Issue 7 out now

Style and Grace is the theme of this edition, with styled shoots that showcase the very epitome of elegant, modern Weddings.

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Animals at Weddings – good idea or not?

Ruth&Yos137No, we’re not talking about pugs getting married – that just seems a little  pretentious – seriously cute, but over the top. No, we’re talking about your pets playing a part in the day, or perhaps involvement of an animal that is means something to you.

A lot may depend on how important your furbabies are to you, not to mention the policy of your chosen venue, but animal involvement in Weddings is certainly a growing trend. A few years ago butterfly releases were all the rage and whilst they could be spectacular, there were environmental and animal welfare concerns voiced at the time and they don’t seem as popular now. Next came dove releases which were even more dramatic, but they have been eclipsed in recent times by ring-bearing owls and raptors swooping down the aisle. Is it growing up with Harry Potter that has given us the magical association of owls with the delivery of important and life-changing gifts? Has Game of Thrones and similar period drama re-ignited the ancient art of falconry, or is it just canny marketing by these niche interest groups? We asked Dave Wall from Masterpieces Photography + Video what involvement he has seen with animals over the years.

‘Animals at weddings certainly isn’t a new thing – over the years I’ve photographed butterfly and dove releases, seen a very cute bulldog deliver the rings, had a bride ride a horse during the photo session and even photographed a couple with their potty calves. One bride even wanted to be photographed with her prize-winning bulls, but (wisely), decided against it on the day. I love it when the couple includes something completely unique in their day and I relish the challenge of incorporating something out of the ordinary into the day.’

‘One great way to include your pets, without them feeling uncomfortable, is to have them at the photography session. There are a lot less people, and it is a much more relaxed environment to bring of the best in them.’

The team recently saw (and bravely patted, I may add), a falcon at the Ideal Bride expo at the Mercure Carrara over the weekend and was lucky enough to be invited to Maleny Manor earlier in the year where they saw owls delivering rings and make no mistake, it is a truly spectacular sight. Birds, especially large ones, can be unsettling (or indeed frightening), for some people, so perhaps make sure no-one has a phobia before planning to include one in your day. Likewise we think it’s wonderful if your pets are that important to you that they are involved, however, it’s not something that should be taken on lightly and make sure they are going to be comfortable and have someone designated to look after them once their part is performed.

Industrial Inspiration at the Wedding Arcade

So what’s with the weather Brisbane? With Autumn throwing some unexpected weather events into the mix, we finally got the chance to attend The Wedding Arcade’s latest event. Held in the industrial setting of the old Peters Ice Cream factory in the heart of eclectic West End. This was the hottest ticket for brides-to-be this weekend, offering in depth planning advice and workshops as well as the opportunity to meet some of Brisbane’s best vendors. The old factory certainly made for a unique backdrop for the event, which was transformed with stylish settings from several event planners and some clever stalls from the suppliers.

When Freddie Met Lilly hosted a session on bridal fashions, with several models looking stunning in the gowns and suits. The grooms weren’t neglected either, with a Grooms Room close to the display of wedding transport that was offering a chill-out zone for the guys with a whiskey bar and comfy sofas if the boys needed a break.

Another innovation was the chefs table, which offered patrons a chance to enjoy a range of delectable dishes from a range of catering suppliers. Food trucks are becoming increasingly popular at Weddings and they were well represented too with a range a unique vehicles offering a selection of cuisine options.

The event was certainly popular, and although the weather didn’t play ball all the time this was a very different type of expo that allowed brides and grooms to dig a little deeper into the planning process and have time to talk to the vendors they wanted without the usual push and shove of some of the larger expos.

Photo Credit: Masterpieces Photography + Video

Trunk Show Excitement

Saturday the 14th arrived as a perfect Autumn day, with the sun shining and it was with a sense of excitement that we headed to the Stone’s Corner showroom of Elizabeth de Varga for their Trunk Show. The day couldn’t have been more perfect, with so many brides experiencing the happiest of moments, finding their dream bridal gown from the wonderful selection of couture and Pret-a-Porter styles available in store. Several wedding suppliers were also on hand to offer advice and discuss upcoming wedding details, including the talented Dave from Masterpieces Photography + Video and Ashlee from Latonas Makeup. The show room of Tammie Nitschke, head designer at Elizabeth de Varga, always looks sublime, but was further enhanced by a spectacular convertible Rolls Royce from Somerton Limousines parked out the front.

Here are some of the images taken by Masterpieces Photography from the day.

Wedding Suppliers who contributed to the day:

Masterpieces Photography + Video
Latonas Professional Makeup Supplies
A Little Cake Place
White Lace and Promises
Archara Flowers
The Little Flower Company

The Gold Edit out now

The latest issue of The Wedding Alley is out now. Get your golden inspiration online, and view for free.

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Gold Fever has hit the Wedding Alley this edition and we’ve been inspired by every shade of this most luminous of precious metals. From super sparkly yellow-gold through to burnished old-gold, there’s a colour, fabric and style to suit any bride-to-be on the coming pages.

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.

Photo Shoot Excitement

CurrumbinShoot1We’re all on a high after our weekend photo shoots around Currumbin. The perfect beaches with stunning white dunes provided the beach side theme we were intending. The week before had seen us nervously biting our nails as we watched the ever changeable weather forecast – just like a couple planning an outdoor wedding have to endure. Luckily the weather Gods played ball and the sun shone and the winds were calm!

The team that collaborated on this shoot were amazing. With exquisite gowns from Elizabeth deVarga and When Freddie Met Lilly this shoot was always going to be exceptional. Our wonderful creative team of Hair Stylist, Aleesha Darke, and Makeup Artist, Suzi Dent, worked so harmoniously, and followed the brief brilliantly.

Our outstanding photographer for the day was Dave from Masterpieces Photography and Video who worked with his usual creativity, efficiency and professionalism to get the absolute best from our gorgeous models from Katz Model Management.

To top it all off we had a charming seaside ceremony and reception set up by the talented Kasey from Fashionable Society Events. The coastal theme was complemented by the fresh watercolour styled stationery from LaPapeterie.

Everything just fell into place, and all the preparations we made came together perfectly on the day. The results speak for themselves and I’m sure you will be as delighted as we are when our new edition hits your inboxes very soon.

Here are some behind the scenes shots just to peak your interest.

Choosing your Photographer

This is a big task, as we all know it is the memories that will last forever from your special day.  We asked Dave Wall from Masterpieces Photography + Video to give our brides a little guidance in this area.  Here are his four helpful tips.

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You have to have a connection with your photographer, you have to trust your photographer and have looked at their past work. You should have the confidence that your chosen photographer will deliver your dream wedding album and that there is a consistency in their work. Why? Well, it’s this simple, if you get the right photographer, every time you look through your wedding images, you know you made absolutely the right decision.

You need to know how your photographer will approach your day. Will they give time to you before the day in order to talk through timings and get to know you better as individuals? Do they offer an E-Shoot so that they can get to know you and you get to know how they work. A professional photographer will never show you an image they are not 100% happy with and an e-shoot will prove that to you.

Choosing the right wedding photographer is like choosing your dress, deep down you just know when it feels right. If you don’t feel a real connection and sense of trust from your photographer then perhaps you should look elsewhere. Your photographer’s personality is critical in your decision making, as you will want to spend the many hours of your big day with someone who you like, not just tolerate.

Professionals don’t take chances!

Your photographer should impress you both personally and by showing their work. You should be able to feel your photographers’ passion for wedding photography and you should walk away from your meetings feeling genuinely excited about your wedding day photography. You should feel an immediate connection to your photographer and a confidence in their abilities, both technically and creatively. You will know that your professional photographer will deliver what you expect, based on their track record and by the way they set out how the day’s photography will go. Ultimately, if your photographer listens to you and what you imagined for your wedding day and can incorporate your wishes into their style then you are on to a winner. Remember, your wedding day will be one of the happiest you will ever experience and by choosing the right photographer you know you will be very proud to show off your wedding album images-as you will look fantastic!

Check with your photographer about how they are backed up for your wedding. By this I mean number of cameras and lenses, flashguns etc. Back up equipment is an insurance policy in the event of technical failure and is a critical issue for wedding photographers. A real professional will never go out with less than two of absolutely everything and often more and will have the experience to adapt and overcome any problems that may arise.

MasterpiecesPV3It’s your day and a professional photographer knows this. 

Your chosen photographer is there to take photographs of your special day and they should always remember that this is your wedding not theirs. Your photographer is there to produce high quality photographs, but also to make sure each couple get through the day with minimal fuss and stress. They should make sure that moments are captured unobtrusively and naturally. Your photographer will give you subtle direction to ensure they capture those shots that you have dreamed about. A professional photographer will understand the style and flow of your wedding and work closely with you to capture it with creativity, imagination and by working with you and your guests rather than dictating to them.

Can you afford not to?

Let’s look at it another way – you have spent money on an amazing wedding cake, the best venue, beautiful flowers, seat covers, table gifts and gorgeous cars – how will you remember all that when the day is done. Memories fade and Weddings tend to pass in a blur.  What needs to be considered is whether you should spend a little less on things such as these and budget adequately for professional photographs. It is you and you alone who can determine what is most important.  Most of the spend on a wedding will be immediate in terms of impact, but your wedding photographs will have impact for much much longer, especially if you have a professional take your treasured images and they make you and your wedding look amazing.

Going Places

ups and downs but always great design

The beautiful backdrop of The Pullman Hotel Brisbane rises to the occasion in this going places shoot. When you combine the romantic elegance of this iconic location with a range of stunning gowns and fabulous hair and make up by the oh so talented, Shelley Veitch, you have the recipe for a perfect fashion shoot.  Centrally located the Pullman is the perfect base for your photography session with easy access to many of Brisbane’s best vistas, although why you’d want to leave we wouldn’t know. Stay and enjoy the hospitality and a glass or two of bubbles and make use of the unique architecture and design elements for your backdrop.

The perfect gowns designed by Joanne Hasson at JK Couture Designs are as alluring as they are well made. See here not only her superb bridal gowns, but also a glimpse of the unlimited choices with bridesmaids and formal gowns.

Add the brilliance of George Wu’s gowns, and I’m in heaven.  These stunning creations are out of this world. The perfection of his gowns is breathtaking. Just ask anyone who’s worn one.

To top off this exquisite group we add gowns by When Freddie Met Lilly, who captures the modern, fresh bride, who is confident, and just a little sexy.

Throw in a little sparkle, or a least some pearls, to bring it all together with classic bridal jewellery by LaPapeterie, and you have it all. The french know understated class, and the Parisian inspired LaPapeterie has it.

This shoot was all up, with no downs, other than the elevator. The roof top pool deck of The Pullman was a particular highlight. A real bird’s eye view on Brisbane.

Dave Wall from Masterpieces Photography + Video performed his magic to capture these simply gorgeous images at The Pullman.  His eye for a stunning image, with the use of light and space makes Masterpieces an essential to creating your lifelong wedding memories.

Thanks also go to our two sublime models for the day – Laura and Hayley.
Always such a pleasure to work with.

Issue Three Out Now

Time has really flown since our last edition, but as you will see from some of the fabulous articles in this edition, we’ve been incredibly busy in some of the fashion capitals of the world. We have promised to keep The Wedding Alley different and we hope you love seeing some unique Australian designs showcased in some of the most iconic locations in Europe.

In this edition we are focussing on Paris, the city of love, with some styled shoots featuring a range of jewellery, invitations and stunning accoutrements from the Brisbane based, and very aptly named, La Papeterie. Paris is one of my very favourite places and provides such fabulous inspiration for any romantic at heart. Of course it’s also one of the world’s best shopping locations too.

We also have a feature on makeup trends for 2014, with stunning examples created by some of Brisbane’s exceptionally talented artists and captured in and around the studio by Masterpieces Photography. This was such a fun shoot to direct and I hope it gives you the inspiration to step outside your comfort zone and consider a new look for your wedding or next event.

In this issue we have added an out and about section, with imagery of events we have been invited to here and abroad. London Fashion Weekend was an obvious highlight – I know, it’s a hard job sometimes – but there have also been some great events in Brisbane too over the past few weeks. If you have an event you would like us to attend, or publicise via the magazine, website or social media, please email with details and we will be pleased to help.

It’s hard to believe that 2014 is almost here and it is certainly shaping up as a big year for weddings. To all our wonderful subscribers, fans, clients and contributors we would like to thank you for your support in 2013 and wish you all the best for the festive season. We hope you enjoy a wonderfully restful and relaxing holiday break and wish you success and happiness in 2014. We will be back with a new edition early in the New Year with even more exciting editorial photo shoots and inspiration.

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