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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!



Thailand Wedding Adventure - Pimalai, Ko Lanta | Monique + Jason


The 2018 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 our stunning mountain-top villa, my Anniversary gift to my gorgeous wife and partner-in-crime (yes our Wedding Anniversary was two days prior to these love-birds saying “I do” ) complete with infinity pool, the best champagne I’ve ever tasted and the most gorgeous flowers compliments of the resort manager, Frank, who was amazing through our entire stay ; we marvelled in awe as the massive dragon-Iizard cruised on by at a pace unchanged for a veritable age...

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!  Peeps, please don’t book your weddings in Thailand for the monsoon season, yes, yes I know you get a cheaper rate but…

Now somewhere in between make-up and hair 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! What a gorgeous ceremony it was… Singapore Lillies everywhere and y’all know how much I love fresh flowers!

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 brollies and liquor-filled coconuts seemingly out of thin air...  everyone trundled to the resort transport depot, then off to the beachside restaurant for party-time, where Jase and his crew struck a few chords as they pumped out  renditions of Eagles and Steely Dan classics alike...

VENUE:  Pimalai Resort & Spa
HMUA:  Makeup Artist Phuket

Viva l'amore,

Loui and Donna 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!