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Hayley & Mike’s Engagement Session

Sunshine Coast Photographer

Hayley and Mike

Sunshine Coast

“You are my beautiful forever… a connection so deep that even an eternity doesn’t seem long enough to spend with you.” – Steve Maraboli

Photographing friends is always a lot of fun so when Hayley asked me to photograph her and Mikey for their engagement I was blown away and honoured to be asked. Hayley is also in the wedding industry and many of you may know or seen her working at various events around the Sunshine Coast with her photobooth business Ishoot Photobooth. Mikey also works with Hayley when she has a few bookings the same time.
I met with Hayley initially to discuss a theme or come up with ideas for their photoshoot when it was mentioned that Hayley would like to include their furbaby in the shoot!
Ummm Yes!!!
Then Hayley mentioned it was a kitty cat.

We started the shoot at their place with kitty then made our way over to Emu Mountain, Coolum for some fun.
The week we did this session was Hayley and Mikey’s 10 year anniversary of being together with 4 of those engaged with their wedding to come in April 2020.
I am so excited to be photographing their special day as its a wedding with a bit of uniqueness (is that even a word? Is now).

Thankyou Hayley and Mikey for sharing your life journey with me!
Bring on the wedding!

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

 

 

Bliss Photography by Leah Information Booklet

Samantha + Jarrod | Pelican Waters Golf Club

Sunshine Coast Wedding Photographer

 

 

Sunshine Coast Wedding Photographer

Samantha + Jarrod’s Wedding
Pelican Waters Golf Club

Thankyou to Samantha and Jarrod’s dream team who all as a team to bring their dream day together

VENUE – PELICAN WATERS GOLF CLUB
CELEBRANT – CELEBRANT SUNSHINE COAST – PAULA KODA
FLOWERS – Samantha and bridesmaids made themselves
STYLING – CLOUD NINE WEDDINGS
DRESS – JACK SULLIVAN BRIDAL
SUITS – CONNOR
MAKEUP – MAKEUP BY CANDICE JACKSON
HAIR – COASTAL STYLE MOBILE HAIRDRESSING
CAKE – JAZMYN GALLEN (friend of Bride and Groom)

September 7th 2017 couldn’t arrive quick enough for these two, it was pretty obvious from our first meeting at a cafe that Samantha and Jarrod had a beautiful connection and it showed at the engagement session! They are completely comfortable with each other, no awkwardness in their photos, just pure adoration for each other!

Samantha and Jarrod’s wedding was a real family affair, Jarrod and his groomsmen were getting ready at his parents place with all his family there, and Samantha and her bridesmaids were at Samantha’s parents place with Samantha’s family getting ready. They had Aunties, Uncles, Brothers, Sisters, Parents, Grandparents, Nieces and Nephews.

Paula Koda Sunshine Coast Celebrant wrote their ceremony which was beautifully written and special just for Samantha and Jarrod!
After the ceremony we were taken to a spot on the golf course by the event coordinator of Pelican Waters Golf Club and as we were running behind schedule we got through photos fairly quickly.
It took a little bit for Jarrod and Samantha’s Nephew to join in on the photos but once he did there was no stopping him, he wanted photos with the big boys!
Oh and I need to mention an outstanding speech from Samantha’s MOH which she surprised everyone with by turning it into a rap song, so good and very clever!

One thing I always ask my couples to do is fill in a questionnaire for me, it gives me a bit of an insight into their relationship  and I was totally blown away by some of their answers, so I am going to share one from each of theirs.
I asked Samantha ” What is one of the sweetest, most romantic things your partner has done for you?”
Her reply ” I’ll never forget our 1 year anniversary , where he came to my house dressed in a suit with a beautiful bunch of flowers and took me out for an amazing romantic dinner! “

Jarrod’s question “Describe your memories around the moment you realised your partner was more than just a friend?”
Jarrod’s reply ” I knew she was never going to be just my friend, so I stayed persistent. She has the best personality and is the most kind hearted woman I have ever met! “

These too were supposed to meet and become soul mates!

Congratulations Samantha and Jarrod and all the best for your future together and new adventures as Mr and Mrs!

 

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Amberly + Phil’s One Tree Hill Engagement Session

 

Sunshine Coast Wedding Photographer

Amberly + Phil’s Engagement Session
One Tree Hill, Maleny

Bliss Photography by Leah

 

When I meet my couples I like to get to know them a little bit and I ask them how they met, a little about their relationship and how the did the proposal happen. Let me tell you there are some romantic guys out there!

We decided to head up to One Tree Hill, Maleny, they wanted something a bit different for their photos as their wedding will be at Noosa North Shore Retreat and wanted a completely different look and feel to the beach wedding.

As I hadn’t met with Amberly and Phil before their engagement session I didn’t know a whole lot about them, we had a quick chat before we started, I watched the way they interacted with each other. You can tell alot about a couple when they are in a session together feeling a little vulnerable in front of the camera.

During the shoot I was talking to Amberly and Phil asking them questions about each other, guiding them through the session with lots of laughs and smiles and they nailed their session.

Phil proposed to Amberly while in New York. They made their way to the Empire State building first thing one morning. They went all the way up to the 102nd floor. Amberly’s Dad was distracting her whilst Phil got down on one knee and Amberly’s Mum got into position to take photos. Once Amberly turned around there was Phil with a huge smile on his face, holding her gorgeous ring, asking her to marry him! So very romantic, what a beautiful surprise and something they are able to share with their children in years to come.

I cannot wait for their fairytale wedding next month when we get to do it all over again!

Halee and Matt Elope | Maroochydore Botanical Gardens

Maroochydore Botanical Gardens

 

Sunshine Coast Wedding Photographer

Bliss Photography by Leah

Halee and Matt Elope | Maroochydore Botanical Gardens

It’s not always necessary to have a big huge wedding! It’s not everyone’s cup of tea.
Halee and Matt have already been together for a long time, have three gorgeous children and expecting their fourth in 2017, they were after something low key with the people that matter to them most. They spoke with Toni Collett Celebrant who wrote them a gorgeous ceremony, Toni recommended me to do their photos and that was it! No decorations, no fancy dresses or suits.
They wanted little fuss as possible and it was completely perfect for them.
There were many many laughs and tears and very relaxed.
It was a very small intimate gathering, and I just loved it.
After the ceremony and signing of the papers we did a few photos  and then Halee, Matt, their children and guests went out for lunch to celebrate!

CONGRATULATIONS  Halee and Matt!
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