Fabulous Wedding Photos in Brisbane
You know what I love about weddings? Every single wedding is different. So all the Brisbane wedding photos I capture should be a little different too, right? It’s challenging to try and create something unique each time when you’ve photographed over 700 weddings, but I LOVE a good challenge. And most couples are happy to indulge me when I suggest something a little different.
Jayne and Sean’s Brisbane Wedding
When I met Jayne and Sean for their pre-wedding consult they told me all about their wedding plans. Their wedding ceremony was scheduled for 4.30pm which is quite late as far as timing for wedding photos goes. However, being the awesome couple they are, they were happy to mix things up! And I could tell they weren’t a conventional couple. They’d been together over 15 years and all they wanted was to be married, celebrate with their family and friends, and have some fun, candid and relaxed Brisbane wedding photos.
Mixing It Up for the Wedding Photos in Brisbane
As their ceremony was so late in the afternoon, we discussed the timeline for the day. If we chose to do wedding photos the traditional way, after the ceremony and family photos, we’d soon run out of daylight. And while I’m always happy to work with whatever conditions are thrown at me, I could tell Jayne and Sean were open to other suggestions. So I mentioned the ‘first look’ or the ‘reveal’. This is when the bride and groom see each other before the ceremony. It’s a great icebreaker for nervous couples or in this case, couples with limited time for photos.
After explaining that we could do to squeeze more time in for Brisbane wedding photos, Jayne and Sean jumped at the chance to have their photos before the ceremony. This also allowed them to spend more time with their guests as there wasn’t that 1-2 hour window where the bridal party would traditionally sneak off before the reception for their photos.
Jayne and Sean’s wedding day arrived and I met them both at W Hotel in Brisbane. If you haven’t visited this hotel, it is super funky! They have some really cool architecture, artwork and the hallways and elevators are decorated with glow-in-the-dark murals of bugs! And Jayne and Sean, being the awesome couple they are, were happy to indulge my ideas for photos.
So thank you Jayne and Sean for being such a fabulous couple to hang out with on your wedding day. Keep on scrolling for their fabulous Brisbane wedding photos and to read their story.
The First Meeting
A work Christmas party many, many years ago!
Anything Funny About That First Meeting?
Sean actually went to the party hoping to meet up with another girl.
How long have you been together?
Only 16 short years
Lady Elliot Island
Why did you choose Alison Cooke Photography for your Brisbane wedding photos?
Lots of time on Google reading reviews. After meeting Alison we really liked her ideas and editing style.
*you can check out my Google reviews here.
What was the one thing you just had to have for your wedding day?
Everything going to plan, and thankfully it did. And the day was perfect!
What made your wedding so amazing?
After 16 years together we finally got there.
How did you go about planning your wedding and did you have any help?
We planned everything ourselves. It was really rewarding to know we arranged everything and watch it all come together on the day.
What tips or ideas would you pass onto future couples?
Don’t think about what the day is costing you. Enjoy the company of family and friends.
What was something unique about your wedding?
We did our photos in advance of the ceremony. This way we could spend as much time with our guests as possible and not miss out on 2 hours between the end of the ceremony and start of the reception while we were off doing photos. I wouldn’t have done this any other way.
Did you honeymoon, where and for how long?
A week at our holiday house at Woodgate Beach (hoping we wouldn’t be consumed by the bushfire burning at the time) and then another week on Wilson Island in the Whitsundays. We are going to do a cruise through the Mediterranean in 2020 to ‘properly’ celebrate.
Photographer: Alison Cooke Photography
Ceremony: Cathedral of St Stephen, Brisbane
Reception: Blackbird Private Dining
Cake: 2 Chefs and a Cupcake
Flowers: Done by our very talented friend Gina Hennessy
Entertainment: C&C Premium Mobile DJ
Jeweller: Diamond Boulevard, Gold Coast
Hair & Make-up artist: The Spell Collective
About Alison – Brisbane Wedding Photos
Alison Cooke Photography is a Brisbane wedding photographer, portrait and newborn photographer and an award-winning member of the AIPP. She has over 20 years experience taking amazing Brisbane wedding photos, family and newborn photos. Alison was voted “One of the Top 10 Brisbane Photographers in 2019” by the Courier Mail and is a communications specialist, writer and freelance public relations specialist. You can view more communications work here.