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Snapshot Sunday – Secret Smiles

by | Bride, Snapshot Sundays


Photo by Inlighten Photography

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Leza and Graham’s Casino Inspired Engagement Shoot

by | Bride, Engagements


Leza and Graham

How’s your luck today? Feeling like a gamble? Are you wearing your lucky socks? I loved this casino inspired engagement shoot of Leza and Graham. Gemma Clarke, the photographer behind these creative images, got permission from the poker room manager at Star City Casino and went through various security measures so they were able to pull it off!

Leza our bride, tells her story and why the casino inspiration was so relevant to them as a couple. “Firstly we met at a club in south-west Sydney in the first week of January 2004 when I bumped into him on the dance floor and grabbed his muscly bicep to steady myself  – ‘mmm nice’ I thought.  We have been inseparable ever since.

What we love about each other (and have in common) is our sense of humour and quirky ways.  Even when I’m frustrated with Graham he has a way of making me laugh. ‘You’re a nutter’ is a common phrase in our house.  We both love our dance music and quite often bounce around our home together at high energy.  We don’t have much in common interest wise – he loves his sport, whereas I’m more of a creative ‘hands on’ kind of person, but this seems to work well for us.  He is a very placid Libran and I am a free spirited Aquarian, we balance each other out beautifully.  We absolutely idolise each other.

The reason I chose this theme is because Graham loves poker and the casino, and being that I have organised the majority of the wedding I wanted to do something that was about him and something he would enjoy.  We have also both watched the movie Casino together at least 10 times!  The 1920’s gangster/flapper outfits came from my love of the Roaring 20’s fashion, I just love dressing up!

The location for our wedding – Palm Cove, was chosen because I wanted to get married on a beach in Cairns.  So when I first set eyes on the purpose built beach chapel at Angsana Resort & Spa in Palm Cove, I was instantly sold.

A big thank you to Gemma Clarke for this photo shoot and for the inspiration to ‘think outside of the square’, she truly is an exceptionally talented photographer.”

Photos by Gemma Clarke Photography

Anna and Sandy’s Dutch Engagement Session

by | Bride, Engagements


Anna and Sandy

We’re kicking off a double header engagement day with two very different but very fun engagement sessions! First up is Anna and Sandy with their Dutch engagement session!

Photographer Anouschka Rokebrand sent over today’s photographs shot in the most typical of Dutch surroundings: between the windmills and cute little houses in Zaanse Schans in The Netherlands. Anouschka says  “The couple are Anna and Sandy, both from Indonesia but living in The Hague in Holland. They will have a traditional Indonesian ceremony next year in Indonesia so they wanted a typical Dutch backdrop for their engagement photos to show the folks back home!

I  received an e-mail from Anna about the engagement photos. She told me “I just got engaged to the best man I’ve ever known, his name is Sandy”. I knew straight away these would be awesome people to work with. I was right! They are both from Indonesia, living in The Hague. They met through a mutual friend and as soon as Sandy’s mother, who lives in Canada, had met Anna and told Sandy what a sweetheart she is, he knew his feeling about popping the big question was right. He did so there and then. 
Since they are having an official Indonesian wedding in Indonesia next year they really wanted typical Dutch backdrops for the engagement photos. I mentioned Zaanse Schans since they loved windmills and so last Saturday we headed to the Zaanse Schans for the session.
 Anna had hoped for beautiful sunshine and the weather gods were listening! Gorgeous sunshine it was! This of course also meant bus loads full of tourists which made it a bit of a challenge for photos but we made it work :-)
 These two are adorable! They have so much fun together and are so sweet and loving towards each other. A joy to photograph!”

Photos by Anouschka Rokebrand

Creative Colour – Apple Green

by | Bride, Creative Colour



A cool colour always so fresh for spring or summer weddings, or as a lively addition to your autumn or winter palette.

Combine with soft apricot and soft yellow

–       With white, white and more white

–       With lilacs and purples of all shades

–       With magnolia and touches of Indigo

–       With all shades of green

–       With Fairy Floss Pink, Blush Pink, touches of Soft Apricot and white

–       With Azure Blue, Hydrangea Blue and magnolia

–       With Antique Rose and touches of Nude Pink

–       With Watermelon Pink and touches of Sweet Apricot

–       With lots of magnolia and pops of Zesty Orange

–       With Olive Green and Soft Apricot

–       With black and white

–       With Pale Grey, magnolia and tiny touches of Primrose Yellow

–       Green gem stones – Peridot, green topaz,  tourmaline, green sapphires, emeralds

–       Cake – think more subtle touches rather than apple green fondant (which could be rather off putting!) – white fondant with apple green polka dots (of course!), or graduated dark to pale apple green filigree, or a lace design echoing the lace in your dress, think fresh flowers, ferns fronds, moss around the tiers

–       Green and white parrot tulips, orchids, green hydrangeas, fern fronds, chrysanthemums, hellebores, apple mint, white flowers, apple and pear blossom, moss, Granny Smith apples, limes, snowdrops, white berries

–       Think garden wedding (and a Gone with the Wind outdoor feel), all white or bleached wooden furniture, apple green checked tablecloths, green napkins, white crockery, milk glass, white daisies, men in light beige suits, white shirts and green patterned ties, high tea – cucumber sandwiches, beautiful cakes, white chocolate and green pistachio macarons, tiny mouthfuls of yumminess

–       A formal black, green and magnolia wedding – lots of off white, with silver ware, silver candlesticks and compotes, black wine glasses, white crockery with silver edging, green and white floral arrangements in silver vessels, serve apple martinis. Bridesmaids in black, bride in magnolia with black embellishments, black formal suits and bow ties for the men, white bouquets with touches of green, tied with black ribbon

–       A wedding in the country – using the countryside as your inspiration for a colour scheme of apple green, soft yellow (think ripe wheat), soft apricot and touches of soft blue (for our big sky). Armfuls of flowers in full bloom in those colours,  randomly arranged  for that ‘just picked’ look, on tablecloths of green. Your maids in patterned (? a ‘watercolour’ look of all these colours) or each maid wearing a dress in a different colour, all tied together with the same green shoes. Make the most of large country gardens, orchards, rustic fence posts, arbours covered in white wisteria, and great country cooking

–       Other details to consider are green glasses, green toffee apples, apple cakes, apple butter, lime based cocktails, apple shaped biscuits, baskets of apples and limes

Gold feather fan earrings from DanaCastle On Etsy, Kate Spade Chrystie Street Bag, Order of Service from The Elite Invitation Boutique, Apple green pashmina from ClassyWedding on Etsy

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