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Brisbane Wedding Photographer: Beautiful Backyard Wedding

A candid wedding photographer’s dream, this wedding was absolute proof that it’s not the venue that makes for great wedding photos, it’s the people. Gorgeous, vivacious bride Jess smiled every time she looked at the camera (she said that it was because I was smiling at her from behind the camera, but I’m sure that was because she was smiling at me!); she laughed and smiled the whole time, until she joined her equally lovely husband Steve at the top of the aisle, then she bawled. Then she went right back to smiling and laughing. Like I said, a wedding photographer’s dream.

But, I get ahead of myself. Jess and Steve had organised a surprise wedding to take place at their backyard engagement party. Having now met Jess, I am amazed that she was able to keep it a secret – the excitement must have been killing her.

We started the day at Jess’s mum and step-father’s house where Jess and her bridesmaids were having their hair and make up done. There was lots of chatter and excitement, and smiles and laughter of course. Then the girls got dressed in their engagement party clothes, we took a few snaps (with and without the dogs) and we headed over to Jess and Steve’s house for the party. They had done a lovely job with relatively simple styling that really worked. A backyard wedding done right.

As people arrived, it seemed that the secret couldn’t be kept any longer and soon everyone knew that the day would end with this beautiful couple not just engaged, but married. The joy and excitement in the faces of friends and family was a delight to photograph.

As Jess waited for her lovely lace wedding dress to be laced up, it was amazing to see the emotions come across that expressive face. I always encourage brides to get that little bit of extra coverage for their day to have this part captured. Not just because it’s one of my favourite parts of the day (though I admit that it is), but because it is so emotional. So many brides are just overwhelmed by the excitement and the love and the enormity of it all, and Jess was no exception. I can’t wait for Steve to see these emotions on his lovely wife’s face as they look through their wedding photos together.

The ceremony began with Jess bursting into tears, then laughter, and the look of adoration on Steve’s face as she did was everything that you would want to see. And as a note to any other brides planning a DIY wedding, the simply styled pallets that they used as a backdrop just photographed so well.

After a very short portrait session with the bridal party, then with the bride and groom, it was back to the party. At the end of our shooting day, Jess and Steve not only offered us a delicious meal, but made room for us at their table to eat it. To make their wedding photographers so welcome, to let us capture their raw emotion and love, how could we wish this gracious couple anything but the very best for their future?

Congratulations to Steve and Jess.

Are you looking for candid wedding photography by a relaxed, professional team? Have a look at our Wedding Photography Page.

Whether you’re having a backyard wedding or getting married in a cathedral, Lara Lane can offer a package to suit you. You can find all our packages clearly laid out with prices listed here.

Looking for a candid wedding photographer in Brisbane, the Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast or beyond? I’d love to hear about your plans for your wedding. Contact me to check availability for your date.

 

 

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Candid Wedding Photography: evening wedding in Brisbane

Alex and Lysiane were married in a quiet, emotional ceremony on a Friday evening at The Coach House in the inner suburbs of Brisbane.

This was our first visit to the Coach House, a quaint and beautifully styled space hidden behind The Little Red Providore in Red Hill. In the late afternoon, it offered beautiful contrast that allowed us to really play with light and shadow in the images.

The ceremony was an intimate affair, presided over by Christina Towler of Kiss and Go Weddings, attended by the groom’s brother Ben and his glowingly pregnant partner Brooke. As we arrived, Christina was setting up the space with some lovely, romantic touches. My own husband, wedding photographer extraordinaire, assistant and second photographer Benjamin, captured the brothers getting ready as I followed the sounds of giggling upstairs.

Lysiane enjoyed a glass of wine as her hair and make up artist transformed her into “Bride”. There was lots of laughter and excitement as well as some quiet contemplation. There is always a moment in that getting ready time when things really start to get real for the bride. I remember it well from my own wedding, and as a wedding photographer, it is something that I really enjoy being present for. I always think of the groom, how when they have returned from the honeymoon, the couple will sit down and look through the wedding photos together, and the groom will see that progression – from the giggling excitement, to the quietness as the time comes closer, and often a tear as the enormity of the event, the expression of true love and commitment, hits. Sure, it’s not always that way. But I love it when it is, and it was here.

I always say that it is an honour to photograph a wedding, and it truly is. To be present for those moments, to have someone let go and be emotional in front of you is a privilege. To share in those moments, even from behind the camera, is the beauty of being a wedding photographer.

Alex’s amazing, emotional reaction to seeing Lysiane for the first time as his bride was something that they will both remember forever, I am sure. There wasn’t a person present without a tear in their eye at witnessing that overwhelming love.

After the ceremony, a drink was had in celebration and the bride and groom shared a first dance out on the deck. Their preference was for candid wedding photography, and they certainly provided plenty of candid fodder for our cameras with their laughter and kisses and loving looks.

Alex and Lysiane continued their quiet celebration at the London Club in Teneriffe, where we captured a few final candid wedding images before leaving them to it.

Congratulations to Alex and Lysiane. We wish you all the very best for a long and loving future together.

VENDORS

Lysiane’s beautiful flowers were arranged by her very own self. She and her mother are the creative minds behind freelance floral service The Posy Posse – theposyposse.bigcartel.com

Celebrant – Christina Towler – www.kissandgo.net

Make-up by Andria Malouf Artistry – www.andriamaloufartistry.com

Hair by Jody Callan Hair – www.jodycallanhair.com.au

Are you looking for candid wedding photography by a relaxed, professional team? Have a look at our Wedding Photography Page.

From an elopement to the biggest wedding, Lara Lane can offer a package to suit you. You can find all our packages clearly laid out with prices listed here.

Looking for a candid wedding photographer in Brisbane, the Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast or beyond? I’d love to hear about your plans for your wedding. Contact me to check availability for your date.

 

 

 

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Brisbane Wedding Photographer: Intimate Wedding in Ferny Hills, North Brisbane

Nick and Iveta wed yesterday at a very intimate Kiss & Go Wedding Ceremony. Held at celebrant Christina Towler’s home in leafy Ferny Hills, prettily styled with candles and white linen, the ceremony was shared by the groom’s immediate family. Sadly, distance prevented Iveta’s Czech family from attending the ceremony.

So many people now elope or hold very small, intimate weddings. What I notice as a wedding photographer is that whether I am photographing a wedding with 150 guests or it’s just the couple, the celebrant, and the wedding photographer (me!), it makes no difference to the couple as they are married. The reactions are the same – nervousness, adoration, joy. Those present will laugh and cry. Big wedding or small, what it’s really about is the joining of two people.

When I arrived at Christina’s home, Nick and Iveta were drinking tea, spending a quiet moment together before the excitement of the arrival of their guests. Iveta wore a long, white dress with a pretty tied back, while Nick kept things clean and casual in jeans and white linen shirt.

Nick’s grandparents, parents and sisters arrived, and once the forgotten rings were retrieved from the car, Christina started the ceremony. As part of the nuptials, the bride and groom lit a candle for Iveta’s mum, and exchanged vows in Czech.

Afterwards, we headed to a nearby field to photograph the family formal portraits and the bride and groom portraits. We were blessed in the last ten minutes of the wedding photography when the sun came out from behind the clouds.

Simple doesn’t mean it’s not special.

Are you thinking of a simple, fuss-free wedding? Kiss & Go Wedding Ceremonies may be just what you’re looking for. Check out Christina’s website here.

To see more wedding photography from Lara Lane, have a look at my Wedding Photography Page.

From an elopement to the biggest wedding, Lara Lane can offer a package to suit you. You can find all my packages clearly laid out with prices listed here.

Looking for a wedding photographer in Brisbane, the Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast or beyond? I’d love to hear about your plans for your wedding. Contact me to check availability for your date.

A black and white image of the bride with arms crossed, nervously waiting for the guests to arrive and the ceremony to begin

Iveta waits for the ceremony to start

A composite image of the bride and groom cuddling; and drinking their tea. Moments caught by candid wedding photographer Lara Lane Wedding Photography

Iveta and Nick wait nervously for one o’clock

The bride is cleverly caught in the reflection of the mirror, inhaling the perfume of her bouquet

The bride gazes at her bouquet as she waits for the guests to arrive

 

The bride waits with her sister-in-law to be; they examine the horse shoe that the bride has been given for luck.

Iveta looks up at Nick as she prepares to ascend the stairs and walk down the aisle with her betrothed. Composite of three images.

Iveta looks up at Nick as she prepares to ascend the stairs and walk down the aisle with her betrothed.

Signing the register

A muslin arch adorns the wooden slats of the deck; candles and gold ornaments make for beautiful, current wedding styling

Styling on celebrant Christina Towler’s desk

Wedding photography family photo, with the groom's mother bending over to remove prickles from the bride's dress, while the groom slaps his forehead in frustration and the bride smiles cheekily at the camera.

One of my favourite wedding family formal images of all time, with the groom’s mother removing prickles from the bride’s dress, the groom looking thoroughly unimpressed, and the bride looking just as cute as can be.

Family formal portraits

The bride and groom embrace for their formal wedding portraits.

Bride and groom portraits

Bride and groom portraits - the bride and groom laugh together

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