Friday, April 29, 2011

QB Loves : Vintage Chic!

Photographer Marina Ridgway stepped out from behind the lens to join longtime sweetheart Lee Nell for a dreamy beach wedding. We were very taken with the cool handmade details, whimsical accents and gelato palette of peach, blue, green and red.

Special Memory
“Our vows and presenting our children (Lucy 4 years and Luca 18 mths) special pendants with Lee and my fingerprints on them by Forever Inspired by Liv.”

Styling Notes 
Inspired by wedding blogs such as Green Wedding Shoes, Marina created handmade pompoms and backdrops, filled vintage glasses and vases with flowers to match her bouquet, and included personal touches like a table of family photographs and a fingerprint tree which invited guests to leave their mark. A crocheted tablecloth made by Lee’s Croatian grandmother adorned one of the tables as a sentimental accent and a fun ice cream sundae bar from Gelativo with tasty toppings completed the day.

Funniest Moment
Marina says “the Photobooth would have to be a highlight of the night! SO much fun!”

date: 6 November 2010

ceremony and reception: Outrigger Twin Towns Resort Coolangatta
gown and flower girl dress: Designed by bride and made by mother of the bride and her best friend
flowers: Heaven Scent Floral
cake: Gemma Jennings
photography: ngg Studios
special thanks: Jane Ridgway, Narelle Hinz, Sarah Campbell, Ingrid Ridgway, Melissa Swindale, Caroline and Bradley Jones (Studio E Stationery), Rom and Maureen Nell, Erika and Jose Cosentino at Gelativo.

Huge thankyou to ngg Studios, Marina and Lee for submitting your stunning vintage inspired wedding! 

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Now, to all our readers ...Kate + Will's wedding is tonight, don't forget to tune in. Can't wait to see Kate's dress!  QB x

Thursday, April 21, 2011

QB Loves : Real Life 1950s Engagement Shoot!

Introducing Peta, Pat and Rocky the dog in this gorgeous 1950s inspired engagement shoot (which, by the way, is our very first engagement shoot featured on the blog!)  Consider showcasing your style as a couple in a creative session just like this one ...

Love this look? Here's the Dream Team ...
 Couple: Peta and Pat and Rocky the dog. 
Photographer: Darren from CkMetroPhotos
Second Photographer: Loren Jarvis Photographer
Stylist: Erin from Vera and Rose.

Peta hearts Pat!


1 ::  Get to know your photographer! 
An engagement shoot is the perfect opportunity to get to know your photographer! Learn how to take directions from the photographer, get to know their style, personality and sense of  humour.  Most importantly, you will learn to feel comfortable as a couple with the photographer and have SOME FUN!

2 ::  Practise makes perfect! 
If you or your fiancé are even a little camera shy - an engagement shoot will ease you into it! Relax and practise what you feel works in front of the camera - a chance to work together with posing and positioning. This is the perfect time to practise how to loosen up … the end result will let your personalities really shine through in the images, but with no pressure!

3 ::  Letting your creativity run free!
An engagement shoot can be whatever you make it - a real chance to let your creativity as a couple run free! You can create a story, showcase your collectables, dress up, have a day at the beach, re-enact a favorite scene from a movie, organise a picnic, brainstorm location shoot ideas with your photographer! The best thing to do with an engagement shoot is to take the idea and just run with it. Get quirky & creative, showcase your style as a couple! 

Darren at CkMetroPhotos gave us some background info on the shoot … 

"Peta (the bride to be) is a self confessed Vinnies and Op Shop Junkie and along with her mum have collected the most amazing arrangements of furniture and old items ... anyway the shoot was to take place down in Murphy’s Creek, however with the devastation of the recent floods in Toowoomba and surrounds, the area has almost been totally washed away, so we had to look for a new location, a new theme and pray for a fine day without rain, a brain wave by Erin kicked us off on the concept of a 1950’s Modern theme that would take the couple for a beautiful country drive in the country with a stop for a picnic a proposal and then a short plane ride to finish off the session."

A HUGE thank you to Darren from CkMetroPhotos and stylist Erin from Vera and Rose for submitting this stunning shoot (which, by the way, also stars in our Engagement Shoot story in the upcoming Winter 2011 edition available for pre order online here)

 Also a congratulations to Pat, Peta and Rocky … what a way to kick off your engagement!

We think engagement shoots are a fabulous idea! What are your thoughts on them, are you having, or have you had one done? If so, we want to know about it! Email us your submission or ideas:

Find your dream vendor in our: Wedding Directory!

Search our photographer gallery for photographer inspiration!

Happy Easter to you reader! We hope your Easter is full of chocolate and 1950s inspired picnic fun! 
QB x

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

QB Loves : Photographer Inspiration

It can be tricky to choose ‘the one’ amongst your favourite wedding photos – imagine documenting hundreds of weddings and trying to choose! Our talented photographers are up to the task though, singling out their most memorable moments of the season. Share in the romance, the laughter and the fun of our intimate and inspirational showcase. View MORE online here!

The entire Playing Favourites feature is page 159 - 171
 in the current Queensland Brides Autumn issue 2011! Purchase this issue online here!

Credits from Top, clockwise: 
Tim & Daisy - Stewart Ross Photography
Aaron & Lucianne - XSight Photography and Video
The Wedding of Jason & Laura - TWK Studio
(left image) Ian & Susan - Sarah J Richards Photography 
(right Image) Gareth & Marina by Damian Caniglia Photography
The Wedding of Tim & Neena by Kelly Adams Photography

Happy Planning! QB x

Friday, April 8, 2011

QB Loves: Pop Art Party!

Pop Art Party! Looking for a theme with a difference? Then check out Pop Art. It’s bright, it’s bold and it’s oh so retro. Thank you to all our suppliers and our photographer Stewart Ross for this fun, retro photoshoot!  

My cartoon world ... bold and bright plus a touch of glamour equals a dramatic, eclectic look!

Set the table ... with primary shades, polka dot patterns and retro stationery.

Add sparkle. A glittering chandelier complements just about every wedding style! LOVE that pop art style!

Punchy details ... add POW FACTOR with starburst shapes and cartoon inspired elements.

Beautiful, SO EDIBLE! Chocolate flowers with petals just perfect for plucking.

COLOUR ME HAPPY! ... Coloured perspex or glass can be a fun alternative to white on white!

DRESS THE PART ... choose bold colours and pile your hair up high to channel a glam 60s look.

Huge thanks to our wonderful suppliers who made this shoot happen! View all listed below!

See something you loved? ….
Styling/Decorating: Styled Events 
Invitations, stationery & bomboniere: Invitation Station
Photography: Stewart Ross
Flowers: The Butterfly Lounge 
Chocolates: Julie Whitehead
Model: Felicity Cammack
Artwork: Cyclone Bullfinch from the GoSet Gallery
Makeup: Antoinette for Zaylia Cosmetics
Dress: Hills in Hollywood

Pop Art Party shoot is featured in the Autumn 2011 issue of Queensland Brides (page 254 - 256) Purchase this issue online here.

Get more ideas! View our online Decoration + Table Ideas Inspiration Gallery here!

Wedding Submissions wanted! Email the QB team if you have a wonderful, gorgeous, interesting wedding you want us to see! 

QB x

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