Brides

New Farm Park Wedding

 

Omgoodness’ these two = love eyes and mega-swooninesss…

If there was ever a model on how to have an awesome big-day, these guys sure got they memo, and you’ll see Katie here displaying all of the relevant traits of wedding-day awesomeness:

Gorgeous smile; carefree disposition; abundant laugh and cheeky / playful / just plain beautiful way of being! Not to be forgot, big-Al here is no slouch himself, bring nothing but chill and pride - his eye’s set firm and his heart set to cuddly lovey-bear haha

These two just killed it…

We normally run through and pick a few handfuls of faves for the blog, but going through this wedding we got to the end and were like: oh — 342 haha but then came the error message… you can only upload 250! Sorry folks lol.

Loui & Donna
xx


 

Fabulous Wedding Photography Starts With You...

 
 
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Here's something that we need you to know about photography. Armed with this knowledge, you'll be assuring yourself the best opportunity to allow me to capture the most compelling, natural, creative, vibrantly dynamic, and timelessly perfect memories of yourselves, and others...

You may have thought in the past that beautiful wedding images just happen, and in one sense, that's entirely true; but it's also true that many environmental factors are converging into a specific alignment in such moments of photographic ecstasy!

"But Loui, what constitutes a good photograph," you say?

Well, this is where you guys come in ;)

Consider a couple on their wedding day: They are uber-relaxed with each other at the alter; they whisper sweet-nothings into each others ear's as they hold hands, and playfully wink at family and friends who have gathered to witness the declaration of their love!  

Now, on such an occasion, a photographer can really be in his/her element; capturing such moments of intimate bliss at will...
 
But, unfortunatley, some couples are less than comfortable. They stand inert, as if the very sky itself would swallow them if ever they moved a muscle; they fight the tears, and resist all urge to make eye-contact with the one standing opposite them; they remain guarded, stiff, and act as though it were a crime to break a smile...

Who do you think ends up with the better photos?

It's easy really, just be yourselves, have fun, laugh; swear if you have to, play-up and enjoy these precious moments that we all share, together!

Here's a quick guide to help you prepare for fabulous-photo ops on your big day!

1) Natural light:  Beautiful, soft window-light is our best friend when it comes to getting gorgeous preparation shots. Remember: the darker the room, and the softer the window-light, the better!

2) Tidy up a little:  We don't mind re-decorating, but it saves us time if your prep space is relatively clutter free. Random stuff in the background of images can be distracting, and we don't want anything taking attention away from our brides!

3) The Little Things:  The shoes; the jewels; cufflinks; the bouquet and dress: have these ready somewhere we can access them. We'll come in and 'style' them just-so, and your images will look awesome!

4) Timing is Everything:  Allow plenty of time in your wedding-day schedule for creative photography. Having more time on location allows us to get uber-creative, and that means better photographs! Talk to us ahead of time about the style of images you'd like, and we'll let you know what's involved.

5) Don't mind us: We know it's odd, but if you can, just ignore the funny people with cameras, and go about the business of enjoying the most magical day of your lives! We'll be there, doin' our thing -- ensuring that we capture every nuance, and capturing you looking your fabulously gorgeous best!
6) Simply, just have a ball, and let us look after you ;) 

Viva l'amore

Loui xx

 
 

Classic Fraser Island Wedding | Eleisha + Jarrod

 

It’s not too often that we get to head over to Fraser Island to photograph a wedding, but it’s always a destination that instils a sense of adventure!

[Someone really needs to take me there for an elopement, because most of the ‘epicness’ lies in the island’s interior; but hey, I’d hate to plant ideas in anyone’s head ;]

Back to reality, and it was with great pleasure that we rolled up to the bridal-prep cabin and met Eleisha for the first time… So super-lovely she was, and cool as a cucumber as her and her close-family were set making last-minute adjustments to things that are well beyond my ken to comprehend… You know, dress alterations, and sorting out sparkly things to go here and there; I love photographing that kind of action as it unfolds, as it’s just so telling of the occasion when such special little activities are happening…

Jarrod was found a couple of doors down, and being the centre of my camera’s attention didn’t phase him too much; he seemed to epitomise the phrase ‘down to earth’, and just casually went about ensuring his young lads were sorted for the upcoming event…

The ceremony was conducted in a secluded little nook, and man, I recall trudging around in the softy-soft sand as being a thing… but hey, trudging around is typically the call for a beach wedding, and if ever one feels a little conspicuous, it’s trying to get from A to B with two cameras and feeling sinky like a snowman on a warmish Spring day… Actually, it was about this time I decided to stop wearing suits to photograph weddings, and I’ve never looked back haha

There were photos and drinks at the wharf bar, before heading back to Kingfisher Resort for dinner and formalities… Rugby league grand-final day it was, and after dinner, most of the lads (groom included) were gravitating to the big screen with beer in hand, and as a good little ninja-photographer, it didn’t take long before I was well blended into my surroundings… haha

Time came to catch the last ferry, and with a hug and a smile, Eleisha loaded us up with a literal armload of dessert (like we needed it, but anyway #yum)…

Such a gorgeous day, and a real pleasure to share a little time with this lovely bunch of folks!

xx

 

Natalie and Andrew's Preston Peak Wedding

 
 

It’s not too often I venture up the range to photograph Toowoomba weddings, so it was with a fresh enthusiasm that I arrived at one of the region’s premiere venues, Preston Peak Winery… The open-air chapel looked magnificent within the scape, and the stunning view through the valleys to the East made one feel a world away from anything even remotely stressful: “Ahhh — fresh!

I soon learnt that the venue was no longer an actual, functioning winery; but my dismay was short-lived, because the establishment’s manager soon assured me that they did indeed have ample amounts of wine in the stores [I believe the climate may have proved less friendly to the grapes, and although a somewhat less romantic notion, they now bring their grapes up from a little further south along the Granite Belt] and hey: that sounded good enough to me! Haha

Natalie, our bride, was the kinda gal who was secretly wishing for some cloud-cover and a little ‘climatic ambience’ shall we say – knowing full well that such lends an air of magic and intimacy to photographs… She must have had the fairies on call, because whilst the skies remained clear for the most part, on the back-end of her photo-shoot a most inoffensive moistness descended from the skies – just enough to justify a few portraits under the brollies…

Of course, the epic chandelier was yeah, epic… but the fairy-lit driveway was a nice surprise too, so I was super-glad when the team we’re up for one last romp before I had to roll back down the mountains…

Thanks to the staff at Preston Peak for making a dude feel so at home, and if anyone’s still tossing up where to get hitched, as a photographer, I’d say this venue would have to be one of my definite faves…

A massive thanks to the gorgeous Natalie, and her super- photogenic, Andrew, for their patience, spirit on the day, and for choosing me to hang with as I captured a little time…



xx

 
 

The Abbey Cobakai Wedding with Nestasjja & Jai

The luxurious vibe of the Palazzo Versace kinda smacks you in the face…

Surrounded by monogrammed, well, everything, Versace forces you to leave the bride-prep stress at the door, and the result is a super-chilled session as everyone just gets on, seemingly inspired by the ambience of the prestigious suite…

Then it was off to the gorgeous The Abbey, Cobakai. Peeping its way through the clouds, we had some amazing diffused light that simply oozed itself through the open-air design… Close-knit family, and some high-spirited guests rounded-off the affair; but a close second behind the gorgeous bride for wow factor was flower-fur-baby Coco the Frenchie, snuffling about, and just being super-cute OMGoodness…

Despite a spot of rain in the air, we managed to scramble around and captured some quick-fire epic-ness down by the lake… I could have stayed there longer but the mozzies took to our bride like devilish, vampiric micro-beasties, so yeah, after a few quick setups, we skipped out and back up the hill to safer grounds!

Then came the most epic drunken-uncle speech, ever! Seriously this guy missed his calling; when the laughter subsided, it was straight into the newlyweds strutting their stuff on the ‘dance-floor’ and the party was kicking-off well as we were rolling out, so no doubt there were some sore heads the next day, and in my world, that’s a wedding well spent!

Much love, and big thanks for the memories!

xx

Thailand Wedding Adventure - Pimalai, Ko Lanta | LOUI HARTLAND PHOTOGRAPHY

 
 

The 2017 season has thrown a lot of love our way, with us being fortunate to play our part in several exciting Gold Coast, Brisbane, and greater destination weddings... But, if we're counting adventure-value and sheer geographical divide as the measure for awesomeness, then Jase's and Monique's Thailand wedding takes the kudos!

Now, as we know, even the simplest of elopements takes a deal of planning, so on top of all that, throw in baggage allowances and logistical matters; language barriers; time away from home, and all manner of other third-world potential's, and you really just have to let better judgement slide, throw caution to the wind, and rest-assured that cupid, nay, the wedding-gods themselves, will guide and provide! 

An uber, two planes, a limo, a boat, a limo, and a hearty congenial welcome to paradise, Madams and Sirs!

We made it; settled into villa #1; marvelled in awe as the massive dragon-Iizard cruised on by at a pace unchanged for a veritable age... Then it hit: the reality of the fever we picked up in that shady Bangkok market... Two days in tropical-lockdown and the sound of our neighbours enjoying themselves was wearing thin, so 'upgrade to mountain-pool-villa #2' was the call of the day (and hopefully a cure for what was still ailing our failing bodies)...

Then it happened, the long-anticipated big day! And with it, the Thailand skies opened up a downpour -- set to wash any dreams of tropical frivolity down the mountain! 

Donna was bad now; laid-up in the villa on an intravenous drip of fluid and glucose... I was bad too, but could get about, and despite Jason later noting in his speech that I "may have the ebola" I was going to shoot this wedding if I died in the process!

So, without my beloved Donna [there to assist me]; plus a dizzying fever; plus a strange tropical lethargy that wouldn't quit, I set off to tackle the day with a resolve to do the occasion the justice it deserved!

Now I ain't gonna lie: carrying gear like a shirpa as I ducked and darted between shelters, all whilst managing to shoot stills and highlight video as I melted around the sweltering-tropical-haven wasn't the easiest of orders, but you know what, despite all that Thailand thew at me (and yeah, it played her cards pretty well that morning) I emerged victorious, and can't help but look back and think: Hahaaa-yeah!! Stick-it, Thailand!

Casting mind back to about somewhere in between make-up and hair, it was about this time something miraculous happened: The skies began to settle, and the rains subsided, making way for a brave declaration that the outside ceremony will go on!

It later came to pass that the locals will call upon the local deity of love to clear any environmental unrest for such occasions, and you know what, it's hard to remain a sceptic when the window of the devine opens just long enough to stay the rain for the ceremony, the group shots, and a quick-fire portrait session before, as stampeding horse will charge with impending surety, the rains returned -- tearing across the greater bay and smacking into the resort like a torrent...  

Thai hospitality kicked back in at this stage, as they whipped out umbrellas and liquor-filled coconuts seemingly out of thin air... Seriously, second to none that I've had the pleasure of, despite my reluctantly having to decline coconut-concoctions for water and fever tablets :(

After a quick [ahem, as quick as could be expected] trip back up the mountain to villa #2 -- just to make sure Donna was still in the worlds of the living  -- I returned to catch the speeches, and may I say, some fine articulations of the heart were heard that night!

Then the brollies were brought back into play, as everyone trundled to the resort transport depot, then off to the beachside restaurant for reception location #2 -- where Jase and his crew struck a few chords as they pumped out  renditions of Eagles and Steely Dan classics alike...

Now, by this time, I was well and truly toasted, and notions of making reception location #3 were nothing more than a fanciful impossibility... So, after bidding all a weary adieu, for the last time that day I called for one of the friendly transport buggies to take me back up mountain... 

Big thanks for the memories, Thailand

xx

 

VENUE:  Pimalai Resort & Spa

HMUA:  Makeup Artist Phuket

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Coolibah Downs Estate Wedding - Taylor & Jerome

 

Just a stone-throw into the foothills of the Gold Coast Hinterland, a wedding venue exists... The large, private grounds undulate gently, beyond a quaint li'l chapel that emanates warmth; a sweeping grassland, and grand marquee -- chandeliers by three, and a license to party; super-spacious accomodations at the ol' 'homestead', and staff that were as accomodating as I could ever hope to meet... Coolibah Downs Estate had a super-vibe this day, but let me just say that our Groom, Jerome, and his Queen, Taylor-Mae, would raise the spirit's wherever they happen to find themselves...

Everyone present on the day were quite simply the most beautifully welcoming bunch of people, hey... and not just for how they treated us, but for their obvious regard and praise for the young couple, that shone ever-brighter as the day unfolded: for the love these two had for each other was clear for all to see, and just as heart's will soar when worn upon sleeve, so too is that spirit received by any standing near... :)

After tears, smiles, blessings, more tears, two rings, and a kiss, the deal was called as celebration will cheer!

Traditional Maori flair was the blood-stirring haka, and the Tokelau connection brought a ritual song that was so joyously festive, and laced with rich vocal harmonies... Our heart's transcended into a reverence for that moment, and to say that we felt privileged to document this union, would simply not have conveyed the emotion this day...

Being a kiwi myself, who's too long been from home, I've felt revitalised after shooting this gorgeous wedding between these two very special peeps, and my faith in people's grand capacities has never been higher!

Viva l'amore  

Loui and Donna xx
  


  

 
 
 

Queensland Outback Wedding at Adora Downs

 
 

The circumstance that led us to capture a wedding about as far inland as I've yet to venture, was a real case of fortunate cause for us...

The call went out on social media: "Help, my photographer's bailed and I'm getting married this weekend [or words to that effect]"... Donna said: "Loui", and I said: "let's do it" and yeah, before too long we were on the road with a bag of good cause, and two more packed with camera equipment...

Of the Bride and the Groom: Man, these guys were golden individuals, if ever there were... We met Dom and Jess on Wedding Day Eve, in a semi-trendy / new-age bar in the revamped old-quarter of Toowoomba town -- the kind of place that has an entirely gluten-free menu, and a sexy, dim-lit vibe that screamed: "Hey lovely people, come in and look at my understatedly delectable collection of magic bottles... haha

Unbeknownst to Dom, I'd just ordered a top-shelf rum before they walked in, and as he was kind enough to gesture for the bill, I thought to myself: "What a legend..." Sat down, and chillin' around a coffee table that was clad in what appeared to be patterned black vinyl [?], and five minutes into our discussion, we soon realised that Jessica was a total babe of loveliness, and that the pair were just so genuinely welcoming, and in such a nice space within themselves,  that I knew we were in for catching some magic...

Adora Downs as a venue, was truly apart from anything I'd ever experienced... The location was dramatic country splendour, complete with windmill on arrival; a winding gravel drive that took us past a little olive grove, and fields in various states of plough and production, before trees opened up to a gorgeous flat grassland, dotted with several 'fittingly period' buildings, and rich, viscerally evocative textures that only flowering bushes and rusty machinery can evoke... The family who operate the establishment were brimming with a level of fabled charm that I'd normally reserve for tales and old-world fancies, and the service and hearty servings of home cooked fare left none wanting...

Donna and I found a room to claim as our own within an old Queenslander, just a stone throw from the main dining hall, and across from the open-air dance-floor, under the giant faery-light may-pole-like structure, around the various fire-pits, and looking back from the darkness towards the honoured guests as they assembled, and chatted, and drank, and were merry...  

Everywhere we turned there was something that enhanced the ambience of the property, and up until our departure [after yet another killer meal the next morning], we felt as if the world around us has stopped, and all that mattered was the celebration of a couple who's love was writ upon the stars...


Massive thanks and congrats going out to Jess, Dom, and the good folk at Adora Downs!

Viva L'Amore,

Loui and Donna xx

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Winter Wedding @ Cedar Creek Vineyard & Winery

 
 

Picture a wedding held in the clouds; picture the Cedar Creek Estate and Winery, high atop Mount Tamborine in the Hinterland of the Gold Coast, Australia, enveloped: shrouded within a misty veil; picture a couple who's deep, reflective love simply emanates, and commands of the moment to take notice...

Jessica and Josh: A pair who's love was writ upon the stars...

I awoke to the bracing sound of rain as it fell about my foggy consciousness -- it was 4:30am, wedding day, but despite the initial apprehension, I soon calmed in the belief that there was a magic in the air, and apart from my philosophical surety that the universe generally is what it will be, a trip up the mountain never brings anything but a pleasant anticipation... 

I arrived, bright and early, to find the lads all set in tux and finery; mid-strength beers in hand; just milling around and casually jesting amongst themselves with a certain brand of all-knowing wit that I'd typically denote as being 'mid to artsy upper-brow with a twist of world-cause sincerity'... I guess that paints a somewhat obscure picture, but it suffices to say, I thought these guys were pretty cool characters, and the proof is in the pudding on that one, so to speak... They were a tight unit, and seemed to just bust-out zoolander-stances at will... 

I then rolled out to visit the girls, and not unlike the boys, they too were held up in a rather grand locale: a large colonial-styled establishment, overlooking a series of mist-filled valleys below the escarpment... The vibe there was a different level of closeness to what I'd experienced with the lads (to be expected, I guess, but certainly different enough to warrant a mention) and despite the room being a total hive of activity, and real air of co-operation was about... A curious mix of feminine bonding and virtuous accord [haha Loui's description of girl-world]...  The stunningly lovely Jess and her maids were taking it all in stride, and managed to balance flower-preparations with make-up and hair, and juggling babies, and wine haha... I never fail to marvel at a woman's capacity for getting on... But yeah,  it wasn't lost on me that time was getting away on us, so I made my exit and returned to seek out the lads, who were yet to realise what I had already surmised: that the girls were gonna be a smidge late...

But, when Jess finally pulled up, the collective wow could almost be felt as the little chapel in the mist fell into a hush...  

The little-ones played up on cue; the rain fell hard as undue delay will sway a guests departure; set to find some of the vineyards finest, t'was midday, and call for all to celebrate! 

Yet the final act was set for me, as creative portraiture loomed, the very air and grandeur of the day took hold, as Josh was set to adorn his bride as man and wife can only ever do: A symmetry perfected in it's complimentary aesthetic...

Love; Love; Love,

Loui and Donna xx

 

 

 
 

One Tree Hill Engagement Session

 
 

One Tree Hill in Maleny is arguably one of the planet's most idyllic locations; well, as far as picturesque simplicity goes, anyways... Throw in a picnicking pair of strikingly gorgeous lovebirds, and we sure have some kinda-special engagement session on our hands!

The strikingly gorgeous Kylie is style on legs, I must say, and she and her handsome beau Sean came set to make their mark atop that mountain range, and solidly their set was as poignant as 'the tree' was yet to witness...  

Viva l'amore,

Donna and Loui xx