August 2017

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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