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The waitress and the bartender, both 27, worked at a Sydney pub. On the night of a $19 million dollar lottery draw, Ross said out of the blue, ‘If I win the lottery, will you marry me?’ Chardai said yes. He didn’t win, but he got the girl, and, during their engagement, My Kitchen Rules called with their own proposal…

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THE COUPLE’S WEDDING SUPPLIERS

PHOTOS GM PHOTOGRAPHICS www.gmphotographics.com.au

STYLIST & PLANNER ANGELIC EVENTS www.angelicevents.com.au

CEREMONY & RECEPTION BURNHAM GROVE www.burnhamgrove.com.au

GOWN FOREVER VINTAGE www.forevervintage.net.au

SHOES ALANNAH HILL www.alannahhill.com.au

BRIDESMAIDS ALANNAH HILL www.alannahhill.com.au

RINGS OROGINALE JEWELLERY www.oroginale.com.au

SUIT HUGO BOSS www.hugoboss.com

STATIONERY NATALIE BY DESIGN www.nataliebydesign.com.au

CAKE ALL THINGS SWEET BY CARISSA www.allthingssweetbycarissa.com.au

CELEBRANT ELIZABETH TREVAN www.elizabethtrevan.com.au

ENTERTAINMENT DAMIEN HIGGINBOTHAM AND FUNKIFIED ENTERTERTAINMENT www.funkified.com.au

ACCOMMODATION THE DARLING www.thedarling.com.au

 

 

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gm photographics, located in the Sydney suburb of Mosman, is 25 years old. Graham Monro, founder of GM, says that the only wedding he’s yet to photograph, is a royal one!

What inspired you to become a photographer?

My dad is an architect and keen amateur photographer and he got me started. We had
a camera club at school with competitions, and by 14, I was getting my photos published. I also had
a crazy obsession with motorbikes, and later karate, so my early work was speed and sport related. That really honed my skill of recording movement and shooting in all sorts of lighting conditions — and
a love of photojournalistic photography developed.

Why weddings in particular?

We get to meet all sorts of people and join in their celebrations and emotions. It’s also a challenging day in terms of creativity. You are always in different locations, with different lighting and numbers of people, so it is a real art to capture all of the elements of a day. It’s great to push the boundaries.

What trends do you love at the moment?

We have watched many trends come and go. At the moment there is a strong trend of rustic and quirky. We still love classic photography, providing
a fantastic coverage of the whole day with

a photojournalistic style and a strong sense of glamour and fashion. For us it’s about beautiful photos that stand the test of time.

Is there a style you haven’t yet captured?

In over 25 years, there are not many we haven’t covered! We have enjoyed the diversity of shooting celebrities, different cultures and destinations and weddings of all sizes and styles. The only one we haven’t covered is a royal wedding! Yet…!

Do you shoot many weddings abroad?

We photograph lots of international weddings.
A favourite was in Paris —we flew in for four days to cover it. The couple stayed in a 200 year-old hotel and were married on the roof, overlooking the city. We photographed them in the streets by the Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe, Montmartre and The Louvre. It was about capturing the romantic atmosphere, and beautiful environmental shots.

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Natasha and Nick, both 26, met when they were at high school. ‘I knew right away that I liked him,’ says Natasha. ‘He was a bit of a nerd at school, so apparently he didn’t notice me right away!’ They dated for seven years before Nick proposed in New Zealand, on their first overseas getaway together.

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Natasha, a junior fashion editor, picked Steven Khalil to create her gown — a strapless, fitted silhouette with flowing tulle bottom and long train. French lace was the main fabric, with floral 3D lace detail on the bodice. A photo taken from a distance gives a wonderful perspective on your day — perfect to frame in your home as a feature piece. ‘I had my ups and downs during the design process,’ says Natasha, ‘but I guess that’s normal when you’re custom-making a dress.’ The end result was emotional, she says. ‘There were tears before we even left for the church,’ laughs the bride.

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For more details and to read the full article head over to www.bridetobe.com.au

THE COUPLE’S WEDDING SUPPLIERS

PHOTOS GM PHOTOGRAPHICS www.gmphotographics.com.au

STYLIST & PLANNER AUDREY & ANGUS www.audreyandangus.com

CEREMONY MACEDONIAN ORTHODOX CHURCH

RECEPTION DOLTONE HOUSE www.doltonehouse.com.au

FLOWERS ROCOCO FLOWERS www.rococoflowers.com.au

GOWN STEVEN KHALIL www.stevenkhalil.com

SHOES JIMMY CHOO www.jimmychoo.com

BRIDESMAIDS UNSPOKEN www.shop.unspoken.com.au

JEWELLERY PETER LANG www.peterlang.com.au

 GROOM’S SUIT HUGO BOSS www.hugoboss.com

GROOMSMEN POLITIX www.politix.com.au

HAIR & MAKE-UP LORES GIGLIO www.loresgiglio.com

STATIONERY OOH-AAH INVITATIONS www.ooh-aahinvitations.com.au

CAKE SWEET ART www.sweetart.com.au

 CAKE TOPPER ROCOCO FLOWERS www.rococoflowers.com.au

TRANSPORT ROLL UP IN A ROLLS www.rollupinarolls.com.au

FILM HIGH TEA FILMS www.highteafilms.com

REGISTRY DAVID JONES www.davidjones.com.au

ACCOMMODATION THE STAR www.star.com.au

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What a beautiful day it was photographing Katie and Marcus on their wedding Day.

Katie, 27, and Marcus, 31, have a mutual love of cars, and met through a club they were both part of. Call it fate, but without knowing where Marcus lived, Katie moved in above him. ‘Marcus invited me over for spaghetti and meatballs, and the rest is history,’ she says. He asked her to marry him in Bali.

To find out more and read the full article…see Bride to Be Magazine

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STYLIST SOMETHING WHITE somethingwhite.com.au

CEREMONY ROSYLN PACKER THEATRE roslynpackertheatre.com.au

RECEPTION DECKHOUSE deckhouse.com.au

FLOWERS BUDS AND BOWERS budsandbowers.com.au

GOWN VELANI velani.com.au

SHOES JIMMY CHOO jimmychoo.com

BRIDESMAIDS SHEIKE sheike.com

RINGS CANTURI canturi.com

SUITS GEORGE AND KING georgeandking.com.au

MAKE-UP ELOISE PROUST eloiseproust.com.au

HAIR PETA WINTER BRIDAL HAIR facebook.com/petawinterbridalhair

STATIONERY MYCUPPATEA mycuppatea.com.au

BRAINBOW brainbow.com.au

CAKE FAYE CAHILL fayecahill.com.au

TRANSPORT WHITE BAY LIMOUSINES whitebaylimousines.com.au

CELEBRANT CLAIRE BELFORD clairebelford.com.au

ENTERTAINMENT THE WHITE TREE thewhitetree.com.au

PHOTOBOOTH IN THE BOOTH inthebooth.com.au

ACCOMMODATION THE DARLING thedarling.com.au

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Ivan & Aileen’s springtime wedding on Sydney Harbour is featured here on Bride Story Blog. We loved capturing this gorgeous couple and their special wedding day.

Beautiful springtime weather calls for an outdoor garden ceremony, which Aussie boy Ivan Phuah, and Singapore girl Aileen Lai did at Sydney’s historic 19 th century Vaucluse House.

Surrounded by perfectly pruned bushes, giant jacaranda trees and white picket fences, the venue was beautiful in itself so they didn’t need do much to dress up the place. Using a simple palette of blush and gold, they slightly enhanced the natural surroundings with small details like hanging vases from trees, buckets of baby’s breath and pretty little signages by Singapore design house, Breakfast. “They designed the wedding invites, placecards, ‘Here comes the bride’ sign and thank you cards,” details the bride.

They had a simple cocktail reception after the ceremony and served guests light bites and beverages. “Chloe from Fresh Catering provided a lovely soda stand with wild berry and elderflower soda, as well as a citrus, cucumber and mint cooler, all served in little glass bottles with yellow striped straws,” she adds.

We worked with Jodie McGregor Flowers to handpick select the right blooms for our table centrepieces – David Austin roses, peonies, hydrangeas, silver miller – and filled the place up with tea lights and candles in vintage glass holders.”

In the evening, they hosted a dinner reception at one of Sydney’s most iconic restaurants, Quay Restaurant which has an awesome view of the Opera House and Harbour Bridge. “Many of our guests were visiting Sydney for the first time and we wanted to show them the best view of the city,” says Aileen.

Instead of a traditional wedding cake, the couple worked with Leigha Wills from Moreish Macarons who created a gorgeous six-tier macaron tower, topped with a six-inch red velvet cake brushed with cream cheese. “We had all our favourite flavours on each tier – Ferrero, salted caramel, blueberry and white chocolate, cookies and cream, peanut butter and Tim Tams!

We wish Ivan & Aileen every happiness in their married life together

xxx

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