Kristina + Jackson | Noosa Love Session

Noosa Wedding photographer
Noosa Love Session
Kristina + Jackson

A long distance love

 

“The longer you have to wait for something, the more you will appreciate it when it finally arrives. The harder you have to fight for something, the more priceless it will become once you achieve it. And the more pain you have to endure on your journey, the sweeter the arrival at your destination . All good things are worth waiting for and fighting for.”

 

I had received a message through my facebook page from Jackson asking if I was available for an engagement session within the week. It had to be done this week as I later found out that Jackson’s fiancé was heading back home to USA that week.
With the date and location set and I was really looking to meeting both Jackson and Kristina.
When I arrived to Noosa carpark it was so cold and windy, the beach was rough and I was hoping the wind would settle down a little bit so we didn’t have sand flying all over us and smashing against us and my gear.
We started off in Hidden Grove and had a bit of chat about how long Kristina and Jackson had been together. Turns out they live across the world apart and met online. But here is the most amazing part THEY HAVE BEEN DATING FOR 4 YEARS!
How incredibly resilient their relationship is. Long distance relationship is hard at the best of times for short periods at a time (trust me I know I lived it for 12 months) but 4 years! Their relationship strength has shown me anything is possible.
I asked what their secret was? And their response was Yearly trips to see each other, phone calls and FaceTime calls when they can (time difference would be a bit tricky at time too).
They plan to marry 2019 in California where Jackson will reside with Kristina for a few years, then maybe come back to Australia for a bit of living here!
Wishing you both the very best guys and cannot wait to see your wedding photos xxx

 

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Wedding Expos – How to guide

 

Sunshine Coast Wedding Expo

Photo Credit Artography at Sunshine Coast Wedding Expo

your guide to attending a wedding expo

The Sunshine Coast’s most anticipated wedding expo is only 3 weeks away!

The Sunshine Coast Wedding Expo will be held on Sunday 4th November 2018 at Maroochy RSL Events Centre between 11am to 3pm.
Every ticket purchased increases your chance of winning the $5000 prize to spend towards your dream wedding day.
Tickets are now on sale!
Have a girls day out with your girls (mum included)
https://www.outix.co/tickets/event/171024-sunshine-coast-wedding-expo-nov-4th-2018

Sunshine Coast Wedding Expo has been putting together these exhibitions since 2016 and are held biannually, one in May and one in November.
Showcasing some of the most recognised wedding vendors on the Sunshine Coast.

Over the last couple of years I have been lucky enough to talk with many brides and grooms about their wedding day plans and I love watching all the excitement the expo brings where they see ideas on something or they are talking to you and their eyes light up and then to see that on their wedding day, being part of it all is a great feeling!

Hopefully a few of these tips below will help you enjoy the wedding expo experience and not overwhelm you too much.

Bring your ladies with
 you!
Chances are your going to be overwhelmed by everything you see at the expo, especially if it’s the first one you have attended. Bring your ladies with you so they can help with the planning and take some of the information for you!
It’s an exhausting day for everyone involved and last thing we want is for you to go home totally confused and stressed about the whole experience of planning your wedding day!
Its supposed to be fun and joyful, so let others help you!
Also its a good excuse to catch up with your girls for a lunch or dinner to help you go through all the information you have collected and narrow down who you would like to talk with further.

 Have an idea of your wedding date and guest numbers.
 This is most likely the first question suppliers ask to make sure they’re available and able to cater for your wedding. It also helps them tailor their package and pricing information.
Popular wedding months are booked months and even years in advance with some suppliers, the earlier the better to avoid missing out on who you love to be helping on your wedding day.

Don’t forget to create a dedicated wedding email address.
Make it easy for yourself and create a wedding email address thats kept seperate from everyday emails to avoid them getting lost!
Easier to keep it all in one place, and you can keep updated with competitions, exclusive specials and giveaways.

 Do take the time to chat with suppliers.
 You want to choose suppliers who are not only fantastic at what they do, but also great to work with!
You need to click with them, after all you will be talking/spending a lot of time with them leading up to the wedding and last thing you would want is awkward moments or not being on the same level of what you want.
Striking up a conversation is the best way to find people you click with and get a better idea of what they offer.
Ask them questions, that’s why they are there.
Look at their products and see if it is something you would really like to have at your wedding or after. Photographers always have albums of weddings they have done for you to look through.
Watch a video at a Videographers display, I can guarantee you will love to have one of your own after watching it.
There will be someone who will suit your budget and style, and you will know from the get go when you start to talk with them.
Enter competitions if they have one or if you are interested take their flyer/card to contact them at a later date to discuss more.

 Don’t try to plan your entire wedding in one day.
What do you want to achieve from the wedding expo.
What is the most important part of your wedding you would like to get started with?
If you can have a meeting with a supplier you like to discuss a booking soon after the expo then thats great, bonus even if you manage to do it on the day!

  Keep track of your favourites.
Take photos of displays that catch your eye, separate out the business cards of suppliers who are a good fit and jot down notes as you go.
When you go back through the cards and see the notes, you will remember who you liked to talk to again.

Specials and competitions.
Make sure you fill in competition tickets, raffles, look at specials and whats included.
As the saying goes “got to be in it to win it” and why not!
Wedding expos are a great way to save big $$$ on your wedding if you take advantage of what vendors have to offer, just make sure you check their T&C’s.

 Don’t feel pressure to commit on the day.
It’s okay if you need some time to weigh up the different options and come back to suppliers with any questions you might not think of on the day.

  Look through the information as soon as possible after the event.
The earlier you debrief with your partner, the better! Chat about which suppliers stood out most and why, check out their work online and decide who you’d like to follow up with.
And just like that you are starting to check things off your wedding planning list!

Remember to have fun it’s an exciting time

Photo Credit Artography at Sunshine Coast Wedding Expo

 

 

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Josie + Chris | Novotel Twin Waters Resort

Novotel Twin Waters Resort

Josie + Chris
Novotel Twin Waters Wedding
Sunshine Coast Wedding Photographer
Bliss Photography by Leah

Josie and Chris’s Dream Team of Suppliers

Ceremony Venue and Reception – Novotel Twin Waters
Celebrant – Kath Tilly Wedding Celebrant
Hair – Evelyn Parsons
Makeup – Melina Dee Makeup
Flowers – Magnolia Grove
Dress – White Lily Couture

“I believe that when two people are in love with each other, you can see it in their eyes.
The way they look at each other, the way they stare at each other, it’s all there.
Their eyes are full of admiration, of attraction, of undying feelings for each other.
Their eyes twinkle, their eyes are smiling.
Even if they didn’t say a word about it, there’s this invisible thread connecting them two.”

Josie and Chris chose to have their wedding day at Novotel Twin Waters Resort, celebrating with their closest family and friends. Most which had travelled from rural Queensland.
Reading through the answers to a questionnaire I asked Josie and Chris to fill in I completely get these two and why they are together. Probably one of the most honest questionnaire answers I have ever had……
It takes a lot to open up about a relationship and trusting someone outside your relationship with that kind of information and I really do appreciate it. It helps me to understand and know my boundaries with the portrait session!

Chris had surprised Josie with a gift and the most beautiful letter, I’m guessing the letter was beautiful as it made Josie teary and happy!
Josie in return gave a gift to Chris and to his parents!
It was great stepping into where everyone was getting ready, it was a chilled laid back vibe, but you could also feel the excitement in the air!
The ceremony was beautifully written by Kath Tilly Wedding Celebrant and was personalised for Josie and Chris with a reading from a family member.
One of my favourite parts of a wedding (and theres a few), the vows. I love when a Bride and Groom decide to write their own vows, usually one of them struggles to say them and I think its the sweetest!

After we had fun with bridal photos it was time to head to reception so Josie and Chris were able to celebrate with all their guests who had travelled for their wedding, before they took off to Europe for their honeymoon!
Thankyou Josie and Chris for choosing me to share your wedding day with me!
Leah xxx

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Bek + Callum | Maleny Botanic Gardens

Maleny Wedding

Bek and Callum
Maleny Botanic Gardens, Maleny

Bliss Photography by Leah
Sunshine Coast Wedding Photographer

I swear souls have their own instinct. No matter how far they travel away y from one another, they will always find a way back to where they are supposed to be….. – J. Gress

Imagine winning $5000 towards your wedding!
That’s what happened to Bek and Callum. I met Bek when she attended the Sunshine Coast Wedding Expo in May 2017.
I was so excited for this beautiful couple when Bek mentioned they won the jackpot that day.
Not long after the expo I met with Bek and Callum for coffee to talk all tings weddings and to see how they were going with all the planning.

We also chatted about how they met.

Callum and I knew each other as kids and went to the same primary school, but we only started dating in 2012.
After five years together, Callum popped the question whilst we were holidaying in Vietnam. From the moment we returned from our loved up trip, all I could think about was wedding planning.

Bek and Callum were married at Maleny Botanic Gardens and Bird World, their ceremony was written by Peter Willington Weddings who summed Bek and Callum in one sentence!

It takes about 30 seconds being in the presence of Callum and Bek to realise that they have that love like you see in rom coms, that’s Callum and Bek, thats real love!

That one sentence gave me goosebumps as it just summed them up perfectly!

Bek and Callum’s A-Team for the day were a breeze to work with!

Ceremony Venue – Maleny Botanic Gardens and Bird World
Reception Venue – Novotel Twin Waters Resort
Celebrant – Peter Willington Weddings
Videographer – Bax Lab Videography  (CHECK OUT THE VIDEO BELOW PHOTOS)
Dress – Luv Bridal Maroochydore
Suits – Hallensteins
Flowers – Aussie World Flowers
Ceremony Coordination and Styling – Storybook & Co
Cake – Confetti Whip
Car – Suncoast Vintage Limousines
Decor Hire and Styling – Grace the Lily Events, Lily White Creative and Magnolia Grove
Photobooth – iShoot Photobooth
Hair – Hair by Savannah
Makeup – Beauty by Bonnie

 

 

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Videography by Dylan Baxter – www.baxlabvideography.com

 

 

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Merinda + Will | Maleny Manor

Maleny Manor

 

Merinda and Will
Maleny Manor Wedding
Maleny, QLD

Bliss Photography by Leah
Sunshine Coast Wedding Photographer

” Yesterday I loved you the most I could love anyone, yet today I love you even more”

Merinda and Will were married at the most loved wedding venue in Australia, Maleny Manor.
Merinda and Will celebrated their wedding day with their closest family and friends, married by Tim Abbott – Life Celebrations.
The girls were nice and chilled while having their hair and makeup done by By Sarah Jane  during the morning.
The amazing arrangements of flowers were produced by Mondo Floral Designs. Styling by Coast to Country Wedding and Events and scrumptious looking cake by Heaven Leigh Cakes,
which tasted just as good as it looked.
DJ’s In Your House had everyone up on the dance floor throughout the night

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