Anne Marie and John – Arabian Nights Engagement

by | Bride, Engagements


Anne-Marie & John

The engagement shoot of Anne-Marie & John is a truly special one and I knew it would be when the words of inspiration rolled onto my screen. Anne-Marie and John are marrying next month at the QVB Tea Rooms in Sydney. For their engagement shoot, they did something a little different and worked with their photographer for an “Arabian Nights” style shoot. Full of amazing food, flowers, lanterns and lights, it was full of beautiful touches.

Their photography Cathy Crawley of Beautiful Moments Photography “The inspiration for the shoot came about because I used to watch I Dream of Jeannie as a little girl and I always fantasised about having a room in my home when I grew up that was just like the inside of her bottle.  LOL.  I haven’t got that room yet sadly!  I came up with the concept for the shoot over a year ago but I was waiting for the right couple to come my way, when I found out that John and Anne-Marie had visited the Middle East I knew they were the perfect clients for the shoot.  I really wanted to do something that was unique and visionary, I love to push the boundaries and try to come up with new ideas – mostly for myself as I’m a frustrated stylist, designer, artist. But also because I hope that if I show different content on my blog my clients who book me will ‘think outside the box’ when it comes to choosing details for their weddings.  I don’t want to be the photographer who is stuck with boring details, I’m ALL about details as you may have noticed with Benny’s party 😉

Now for the details! Jeannie Tent:  I made myself, I had no idea how to do it so I just winged it and went with the flow – thankfully it worked out!
Pillows:  I made most of them and bought 2 at a nursery.
The Rug:  I bought 20 years ago and had sitting in the garage,  had totally forgotten I had it until we were cleaning it out a few weeks back!
The Lamps, Tea Lights and Lanterns:  I bought at a client’s store (actually she doesn’t stock them but ordered them in specifically for me)  Yay for great clients right?!?!
The Flowers:  Were made at the last minute by a new florist who opened up the day before the shoot “Blushing Blooms” Flowers by Sally Thompson.  I gave Sally images of the flowers I was after and she made them exactly to match, she’s a legend and I can’t wait to work with her again!  )
The Jeannie Bottles:  Are mine, again with the Jeannie obsession 🙂
The Platters & Tea Pot: Anne-Marie’s mums.
The Drum & Pipe:  From a friend of Anne-Marie’s.

My husband helped me erect the tent (he’s quite the handy man) and my friend Victoria (who will be teaching at my upcoming Nuts & Bolts Workshop) helped with putting the set together while my son Ben played in the sand and dug holes with the shovel 🙂  Te he he”.

Cathy is such a passionate photographer. She has this zest for life and excitement that floods through her words…and her words are full of raw honesty, passion, pain and wanting more. I love seeing the work Cathy produces- it’s a joy to witness!

Photos by Beautiful Moments Photography

  • Cathy Crawley says:
    September 2, 2010 at 3:17 pm

    Awww gee shucks Miss P-Diddy, you make me blush! Thanks for featuring the session on your blog, I’m glad you love it! xxx

  • Jessica R says:
    September 2, 2010 at 4:11 pm

    So beautiful!

  • Darren says:
    September 2, 2010 at 5:09 pm

    AMAZING – yahooo for Cathy ! sensational, creative and 1st class !!

  • Trish says:
    September 2, 2010 at 10:28 pm

    AWWWW Cathy this is spectacular!!!

  • Paula@DWItaly says:
    September 3, 2010 at 2:13 am

    That has to be the most sensual and romantic engagement shoot ever… Love the setup, especially the tent and the awesome colours

  • Julie says:
    September 3, 2010 at 10:19 am

    Beautiful styling, the tent is amazing

  • gm photographics says:
    September 3, 2010 at 3:05 pm

    great colours and light!

  • Jemma says:
    September 4, 2010 at 11:59 am

    Thank you Ms Polka Dot for featuring such a amazing shoot!
    Can I ask where Cathy got the ‘crooks’ for the lanterns, they are fantastic!

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    September 10, 2010 at 1:41 pm

    Congratulations – we love what you have done with the photos!

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