Portra 400



'Your lips are like a scarlet ribbon;

your mouth is lovely.

Your temples behind your veil

are like the halves of a pomegranate.


Let us go early early to the vineyards

to see if the vines have budded;

if their blossoms have opened,

and if the pomegranates are in bloom-

there I will give you my love.'


Song of Solomon 


Enchanted Garden


OH, what a garden it was, living gold, living green,
Full of enchantments like spices embalming the air,
There, where you fled and I followed--you ever unseen,
Yet each glad pulse of me cried to my heart, "She is there!"

Roses and lilies and lilies and roses again,
Tangle of leaves and white magic of blossoming trees,
Sunlight that lay where, last moment, your footstep had lain--
Was not the garden enchanted that proffered me these?

Ah, what a garden it is since I caught you at last--
Scattered the magic and shattered the spell with a kiss:
Wintry and dreary and cold with the wind of the past,
Ah that a garden enchanted should wither to this!

Edith Nesbit  1958 - 1924

This shoot was featured in the first edition of 'On Trend Bridal' and on the lovely Chic Vintage Brides

Flowers and styling – Emma Blak

Make – up and Hair – Nicola Gangemi

Dress Styling – Marianna Tigani

Dresses – Ella Moda and Karen Willis Holmes

Menu Board – John Bell Type

Cakes and Treats – Lara Crompton Cupcakes – Mama Bear’s Kitchen

Hair Accessories - Ella Moda

Event Hire – Styled Events

Russian Replica Crown – The Antique Guild

Models – Emma Dorwood and Anie Anderson

Processed and scanned by RDFL

West End in three rolls of film

I first moved to West End as a student in 1995. My friends and I rented a six bedroom house for $300 a week, so $50 each - booya! We had so much fun being poor students, living on vegies and rice, scoffing leftovers our housemate brought back from Caravanserai and sitting on the roof to watch the fireworks.

What made me fall in love with West End instantly though was the way it reminded me of my home town, Mullumbimby, NSW, with its shops lining the main street, its eclectic mix of people and most of all its sense of community and independent newspaper.

Almost twenty years later and I'm no longer living in West End as, like many families, I've had to migrate to suburbia in order to live the great Australian dream. A suburb once known for its cheap accommodation and mix of ethnic minorities has become increasingly popular for its cafe culture and proximity to the CBD. With this of course has also brought wealthier home owners and shiny new businesses.

Despite West End's continued gentrification, it still remains true to its roots and the Kurilpa Derby is a perfect example of this. The role of the Derby is to close off half the main straight to vehicles and set it up as a race track for any non-motorised form of transport with wheels. Just to make sure you got that, I said ANY non-motorised form of transport with wheels, including but not limited to mattresses, wheelie bins, wheel barrows, bathtubs etc. As long as it has one or more wheels, it's allowed.

A high point of the event is the famous Squid Race. This is where teams of three have to run into George's Seafood, a West End institution and one of the few businesses that still exists and and which was born before my time, collect a whole calamari and relay it down and back up the street only using their mouths to hold on to it. And, true to West End form, the participants are wearing colourful and diverse attire, because it is, after all, West End.


Vintage Bridal Study #3 1980's - 2012

It would be remiss of me to begin this final section of my study without giving a nod to the wedding of Prince Charles and Lady Diana in 1981. What a dress to symbolise the arrival of the 80's! Worth 25,000 pounds in today's money, it had all the lavish excess that we remember the period for. 10,000 pearls were set amongst the silk and taffeta dress with oversized puffy sleeves, it was completed with a  25 foot train. So abundant was it that looking through the photos of their day there is more dress than bride. Diana's bridal gown epitomised the fairy tale wedding that a little girl dreams of and was mirrored in bridal fashion for the decade to follow. Even though I look on it now and deem it to be excessive, I recall how fascinated I was with the royal wedding as a little girl and how much I loved the dress which shouted 'I'm a princess'.

The dress below was worn by it's bride, Michelle, in 1995 and made by local Brisbane designer Michael Klease as an entry for the RAQ Fashion Awards. After seeing it on the runway she decided that this was the dress for her and insisted on having the original version rather than a copy. Needless to say, it is the layers and layers of pink tulle contrasted with a delicate bodice which gives this dress its own special character.

Thank you to Can You Keep A Secret for the loan of the men's suit worn by Nate.

Moving on to the current era, bridal fashion has become more diverse than ever before as society has flowed on from the individualism which began all the way back in the 60's. By now, brides and designers have almost a century to look back to and draw inspiration from. Rather than merely a glamorous representation of the era from which it came, bridal fashion has evolved more and more into a class of its own. Now, after the excess of the 80's and materialistic boom of the naughties, 'Vintage' is in. Whether it is because it reminds us of a time when things were slower and more handcrafted, or because we feel a connection with the feel and events of a particular era, history, consumerism and a globalised economy have given the modern bride more choice than ever before.

Thank you to Preloved Bridal and Karen Willis Holmes for the loan of the dresses and headwear featured below. 

Below are some cheeky pictures I took of the models while they were 'adjusting' themselves. I love the candidness of them. They all did such a great job on the day of the shoot, thank you Lara, Emma and Heloise.

Thanks also goes to  Magnolia Rouge, Chic Vintage Brides and The Vintage and Handmade Bride  for featuring this series.


Dress and accessory providers

 Can You Keep A Secret - Groomswear

Michael Klease - Michelle Dress

Preloved Bridal - Bella Donna Dress

Karen Willis Holmes - 'Millie' Dress

Hair and Make-up -  Nicola Gangemi

Models  - Lara Crompton, Emma Dorwood, Heloise Ruinard and Nate Swindale

 Flowers - Emma Blak

Sylist - Ateca Roberte

Second Shooter - Jane Osborne

Assistant - Mike Wallace