Ms Gingham says: Getting ready for your wedding is a moment full of anticipation and excitement and seeing it all come together is magical! I love that these images covey all that!
About Katja: “I am a professional photographer based on the sunny coast in QLD. My background is in media and photojournalism especially wildlife & travel. I have relished breaking into weddings and enjoy not only the photography but other aspects too – hence why I’d love to write and help brides-to-be with some other tips for their day! I do a variety of photography from commercial and portraiture to weddings which is the bulk of my business.”
The photographer is often the one person (or people) at your wedding that are there for every little moment. So, how do they avoid being too conspicuous and standing out like a sore thumb?
We are talking with wedding professionals who walk the fine line of fashion between guest and vendor. If you thought you had it tough sticking to a dress-code, spare a thought for the people who need to fit in, but not stand out! Those who need to be professional but not over-dressed. Those who may also need to climb a tree.
We sat down with Luke and Mani Lornie from Luke Lornie Photography to find out how they approach dressing for the big day. This stylish duo have provided some fabulous tips and advice when working with vendors for your big day.
1. How do you decide on your outfit for a wedding? What are the variables that you would take into account?
Manisa: The perfect outfit is comfortable, subtle so as not to take any of the attention away from the main event, but with something special to keep it from getting boring (we’re definitely not boring). We are there for the whole day, from hair appointments to dancefloors, so flat shoes are definitely essential (although obviously this is a given for Luke…), and we also consider the theme of the wedding, the ceremony and reception venue, and the weather forecast.
Luke: What she said! We also always ask for each other’s opinion about what we’re planning to wear on the day, and make sure we haven’t accidentally chosen a matching-couple outfit.
2. Have you ever been asked to wear something unusual or “themed”?
Manisa: Not yet! For our own wedding we seriously looked into an Elvis-impersonator celebrant though.
3. Do you have a piece that is a particular “favourite” or the perfect “fallback”?
Luke: My standard is pants, a shirt and nice blazer. And my black Nike Frees save my life. Although I often bring dress shoes to wear during the ceremony, being able to spend most of the day in these is great. They also allow me to climb (or scramble!) up things to get different shots.
Manisa: Well-tailored, cropped, black pants and colour-block flats are my current favourite. A good updo helps as well!
4. What advice or tips would you give both couples and other professionals?
Luke: Couples, make sure your photographers know the look and feel of your wedding. We spend time with all our clients before the wedding, so by the time the day arrives we know them, and know what their expectations for their wedding day are. Professionals, be professional! But be yourself too
Luke Lornie is a Melbourne-based photographer who is most often found with a camera in one hand, and his lovely lady in the other. A coffee may also be substituted for either of these. He is joined by his partner-in-crime, wife Mani, who is the ultimate multi-tasker in this arrangement. They’ll make your day!
A wise woman once said, “Before you leave the house, look in the mirror and take one thing off.” Coco Chanel hit the nail on the head with her less is more approach. Wedding styling is constantly evolving – from the days where couples simply went with the mere basics provided by the venue, to the era of over-styled cluttered receptions (albeit pretty clutter), and now a more minimalistic yet beautiful approach is emerging.
We are seeing Tiffany and Americana chairs replace boldly coloured sashes, small clusters of tea-lights replacing their heavier candelabra counterparts, and softly textured frosting adorning cakes which were once suffocated by a fondant rose army.
Less is definitely more, and the way forward for wedding styling. It allows the detail of what is there speak for itself instead of getting lost in a jumble of ‘stuff’.
Newly-wed Rebecca Gundelach certainly took this onboard when planning her own wedding, “After working in one of Brisbane’s busiest function venues for over three years, I had a very clear idea of the kind of wedding styling I liked and didn’t like. When it came to styling my reception venue Mirra, it was actually the styling of private and corporate events that appealed to me the most and so I asked my stylist Nicole Shield from Events of Design, to make my reception look more like an elegant dinner party than a wedding.”
Bec’s 150 guests were seated over three long banquet tables lined with round vases of multi-coloured roses and hundreds of tea light candles. Reflecting on her big day, “the bright roses and candlelight made the reception feel more like a big party than a wedding and we couldn’t have been happier with that!”
According to Nicole of Events of Design, showing restraint in styling can easily be achieved by following these few simple rules:
Decide on your theme and stick to it. Don’t assume you need to have everything there is available to achieve that specific look, choose a few simple details and execute them in a way that creates styling of class and beauty. Achieve this by using good quality products and trimmings, these certainly don’t have to be expensive or brand new – I love to upcycle items.
Be careful with colour. If your colour is red, you don’t have to have everything red (chair sashes, flowers, card stock for name tags, table numbers, napkins, candles, bridesmaid dresses, flowers!) This only creates a chaotic look that may often lack class. Subtle touches are all you need.
Maintain consistency across all styling. This starts with your invitations as they set the tone of your theme and style, and flows through to your ceremony and reception design.
Trust your stylist. If on the day something doesn’t quite look ‘right’, trust your stylist to make that call. I ask all of my clients to understand that if something doesn’t look and feel right on the day then I will add or take away in order to achieve something beautiful.
The less is more approach doesn’t need to stop with the ceremony/reception either. It can be carried across into everything from stationery design, to classic hair and makeup, to a statement piece of jewellery, to a fresh and simple bouquet. It’s time to plan and design, and then pare back a little. Good luck!