By Polka Dot Bride

I love this twist on an engagement shoot – a tuxedo and black bow tie, a floor length black sequin evening gown. These formal black tie engagement photos are such a contrast to usual photos which are quite casual and really, why not take the chance to get dressed up if that’s what you love to do? The couple chose gm photographics to capture their photos.

Brooke and Paul tell the tale of how they met. “We attended the same primary school and high school however we were not in the same year. We both knew of each other however conversations lining up for lunch in the school canteen were as far as our contact went! Although living in the same suburb we had not interacted for close to 10 years until we bumped into each other in Las Vegas in December 2009. What happens in Vegas doesn’t always stay in Vegas!”

The proposal was utterly romantic, the couple telling, “Paul surprised Brooke and proposed after a beautiful breakfast on a romantic getaway to The Hunter Valley on the 9th August 2013. We stayed at the gorgeous, secluded ‘Cedars’ at Mount View, in the luxurious, modern villa ‘The Edge’ and spent the whole day at the Hunter Valley Gardens after the proposal.”

“We were both pretty set on not having a “typical” couple photo shoot and wanted to go for something classy, modern and quite formal – hence the suit, bowtie and Grammy-style gown.”

On what she loves about her (now) husband, Brooke remarks, “I love that Paul is the type of man that puts others before himself, a quality that is very rare in a man. He always finishes things he starts, he has such great work ethic and I love that he wears sexy glasses for his office job.”

They tell, “Brooke is a dance instructor and runs her own studio, Paul was adamant that he did not want her to choreograph their wedding dance. So Brooke happily took Paul’s advice and they just went with what they felt on the night. Best wedding dance ever – we had so much fun as there was no pressure to remember the steps.”

On what he loves about Brooke, Paul tells, “I love Brooke’s passion and enthusiasm in every aspect of her life, especially her dancing. She is so committed to giving her all in every project she takes on and even choreographs dances whilst driving, so talented!”


12Our beautiful Bride Meriam’s stylish ultimate bridal shower was planned and styled by Diane Khoury – one of Sydney’s elite wedding planners.

This elegant event was hosted at Dunbar House, Watson’s Bay. The prefect setting for a girlie celebration.

It was such a great event to photograph, lot’s of beautiful details to capture and an intimate atmosphere of excitement and love. We loved working with other great wedding specialists on the day including Faye Cahill Cakes and Crazy about Flowers.

11Read the full article featured in The Wedding Playbook and stay tuned for the beautiful wedding images


Our founding CEO and Photographic Director, Graham Monro is a proud Canon Master. He is honoured to be asked to judge the first Canon light awards. Each month entries are submitted by budding photographers to Canon Australia.

For this month in January, Canon set a monthly brief titled “Freedom”, where Graham has selected the top 3 entries in each category, reviewing each winning image and giving feedback to the photography community.

To read more about this fantastic competition and be inspired by some amazing images click here where you can see the winners and Graham’s comments on each of them.

Be sure to look at both categories available – open and student. There are some remarkable entries. Be inspired and you can enter for next month here.

As a Canon user for his entire career, Graham and the team at gm photographics are true ambassadors for Canon Australia. To read all about the Canon Masters Program and Graham’s Canon journey click here.

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We are honoured to have our stunning wedding couples featured in the latest issue of Bride to Be which is on sale now!

The beautiful Kimberley Ellsmore & Matthew Musumeci married in Bora Bora Tahiti.

The fabulous Hunter Valley wedding of the lovely couple Claire Kilgore & Mark Bee.

 Cassadra Ng & Timothy Glanville’s divine wedding at the fabulous Gunners Barracks Sydney.

Enjoy the photos and don’t forget to get a copy of the magazine!



Love was definitely in the air for Emma and George on their gorgeous wedding day.  Emma and George exchanged their vowed aboard a private boat filled with their friends and family cruising around the iconic Sydney Harbour.  Emma looked absolutely stunning walking down to meet her future husband in her Lilli Marcs wedding gown with amazing detail over the back.  George waited patiently for his beautiful bride looking very sharp in his Hugo Boss suit.   It was a lovely ceremony aboard the Rosman Ferries boat which everyone enjoyed thoroughly.  After the ceremony the bride and groom travelled around in London chic style in a classic taxi by London Cabs taking them to their final location at Aqua Dining.   The well-chosen reception venue was very picturesque overlooking the Harbour Bridge in Milsons Park.   The wedding party enjoyed delicious food and drinks, cake by Sweet Art and danced the night away to DJ d’Angelo.  It was a magical day that Emma and George will remember for the rest of their lives.  We hope you enjoy the photos below and if you would like to see the whole wedding day slide show click here.