Polynesian King and Queen

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Polynesian King and Queen

Puti and Johnny at The Boulevard Gardens

 Puti and Johnny at The Boulevard Gardens

It was 35 degrees celsius on this beautiful last day of January 2015, and Brisbane once again really lived up to its reputation and delivered weather worthy of any other hot summer’s day. “Beautiful one day, perfect the next…” – it was hot, it was steamy, it was absolutely breathtakingly fabulous.

The Boulevard Gardens is the venue where the big event took place. Floral dresses and Hawaiian shirts ruled on this day, so did the Haka, beautiful gardens and love. Oh yes, I forgot to mention about the love… it was present and everyone knew it. You could feel it in the air… These two love birds looked amazing together. I told Johny that Puti looked like she just came out of the Miss Niue pageant contest – she was absolutely stunningly gorgeous.

I genuinely love the island vibe – everyone is so friendly and smiling. They really know how to make you feel welcome and that you belong to the group.

Thanks for this fantastic day Puti and Johnny at The Boulevard Gardens!! All the best from Papa Gomez :)

The Couple: Puti and Johnny
Venue: The Boulevard Gardens
Puti's dress by: Zimmerman
Men's hair by: Esquire Male Grooming Salon
Celebrant: Renee Wilkins

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… Puti and Johnny at The Boulevard Gardens …

Brisbane Botanical Gardens Wedding – Vina and Richard

Brisbane Botanical Gardens Wedding – Vina and Richard

Brisbane Botanical Gardens Wedding – Vina and Richard are awesome. It’s that simple. I am a strong believer that you don’t need a thousand white turtle doves and sculpted ice swans to have a memorable wedding. Personally, I feel that simple and uncomplicated weddings are just as special. All you need is a few family members, your closest friends, some genuine smiles and a natural backdrop – et voila!

This is exactly what Vina and Richard had on their special day. The Brisbane Botanical Gardens offer an array of beautiful fauna and flora including water dragons, ducks, water hens, turtles and more. The bamboo patches and palm trees add an exotic feel to the overall picture. As I said, there is no need to over complicate things. Just let mother nature do the talking.

Brisbane Botanical Gardens Wedding – Vina and Richard

More Rolleiflex Wedding Shots

More Rolleiflex Wedding shots

The Rolleiflex medium format film camera is by far my favourite TLR. I used to own a Minolta Autocord (I still do however the winding mechanism broke and no longer works) but the Rolleiflex German precision provides unrivalled quality in both the manufacture department and resulting photographs.

I’m pushing to take more Rolleiflex wedding shots as they provide an unmatched graininess and vintage feel. So I strongly encourage you to ask me or your wedding photographer to invest in a Rolleiflex and to take at least one roll of 12 exposures at your wedding. You will not regret it.

I haven’t mentioned that medium format film is 6cm x 6cm in size and when scanned in a high quality professional scanner you can blow the photograph up to billboard size if you want!
I haven’t yet mentioned that medium format film is 6cm x 6cm in size and when scanned in a high quality professional scanner, you can blow the photograph up to billboard size. That’s a lot of pixels!!!

A similar vintage or classic feel can be achieved with software plugins and filters but its just not the same, and you won’t achieve a photo anywhere as large as a scanned negative (scanned photos can be much larger than a gigabyte in size, if you like).

 More Rolleiflex Wedding Shots

Rolleiflex Wedding shots

Rolleiflex Wedding shots

I used a roll of Shanghai GP3 120 Black and White film to take these Rolleiflex Wedding shots. I read a horrible review about this film In this Lomography review – here. Although I do very much agree it’s a real pain to scan (as it curls and twirls all over the place), I personally like the grainy feel, light scratches and imperfections. The TLR camera I used previously was a Minolta Autocord. I loved the shots that camera used to take, but they I pereonally don’t think they compare to Rolleiflex images. Check out the sharpness and contrast of the shot below.  You can also make out the veil that Michael is wearing in the other shots.

Rolleiflex Wedding Shots

Brisbane Wedding Photographer – Pauline + Michael

Brisbane Wedding Photographer Henry Gomez at Ye’ Old Courthouse

Brisbane wedding photographer Henry Gomez headed out to Cleveland Point’s Old Courthouse Restaurant to shoot a semi traditional Chinese wedding. Pauline and Michael would have to be the most gentle and generous people I have met. Their story is a happy and sad one at the same time, but on this very special day, smiles were all round… And if there were any tears, they were tears of happiness.

I’m not sure if the Hello Kitty dolls attached to the grill of the heavily bored out Chev smallblock engine caused it to overheat, but the bride and groom made a grand entrance in the back of a Toyota Hilux 4 x 4 pick up. Pauline was glorious in her wedding dress and white Uggboots. The groom sang the most beautiful song I had ever heard (Michael Jackson’s “Ben”) – it had the whole audience in tears of laughter.

Renee and Ben – wedding at Novotel

Renee and Ben – wedding at Novotel

It was bound to be an awesome day, not even the rain would stop the festivities. The following photographs depict the love story of Ben and Renee.Two generous lovebirds who have their hands on their hearts. The venue was the Novotel Resort at Twin Waters on the Sunshine Coast. It’s been a while that I took these photos, but as I look back over them, I see the universal rule is broken. It’s amazing the amount of helping hands Renee had! She was ready in a flash. I went to see what the boys were up to and they were maxin’ and chilaxin’ playing gold, drinking beers, trundling along… In all fairness, it didn’t take them long to get ready, but I was very impressed by Renee and her Eveready bridesmaids. Ladies, I take my hat off to you for such a fantastic effort.

I should also mention that Musician and DJ Carl Wockner was pretty awesome too. I danced my pants off till the party ended!

Renee and Ben, I wish you both a very happy and fulfilled marriage. You are both wonderful people and truly deserve to be happy. I hope you enjoy these photographs as much as I enjoyed taking them.

Sheraton Mirage Wedding – Tanya + Andrew

Sheraton Mirage Wedding – Tanya + Andrew

Sheraton Mirage Wedding – Tanya + Andrew tied the knot at the beautiful Sheraton Mirage resort on the Gold Coast. Although the weather had spoilt outdoor festivities, the interior decorations and water features were meticulously stylish and brought a pleasant homely feel. There are 2 places I prefer to be when it’s cold and raining outside. The first is in bed at home with a hot bowl of soup and a movie. The second is at a great friend’s wedding, being treated like royalty by the resort staff and served delicious food, red wine and great music.

The newly-weds had a grand entrance at their reception as they were lead by a fantastic Scottish bag pipes playing Scotsmen.  Everyone had a great time, and after dinner, Tanya’s mum broke out some super dance moves as she cut up some rug…  Andrew dug deep in his repertoire and busted out some old school robot moves. (Yes, the robot – see photo).

I have to say that I was not the official Wedding Photographer this instance as Tanya and Andrew wanted us as guests at their wedding. However, had naughty Henry not taken one of his full-frame cameras along and sneakingly shot a few photos you wouldn’t be here right now.

Victoria Park Wedding – Bernie and Justin

Victoria Park Wedding – Bernie and Justin

Victoria Park Wedding – Bernie and Justin told me they had been looking for a wedding photographer when I first met them. They saw me with my camera at a mutual friend’s BBQ, and they asked me if I did wedding photography. I told them I did.

After exchanging mobile numbers, I met them again around 12 months prior to the big day to check out the best spots for photos. We went to the University of Queensland Medical school and saw a few sweet spots. On the wedding day, I found the Victoria Park gold course to be a very nice venue to shoot. The views towards Brisbane city and over the golf course were picturesque. The staff were very friendly but they couldn’t steal the lime light from the newly-weds.

When the reception came to a close, I drove them to Eagle Street Pier and we took a few photos with the Story Bridge in the background.  There were many party goers on the streets as it was Saturday night, and nearly everyone stopped to congratulate them and take a peek at what was going on…

The rest is now history – Bernie and Justin have since become friends of ours and we invite each other for BBQ’s and pizza from time to time.

 

St Andrew’s uniting Church Brisbane wedding

St Andrew’s uniting Church Brisbane wedding

My good friends Catja and Keane tied the knot in a beautiful St Andrew’s uniting Church Brisbane wedding. I was absolutely blown away by the lead lighting at the church, and the reception took place at the Brisbane International Hotel in Virginia.

They left their St Andrew’s Uniting Church Brisbane wedding in a shiny Rolls Royce, and man, that ride was sweet. When we arrived at the Brisbane International, I caught a glimpse of the most original wedding cake I ever saw. He is an AFL (Australian Football League) player and she is a Swedish Chef… huh, sorry I meant to say Swedish Viking. Yes, that’s absolutely accurate. But you could never tell from their wedding cake!

Although I was not the official wedding photographer (being a close friend and all) I managed to squeeze in a few shots here and there. I have included a few shots here for your enjoying pleasure.

It was a truly memorable day and it was so good to see Catja with such a big smile on her face. CONGRATULATIONS TO YOU BOTH!!!