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Andrew & Jessica | Wedding | Woodlands of Marburg | 9th August 2014

In August I had the absolute pleasure of photographing the beautiful wedding of Andrew and Jessica out at Woodlands of Marburg. It was such a wonderful day. Andrew and Jessica were so happy and so excited to be getting married that they made my job so easy. Woodlands put on a spectacular sunset for us and even though the day was overcast and cloudy, it really added drama to the photographs. Here is the Real Life Wedding Story as told by Jessica.

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Bride’s Name: Jessica Shipperley
Groom’s Name: Andrew Jesberg
Date of Wedding: 9 August 2014
Number of Guests: Ceremony 80 Reception 64

The History….

How did you meet?
Jessica: Part time work at Woolies

How long did you date?
Jessica: Dated for 5.5 years, Engagaed for 20 months

How did he propose?
Jessica: After dinner at Aria followed by a city cat ride, he proposed on the Wheel of Brisbane.

The Wedding….

What was your wedding date?
Jessica: 9 August 2014

Why did you choose this date? Any special reason?
Jessica: We really wanted a winter wedding and this was a date that worked out best for friends and family.

Where did you have your wedding?
Jessica: Woodlands of Marburg

Was there any special touches, vows, traditions or tributes that you included into your ceremony?
Jessica: No, just nice and simple

If you could pick one special moment from the day to remember what would it be?
Jessica: The whole thing! I loved and remember every moment of the day!!

The Gown….

Who designed your gown?
Jessica: Allure

Where was it purchased?
Jessica: I bought it from Hills in Hollywood

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?
Jessica: I went to a few places but Hills in Hollywood at Chermside let me spend as long as I wanted and let me try on any and every dress that I wanted and take photos. I liked my dress when I first tried it on but it was only later when I was looking through the photos from the day that I fell in love with it.

Where there any special details you included in your day? Did you borrow a piece of jewellery etc?
Jessica: I used an old gold brooch from my mother that was handed down to her from her great grandmother for my something old. I also had a blue garter from my mother-in-law as my something borrowed and blue.

What was your something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue?
Jessica: Old – Brooch, Blue – Garter, Borrowed – brooch and garter,  New – Everything else!

Did you have any DIY elements to your day?
Jessica: The only things we made ourselves were the table numbers. Everything else was bought and assembled

If you could describe the overall theme of your wedding day what would it be?
Jessica: Classic wedding

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VENDORS

Gown: Hills in Hollywood
Suits: Myer
Bridesmaids: Portmans
Rings: Michael Hill
Accessories: Novo, ebay, David Jones
Hair: Diamond Cut
Makeup: Diamond Cut
Ceremony: Woodlands of Marburg Chapel
Celebrant: Michelle Anderson
Reception: Woodlands of Marburg Marquee
Entertainment: G+M Solutions
Cake: Cheesecake Shop
Bonbonerie: The Chocolate Factory
Florist: Jada Flowers
Stationery: PaperPerfect

How did you find your overall experience with the above vendors?
Jessica: Excellent. Absolute standouts would have to be Jada Flowers, Diamond Cut, Michelle Anderson and Woodlands itself though. We had such an awesome team of vendors that it meant we could really sit back and enjoy ourselves and the day.

Advice…

Do you have any advice for other brides?
Jessica: Plan every detail of the day and make sure you pick vendors that you are beyond happy with and that you can trust will do an outstanding job for you. Otherwise you end up stressing and not being able to enjoy your day. Also, consider everything – always expect the unexpected and you will never have any unwanted surprises!

What made your wedding day so memorable?
Jessica: Just having the whole family together to celebrate such a happy time.

What was the funniest memory from your wedding day?
Jessica: Andrew doing his spontaneous celebration dance once we were pronounced man and wife and had kissed at the end of the ceremony.

What was the weather and location like on the day?
Jessica: Weather was cloudy and cool but comfortable. Location was magnificent – Beautiful historic old wooden chapel set on the grounds of beautifully manicured lawns and gardens in the middle of Marburg, a typical country town with country sights all around – Dams, fields, trees, an old vineyard, mountains in the background and country air

If there was one thing that you would change from the day, what would it be and why?
Jessica: I wouldn’t change a thing. My day was absolutely perfect, I would do it again exactly the same way!

Where did you go on your honeymoon?
Jessica: Hayman and Hamilton Islands

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Mat & Renee | Wedding | Tranquil Park | 25th October 2014

On Saturday I had the pleasure of heading up to beautiful Maleny to photograph the wedding of Mat & Renee. The drive up to Maleny was well worth it, as it was such a gorgeous day! The sky was clear and the view of the Glasshouse Mountains from Tranquil Park was just stunning. We started the day off with the boys at the Little Red Cottage which suited their theme incredibly well. The boys were looking super dashing with their custom made silk suits from Made for the Mob. The boys were lots of fun to photograph and I just love the cigar shots were able to get as well. The boys (and Renee) also love their cars so they featured quite a lot throughout the day.

After we had finished with the boys, it was off to Tranquil Park to photograph the girls getting ready. There was a lot more going on at the girls and Renee had so many beautiful details for us to photograph. One of the most special things that I was able to photograph was the piece of lace that Renee had from her Nan’s (who she is incredibly close with) wedding dress. She wrapped a piece of it around her wrist and I was able to use it to photograph some gorgeous details shots as well. Another gorgeous little feature was the photograph of her grandparents and her original engagement “ring” that Mat proposed with. (The ring is a piece of a car part that symbolised their passion for their cars and racing). Renee looked absolutely stunning in her beautiful gown and was excited to be marrying Mat.

It was then time for us to head up to the Garden Deck to get ready for the ceremony. Cassandra Neilson was the Celebrant of the day and created a beautiful ceremony that represented the love that Renee and Mat shared. One of my favourite parts of the ceremony was when all of the guests raised their right hand and vowed to enjoy the day and support Renee and Mat in their marriage. It was a beautiful sentiment. With the stunning view overlooking the valley, some beautiful heartfelt vows and the exchanging of rings, Mat and Renee were married. It was then time for some family photographs and some bridal party portraits to celebrate the day.

As Renee and Mat were bought together by their love of cars and racing is a big part of their lives, they wanted to incorporate their cars into the location photographs. So our first stop was up at the lookout where all of their close friends drove up their cars and we created a photo of all the cars and their friends. The shot reminded me of a Fast and Furious type meet up and I thought it was a lovely sentiment to want to include all of their close friends in their bridal portraits. Then it was off to a lane way where we had some absolutely gorgeous sunlight for some beautiful portraits of the happy couple and their cars.

Then as the sun set, it was back up to Tranquil Park where Kasey from Fashionable Society Events created an 1920’s glitz and glamour themed reception for Renee and Mat to celebrate their union with their family and friends. A big thank you to Kasey for helping the day run so smoothly, a big thank you to Renee and Mat for asking me to photograph your special day and for Kylie keeping me company as my second shooter. Enjoy your sneak peek and I can’t wait to show you the rest of the photos!!

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Jennifer | Boudoir | Annerley Portrait Studio | 25th July 2014

A couple of months ago, I had the pleasure of meeting and photographing the beautiful Jennifer. Jennifer wanted to create a beautiful cheeky anniversary present for her husband, so we conspired on created a beautiful personal set of boudoir photographs that we knew he would love. And love he did!! Here is Jennifer’s boudoir experience:

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Describe yourself in 3 words:
Adventurous, relaxed, funny

Describe 3 things people might not know about you:
I’d like to be a voice over actor, I’m writing a novel, I’m attempting to learn the cello.

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Describe 3 things you wanted your boudoir session to represent:
I wanted it to surprise and thrill my husband and to instil some confidence in me.

How do you feel about your body?
We have a complicated relationship.

What is your go-to item when you want to feel absolutely gorgeous?
Hair straightener

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What is your best tip for feeling beautiful?
Being comfortable

What does confidence mean to you?
Knowing yourself and being relaxed enough to be that person.

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The Experience

Why did you book a boudoir session with Nicole Barralet Photography?
I wanted to give my husband an anniversary gift he would never forget.

What does the term “boudoir photography” mean to you?
Teasing, sensual, beautiful photos.

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How did you find the experience of being photographed by Nicole? 
She was awesome. She made me feel at ease straight away (not an easy task when you’re standing around in your underwear).

If you did the shoot as a gift, how did you boyfriend/partner/fiancé/husband react to the gift?
He was very surprised and very, very happy.

Has the experience of doing a boudoir session helped you feel more confident, more empowered, sexy and comfortable with being a woman?
Very much so.

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Olly | Cake Smash | Brisbane | 24th October 2014

Last week I had the pleasure of photographing Olly for his first birthday and cake smash! Olly has grown so much since I last saw him and was and about on his feet walking around. How adorable is his little 1st Birthday outfit!! Way too cute!!! Although he didn’t want to wear his little hat! Olly wasn’t afraid to get into his cake either. As soon as we put it down he was into it!! He really enjoyed eating all the icing and a little bit of cake as well. Enjoy your little sneak peek and I can’t wait to show you his baby plan album!

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Karen Dixon - October 24, 2014 - 2:22 am

Beautiful photos,Olly is just to cute xxx

Sue Pritchard - October 24, 2014 - 10:22 am

Thank you for sharing, Olly is just one cute one year old mawww!