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Werribee Mansion Wedding Photography | Sarah & Jay

Jay and Sarah met on a crisp autumn evening in 2010 at a dinner organised by Jay’s now sister in law Jillian and his brother Jay Vern.  During the night the romanced blossomed and Jay sneakily persuaded Sarah to give him her contact details, claiming that he wanted her input for an upcoming best man’s speech that he was giving at Jillian and Jay’s Vern’s wedding.  He asked her on a date the next day and the rest is history!

Three years later Jay surprised Sarah with a trip to Hamilton Island.  On the first evening they went for a walk along Catseye beach where Sarah found a half buried ‘message in a bottle’.  As she started reading the message which was from Jay, he dropped to one knee and proposed.  The romance followed with a private dinner on the beach.

It’s no surprise that their wedding day was classic, romantic and beautiful.  With the gorgeous Werribee Mansion as a stunning backdrop, fitting their day beautifully.  The sacred Chinese Tea Ceremony symbolised respect to older generations and acceptance into the family.  The tempo changed as celebrations spilled on into the Grand Ballroom.  Up until then, everything had gone totally to plan, when suddenly the DJ stopped the music to inform us we had to evacuate outside due to the fire department investigating.  Thankfully there was no fire (rather the use of a smoke machine elsewhere!), and the party continued!  Sarah & Jay are now settling into their new life in Trinidad where they have been re-located with work.

Congratulations Sarah & Jay, such a wonderful to be a part of!  xx

(excuse the Iphone image, we gathered all the important items such as memory cards / laptops, anything with wedding images on it, rather than the cameras! You just never know when there’s evacuations!)

You can view the beautiful Video of Sarah & Jay’s wedding HERE

Sarah & Jay’s Wedding Team

Bride’s Dress: La Sposa

Bridesmaids Dresses: Zimmermann

Groom’s Suit: Lords Tailor

Make up/Hair: Vivian Ashworth

Flowers: One Day Your Way

Stylist: One Day Your Way

Cake: Cake Face

Videographer: Anthony C2 Video

Celebrant: Lynton Round

 

Meagan & Daniel | Terindah Estate Wedding Photography

I met Meagan & Daniel for the first time on their wedding day, having spoken many times on Skype, all the way from the Cayman Islands (not jealous at all!)

In the words of the Bride & Groom themselves… “We met through knowing the same group of people in high school, friends of friends from a long time ago!  So one night we were both out at a gig watching a band we both liked and bumped into one another.  Hit it off from there and that was that!”

“Dan took me on a trip for my birthday, we went for a walk in the rainforest with a bottle of champagne to the bottom of a beautiful waterfall – Dan got down on one knee and proposed – I said YES! :)”

Meg & Dan got married at the beautiful yet rustic Terindah Estate.  The table setting caught our eye straight away, photos of each of the guests from younger days!  Their day had a rustic, natural, relaxed feel with a touch of retro!  And I have been told that I HAVE to mention to take a good look at the guys getting ready.  Dan’s bridal party wore traditional bow ties,  one small detail – no one knew how to do up a bow tie… So out came You-Tube and a production line of bow-tying!

Meanwhile the girls had a terrible (haha!) view of the sea, enjoying a very relaxed afternoon getting ready!

After a stunning day down in the Ballarine Peninsula, the night kicked off with some pretty hilarious speeches and the awesome Peter Yacono Productions getting everyone out on the dance-floor for hours!  When the time came to wrap up the reception, everyone piled into the (very handy!) bus to the local pub and kicked on til the wee hours of the morning!  I know Meg & Dan had an amazing time and are now settled back in the Cayman Islands.  Congratulations guys! xx

Ebony + Michael | Williamstown Wedding Photography

Ebony and Michael met through friends and after 3 years of dating got engaged, on their anniversary at Queenscliff Beach.  This gorgeous couple were surrounded by family and close friends as they exchanged their wedding vows in front of Michael’s Uncle, Paster Allan Herman at Westgate Vineyard Church.  Together we ventured around Williamstown’s gorgeous Botanical Garden’s and of course Williamstown Peir for their wedding photography.

Their reception at 501 Receptions in Footscray was themed as an Asian Banquet due to their love of Asian cuisine, as guests were treated to course upon course of amazing food!

Their wedding had many personal touches, of course being married by Michael’s Uncle, the stationary was all made by the groom (and how fantastic does it look!?) and two of Ebony’s Bridesmaids took charge of all things beauty!

Congratulations again Ebony and Michael!

Ebony + Michael’s Wedding Team:

Ebony’s Dress- Sottero & Midgley
Bridal Bolero by Etsy store Mary and Angelika  (Custom Bridal Accessories Handmade)
Hair accessories- Anna Campbell
Flowers- by Natalie Peluso at Feather Bud
Bridesmaids dresses- Elan Jersey Convertible Wrap Dress in navy
Girls hairAbbie and Ally mobile hair and make up
Girls make up- Kerryn Mastapa makeup artist (Sister in law/bridesmaid) , Sarah Magilton beauty therapist (bridesmaid)
Groom/Groomsman suits- New England
Cake- Sugar Puff Yarraville
Celebrant- Pastor Allan Herman (Grooms’s uncle)
Reception501 Receptions
Lolly buffet and floral centre pieces- Inspired Weddings and Celebrations Geelong
Stationary – All made by the Groom

Babies of 2013

HAPPY NEW YEAR!  To welcome 2014, first meet the gorgeous babies of 2013!

Is it just us or did 2013 fly by!?  A very busy year for the studio!  We saw many clients returning with their newest additions and many new wonderful families!

In March, I entered the WPPI (Wedding and Portrait Photographers International) 16×20 Photography Competition for the first time, receiving two Silver with Distinctions and a GOLD!  At the AIPP APPA awards, receiving a Silver with Distinction.  At the Awards night received Associateship with the AIPP, and later in 2013 received Associates Honour with the WPPI.

2013 also saw Alex officially joining Iris Creations as a photographer on weddings, and soon will be expanding our wedding packages to include Videography!  So stay tuned!  Now it’s his turn to start the awards circuit, and plans to get his Associates with the AIPP quicker than me. ;)

And here we are in January, and already this year is flying by!  A few announcements to start the year..

in 2014 Iris Creations will be officially operating on PART TIME hours.  The office and studio will be open and available Wednesday & Fridays and selected weekends for sessions.  Therefore it is advised to book sessions as soon as possible!  Pricing for 2014/2015 Wedding Packages is available, and can be downloaded HERE.

Portrait Session pricing available HERE.

To stay up-to-date with news and announcements, and of course previews please be sure to ‘LIKE’ our facebook page HERE.

All the best for the new year!  Stay safe and have a wonderful summer!

x Gemma

2013 AIPP Canon APPA Awards

What a weekend.  I feel I’m still exhausted!  If you don’t know about the APPA awards, they are an annual event via the AIPP.  The Australian Professional Photography Awards.  2013 marked my third year in entering, this year into the “Family” category.

A little background about what all this is about.  Each print is judged by 5 judges.  They enter a score out of 100.  Those scores get averaged out and produce a final score.  80-84 is Silver, 85-89 Silver with Distinction, 90-94 Gold and 95-100 Gold with Distinction.  Scores over 78 earn you points which, over time, qualify you for Honours status within the AIPP, Associate, Master of Photography and of course Grand Master of Photography.  The highest scoring photographers within each category at the Awards win the category for example “Australian Portrait Photographer of the Year” and from there comes the prestigious “Australian Photographer of the Year”.

For a little introduction about the AIPP & the APPA awards, please enjoy this video, which gives a great introduction into the process!  (and at 2:20, you may see yours truly admiring an image on the presentation walls!)

The 2013 Canon AIPP APPA from AIPP TV on Vimeo.

I entered four images and THRILLED to have received a SILVER with DISTINCTION for one of my favorite client images taken in the last 12 months.  At this session, I started dreaming about this image as an award print, when my client brought out the most gorgeous baby blanket.  I instantly knew how I wanted to photograph this gorgeous brand new baby.  I named the image “Tree of Life”.

I was also VERY excited to be awarded with my Associateship this year at the Presentation Gala (AKA the photography industries “Oscars”)  It was so exciting, especially to be receiving the medal at the same time as so many of my close photographer friends, and even more exciting when some had to dash off to receive a second AIPP Honours, their “Master of Photography”.

As I mentioned last year in my post about the awards “Being a photographer can be a pretty lonely and isolating existence. After photographing our gorgeous subjects there are hours and hours spent in an office alone working on a computer, and catching up on administration and other tasks. Working in a creative field by oneself there is no one to bounce ideas off or to chat with in the tea room on a break.”

This is one of the reasons that photographers from all over Australia jump in the car for a roadtrip, or a plane to get to the party quicker and it’s a long weekend of catching up (most of the time for the first time since last year’s awards), celebrating and letting the hair down!

To my colleagues, friends old & brand new… thanks for sharing this amazing weekend with Alex & I, once again it’s been a weekend to remember!  Til next year;)