More beautiful beach wedding arches

I’ve decided on my beach wedding arch. It will be a bamboo canopy with soft, floaty chiffon curtains, aqua ribbon and little white flowers. I’m more of a simple girl so decided against the big floral arch, though they are very beautiful.

In my inspiration journey, I came across a swag of beautiful canopys that I thought I’d share. You can get really creative with colour and fabrics!

Ok so this isn't an arch, but it's adorable for a fun, relaxed wedding!

counting down the days

It’s been very quiet around here lately. I’m still alive just busy busy!

And I truly can’t believe how fast this year has gone! Only six weeks left until we set sail for wedded bliss!

I’m busy tying up a few loose ends, such as buying shoes for the groom and his men, a flower for my hair and the easiest part – logging on to our wedding planner’s website to pick all the flowers, entertainment and confirm seating arrangements!

All the fun stuff 🙂

Oh, and I thought I’d share a fabulous web tool for saving all those inspiring photos that you see floating about the Internet. It’s called Pinterest. You can ‘pin’ any photo on the web and catalogue it to create something like this…


This is my Wedding Inspiration board so far. What I like about it is a) it’s fast and b) there’s lots of people using it already which means you can ‘repin’ other people’s interesting photos too and c) it allows users to comment on photos and interact. I was using Image Spark but I prefer Pinterest as it’s faster and more user friendly. Enjoy!

model photo shoot

I enrolled into a little photography course to help get my inspiration bubbling away again.

I think it did the trick 🙂

Last night we got to photograph some models against a stunning Fremantle sunset. It was a great experience (albeit a little rushed).

Photo shoot Fremantle

Photo shoot Fremantle

Photo shoot Fremantle

Even with all the equipment, I'm still a sucker for a nice sunset silhouette

So what was the most important out take from the course? Well, I suppose I have a few to mention:

1. The camera only sees grey. Use a grey card to determine correct exposure.

2. The background is your first consideration. Get this right and use intervention (lighting, mirrors, umbrellas, fill-flash) to correctly capture your subject and get the perfect photographic harmony.

3. Always shoot in RAW (well, if the photo is important to you that is).

4. Never shoot a horizon through the upper half of a subject (model).

5. Photography is like cooking toast. If you usually cook your toast in 2 mins at 200 degrees, but you wish to have it ready in 1 minute instead, then you need to cook it at 4oo degrees.

Most of all, I left inspired thinking about image creation and how powerful/easy/accessible/creative it is in this day and age. You really can create that image that you have in your head if you devote the time to the camera and most importantly, the creative tools.

happy new year!

So I’m back at work today after 2 weeks holiday. (So excited… huh, no.)

I really managed to disconnect myself from the world of web in my time off,  so this morning I opened up my blog and my blog subscriptions  – with design*sponge being the top cab off the rank. I was in the mood for a burst of colour, art and funky design to get my creativity bubbling away as I eased into the “dreaded” first day back at work.

And I found this, which I totally love…

fiona douglas of bluebellgray
I love the eclectic memoir collection, the letterpress blocks (beautifully painted!) and the watercolour florals. Such a lovely shade of paint too. Beauty…

wedding dresses – the shortlist

I have hunted high and low through this sleepy city for my dream dress, and I have to say that it feels like I have been to every bridal store in Perth (gotta be close to it 😛 )

Out of all of them, I liked Tuscany Bridal’s large and diverse range. They stock the largest range of Pronovias dresses in Perth which was right up my alley as the slim yet figure-hugging Spanish designs are quite to my liking.

I also enjoyed Bride Selection (sister store to Dion for Brides, who in my experience had more A-line and princess dresses). As you can see, I’m after a slim dress (don’t want melt under the Thailand sun and pretty sure Mister wouldn’t be too pleased exchanging vows with a puddle of sweat). Bride Selection have quite a few beach-style dresses by Maggie Sottero (love her designs to bits). Samantha Wynne really impressed me with their service – they fit only one bride at a time (and gorgeous gowns to boot!)  – can make scheduling a booking a little tricky in peak times though.

Legends in Joondalup and the Gown Gallery in Midland deserve special mention for their extensive range and affordable prices, however I didn’t find anything to my taste.

Poor form awards go to Zanzis (rejecting customers based on base-line budget: how about at least trying to make me fall in love with a piece first), Brides by Design (leaving me to attend to another customer mid-way through my fitting does not entice me to actually buy a gown from you) and Hob Nob (if a sales lady is free and clearly doing nothing at the front counter, then she should help a returning customer quickly try on a gown again, rather than turn her away)… /rant!

So here is the shortlist:

wedding dress shortlist
1. Pronovias – Francoli (Tuscany Bridal);
2. Maggie Sottero – Geneva (Bride Selection);
3. Elizabeth de Varga – Alana (Spurling);
4. San Patrick – Eboli (Mon Belle);
5. Pronovias – Reims (Samantha Wynne)

sky high love

I love these photos from a wedding shoot by Emma Sharkey.

Sky high love

Sky high love

Blue sky, fluffy clouds, showtime atmosphere, colour, love and freakin’ chair swings! Sublime…

adding a special touch to christmas gifts

diy christmas wrap ideas

Aren’t these just adorable?

I love a beautifully wrapped gift. I think it makes the whole idea of gift giving all the more special and intriguing. Check out the post on design*sponge that has a tonne of ideas to give your pressies that special touch! I know what I’ll be doing on Christmas eve!

the small picture

Beauty can be found in the small things. Things that we take for granted, or more often, things that we simply don’t stop to notice. With my life being a rat race of late and the final weeks of the year quickly slipping through my fingers, I took some time to reflect back on my catalogue of photos from 2010.

In doing so, it made me remember that there was a time when I enjoyed life at a slower pace. Where I admired the world around me in slow, sweeping steps and I took the time to photograph the little things.

Here are some photographs that I took at some stage this year and have since edited.

I’ve always believed that simple is truly beautiful. But now it rings true more than ever…

yellow daisy

Brown bug

Patterns on the sidewalk

Flame tree

White ibis


Creeper wall

Pine cone

Sea shells

Galahs on the wire

simple yet effective!

My wow photo for the day…

Dancing fairlights, by Sloan Photographers

tilt-shift wedding photography

I wish I had a tilt-shift lens. It’s certainly near the top of the “wish list”!

A tilt-shift lens allows the photographer very exacting control over the depth-of-field in an image, much more than any regular lens could provide. Focus can be restricted to a single, narrow band, with everything else rapidly blurring away. This distorts the appearance and makes the eye think that distances are a lot smaller than they typically are. When applied to a large scene like a city or a museum, everything appears miniature.

I hope that our wedding photographers will have one. Surely between the two of them they will (fingers crossed!) Ah, yes of course you can fake it in Photoshop, but I much prefer the real deal.

Here are some cool tilt-shift wedding photos that I’ve seen…

Tilt-shift wedding photography by Jonathan WherrettSo simple yet stunning

Tilt-shift wedding photography by Sayher HeffernanGorgeous colours. Sayher Heffernan takes beautiful photographs.

Tilt-shift wedding photography by Jonas PetersonUnique location!

Tilt-shift photography by Carl ZochI’m loving Carl Zoch’s photography. Very creative and lots of tilt-shift action!

Tilt-shift photography by Carl Zoch

Tilt-shift photography by Carl Zoch

I love the feeling of movement that the lens achieves in the two images above.

Tilt-shift photography by Jonas Peterson

Amazing capture!