Keivan & Alex | Wedding | Branell Homestead | 31st May 2014
Back in May I had the pleasure of photographing the beautiful wedding of Keivan & Alexandra out at Branell Homestead. It was such a gorgeous day to be part of and photograph and the biggest highlight for me was heading up to the top of the mountain where the cloud came over and we were literally in the cloud. It was so magical and gave a special touch to the location photographs. Here is a little story from Alex about the wedding day and their experience. Enjoy!
Bride’s Name: Alex
Groom’s Name: Keivan
Date of Wedding: 31st May 2014
Number of Guests: 48
How did you meet?
Alex: We met at Keivan’s Mum’s 3rd wedding
How long did you date?
Alex: 2 years
How did he propose?
Alex: I was standing on the edge of our bed hugging him and he asked “You know I love you, don’t you?” I said “Yes of course, Why?” He stop hugging me back and started to tell me how much I mean to him and how special I am, I thought he was breaking up with me. Then he said “I can’t imagine being with anyone else and I have decided that marriage is something that I want to do with you… So will you marry me?.. I ask him “Are you going to get down on one knee and where is the ring?” Keivan had to run upstairs to get the ring and came back got down on one knee and asked again “Alexandra Kathleen Walton will you please Marry me, Now”? I said “YES”!!!!!
What was your wedding date?
Alex: 31st May 2014
Why did you choose this date? Any special reason?
Alex: We both didn’t want to get married in Summer as it is too hot, and it worked out more affordable for a weekend in May just slightly out of peak wedding season.
Where did you have your wedding?
Alex: Branell Homestead
Was there any special touches, vows, traditions or tributes that you included into your ceremony?
Alex: Our wedding was drenched special touches. We wrote our own vows, we had a poem read and my Adopted Grandma handed keys to Kievan while the the peom was being read. The Men’s poketcheifs are Keivan’s family tartan colours and I wore an heirloom mushroom from my great great grandmother. At the reception we had a floating candle ceremony where we asked everyone to make a wish, pray or take a moment to remember someone. I had recently lost 3 family in the past 12months.We also had a toast to absent friends and family.
If you could pick one special moment from the day to remember what would it be?
Alex: My Dad’s speech. It was so special and emotional and even now I get speechless thinking about how beautiful it was.
Who designed your gown?
Alex: Exquisite Bridial
Where was it purchased?
Alex: The Brisbane Bridal Expo.
What was your gown shopping experience like? Was this dress the first one you tried on? Did you try on hundreds, loved it, hated it?
Alex: I hated dress shopping. My maid of honour and I went to the bridal expo just to get some more ideas and to find a caterer for the venue. My maid of honour thought it would be fun to try on some dresses and I was not interested at all. We looked at heaps of dresses and I picked out a dress that I thought I would like and hated it on, then the dress assistant bought me a strapless dress (even though I told her multiple times I hated strapless dresses) she told me to give it a chance. I put it on and started crying like a baby when I saw myself in the mirror. I felt amazing! The dress assistant said she would give me further discount on the dress as she had never had a bride cry in a dress before. And on the day I borrowed a bolero so the dress didn’t look strapless.
Were there any special details you included in your day?
Alex: I borrowed the bolero from a good friend it was a last minute decision. I also decided to wear the first earings and necklace Keivan ever bought me.
What was your something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue?
Alex: My something old was my great great grandmothers mini mushroom from Holand. My Something new was a pearl bracelet from my Mum and sister in law given to me on the morning of the wedding. My something borrowed was the bolero and something blue was the sapphire necklace and earnings from Keivan.
Did you have any DIY elements to your day?
Alex: YES – I made my own wedding cake, I hand wrote on all my bonboneries, I set up my lolly bar and all created all of the beautiful centre pieces on the tables. Together Dad and I made all of the paper floating lanterns that we made wishes with on the dam during the reception.
If you could describe the overall theme of your wedding day what would it be?
Gown: Exquisite Bridial – Altered by Keooula.
Bridesmaids: Forever New
Rings: Michael Hill
Accessories: Betts Shoes, Veil was made by Keooula
Hair: Monika Courntey
Makeup: Flores Beauty
Ceremony: Branell Homestead
Celebrant: Ross Lovel
Reception: Branell Homestead
Catering: Plainlands Hotel
Tables, Linen & Chairs: Simply Elegant Occasions
Entertainment: Jackson Smith
Lolly Bar: DIY
Cake: Made by the Bride
Bonbonerie: Wheel and Barrow
Florist: Bloom’n Perfect Flowers
Stationery: Nicole Barralet
How did you find your overall experience with the above vendors?
Alex: Really good. I had to be firm with some of them but overall most of the vendors where very helpful. A special thank you to Kathy at Branell Homestead, Dawn from Simply Elegant Occasions and Nicole. They went above and beyond their job roles to help us create a beautiful wedding day.
Do you have any advice for other brides?
Alex: Don’t compromise what you want to make everyone else happy. Don’t make all the decisions on your own as it is also your husband-to-be’s big day and you’ll be surprised how much of a difference their opinion will make. Don’t pick your bridal party out of family/friend obligation. Do let other people help if/when they offer it. Do ask if there is a discount if you pay upfront or in cash and always ask for a discount. If you can DIY DO IT! Remember its only one day in your life, you have the rest of your life with the person who make you a beter person to look forward too.
What made your wedding day so memorable?
Alex: EVERYTHING – Sounds Cheesy but Keivan. He made it the best day of my life. When I got down aisle the to him we can’t even remember what anyone else said during the ceremony as we were so wrapped up in talking to each other and telling each other how sick we had been all night morning leading up to this point. We both felt better once we had seen each other. SUPER HARD QUESTION!
What was the funniest memory from your wedding day?
Alex: I Sneezed during the ceremony every one thought I was crying, I was actually trying to wipe my nose before anyone could see. And during our location photographs, we played a little “whisper game” and my whispering ssecred wasn’t as mild as Keivan wasn’t expecting… Let’s just say we got an amazing reaction!!
What was the weather and location like on the day?
Alex: Weather was amazing! It was cool, sunny day and in the afternoon we had dark storm clouds roll over. We then had a bit of rain and fog. Tie that in with a vintage country wedding, the hills just made it an amazing back drop to an amazing day. We both think its a sign that we can get though the storm of life together and be left ok and as solid as ever.
If there was one thing that you would change from the day, what would it be and why?
Alex: Taken more photos with friends and family, We missed people because I rushed through my photo list.
Where did you go on your honeymoon?
Alex: FIJI! for a week in early june was heaven!
Today’s wedding photo of the day is a beautiful photograph from Kelly and Lachlan’s wedding! They had eco confetti organised for their group photo. I just love the effect it has in the photographs!! Gorgeous!!!
Todd & Hannah | Wedding | Thornton | 27th September 2014
Last month I had the pleasure of heading out to beautiful Thornton for the country wedding of Todd and Hannah. It was such a wonderful day filled with so much love, family and friendship and the bridal party was just amazing. They were so much fun and allowed me to create some absolutely beautiful photographs. There are so many beautiful moments from their day, I hope you enjoy a little highlight slideshow.
And of course the crazy booth slideshow!! So many giggles!
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Chris & Suzie | Wedding | St Mary’s Ipswich & Victoria Park | 11th October 2014
Over the weekend, I had the pleasure of photographing the beautiful wedding of Chris and Suzie. The day started off a little cloudy, but luckily it cleared up into a gorgeous October day. I had been rather excited in the lead up to Chris and Suzie’s wedding, as Suzie’s family is Croatian and I knew that there was going to be many traditions that I hadn’t necessarily photographed or witnessed at a wedding before. We started the day out with the boys at Chris and Suzie’s home. The boys were all pretty cool calm and collected and Cadel the page boy looked absolutely dashing in his little suit. One of the Croatian traditions that we witnessed during the boys prep was a shot of “moonshine” aka Suzie’s Dad’s home brew (I can’t remember for the life of me what it was called) that the boys all shared together. Then it was off to the Suzie’s parent’s place to photograph the girls getting ready. As it is with most weddings, it was a little more chaotic at the girls with hair and makeup just being finished as we arrived. Suzie was a little nervous but was looking absolutely stunning in her gorgeous gown!
Then it was off to St Mary’s Catholic Church in Ipswich for a beautiful traditional Catholic service. Father Nev officiated the ceremony that was filled with love, respect, honour and family. It was beautiful to see a traditional wedding service. Then after a group photo and some family photographs at the church, it was off to the Ipswich Japanese Gardens for part one of the bridal portraits. The bridal party was absolutely awesome. Even though there was quite a few of them, they all were great fun to photograph. The light at the Japanese Gardens was just divine. It was then back in the limos for part two of the location photographs at Victoria Park, where the reception was also being held. Everyone was super relaxed after a few beverages during the drive in, so the photos were a lot more relaxed for part two. Then as the sun set, it was time to party at the reception.
The reception was one of the most interesting, non stop receptions I have ever photographed. We had a few beautiful Croatian traditions mixed throughout the reception including the pinning of the rosemary to each guest as they entered the reception, the throwing of the money and lollies for the children on the dance floor together with the traditions of speeches and cake cutting and finishing off with a dance with the bride and some traditional Croatian and Aussie dancing. It was so much fun to photograph. Then at the conclusion we said goodbye to Suzie and Chris with an awesome sparkler tunnel!
Thank you so much for inviting us to be part of your day. It was such a wonderful day and we truly felt like part of the family. It was so lovely to be able to witness and photograph the many traditions throughout the day. Enjoy your little sneak peek and I can’t wait to show you the rest after your honeymoon.
I absolutely love the reaction of the bridesmaids as they see Suzie for the first time. She just looked so gorgeous!!!
Suzie was smiling for the entirety of the day. She was so happy to be marrying Chris!
How cute are these two?!