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Winter Weddings

Winter Weddings

Typically, the wedding season begins in late September and finishes in early April, taking place in the warmer months and longer days. There is no denying that this is a spectacular time to get married as it is the time of year that everyone is in the mood for a party, the bright blue sky makes a beautiful backdrop for your day, and your sun kissed skin gives you the confidence you need to walk down the aisle with everyone’s eyes on you only.

But there is something just as beautiful about winter weddings. While some brides might quiver at the sight of forming storm clouds, a photographer jumps with glee. A dramatic stormy sky creates the ultimate wow wedding photo. A breeze that playfully flips a brides veil in the wind is something that can’t be replicated in a studio with a fan. An early setting sun gives more time for sunset shots before a reception (instead of during) and on a stormy or cloudy day, can throw the most beautiful colours for a glorious backdrop to create the best wedding photos.

Wedding florists love the selections available in winter, wedding coordinators are itching to create a winter wedding and your favourite hairdresser or make up artist is bound to be able to give you their full attention and excitement for your big day (during wedding season they see so many weddings!). A winter wedding doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice your sleeveless dress, bright bridesmaid colours, or an outdoor wedding. An injection of colour not only brightens the surrounds, but your guests and the mood. If your wedding is outside – be creative, find some shelter, or heating options (outdoor wedding lighting makes for the best wedding photos!). And while the blokes are no doubt pleased that they can wear a full suit to a wedding without sweating up a storm, it doesn’t mean you have to cover the beautiful detail of your dress with something warm (though a bolero might be your style) – again, be creative with your surrounds and your outfit to ensure you are comfortable and as beautiful as you imagined. Double bonus – you won’t get sunburnt or sweat off your makeup!

Winter weddings have the potential to create the best wedding photos that are truly one of a kind – that is, if you get the best wedding photographer on your side too! I have little doubt that Jade Norwood is ready and waiting for her winter wedding call up.

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Sarah + Benn’s Wedding

Sarah + Benn’s Wedding

Sarah and Benn become husband and wife in romantic style in front of the gorgeous Martindale Hall. Every moment and every detail were just perfect. All of the locations offered a backdrop of rustic, country, glamour’s tranquility which is my absolute fav. Sarah was effortlessly stunning all day and Benn was a handsome true gentleman.

I absolutely love “how we met” stories and Sarah + Benn’s is no exception. (I am also now thinking I have to go to Clare race’s… Who’s coming?)
“I first saw Benn in a home movie that my brother and his mates made when they were at school at Urrbrae. Benn was one of my brothers friends, and I though that he was pretty cute. This was back when I was still in Year 9 and Benn as in Year 12.
It wasn’t until years later that we saw each other at the Clare races (classy) and got talking.
The next year at the Clare races, we bumped into each other again, and basically spent the whole day hanging out together with my brother and Benn’s friends.
Benn messaged me the next day and it all happened from there.”

I asked Sarah what special touches they had added in to their wedding (and I can say how much love I have for the response) – “We have tried to keep all of our vendors local to showcase the beauty of the Clare Valley and all that it has to offer. The videographer is a primary school friend of Sarah’s and is the son of the current caretakers of the Hall. The entertainment (Brad Bryksy Music) is also an old friend of Sarah’s.
There are a lot of sentimental elements to the day. The location of the ceremony is very sentimental to me (Sarah) as I grew up on the farm that surrounds the Hall. I spent my childhood visiting the Hall, riding motorbikes with my brother to the creek that runs past the Hall, having bbq’s down at the creek, going to the Hall on school visits etc. It holds a very significant place in my heart, and has always been my dream to get married there.
The car that I (Sarah) will arrive in belonged to my Great Grandmother, and is now owed by my brother.
The mustang that Benn and I will leave the wedding in and arrive to the reception in belongs to Benn’s father Mark.
The brooch that I will wear on my bouquet has quite a bit of family significance. It was originally given to Margaret (Maggie) Parks on her wedding day by her husband Adam Lindsay Gordon. Adam was a famous Australian poet, and is the only Australian to have his bust in the poets corner of Westminster Abbey. The tradition of the brooch is that it has been passed down to the first born female in each generation and worn on her wedding day. I (Sarah) feel very blessed to be part of this tradition.
The first dance song is significant as it will be a Frank Sinatra song. Sarah late Poppa’s favourite singer was Sinatra.
All of these things are very significant, and will make the day all the more special.” (I agree 100%…)

You two 10’s, the epitome of #jnbrides + #jngrooms I just cant thank you enough for such a fun, relaxed, amazing day. I wish you both a life time of health, love, laughter (and Sahara’s ;))
JN xx

Wedding Dress: Chosen by One Day Bridal
Bridesmaid Dress: Jenny and Gerry’s
Shoes: Joann Mercer
Jewellery: Samantha Wills Bridal and Mimco
Suits: Peter Shearer Menswear
Wedding Celebrant: Rebecca Wilson
Makeup Artist: Saskia Pridham Makeup
Hair Stylist: Peta Short
Ceremony Venue: Martindale Hall
Reception Venue: Hillsview Estate
Entertainment: Brad Bryksy Music
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Drink staff: Auburn Primary School
Caterers: Hillsview Estate
Florist: Bethany Jane Designs
Rings: R&B Sutherland Jewellers Clare
Cake: Whisked
Wedding Photographer: Jade Norwood

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Natasha + Scott’s wedding day

Natasha + Scott’s wedding day

The gorgeous vintage wedding of Natasha + Scott at Peter Teakle Wines – The Line & Label in Port Lincoln.

Wedding Dress – Rapsimo
Bridesmaid dress – Tutu du Monde
Shoes – Alan pinkus & Florsheim
Jewellery – Pedemonte Jewellers
Suits – Jack London
Florist – Robyn & Carol
Cake – Cake Dreams by Wendy
Decorator – EP Function Hire & Ultimate Celebrations
Wedding Celebrant – Ngahuia Trewartha – Mana WellBeing Centre
Makeup – Seishin Spa & Style Bar
Hair – Johnny Georgiou & Anita Proseck 
Ceremony Venue – Peter Teakle Wines Garden
Reception Venue – The Line & Label
Wedding Photographer – Jade Norwood

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Including parents on your wedding day

Including parents on your wedding day

Traditionally, roles in a wedding day were set; parents of the bride were to pay for the wedding and as such, were the hosts of the wedding celebrations. Parents of the groom took more of a backseat – perhaps hosting the engagement party and planning the bachelor party.

Nowadays, couples are taking on the responsibilities of paying for and organising their own weddings, but that has made the role of parents on both sides unclear. The father of the bride will always be the one to walk her down the aisle, but how can you include other parents in your wedding day?

To help kick start your ideas, here’s some we have seen in the past few years.

* Have both parents of the bride walk her down the aisle for her grand entrance.
* Have both parents of the groom escort their son down the aisle at the beginning of the ceremony.
* Having the both Mums holding the respective wedding rings instead of the Best Man.
* Include all parents in the ceremony by asking them to work together in doing a reading.
* Candle lighting – ask your parents to light a candle for each of their families at the end of the aisle. Towards the end of your wedding ceremony, you can use the flame from each family candle to light your own family candle – a way to symbolise the joining of two families and the creation of your own.
* Have a close relationship with both your dad and step-dad? Have one take you from the start of the aisle to the middle, where you meet the other father figure. He will then take you the rest of the way down the aisle – so you can include both in your wedding day.
* Rather than just ‘dad’ making the speeches at your reception, ask mum and dad to work together for the traditional ‘father of the bride’ speech – and do the same with the grooms parents.
* We all picture the first dance as a beautiful moment in time – but with love songs being a little longer than you think, being alone on the dance floor with all of those eyes on you can begin to make you uncomfortable. Head off the dance floor, groom grabbing his mum and bride grabbing her dad for a little boogie. Then, have them dance together while you get your new father-in-law and hubby grabs his new mother-in-law for the last part of the song. Hopefully this gets the whole dance floor going!
* If you have a parent who has passed away, why not leave a seat the table free for them, and have their picture at the ceremony and reception? You could also have their picture in a locket/photo cuffs that you can wear and keep them close to you on your wedding day.

These are just a few ideas that might spark your own imagination. How are you going to include your families in your wedding ceremony?

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Wedding makeup tips

Wedding makeup tips

When it comes to weddings there are a lot of key factors to take into consideration. Not only will these factors determine the outcome of most of your wedding, they will always be remembered. Two very important factors to take into consideration when you are a bride is your photographer and the Adelaide makeup artist you choose. The two happen to go hand in hand and have a lot tied together.

Photography has changed over the years and it is not what it used to be. If we think back to the beginning of photography, photos were black and white everyone seemed to have flawless porcelain skin. If you take a black and white photo right now your skin will look perfect.

Times have changed, so has photography and as well the makeup industry. Everything is High Definition now. The clarity is unparalleled and amazing. As a photographer in our fair city of Adelaide, i have a few tips for future brides. I feel it is my duty to inform all future brides of what to take into consideration when looking for an Adelaide makeup artist.

There are things you can do to make sure your photographer has a great canvas to work with. As a photographer, my job is more than just taking beautiful photos. The main job of a wedding photographer is to provide assistance in every step of the bride’s big day. Finding the right makeup artist in Adelaide in a very important step as the outcome can make or break the photo session. The last thing a photographer wants is an upset bride with her photos because the makeup was flawed.

The first step when searching for your friendly Adelaide wedding makeup artist is checking her credentials. In the era of technology it is very easy to find a wedding makeup artists social media page and check out her portfolio. The best part about social media is that you will find tags of the work she has done from the events people attend. This way you get to see the outcome photographed by professionals and not just the photos she would take with her phone camera.

The second aspect you should take into consideration should be the products she uses. This is very important when it comes to photography. There is makeup that is HD and works perfectly when it comes to photo-shoots. If the products are a quality brand they will stay on longer and your photos will be flawless.

A third very important aspect when finding your Adelaide wedding makeup artist is booking a trial makeup session. It might be an extra cost but this way you get to be sure of the outcome on your wedding day. If there are certain colors or makeup strategies that do not suit you, you can let her know and make her job easier. Communication is key.

Makeup is about blending everything discreetly and perfectly even. The color of your foundation has to be just right otherwise your photos will show the discrepancy towards your jawline and your “clivage”. The contouring will make your features pop with the right amount of shadow or highlight. If there are any imperfections with a face structure, contouring will eradicate the flaws one might have. We aren’t all perfect, there are asymmetrical challenges that your Adelaide wedding makeup artist can fix. This way when your photographer is taking your photos it will give the allusion of perfection and you will be left with a flawless face.

As a photographer, I believe that finding the right wedding makeup artist in Adelaide will not only benefit the future bride but it will make my job easier. When the face is flawless or the imperfections are taken care of, your photos will not need as much editing. The photos will give off a natural vibe close to the moment they were taken.
I consider one of my main priorities to be that of building trust. Making sure your client feels confident and good about themselves is one of the most important parts of having a great wedding session. If they look in the mirror and feel good about themselves, they will most likely trust you and listen to your directions more easily.
Guiding my clients towards great Adelaide wedding makeup artist offers a multitude of benefits for me as a photographer. With the right guidance, you can give your clients the confidence that will radiate in their photos and be captured forever.

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