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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

 
 

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

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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