Keeping your wedding cool

belvedere008With the full-on summer weather at the moment, it’s not just the final details of your wedding planning that might be getting you a little hot under the collar.

For anyone tying the knot under these blazing summer skies we’ve got some tips to help alleviate the heat and let you, and your guests, enjoy the bluest skies the season can offer…

Water, water and more water

Make sure that you, and your bridal party have plenty of water on hand throughout the preparation and the photo session. Dehydration is your worst enemy and will rob you of your energy at precisely the time you want to be enjoying things the most.

Provide water and fruit juice stations for your guests, especially if you are having an outdoor ceremony. Having water available will also reduce alcohol consumption and keep things more even-tempered, especially if it is a sticky humid evening.

Don’t forget your furbabies. Make sure that your pets, whether involved in the ceremony or not, are well cared for. It will be one less thing for you to stress about on the day if you are confident that they are being spoilt and totally looked after.

It might help to calm or nerves, or you might think it will help you sleep, but drinking the night before your wedding is not advisable. The thing that makes the heat even more unbearable is a hangover, so make sure you, and your groom, moderate the partying the night before the big day. You’ll enjoy the big day so much more and will have the stamina get to the real party.

Don’t be late

brookfield-shoot_333At any other time of the year it’s always acceptable for the bride to be fashionably late (10 minutes or so), but at the height of summer, with your groom and guests waiting under a blazing sun or inside without aircon, you won’t win friends by keeping people waiting. If you are planning on an outside ceremony perhaps provide sunscreen for your guests  – you can wear foundation and moisturiser with sunscreen but it’s a great idea to make sure your groom takes precautions too – you don’t want a sunburnt partner in your photos, or on the honeymoon.

Having an order of service that doubles as a fan is an ingenious solution that looks great and helps everyone keep their cool.

Keep it shady

kimryanwedding-235The more shade you provide for guests the more they will love you, but the same goes for your bridal party too – they have to be outside for the photo session too. Think about parasols, umbrellas or fans – they make great props as well providing some much-needed protection from the sun.

If you follow these simple rules you’ll be able to make the most of this wonderful summer weather while it lasts, enjoy your day in the sun and have a wedding that everyone remembers for the right reasons.

Photo Credits: Masterpieces Photography + Video

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BFF comes to the party

leanne_jess_005-2What do you do when you win a competition and suddenly can’t take the prize? You grab your bestie and head down to New Farm Park for some photos – that’s what you do!

Leanne won our Perfect Proposal competition last year but sadly was unable to take the full prize as her fiancé had urgent family commitments overseas. With Leanne about to jet off to join fiancé Justin in a new life in Cincinnati, we decided to do a going-away photoshoot with her bestie, Jess, at New Farm Park and the Brisbane Powerhouse.

Justin and Leanne met and fell in love at a concert in Brisbane a couple of years ago. Since then things have moved at a frenetic pace with Leanne busy planning her huge move overseas, and a wedding at the same time – so just a bit of pressure! To make things a little easier, though, Leanne & Justin have decided to elope to Las Vegas and have planned the full-on Vegas experience – with the obligatory Elvis impersonator at the little wedding chapel – all being streamed live on Skype so both sets of family and friends can be see the ceremony.

We wish Leanne and Justin every happiness in their future together and are glad we could give Leanne a happy send-off with Jess. Dave Wall from Masterpieces Photography + Video had a great time capturing these old friends as you will see…

Style Masters brings Christmas early

StyleMastersCorporate001-1Christmas came early last night at the Mirra Private Events and Dining Corporate Style Masters. Following the success of last year’s Wedding edition, seven of Brisbane’s best event stylists competed in a styling showdown. Each of the stylists had 45 minutes to style and present a table or area showcasing their products and talents. The theme this year was corporate end-of-year parties and Christmas events.

These talented stylists didn’t disappoint, and all the teams produced stunning spaces which showcased some of the hottest styling trends, all wrapped up with a little Christmas edge. The winning design went to Brandition who, along with Mirra’s chef, combined to provide a fresh take on the carvery. It might only be August, but last night’s fabulous event has us looking forward to the party season already!

 

 

Ekka Nights

We had our own exciting August evening last night with an incredible night shoot for the next edition of The Wedding Alley magazine. The feature will showcase stunning gowns from When Freddie Met Lilly who are showing their new collection at New York Fashion Week in September. Vanessa’s gowns are the epitome of sexy sophistication – perfect for a multitude of occasions, from cocktail style wedding to red carpet soirée. Dave Wall from Masterpieces Photography + Video weaved his usual magic at some iconic Brisbane locations before wrapping up overlooking side-show alley at the Ekka. Models, Laura and Scott, were encouraged to play the role of star-crossed lovers in front of the ferris wheel, styling the shot more like an engagement shoot to reflect the many marriage proposals that take place there every year.

For your own special engagement photography session, make a time to speak with Dave at Masterpieces Photography + Video.

You can view When Freddie Met Lilly’s Spring Bridal and Bridesmaid Belle Collection Launch on 27th August. Visit their website, or email to receive an invitation.

Photo Credit:
Gown and Suit: When Freddie Met Lilly | Photography: Masterpieces Photography + Video | Hair and Makeup: Makeup by Mieko | Models: Laura and Scott

Trash The Dress

It’s not everyday that the stars align and on a beautiful day, at a stunning location, and with a wonderful young couple, you get the opportunity to capture a full-immersion trash-the-dress shoot. It’s rare to find a willing couple eager to get totally saturated and submerge the entire wedding gown, but when it happens, the results can be magical and so, on those very few days, we thank our lucky stars and just go for it.
Here are just a few of the gorgeous images shot by Dave Wall at Masterpieces Photography + Video of the most beautiful couple we know – Laura and Kane.

Can the world cup be good for your relationship?

Are the early mornings watching the world cup straining your relationship?  Would you rather sleep in, and not get up at 4am to watch Uruguay vs Costa Rica? Yes – I know the feeling.  As you slowly drift off to the land of sleep, trying to look interested in a nil nil score, only to be blasted awake by screams of joy when the right team scores, or fits of rage when the wrong team does.

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I do have some benefits that have come to my attention while looking at all things Brazillian. Carnevale is now on my list of to dos, and I now know the benefits of Brazil nuts. So while I may be tired, and have bags under my eyes, my nails are on the improve.  According to the Cleveland Clinic these wonder nuts contain selenium, which is great for the condition of your nails.  So in the lead up to your big day, if you’re wanting natural strong and healthy fingernails add Brazil nuts to your diet.

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To combat the tired eyes try carrots, which are rich in beta-carotene, a great nutrient for tired eyes. Carrots are well known for their link with eye health, but other foods that will benefits your eyes are kale, sweet potato, pink grapefruit, pumpkin and cantaloupe.

Europe Exhilaration and Inspiration

We have just returned from three weeks in Europe and totally on cloud nine. The history, architecture and fashion is enough to inspire us for the next year.

We have been posting some of the gorgeousness we have seen but there is more to come. Our next edition of The Wedding Alley will be filled with inspiration including photoshoots in London, Paris and York. If you are planning a destination wedding then make sure you look at some of our tips.

Here’s some inspiration:

Sometimes it's the little things. Here are some door handles we passed in the street. It wasn't until the second time passing them in Rome that we noticed them. Amazing detail.
Sometimes it’s the little things. Here are some door handles we passed in the street. It wasn’t until the second time passing them in Rome that we noticed them. Amazing detail.
The infamous Tower Bridge steeped in history and beauty.
The infamous Tower Bridge steeped in history and beauty.

Dancing on the Tables

At The Wedding Alley we’re loving the new trend of stop motion films. We got together with our friends at LaPapeterie and Masterpieces Photography + Video to get in on the action. We styled the gorgeous framed prints from LaPapeterie with some ‘home styled’ candles in jars to see what can be done with very little. Hope you like the dance as much as we had fun making it.

Dancing on the Tables from Masterpieces Photography + Video on Vimeo.