Brisbane Powerhouse Wedding Photography | A Real Life Story…

Michelle & Julian | Real Life Wedding | Brisbane | 27th August 2011

Back in August on one of the wettest days we have had since the floods, two lovebirds Michelle & Julian invited us to photograph their special day. I was so excited about photographing their wedding as it was being held at the Brisbane Powerhouse. I love the Powerhouse with its grungy walls, interesting textures and there is always something going on. Unfortunately due to the weather, the ceremony couldn’t be held in New Farm Park nor could we venture outside to photograph the bridal party. But not to worry we used the funky Powerhouse interior to our advantage and photographed the beautiful day that was Michelle and Julian’s wedding. Here is their Real Life Wedding Story…

Date of Wedding: 27th August 2011
Number of Guests: 70
Theme: Colourful Cocktail

How did you meet and how long have you know each other?

Michelle: We meet through RSVP.  Jules moved up to Toowoomba for 6 months a few weeks after we met, so that meant we spent a lot of time on Skype getting to know each other as well as fun weekends away.  We moved in together when he came back, and got engaged about 6 months later. We’ve been together for about 2 ½ years.

How did he propose?

Michelle: It was a Friday night, and we were sitting on our front deck having a beer, I was telling him about my day and how crappy it was and he got down on one knee and proposed.


Gown: Bella Donna, Stanley St, East Brisbane
Suits: Always Habit
Bridesmaids: UK online store
Rings: Madeleine Brown Jewellery
Hair: Jules from Panic Hair, St Lucia
Makeup: Mel (via Panic Hair)
Ceremony: Brisbane Powerhouse
Celebrant: Trevor Kliese
Reception: Brisbane Powerhouse
Entertainment: Ace Deejays
Cake: Cupcakes home made by a good friend and cutting cake from Cheungs, Fortitude Valley
Flowers/Florist: Margaret Sturrock
Honeymoon: Phuket & Bangkok

How did you find your overall experience with the above vendors?

Michelle: Awesome! There were a few stand outs though, you Nicole being one of them.  Nicole oozed enthusiasm for her work from the first time we met.  We had so much fun with the Engagement shoot and the Crazy Booth was such a fun and entertaining way to photograph the reception.  I am just so happy with the photos. The other stand out was our jeweller Madeleine Brown.  We did a workshop with Madeleine at her studio in Mount Crosby to make each other’s ring.  We were not only happy with the results but loved spending time with Madeleine.

Do you have any advice for other brides?

Michelle: The most important thing is that you and your partner are there to get married and celebrate, anything else really doesn’t matter when you are in love.  But most importantly, just enjoy the day as it goes so quickly.

What made your wedding day so memorable? 

Michelle: Being able to share our love with those closest to us, and have a damn good time doing it. And the Crazy Booth!

What was the weather and location like on the day?

Michelle: It was a miserable day weatherwise, wet and grey.  We were supposed to have our ceremony in New Farm Park, but due to the weather we changed it to The Powerhouse as our reception was being held there.  It ended up being absolutely beautiful, so warm and cosy with the rain beating down behind the huge windows.

If there was one thing that you would change from the day, what would it be and why?

Michelle: Nothing, I married my soul mate (tick).

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