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Gemma & Jayden’s Wedding Video at Tangalooma Island

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Gemma & Jayden

Gemma & Jayden

Last weekend I traveled to Tangalooma Island to video Gemma & Jayden’s beach wedding. My wife and I boarded Tangalooma Flyer and departed Brisbane mainland at 10am.

On the way over we met Josh from White Pearl Photography who was also on his way to shoot the wedding.

It wasn’t long before we arrived on the island and made our way to meet with Jayden at the Kookaburra Lodge for some preparation photos and video.

Then we relocated to Gemma’s apartment where she was having her make-up and hair done. After shooting some preparation footage with her I moved on to setup on location for the ceremony.

Gemma and Jayden’s wedding ceremony was relaxed and intimate, held in the gardens overlooking the white sandy beach. It was followed with a photo/video shoot along the beach at sunset.

This was my 3rd wedding shoot at Tangalooma and although it can be challenging with the bright sunlit sky and water as background, it also provides some stunning scenery at sunset.

Wild Dolphin at Tangalooma

A wild dolphin swims by the jetty at Tangalooma

It was also my 2nd wedding working with celebrant Marie Pentland, whom I highly recommend! Marie provides a very friendly and personal service and is always a pleasure to work with.

It was a great day for me as far as wedding shoots go. Nice surroundings, lovely families, exceptional work colleagues and we even got to see a few wild dolphins feeding by the jetty.

My equipment for the day consisted of my trusty old Sony Z1 MiniDV camcorder and my Canon 60D DSLR.

I also took my newly purchased Sturdycam camera stabilizer to try out but alas, I accidentally left the balancing rods at home!

Special thanks to Gemma & Jayden, Josh, Marie, Henk and of course my wife, Grace x.

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Kim & Craig’s Wedding Video in Brisbane

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Kim & Craig were married in April 2011. My filming of their day began at the city hotel in which Kim and her sister bridesmaid were getting ready. Top floor views provided a breathtaking view of the Brisbane River as Kim prepared for her big day.

Working closely with photographer, Mark Duffus, I was able to get some great prep footage before heading over to meet Craig. Craig was over at New Farm chilling out with his best man. He undoubtedly had a few nerves starting to brew, but he kept cool and managed to deliver a sweet pre-wedding message to his bride-to-be on camera which was nice.

Some great shots of Craig saddling up on his motorbike were followed by his arrival at New Farm park for the ceremony. The guests had all arrived and everyone was in position when Kim arrived. The ceremony was fantastic and it wasn’t long before they were declared husband and wife. The certificates were signed and then the happy couple were introduced as Mr & Mrs. The guests cheered and teared.

After a short time has passed for hugs and congratulations, photographer Mark Duffus got to work and set up a series of great compositions for the obligatory photo session before finally we all headed to the reception. It was a very relaxed and fun evening spent at Harvey’s in Fortitude Valley.

Some great speeches, the cutting of the cake and of course the bridal waltz were all captured on film. Kim and Craig also booked my Guest Messages video extra which created a great final chapter for the DVD, in which all of their guests spoke on camera and gave their best wishes and personal messages to the happy couple.

Sarah & Daniel

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Sarah & DanielSarah & Daniel were married at Tangalooma in early June. I traveled across from Brisbane in the morning and headed straight for the ceremony location. I was a little early which was great, that meant that I was able to take some time gather some establishing shots. It was an overcast day and mother nature kept us guessing as to whether it was going to rain. The ceremony was held outdoors in the lawn surrounded by gardens and with the ocean providing a lovely background. The overcast day worked in my favor as the ocean wasn’t as bright as it sometimes can be with the sun, which meant I didn’t have to blow out the exposure too much.

The guests started to arrive and it wasn’t too long before everything and everyone was in their place. Daniel arrived and just as things were about to get underway, a drop of rain hit my lens! Not having my cleaning cloth handy, I had to madly polish the lens with my shirt which just made it smudge worse. But with much persistence, I finally got the lens clean again just in time to catch the bagpipes beginning to play and welcome the arrival of Sarah the bride. It was a nice and relaxed ceremony followed with a short photo session with friends and family on the beach. Then it was time for me to pack up my gear and jump on the boat back to Brisbane.

I recently completed the DVD and posted express to the happy couple. Mother of the bride, Anna (whom had organised the wedding video booking with me months earlier) has provided me with some nice feedback, which you can read here. It’s always such a good feeling to hear that my customers are happy :)

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