Alex + Nadia

January 30th, 2014

One of the great things about weddings these days is that anything is possible. And by anything, I mean ANYTHING. Fireworks, floral arches, kombi cars, cigar bars, marquees, lion tamers (ok – so the last one isn’t readily available but I’ll bet if you want it, you can get it.) Anything you can think of, you can have. But with that kind of choice comes the important need to edit. We are all culprits of bad editing (Hello!!! Wardrobe!!!! Sixteen pairs of shoes when I only wear 5!) How many times have you wanted something, got it and then never used it? It’s hard to know what to say yes to and what to say “I love you, I want you, but not this time”.  Given you only have one wedding, it can be pretty hard to say no to things you have dreamed of that really, if you are honest with yourself, should remain there, in your dreams. That is where a really good planner can come into play! They help you hone your vision, keep all the bits you want that scream who you are as a couple, while editing out the crazy but amazing ideas that should stay on your pinterest page. white + white weddings and events do just that. The wedding of Alex and Nadia just oozed personal, sentimental and quirky style – it reflected the couple to a ‘t’. Each addition to the wedding only reinforced the couple’s loves and in turn, created a wedding that was so meaningful and fun loving. To start take the invitation designed by the amazing Cara Marie Designs. Based around the traditional Mexican papel picado (paper cut out) design but with a deeply personal nod. The scene depicted is of a couple at a church with two dogs in a garden. The background paper was a digital print of Nadia’s grandmother’s floral wedding dress from the 30s.   This Mexican theme was also echoed in the bunting at the reception as well as the authentic Mexican wrestling masks the groomsmen doned while getting ready (boys will always be boys).  Although the boys donned more traditional suits (by Wil Valor) they did add some floral, Mad men-esque madness by way of their bowties by Pomp and Ceremony.  Nadia was simply stunning in her Monique Lhuillier gown and matching veil (the embroidery was breathtaking) and her bridesmaids dressed in mismatched 50’s party frocks referencing Nadia’s grandmother’s wedding dress and keeping with theme of vintage garden party. Mixing these seemingly random but meaningful elements to produce one amazing event really highlights the skill that  white + white weddings and events have at making your wedding dreams come true.  Attended by their family and friends (and their beloved dogs Brutus and Castro) Alex and Nadia wed at the Holy Trinity church in Brisbane’s Fortitude Valley.  On her way to the reception, Nadia added a colourful floral necklace and fur wrap to help ‘get the party started’. While photographs were being taken with the bride and groom, guests mingled at Brisbane’s Lightspace which had been transformed into vintage themed high tea party complete with white picket fences, flamingoes and astroturf (props supplied by Events and Heidi and Kate). Love was all around and actually up in lights! As guests moved into the formal dining area they were met with, quite simply, a floral wonderland. Astroturf table runners, mismatched retro chairs, cutlery and crockery and the MOST AMAZING suspended floral ladders designed by the floral masters, Green and Bloom. All the great retro blackboards were done by Blackboard Artworx.  Flowers, colour, love and laughter – each and every detail added to the magic of Alex and Nadia’s wedding. As a parting gift, Nadia chose sweet, retro salt and pepper shakers.  Nadia’s grandfather used to buy her grandmother salt and pepper shakers whenever he was away from home for work – a little romantic gesture over a lifetime of love.  “We got together like salt and pepper”.  Yes you do, Alex and Nadia!

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Dan + Amy

January 23rd, 2014

Welcome 2014!  I know it has been pretty quiet around here but I can assure you we have been working hard, day and night.  There has also been some major downtime too which was much needed.  I know the rhetoric other wedding photographers spout is “my life is awesome” and “I can’t believe I get to travel to all these amazing places” and “I love my job” but for us we work HARD.  Long hours, after hours, weekends and nights.  We love what we do but sometime you need a holiday, yeah?  Sitting very, very still, listening to the waves and thinking about ab-solute-ly nothing.  So for the first time in 7 years we did just that.  Thanks for letting us step away, but we are back, and back with the most amazing wedding EVER.

Dan and Amy are both doctors (and stupid, crazy busy) so getting them together has been near impossible.  I was secretly joking that they may have to skype their wedding vows but, amazingly, on a ridiculously, beautiful day in October last year, the planets aligned and they got married.  Dan’s from Canada so many of his family and friends travelled a long way to attend the wedding and I think they would have been pretty amazed at the beauty of the Sunshine Coast hinterland.  The day was simply perfect, sunny blue skies for miles around.  Dan and Amy chose Yandina Station as their venue both for the ceremony and reception.  Guys – if you are looking for a venue with a difference you can’t look any further than Yandina Station. Established as a cattle run in the early 1850s, Yandina Station has, in its fomer life, been a stop along the old Cobb and Co route to the goldfields of Gympie, a cattle and dairy farm, a restaurant and now a cattle stud and, hands down, the most amazing wedding venue you’ll ever see.  Charm oozes from every corner.  It is a photographer’s dream.

Dan and the boys got ready in Sunshine Beach.  Totally relaxed and chilled out, they hung out by the pool before getting dressed.  Dan and his family are all seasoned sailors so it seemed logical to be as close to the sea as possible. (I’m sure they would have been happy to be actually on the sea but it’s hard to find a big enough boat!)

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Amy wore the most amazing dress by Alter Ego which had the perfect amount of swish and swirl without being over the top.  I love the tiny, lacy ruffle at the neckline – so chic and ladylike.  Amy’s makeup was by Anna Lehmann and her hair by Andrew from Envy Hair.  Both did a wonderful job keeping her look simple and just letting her natural beauty shine on the day.  Her stunning flowers by Mondo Floral Designs were simply amazing and reinforced that classic, country romance look that the wonderful and capable planners, Style Le Aisle nailed on the day – BIG TIME.  Her beautiful bridesmaids were in Zimmerman.

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At the ceremony, surrounded by their family and friends, with the rolling hills of Yandina Creek as their backdrop (plus some beautiful styled elements by Mondo Floral Designs and Style Le Aisle) the celebrant, Jo Lincolne from Big Love Weddings kept it happy and light.  Dan and Amy just radiated happiness and joy.  There really is nothing more special than getting married to your best friend, in front of the people you love.  Nothing.

At the reception in the beautiful barn, the guests ate amazing food and partied the night away dancing to the soulful, funky sounds of Capitol Groove.

Everything was perfect and it seemed like it couldn’t get any better – and then it did.  The clouds parted and out came the most beautiful, stunning full moon.  WOW.  Congratulations Dan and Amy and thank you so much for choosing us.  It was spectacular!

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Studio Sixty Photography is Brisbane wedding photographer Jason Starr, and studio manager Sally Ogilvie.

Well known for creative, natural, candid photographs of both local and international weddings, Studio Sixty Photography is capturing now and forever.

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