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What Would They Know? Karen Buckle of Karen Buckle (Photography)

by | Photography Wisdom, What Would They Know?, Wisdom


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Karen Buckle

It always amazes and delights me that within a wedding profession – photographers, cakes, flowers for example – there are as many different styles in capturing the essence of the day as there are professionals. Karen Buckle has her own distinctive style – capturing images which show the beauty of the event with the special quality that Australian light can give an image. I never tire of looking at beautiful images, and with these, you can feel the sun and warmth on your face and the smell of salty air in the breeze. It’s almost like being there, and in the years to come, it’s the feelings your images evoke that will stir your soul.

Where are you based?

We are based on the beautiful Sunshine Coast, Queensland, we have lived here for ten years and just love it here!

How would you describe the style of your photography?

Light, bright, natural photos!

Karen Buckle 1

What do you try to achieve when photographing a wedding?

I want to tell a story full of life and colour and detail. I want my couples to have a wedding day, not a photo shoot! I try as much as possible to allow and create time for the day to unfold as naturally as possible, and our job is to capture it all without being intrusive!

How you plan the shots for a wedding?

There are a lot of really spectacular locations here on the Sunshine Coast! Often couples request and I am happy to oblige, but I am super excited when I am given the license to do something different. I don’t want to recreate the exact same images as anybody else or anyone else’s wedding. Even when photographing repeatedly in the same locations I love to mix up the compositions to create something unique. We are totally spoilt for choice here on the beautiful Sunny Coast. Also I find that my couples trust me to make great pictures even if the location doesn’t look so great in person! They know I can see something special even if they can’t.

Karen Buckle 4

Take us through a typical working day?

My husband Shannon is working with me now! We love to get up and get our kids off to school, then we go for an 8klm walk along the headland and usually finish with a Boost Juice or a coffee depending on the season. Working from home, it’s essential to schedule in some exercise and this suits us perfectly! My husband then cooks us a beautiful breakfast and then it’s time to work! Desk time goes from around 11 till 3 then we do afternoon activities with our son, sport, swimming etc

A lot of us don’t like having our photo taken. How do you help people to relax so that the shots don’t look ‘posed’?

I find that if I am relaxed then so are my couples. I ask them if they have had photos taken before and we talk through their experience. I reassure them that with me they cannot do anything wrong, there is nothing to worry about and I encourage them to relax and have fun. Once the session starts I give them direction on where to stand or what to do, I find that movement naturally creates smiles and laughter, we play games, I ask them to run and jump and walk and kiss and a few other games so it really does feel like fun! Towards the end when they are totally comfortable I will get the intimate romantic shots, simply asking them to come close together and close their eyes! They are usually very happy to do that after all the activity ! Lol

How does the landscape and the light inform your photography?

Again we have SO much beauty here, I am completely inspired by colour and lines and textures and the light is the essential ingredient!

Karen Buckle 5

What is your favourite time of the day to take photographs?

Like most photographers I like sunset but I really love full sun on the beach! I just love the bright colours and high key look we can achieve. It is slightly trickier to work in full sun but I am in love with the results! I never look for safe light, I always look for that magic of sunlight, the brighter the better!

What is the most enjoyable aspect of wedding photography?

Hands down it’s the people! I am fortunate to attract the most amazing, interesting and kind couples! I feel completely blessed by our beautiful couples!

Is it the wedding guests and their natural expressions that attract you – or the other 101 little details that you love to capture?

Ooh both! WE have to have both! The candid moments are pure gold but the details are what ties everything together and creates a comprehensive story! Both!

How do you remain unobtrusive on the wedding day, so that people are not conscious of you and your camera?

I keep moving around, I kneel down during the ceremony and I never go too close during a ceremony. I stay fairly quiet and my natural presence is relaxed so I don’t tend to draw too much attention anyway.

Karen Buckle 2

Flowers by Green and Bloom

If you could shoot a wedding anywhere in the world, where would it be?

Anywhere Sunny! The Carribean, Mexico, California or closer to home anywhere on or near the beach! We have been to Thailand a couple of times now and would love to go back there anytime!

What is the best piece of advice you have received – business or otherwise?

You don’t have to do everything yourself! I have an amazing assistant, Ashley, she helps me keep up with the day to day running and has been the most valuable asset to our business so far!

What would you tell your younger self – knowing what you know now?

Dream big because anything is possible. I didn’t travel until I was 37 and now I have enjoyed several overseas trips due to photography and I am writing this interview poolside in Seminyak, Bali. I really feel like it is a dream come true and I am always grateful for every opportunity that comes my way!

Karen Buckle 3

What are your dreams and aims for the future?

I am very excited to continue on the path I am on, I have really enjoyed watching the wedding industry evolve and most of all, am excited for all the beautiful couples I get to work with. I am always just marveling at all the beautiful interesting people I get to meet and be part of their biggest day!

What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?

Weekends off are usually spent at the beach! We also have quite a lot of sport going on! Right now I’m also renovating and creating a little tropical oasis in our garden! Life is amazing!

Thank you Karen for sharing your story. To find out more about Karen Buckle visit the website.

Headshot by Calli B Photography and all other images by Karen Buckle.

Galia Lahav – Les Reves Bohemian Collection

by | Event Reviews, Fashion Wisdom, Wisdom


Ms Filigree


“It’s a mystical collection, as daring and adventurous as the heroes of the tales it draws its inspiration from, with phenomenal corsetry, intricate lace details and enchanted tulle skirts. It’s both romantic and classic combined, but most of all it’s something new for the eye.”

Set against the ornate background of the Langham Sydney, Galia Lahav through exclusive Australian supplier Eternal Bridal, sent me and other invited guests through the Narnia closet and welcomed us into an exquisite world of mystique, beauty and artful detailing.

Blossom & Belle


With over 30 years experience in the haute couture industry, the Galia Lahav brand has grown to become one of the most sought after and desirable bridal couture labels in the world. Synonymous with luxury, signature design elements such as cascading silk tulle skirts and Italian ivory lace are intricately sculpted and manipulated to create the brand’s iconic luxurious gowns.



Tiger Lily Zoom

Combining a love of art and fashion, the 2016 ‘Les Reves Bohemian Collection’ is a magical showcase of romantic and dramatic gowns featuring exquisite detailing and embellishments. As the lights dimmed and the doors to the catwalk opened, a stillness blanketed the audience as we sat mesmerized by the breathtaking Jewel Gown worn by model and Galiah Lahav Brand Ambassador, Katharina Linke. As the models glided down the runway in one masterpiece gown after the next, the whole collection was nothing but pure decadence and luxury.


Aria & Gemma

With designs in A-Line, fish tale and fitted silhouettes, there was an exquisite detail to each gown including lace, beading and layered silk tulle. Completing each look was a luxurious gold leaf crown headpiece by Viktoria Novak and for the perfect photo op, a romantic flower wall by Fleur Events was positioned at the end of the catwalk – the ultimate in romantic luxury!

Snow White-Back

Showcasing this collection in Australia for the first time, we were also treated to a video walk through of the Galia Lahav design house in Israel, as well as a special Q&A session with the designer. This sneak peek into the workings behind each gown and life in the Galia Lahav studio showcased the refined techniques that create each gown. Individually crafted by hand, each gown is a product of the finest workmanship and truly is an exquisite work of art.

Wendy-BackImages via Galia Lahav 


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Ms Chinoiserie Says: Such a beautifully luxurious collection; the embellishments and detailing are exquisite!

A Floral Affair

by | Flower Wisdom, Wisdom


Ms Filigree

Wedding arbour made of greeneryImage by Darin Collison via Erin and Manning’s Romantic Winery Wedding

When it comes to planning a wedding, there has always been an emphasis placed on beautifully crafted floral arrangements. Whether they are lining the aisle, bunched for the bride and bridesmaids or used as centrepieces, the perfect display of flora can add that extra special touch to your ceremony and reception.

For our brides wanting something completely unique for their wedding, we’ve got the most beautiful (and simple) tips and ideas for an unforgettable floral statement for your ceremony or reception!

While flowers are traditionally planted or displayed in vases at events, we absolutely love hanging and framework displays that can be utilized throughout every space of your special day!


You’ll need to evaluate your space to see how many hanging pieces or framework displays will work, where you want them to be placed and how big they will be. The best part about these beautiful displays is that they can be as small or as large as you’d like to perfectly accent your particular space.

Here are our top suggestions on stand out floral masterpieces:

The Floral Chuppah: We all love chuppahs made from timber and decorated with flowers – however if you’re looking for something a little different, a suspended floral chuppah is just the thing!

The Signing Desk: What could be a more perfect way to start your marriage than by signing the papers underneath a beautiful display of your favourite flowers?

A Photography Backdrop: Create an absolutely flawless background for your guests to be photographed against.

vintage garden party wedding0070Image by Welsch Photography via Caroline & Xander’s Vintage Garden Party Wedding

whimsical garden wedding073Image by Bushturkey Studio via Eirin and Wez’s Whimsical Garden Wedding

colourful western australian wedding051Image by Nic Duncan via Anna and Darren’s Colourful Western Australian Wedding

Hanging Ideas:

It’s also important to decide where you’re going to place your hanging displays and how are they going to be secured – no one wants a flower mishap on the day! Doors and gates are perfect options!

Willow Heart With FlowersImage by Matt Rowe via Megan and Adam’s Colourful Rustic Farm Wedding

floral heartImage by Studio Sixty Photography via Australian Glamping Wedding Inspiration

If you’re to be married underneath an old beautiful tree, the branches can make a perfect support, however if not, there are plenty of other ways to secure a floral display.

C+A 78Image by Milk Photography via Candice and Alex’s Pretty Pink Wedding

chic at home wedding0027Image by Carla Atley via Rochelle & AJ’s Chic At Home Wedding

Suspended from the roof – this of course is only possible if your venue approves it! A warehouse or gallery space will generally be able to accommodate your wishes with suspended roof displays.

spring winery wedding065Image by Joseph Koprek via Esther and Omar’s Spring Winery Wedding

Framework – If hanging isn’t an option, you may want to consider a framework to support your floral display. A worn and weathered timber frame made from old boards can create a rustic look.


Choosing your flowers is the best part out of the whole process! With your florist, choose flowers that suit your colour scheme and don’t forget some greenery to fill out your design. White blooms are always a beautiful and classic choice for a wedding display.

vintage inspired garden wedding0098Image by Vivid Photography via Stacey and Matt’s Vintage Inspired Garden Wedding


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Ms Chinoiserie Says: Such beautiful ideas to add a floral ‘wow factor’ to your wedding; I love the heart-shaped wreath on the farm gate!


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