Autumn Harvest in the Blue Mountains

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Earlier this year I had the privilege of heading to the beautiful Blue Mountains in Australia – the town of Blackheath to be exact – to style and speak at LEAH KUA’S No Greater Love workshop. It was a beautiful and inspiring few days spent with good food, great company and the crispness and beauty of the Blue Mountains in autumn. Honestly it’s SUCH a gorgeous area and if you ever have the chance to visit there… do it in the cooler months. It’s magical. LEAH put on a stunning workshop and I’m pretty sure all the attendees will have fond memories of the delicious cinnamon scented candles burning throughout the little cottage it was held in, amongst many other sweet details.

We did a couple of shoots as part of the workshop, one of which features in the current issue of MAGNOLIA ROUGE MAGAZINE. For this blog post I’ve combined the two shoots since they all tie in together. Huge thanks to our beautiful real couple models who were so gracious and patient and stood out in the cold for hours without complaint. SARAH LIM – who had travelled from Singapore – created an array of stunning florals, including the most amazing autumnal centrepiece for our tablescape which I’m still in love with! JENNIFER GIFFORD and KELSEY GENNA provided us some beautiful gowns, and from JENNIFER the sweetest little beaded bolero you ever did see. We used the prettiest veils and headpieces from THREE SUNBEAMS, and the hair & make-up was done by EVY’S BEAUTY PARLOUR who was actually one of our wonderful models. Lastly the amazing LAURA BLADE from New Zealand created a beautiful stationery suite for us.

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Photography LEAH KUA / Styling MAGNOLIA ROUGE / Florals SARAH LIM / Gowns KELSEY GENNA and JENNIFER GIFFORD DESIGNS / Cake YUMMY CUPCAKES & CAKES / Stationery LAURA BLADE / Hair & make-up EVY’S BEAUTY PARLOUR / Veil THREE SUNBEAMS / Film processing RICHARD PHOTO LAB
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Queensland Anniversary Session

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Happy Monday everyone!! I hope you had a lovely weekend. Spring seems to be taking a while to kick into gear around here – it’s still rather chilly and rainy… in fact yesterday I found myself out running in icy hail! Not ideal! On a brighter note my sister – who’s partner whisked her away to tropical Vanuatu to celebrate her birthday – also got treated to a romantic proposal over a dinner for two on the beach. Pretty special huh? I think I may be able to point her in the direction of a fabulous vendor – or ten! Actually both my brother and sister are currently engaged… yay weddings to attend!!

Onto today’s lovely anniversary session by Ashleigh from Brisbane based WHITE ASH PHOTOGRAPHY. Kira and Dane have been married for two years and they celebrated with this shoot by the lake in Emerald, Central Queensland. As Ashleigh says “A quiet celebration of the lovely souls they are – organic, down to earth and genuinely, head-over-heels in love!

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Dramatic Iceland Wedding

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Iceland is where it’s at!! It’s LONG been on my list of must visit places and it seems that it’s becoming quite the popular destination for small intimate weddings or elopements. Anthony is from California, Yr is a native to Iceland. They met a few years back in downtown Reykjavik during Anthony’s artist residency in Iceland, and the rest is history. Now Anthony is a citizen, and they live in a cute harbour town outside Reykjavik whilst operating their business, Reykjavik Trading Company. KELSEA HOLDER – who you may remember from this incredible engagement session I featured a couple of weeks back – met this gorgeous couple via social media, and whilst they had already held an intimate ceremony the previous year, they chose to have this photo session when they learnt that Kelsea had a standby ticket to Europe. And it was SO worth it when you look at the results below… these images are so gorgeous!

Anthony and Yr were wonderful hosts, and provided some great tips and places to explore for our week-long venture around the entire island. Upon our arrival back to the city, I was thrilled to meet with them once again for our editorial shoot at the Árbær Open Air Museum, filled with authentic settlements that Icelanders had lived in for centuries. The owners graciously rented the space to us. These beautiful homes are an iconic staple of old Icelandic culture. Even though the unpredictable weather in Iceland took us by surprise, the grey skies brought out the intense emeralds of the tall grass-covered buildings. And Ýr has hair perfect for catching the cold, brisk Icelandic winds (truly!). I could not have been more inspired by this pair, their story, and their brilliant style.

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Photography KELSEA HOLDER / Dress FREE PEOPLE / Chambray J.CREW / Hat PENDLETON / Suit COS / Boots JOHN VARVATOS / Dress Shirt MARC JACOBS / Suspenders VINTAGE / Venue ARBAER OPEN AIR MUSEUM

 

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