Information :: Open Day at Sharla Park Country Weddings & Events

On the 18th of May, Sharla Park Country Weddings & Events held their first Open Day. We were delighted to showcase our business; even more delightful, however, was the opportunity to meet all the lovely couples that visited & other wedding vendors on the day. We will introduce the fellow vendors in the post below. A huge thank you to David & Kerri from Sharla Park Country Weddings & Events for hosting such a fabulous day! You will find Sharla Park Country Weddings & Events listed on our recommended vendors page. Here are some fast facts about this stunning venue:

  • It is located approximately 45 minutes from Brisbane CBD (A3->M1->you are there)

  • it is also located approximately 45 minutes from Caloundra (M1)

  • It features 31 acres (some of which is a blank canvas so that you can create your own dream event; other parts feature country-inspired structures)

  • It is family run (David & Kerri will take care of you)

It was a pleasure to be able to showcase our business alongside other wedding vendors at Sharla Park Country Weddings & Events’ Open Day on the 18th of May.

We asked Emunah Events to style our table - incorporating their stunning floristry, of course. This was their take on our ‘still life’ brief and we could not be more delighted with their expression.

This bouquet featured on Emunah Event’s table. We decided to include this image directly under the one above as it perfectly showcases the team’s talented spectrum of work. They created the still life for us - classic brief - and they created something on-trend (soft & romantic) - modern brief - for themselves. <3 All other work we have done with the Emunah Events team to date can be seen here. Otherwise, a brief visual recap can be found on our recommended vendors page.

We had never heard of/seen ‘cow’s udder’ before! Trusty Wikipedia informs readers that, “Solanum mammosum is commonly known as nipplefruit, fox head, cow's udder, or apple of Sodom” and “is an inedible Pan-American tropical fruit”.

These biscuits were made by Diana from The Sweet Society Co; more about Diana soon as she was the cake vendor present on the day.

Emunah Events with all the floristry & styling on the day.

Diana, from The Sweet Society Co, showcased cakes that demonstrate her keen eye for detail & beautifully unique artistic flair. We also sampled her cakes and they were perfect. Highly recommend friendly & personable Diana for your big day.

It was a pleasure to meet Yvonne, the owner of Exquisite Gowns by Yvonne. Yvonne has a lovely, diverse collection of gowns. Yvonne provides the following statement on her pricing structure: “For all those that have not yet been to visit: I am often asked how can I offer dresses at such low prices. Please be re-assured that all my dresses are as I describe, brand new, with labels and offered at a fraction of the RRP. I source my suppliers very well and only buy dresses that I feel are excellent quality. I also buy from actual wedding shops here in Australia and America and I pass on any savings I can to you, the customer. I believe that a wedding is about the love and commitment that 2 people share for each other and not about the costs. Nowadays, money is hard come by and more and more couples are having to budget. With this in mind, all my dresses are worthy of a high price tag yet nothing in store is over $900. So please be confident in knowing that I am genuine and passionate about my work and well worth a visit. Yvonne”

It is always a delight to see Moe & Samantha around. They are the memorable characters behind Roaring Twenties Vintage Wedding Car Hire. We did a shoot with Moe & Samantha recently and we can’t wait to share what magic we created together.

All lighting on the day was provided by Jesse from Brisbane Festoon Hire. More from Jesse’s website: “Brisbane Festoon Hire is a professional lighting hire provider for weddings and events requiring unique and specialty lighting hire and installations. Our massive range includes festoon, pendants, chandeliers, fairy lights, lanterns, light up letters, LED lighting, site lighting, power distribution, cabling and more! We can provide DIY equipment hire or a complete hire, delivery and installation service”.

Anna Staines (celebrant) is vivacious and full of personality. We often see threads in online wedding groups asking if the celebrant is really worth being pedantic about (in other words, “Should we just choose the least expensive option in front of us?” or “What value do they really offer to us?”). Our opinion from the sidelines is that a celebrant can make or break a ceremony. Yep, make or break. If they are dry and dull, the tone of the ceremony is dry and dull. You get the picture! As you chat with Anna, it soon becomes evident that she is passionate about her role. Also, there is always a laugh just around the corner - perfect match for any concerns about nerves or awkwardness. Or your priority is to have a fun & memorable wedding experience - Anna is your girl!

Chillingworth duo, Holly & William, are the sweetest. We had the pleasure of hearing them perform and, honestly, you can’t go wrong. Put them at the top of the list for music options. More about them here: “Chillingworth is an Australian based pop duo that formed in 2017. William and Holly Chillingworth started their music career playing acoustic covers at parties and weddings. William then made the duo official by ‘putting a ring on it’ in 2017, and the couple have since been working hard, writing and recording their own music in their home studio. William brings the sweet guitar tones while Holly graces the vocals”. A little more from their bio on Triple J Unearthed: “Their synth pop sound is complete only with William's glorious guitar tones and Holly’s sweet vocals, and the pair are already making a name for themselves with their debut single ‘Young Love’ released late 2018”.

Sam & Jacqueline, from Something for Catering, created some magic for the vendors and attendees at the Open Day. The food was delicious and the service was second-to-none. In their own words, “We are South-East Queensland’s leading food, beverage catering and planning service.

If you are planning any outdoor or indoor event (wedding, corporate function or festival), we know it can be so much fun but also equally stressful for you. We are the experts in events and when you work with us we happily guarantee that you will enjoy the highest quality, food, beverages, planning and professional services so that you can sit back, relax and enjoy your event stress-free.

We provide high-end, restaurant quality food from our purpose-built, unique mobile catering van. We can travel far and wide no matter the location. Accompanied by a team of professional caterers, you couldn’t be in better hands”.

You can find out all about White Wings Dove Service here.

Finally, we had some fun with the reception lighting on the day and took the following images to showcase some non-traditional reception photography. It was all made easier working with Jesse’s lighting installations (see feature above).

All in all, it was a fabulous day. Thank you to the couples who visited on the day. To the fellow vendors, we really enjoyed meeting you, too!

Information :: Sharla Park Country Weddings & Events

Six months ago, we did a photoshoot at Country Weddings Queensland. We fell in love with the venue and the shoot was memorable for all the right reasons. Country Weddings Queensland then became Sharla Park Country Weddings & Events and, during the past 6 months, the team behind Sharla Park Country Weddings & Events (David & Kerri) invested a lot of effort into this brand new venue. It now features a pontoon jetty, silo bar, and a white marquee (with more to come!). A huge thank you to Carissa & Serena from Emunah Events for organising this shoot. Furthermore, they are responsible for the gorgeous styling and head-turning floristry. The model was lovely Ainslea Barnes and the beautiful hair & makeup was the expertise of Courtney Cusack. The stunning dresses were provided by My Bridal Centre; really enjoyed shooting these! Thank you to everyone who joined in. :)

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Sharla Park Country Weddings & Events has an open day coming up next month!

You are invited:

Date: 18th May 2019

Time: 3 - 7 pm

Address: 55 Maitland Road, Burpengary East 4505

Register your interest here!

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B&W Love

At first glance, black & white photography, or perhaps more accurately 'grayscale' as images are rarely truly black & white, can appear to be boring. Outdated or nostalgic perhaps. Or less expressive. Even forgotten. Black & white photography is synonymous with descriptors such as 'raw', 'stripped back', 'honest', & 'subtle'. In some cases, 'powerful', 'exquisite', 'iconic', & 'beautiful'. In a world full of colour, it can be challenging to fully appreciate all the variants of the colour grey (found somewhere between absolute black and absolute white).

Diane Arbus once said, “I really believe there are things nobody would see if I didn’t photograph them”. We agree with the sentiment. As post-processing is such an important element of photography, we feel that there are things nobody would see unless the images were processed in a certain style. As Georgina Green, a fellow photographer, states, "Black and white images are defined in the art sphere by their ability to convey emotion. When colour is removed from a photo, the aspects that people take for granted, such as a brick wall or a blade of grass, take on a new texture and a new presence".

We're sharing some of our recent favourite grayscale images below. Typically we deliver our full albums with some colour and some grayscale. However, feel free to let us know if you have a preference one way or another and we'll accommodate. Enjoy!

“When you photograph people in colour, you photograph their clothes. When you photograph people in black & white, you photograph their souls.”

~Ted Grant

“Black & white are the colours of photography. To me, they symbolise the alternatives of hope and despair to which mankind is forever subjected.”

~Robert Frank

“Colour is deceptive. Black & white is interpretive.”

~Elliott Erwitt

"Colour is everything; black & white is more."

~Dominic Rouse

Brisbane Wedding Photographer

Lavender & Berries Wedding Inspiration at Country Weddings Queensland, Australia

Hope everyone has had a lovely weekend! We are thrilled to share one of our most recent shoots. The shoot took place at an exciting new wedding venue: Country Weddings Queensland. This stunning property is located on Maitland Road, Burpengary 4505. David & Kerri, the personalities behind it, are a delight to work with; their warmth and hospitality is memorable. Any couple that chooses to celebrate their big day at Country Weddings Queensland is in for a treat.

The entire team behind this shoot made the process seamless. Special mention, though, of the talented duo behind Emunah Events. Carissa & Serena are responsible for the 1) planning, 2) styling and 3) floristry! Thank you, once again, for all the hard work (mostly behind the scenes) that goes into a project of this size. It all came together perfectly - thanks to your determination and efforts - and matched our initial vision to a T! Emma Blakey & Dorrion Kroon made shooting a breeze; such a delightful couple. Finally, a big thank you to each of the businesses; we enjoyed working with all of you and your individual outstanding products/services! Looking forward to seeing each of you around in the near future.

Vow Renewal: G+C <3

Greg & Claudine renewed their vows at beautiful Newstead Park, Brisbane. When we had coffee with them initially to make sure we would both be a good fit, we were struck by how family-oriented they were. Nearly everything came back to family. They were renewing their vows as family had been unable to make their overseas wedding. They wanted the focus of the images to include candid family moments. On the day, we offered to over-deliver on time but they were concerned that they would keep family from going out and celebrating together. A truly special and lovely couple. We wish them many adventurous holidays around the world on their motorbike. The location was beautifully styled by Beach & Garden Ceremonies and we worked alongside Simply Special Events on videography. Here are just a handful of highlights from the day. <3

The way Greg looks at Claudine <3

Claudine looking like a queen <3

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

This post was last updated: 30th of May, 2019. (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 (time poor). 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.

We have recommendations for the following:

  • Cake

  • Car

  • Catering

  • Celebrant

  • Dress

  • Event Hire

  • Event Hire & Styling

  • Event Styling & Floral Design

  • Flowers

  • Furniture Hire

  • Gifts

  • Jewellery

  • Lighting

  • Location

  • Makeup

  • Music

  • Stationery

  • Suit

  • Swing


Cake

Cake My Day By Jo (specialty: naked cakes)

We have worked with Jo here and here and here previously. It was a delight and we were lucky enough to get to try them, too. They tasted as amazing as they 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 &amp; 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.

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

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Macarons by Monika (specialty: creating mouth-watering cakes, macarons and meringues with love)

When your list of honourable mentions includes a feature in Food & Wines "13 Macaron Artists You Should Be Following On Instagram" list, it doesn't really matter what our Mr&MrsAverage opinion is but Monika's cakes, cake pops and macarons are delicious and you need to experience it for yourself. Here are some pretty images to seal the deal. You can see more from a shoot we worked on together here and here.

Cake by Macarons by Monika. Photography by Poppy & Sage Photography.

Cake pops by Macarons by Monika. Photography by Poppy & Sage Photography.

Macarons by Macarons by Monika. Photography by Poppy & Sage Photography.

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Custom-cut design by Molossi Designs. Photography by Poppy & Sage Photography.

Molossi Designs (specialty: custom-cut MDF & acrylic designs)

Molossi specialises in custom-cut designs, including cake toppers. (Check out the full range on their site linked above; at Molossi, there is no limit so have a chat with Josh or Suzanne and they would love to create something bespoke for you.) We are thrilled with their quality products and enjoy working with the friendly Molossi team. We have worked with them here and here. We interviewed Josh & Suzanne here.

Custom-cut design by Molossi Designs. Photography by Poppy & Sage Photography.

Custom-cut design by Molossi Designs. Photography by Poppy & Sage Photography.

Custom-cut design by Molossi Designs. Photography by Poppy & Sage Photography.

Custom-cut design by Molossi Designs. Photography by Poppy & Sage Photography.

Custom-cut design by Molossi Designs. Photography by Poppy & Sage Photography.

Custom-cut design by Molossi Designs. Photography by Poppy & Sage Photography.

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The Sweet Society Co (specialty: defying the traditional white wedding cake with a bold modern cake - simplicity at its best!)

Diana, the warm & friendly personality behind The Sweet Society Co, is a delight to work alongside. We have been lucky enough to sample her cakes. Em highly recommends the lemon coconut and Pete highly recommends the chocolate (ask him about how it brought back childhood memories of somewhere special in Perth!). We would not hesitate to recommend this lovely cake vendor and have absolutely no doubt that Diana would look after you!

Cake by The Sweet Society Co. Photography by Poppy & Sage Photography.

Cake by The Sweet Society Co. Photography by Poppy & Sage Photography.

Cake by The Sweet Society Co. Photography by Poppy & Sage Photography.

Cake by The Sweet Society Co. Photography by Poppy & Sage Photography.

Cake by The Sweet Society Co. Photography by Poppy & Sage Photography.


Car

Roaring Twenties Vintage Wedding Car Hire

Moe & Samantha, the owners of Roaring Twenties Vintage Wedding Car Hire, are a delightful couple. Moe & Samantha are easy to work with and excellent with communication - so incredibly important when weddings can involve a lot of emails and paperwork. We recently worked with Bonnie, a pristine 1928 Chrysler, and she is memorable & full of character - just like her owners. Check out Moe & Samantha’s website here.

Roaring Twenties Vintage Wedding Car Hire. Photography by Poppy & Sage Photography.

Roaring Twenties Vintage Wedding Car Hire. Photography by Poppy & Sage Photography.


Catering

Platter to Plate

At Platter to Plate, lovely Rhiannon will look after you. Rhiannon puts a lot of thought into the entire grazing board experience and it is certainly reflected in the end product. The food is delicious, fresh and colourful. We have been lucky enough to enjoy Rhiannon's grazing board for lunch and it was memorable for all the right reasons. We have worked with Platter to Plate here and here.

Grazing board by Platter to Plate. Photography by Poppy & Sage Photography.

Grazing board by Platter to Plate. Photography by Poppy & Sage Photography.

Platter box by Platter to Plate. Photography by Poppy & Sage Photography.

Catering by Something for Catering. Photography by Poppy & Sage Photography.

Catering by Something for Catering. Photography by Poppy & Sage Photography.

Catering by Something for Catering. Photography by Poppy & Sage Photography.

We have worked with Sam (owner) & Jacqueline (catering planner) from Something for Catering. At the time of writing this feature (30th of May, 2019), Something for Catering has a 5-star review from 140 people on Facebook. This is amazing! It is not surprising, though, as the hard-working staff are friendly and keen to please and the food is memorable and worth telling all your friends about. Highly recommend.

Catering by Something for Catering. Photography by Poppy & Sage Photography.


Celebrant

Anna Staines

As you chat with Anna, it soon becomes evident that she is passionate about her role. Also, there is always a laugh just around the corner - perfect match for any concerns about nerves or awkwardness. Or your priority is to have a fun & memorable wedding experience - Anna is your girl!

Anna Staines Celebrant. Photography by Poppy & Sage Photography.

Anna Staines Celebrant. Photography by Poppy & Sage Photography.

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Fiona McIntyre

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UPDATE:

23rd of September 2018 - Fiona has announced that she will no longer be taking on weddings. However, she is available for naming ceremonies, vow renewals and funerals. We will update this if we hear anything to the contrary. In the meantime, we wish Fiona all the best for whatever wonderful adventures lie ahead for her and her family.

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If you are looking to inject some life and fun into your ceremony, Fiona is the celebrant for you. She has a fresh, relateable nature and a professional, calm demeanour. We have really enjoyed working with Fiona previously (here is the link). Feel free to check out our interview with Fiona here; it was great to get to know the personality behind the role.

Fiona McIntyre from Fiona McIntyre Celebrant. Photography by Poppy & Sage Photography.


Dress

Coco Blush Boutique

You will find the sweetest flower girl dresses at Coco Blush Boutique. They have quite the range to accommodate for most wedding styles. Highly recommend.

Dress by Coco Blush Boutique. Photography by Poppy & Sage Photography.

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Ginger + Blonde Co

Look no further than Ginger + Blonde Co for a flattering range of bridesmaid dresses. The shoot here features a couple of Ginger + Blonde Co's dresses on the bridesmaids. Lovely Bek will ensure that shopping for bridesmaid dresses is fuss-free. <3

Dress by Ginger + Blonde Co. Photography by Poppy & Sage Photography.

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Ivory Haus

We have featured Ivory Haus' robes in a previous shoot (here). These robes add a touch of luxury to the preparation stage of your big day and help to create photographic content you want to look back on for years to come. Dress to impress all day! :)

Robe by Ivory Haus. Photography by Poppy & Sage Photography.

Robe by Ivory Haus. Photography by Poppy & Sage Photography.

Robes by Ivory Haus. Photography by Poppy & Sage Photography.

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Sew Master Fashions

Lovely mother & daughter team, Sew Master Fashions provides stunning gowns in conjunction with personable service and is nice and central in terms of accessibility (Adelaide Street, Brisbane; just a hop, skip and a jump from Central Station). We have worked with Vanessa from Sew Master Fashions previously and can highly recommend (they offer alteration services, too).

Dress by Sew Master Fashions. Photography by Poppy & Sage Photography.

Dress by Sew Master Fashions. Photography by Poppy & Sage Photography.

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Studio C Bridal

Caitlyn, from Studio C Bridal, offers a range of services from custom design to made-to-measure to loving restoration of an heirloom gown. We featured Studio C Bridal dresses here and here. Caitlyn offers her brides a bespoke service incorporating timelessness and elegance. Caitlyn pays attention to detail and will look after you.

Dress by Studio C Bridal. Photography by Poppy & Sage Photography.

Dress by Studio C Bridal. Photography by Poppy & Sage Photography.

Dress by Studio C Bridal. Photography by Poppy & Sage Photography.

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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 &amp; Sage Photography.

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

Dresses 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.

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

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


Event Hire

Beautiful Wedding Hire

We worked with Beautiful Wedding Hire here. With their delightful range, the team was able to nail the brief. Very importantly, Nicole & Justine are easy to communicate with. Check out Beautiful Wedding Hire’s fabulous catalogue here.

Event hire by Beautiful Wedding Hire. Photography by Poppy & Sage Photography.

Event hire by Beautiful Wedding Hire. Photography by Poppy & Sage Photography.

Lighting by Beautiful Wedding Hire. Photography by Poppy & Sage Photography.


Event Hire & Styling

Click Picnic

If you are after event hire items that have been carefully curated and are luxurious, you have come to the perfect place. Collections range from light and free-spirited through to vintage with a modern twist through to alluring and rich in texture and colour. At Click Picnic, you experience a full set-up and pack-down service -> meaning minimal fuss for you.  We have worked with Brodie & Dave here and here. We can personally recommend the very talented Brodie as both a planner and stylist. We interviewed the team here.

Event hire & styling by Click Picnic. Photography by Poppy & Sage Photography.

Balloon garland by Click Picnic. Photography by Poppy & Sage Photography.

Event hire & styling by Click Picnic. Photography by Poppy & Sage Photography.


Event Planning & Styling

Magnolia Studios

We have worked with lovely Marisha from Magnolia Studios