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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!
Cheers,
David

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

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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!

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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

 

 

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 (www.sarahmayalexander.com.au/) 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 (www.siguenos.com.au) – 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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Brisbane Wedding: Cara and Roland’s Beautiful Day:

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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wedding kiss photographyAfter a few beautiful readings, including one in German by Roland’s sister Anne, came everyone’s favourite part of the ceremony: the kiss! This is the first chance the couple get to really express their love for each other and I always find it to be the highlight of the day! It is the build-up to years of a relationship, and the first public expression of love the couple can show on their big day.

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