Andrew & Sams beautiful winter wedding at Brisbanes City Botanic Gardens
I've know Sam for about 6 years now. I signed her up at the gym I worked at and we became friends pretty quickly, I think because she's just as crazy as I am.
I was so excited when she told me she was getting married to Andrew. I had met him once when I did Sams make-up for a wedding she was a guest at, and I knew straight away that he was definitely a good match for her. Head and shoulders over the top of her but you could see that underneath all the silliness and bravado Andrew truly loves Sam.
The day started with Sam getting ready at The Sofitel in Brisbane City. The room was gorgeous with a massive window to let in loads of natural light. I was so happy when I saw that as I knew we could get some really great shots just using the window light.
Sams hair and make-up artist was Mickeela of inspired Artistry and was perfect! Going with a gorgeous traditional bridal style and a little bit of a smokey eye Sam looked like a girl!!! Sams a bit like me, we don't girl very often. But she looked absolutely stunning!
April was Sams helper, but as always I did up the dress (multi-tasking like a pro!). It seems that it's good to have a female photographer around that knows how to do up lace-up gowns because this was definitely not the first time that I've helped out. And to be honest I love being a part of everyones day so this just brings us all closer, especially when I have my hand up your skirt straightening the vanity panel or fooffing out all the layers!
After we were done I hightailed it down to the City Botanic Gardens and was stoked to find a park literally 100m away from the entrance. After shoving all my equipment into two bags I pack-muled it down to Sam & April who just turned up.
The ceremony area was beautifully decorated in purples by the One Stop Wedding Shop to suit Sams bouquet from Unveiling Poppy that matched her epic bridal shoes. The guests were already there waiting for Sam so we were all ready to go!
As Sam walked down the white aisle I think Andrew got some dust in his eye, or were they tears, maybe just a little bit. I can't blame him as she did really look stunning. Chase, Sams son was also waiting for her looking extra dapper in his light grey suit.
Brendan Anning was the celebrant for the day and honestly he was AWESOME. So laid back and fun, he suited Andrew & Sam perfectly. The ceremony was so great and full of laughter and light. I would recommend him to anyone looking for a young, fun male celebrant who definitely knows what he's doing ... and apparently knows the best coffee places in Brissy too!
After the ceremony we fought off some other bridal parties to get some lovely photos in what seems to be a really popular part of the gardens, but the super tall figs (I think they're figs) definitely makes a great impact in the photos. We then cruised around the broadwalk to get some nice city and river shots.
It was nearly time for the reception and my awesome assistant Melissa (my lovely photographer friend who also assisted me at Mark & Kristy's Wedding) had to go. As always she was an epic helper! Can't wait to see her photos too.
So we were going to walk to the hotel for the reception as it was only about 500m away, but poor Sam in her beautiful gown and gorgeous purple shoes was not going to make it that far. Also Andrew was the pack-mule this time with the majority of my gear so he decided we should cab it up there.
The reception was at the Stock Exchange Hotel up the the roof top area. It was the perfect venue for Andrew and Sam. I got some quick shots of all the guests and then a fun group shot and off I went.
I was truly blessed to be asked to cover Andrew & Sams day and I wouldn't of missed it for the world. Brisbane city has some epic locations for portraits and it was so easy having everything literally 5 minutes away.
- GETTING READY - Sofitel Brisbane www.sofitelbrisbane.com.au
- HAIR & MAKE-UP - Mickeela from inspired ARTISTRY www.inspiredartistry.com.au
- FLOWERS - Unveiling Poppy www.unveilingpoppy.com
- GOWN - Ferrari Formal & Bridal Springwood www.ferrariformal.com.au
- ALTERATIONS - Mary Alteration Fashion maryalterationfashion.com.au
- CEREMONY SET UP - One Stop Wedding Shop www.onestopweddingshop.com.au
- CELEBRANT - Brendan Anning brendananning.wedding
- RECEPTION - Stock Exchange Hotel www.stockexchangehotel.com.au