Monthly Archives: July 2016

Top 10 Unique Engagement Shoot Ideas

Whether it’s for save-the-date cards, wedding day props, guest souvenirs or simply something to frame in your future home, engagement photos are a great way to showcase the love, quirkiness and chemistry you share with your groom or bride-to-be.

So when brainstorming for a unique engagement shoot theme, you simply have to stick to things that speak a lot about the two of you. We’ve thrown in some ideas below to help make your engagement photo shoot uniquely yours.

How you met

It’s time to bring out the funny “first meeting” stories in your engagement photo shoot! Work around your modern “we matched on Tinder” romance or the good old “we met in the laundromat” story.

Take it to your weekend road trip

Your prenuptial shoot gives you the perfect excuse to be adventurous. Bring your photographers to your favourite road trip route and take amazing photos along the way.

Or visit an iceberg

You can also take your wanderlust a notch higher by actually going to a place you’ve never been to! Make sure to take the right photographer with you when you’re up for this kind of adventure. Life Studios Inc has done an incredible job in this shoot.

Recreate your first date

Who doesn’t want to relive and capture that first date night? Book the restaurant where you first dined in for a romantic engagement shoot.

Share your passion

Every couple has a passion they share. Whether it’s singing, dancing, painting, it makes for a nice prenuptial shoot theme. Case in point: the shot above.

Something news-worthy

Newspapers serve as a cool photo shoot background. Make it more personal by using old magazine and newspaper clippings you’ve collected over the years. Now all you need is a photographer who can capture beautiful moments such as the one above.

Geek out

It’s the perfect time to geek out and play dress up. This fictional character theme is one of the most fun to shoot.

Bring back childhood memories

A makeshift castle, a bottle of bubbles, a carton plane and you’re all set for a shoot that brings out the kid in you. Book this photography studio to capture your engagement photos perfectly.

Take the plunge

Nothing says bold and daring as an underwater photo shoot. Entrust this kind of shoot to a superb photographer like this studio.

Keep it sweet

If you’re a couple with a sweet tooth, set your pre-wedding photo shoot at your favourite dessert place!

The Best Historic Wedding Venues

Couples wanting to marry in a venue steeped in history are spoiled for choice, regardless of which state they live in. Here are 10 historic wedding venues: hotels, cottages – and even a castle – that have, in some cases, more than 100 years of weddings under their belts.

Built as a grand old family home between 1849 and 1958, Overnewton Castle is set amongst five acres of beautiful English gardens. It has its own wood-panelled chapel (which used to be a billiards room) and can cater for 150 sit-down guests or 240 for a cocktail events.

In the 160-odd years this magnificent home has stood, it has been a summer retreat, a convalescent home and, even, an Air Force hospital. It was restored in 2002 and, in addition to the beautiful old home, it sits aside a soaring new light-filled reception centre and can cater for wedding of between 20 and 230 guests.

Be it the sandstone courtyard or beneath the opulent Waterford chandeliers, regardless of where on this property you shoot your wedding photos, they are guaranteed to be spectacular – and more than a little romantic.

Located in the heart of the Brisbane CBD, this heritage listed Victorian era building oozes old-world charm with its rich timber floors, exposed brick walls and, of course, historic furnishings.

Built in 1868, this was one of the very first homes in Australia to have electric lighting. Its architecture is said to have been inspired by the Lombardy region of Italy and dancing, especially your first dance, in its grand ballroom, which has housed so many of Melbourne’s high-society events, is magical!

Nestled amongst a dreamy, three-acre garden, the beautiful sandstone facade of this historic brewery shines against the glorious backdrop of Mount Wellington. Their team of on-site chefs will even match your wedding menu with their best beers.

Located in the Macdonald River valley, just 90 minutes from central Sydney, this tranquil venue has on-site accommodation for not just the couple but also guests. At the heart of this sprawling bushland venue is a mangificent, fully restored 1840s gothic church which makes for magnificent photographs.

Though, obviously, The Old Brewery was once a brewery, its was, thorughout its 139-year history, also a flour mill, a tannery and, even, a convict depot! Millions of litres of WA’s finest beer has flown through its pipes and still does, today.

Built by an English cabinet maker in the 1860s, this fully restored property still boasts a gabled iron roof over shingles, timber-framed mud-packed walls and the massive fireplace which has warmed many a traveller over the past century or so. It’s charming, peaceful and wonderfully Australian.

Meticulously restored, this historic hotel retains the elegant style of the early 1900s but marries it with the convenience of 21st century technology and amenities. It’s located in the heart of Melbourne’s CBD and has 340 rooms in which guests can stay.

Top 8 Things To Include In A Spring Wedding

As if the backdrop of heady weather and the sweet smell of flowers in bloom everywhere wasn’t enough? Here are 8 things to include in a Spring wedding to make it perfect.

Different coloured bridesmaids dresses look great in a Spring wedding, especially Chiffon. Chiffon is the perfect material for a Spring wedding because it’s lightweight and breaths. That means your bridesmaids won’t be weighed down by layers of thick fabric that is guaranteed to be heavy and lead to sweaty bods. Trust us, they’ll thank you for the thoughtful decision. The same goes for any flower girls, of course.

Wreaths and corsages
If you’re going to have a Spring wedding then flowers are a must but aside from the usual bouquets and buttonholes why not take the flower theming a whole lot further by adding floral wreaths and corsages? The floral wreaths can be worn in the bridesmaids’ and flower girls’ hair, while corsages can be worn by the mother of the bride and the groom. Add some beautiful artificial butterflies for authenticity.

Just as the girls will be wearing lightweight material the boys have a ‘Spring’ option as well. By choosing light coloured suits which reflect heat rather than the traditional black or dark blue suits which absorb it, you’ll be helping them stay cool during your very long Spring wedding day and night.

We adore the idea of creating a drinks station (or a menu) filled with refreshing and cooling drink options such as home-made lemonade, fruit punches and wonderfully flavoured ice teas. They’re all a little different from the typical wedding beverage options and couldn’t be suitable for a Spring wedding reception, could they? And, if you want to extend the theming to dessert, you could have an ice cream or gelati station complete with toppings of all kinds.

An outdoor dancefloor
Even if you’re having an outdoor Spring wedding ceremony, you’re probably still going to hold an indoor reception but if the weather is going to be fine hire an outdoor dancefloor so that guests can enjoy a dance or two beneath the twinkling stars. It is truly in keeping with the ultimate theme of your wedding – romance!

Think delicate pink cherry blossoms and layers of winding sugar roses or even real flowers to top off your wedding cake. Spring is no time for a cake that isn’t overflowing with flowers whether they are real or edible.

Creative seating
If your guests are going to be enjoying the sunshine let them do it in style. Tiffany chairs are nice but think big. Go for bales of hay draped in chic retro linen or bean bags for something less formal.

You cannot hold a Spring wedding without flowers! But as many brides order flowers based on their preferences or colour scheme rather than availability, it’s a good idea to choose flowers that are actually in season in your area in Spring. Not only are in-season flowers more affordable, they are so easy for your florist to access, you’ll be able to order many more than if you were ordering out-of-season flowers! This means Spring is the perfect time to use the budget-savings to indulge in all those typically costly ‘extra’ floral decorations such as suspended floral displays and gorgeous flower walls.