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Peony Inspired Wedding Shoot + Film

Fun Fact: peonies can bloom for 100+ years! Its one of the heartiest (and prettiest) perennials around which is why we think this shoot from Styled by Linda is especially apropos for the upcoming wedding season. And we’re just as crazy about the bold blooms as we are about the stunning Anna Campbell gowns. Thankfully Le Motion Wedding Films and Silk Truffle Photography were there to lend their lenses for the day.

From Styled by LindaThis styled shoot was inspired by the bold and vibrant colors of peonies. Sydney is blessed with an abundance of this gorgeous bloom, what’s not to love about peonies! We wanted to capture its beauty together with equally gorgeous gowns, headpieces, veils and accessories.

The peony is one of the most popular flowers chosen by brides for their wedding. We often see the lighter and softer colors in bouquets and flower arrangements however for this shoot we wanted to inject a bit of color by using bright and bold colored flowers. We wanted to inspire brides to be more adventurous and daring with their choices of color their wedding. We wanted to create that feeling of warmth, romance and elegance that all brides want on their wedding day.

We had such a great team of collaborators who put in so much hard work on a very hot December day in Sydney. It was over 40 degrees and everyone worked tirelessly to bring everything together.

Photography: Silk Truffle Photography | Videography: Le Motion Wedding Films | Florist: Sweet Bride | Wedding Dress: Anna Campbell | Cake: Wedding Cake Art | Stationery: Suely Lu Design | Hair: Charles & Ann | Car: A1 Limousines | Crockery & Silverware: The Vintage Kitchen | Headpiece, Veil & Accessories: Three Sunbeams | Jewlery: Samantha Wills | Makeup: Make Me Over Katie | Model: Cam Tu Nguyen | Model: Caitlin Alderson | Pinatas: Party Pony Designer Pinatas | Stylist: Styled By Linda | Wedding Venue: Holroyd Gardens, Merrylands

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Surprise Proposal Shoot and Film

While this is just as beautiful as the inspiration shoots we post, this, my friends, is an actual proposal. The groom-to-be enlisted the help of Amy Magnisalis from Simply Photography to set up a photo shoot then ask the couple to “model” for it. I don’t want to ruin it, but you HAVE to watch the film from Inkster Productions at the end. It’s so cute! And for more images find the full gallery here

From Simply Photography I am very very excited to show you the best surprise proposal shoot ever! I received an inbox from Josh the week before asking if I would photograph a proposal shoot. So after and day of creative planning and a few phone calls I got creative.
I phoned Kim asking if she could model for a shoot and she happily agreed. Josh had arranged some of Kim’s favourite Cup Cakes from “my cupcakes” which said “Will you marry me” which we exchanged earlier in the day whilst gorgeous Kim was getting hair and makeup done by the talented Kilyne Le of Dazzling Makeup. Then off we went to set up, with loads of gorgeous flowers and three amazing setups, A vintage dining set full of flowers with a vintage candelabra, A park bench setup with flowers, suitcases, a tea set and an umbrella, and a romantic picnic setup with cushions, blanket, flowers and red wine in real vintage wine glasses that my great grandmother owned.

Josh proposed on the picnic set (set with flowers, baskets and red wine) where he gave Kim the box of cupcakes to open. For a second Kim thought it was “a cute idea” for the shoot until she realized and then Josh popped the question. Of course Kim said YES!!!

Josh contacted me through Facebook as he knew Kim loved my work. He ask for my assistance as he wanted to propose to Kim. He told me she loved the Tree Farm at Richmond where I’ve shot a few wedding. So after a few phone calls I got creative and so did Donna from Unique Floral and together we created the most sweet romantic settings within the trees. The plan was for me to call Kim and ask her to model for a shoot BUT the catch was we needed a couple, and Kim always wanted to do a shoot with me and said “don’t worry I’ll make him do it”. But prior to the shoot was Kim’s birthday and Kim was expecting Josh to take her away for the weekend before the shoot on Monday. But Josh said no as he couldn’t be bothered…. This was to plan the surprise! Kim got cranky and took off without him which was great for Josh! Let the planning begin!

Kim came back in a good mood in hope that Josh wouldn’t complain about the shoot. I arranged for the Makeup artist to go to kims house to do her up. Then they arrived and Kim had no idea. When the light was right on the gorgeous picnic setting Josh handed Kim the Box of cupcakes. I instructed her to take the box and untie the ribbon, Then the magic happened and tears of joy flowed from Kim’s eyes. After the shoot Josh had arranged a night in a five star hotel for the two of them for the night.

From the Bride… Wow! I’m so happy to be able to share this with my family and friends…. The best day of my life so far! I’m so lucky to have such an amazing man and beautiful friends. Amy Magnisalis, Matthew Inkster, Donna Pellew, Glen Pellew words cannot express how much I love what you have done for us both! Thank you again guys. I love you fiancé Josh Cottees xxxxx

Photography: Simply Photography | Videographer: Inkster Productions | Floral Design: Unique Floral | Hair & Makeup: Dazzling Makeup

‘The Notebook’ Inspired Shoot

Teenage (and let’s be honest, current) me is all over this shoot.  Few love stories have resonated so deeply with our culture: war, class, distance, love, geese, Ryan Gosling — this movie has it all! And this shoot from White Images and video from Roost Film Co. does it justice  down to the romantic flowers by Julia Rose and “Allie’s” beautiful Hilde Heim gown. Take a look at more images from the full gallery here.


From White Images… This shoot was inspired by the ever so romantic rowboat scene from the movie ‘The Notebook’. Set on a gorgeous private property on the Tweed Coast of Australia, the shoot is filled with 1940′s romance and vintage elegance. The delicate lace detail of the wedding gown, the oversized floral hairpiece and the dapper blue suit give a fresh approach to the beautiful love story of Allie and Noah.

Photography: White Images | Videography: Roost Film Co | Floral Design: Wedding Flowers By Julia Rose | Wedding Gown: Hilde Heim | Cake: The Cake That Ate Paris | Stationery: Wedding Paper Chic | Earrings: Conna Kelly | Floral Supplier: Tesselaar Flowers | Furniture: Hodgepodge Hire | Hair + Make-Up: Fabulous Everything Hair + Make-Up | Hair Piece: Shut The Front Door | Suit: Wil Valor