Last weekend I had the absolute pleasure of photographing the beautiful wedding of Andrew and Kristen. It was such a spectacular day!! The skies were blue, the temperature was warm and love was in the air! We started off the day with the boys at Andrew’s parents house. The boys looked great in their black Hugo Boss suits. Andrew was relaxed and excited to be marrying the girl of his dreams! Then we were off to the girls where things were also quite relaxed. The Powder Room girls were just finishing up hair and makeup as we arrived and Kristen was super excited to hop into her dress. I absolutely loved the “red wine” theme of the day. The bridesmaids gorgeous deep burgundy dresses and Kristen’s stunning gown was made by the lovely Gloria Gomez. And the flowers were just divine!! Kristen herself is a florist and so flowers were super important to her. She entrusted the beautiful Kate Dawes to create the most beautiful bouquets that matched the theme perfectly. I absolutely loved all the different types of flowers with their textures and tones. As a photographer I love hearing about all the details and the stories behind them especially the something old, new, borrowed and blue. Kristen had a gorgeous hankie from her Great Nana that was old and borrowed. It had been made for her grand-daughter and great-grandaughters wedding which was something so precious. The something new was her beautiful gown and her something blue was the gorgeous earrings gifted from her God mother. After some beautiful portraits and family photos, before long we were finished with  getting ready and ready to head off to St Stephens for the ceremony.

Kristen and the girls arrived in total style in the gorgeous Kenz Classic Jaguars. I had never photographed a wedding in St Stephens before and I was looking forward to it. It is such an iconic church and a beautiful place for Andrew and Kristen to be married. Father Pascoe conducted the beautiful Catholic service. One of the most beautiful moments I have seen in a while was that both Andrew and Kristen had completely memorised their vows and the words they had to say when they exchanged rings. I had never witnessed that before and it was beautiful to watch them look into each others eyes and promise to love and cherish each other forever. After the signing of the register, it was time for a group photo and some family photographs before we headed off to Kangaroo Point for some bridal party portraits.

We had the most beautiful skies and it seemed as though everyone was getting married in Brisbane! But Andrew and Kristen only had eyes for each other and we had so much fun capturing some beautiful photographs for them! Then it was off to Landing at Dockside in the River Room where the celebrations continued! The River Room at Landing at Dockside looked absolutely magical with gorgeous white tablecloths, gold cutlery and accents, beautiful wine boxes filled with flowers, fairy lights and gorgeous LOVE letters. The evening was full of beautiful food, good wine, beautiful heartfelt speeches, a magical first dance and some crazy fun dancing to finish off the night. Rod from Nuflava Entertainment was awesome!!

It was such a wonderful wedding day to be part of! Thank you so much Andrew and Kristen for inviting us to be part of your special day. We absolutely felt like part of the family. A big thanks to Mary for seconding shooting and GD for filming a little highlights video of the day. I can’t wait to share the video! Enjoy your sneaky peek!landing at dockside kangaroo point wedding photographer brisbane river storey bridgelanding at dockside kangaroo point wedding photographer brisbane river storey bridgelanding at dockside kangaroo point wedding photographer brisbane river storey bridgelanding at dockside kangaroo point wedding photographer brisbane river storey bridgelanding at dockside kangaroo point wedding photographer brisbane river storey bridgelanding at dockside kangaroo point wedding photographer brisbane river storey bridgelanding at dockside kangaroo point wedding photographer brisbane river storey bridgelanding at dockside kangaroo point wedding photographer brisbane river storey bridgelanding at dockside kangaroo point wedding photographer brisbane river storey bridgelanding at dockside kangaroo point wedding photographer brisbane river storey bridgelanding at dockside kangaroo point wedding photographer brisbane river storey bridgelanding at dockside kangaroo point wedding photographer brisbane river storey bridgelanding at dockside kangaroo point wedding photographer brisbane river storey bridgelanding at dockside kangaroo point wedding photographer brisbane river storey bridgelanding at dockside kangaroo point wedding photographer brisbane river storey bridgelanding at dockside kangaroo point wedding photographer brisbane river storey bridgelanding at dockside kangaroo point wedding photographer brisbane river storey bridgelanding at dockside kangaroo point wedding photographer brisbane river storey bridgelanding at dockside kangaroo point wedding photographer brisbane river storey bridgelanding at dockside kangaroo point wedding photographer brisbane river storey bridgelanding at dockside kangaroo point wedding photographer brisbane river storey bridgelanding at dockside kangaroo point wedding photographer brisbane river storey bridgelanding at dockside kangaroo point wedding photographer brisbane river storey bridgelanding at dockside kangaroo point wedding photographer brisbane river storey bridgelanding at dockside kangaroo point wedding photographer brisbane river storey bridgelanding at dockside kangaroo point wedding photographer brisbane river storey bridgelanding at dockside kangaroo point wedding photographer brisbane river storey bridgelanding at dockside kangaroo point wedding photographer brisbane river storey bridgelanding at dockside kangaroo point wedding photographer brisbane river storey bridgelanding at dockside kangaroo point wedding photographer brisbane river storey bridgelanding at dockside kangaroo point wedding photographer brisbane river storey bridgelanding at dockside kangaroo point wedding photographer brisbane river storey bridgelanding at dockside kangaroo point wedding photographer brisbane river storey bridgelanding at dockside kangaroo point wedding photographer brisbane river storey bridgelanding at dockside kangaroo point wedding photographer brisbane river storey bridgelanding at dockside kangaroo point wedding photographer brisbane river storey bridgelanding at dockside kangaroo point wedding photographer brisbane river storey bridgelanding at dockside kangaroo point wedding photographer brisbane river storey bridgelanding at dockside kangaroo point wedding photographer brisbane river storey bridgelanding at dockside kangaroo point wedding photographer brisbane river storey bridgelanding at dockside kangaroo point wedding photographer brisbane river storey bridgelanding-at-dockside-wedding-photographer-kaw0042landing at dockside kangaroo point wedding photographer brisbane river storey bridgelanding at dockside kangaroo point wedding photographer brisbane river storey bridgelanding at dockside kangaroo point wedding photographer brisbane river storey bridgelanding at dockside kangaroo point wedding photographer brisbane river storey bridge

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Today I wanted to share this awesome photograph of Craig just before he saw Tanya walking down the aisle. His groomsmen grabbed his shoulders and no doubt whispered (it’s nearly time or something completely different haha) and he is like “YES!!!!”… I just love the pure excitement and joy on Craig’s face! Priceless moment!

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Here at Nicole Barralet Photography we absolutely LOVE photographing boudoir sessions. I know that it is generally a once in a lifetime opportunity so I want you to be equiped with lots of tips and tricks to have the most amazing shoot. So today here are my top Boudoir Beauty Tips!

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WHAT HAIR & MAKEUP WORKS BEST?

As part of a boudoir session, a professional hair and makeup artist comes to the studio to create a boudoir look that is perfect for you. Have a think about the kind of look you would like to achieve in your shoot. Here are some suggestions:

Hair

• Sexy Curls – great for shoulder or longer length hair
• Short & Sleek – great if you have shorter hair that just needs to be tamed
• Curly or Frizzy to Straight – if you have naturally curly hair and want to mix it up • Beach Hair – just a really soft wave

Makeup

• Smokey Eye with Natural Lips • Coloured Eye
• Eye Liner & Red Lips
• Natural Glamorous

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OUR BEAUTY PREP TIPS

  1. Arrive to the studio with no make up on. This will make it easy for the makeup artist to get started.
  2. Please make sure your hair is clean!!! If it is dirty, we cannot guarantee that the styling will hold up or last.. Plus no one wants to work with dirty greasy sweaty hair.
  3. If you would like your hair blow dried straight, arrive to the studio with it freshly washed and still wet if possible, no product in and parted where you would like your part to sit.
  4. If you would like your hair curled or put into an up style, wash it the night before (make sure you comb your conditioner through), put no product in, part it where you want it to sit and let it dry naturally. Do not straighten your hair with irons.
  5. If you haven’t had your hair cut and coloured for a while, organize an appointment at least one week out. This will allow your cut and colour to settle in before the shoot.
  6. If you are considering a spray tan make sure you do a full body exfoliation prior to the tan to ensure that your skin is ready to accept the tan and won’t flake off. Use a professional and make sure your tan is as even as possible especially keeping an eye on hands and feet. Tan tends to be most patchiest in these areas.
  7. Don’t forget your finger and toe nails. Why not indulge in a mani and pedi just before the shoot. Otherwise paint those gorgeous nails yourself. Red or Black always looks dramatic or a gorgeous french manicure is always a classic look.
  8. Don’t forget to shave those legs and other areas the night before. If you wax, do so at least 48hrs prior to let the skin settle.
  9. Don’t stress if you get a break out. We will conceal with makeup and if need be remove in Photoshop.
  10. Drink plenty of water in the lead up to the shoot. Your skin will thank you for it.

brisbane-boudoir-photography0001So there are our top beauty tips for preparing for an awesome boudoir session!!

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That moment your groomsmen takes over the dance floor…. I absolutely love this little series of photographs. Bec and Dale had just asked all of the couples to come onto the dance floor and join them for their first dance… and Simon being the larrikin that he is… decided he would be first and pull the best dance floor moves of the night. Love it!!! And I love Bec & Dale’s reaction too!! Laughs all round!

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