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Kiara & Taner
I fall in love again with weddings each and every time we feature an engagement session and this one? Kiara & Taner’s Romantic Dandenong Ranges Engagement Photos has a lot of my favourite things. A love story of course, but with the backdrop of Autumn in the mountains and it’s fiery, rich colours. A table laden with flowers that looks so beautiful you could think it was a painting, calligraphy that acts as a finishing touch. Each and every piece of this engagement shoot has been styled beautifully to encapsulate the bride’s dream of “Enchanted beginnings”.
Qlix Photography teamed up with stylist and planner Miss Mooi at the beautiful Duneira to shoot the engagement photos of Kiara and Tanner. Stylist Stacey noting “Kiara being the hopeless romantic that she is totally believes in her happy ever after and has fortunately found that fairy tale kind of love with Taner. Kiara wanted to celebrate the magic of their love in a dreamy location similar to what you might find in your favourite fairy tale. It definitely called for an enchanting garden, a gorgeous royal tablescape and an abundance of pretty flowers with dreamy candles.
Kiara and Taner’s love blossomed on their many dates in the beautiful and picturesque gardens of the Dandenong Ranges, strolling the winding pathways leisurely while on romantic picnics. It was important that the location of the shoot capture the essence of their blossoming love story. Duneira was truly a perfect choice to capture the magic of their love and the beginning of their happily ever after.”
Of how they met, Kiara tells, “We met at work during our university internship three and a half years ago where we became friends. Taner proposed on our two year anniversary under the starry night sky.”
On what she loves about Taner, Kiara tells, “I love his charisma, charm, confidence and caring nature.”
Poppy Culture created the floral arrangements for the day. Greenery was accentuated with blooms in Autumn hues of peaches, apricots and coral reds.
On what he loves about Kiara, Taner remarks, “I love her comfort, her warmth, her smile and her eyes.”
Script Merchant Calligraphy cast magic script talent to create a backdrop filled with romance.
Ashleigh & Saurav
Oh the romance is palpable in the elegant country wedding of Ashleigh and Saurav. Choosing a country venue that they loved, the couple went forth with planning making sure to include elements from both of their respective cultures (Indian and American). They chose to infuse a sense of the rustic into their desire for a modern wedding style. Emma Holcroft from The Giddy Up Camera Club (along with second shooter Meg) were there to capture the beautiful day.
On how they met, the newlyweds tell. “We met when we were at Uni. I (Ashleigh) use to work in a blockbuster video where Saurav use to get his DVDs from. We were both attracted to each other but it took Saurav a while to ask me out for a date and here we are 9 years later happily married and starting a new chapter of our life together.”
Of her Wendy Makin wedding gown, Ashleigh tells, “It was a beautiful Wendy Makin gown, chosen for its simple yet elegant and timeless look. All of my bridesmaids and Mother visited a number of bridal stores with me before we found the right dress. We had such wonderful service at Wendy Makin from the first visit until the last fitting.”
The couple settled on country venue Yandina Statio for their wedding, remembering, “We visited a number of venues before selecting Yandina Station. After taking a tour of the property we knew that we wanted to be married under the Moreton Bay Fig Tree. It had character, was open and natural and didn’t feel staged.”
Ashleigh walked down the aisle to the acoustic version of The Beatles “Here Comes The Sun”.
Jay Flood of Noosa Style Ceremonies officiated the ceremony, Ashleigh remembering, “Our ceremony took place in the afternoon and we wanted it to be light, fun and relaxed. The most important thing to us was that we were surrounded by our family and friends sharing one of the most important moments of our lives.”
Ashleigh’s bridesmaids wore purple gowns from BHLDN while the groom and groomsmen had their suits tailor made in India.
Of their photographers, Ashleigh remembers, “Emma and Meg were amazing. They captured our day and so many candid moments without us even noticing.”
Brisbane Market Flowers created bright and bold floral arrangements for the wedding, Ashleigh telling, “It was important to bring aspects of both cultures together. We had an assortment of vibrant floral arrangements for the tables to incorporate the lively colours of Indian culture. The dessert table was filled with an assortment of pies and baked goods to bring in the American feel to our wedding.”
The wedding favors doubled as place cards and were made by family, and placed into paper bags with coloured buttons.
“The food and level of service of staff that Yandina Station provided was absolutely superb. We had so many compliments from our guests.”
Of their first dance, Ashleigh remembers, “We danced to Ben Folds Five ‘The Luckiest’.”
“The dance floor was pumping with a mix of Hollywood and Bollywood music which we all enjoyed.”
Congratulations on your marriage Ashleigh & Saurav ! Thank you so much for sharing your stories and a big thank you to The Giddy Up Camera Club for sharing today’s wedding with us!