Morgan and Aya's Tokyo Wedding

So I went to Japan... go to a wedding.

The wedding I went to though, was a little less than traditional.

Morgan and Aya chose to celebrate their marriage in their own unique way, not just with an East meets West flavour, but with a sense of humour. It was the ability to make each other laugh uncontrollably, in the most awkward of situations, that caused them to consider that there may be a 'forever' future for them.

So to bring a bit of 'Morgan and Aya' to their big day, they baked their own wedding rings and ate them during the ceremony; made a special wedding pizza at reception #1; and had cream pies planted onto their faces during reception #2. Good friends contributed by playing live music for them and Morgan's brother scrambled to edit a clever video surprise to be presented to Aya on the day.

And of course, great fun was had by all.

Thank you to Caelun Richardson-Lester for second shooting for me. Some of his awesome shots appear above.

Beautiful women - Sarah

The first thing you'll notice about Sarah is the way she dresses. She pulls no punches, she is no shrinking violet. I've always delighted in wondering what combination of clothing Sarah would turn up in on any given day of the week. So when contemplating the nature of how this shoot would look we decided to capture a different outfit for each day.

Sarah's personality is as colourful and confident as her style of dress. Not in a brash and overly loud way, she is more of a bubbly, 'brighten up your day when she walks in the room' kind of girl. A quiet achiever who sticks to her own path.

Sarah's background is in psychology and she works in human services. One story she shared with me when I first got to know her, was of a painting one of her clients had done of a parachute, she being the parachute. It made her happier than anything else in her work to know that her time with this person had impacted their life in such a way as to feel lifted up, carried to an extent, and therefore changed for the better.

Sarah is a beautiful woman.

My sister's favourite colour is coral

Sometimes my sister will sit with me as I'm working away on a wedding. The most recent wedding had the colour coral incorporated into its theme. 

'That is my favourite colour', she said. 'Peach?' I replied.

'No, coral'. 

Of course, coral. I totally knew that.

I'm always blown away by the richness and vibrancy of colour I get from film. Any digital shots of these dresses I captured were dull and washed out in comparison. Film just does colour better. I've weighed up the viability of using film, but despite the cost to me, I can't deny myself the beautiful colour that it brings.

Rachel and Drew - Wedding and Anniversary Party

When Rachael first approached me about photographing her wedding, the plan was to tie the knot around Montville on the Sunshine Coast in September. Following a weekend excursion to assess the options however, she and Drew decided that Montville was not the place for them after all.

Her next email broached the subject of Byron Bay. But Byron was not quite right so that got crossed off the list too.

Perhaps Coffs Harbour in May, 'Could I do that?' she asked. 

But after a trip there, they decided that was not what they going for either.

Rachael and Drew let the decision of how to celebrate their wedding would come in it's own sweet time. They wanted something that celebrated them, that was not an overblown affair or particularly traditional. Eventually I received an email with a date set in stone. Their wedding would be in October, in Brisbane. And actually, it would not be a wedding, it would be a 10 year anniversary party in which they would incorporate a small amount of ceremony to signify their ongoing commitment to one another.

And so, on a beautiful sunny October day they invited their nearest and dearest to help them throw a little party at the Roma Street Parklands with beer, cheese and chocolate cake. A sort of wedding-non-wedding cake which was cut quickly and served efficiently without ceremony. Because too much ceremony was just not how this wedding was going to be done. What happened instead was the joining of two longtime friends who make each other laugh, in the company of friends and family, and they laughed along with them.