Weddings

Slobodan & Amanda’s Perth wedding

Sharing the wedding of Slobodan & Amanda who got married towards the end of last year.  We worked with our good friend Frans from Studio777 at this wedding.  Always so great to work with people you know well.

Slobodan & Amanda got married here in Perth in a beautiful park and hosted their reception at their house.  Such a lively bunch of people.  I loved hearing their story through all the speeches at the reception.  There is a lot of love for this couple, that’s for sure.

We wish you a very happy and blessed life together!

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Our daughter’s wedding – Adam & Zani part 1

Today I’m sharing part 1 of a wedding close to my heart … the wedding of our only daughter who we love more than we probably ever can express.

Apologies for the very long blog post, but this one is for all the family and friends who live so far from us and who we know would have loved to be here with us.

For over 25 years Deon and I have been part of the wedding industry.  First in South Africa and for the last 6 years in Australia.  We have seen many gorgeous brides, couples and weddings and we have experienced them all from a different perspective than the couple, parents or guests would have experienced it.  When we photograph a wedding, we are there to capture the essence of the day and we try and do it as quietly and non intrusive as possible.  We try and be the so called “fly on the wall”.  We capture anything and everything in the best possible way. At the end of the day the only thing any couple have left are their wedding photo’s and video and we want to make sure that we do a terrific job so that they can relive their wedding day through our work.  Being on the other side of my “normal” on a wedding day, I can honestly say that this is something no one should ever skimp on.  You only truly see and understand the importance of photo’s and video after the wedding day when you get to relive the day through it.

VENUE:

When you become the parents of the bride, you experience the wedding not like a photographer, but like any other parents of a bride/groom.  The build up to the actual wedding day was super special.  Adam & Zani took a lot of our experience on board when they started their planning process.  We’ve been part of so many weddings that we know the recipe for a successful or a disastrous day.  We always only gave our opinion, but it was up to them to use it.  This wedding had to be a resemblance of who they are as a couple.  Zani is not a fussy person. She knows exactly what she likes.  She wanted a cocktail/picnic style wedding where guests could enjoy being outdoors with a beautiful view over the city.  She has a very simplistic style so she did not want anything over the top.  We went venue scouting with the 2 of them, but we knew that Burswood on Swan would tick all of their boxes.  We’ve photographed a function at this venue before and we knew the view would be spectacular and the food is simply delicious.  Value for money and superb service. (Rachael, her wedding coordinator was such a pleasure to work with.  She did an amazing job throughout the year and on the day.)  They opted to have their ceremony and reception on the lawn area of the venue.  Guests did not have to drive around and best of all, parking is free!

DECOR:

She loved the idea of crates and wanted to incorporate them into her reception.  Like most other weddings we sure did have quite a tight budget to work with, so with Zani’s artistic flair, she did a lot herself.  She loved the look of miss match vintage chairs from Maisey Collections and they worked perfectly with the round tables for the reception.  She decided to have 5 round tables for the older guests and 5 crate tables with lots of blankets and pillows for the younger guests.  She pictured loads of glass jars filled with candles, but since January is high season for bush fires in Perth, we had to be very careful.  We collected glass jars for a year and only purchased a few extra candle holders which suited the theme.  This definitely was a plus for the budget.  She also wanted an outside dance floor with lots of fairy lights, so the cheapest option for us was to use solar fairy lights twirled around 4 poles which was placed at each corner of the wooden dance floor.  So with the help of hubby and 2 of their friends, her fairy light dance floor came to light.  Adam & Zani was very blessed to be gifted the usage of the dance floor.  This was a super saving and huge blessing for the 2 of them.  Throughout the year we purchased blankets and pillows which formed part of the picnic crate set up.  These were all at a greatly reduced price!  If you have time to look around, you always find loads of specials and bargains.

Marianna from The Wedding Place Perth is another very talented lady and a great friend of mine.  I met her when we photographed her niece’s wedding and I could see that she has an eye for detail.  Such a friendly and eager to help person.  She was happy to come and oversea the finer touches and she also brought along some of her decor pieces which added to the feel of the wedding.

FLOWERS:

Initially Zani only wanted a green leave garland running over the middle of each table.  She did not want any flowers.  Flowers definitely are a costly thing and although she loves flowers, she wanted to spend the budget on other more important things.  We tried our hand at doing the garlands ourselves, and even though we did an extremely good job and loved the look of the try we had, we realised that we will have problems keeping the garlands fresh in Perth’s heat.  We approached Maike of JEM Floral design and she was happy to take over this job from us.  She added a couple of different type florals and also made the bouquets, boutonniere’s and corsages.

COLOUR THEME:

Marsala, green, a touch of lilac & different shades of grey

THE SUIT:

Zani & Adam loved the colour Marsala and they decided that he will be the only one wearing this colour.  My friend, Mariette, is a very talented seamstress and so Adam had his jacket tailor made through her.  He loved the idea of having a bright print for the lining.  He has quite a quirky style and so wearing a coloured jacket was right up his ally.  He paired the jacket with black pants, a black tie, black suspender belt and a very fashionable print shirt.

THE WEDDING DRESS:

Dress shopping with Zani was super easy.  She knows what she likes and once she saw her dress, she was not interested to try on any more.  Myself, her dad and brother went along for this special occasion beginning of 2016.  Her dream designer is GaliaLahav, but we knew that those dresses would cost an arm and a leg and would be way over our budget.  Galia Lahav dresses are what dreams are made of!  Such gorgeous workmanship and the most beautiful materials.  Our first and only stop was at Dion for Brides  Very friendly and helpful staff quickly gave us a couple of instructions to help us search for the dress.  By that time, Zani and I saw a couture dress on a mannequin which had her name written all over it.  The #Grace dress from the “St Tropez Cruse” collection was THE dress.  I don’t think I own anything couture so all I knew was that this meant expensive!  Definitely out of our price range … at least that’s what we thought.  And yes, with a closer look at the price we knew that this beautiful dress was way beyond what we could afford.  But as luck would have it, this dress was on sale for nearly a 1/4 of the initial price.  When a smile says it all, then you know it’s meant to be!  This was the 2nd dress Zani tried and she was sold.  Once they added the veil, I was in tears and she definitely found her dress.  We found veils to be very expensive and so my friend made Zani’s beautiful veil for her.  Shoes was from Forever New.

BRIDESMAIDS & GROOMSMEN WEAR:

Zani wanted to keep the cost low for her bridesmaids and so she found the perfect bridesmaids dresses at ASOS for a very good price.  She wanted 4 different style dresses in different shades of grey.  These dresses were delivered within 2 weeks and all of them was a perfect fit.  The guys were super easy.  Off white shirts were bought at Conner and paired with their own black pants, suspender belts and the different lilac bowties were bought from Ebay.

MAKE-UP & HAIR:

Jo from Hairart is a terrific person with a bubbly personality who did an amazing job with all our hair.  She has a heart of gold which came through throughout the day. I’ve worked with Jane from Make me Beautiful Jane a number of times before, and like always she did a fantastic job with make-up.

PHOTOGRAPHER & VIDEOGRAPHER

Being wedding photographers for so long, we knew that we weren’t going to take 2nd best.  We know Mario from Mario Sales Artistic Imagery for years and years.  He is one of South Africa’s top wedding photographers and have many awards to show for this!  He did an amazing job, just like expected.  He had a few visa jitters and like he said in his blog post, he probably spend more time on the plane than being on Aus soil.  But at the end of the day, he made it and could spend a day with our family before the actual wedding day.  Frans from Studio777  is another great friend of ours.  We worked together at weddings back in South Africa and they moved to Perth a few years before we moved to Brisbane.  We have always stayed in touch and when we were transferred to Perth 3 years ago, it was great to have some familiar faces around. Frans did an amazing job with the video.  He is like a true jack in the box … he had 3 camera’s set up which kept him very busy.  Every angle was covered with his footage.  I’ve always said that couples need to have a videographer because there are so many things that happen and are said during speeches and vows which makes up a vital part of the day.  Those speeches and vows only happen once and is forever lost if not recorded.  I find myself playing those clips over and over again.  There are a lot of things I find I missed out on the day and therefore these video clips are so important to help me relive every moment of the day and parts that I’ve missed.  Thank you Frans for blessing our kids with your video gift.  We all appreciate it so much.

SPECIAL MOMENTS:

All our family live in South Africa, so we knew that it would be difficult for most to come over.  We were super blessed to have my parents (both in their 80’s) as well as my sister Desire, her daughter Liezel & hubby Dennis over for the wedding.  Zani felt that it was so special to have them here and she decided to have her grandparents walk her up to her father from where he then walked her down the isle.  Such a small part, but a moment she will remember forever.

Since Zani grew up in South Africa, she obviously does not have any of her close school friends nearby.  I knew she would have loved having some of them here for the wedding.  I wanted to incorporate them in some way to help make her day a little extra special and so I got in contact with one of her closest friends and asked her to collect video clips with messages to Zani from them.  The morning of the wedding I had a couple of small gifts for her and displayed all their messages on the computer.  The first thing she saw when she entered the room was the laptop with all those familiar faces.  Zani is not a cry baby like her mother 🙂   Very few things tear her up, but this surprise had her in tears!  She did not expect this at all.  Once she was done listening to all the special messages she turned towards me and said “good job mom on getting me all teary, this was the best surprise”.  That was truly a special moment.

Click here to see PART 2 of their wedding day

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Her clutch is from her grandmother’s collection.  A very very old but beautiful and special vintage clutch.
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Just like me, Zani loves to shower her loved ones with gifts.  Especially when it comes to special occasions.  We did not expect anything from her and so when she gave me a hanky and card with the most heartwarming message written on it I was a mess.  It does not take a lot for me to cry, but this was so unexpected and special so I brawled like a baby 🙂
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I love these images of Deon and myself in the background while Zani is looking into the mirror.  This is a great capture by our friend, Mario.  That feeling of seeing your daughter change into a bride on her wedding day brings back all the beautiful memories of her as a baby, toddler and teenager.  It feels so surreal.   The emotions was so high.
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My kids love it when I’m a teary mess … I’m pretty sure they plan it this way so that they can enjoy giggles over my messy state!  This beautiful token of love will be forever in my heart.
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A moment that was super special and captured beautifully by Mario was when dad saw her for the first time in her wedding dress.  You can feel the love in these images.
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Adam’s mom, Diane, unfortunately passed away just before the 2 met, so Zani wanted to honour her in some special way.  She wanted Adam to feel his mom’s presence at the wedding so she came about the idea to make a pin with some of Diane’s jewellery which Adam had to pin inside his jacket.  He definitely felt his mom close to his heart.
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Another heartfelt moment when Adam gave his dad Barry a gift and a beautiful card.
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They opted to have their first look in a park near our house where Adam waited for Zani.  Love how happy both look in these images.  You can feel their excitement!

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We suggested they do their couple session before the ceremony.  That way they can have the ceremony start at 5.30 which then leads into the reception.  Doing it this way has two great outcomes … the guests does not have to wait long before the couple join them and the most important part is that this time is the only time the couple have alone on the day.  This is the time they can spend with each other and enjoy the moment without anyone other than the photographer & videographer around.  In Zani’s own words: “This was the best decision ever.  I’m going to let all my friends know that they should all do this on their wedding day.”  The University of WA was their first stop and then they took to the streets in Leederville for some graffiti backgrounds.

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HERE IS PART 2 OF THEIR WEDDING DAY

Our daughter’s wedding – Adam & Zani part 2

Sharing the 2nd part of our children’s gorgeous Perth wedding day.  Such a gorgeous view over the Swan River.  The day started out very windy, but the evening was so beautiful.

We can not be more happy and in love with our brand new son-in-law.  They are the perfect fit for each other.  Huge christians with a love for God, their family and friends.  We wish them only happiness, love and a long road filled with blessings for the future.

We love you both to bits 🙂

Click here to see PART 1 of their wedding day
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Zani’s Bridal Shower

So hubby and I have been in the wedding industry for over 25 years. I started out with my photography career when our children was still toddlers. My little curly head girl was probably only 5 when I started. At first, for the first couple of years, I mostly did event and family photography. Then we moved to a different state and had a friends wedding coming up. At that stage I had quite a bit of experience with portraiture, but have never done any weddings. But I jumped at the chance to go into this direction. With our first wedding we also had a first finalist in a very popular and well known “Bride of the year” competition. This, together with referrals and advertising in a bridal magazine brought us on track for our wedding photography business. At this stage hubby had no choice but to join me in my venture. He started out as my 2nd shooter, but boy, he was huge competition so became my equal. His work is so beautiful. We compliment each other’s style and will very seldom photograph a wedding without each other. Having attend so many beautiful weddings throughout our career, I always got super emotional seeing the couple, especially the bride.  I would always imagine what it would feel like to see my little girl on her wedding day.  It feels like years turned into days.  Before I knew it, my daughter was engaged.  She chose well.  He is a kind hearted man of God with so much love for her and everyone in her life.  We could not be more happy for the 2 of them.

So the past Christmas season we had so many things happening.  Deon and I celebrated our 29th wedding anniversary, Zani’s bridal shower, Christmas, New Year, Deon’s birthday and then ended it off with their wedding.  We were fortunate to have my parents and my sister over from South Africa for a couple of months and so it was super special to have them here for the kitchen tea.

I really wanted a beautiful colourful theme for her bridal shower.  My very talented friend, Mariana from The Wedding Place Perth, baked the most gorgeous tasty beautiful red velvet cake.  We had such a great evening with some of her close friends.  I feel blessed to have this gorgeous person as my daughter.

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Enchanted Garden Styled Bridal Session

Once in a while we dream of secret places like enchanted gardens where we can play out all of our creativeness as professionals.

This styled shoot was one of those dreams which became reality. There is nothing not to love of this styled collaboration.

I’ll let the images speak for itself.

The team:
Photographer: US
Styling, cake & decor: The Wedding Place Perth
Florist: JEM Floral Design
Stationary: Paperweight
Dresses: Chein Noir Dezines
Video: Little Dingo Productions
Hair & Make-up: Pink Makeup Artistry
Model: Tonia Smith

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Beautiful Beach Boho Styled Wedding Session

I loved everything about this styled wedding collaboration from a few months back. We had such a great talented group of industry professionals work on this session. To top it all off we could not have chosen a more perfect beach boho girl for this theme.

Our talented group of of suppliers are:
Styling, decor & cake: The Wedding place Perth
Venue: Coogee Beach WA Function & Events Venue
Flowers: JEM Floral Design
Stationary: Paperweight
Hair & Make-up: Pink Makeup Artistry
Dress: Forever New

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Daniel & Emily

Daniel & Emily’s wedding was truly a day to remember.  If there was ever a bride that was not going to let weather get the better of her, it was Emily.

As luck would have it, the weather on their wedding day decided to test their endurance.  It must have been the coldest spring day ever in Perth!  It was pouring down buckets and the wind did not help at all.  It’s days like this when I appreciate our 20+ years experience of photographing weddings in difficult circumstances.  There is no 2nd chance with weddings, only 1 time to get it right and unfortunately the weather is not always going to play nice.  But when you have a gorgeous bride like Emily who is not scared of rain or of being cold then you have a winner.  Her attitude was so amazing.  Never once did she complain of being cold and let me tell you, at stages she was shivering.  But she was adamant to have gorgeous wedding photos and she is reaping the benefits now.  The easiest couple to work with, seriously, a photographers dream! And no, I’m not only saying this to make it all sound super nice, this was the truth.

Daniel and Emily booked the stunning Masonmill Gardens for their ceremony.  It was so gorgeous even though it was freezing.  Gorgeous gardens with the most beautiful spots to photograph couples at.  We had a lot of time after the ceremony for their couple session and so my dearest husband knew that a nice hot coffee will do the trick to get our frozen bones back to life.  Daniel came prepared with his beanie and even though Emily had a beautiful cape, the orange blanket might have done a better job in between rests.

I love how this couple enjoyed every moment, freezing or not.  I love how they did everything we asked of them and I love that they embraced the weather.  Every time we had a break in the rain, they would get rid of the beanie and blanket and work with us as if it was the warmest nicest summer day ever.

Dear Daniel & Emily, we have to thank you for being the bravest best couple.  You guys were super easy to photograph en we loved spending the day, even though we were cold to the bones, with you!

Wishing you many loved and happy years together.

Please click on this link to see a few more of their beautiful day

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Ceremony venue:  Masonmill Gardens

Reception venue:  Private property

Make-up:  Christina. T-Makeup

Hair: Celeste Di Dio

Tim & Sakari – UWA Perth

I have a strong believe that most things happen for a reason and that our lives are planned ahead far beyond what we could imagine. The story of how we met Tim & Sakari as well as their love story is a resemblance of just this!

Let me start at the beginning. We moved from Brisbane to Perth just over a year ago. While we were searching for a rental house we fell in love with the north side of Perth. Beautiful gorgeous beaches and spectacular sunsets! Not long after we moved into the rental we decided to start searching for a property or block of land to purchase. This would be our first own home since our move from South Africa to AUS so we were all super excited and thrilled with this idea. We found the perfect block of land and started the design process with a local building company. Unfortunately this company had other ideas and at the end they pulled out of the contract. We were disappointed as this meant we would lose the block of land as well. We had to submit plans and so forth in a couple of weeks and there was no time left to find a new builder and have everything ready before this time. God plays a big roll in our lives and I strongly believe He answered our prayers … Satterley, the property development company who owns the land, decided to give us an extension for the purchase of this block of land, so this gave us time to find a new builder. Sakari & Tim made such an impression on a friend of ours when he first met them so when he heard about our search for a building company they were the people he referred us to. We phoned them, made an appointment to meet up with them … from the moment we met them we knew this couple is professional and have a passion for their work. We felt comfortable with them and knew they would have our best interest at heart. They have a passion for life and they aim to give their clients the best service possible. We clicked straight away. It was during one of our meetings with them that Tim asked about our wedding photography. Since I knew they were already married I thought he was only making some small talk 🙂 I showed him our website while Sakari and Deon was discussing house plans and Tim was in awe of our work. It was only then that he told me they were looking for a wedding photographer for their own wedding and at this stage, Sakari pretty much gave up on finding the perfect photographer for her day. We hit it off right from the start with this couple. We love their work ethic and we love their personalities so we felt at ease with them just as they did with us. It was a done deal, so they booked us.

Sakari is a born and bread beautiful Italian girl and Tim is a true blood Aussie. They both worked as a flight attendant for Emirates airways and met each other in Dubai for the first time at a pre-flight briefing for a flight between Dubai and Jakarta. Both of them lived in Dubai at that stage. Tim invited her for dinner at his place the next day and they have never been apart since.

From Dubai they moved back to Perth, but before they moved to Perth, they had a business trip to Vegas and they decided to get married in Vegas before returning to AUS. They wanted to have their family and friends share this special day with them so they knew they were going to have a proper wedding at some stage in the near future to celebrate with all of their family and friends. Her dad unfortunately passed away after their Vegas wedding and for a couple of years after his death Sakari did not feel the time right to celebrate their 2nd wedding day. Two years ago they went back to Italy for a visit and for the first time she felt the time right to go ahead and plan her wedding day to be shared with close friends and family.

They love Kings Park with its beautiful view over the city and Swan River and so they booked “Place of Reflection” for their ceremony. Their photo session took place at the beautiful grounds of UWA (University of Western Australia). They had a small intimate reception at Perth Royal Yacht club where they spend quality time with their guests who flew over from Italy, England, Ukraine, Lebanon, Brazil, Dubai and the East Coast of AUS.

I absolutely adore their wedding images. Both Tim & Sakari looked gorgeous … they could easily have stepped out of the fashion pages of Vogue! Their bridal party was made up of their best friends and family and even though some could not speak or understand English, they did an amazing job by following what we wanted them to do 🙂 I guess if someone was listening to this group they would have been intrigued with the 3 languages spoken throughout the photo session … since Deon and I are Afrikaans we would speak Afrikaans to each other, then speak English to the group to explain what we want and then Sakari would translate into Italian so that her sister and friend could understand what was expected of them 🙂

Apart from the limo driver arriving late which resulted in the wedding starting an hour late and Sakari’s beautiful 2nd dress giving her some zip trouble, they had an awesome intimate affair shared with all their loved ones. Tim’s raw emotion when he saw Sakari in her wedding dress walking down the isle, made me realise once again that love is so powerful and so exquisite and everyone in the world should experience true love!

Thanks Tim & Sakari for being such a great couple and for allowing us to be part of your special 2nd day!

Much love

Natasha xxx

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Andrew & Carla at Sheraton Mirage

I am super excited to share a few images of Andrew & Carla’s wedding which took place at the Sheraton Mirage Gold Coast last weekend. We flew back “home” for this wedding and although it is not home anymore, Brisbane & the Gold Coast will always have a special place in my heart.

Carla booked us when she saw the wedding album of Andrew & Bec whom we photographed at the Sheraton Mirage back in 2012. These 2 ladies are work colleagues so I guess when Bec showed Carla her wedding album, she fell in love with our photography and like they say, the rest is history. When we met up with Carla a few months before the wedding, we got to meet her and Andrew’s beautiful children. Now, let me tell you, gorgeous and well behaved is an understatement for these 2 kids. James has a captivating smile and his friendly smiley face draws you in to him. That smile lights up a room in no time! He is going to be some heart breaker in the future for sure! Summer is exactly what her name says! She has rays of sunshine streaming from that little body. Sounds like she (at 3 years old) is a blossoming “photographer” in her own right. She is the selfie queen and guides mom Carla on how to photograph, using the mobile phone! Sounds like we might have an assistant in the near future. 😉

What I loved about Carla from the word go is the fact that she has lots of trust in her service providers. When she decides on someone she sits back and enjoys the moment and let him or her do what he or she does best. Carla is a no fuss person with lots of style. They wanted a simple, yet beautiful stylish black & white wedding theme. She left everything in the capable hands of Lee from “A fabulous event planning services” to bring this to life. She did an awesome job and delivered a stress free bride for us to photograph! Andrew & Carla wanted their children to be part of this day from the word go. Now obviously trying to work around sleeping and eating schedules of babies and children can be complicated, but this one was a breeze. There were no moods … except for smiles and happiness! James who had to go to sleep was all smiles … not even his tiredness could put a damper on his friendliness. It was so cute to watch the interaction between Summer and poppy (her granddad). Lots of teasing and having their own little conversations was happening in the back ground. Every now and then one would hear Summer say: “Poppy, you have to go to time out” …

Summer’s little face was a light of sunshine when she saw mom Carla in her gorgeous wedding dress for the 1st time. I imagine that in her little head she has just seen a real life princess … 🙂 Baby James, the charmer, had his afternoon nap in dad Andrew’s room and when Deon showed up to photograph dad and this little man, he was ready with his all-familiar smile.

I am pretty sure Andrew & Carla had a perfect day, just the way they planned. So, to say that we had a good time and have loads of gorgeous images is an understatement. Once again I love love love my job!

Dear Andrew, Carla, Summer & James … may you have a life filled with loads of blessings and happiness and may you always remember the love you have for each other.

Much Love

Natasha & Deon xxx

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Green & Gold Styled wedding collaboration

I am a true believer that things happen for a reason!  Let me explain.

In March this year we met Mariana from The Wedding Place Perth when she styled her niece, Mila’s wedding which took place in Fremantle, Perth.  You can read more about their wedding here.

I knew that I want to work with Mariana in the future so I approached her with the idea of doing a styled wedding theme together.  Mariana was so excited to get on board so we started planning and putting ideas together.  She is just amazing at het craft.   Her cakes are hand painted and real works of art.  She approached Coogee Beach WA Function & Events Venue  who were super happy to get on board as well.  Jasmine & Sophie were so helpful and arranged everything to perfection for the day.   This venue is just perfect for the bride who wants to have gorgeous views over the ocean, especially at sunset!  Our florist, Maike from JEM Floral Design did an amazing job as well.  She went out of her way to contribute to this shoot to make it look fantastic.  Super friendly and nice lady!  I could not be more happy with our make-up artist, Rana, from Pink Makeup Artistry.  She has a super talent and knew exactly what we were after for the 3 different themes.  Even though she is not a hairdresser, she was able to do the girls hair in basic styles and definitely nailed it!  Annabelle, from Paperweight Design was traveling overseas during this time, but she made sure that we had all her beautiful stationary on time.  Each theme designed and fit to perfection.

Today I’m sharing the 1st of 3 themes.  This was our Gold & Green theme.  I send Mariana a photo of this dress which I had purchased from a wedding boutique closing down years ago and I’ve been putting it to great use for styled photo sessions ever since.  It fit the theme perfectly and it fit our gorgeous model, Mercedi, perfectly.

Enjoy looking at the gorgeousness of this session and please leave some blog love 🙂  Don’t hesitate to get in touch with any of these providers for your wedding 🙂  You will not be sorry!

CLICK HERE to browse through the complete series of this theme.

 

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