Publication :: Becoming One

We hope everyone had a great weekend. :) We have some exciting news: we are now published in Becoming One! Lorelie from Becoming One put in a huge effort and delivered a stunning magazine over the weekend. You will find plenty of inspiration and fantastic vendors in the magazine. You can find the publication here. Our feature was from this shoot: Classic Grey, Blush & Dusty Blue Inspiration in Brisbane, Queensland. So proud of the teamwork that went into that shoot! Hope everyone has an enjoyable week. :)

Brisbane :: New Farm Park

New Farm Park (Brunswick St, New Farm QLD 4005) is synonymous with picnics, roses, jacarandas, and fitness. Entry to the garden is free. There are plenty of free parking spaces. In addition, there is a cash-only cafe on site; it is located near the playground. If you want to be close to Brisbane City (the park is located only three CityCat stops from the CBD) but have enough space to clear those cobwebs, New Farm Park is the place to be. :-)

In other news, we recently updated our post full of things to see, do and eat in Brisbane; you will find it here. Hope everyone has a great week!

Brisbane Weddings :: I'm Engaged! What Next?

This post was last updated: 9th of April 2018. (We will update this post regularly as we interact with more vendors.)


If you are engaged and reading this, congratulations from us! If you live in Brisbane, we want to make your new life of wedding planning a little easier by providing you with a list of some vendors we have either worked with previously or have hired for our own events. When we were getting married, everything went smoothly more or less. Except for the flowers. We were stung. We purchased our flowers from a florist at a local market. We agreed on the types of flowers, amounts and total cost. We paid in full. All good. That is... until the day before our wedding. We went to pick up our order and the florist said that she was not providing us with anything until we paid $$$ more. Her story was that she was unable to get the flowers from her usual wholesale supplier and that she had to pass her extra costs onto us as the client. We did not believe her story then and we do not today. We paid the extra as we were in a vulnerable position. We were time poor at this stage and had other things to worry about. If we can help to reduce these types of incidents with personal recommendations, we will. (No, you won't find this florist in the list below!)

Furthermore, our mission statement is this: "Provide a quality, bespoke service while supporting our local community". We enjoy supporting local businesses, preferably located in and around our hometown of Brisbane, Australia. We have listed our preferences below in alphabetical order. We are keen to hear your recommendations and success stories, too! If this list takes only a little bit of stress out of your planning and helps to minimise future regrets, we have been successful. Enjoy and please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.


Cake

Cake My Day By Jo (specialty: naked cakes)

We have worked with Jo here and here previously. It was a delight and we were lucky enough to get to try one, too. It tasted as amazing as it looked! Jo's upside-down chandelier cakes are next level and beautifully memorable (as you can see below).

 Cake by  Cake My Day By Jo . Photography by  Poppy & Sage Photography .

Cake by Cake My Day By Jo. Photography by Poppy & Sage Photography.

Cake by Cake My Day By Jo. Photography by Poppy & Sage Photography.

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Deliberately Delicious (specialty: bespoke artwork... you will see what we mean below)

When we were looking around for our own engagement and wedding cakes, we stumbled upon Deliberately Delicious. As you will see below, we had one traditional request (the standard wedding dress lace one) and a nontraditional one. All our cake dreams came true: not only was our cake artist happy to supply us with our odd request but she was very evidently excited about it, too. We knew we were at the right place. :)

Cake by Deliberately Delicious. Photography by Lady Jayde Photography. I left Pete in charge of our engagement cake. He couldn't care too much for the rest of it so this job was perfect for him. Until he said he wanted a heart cake. Cute, right?! No, Pete wanted an anatomically correct heart cake as a nod to our nerdy backgrounds in science! As this cake was ridiculously realistic, it definitely wasn't for the weak-stomached amongst our guests. It is a fantastic representation of Deliberately Delicious' expert work, however!

Cake by Deliberately Delicious. Photography by Lady Jayde Photography. Of course we were delighted with our engagement cake and so we went back to Deliberately Delicious for our wedding cake. I gave them a piece of the lace from my dress and they replicated it p.e.r.f.e.c.t.l.y.

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Justine Forster's Cakes (specialty: very reasonably priced for both quality and deliciousness factor)

Justine bakes with lots of love. We purchased a birthday cake from her and it barely lasted 3 days between the two of us. If that isn't a recommendation, I don't know what is. Come to think of it and since it has almost been a couple of years now, I think we need to rectify this situation. :)

Cake by Justine Forster's Cakes. Photography by Poppy & Sage Photography. This one is from Pete's birthday in 2016 (feel free to judge my old, dated editing style that included pinky-grey overlays! *face palm*). Justine's cakes are super kawaii and absolutely delicious! You will have to try for yourself.


Celebrant

Carmen Dillon

You will find Carmen Dillon from Cloud Nine Ceremonies an articulate and professional celebrant. She tailors the ceremony to reflect what is important to you and your partner; in her own words, "I look forward to planning a unique ceremony with you, reflecting who you are and your journey" .

 Carmen Dillon from  Cloud Nine Ceremonies  officiating Michael & Tara's wedding. Photography by  Poppy & Sage Photography .

Carmen Dillon from Cloud Nine Ceremonies officiating Michael & Tara's wedding. Photography by Poppy & Sage Photography.


Dress

When Freddie Met Lilly

Vanessa creates the most dreamy bespoke dresses at When Freddie Met Lilly. They are exquisite. Check out Vanessa's Bardon studio for something that is the perfect marriage of individuality, femininity and creativity. We interviewed Vanessa here.

 Dress by  When Freddie Met Lilly . Photography by  Poppy & Sage Photography .

Dress by When Freddie Met Lilly. Photography by Poppy & Sage Photography.

 Dress by  When Freddie Met Lilly . Photography by  Poppy & Sage Photography .

Dress by When Freddie Met Lilly. Photography by Poppy & Sage Photography.


Flowers

Francesca's Flowers

If you are after a head-turning statement bouquet, you have the right person in Francesca (of Francesca's Flowers). We don't really have much to add to this as it's pretty obvious from the images below how solid Francesca's stunning work is.

 Buttonhole by  Francesca's Flowers . Photography by  Poppy & Sage Photography .

Buttonhole by Francesca's Flowers. Photography by Poppy & Sage Photography.

 Buttonhole by  Francesca's Flowers . Photography by  Poppy & Sage Photography .

Buttonhole by Francesca's Flowers. Photography by Poppy & Sage Photography.

 Bouquet by  Francesca's Flowers . Photography by  Poppy & Sage Photography .

Bouquet by Francesca's Flowers. Photography by Poppy & Sage Photography.

 Flowercrown by  Francesca's Flowers . Photography by  Poppy & Sage Photography .

Flowercrown by Francesca's Flowers. Photography by Poppy & Sage Photography.

 Bouquet by  Francesca's Flowers . Photography by  Poppy & Sage Photography .

Bouquet by Francesca's Flowers. Photography by Poppy & Sage Photography.


Furniture Hire

Hodgepodge Hire

The range of furniture available at Hodgepodge Hire is both comprehensive and high quality. We have worked with Hodgepodge Hire previously and found exactly what we needed for two diverse shoots from their range. The friendly staff at Hodgepodge Hire are super easy to liase with, too. :)

 Furniture by  Hodgepodge Hire . Photography by  Poppy & Sage Photography .

Furniture by Hodgepodge Hire. Photography by Poppy & Sage Photography.

 Furniture by  Hodgepodge Hire . Photography by  Poppy & Sage Photography .

Furniture by Hodgepodge Hire. Photography by Poppy & Sage Photography.

 Furniture by  Hodgepodge Hire . Photography by  Poppy & Sage Photography .

Furniture by Hodgepodge Hire. Photography by Poppy & Sage Photography.

 Furniture by  Hodgepodge Hire . Photography by  Poppy & Sage Photography .

Furniture by Hodgepodge Hire. Photography by Poppy & Sage Photography.

 Furniture by  Hodgepodge Hire . Photography by  Poppy & Sage Photography .

Furniture by Hodgepodge Hire. Photography by Poppy & Sage Photography.


Location

Abbey of the Roses, Warwick

Abbey of the Roses is where we were married. Obviously it will always be special to us and, as our day went smoothly and is full of fond memories, we don't hesitate to recommend the Abbey to anyone else. :)

 Location:  Abbey of the Roses . Photography by  Lady Jayde Photography .

Location: Abbey of the Roses. Photography by Lady Jayde Photography.

 Location:  Abbey of the Roses . Photography by  Lady Jayde Photography .

Location: Abbey of the Roses. Photography by Lady Jayde Photography.

 Location:  Abbey of the Roses . Photography by  Lady Jayde Photography .

Location: Abbey of the Roses. Photography by Lady Jayde Photography.

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Clear Mountain Lodge, Clear Mountain

Stunning views and vineyard? Clear Mountain is a world away in terms of mountain locale but still close enough to central Brisbane to not be an inconvenient drive. Well worth the trip in our humble opinion!

 Location:  Clear Mountain Lodge . Photography by  Poppy & Sage Photography .

Location: Clear Mountain Lodge. Photography by Poppy & Sage Photography.

 Location:  Clear Mountain Lodge . Photography by  Poppy & Sage Photography .

Location: Clear Mountain Lodge. Photography by Poppy & Sage Photography.


Makeup

Cheyne Finney Makeup

We have collaborated with Cheyne here and here. It has been an absolute delight and we look forward to future projects together. See below for stunning examples of Cheyne's expert artistic ability.

 Makeup & hair by  Cheyne Finney Makeup . Photography by  Poppy & Sage Photography .

Makeup & hair by Cheyne Finney Makeup. Photography by Poppy & Sage Photography.

 Makeup by  Cheyne Finney Makeup . Photography by  Poppy & Sage Photography .

Makeup by Cheyne Finney Makeup. Photography by Poppy & Sage Photography.

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Makeup by Gigi

We have collaborated with Gabrielle on a couple of shoots. You will find them here, here, here and here. We also interviewed Gabrielle here. Gabrielle produces gorgeous looks (see below) and makes the process effortless. When we organise shoots, we let her know the general direction and then we leave it in her hands (literally): she steps up and delivers perfection. If you want to feel like a queen on your special day, have a chat with Gabrielle and she will sort out the details so that you can relax.

 Makeup & hair by  Makeup by Gigi . Photography by  Poppy & Sage Photography .

Makeup & hair by Makeup by Gigi. Photography by Poppy & Sage Photography.

 Makeup by  Makeup by Gigi . Photography by  Poppy & Sage Photography .

Makeup by Makeup by Gigi. Photography by Poppy & Sage Photography.

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Marley Hammond Makeup

Marley is one of these people who knows her job inside out. I remember feeling briefly overwhelmed on our big day but once Marley swung into gear, I took a deep breath and decided to go with the flow. It is so important to choose someone who can make you feel at ease and take care of the things that are important to you. Follow her instagram for some fabulous before and afters; they are testament to both Marley's confidence and ability.

Makeup by Marley Hammond. Photography by Lady Jayde Photography. This one is from our wedding day.

Makeup by Marley Hammond. Photography by Lady Jayde Photography. This one is from our wedding day.

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The Powder Room

Choose anyone at The Powder Room and they will look after you. The Powder Room is well-established and produces consistently beautiful work = very easy recommendation.

 Makeup & hair by  The Powder Room . Photography by  Lady Jayde Photography . This one is from our engagement session, Brisbane City Botanical Gardens.

Makeup & hair by The Powder Room. Photography by Lady Jayde Photography. This one is from our engagement session, Brisbane City Botanical Gardens.

Makeup & hair by The Powder Room. Photography by Lady Jayde Photography. This one is from our engagement party.


Stationery

Berry & Peg

Rebecca, from Berry & Peg, pours her heart and soul into her beautiful calligraphy and watercolour illustrations and it shows. If you want someone who will take the time to collaborate with you each step of the way and deliver something that you will want to treasure forever, you will experience that with Rebecca. Rebecca created our own wedding stationery so this recommendation comes from our positive personal experience. :)

Stationery by Berry & Peg. Photography by Lady Jayde Photography. This one is from our own wedding. One of these days, we're planning to frame it as we love it to pieces.

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Little Duck Calligraphy

We have worked with the lovely Tess from Little Duck Calligraphy here and here. In creative industries, it can be challenging to find someone reliable, excellent at communication and, finally, deliver a high quality product. With Little Duck Calligraphy, you will experience all of the above. It helps that Tess is lovely to boot. Check out her instagram (here) sometime for some swoon-worthy sets. :)

Stationery by Little Duck Calligraphy. Photography by Poppy & Sage Photography.

 Stationery by  Little Duck Calligraphy . Photography by  Poppy & Sage Photography .

Stationery by Little Duck Calligraphy. Photography by Poppy & Sage Photography.


Suits

Black Jacket Suiting

If you want a suit savant, you will find the right person in Ryan from Black Jacket Suiting. By the time you have walked in the door, introduced yourself and told Ryan your wedding colours, you will have practically been measured and fitted and almost ready to go again. Okay, that might be stretching it a little but go on - you have to see for yourself! We have worked with Ryan here and here.

 Suit by  Black Jacket Suiting . Photography by  Poppy & Sage Photography .

Suit by Black Jacket Suiting. Photography by Poppy & Sage Photography.

 Suit by  Black Jacket Suiting . Photography by  Poppy & Sage Photography .

Suit by Black Jacket Suiting. Photography by Poppy & Sage Photography.

Happy Easter!

We just want to take a moment to say Happy Easter! We hope everyone has been enjoying a safe and relaxing long weekend. This is the first year that our little Chloe (21 months) has been cognizant enough to go for an Easter egg hunt around our home. We are very proud of the choices that she is already making in the food department. She had part of one egg and then handed it back asking for "ap-pel" and "bah-nah-nah" instead. We happily took one (? two) for the McDonald Family team and finished the eggs off for her. Next year will probably be a different story. ;-)

In other news, we are running an offer for the months of April, May & June. You can read more about it here. In short, 5 lucky couples will receive:

a) a high-end brag book to the value of $275 from a world-leading Japanese company,

b) a $50 voucher for your next date night at the restaurant of your choice, and

c) a 30 minute minishoot to take place within 10 kms of Brisbane CBD.

We will also donate 10% of the total payment to an outstanding local organisation: Women's Health Queensland Wide.

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Information :: FAQ Page Update

Good morning! Hope this finds everyone well and happy. This is just to let you know that we have recently updated our FAQ page. You will find it here. We cover questions, such as:

  • What makes you different from the rest?
  • Do you have a set rate per hour for weddings?
  • Are you a registered business?
  • Can I purchase albums or other products from Poppy & Sage Photography?
  • Are you happy to meet up in person?
  • Do you travel world-wide?
  • Do you collaborate with local vendors?
  • What do you guarantee to me as your client?

Feel free to check it out. If you have any questions or would like to know more, send us a message through our contact form (here), email us at admin (@) poppyandsagephotography.com.au, or call or text us: +61424263106. We aim to respond within 48 hours (Mon - Fri during business hours). Hope you have a fabulous week!

Wedding: M+T <3

Michael & Tara were married at Clear Mountain Lodge. It was a beautiful ceremony conducted by Carmen Dillon of Cloud Nine Ceremonies. We really enjoyed getting to know Michael & Tara during the preparation for their stunning day. Michael & Tara specifically asked us to focus on the connection they have with each other, family, their friends that they treasure as family, and their little ones. They wanted a combination of posed and candid but more emphasis on candid, allowing the day to unfold organically. It was an honour for us to be able to capture their day. It was beautiful and it was certainly "them". We always admire couples who are true to what they value. For some, it is quality over quantity and they choose to elope or celebrate with those very close to them. For others, it's the blessing of a village and generations of connections that they want to incorporate. We are here to document whatever it is that is important to you and your significant other.

Location & Details

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Crisp, Curated Instagrams & Muddy, Unfiltered Diaries

We recently read a very endearing article (here) by Danny Wallace from Conde Nast Traveller regarding the evolution of holiday memory collection. In the good old days, handwritten diaries were standard. In today's culture, carefully curated images and stories are the norm. In the good old days, diaries were written for the person writing it (if intensely personal). Or perhaps for friends and family, as well, but still a controlled audience. One major purpose of Instagram is to share. Widely. In so doing, the world becomes a smaller place - in theory, at least. A side-effect is relinquishment of audience control unless the account is private. Memories are recorded with different target audiences in mind. Funnily enough, the content usually reflects this.

In our day to day life, we are not big diary people personally. Our calendar serves the only day to day purpose we need: keeping track of bills, appointments, sessions, etc. However, when we travel, we make keeping a diary a priority to the point that we actually plan part of our day around our diary. Every night, we try to find a quiet spot where we can have dinner (?glass of red) and record the details of our day. Every single day. We have found that if even 3 or more days pass, your memory of what happened when can start to fade and drift into differing recollections of what took place between observers and subjects. We record the good and the bad. We record the anticipated and the unexpected. We record the happy times and the sad. It's therapeutic in a way and clears your mind so you're fresh to welcome a new day of exploration and adventure. It also means we won't ever forget e.x.a.c.t.l.y what our holiday was like. This is why Danny's article resonated with us, we assume. We found this paragraph particularly pertinent:

"I think we’re in danger of only documenting the things we think we’d like to remember. The things that paint our trip the way we think the trip should have gone. The things you’d Instagram. But it means we risk turning those memories into a stylised highlights package or a magazine spread, when what makes it real and important are the small and everyday memories that slip between the cracks. Often, the things that make your trip memorable are those very things we forget, maybe because we mistakenly choose to. Those seemingly pointless, perhaps even, on paper, dull details that – when taken and put together – make up a wonderful whole."

We vote for both: enjoy and share with the world your highlight reel on Instagram (after all, holidays are usually a huge investment so enjoy reliving those memories over and over!) but also treasure those raw and gritty handwritten travel diaries over a glass or two of red (after all, those genuine and authentic moments are priceless)! Who knows... we might even share a story or two or three from our travel diaries this year. <3

 Our own travel diaries to date; 302 pages worth.

Our own travel diaries to date; 302 pages worth.

Restless Legs & Itchy Feet

As well as portraiture, we enjoy travel photography. There always seems to be fresh inspiration around every corner. We aren't big on numbers but we have been to 20 countries to date. We are currently interspersing our regular Instagram posts with some shots from our international travels. If you enjoy travel photography as much as we do, we think we will find a lot to talk about over there. We welcome all tips, recommendations and local insights. Safe travel to fellow explorers! And hello from sunny Brisbane! :-)

Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Brussels, Belgium

Udaipur, India

Berlin, Germany

Bern, Switzerland

Liechtenstein

Pisa, Italy

Santorini, Greece

Karnataka, India

Paris, France

Brisbane, Australia... our beautiful home. To date, we have been to Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia and Western Australia. We are keen to keep exploring our own country as well as more international adventures. ^_^

Classic Grey, Blush and Dusty Blue Inspiration in Brisbane, Australia

We are so excited to share our most recent styled shoot. The businesses involved chose to showcase classic elements through this elegant-themed shoot. The brief was simple: we wanted to approach the shoot like a traditional Italian recipe where respect for key, quality ingredients are each allowed to shine through on their own merit. The colour theme was classic grey paired with dusty blue and blush.

With well-established vendors like When Freddie Met Lilly and Little Duck Calligraphy, in conjunction with Songbird Silk, it was a dream to execute. Francesca’s Flowers specialise in head-turning floral artwork and provided a stunning bouquet and complementary buttonhole. Black Jacket Suiting provided Christopher with a suit that made a statement but also complemented the theme (and Christopher was fitted in record time, too!). Cake My Day By Jo stepped it up with a unique and bold interpretation of a chandelier cake. Hodgepodge Hire provided quality furniture pieces that added a depth of personality to the shoot. Cheyne Finney was our lovely hair and makeup artist and her vision and execution was flawless. Christopher and Megan were an absolute delight to work with and their fun-loving personalities were easy to capture.

Female Model // Megan Hackwood
Male Model // Christopher Wood
Dress // When Freddie Met Lilly
Suit // Black Jacket Suiting
Calligraphy & Stationery // Little Duck Calligraphy
Ribbon // Songbird Silk
Makeup // Cheyne Finney
Hair // Cheyne Finney
Furniture // Hodgepodge Hire
Bouquet // Francesca's Flowers
Cake // Cake My Day By Jo

 

Colourful Boho Inspiration at a Fern House in Brisbane, Australia

Hope everyone had a lovely weekend! We have been looking forward to sharing this shoot with everyone as it was quite an enjoyable experience. For this shoot, we ran with a colourful brief and threw caution to the wind with the incorporation of fun-loving boho elements. We wanted to incorporate a unique location so we set up the shoot in the Fern House at Mt Coot-tha Botanic Garden. Despite the soaking weather on the day, all the vendors pulled together, embraced the experience, and teamwork proved paramount (especially with lugging the furniture around in the rain). The vendors we worked with can be counted on be it rain, hail or shine!

Our lovely couple, Jayden and Talisha, were easy-going and delightful. Jayden rocked his suit from Black Jacket Suiting, which featured a playful pop of blue floral. Talisha was stunning in her dress from local Brisbane designer label When Freddie Met Lilly. Francesca’s Flowers provided the flower crown, buttonhole and a spectacular bouquet bursting with pops of colour and featuring contrasting textures. Little Duck Calligraphy’s stationery was thoughtfully executed drawing inspiration from colours synonymous with boho, such as can be found in Persian rugs. The table posies were the handiwork of Blooming Blossoms and incorporated wildflowers foraged during a morning walk. Cake My Day By Jo kept the cake simple and colourful and delicious! Hodgepodge Hire provided furniture full of character and boho vibes, as well as the table settings. Cheyne Finney was our lovely makeup artist and her execution was flawless.

Female Model // Talisha Hansen
Male Model // Jayden Moroney
Dress // When Freddie Met Lilly
Suit // Black Jacket Suiting
Calligraphy & Stationery // Little Duck Calligraphy
Makeup // Cheyne Finney
Hair // Brianna Phillips
Bouquet // Francesca's Flowers
Cake // Cake My Day By Jo (with flowers from Francesca's Flowers)
Furniture // Hodgepodge Hire
Posies // Blooming Blossoms

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