A Same Sex Wedding! Photography in Brisbane
What can I say about Greg? When he called me to talk photography for his upcoming same sex wedding, it was like talking to an old friend. We instantly connected! Greg told me all about his plan to marry James, his partner of 6 years, their beautiful Mums and the importance of having a photographer who understood how special this day was to them both.
When we finally got off the phone I was just as excited about the wedding as Greg and James! I loved every part of their same sex wedding and I had so much fun capturing some beautiful photography for these two gorgeous guys.
This is their story…(as told by Greg)
Their First Date
“We both met at Café in Hamilton back in August 2010. We both had this sense that we wanted to be together from the beginning. And, after countless hours and days on the phone, lots more dates, we couldn’t be separated. It was like we were lifetime friends and all the stars aligned. We’d found our soul mates. And we couldn’t stop looking into one another’s eyes! We were just fixated! Smiling like young teenagers on their first date. And we didn’t notice anyone in the café”.
What Made Your Same Sex Wedding Special
“Being in a room filled with love. And the raw emotion and unconditional love and non-judgmental views by anyone that attended. And that including the public walking by at the ceremony. Without a doubt, our Celebrant Robyn Nicolle and finally having our Mothers, family and friends present made it special”.
Choosing A Photographer for your Same sex wedding photography
We really explained on the first meeting how important it was for Alison to capture not only us, but our Mums for the day. And we shared stories together so that Alison understood the importance for us.
We spoke several times leading up to the day, with lots of communication. And we just connected with her immediately on our first meeting. We felt right in our decision using Alison for our same sex wedding photography. She got to know us as a couple.
The Importance of the Right Photographer
For James and myself, finding the right photographer was a major part of the day. Someone who truly understood that documenting a same sex wedding involves more than turning up on the day with camera gear. Because it’s about discovering the nature of the two people, their relationship and, in turn, finding a way to capture their love, unity and memorable moments that are a reflection of them.
The key is finding out what truly makes two people a partnership. And it’s the same key ingredient no matter the couple – gay or straight.
Alison guided us through the whole process. And she helped us every step of the way, making it fun and as stress free as possible. She really cared.
We are beyond happy getting to know Alison. She is a genuine caring professional and the photography we received is impeccable. We are so excited!
James and I would highly recommend Alison for same sex wedding photography to our own LGBTI community for their own same sex wedding.
Advice for future couples?
Its often said that people tell you to relax and enjoy the day. Let the day unfold as it presents itself and try not to control it. Because once the day comes there’s nothing you can do! Not the weather, nothing! So just go with the flow and don’t get stressed. You have something beautiful, which will unfold, and your life long partner waiting for you. The day goes so quick you wont remember. We can say how true this is. It’s outside of your control. And things will go wrong but it just won’t matter. So trust in those suppliers you have chosen and enjoy the day”.
Same Sex Wedding Vendor shout outs!
Wedding & Reception Venue: Eves on the River, Teneriffe
Videographer: Jasper & Ruby Visions
Celebrant: the very entertaining Robyn Nicolle marriage celebrant
Flowers & Stylist: Mark Winchester from That’s Gorgeous
About Alison – Same Sex Wedding Photography Brisbane
Alison Cooke Photography is a Brisbane photographer who photographs ALL weddings. As an inclusive photographer I celebrate the rights of all same sex couples to now legally marry. Alison is also a portrait and newborn photographer and an award-winning member of the AIPP with over 20 years’ experience in the wedding, family and newborn portrait industry. Alison is also a communications specialist, writer and freelance public relations specialist. You can view more communications work here.