What a day!! When you think of a 14 hour day shooting, my first initial thought were 'WOW! Big Day!!'. When in all honesty it flew by as if it were a 6 hour day, with all of the celebrations and kind welcoming people at Ken & D's wedding it was such a pleasure. Not to mention a few of the guests were previous clients of ours only a few months ago Phillip & Michelle.Read More
It wasn't so long ago now that we had the pleasure of being apart of Mohab & Melinda's very special day. Being selected for something so important and significant we feel very privileged to provide life long memories for such wonderful people. The love & passion we have for what we do is enormous and we truly hope this shines through our work with each and every one of our amazing couples.Read More
It was around about 5 or so years ago now that I had crossed paths with Lizzie, and ever since we’ve always stayed in touch. So when she had contacted me informing me of not only the amazing proposal from the man of her dreams.. but the wedding location every girl dreams of she asked me to accompany them both on their journey to becoming husband and wife. As a wedding photographer/videographer with the aspiration to capture their true essence of love, I found myself planning my next big adventure to Fiji.
The excitement was overwhelming, being provided this amazing opportunity to not only be shooting in tropical paradise but to also have an adequate amount time to spend with the love struck couple prior to their big day enabled me to get to know them both, gaining a meaningful connection which in turn formed a great bond. Having this time to engage, connect and embrace the couples love gives me a deeper sense of connection when capturing those precious unforgettable moments.
At first, the task of doing both photo and video seemed like a difficult and extremely challenging endeavour. Only completing this a handful of times as you could imagine I was hesitant. After communicating this concern we had come to the conclusion that we had two major factors on our side, both time, and a limited amount of guests. These two components in turn made this exercise much more achievable. Discussing that sufficient time could be taken also enabling me to produce quality content, even if some had needed a few shots.. we had the time!
I had decided to spend a few days on the mainland of Fiji to explore some of the more popular wedding venues such as the Outrigger Fiji Beach Resort which had a great chapel named The House of Love so I really look forward to booking a wedding there., The Intercontinental Fiji Resort & Spa which offers Exotic Island Wedding & honeymoon's in Fiji, I also got to visit the Sheraton Fiji Resort which was great because I love shooting at the Sheraton Grand Mirage Gold Coast.
After scooping out the wonderfully exotic island of Fiji, my location in which I had decided to stay was at Double Tree Hilton. The amazing Fijian service was impeccable, they didn't hesitate to go above and beyond creating such a peaceful and relaxing environment for each and every guest. On the journey of a lifetime I had decided to face one of my biggest fears, getting in front of the camera myself to start my very own Jadore video blog.
Many people tell me that I should share my many stories and adventures, others ask me how I got to where I am today… and my answer never changes.. I followed my passion for photography, combined it with my determination for success, and now just sit back watching it take me all over the world fulfilling all of my life long ambitions. I figured that blogging my adventures as well as filming them would be a beneficial way to share my journeys with all those interested in tagging along.
Next stop for me was Plantation Island, which is around about an hour from Nadi travelled to by boat. On arrival I received the traditional Fijian welcoming featuring a guitarist accompanied by some talented singers welcoming us to the island. Not long after arriving I decided to head straight over to the Lomani Island Resort to meet both Lizzie and Zach. Straight away we begun our adventures together, inclusive of scenic bike riding, paddle boarding across crystal clear waters and a breath taking stroll along Lomani beach front finishing up our journey with a relaxed conversation swaying in the hammocks. Taking full advantage of the beautiful energy surrounding them I got them to answer just a few questions in which I had prepared earlier to assist in telling the their story in front of the camera.
Good quality audio is priceless when it comes to couples telling their stories, helping the people watching to really connect. Day 2 was the wedding, I meet first with Zach to cover his preparation. Zach truely is one of the nicest guys I have ever had the pleasure of crossing paths with, as long as everyone else around him is happy, he is happy. A rare quality to find in not only one person but also their partner as-well. Lizzie obtaining this exact same trait they really just were the perfect match for one another. Being with them in this special time it was like nothing else mattered, the love they shared and the love you felt just being in their presence was truly breathtaking. I enjoyed watching them both get so lost in each other.
They only had a handful of family that attended, keeping it nice and simple making room for all the love to flourish through the air as this special day took place. I then went over to spend those few special moments with the bride before her life changed forever and she was to become Mrs Hansford. I find these moments with my brides before they get married to be very special, and often find that a few well placed genuine words of wisdom help as well as building that connection.
Both deciding that their dream day would take place in the backyard of their villa at Lomani Island Resort as they'd just fallen involve with its beautiful scenery at first sight. The ceremony itself was breath taking, it was a pure reflection of of the beautiful love and passion they shared for each other. I mentioned to the couple not long after that seeing the love they shared for each other most certainly brought a big man to tears. For me, I feel as though this is one of my biggest assists. Being able to feel those raw emotions as well as having the passion for love myself I believe this works to my advantage enabling me to tell their stories and share those precious emotions with others. After the ceremony had concluded myself and the family all went over for lunch accompanied again by 2 local musicians entertaining the group.
Our bride and groom shared their first dance together as husband and wife. After having a chance to cool down we then spent the afternoon down by the rocks on the beach getting creative together. I really felt like I nailed a few of the images, showing them to the bride and groom we all got very excited over the shots captured.
Coming into Day 3, my last day with the couple we decided to make the most of our remaining time together and went to go check out the surrounding forrest, ending this beautiful morning down by the ocean which I believed to be some of my most favourable moments. It truely was an amazing experience getting to spend this special time with the couple and their loved ones in such a beautiful place, I felt very privileged to of had the opportunity to capture the true love they shared with each other.
If you have gotten this far, props to you! I would love to have you engage with your comments and thoughts. I am currently on my way to my next big destination Costa Rica, again lucky enough to have an amazing connection with my next upcoming couple I cannot wait to continue my epic journey.
Getting to be apart of another wedding from the same family was truly an honour for the whole team. As we had previously done Milka's wedding earlier in the year, we were keen to get right back in the action of things. This time though, we were avidly more prepared for all of the little cultural traditions.
Serbian wedding is great tradition with a lot of interesting and symbolic “rules”.Car for every guest has to have colourful towels or blankets tied onto the car’s mirrors. The bride and groom’s car, the main and the first car in the column of all guests’ cars, is all in flowers and decorations. Also, groom’s brother carries the Serbian flag. After serving a little food and usually a lot of Rakija, they form column of cars with the bride and groom’s car in the front, and they then go to purchase the bride. All the way towards bride’s house cars from column don’t respect traffic rules and honk all the time.
We started off bright and early for the day, and as the storm was starting to set in all around the south east coat of Queensland, this didn't deter us from our main goal, to provide a spectacular day for both Milos & Dejana.
While we had two other team members taking still shots of Milos getting ready, their was another camera taking in all of the smaller key moments that were taking outside, this included all of the thankyou's that was provided by the family.
Meanwhile, at the brides house, we had two other crew members both taking photo and video for the start of the morning. This also included a few smaller traditions such as the exchanging of gifts. With the Serbian music kicking fully into action with the accordion playing on in the background, the whole entire crew was prepared for both families to meet.
much like Dejana's sisters wedding a lot of the traditions were very much the same. as when the groom arrived, their was a crowd around the front entrance of Dejana's parents entrance where more cultural notions took place, before we all knew it, it was time to take off to the ceremony.
The ceremony was in the same church as Milka, so this was a lot easier for the whole team to shoot around the venue as we had been their previously before hand. Still we made sure to get all of the small traditions that were incorporated at the Serbian church. The candles symbolise the perpetual light of Christ, and remind the couple that from now on they must shine in virtue and purity with good deeds. The rings are first blessed by the priest, who holds them in his right hand and makes the sign of the cross over the couple’s heads.
The crowns are said to represent the martyrdom, sacrifice and unwavering devotion. The priest takes the object and makes the Sign of The Cross three times over the couple. The crown is then kissed by the groom before it is placed, then the same with his bride. Then the crowns are exchanged between the heads of the couple three times.
The couple will drink wine from a chalice to symbolise that they will be sharing the happiness and sorrows of life together. They do this three times. The priest will then lead the bride and groom three times around the alter on their first steps as a married couple.
When they arrive at bride’s home groom has to use the weapon and to shoot the apple from great distance to show that he has become a men, and that he deserves a bride. Also, hitting the apple is permission for the guests to come into the yard or house. If he misses the guests join him with their weapons until they blow up the apple. When they come into the house the bride is locked in the room and groom’s brother go to negotiate with bride’s brother about the price. When groom’s brother pays for bride he walks out with her to the yard. In the yard guests can enjoy Serbian food, a lot of Rakija, and guest usually dance Serbian national dance called “Kolo”.
Then they all go to groom’s house. There bride has to throw colander full of wheat and candies on the roof of the house, and if it stays on the roof the bride is going to stay, Dejana's excellent throwing skills worked in her favour as she effortlessly threw the whole basket over landing it perfectly on the roof tops.. Wheat in the colander symbolises fertility of the bride, and candies symbolise sweat, beautiful life. Bride also has to throw little child called “Nakonjce” in the air and catch him a few times to show that she is strong enough to give a birth and raise a children. The groom carry bride into his house and she carry bread with milk and honey on it, and bottle of wine. Wine is like a gift for house, but bread symbolise that groom and bride’s marriage is going to be easy going and great combination like bread, honey, and milk.
For the photo section we went to the botanical gardens, where even the rain didn't deter us from getting some amazing and creative shots! from the cool umbrella and rain image where flash worked in our favour perfectly capturing even the raindrops, to the small intimate moments that we managed to sneak capture for this couple. The best part about shooting this couple, was the constant smiling they produced, this made our jobs simply easy, as we didn't have to move them around much ,it was just all soo natural.
It was time then to head to the reception that was in Brisbane. the Colossus Reception lounge. With a huge and wide open space that would easily be filled come the end of the formalities, this place was perfect for any big reception catering for many guests, and lets not forget to mention Dejana's style scheme! with every little detail effortlessly tied in to create an etherial look, the reception was done to perfection!
After speeches and the cake was cut, it was time to make a big wild party . Drinks like great Serbian plum homemade Rakija called “Sljivovica” were passed around to all of those who wanted. Also, there was a lot of dancing. With a saying that goes you can easily party until dawn, this could be plainly seen with this couple and all of their chosen friends and family who came together to create the best night!
On the 23rd of July, the team at J'adore was booked, with two weddings going on at once in different place, we split up ready to take on the day.
Rob and I were excited to be shooting in Red cliff, with the amazing views at our fingertips, it was a blessing that on this day the sun was and weather was playing in our favour compared to the last week her on the Gold coast being freezing!
With the elements playing to our advantage and a full day photography package we turned up at Emma's family house. And Boy were we surprised to note that she was already getting on her wedding gown. As we never had, had a bride getting ready early before, we rushed in to discover Emma beaming and fall of smiles and excitement. Complete with creams and a pink head piece that matched her bouquet, I couldn't stop commenting on how her curled black hair twisted delicately up into the head piece. With her best friend and sister by her side, there was no doubt that the day would turn perfectly! Emma chose neutral floor length dresses for both of her bridesmaids, complete with a variety of pink roses to form their bouquet.
Because of Emma's excitement with getting ready early, we were able to capture everything and more complete with a few portrait shots right at the end before we decided to take the extra time to go to Andrews apartments and take a few snaps. Andrew was smiling. The whole day, and the infectious smiles and laughter had us going right up until we had to depart them.
As we turned up at the ceremony quickly as it was a five minute journey away from Andrews apartment, we realised that both the ceremony and reception would be held at The Golden Ox Restaurant . The wedding ceremony was held in the gardens outside. With waterfalls cascading down in the background as you take your first steps over Monet's bridge and find yourself walking along the red carpet the leads to an open pavilion where the the formalities take place. As the rest of the guests began circling into the venue, we were keen to take snaps of every individual, to put in the memory bank for both Andrew & Emma.
We only had a short amount of time to do the photos between the ceremony ending the the reception starting, so with Andrew & Emma's bridal party in the limo, we raced off down to the historical Redcliffe Jetty. Since being constructed in the early 1800s this historical place was perfect to get some creative snaps of everyone right before it was dark.
One of the benefits like I always say in the blogs is when we have our PINTRIST BRIDES!!! it's great when both parties feel like the day is living up to its fullest potential. With Emma already sending Rob a few of the images she wanted before hand, we were easily able to set up the flash lights and take a variety of different shots held on the Jetty.
Turning back up at The Golden Ox Restaurant, we were led to the GRANDE Room that can comfortably hold over 100 guests. Everything was done to perfection. With am inflatable Love sign draped above the bridal party table, the rest of the venue opened up to long tables leading to an open ballroom floor. What made this venue even more unique was the layer of mirrors held in a corner, this got both of us excited, as this was another way for us to test how creative we could get for Andrew and Emma's images.
When we go to a wedding, it's more than just taking the photos, and video's for the clients, as we are apart of one of the happiest day of their lives, we want to make it just as enjoyable. From our quirky colour game on the jetty to the unfortunate headless bride we want to make sure they remember all of the best moments of their day. Both Emma and Andrew are going to live a brilliant life, sometimes you just know it with clients, from the way they look at each other, to the words of great praise friends and family.