How to Make the Most of Your Wedding Photographer


Memories of your wedding will last forever, but having a photographic record of the day ensures you can recall every detail. Most guests will take shots on their smartphones or digital camera, but hiring a professional wedding photographer means you can be confident that every aspect of the occasion will be recorded. Relying on a friend or member of the family to shoot your wedding pictures often leads to disappointment. It’s worth taking some time to make sure you choose the right professional photographer. Personal recommendations are good, so ask friends who have recently got married. Modern wedding photographers often have their own unique styles, so look at lots of examples of their work to make sure you like their approach. Ask to see an album or portfolio of a complete wedding rather than basing your decision on a select number of the photographer’s best shots.

Once you’ve chosen your wedding photographer, the following tips will help to ensure you get the absolute best from them.

  1. ) Have a meeting before the day. Most professional photographers offer a free consultation meeting before your wedding day. This is your opportunity to discuss the type and style of shots you want. Prepare a list of questions in advance, and make sure the details of the day are clear. Explain who the key guests and members of your family are so the photographer can take plenty of shots of them. You’ll spend a lot of time in the company of your photographer on the day, so make sure you are at ease with him.


2) Make a list of the important shots. A photographer will have lots of ideas for shots of your wedding, and you should trust his creative flair. Most will shoot a mix of formal portraits and reportage-style pictures. Make a list of any specific shots you would like on the day and give it to the photographer in advance. For example, there may be specific family groups you’d like captured.


3) Practise posing and smiling. Practising your smile in front of a mirror may sound odd, but it means you can be sure to look your best in your wedding pictures Forcing a smile can look unnatural, so try to relax and find an expression you’re comfortable with. Practising how you stand is also a good idea. Resting your weight on your rear foot looks effective in pictures. A professional photographer will direct you on how to pose, but you can help by preparing before the day.  


4) Trust your photographer. A creative wedding photographer may want to try some original pictures and ask you to pose in ways you find unusual. Trust him to do his job, and you may be surmised to find these are the shots you love. If you’ve chosen a photographer for his unique style, allow him to use his creative flair.


5) Allow some breathing room in your schedule. Weddings rarely go exactly to plan. Weather, traffic conditions and other factors can cause delays To ensure your photographer can get the best results on the day, allow some extra time in the itinerary in case of the unexpected. As well as recording the events of the day as they happen, most photographers will want specific time for portraits of guests and the bride and groom. Long after the cake has been eaten and the confetti has blown away, your wedding photographs will serve as a valuable reminder of the day. Take time to choose the right photographer, and follow the aforementioned tips to get the best from him.


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Why I Moved to Brisbane After Getting Married

Hi everyone, I’m Laura and I recently got hitched! As much as I love our home city Adelaide, my husband and I decided to move to Brisbane after the wedding for a fresh start and it has turned out to be one of the best decisions we’ve ever made! I’m sharing here reasons why we fell in love with Brisbane at first sight!


  1. We’re walking on sunshine, almost all the time

Brisbane has an average of 7 hours of sunshine daily, with temperatures hitting 30 degrees C in the summer and dropping to just 21 degrees Celsius in winter. That’s more reasons to live in my fave sundresses and sunnies, and hit the beach with the significant other.

Tell me, what’s not to love about that?


  1. The farmers markets are the real deal


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The hubby and I have made a pact to eat healthier and Brisbane has made it easier for us to do so. Weekend mornings are now spent making the rounds of farmers markets such as the George Street Farmers Market, Jan Powers Farmers Market, Boggo Road Sunday Markets, and Queens Street Market and shopping for freshest fruits and vegetables, artisan bread, brunch-perfect pies, crockery, and so much more.


  1. When it comes to houses, we’re getting more for what we’re paying for

We’ve done some research and have found that the price of a one-bedroom apartment in Sydney, Melbourne or Perth is enough to purchase a three-bedroom home in Brisbane, which would be awesome for us since we’re planning to start a family soon!


  1. The kids are in for an awesome time


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Speaking of kids, Brisbane has a lot of green spaces and water parks they could run around and splash in. And whatever sport they’re into, they can play it here – Brisbane isn’t called the Ultimate Sports City for nothing. And let’s not forget – Sea World, Movie World, Dream World, and Wet & Wild are just an hour away from Brisbane. Even I’m excited to go for a visit!


  1. We got the best Brisbane removalists. Ever.

I was so busy with all the wedding preps that packing and moving arrangements were the least of my concerns. Luckily, I’ve found the very reliable Brisbane removalists online at: and they’ve made the move so painless and easy from start to finish – it felt like we were just moving from one Adelaide suburb to another!


  1. The schools are top notch

Brisbane is home to some of the best schools in Australia. I’m so happy that my (future) kids are going to get excellent education, from primary levels up until university!


  1. There’s art all around

Even if we’re married, we still go out on dates – artsy ones, most especially. We love exploring the Queensland Cultural Centre on South Bank, the Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA), Queensland Performing Arts Centre, and Brisbane Powerhouse. There’s so much to see and watch, definitely.

Ready for your next big move as a couple? Brisbane is a wonderful  place to begin your journey as husband and wife and raise a family, creating a lot of milestones along the way. I think you’ll love it as much as we do. We hope to see you here!

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Wedding Dresses: The 4 Classic Modest Styles You Must Know About

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There is an object that carries the most weight on your wedding day, and it’s not the diamond ring.

Your dress, or for some, ‘wedding dresses’, is the very most important piece of your day. With this in mind, you need to get it right.

If you’re sitting there thinking that ‘it’s just a dress’, well you’re right, but you’re equally wrong.
It’s not just a dress, it is THE dress you will be photographed in, the dress you will look at yourself in for the rest of your life.

Forget those photos of your 18th, 21st, or even your Europe trip photos, your wedding day is incredibly important. This dress means something special to you, your family, and your partner – so yes, the dress is a big deal, and as a result it is a big decision.

For some, their perfect dress may be solidified in their mind, an image that has been fixed on their mind since a young girl, and if this is you, nothing is going to alter your mind.

However, for a lot of ladies out there, finding the right dress is a tough task that could take weeks and even months of searching, planning, and production. Whether you decide to buy your dress off the shelf, get it designed and tailed, or buy it second-hand, at the end of the day, you will be deciding on a specific design or style. This design and style will encapsulate the era, your personality, or the overall meaning of the occasion for you.

For some brides, putting fashion first is a must, but there are benefits of sticking to traditional or conservative styles.

The Top 4 Modest and Conservative Wedding Dress Styles

a line 1 wedding dressThe A Line

Named “A Line” since its silhouette creates a capital A, this classic wedding dress style is usually fitted around the bust and hips before gradually flaring out. It flatters almost all body types as it creates the illusion of a smaller waist and it effectively hides other problem spots such as the tummy or thighs. If you’re keen on having an A-line wedding dress, it should start to flare out from a point above the body part you’re conscious of.


ball gown 3 wedding dressesThe Ball Gown

This wedding dress design is the most formal and traditional of them all. The ball gown silhouette features a full skirt made up of layered tiers and a tight bodice, giving you a fairy tale princess feel on your Big Day. Delicate embroidery and intricate beading will turn this dress into a work of art.

The ball gown wedding dress accentuates the waist and beautifully hides a heavy bottom. Keep in mind, though, that the shape might overwhelm a petite bride. It’s also not ideal for ladies with a full chest; the skirt’s volume will make the bride look big all over.

Mermaid 1 wedding dressesThe Mermaid

This wedding dress silhouette hugs the body from the chest until the knees, then flares out to the hem. A very versatile design, you could show off a modest amount of skin and go for a strapless design, or be more sophisticated and go for a high neckline and long sleeves. It can also be worn by tall or petite brides. Voluptuous brides who want to flaunt their curves will look great in this dress.



sheath 2 wedding dressesThe Sheath

Also known as the column, the sheath wedding dress style is long, narrow, and slim-fitting. This dress can look vintage, sleek, or formal depending on how it’s accessorised and styled. It’s great for petite brides as it lengthens the body. And if you’re planning a destination wedding, a sheath dress is the easiest to pack.

Whatever the wedding dress style you choose, make sure you have the right innerwear to go along with it to prevent unflattering lines and bulges in awkward places.

More importantly, remember that the right wedding dress style is the one you feel most confident and beautiful in, no matter what people say. If it feels and fits right, wear it!

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