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Image byJemma Keech 

With the summer months heating up, as we all know, Wedding season arrives in full swing! As much as we love to research and spend hours trawling the internet, sometimes the best advice is from the pro’s themselves! So, with this in mind, we’ve done a round up of the best Summer Wedding Wisdom posts.

Summer Wedding Ceremony Inspiration

Part of the beauty of a Summer wedding is the soft palette that can be used to create the perfect ambiance. This post showcases just that – a subtle and pretty backdrop for a gorgeous day.

Jemma says “The ceremony is the heart and soul of a wedding and thus creating a beautiful design & atmosphere reflective of this moment, is so important.”

Image by Clare Day Photographic Design via 

Surviving Summer Weddings – A Guide To Beating The Heat

Having a wedding in Summer brings on sunny, clear days and balmy nights, but what happens when the heat breaks the record and you’re sweating it out? This guide has the best tips and tricks to survive the heat and keep your make up on point during the summer wedding season!

Image by Daisy Chain Weddings

 Relaxed Summer Picnic Wedding Inspiration

Need a bit of inspiration for your summer celebration? This gorgeous post showcases the beauty of the summer picnic for those of us craving a more simple and relaxed affair! Take note with summer fruits, desserts and lush rugs and pillows.

Image By Milque Photography

Relaxed Summer Wedding Ideas

If you’re considering a Summer affair but unsure of the end vision for the styling, steal some of these gorgeous ideas from this Summer Wedding Shoot at Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel.

Stylist Lisa tells, “Working with fresh white blooms and greenery the whole installation had to have an essence of Summer.”

Image by Flos Florum

Summer Wedding Flowers

With the heat comes a few small complications. Some things to consider are the choice of flowers and the ones that cope the best with the full sun and hot temperatures. Follow this post to see the wonderful array of flowers on offer that are best for those warm summer days!

As one of our last Round-Up’s for the year (scary!!!), if you’re planning a summer wedding you can’t go past these amazing pearls of wisdom from the industry pro’s! 

When images draw you into them, you know that there is something different about them. Kate from Quince and Mulberry Studios takes images that are almost tactile – you feel that you can reach in and touch the leaves or feel the breeze in the vineyard – and the emotions that are so natural and real? These are what give images their extra special quality because you are right there with the couple experiencing their joy. Nature and the views, the sunlight on a veil, the mountains in the distance give her images a sense of place and time and the connection Kate shares with her bridal couples shines through the images. Being relaxed in front of a camera involves trust and you have that with Kate who works hard to help you feel confident and at ease. Here’s her story.

When did the photography ‘bug’ hit you? Has photography always been a love of yours?

Photography has always been a love of mine and I was fortunate enough to grow up in an extremely creative environment, both my Mum and Aunty are both visual artists.  At school I enjoyed spending time in the darkrooms and experiment with different film techniques.

 

Cute name for a business – how did you decide on it?

Aw thanks! Quince was my Labrador, who first came into my life as a Kleenex sized puppy when I was living in the Yarra Valley in Victoria. A region that is renowned for their wines and small goods. Her perfect golden coat would grow richer in colour throughout the summer as she would basque in the sun and take part in outdoor celebrations with friends. Around her ears the colour would grow so rich, not that dissimilar to the delicious quince paste that accompanies a beautiful cheese board. With our early love of cheese and our frequent trips to Milawa Cheese Factory, the name seemed apt.
The cathartic process of preparing, cooking and sharing a meal with someone brings me joy. I have loved food since I have had teeth to chew with, and one of my favourite recollections from childhood is climbing the giant Mulberry tree in our backyard. My brother and I would explore the branches, gather silkworms as pets and collect berries until the juice was covering our hands, mouth and clothes and our little bellies ached from fun and fullness.

 

Who or what inspires you?

I love gathering inspiration from all sorts of difference sources; I love seeing things like live music and performance, sunrises and sunsets. But I also love something tactile like picking up a paintbrush to walking along the beach collecting shells.

 

What do you love about being a photographer?

Photography for me is almost like a mini escape, as soon as that camera comes up it is almost like everything becomes tunnel visioned and slowed down.  I love that regardless of the event or type of shoot; you are capturing a moment/point in time of someone’s lives.  It’s a real honour

 

How would you describe your photography style?

I think on the wedding day I am always trying to slow things down, making sure my couples and their guests have time to really soak in the joy, the happy and sad tears and everything they hope for their wedding. I’m always trying to capture the details of the day, from the cheeky smiles, how the sunlight catches the dress to the styling choices the couple has made. So it’s a mixture of standing back and letting moments unfold and directing when necessary.

 

You mention the ‘click’ of that connection with your couples – what does that feel like when it happens? Do you feel that this connection is important to create the best image of the wedding day?

I think there is something really beautiful when you can put someone at ease and they feel comfortable enough to relax and be themselves. To me it is a compliment when people say I was able to put them at ease or I made them feel confident when before the shoot they describe themselves as not “photo people.”

When it comes to your wedding day, I think it is important to have a trust or connection to your photographer, or any other creative you are engaging for your day.  It’s one of the most personal and significant events in your lives, you want to feel like you can let your guard down, trust them completely and simply be yourselves and enjoy the moments of your day… with a third wheel documenting it all of course;)

 

Do you offer engagement sessions as part of the photography package? What is important about an engagement session?

I do offer engagement sessions with my packages, but I also like to think of it more as a meeting and I’ve just brought along my cameras.  It’s a great opportunity for couples to get a hands on feel to a session and leave feeling confident on the day, because when it comes to the wedding day portraits I want couples to be able to enjoy and soak it all up and not think about what will the photo session be like. From my point of view I love meeting couples before their day and seeing how they fit together, also a great opportunity to ask any questions and rough out a time line.

 

You use rays of light and the surrounding scenery to give a sense of time and place in your images. Does this define your photography?

I am always looking for details that transport you back to how if felt to be present on the day. So capturing details such as surrounding scenery and how the light falls is important to me in the photos.

 What do you feel, are the challenges in being a photographer? Especially an engagement/wedding photographer?

Like any job there is pressure and challenges, but for me it is so rewarding.  For me I find the challenges in staying disciplined with the different hats small business owners wear, from the tax to updating of websites etc. as I would rather be out photographing.  On the wedding days though, biggest challenges are traffic and parking! I am often early to places as to me it is the most stressful part of my day, once I have the camera in hand and ready to start photographing it’s calming.

 

As a photographer, how much of yourself goes into each shot?

Absolutely everything goes into every photo-shoot, it can be emotionally exhausting sometimes as I feel I am constantly scanning, looking for moments that are happening.  I like to think of it as busting out to your favourite song on the dance floor, you have all the moves happening and you are singing all the right lyrics, for the entire duration of the job.  It’s the best feeling.

 

How do you ensure that you capture the shot at just the right time and not a moment too late – is this experience or just raw talent?

Ohhh this is a tricky one as I think it is a little bit of each. There is a certain amount of experience that comes from photographing numerous weddings and trusting your intuition. But also, I think there is a certain element of getting to know the couple and seeing how they are together (which ties back to the engagement session) which helps pre-empt what might happen.

How do you keep moving forward with your photography?

I enjoy having my own side projects to keep me moving forward as an artist. For me this is collaborating with dancers, I started posting these on instagram every Monday, which is nice because it means I am disciplined in taking time to work on projects away from weddings. Like everyone there has to be a balance.

 

Are couples more relaxed about their wedding photography now than they were in the past?

I think by nature, I am often attracting relaxed couples, what I love is that each wedding has it’s own vibe and it is my favourite when the couples have trust and confidence in all their suppliers and can then enjoy the day.  For me the more personality you can infuse into the day, the better, after all here to celebrate your love right?

 

Do you expect to see photography styles change over the coming years? And if so, how?

Yes and no, I mean there will always be new technology new developing styles etc but I think the essence of photography is always going to be the same; documenting people, love, life and the environment so in that respect no.

Apart from photography – what do you enjoy on your days off?

A little bit of everything, relaxing with friends and family, heading to the beach (but I don’t like to swim, I only like to frolic in the shallows) cooking/food, or anything animal related – it’s always a happy day if I get to cuddle an animal.

 

What is fantastic about living and working in Queensland? Any hidden gems you’d like to share with the rest of Australia?

We are extremely lucky to have beautiful weather in QLD almost year round, access to beautiful coastline and beaches that are waiting to be explored. On of the unique and my favourite parts of the job is to explore areas that my clients also hold dear. I have been fortunate enough to travel locally and abroad and it is a very humbling experience.

Thank you Kate for sharing your story and lovely images. The gorgeous light, and the honest emotions are something that always takes you back in time to that moment. To find out more about Quince and Mulberry visit the website.

Headshot by Kelly Adams Photography

Congratulations, you’re engaged! Now what? The search for the perfect wedding gown can seem very daunting at first, but it doesn’t need to be!

Start the Process Early

In the order of wedding planning, it should usually go like this: Venue, Photographer, Dress. The dress should be one of the things you start first, not only because of the time that it takes to make, but also the time it may take for you to choose. It can take roughly 6 months for any gown to arrive in our store, and then we like to allow for 6-8 weeks for alterations.

Once you have the venue booked, it will help to solidify the overall tone of the day and help you make a better decision.  Ideally, you should start your search a year out from your wedding date. Starting the process early may seem keen, but it gives you that extra peace of mind when you know you’ve ticked one big item off your list!

Decide on your Budget

The typical budget one sets for their dress is 10% of their overall wedding budget. But this can fluctuate of course, based on how high a priority your gown is for you. I always tell my brides to settle on a ‘scary’ number, one that they don’t want to go beyond, and then an ideal price-range to keep in mind as they’re shopping. And don’t be afraid to let your consultant know of your budget upfront – it will help them in making your gown selections and ultimately leading you to the perfect dress! Don’t be shy, there is no right or wrong number, just make sure alterations and accessories factor into it.

The Bridal Appointment

When you’re ready to get started, you can book most of your appointments online! For your first appointment, we tend to recommend trying a variety of silhouettes and styles if you’re not sure what will suit you. This first appointment is about honing in on features you like, and potentially locking in a few favourites.

We recommend bringing 1 to 2 friends or family members whose opinions you trust. Too many opinions can overwhelm the bride and lead to a stressful day of shopping!

I typically recommend visiting 2-3 bridal shops in your search. That way, you’re not overwhelmed but you’ve seen plenty of options. When it comes down to deciding, don’t be afraid to go with your gut in the first appointment! If you’re really not sure, always book a second appointment to have another look with fresh eyes.

Sizing 

Bridal sizing is very different to traditional, ready-to-wear sizing and this can stress some brides out. Once you have decided on a gown, your stylist will explain the process. If your gown is made-to-measure, they will be taking all your measurements and the gown will arrive to your specifications. If it is made to a standard size, your bust, waist, and hip measurements will be taken and you will be ordered the size closest to matching these. If the gown comes in slightly off, do not panic! That is exactly what alterations are for!

Alterations

Alterations can be intimidating, but when else do you have a garment custom fit to you? When you arrive for your fitting, a tailor will evaluate the fit, pin where necessary changes need to be done, and ask you pertinent questions such as heel height for shoes. Usually, they’ll take it in or let it out, add cups, fix the hem and add a bustle. You will usually have 2-3 fittings, and don’t forget to ALWAYS try on your dress after the last fitting before your big day!

Keep in mind is that your gown is not made of magic. It will bend and crease when you move your body, just as all garments do. Communicate well with your seamstress and remain realistic in your expectations. Their goal is to make sure you love your gown!

All images supplied by Designer Bridal House

Ms Zebra Says: It has to be one of the most difficult decisions trying to find THE dress. Thanks Designer Bridal House for sharing your wealth of knowledge to find the perfect one!

About Designer Bridal House: our stylists strive to keep the appointment experience fun, easy, and painless! We want to ensure that the process of finding your wedding gown is one of the best parts of wedding planning! If you’re not sure what the process entails, read on for what to expect in your bridal appointment! When you’re ready to start your wedding dress hunt, be sure to come see us at Designer Bridal House in Armadale!