“Oh thank you so much, they arrived yesterday! I love all of them!!  It was so good to see them all, I’m back at work this week now so it was a good way to spend my night last night haha”. Jac



Brisbane Wedding: Cara and Roland’s Botanic Garden Ceremony

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Date: 18th December 2015, 11am

Location: Garden’s Club, Botanic Gardens, Brisbane

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I love photographing Brisbane weddings – I have lived in Brisbane nearly 12 years now and I still marvel at how beautiful she looks on a warm summer’s day! December the 18th was one such day: the sun was shining, it was warm, and there were a few scattered clouds to keep the sun at bay. A perfect day for a Brisbane wedding in other words, and perfect conditions for wedding photography!

I first met Cara and Roland just two days prior to their big day (they both live in Perth but wanted a Brisbane wedding as this is where their family is located) but we were instantly on the same page as to the type of photography they were looking for and the style of their wedding: classical elegance. We went through the format of their Brisbane wedding and worked out a timeline, and took time to just chat and get to know each other; something I find imperative to make the couple feel more comfortable on the most important day of their lives!

Brisbane botanic gardensFast forward two days and the sun was out, the Botanic gardens was bursting with green, and the Garden’s Club was quickly filling up with guests. I arrived early and grabbed a few shots of Roland looking nervous as the guests chatted and mingled, and at precisely 11am, Cara arrived in her bridal car looking stunning and flawless. It was time for action!

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The ceremony is the part of the wedding day celebrations that fly past the quickest: as a bride or groom there is so much to remember, all whilst looking good, smiling, and trying to absorb the day! Without doubt the comment I hear most after the wedding is “It all went so fast!” Happily the photographer is there to capture the details, the smiles and the memories.

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Roland is of German heritage, and as such some readings (and part of Cara’s vows) were in Deutsch, which added a fun and personal touch to the occasion; although my limited schoolboy German skills were severely tested, and at best I came out of the day with a C+ for effort! Happily the ceremony was conducted in English (by Elke Howard from Ceremonial Moments) so I was able to follow the proceedings of this beautiful Brisbane wedding!

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Following the kiss comes the formal part of the ceremony with the signing of the register and the certificate, and then the official declaration of marriage! Congratulations Mr & Mrs Treiber; you are now husband and wife!

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Following some warm congratulations and a fun group shot we grabbed some shots of the newly weds with their families. Happily, Cara had made this amazingly easy with a concise and detailed shot list (oh, how I love shot lists!) which meant we had more time to head into Brisbane Botanic gardens for some beautiful formal shots of the couple.

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I love Brisbane Botanic gardens for wedding photos – there are just so many options and locations, and so much variety! Trees? Check! River? Check! City views? Check! Story Bridge? Check! It helped a lot that Cara and Roland were so much fun and natural to photograph, and so willing to give input and to pander to my silly suggestions!

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And what’s a wedding without a celebration?! Following our formal wedding photos in the Botanic gardens’s, we headed back to the Garden’s Cafe for the reception. The cafe was closed to the public for the reception, which kept the event intimate and personal, and the staff had done an amazing job of decorating the venue. The restaurant area was open and light (great for wedding photography!) and the tables close enough to remain personable without being crowded!

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It’s capturing the details that I love most about wedding photography: the small things that you may forget about in a few years but which made the day so individual. During any wedding reception, I use the time as people are eating (because no-one wants their photo taking then!) to grab the details: the cake, the flowers, the menu and the decorations. It is usually these photos that get the most comments – these small things make the wedding!

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And with any wedding celebration there are some beautiful moments: the cake cutting, the speeches and the first dance. Cara and Roland’s cake was a traditional German cake, and looked amazing on the table next to the wedding flowers. The guys also took the time to pose for a few more photos during the reception. Poor things!

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But all good things must come to an end, and unfortunately I had to leave the guys to their celebrations! It was the perfect wedding day and everything went without a hitch. Congratulations Cara and Roland; may your marriage be long and lots and lots of fun! Andy

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“Andy was the ultimate professional. He captured every moment perfectly and provided us with a lifetime of happy memories. Very easy going and understanding of our specific needs.” Cara