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by | Bride, Snapshot Sundays


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Bonnie and Damien’s Retro Engagement Shoot

by | Bride, Engagements


Bonnie and Damien

A little, sweet vintage inspired engagement shoot this Saturday from Shayla at Images with Love. Together with Katy from Hummingbird Vintage Hire, hair stylist Anna Felton and our couple Bonnie and Damien, Shayla shot a beautiful engagement shoot for this Brisbane couple.

Bonnie tells their love story. “We met when I was 14 and Damien was 17. Apparently it was then that Damien decided he would someday marry me. A friendship started while Damien lived overseas for 2 years. He returned home and pursued me but I soon thereafter moved to Paris for a year. Even a visit from Damien while I was there couldn’t persuade me to turn the friendship into anything romantic. We were good friends and I was content to leave it as such. Upon my return he was still there and waiting to give it a try. During the next 3 years Damien tried and was politely knocked back on a few occasions.

Eventually a test run at a relationship ended before 2 months was up and I told him that I’d given it a go but it just wasn’t going to happen. The next 6 months was agony as I wasn’t sure whether I’d made the right decision. Eventually (and for the first time) I was the one to approach him to make things work. The friendship transitioned this time very quickly into something more. Three months later we were engaged and 3 months after that we are married. The icing on the cake for me personally is that during our engagement Damien mentioned that even if I hadn’t come around, he still had at least a couple of years of waiting left in him.”

Katy from Hummingbird Vintage Hire explains ” For their charming engagement shoot, Bonnie and Damien embarked on a 1940’s Australian travel adventure – with a vintage camera, suitcase, hatbox, birdcage, a few vintage maps and picnic box in tow (just the essentials!). Right from the start, this so-in-love couple were open to something a little bit different and a lot of fun for their engagement shoot, and Shayla and I were more than happy to oblige. Bonnie and I exchanged numerous emails in the weeks leading up to the day of the shoot, each with more exciting details than the last as the theming, details and props took shape. Bonnie was keen for a ‘Foyle’s War’ kind of look, with a bit of a Depression-era/post-war vintage travel vibe thrown in – and green apples! Every aspect of the shoot was tailored specifically for Bonnie & Damien, including the handmade details and the selection of props used. Ifocused on deep, rich colours of greens, reds and browns – which were beautifully reflected by our gorgeous location near Brisbane. We were lucky enough to find the coolest vintage truck I’ve ever seen, just sitting in a yard filled with old farm machinery and begging to be photographed! In the lead up to the shoot, Bonnie told me she wanted to capture those little glances of love between her and Damien and that feeling of ‘being safe’, and I absolutely love that Shayla and I captured the essence of their relationship for their e-session

Photos by Shayla at Images with Love.

Suzanne and Brian’s Kentucky Engagement Shoot

by | Bride, Engagements


Suzanne and Brian

I loved the Autumn colours in this morning’s shoot (plus there’s boots and we all know my current love for winter boots!) Suzanne and Brian met with their photographer Nikita Gross at an abandoned service station in Cincinnati for their engagement shoot. Aren’t the neutral colours beautiful? Suzanne looks like she’s glowing!

Photos by Nikita Gross Photography submitted via Two Bright Lights

Rustic Winery Wedding

by | Bride, Inspiration Boards


A lovely reader emailed me last week in need of ideas for her Barossa Valley wedding. The couple want their country wedding to incorporate a vintage style with touches like shabby chic furniture, sweet decorations and fairy lights plus perhaps centered around the beautiful shade of vintage green.

Inspired by the vintage print of Elizabeth and Geoffrey‘s bridesmaids gowns and spring bouquets, I designed an inspiration board around a rustic winery wedding theme. Bouquets of unstructured blooms, table settings in soft white linens, masses of greenery and sweet, cold cocktails. Encompassing the beauty of the winery region, the seating card placement uses a champagne riddling rack with recycled bottles, bottles of red wine are tagged with the special meaning they have to the couple and a pane of glass in an old frame and a chalk marker set out the menu for the evening. As dusk falls, the night sky is lit up with fairy lights strung between the trees.

Photo from Elizabeth & Geoffrey’s wedding by Milk & Honey Photography, menu from Martha Stewart Weddings, champagne riddling rack escort cards from Martha Stewart Weddings, minted rose water from Sunday Suppers (photo and styling by Karen Mordechai), Garden party invitations from The Paper Mint, wine bottle from Martha Stewart Weddings, fairy light table setting by Jimena Roquero Weddings via Once Wed cake from Martha Stewart Weddings, hair photo by Jill Thomas Photography via Carter & Cook Event Co , outdoor seating from French Larkspur


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