Industrial Winter Wedding Inspiration Shoot

This was the dream team to work with. Everyone was on the same page and so so lovely. I was approached by stylist WINNIE Q from London through a mutual friend and when she described the vision for a winter wedding combined with the industrial setting of Melbourne metro area featuring Australian designer KAREN WILLIS HOLMES, I knew I wanted to be on board.

WINNIE says, “I love the softness that winter brings set against the rugged white exposed bricks in an old warehouse space which was in urban Melbourne. I was obsessed with bringing snow into the warehouse and made cotton wool snowballs, which were set as a wedding ceremony backdrop and incorporated with the bouquets, cake and table settings. The natural light beamed through this iconic urban space and set the most ambient and natural romantic lighting one could only ask for – it had all come together perfectly. From the gorgeously styled hair and makeup, to the flawless buttercream cake, the dreamy tulle and sequined wedding gowns, to the dainty, glistening headpieces and a winter inspired festive table set for any occasion underneath a set of a rough diamond pendant light installation – dressed in crystal glasses, vases, hand painted gold pine cones, calligraphy designed stationery, candles and the most beautiful flowers by BLUSH FLORAL DESIGN to match… it was even better than I had imagined.”

This was featured in one of my favourite online wedding magazines Magnolia Rouge
and as they described it : Winter weddings are just romantic, the candlelight, dreamy white snow and the beautiful wraps you can add to your gown….

PS everyone should have Sarah from KWH on their wedding day, she was amazing at dressing our beautiful ( and supertall !) model Jacinta Horan into the various gowns.

Stylist WINNIE Q / Wedding Gowns KAREN WILLIS HOLMES / Model Jacinta Horan / Florist BLUSH FLORAL DESIGN / Furniture Hire COMPLETE FUNCTION HIRE / Make-up artist MISS AIMMEY / Stationery INK HEARTS PAPER / Cake YUM MAMMAS / Pendant Lights BEN-TOVIM DESIGNS

What makes a good backdrop?

One of my favourite parts of my job is scouting for the perfect location for my couple.
I rarely reuse the same location as every couple is unique ( and if I do, the same location
can look different in a different season ). I will first get a good idea of the feel
the couple are after, whether it is rustic walls, luscious greens or blue sky and oceans.

People often ask me what makes a good backdrop for photography.
So here are the 4 things I look for :

1) Busyness
I tend to choose locations that are quiet and isolated so that my couple wont
be distracted and to ensure that the shot is clean with no clutter ( such
as cars, poles, other people passing or anything that will take the focus off the person or couple )

2) Texture
It is all about texture. Even though green is not my favourite color, it makes an amazing backdrop.
Whether it is a garden, park, forest or just a hedge wall, greens look peaceful, calming and complimenting
in portraits. Other textures that look great in portraits are brick walls, old rusted doors,
high dry grainfields, rocky beaches etc.

3) Symmetry
A row of trees, the sealines, doors are all pleasing to the eye and show depth to an image.

4) Reflection
It is important to keep skin tones real so I like shooting on pathways or any neutral grounds
instead of grass as the green in the grass will reflect onto the persons face and trust me
green faces do not look good!

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This week I went for a drive up the mountains with my friend in search for a location for an upcoming engagement shoot.
It was a rainy, foggy day and the forest looked magical in its mist. I took this shot just on my iphone as my friend
carrying her daughter was walking back to my car ( in their trendy double denim!) ….
I think my couple will be stoked!