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The Importance of Engagement Photographs

by | Wisdom, Wise Words


gm photographics
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Becoming engaged is one of the most exciting times in your life. Capturing this special time with photography is something every couple should do.

Unless you and your fiancé are professional models, it is unlikely you will have had much experience in front of a camera.  Trust us when we say the average wedding day produces 900+ photographs, and you will be in most of them!

For couples who are looking for a wedding photographer in the future, at gm photographics, we find an engagement shoot is a great way to get comfortable in front of the camera and work out what feels and looks good for you. It’s also a great way to get to know your photographer and build a rapport with them so you can relax and feel totally confident on your wedding day. Not to mention it’s a great way to have fun with your fiancé, and get some great shots of the two of you!


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If you are wondering about great locations for your wedding photography, your engagement shoot offers an opportunity to visit these locations, see how they photograph and work out your travel times. Alternatively if you want to save those locations for the wedding day, then explore some new locations and have a totally different look and feel for your engagement portraits.



We suggest giving some thought to the style of photography you like and how you want to be portrayed. Bring along your engagement ring box so we can capture some beautiful details for you or anything that was significant from your engagement date. Think about theming your engagement shoot. For example; balloons and love signs…anything that will help to personalise your shoot and make it truly unique to you as a couple. We also love including your pets. They make a great addition to the shoot and can really help to animate you in your photographs.

Consider having professional makeup applied before your shoot. Natural makeup has a greater longevity in photographs. Also consider having a hair stylist blow dry or style your hair for the shoot. It is important you love the way you both look so you will love your photos.


We encourage our couples to create a Pinterest board of some of their favourite photos for both their engagement and wedding day shoots. This gives us great insight and helps us capture the best photographs for you. Following Instagram will also help you see a variety of different images and give you some added inspiration.

Many of our couples are looking for special items from their shoot for their wedding – including save the date cards or custom designed guest signing books as well as a range of frames that can be displayed at the ceremony or reception. These all act as very special keepsakes after your wedding and will look amazing in your new home together.



We suggest having your engagement photography as soon as possible after you are engaged – try not to leave it and book it too close to your wedding. It is such a special time that passes quickly. Give yourself time before the wedding to enjoy and soak up the moment of being engaged. It will also give you time to think about and order the special items you will need for your big day. Engagement photos can be great birthday or Christmas presents for your parents too !


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Ms Chinoiserie Says: I love the idea of creating a Pinterest board; it really helps your photographer understand your vision!

About gm photographics: Our handpicked team of photographers have an innate ability to connect and capture. With a photo-journalistic style, we absolutely love what we do! Together with our dedicated in-house creative team, we’ll help you plan the perfect shoot and ensure it flows flawlessly. Our award-winning photography is all about you. Your wedding. Your family. Your special someone.

Vendor’s Favourites – Grain and Co.

by | Vendor's Favourite, Wisdom


Grain and Co.


Oh, where do I start! I am crushing on so many gorgeous pieces at the moment….I love them all!

1. Australian Beaches. Best place to live! Image via Thala Beach Lodge via Luxury Honeymoons – Thala Beach Lodge, Port Douglas

2. Succulents. I’m really into succulents at the moment! I love the colours. Image by Lil Elements

3. & 4. Samantha Wills Jewellery. Love, love, love!!!! Images via Samantha Wills

5. Decadent Cakes!  My first love would have to be the semi naked cake….I love the simplicity and rustic look of this cake and you can add your own personal touch by choosing a few of your favourite flowers or fresh fruit to complement your style or theme. Cake and image via Kashaya & Co

6. Fresh Florals. I’m just loving beautiful fresh florals too…. I just can’t resist picking up a bunch of fresh peonies or white roses. Image by Lil Elements


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Ms Chinoiserie Says: Love, love, love your selection too! Succulents are often overlooked – but are one of my favourites too; their colours are so pretty!

About Grain and Co.: Specialising in wooden cake and cupcake toppers – and so much more – we take the up most care to ensure each piece is designed, made and hand finished to perfection. We are inspired by everything in this beautiful world and love to surround ourselves with amazing raw talent. Working together with world-class food stylists, bloggers, bakers and illustrators has opened our eyes up to endless possibilities!

Samantha Wynne 20th Anniversary…. Real Bride, Tabatha

by | Fashion Wisdom, Wisdom


Ms Chinoiserie

Tabatha's DressTabatha

In 2016, Samantha Wynne will celebrate her 20th anniversary, an amazing milestone for her as a wedding couture designer.

To celebrate Samantha’s achievement, we will be looking back at 20 years of her bridal designs – and watching the evolution of her gowns with a detailed case study on one of her lovely ‘Real Brides’ from each five-year period.

Along the way, I’m sure we’ll see not only changes in fashion trends, but photography styles, flower choices, cakes, colours, accessories, venues, music and more. A wonderful step back in time to recognize a stellar career!

Our first case study features Tabatha from the period 1996 – 2001:

Name of Bride: Tabatha

Period: 1996 – 2000

Year Married: 2000

Age at time of wedding: 23 years old

Location of Wedding: St Josephs Subiaco and reception at Bellvoir Homestead

St Joseph's Church

Colour Theme: Silver, Red and White

Bridesmaids’ Dresses and Veil: Samantha Wynne

Tabatha with bridesmaids

Hair: Curly, up and loose

Tabatha with bouquet

Cake: Chocolate Mud cake

Guest Favours: Teddy Bear with tutu and white almonds for the girls and Teddy Bear in dinner suit and Jim Beam for the boys!

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Food: 4 course sit down meal

Music: Fossil Rock live band

First Dance Song: ‘You’re Too Good To Be True’

Engagement/ Wedding Ring: Solid Gold Jewellers

Honeymoon: Bali

“Tabatha dreamed of a fairytale princess style of wedding dress. Something dramatic yet simply elegant – when she saw my sketches she was sold! When Tabatha came in for her first special one on one appointment to try on her gown, it was love at first sight,” says Samantha.

“If my husband and I were ever to renew our vows and have another wedding, I don’t know if I would wear the same dress but I would definitely have Samantha make me another. Two dream dresses are better than one after all!” says Tabatha.

“I will never forget making the dress, it was so beautiful,” reminisces Samantha. “Tabatha wanted a classic, timeless ball-gown and we made it in a beautiful duchess satin. The skirt was pleated and as full as we could make it. Her waist was a size 4! The train was a stunning chapel length train which was fitting for my favorite church, St Joseph’s in Subiaco. The aisle is so long and the church itself is so beautiful that we needed a WOW factor.”

“Her stunning bodice was self faced in duchess satin and I mounted a beautiful embroidered tulle lace on top with a self covered button and loop detail down the back to emphasize her gorgeous little figure. The inspiration came from wanting a gown that was timeless, classic and would never date in photographs. Tabatha was voted Bride of the Year in 2000 by Perth Bride Magazine.”

 Tabatha Today in her dressTabatha in her gown today!

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