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Justina and Wesley’s ‘New York Chic’ Wedding

by | Inspired Weddings, Weddings


Justina Ding

J&W_LOWRES_COLOUR_0606Justina and Wes

Wes and I got engaged after six years of meeting each other through mutual friends. We both share a passion and enthusiasm for travel and have been lucky enough to visit many beautiful places around the world together during our relationship, with NYC being our favourite city in the world. However, we had never been there together until January 2014 which is when Wes proposed to me in Central Park.

He got down on one knee at a special place in Central Park called ‘Cherry Hill’. It was the perfect spot, with the beautiful frozen lake and Manhattan sky line in the background. There was no one else around at the time. He gave me a beautiful Harry Winston ‘Belle’ engagement ring that I had eyed off many years ago and couldn’t believe he remembered the exact one and bought it for me! It has a stunning geometric bezel that is hand-set with diamond micropavé, which frames a round brilliant cut centre stone.


I always knew who I would have as my bridesmaids long before I got engaged. I was always going to have my bestie who I met at Uni, my two dearest friends from school who I had known forever; and my cousin who is the closest person to a sister I have. I wanted to ask them all straight away as soon as Wes proposed, but he made me wait a couple of months which was so hard for me to contain. They were the best bridesmaids I could ever ask for. They are all gorgeous girls inside and out and I loved having them beside me every step of the way.


They were always there for me when I needed them, and there for me even when I didn’t – their love, support and kindness are things I will always remember about my wedding. The all wore my favourite colour on my wedding day; purple. And because we were having a black tie wedding, my only other request was that they wear something long but other than that I was happy for them to choose what they wanted to wear. We came across a New York based evening wear designer called Amsale and we loved her elegant tulle and chiffon gowns. It was perfect for our wedding and all four girls looked so perfectly gorgeous in their bridesmaid dresses.



Wes’ four groomsmen were his two brothers, my brother and my second cousin who is also Wes’ best friend from school. They wore a dark navy suit and white shirts from Oscar Hunt. Their accessories included black button studs and black braces and a black bow tie. We also had two adorable Flower Girls who wore white satin dresses and soft gold ballet flats, and their brother was our Page Boy who wore a matching mini suit to Wes and the cutest Julius Marlow dress shoes.



The girls and I got ready at the Grand Hyatt Melbourne in Collins Street. On the morning of the wedding, we all had breakfast together in the suite before the hair and make up artists arrived. It was a nice time for all of us to be together and get excited for the big day ahead. Our hair was done by Lauren MacKellar who I had met on a couple of occasions before. Lauren has the most beautiful way of colouring and creating hair styles that look effortless and relaxed but still elegant, which is exactly what I was looking for.



Our make up was done by Merton Muaremi who specialises in high-end make up in the fashion industry. I don’t wear make up at all so I didn’t want to look overdone and different to what people usually see me as. Merton understood my concerns and used a very natural palette that made me look fresh, camera and wedding ready, but still very natural at the same time.



My dress was created by the super talented Jacob Luppino and Anthony Pittorino from J’Aton Couture. I have always loved their work and am always in awe of everything they create. Before I met with them, I went to a few different bridal designers around Melbourne to get an idea of what styles I liked and what suited me, and what didn’t. When I had my initial consultation at J’Aton, I still didn’t really know what I wanted but after a brief discussion, Jacob sketched me up a design in front of my eyes and I was so impressed and happy to run with it.


From then on, I basically just left it all up to ‘The Boys’ to design my gown. I loved how it was always a work in progress so it was always a surprise, even to me, and it was so beautiful and special watching my gown evolve during each fitting. My gown was made out of organza and mesh with Valentino lace embroidery cut out and strategically applied all around the bodice and neckline, with cameo appearances on the skirt. I had a long train with ‘WJ’ embroidered at the end of it which could be seen when the dress was both down and bustled up. J’Aton Couture truly are the masters of their craft!




I was also given extra lace and organza that was used in my dress so my Grandma could make four pocket squares for the four most important men in my life, to wear on our wedding day. Wes, my father, my grandfather and my father-in-law all wore a small piece of my dress in their pockets and have a sentimental gift to keep.

Since our engagement began in NYC, we decided to run with this as a theme for our engagement party and our wedding. We wanted the venue for both the ceremony and reception to remind us and our guests of this spectacular city. Our ceremony was held at The Dome at 333 Collins Street, Melbourne. Not only is this the building that Wes works in, but the architecture and ambiance also reminded me of the New York Public Library. Ever since watching the ‘Sex And The City’ movie I have always said to Wes that my dream would be to get married in the NYPL like Carrie! It also has the beautiful detailed and ornate architecture of a church without it being a church, and the ceiling is one of the most beautiful and impressive sights I’ve ever seen.











Our reception was held at Luminare in South Melbourne. Wes and I had both been to a couple of weddings there before and fell in love with the venue, service, food, location, view and feel of it straight away. It also felt very New York with the huge balcony overlooking the city lights and the full height glass windows that floods the room with beautiful natural light.



Also because our wedding was on Easter Sunday, we wanted to acknowledge the day so we asked the staff to wear bunny ears and greet our guests with a basket of chocolate Easter eggs when they arrived. We thought it was a fun detail to include for the kids, and adults too!



The amazing Kate Hill from Kate Hill Flowers did our flowers. Wes and I loved her from the very first moment we stepped into her beautiful shop in High Street, Prahran. Kate is so creative and passionate about flowers that we basically just gave her a very short brief and she did the rest. We told her we wanted a mainly all white colour scheme and to draw inspiration from Jeff Leatham. I have always loved Jeff Leatham’s floral work – his placement of flowers always looks so effortless but also impressive and I love how he makes an asymmetrical installment look symmetrical and so interesting. The truckloads of floral that she provided for our special day was incredible!!!




The bridal bouquets and corsages were perfect. Kate placed giant vases of varying heights at the front of our ceremony filled with all white Hydrangeas, David Austin Roses, Mokara Orchids, Phalaenopsis Orchids and Tulips and used those flowers also for the reception where she filled 12 metres of acrylic boxes with whole bunches of those flowers – this was one of my favourite details of the reception.




Kate made us a custom-made vertical hanging installation that hung over the dance floor at Luminare full of floral, foliage and LED tealights and decorated our giant W &J wire letters, which we hired from Place Settings, with beautiful florals. For all our guests’ tables, Kate designed the most magnificent bunches of flowers as the table centerpieces with vases of varying heights similar to the ceremony. Rose petals and candles were scattered around the vases. One of the other things we loved about Kate was she made sure there was more than enough flowers to go around so at the end of the night each guest could take home a couple of bunches of flowers each. This was a huge hit with our guests and we received messages for weeks saying how nice it was to take home a reminder of the wedding and how long the flowers lasted  – some up to six weeks after our wedding!



One of our favourite parts of the wedding process was choosing our cake! This meant lots of time spent cake tasting which was so fun and delicious. We asked Helen Chapman from Kiss My Cakes to create our wedding cake. We loved how she is a scratch baker and not only cares about what the cake looks like from the outside, but also how it tastes on the inside and this was so evident when we sampled her cakes. We spent quite a bit of time designing the cake as we wanted it to be not only look nice but to tie in beautifully with the other elements of our wedding.


The end design was a four-tiered cake with each tier in a different flavour; salted caramel, coconut, raspberry and hazelnut chocolate mud. The outside was painted in a subtle white pearly luster and adorned with handmade sugar David Austin roses to match my bouquet. Helen also used icing to replicate the embroidered lace and mesh pattern from my dress that featured on different tiers of the cake. Another sentimental touch was the inclusion of Wes’ grandma’s fruit cake – which we both love!  Wes’ grandma kindly made us one of her famous fruitcakes and Helen decorated it respectfully and beautifully so both cakes matched.  Wes and I displayed them both on the cake table at our reception. Helen’s cake was served to the guests, whilst we have kept Wes’ grandma’s cake for the special milestones in our married life.


I adore scented candles as much as I adore flowers and we wanted to have something handmade to give to our guests. So we decided the perfect favour which was both meaningful and appropriate for our wedding were scented candles. Making them was also an activity I could do with my bridesmaids which was so much fun! We all got together one Saturday morning at my house and we had a candle making session over a champagne breakfast. I bought all the supplies from Natural Candle Supply and we chose ‘Coconut Lime’ as the scent for all the candles. We tied swing tags on top of all the lids of the candles which also acted as name tags for our guests. We thought this was a nice and unique alternative to name cards.


Our wedding invitations were also very reflective of NYC and our engagement story. We asked The Hungry Workshop to design our wedding invitations.  We had a good idea of the type of design we wanted – a pop up invitation that featured hand drawn illustrations to tell the story. We left it up to the creative geniuses at The Hungry Workshop to do the rest – and we loved what they came up with! They worked together with the very talented fashion illustrator, Mekel who drew all the artwork for the invitations.


The end result was a pop up invitation with four different layers, with each layer featuring illustrations on one side and information regarding the wedding on the other side. The first layer in the foreground was an illustration of Wes and I in Central Park just after Wes proposed, with the lake in the background. The second layer is a row of shops on Fifth Avenue including Chanel, Hermes, Bergdorf Goodman and Harry Winston which all have significant meaning to us. And the third layer is of the Manhattan skyline including the Metropolitan Life North building where the Eleven Madison Park restaurant is; this was where Wes took me for dinner the night of our engagement.



We loved the designed for the invitation so much that we asked The Hungry Workshop to design the rest of our stationery for us, which consisted of the ceremony booklet, swing tags with guests names for the candle favours, a seating chart and menus for the reception.


Our photographer was Ben Swinnerton. We had seen a lot of his wedding photos before we were even considering a wedding photographer as he had photographed some of our friends weddings that we had attended. We loved how discreet he is! As guests at previous weddings, we never noticed him at all yet he captured such amazing moments throughout the day and night. We also love Ben’s documentary style shooting and his use of landscapes and scenery. His editing style is also beautiful – Ben retouches photos but does not take away the emotion or reality of the picture. He is able to capture the most incredible emotions and facial expressions which is so special to look back on long after the day is over.





I came across our videographer, C2 Video, from a friend. She had been to a wedding which they captured and she showed me the video that they produced. I watched it over and over again and was so emotional from watching it even though I didn’t even know the couple. From there, Wes and I spent hours on the C2 website watching wedding videos they had created and loved them all so we knew we wanted them to capture our special day. Marcus Theodore did an amazing job filming our day, and like Ben, he too was so discreet yet was able to capture the most beautiful moments. Marcus is also very hands on and is always willing to help out whenever he can; he even helped the bridesmaids with my dress when they were having trouble putting it on me! It was also great that Ben and Marcus had worked with each other many times before so they knew each other and complimented each others style. They are the perfect duo for photography and videography.

We also had a Smile-O-Matic photo booth at our reception which we mainly at first got as entertainment for the few kids that were at our wedding, but we later found out it was also a huge hit with the older guests too. Almost everyone at our wedding had a turn in it and the photos are hilarious! It is so funny to have those informal photos of our guests having fun with the props. The photo booth was placed near our guest book so we had people sticking the photos into the book and writing messages to us which was both really nice and entertaining to read back on. We were also able to get all the photos compiled into a photo book which makes for a fantastic book for the coffee table! Such wonderful memories of a perfect day!


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Ms Chinoiserie Says: Congratulations Justina and Wes; such a beautiful wedding; very chic and very ‘New York’! The flowers are just amazing!!!

About Justina: Hi, I’m Justina and I’m happily married to my beautiful husband!  I love traveling, trying new things, flowers, fashion and champagne! French wine, friends and family are at the top of the list too!

Photographer: Ben Swinnerton / Bride’s Dress: J'Aton / Engagement Ring: Harry Winston / Bride’s Shoes: Valentino / Bridesmaid Dresses: Amsale / Ceremony Venue: The Dome / Reception Venue: Luminare / Cake Baker: Kiss My Cakes / Flowers & Decor: Kate Hill Flowers / Groom’s Attire: Oscar Hunt / Hairstylist: Lauren MacKellar / Makeup Artist: Merton Muaremi / Invitations & Stationery: The Hungry Workshop / Videography: C2 Video / Wire Letters: Place Settings / Candle Wax for Favours: Natural Candle Supply / Wedding Preparation: Grand Hyatt Melbourne / Photo Booth: Smile-O-Matic

Kate and Kent’s Sentimental Log Cabin Ranch Wedding

by | Inspired Weddings, Weddings


Kate Haley

KateKent-407Kate and Kent

Every girl dreams of the day that she gets to put on a white dress – for me that was something I was lucky enough to witness nearly every weekend from the age of 15. I was immersed in the industry as a waitress and later function manager at some of the Dandenong Ranges’ most magnificent wedding venues. Back then my vision of what a ‘fairy tale’ wedding was going to look like was somewhat different to what we created for our special day late last year. Out went the hot pink gerberas, cumma bands, a massive bridal party and pristine reception venue. We wanted to create an event that was all about us. Ok, maybe not ‘we'; in true bride form, I ran with some of my own ideas and my incredible Mum’s vision. My fiance, Kent just said ‘yes’!

We are one of those new age couples who decided to start a family before exchanging vows. I think after being witness to so many weddings in the past, I started to become immune to the idea and even at one point said the big white wedding and marriage just wasn’t for me. But then that moment arose in my mind that every father deserves the honour to walk their daughter down the aisle, they dream of that day too, that special moment and the bond with my Dad was like no other. I couldn’t deny him that.


The morning that Kent popped that all important question, I had been out officiating a wedding the night before and was craving for a extra few minutes before we had to start the day again. In true form, Harry (our 2 year old little boy) was out of bed ready to start the day at 7:00am. This particular morning Kent decided that he would go and get him and as this was such a rare occurrence in our household, I took the liberty to keep my eyes closed for that extra few minutes.

After a while I was wondering what they were up to, when Harry came running in with a sign saying ‘Mummy Say Yes’… I thought I was saying yes to a ‘baby chino’ and a walk to the shops… but when Kent jumped up onto the bed too, opened a little black box with the most magnificent ring shining back at me, I soon realized that this was far more than going for a morning coffee!  It was that moment that I never really thought was ever going to happen to me!

From the moment Kent proposed my um and dad were onto it. They started planning, creating, collecting and restoring things for our DIT (doing it together) wedding. The best part being that we were going to hold it at our family home, which happens to also be The Log Cabin Ranch Camp and Conference Centre in the magical Dandenong Ranges. With accommodation for 70 guests and every family function being such a hit in the past, our wedding was simply going to be no different. A celebration that would last the entire weekend.

Kent still laughs as he thinks I had the whole wedding planned within a few hours. True to form and being immersed in the industry I was quick to get the call out to a few friends. I had no trouble in organising the most incredible suppliers. I went straight to my list of which some people I had known since I was waitressing weddings at the local reception venues and ensured that they were all available on a particular date in December. It had to be December as all my family members had previously said ‘I do’ in that month of the year, so we were considering it an omen for a successful marriage too. I also had to have a free weekend from marrying other couples so December just worked, it was meant to be! Saturday 13th December 2014. Or if you wrote it overseas it would look like 12.13.14!

The first call I made was to photographer, Anitra Wells. She has been my best friend since we took a high school trip around America. She just gets the lighting ‘right’, there are none of those posed awkward photos which makes couple look so staged. Anitra captures the raw emotion, just as it is on the day and it was exactly the style we were wanting. Lucky for us, Anitra said ‘Yes’ and well, the rest just simply went together like an easy jigsaw puzzle.


As Kent and I decided on just having Harry as part of our bridal party, we could go to town so to speak with Kent’s suit. How can you pass up an opportunity for a cold ‘Stella’ beer whilst you experience the royal treatment of being measured and styled buy such a funky bunch of guys and girls at Briggins. Kent chose to wear a subtle blue check suit with a custom-made waist coat. Being December and the style of wedding, Kent wanted to have the option of taking his jacket off later in the night but still being able to carry on with the formal element. (Many a joke has been had in the past that Kent would be dressed in shorts, as after all that seems to be his trade mark, with many family members thinking he doesn’t own a pair of long pants!)


Our button holes were made by my gorgeous Mum from the peacock feathers we had collected from our bird aviary over the years. I also bought a tie bar from 2 Sisters Hand Crafted in Canada with Kent’s initials engraved into it and a message on the inside. Dad also was given a personalised tie bar with a message on the back ‘love you Dad xx’. Kent’s cufflinks were ones which I had made for his 30th birthday; they were custom-made with Harry’s foot and hand prints.



When it came to choosing my dress, well you could say I have seen my fair share in the past. I just wanted something to fit me well, and the only prerequisite was that I had to be able to dance in it! After several visits with Mum, my sister in law and best friends it was obvious which dress was for me! From Kylie J Bridal,  it was perfectly flattering  with a little sparkle and one strap – and I could move around in it! I wasn’t so keen on wearing a veil, but I wanted the WOW factor and the only way I was going to achieve that was a visit to the amazing Jeanette Marree Jewellery in High Street Armadale. A funky, sparkly head band was simply the perfect compliment to my dress and it was just me!





My flowers had a sentimental element to them. When I was a little girl and I would visit my Great Grandma’s house in Essendon, I remember her gigantic hydrangea bushes. They were the most beautiful blue you had ever seen. Mum and Dad had a few hydrangea plants dotted in and around the property and the ones right by the hall were going to be just perfect in a bouquet. So the florist, Emma, who was also a close family friend from Lakeside Flowers in Monbulk, drove around, picked the best ones and returned the next day with the most stunning arrangement tied together with hessian burlap.


In relation to ‘something borrowed’ or restored, we had every little detail covered with some kind of meaning. Dad went to work on an outside bar area which he named the ‘Rams’ Head Baa’ decked out with things from my late Pa who was a wool buyer back in the day.


My Great Grandma used to say ‘something to wet your whistle’ when serving everyone a drink at our family beach house in Sorrento so it was only fitting to have that quote on the cocktail bar for pre dinner drinks! We made a family tree as guests arrived and walked up the driveway too; old photo frames hung literally from gum trees; all the family was there in black and white prints!


There was a side table set up at the front of the aisle with a sign saying ‘Somewhere over the rainbow our loved ones are watching’, as at my late Pa’s funeral it became our family anthem when thinking how he was such an incredible man to us all. The Log Cabin Ranch sign which hung in between two stunning doors shaped the entrance to our aisle and that exact sign was the original sign from over 50 years ago.


We had old suitcases stacked up, one of which was Dad’s from when he was a little boy and as part of the ceremony, we conducted a sand ceremony using sand from our beach house and dirt from the gardens from both families. Our vows were etched into wood, a ring box was custom-made as well as a special page-boy certificate. Harry made use of an old bird’s nest which he found a few months prior to place our rings in when it came time to hand them over during the ceremony.


Dad owning his very own white MGA classic car was clearly always going to feature in my wedding day. We had many a fond memory cruising in and around the hills on a sunny afternoon. Living on a dirt road we decided that we wouldn’t go on the extended version of a trip around the block, so when the music was cued we drove down the front drive and around to the back drive just in time for the perfect part of the music to make that extra special entrance.



As our song choice was one that every bride was choosing, I needed it to be different and even after my cousin declined on many occasions before to sing at family weddings, I tried my luck and couldn’t believe it when she agreed to sing especially for us. Living in Tasmania it could have been a mammoth task, yet Tess seemed to take it all in her stride and within a few months of asking her she had teamed up with my other cousin who was to play the guitar and were exchanging voice memos on their phones until they thought they had nailed it.

Nailed it was exactly what they did and even at the last minute they seemed to manage to include one more musician to play the violin. John Legend may have been playing at a winery earlier that day, close by in the Yarra Valley, but he would have been hard pressed to trump our little band. ‘All of Me’ sounded simply magical! Pink’s latest song, ‘You and Me’ was hard to find the guitar chords to as it was newly released, so Tess just learnt that by listening to it and with that amazing talent she sang the most incredible cover to that song too.

But the talent for musicians didn’t finish there. Guests were treated to the sounds of the bagpipes as they meandered up the sunny drive way. Later that night the sounds of the bagpipes played by my cousin Andy echoed throughout the property once again as Dad and I did a not so traditional father daughter dance to ‘You’re the Voice’ by John Farnham. Pete Miller and Co. band played a great cover accompanied by our percussionist Dekdrum.


My best friend who I had met whilst studying Primary Teaching at university read the quirky little book – ‘Everything I Need To Know I Learnt From A Little Golden Book’, even sitting out the front on a chair as she would when she teaches her Prep grade.


We had a close friend of ours tell our story and vowed to tell the abridged version later on that night for any keen listeners. Our celebrant was a college and now close friend of mine, Shannon Jeans from Cloud 9 Celebrations. She had the tough job of conducting the ceremony for a fellow celebrant and as a true professional took it all in here stride. It was such a perfect ceremony. No ‘mushy stuff’ and in true ‘never work with animals or children’ style, Harry  spent most of the ceremony running off into the distance after his cousins. Shannon was simply perfect for us and I am just so glad she was able to be a part of our special day.

As for our cake, who could leave out the cake from Cake by Buds n Roses …. I had an issue to tell you the truth, why do people have to serve cake on their wedding day? Well Mum researched why and displayed it right next to the cake in a rustic little frame. Did I mention that it had peppermint crisps in the middle of the chocolate ganache?


The Log Cabin Ranch, my family home, was simply sparkling. Festoon lights lit the outside of the hall and with such a balmy night, speeches were held on the veranda over looking our 140 guests.



We couldn’t have asked for a more perfect day. My incredible parents turned our school camp into a wedding venue in under 12 months. That ‘fairy tale’ that I had always dreamed about came true. It simply couldn’t have been more perfect if we tried.




This incredible event will be forever etched in our memory. Thank goodness we have the memories captured on film by the ever so talented Glen from Directors Edge. I approached Glen a few weeks before our wedding day to do something a little random. You see Kent and I were expecting our second bundle of joy and we wanted to announce this to our close family the morning of the wedding. Glen arrived, cards were written and tears were shed as Glen filmed the whole unveiling of us announcing our new addition to our little family. The footage in simply priceless!

My incredible Dad passed away suddenly four months after our wedding. Both Kent and I are so incredibly grateful that we made the decision to hold our special day at the family home. We would love to dedicate these photographs and special words to him (vale Garry Haley).


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Ms Chinoiserie Says: Congratulations Kate and Kent; such a beautiful, heartfelt wedding with so many sentimental touches. And how special that you were able to share it with your Dad.

About Kate: Hi, My Name is Kate and I LOVE LOVE LOVE weddings. I have been in the industry for around 17 years now. Firstly as a waitress, then function co-ordinator, manager and now I am a civil marriage celebrant. I was lucky enough to experience my own wedding last December and I would love to share it as we created the best day at my parents’ property in the Dandenong Ranges.

Bride’s Dress: Kylie J Bridal / Photographer: Anitra Wells / Ceremony and Reception Venue: The Log Cabin Ranch Camp and Conference Centre / Bride’s Jewelry: Jeanette Maree Jewellery / Makeup Artist: Embellish Makeovers / Hairstylist: Styled by Nicole Whitty / Groom’s Attire: Briggins / Ceremony Officiant: Cloud 9 Celebrations / Catering: Luckman Catering / Cake Baker: Cake by Buds n Roses / Flowers & Decor: Lakeside Flowers / Band: Pete Miller & Co. / Percussionist: Dekdrum / Videographer: Directors Edge / Tie bars and Page Boy bracelet: 2 Sisters Handcrafted

A Relaxed Engagement Shoot for a Plus Size Bride

by | Wedding Planning, Weddings



As a plus size girl, sometimes I dread having my photo taken by others, so going into our pre-wedding shoot I was worried that our photographers wouldn’t be able to capture my best angle.

Having now done our shoot and receiving our photos back, I can truly say that any fears and doubts I had were gone. Not only did our photographers, T- One Image, find my best angle but they were able to capture what I was feeling in that moment – pure love!

When I look at the photos, I’m instantly transported back to that moment of being nervous, excited and vulnerable –  but most of all completely smitten with my fiancé.

There’s so much to take in when you’re getting ready for the shoot – hair, make up, outfit – even the weather. Here are some of the things that I found useful to consider before I stepped in front of the camera.

1. Find an outfit that flatters all your best assets and coordinate with your fiancé to ensure the colours work well together. For girls who are self-conscious about their arms I would suggest either a soft blazer or a bolero wrap – and for girls who are heavier around the hips and thighs,  I recommend a dress that cuts under the bust and flares out as this gives the illusion of a small waist and a feminine flirty look.

2. You’re location is important. Choose a place that provides a lot of different options and set ups. We chose The Paddington Reservoir Gardens; it is a public place that offers a lot of different backdrops and elevations which led to some great shots. Other good venues around Sydney include Sydney University, Martin Place, Town Hall and Observatory Hill.


3. Remember – relax, breathe and have a laugh. There were times during our shoot where I was shaking like a leaf; I don’t know how celebrities handle having lenses pointing at them everyday! It’s quite daunting and can leave you feeling quite vulnerable. During the shoot my fiancé and I would chat about what we did that week or wedding errands we had yet to do; we even people watched and shared a few jokes – doing this allowed me to relax and enabled the photographers to snap some  fun shots which showed off our personalities.

I would definitely insist that you book a time with your photographer to do a pre-wedding shoot, it was so much fun. Not only will it allow you to become comfortable in their presence, but they will teach you the best ways to pose to show your off your best angle. The end result are beautiful photos – as well as memories to last a lifetime.

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Ms Chinoiserie Says: What a beautifully relaxed and romantic engagement shoot – your forward planning definitely paid off!!!

About Lana1709: I  am 24 years of age and a bride to be! I have known my fiancé since I was six years of age; our mothers have been good friends since they were in their twenties. We have been together for seven and a half years and we own five Pomeranian dogs. I work in the public sector and he’s a rigger. Our wedding is six weeks away just after our eight year anniversary! I would say I am someone who loves to plan to make plans to plan – I am always throwing parties for friends, organizing parties or planning parties. Lots of fun!!

Photographer: T-One Image
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