Here are just some of what I consider to be the best wedding photos of 2017 and a chance for us to revisit some wonderful couples that made their lovers their life partners in 2017.
But trust me when I say, every wedding has so many great moments, that come end of the year, it is so hard to choose favourites. So I can guarantee you that if a particular photo didn’t make the 2017 list, its not for any reason, its just it was so hard to narrow it down. I challenged myself to keep it under 100 of the best photos, and it came in at 90 images, but I could have easily filled this best wedding photos of 2017 post with hundreds, even thousands, so this is just a small taste of 2017 in pictures!
Thanks for having me along. Deb xo
The year started with a couple’s shoot in Sydney’s Blue Mountains
Yes overcast weather is fantastic for wedding photography. It provides a diffused light creating soft and beautiful images. On sunny days, we look for shade to capture flattering photos, so overcast weather is just like one big shaded area to work under. Also after the rain, it makes the colours more vibrant, like the greens in the trees and plants. I love this photo of Hanna & James on their wedding day in front of the cactus. Their backyard wedding was one awesome celebration!
Sandra & Dave chose to have a destination wedding in Phuket, Thailand after many holidays spent there.
With the help of wedding planner Petra from Marry Me Thailand, the couple organised a private villa at Baan Santisuk in Kamala, just a short drive from Patong for their celebration with close family and friends.
Baan Santisuk is perched on a hillside providing a private and serene setting with panoramic ocean views of the South Pacific from the outdoor living areas and infinity pool. There is accommodation for wedding guests in the five bedroom suites, all with ocean views or at the nearby resorts in Patong. Blending traditional style and contemporary design, this luxury villa provides a unique experience for any couple wanting a destination wedding in Phuket. There are plenty of locations for your wedding photos either within the villa or venture out to the private beach at the resort next door, Thavorn Beach Village Resort.
Wishing the newlyweds a future of happily ever after and many more overseas adventures.
Thank you for choosing me to capture your wedding day in Thailand. Deb xx
View the highlights from their Phuket Thailand wedding in the feature slideshow or a collection of some of the best wedding photos below.
This past Spring wedding season in Brisbane has seen more wet weddings than I have seen in my 8 years shooting weddings. I tell all my brides, rather than letting some rain spoil the day, because we can’t control nature right, is to just have fun because you only get this day once. Well of course it rained on Hanna & James’s wedding day, because they just got married in the Spring of 2017.
I was already a fan of the backyard wedding, but when I rocked up to see the shed where Hanna & James were having their backyard wedding, my mind was blown!
It was the ‘man cave’ men dream off! Well I shouldn’t be so sexist and assuming its just a boy’s dream. Im sure there are many girls that would also appreciate what was in this shed.
The shed had a skate ramp! There were decorated skateboards lining the wall. Even though Im not a skater girl, getting a wedding photo on a skateboard ramp had been on my photoshoot wishlist for years – well I can tick that one off the list now!
Apart from the awesome skate ramp, the shed was filled with James’ collection of cars, bikes and even a Harley Davidson. Mind you a good amount of the cars had to be moved out for the wedding.
To soften the man cave, they brought in antique furniture, wooded tables, a feasting table, photo booth and vintage caravan bar. Plus it wouldn’t be a backyard wedding without Festoon lights and a chandelier.
I can’t wait to share more of Hanna & James’ awesome backyard wedding soon.
Jessica & Darrell chose to get married at one of my all time favourite places in Brisbane, Vieille Branche. A multipurpose warehouse space with a French Farmhouse Cafe in Brisbane that also caters for an alternative style of wedding and couples that think outside the box.
On a wet wedding day, where else would you want to be but an indoor, warehouse wedding venue full of nostalgic remnants from the French countryside.
I sit here writing this wedding blog as I eat a mixed chicken and avocado salad and a delicious Prosciutto, orange & fig salad (ooh so good) from Soul Origin. Eating the salad reminds me of my many visits to Vieille Branche for a long working lunch. Beautiful fresh, simple food that will transport you away to a life of eating good food & wine in a Normandy coastal fishing village.
Vieille Branche, is a wonderful Monte Cristo-style cavern of sorts. Make sure you pop in during the week for a bite to eat in the cafe, maybe a workshop to get your creative juices flowing and I promise you wont regret stopping in to see Sarah and her range of cheeses in Emile & Solange Cheese Shop. And if you are planning your wedding and looking for something with a difference, I suggest you consider a Vieille Branche wedding.
There are plenty of locations for your wedding photos inside Vieille Branche as well as the Fox Street Gardens next door including an old vintage bus, and the neighbouring streets. As you wander through the warehouse there are nooks and crannies of wonderous old things and interesting conversation starters.
Wishing the newlyweds a future of happily ever after and continually having a pun to throw back at each other.
Thank you for choosing me to capture your wedding day at Vieille Branche.
View the highlights from their Vieille Branche wedding in the feature slideshow or a selection of the best wedding photos below.
The bride was getting ready at a quaint little Brisbane AirBnB in Paddington. With the couple’s corgi Dolly watching on from a tiny corner of the room. Jessica’s bouquet was full of Australian natives including a feature Waratah – I am loving all the deep reds and green foliage.
I love AirBnB accommodation for bride and groom getting ready photos. The interiors are typically nicely styled. This Brisbane AirBnb had a quaintness about it – a renovated Queenslander with a mix of antique furniture and modern classics in pastel tones. The furniture works nicely as a prop for the bride & groom detail photos. I love AirBnB’s for wedding accommodation so much that I included it in my post about Best Brisbane Accommodation for Bride & Groom Photos.
Karla from Blissful Makeup and All For Mary making the girls look beautiful for the big day.
There were so many things Jessica could have hit with the champagne cork, like windows, the bridesmaids and her mum, or us photographers and videographers, but she managed to steer clear of breaking anything or hitting any of us in the eye. Close call … phew!
Interrupting the blog with a hot tip. For the best photos, big windows with lots of natural light streaming in is ideal. Especially on an overcast day like this day.
Time for the groom and groomsmen to get suited up for the ceremony at Vieille Branche.
I know the photo below of the card on how to fold the handkerchief is going to come in handy for many future grooms. Check it out, it even has its own blog post how to fold the groom’s handkerchief.
The groom booking an Uber ride to get to his wedding.
INDOOR CEREMONY AT THE VIEILLE BRANCHE WAREHOUSE
Its a good thing Jessica & Darrell booked a warehouse venue with an indoor ceremony space.
The bride arriving in an Uber also … I love when modern brides throw traditions out the window.
Get ready, we are going a bit darker and moodier for this ceremony, but Im digging it!
I thought this was the perfect wedding to talk a little bit more about the technicalities us wedding photographers have to shoot under sometimes in various lighting & weather conditions. And what brides and grooms might not quite understand when their idea of their perfect wedding is on a sunny day and their dream wedding photos have that sun-bleached, light bright and airy look. But then your ‘perfect wedding day’ is overcast and rains – your day isn’t ruined, it’s just different. Im a big believer that different is great and creates opportunities!
It was overcast, meaning the light is very different to that of a sunny day. The big windows at the back of the Vieille Branche warehouse where the ceremony was being held, let in some natural light, as did the roller door at the entrance. But in the middle section there were some dark areas. What this means, is that the light was dramatically changing as we moved from the roller door, through the warehouse, to the ceremony end.
For you camera gear nerds, as a natural light photographer, this is how I deal with mixed light and low light situations on a wedding day. My camera is set to M for manual mode. I shoot in full manual mode, so I can quickly adjust setting and compensate for the light changing quickly. I also shoot prime lenses so I can shoot wide-open to let as much light into the lens/sensor and minimise upping the ISO as much as possible, but in conditions like this you are going to get some digital noise in your pictures, but I think that adds a certain character and soul to the images!
Congratulations to the newlyweds … Mr + Mrs Prasad.
Despite the rain, we managed to find some great outdoor locations for the wedding photos around Vieille Branche. Some locations we used the umbrellas, but I didn’t want every single photo to have the umbrellas in them, so we used some areas that were undercover. Amongst this industrial area we found a climbing Jasmine plant and foliage to add some softness against the hard concrete and the awesome almost perfectly-colour-matched burgundy container.
I know the Albion industrial area well as I was a frequent visitor at Vieille Branche. I just love all the variety of different coloured walls and roller doors.
VIEILLE BRANCHE WEDDING RECEPTION
With photos out of the way, it was time for some yummy food and refreshments from the fantastic caterers, Standing Room Only Catering. But not before a sparkler entrance of course, cake cutting and speeches to get formalities out of the way.
Roma Street Parkland offers a romantic tropical paradise on the northern side of Brisbane’s CBD. With spectacular views of the city skyline, it’s the perfect outdoor venue to celebrate a wedding. Whether it is a small intimate gathering like Melanie & James’s Monday afternoon garden party wedding or a larger event.
Wishing the newlyweds a future of happily ever after.
Thank you for choosing me to capture the memories of your Roma Street Parklands wedding.
View the highlights from their Roma Street Parklands wedding in the feature slideshow above or their wedding photos set amongst the gardens below.
Ceremony & Reception Roma Street Parklands | Photographer Deb Boots Love Stories | Bride & Groom Prep Marriott Brisbane – Presidential Suite | Bridal Gown TBA | Bride’s Accessories TBA | Bride’s Shoes TBA | Bridesmaids Dress TBA | Barber The Emporium Barber Brisbane | Groom & Groomsmen’s Suits TBA | Wedding Stylist & Furniture Hire Beautiful Weddings | Flowers Bride’s Friend | Hair & Makeup Tracie Weaver from The Powder Room | Celebrant Minister Terry Stanyer | Wedding Cake Friend of the Couple | Feasting Table Friend of the Couple | Dessert Vintage Ice Cream Cart
GROOM PREP – THE EMPORIUM BARBER BRISBANE
A trip to the barber for father and son. A hair trim for the little man and cutthroat shave for dad James before the ceremony.
GROOM PREP – MARRIOTT BRISBANE HOTEL
Time to get suited up for the ceremony at the Brisbane Marriott Hotel.
BRIDE PREP – MARRIOTT BRISBANE HOTEL
The bride was getting ready also at the Brisbane Marriott in the Presidential Suite. Melanie wore a stunning vintage tea-length number with beautiful lace, a birdcage veil and pearls to complete the vintage look.
BRISBANE GARDEN CEREMONY AT ROMA STREET PARKLANDS, HARRY OAKMAN PAVILION
A short and sweet garden ceremony at the Harry Oakman Pavilion in Roma Street Parklands. It was a beautiful Monday afternoon.
Congratulations to the newlyweds … Mr + Mrs Weeks.
WEDDING RECEPTION : ROMA STREET PARKLANDS – A FEASTING TABLE CELEBRATION IN THE GARDENS
With antique furniture hired from Beautiful Weddings, lawn games and a feasting table full of yummy cheeses, meats and fresh bread. Making for a relaxed afternoon in the gardens for family and friends to celebrate Melanie & James’s nuptials.
WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY LOCATION – ROMA STREET PARKLANDS
While guests mingled, the couple and I wandered the beautiful gardens of the Roma Street Parklands for their bridal portraits. Encountering the local wildlife on our walk. The gardens are the perfect wedding photography location with lots of trees, flowers, bridges, a lake and rendered walls for a variety of backdrops.
Sarah & Matt had planned a country wedding at Ecostudio Fellini at Mudgeeraba in the Gold Coast hinterland. But Sarah had always dreamed of having a church wedding. A couple of months before the wedding, after visiting a Gold Coast bridal fair searching for musicians, Sarah & Matt were announced as the winners of a prize to have their ceremony at the InterContinental Sanctuary Cove chapel. Sarah’s dreams came true, well close enough to her dream church wedding. The Sanctuary Cove chapel has the architectural qualities of a church with the big cathedral like window overlooking the lake.
View the highlights from their Intercontinental Sanctuary Cove wedding in the feature slideshow above or a selection of their wedding photos below.
I met up with the groom and the groomsmen at Culture Kings Gold Coast Barber in Pacific Fair so they could have a hair and beard trim. With an in-house DJ on the decks pumping out tunes and the mind-blowing futuristic aesthetics of the streetwear retail shop, Culture Kings offers an entirely new experience for grooms to treat themselves leading up to their wedding.
Matt, the groom, couldn’t resist a chance to score a pair of sneakers out of the Holy Grail machine. As the name suggests, the machine is the holy grail of sneakers. Inside you will find the rarest of shoes ever released including Yeezys to Supreme Jordans.
It was time to head over to the bride’s house where the bridesmaids were getting ready for the big day ahead.
While I was with the girls, my second photographer Emma was with Matt & the boys while they were getting ready to head to the chapel.
It was time to pop another bottle of champagne, and for the bride to get in her gown and even do a few portraits.
A CEREMONY IN THE INTERCONTINENTAL SANCTUARY COVE CHAPEL
WEDDING PARTY & BRIDAL PORTRAITS AT INTERCONTINENTAL RESORT HOPE ISLAND
Due to the change of ceremony venue and a limited late time slot at the chapel, we only had 20 minutes for the wedding party and bridal portraits. We also had to share the time with videographers, so we had to power through the photos before sunset.
RECEPTION AT ECOSTUDIO FELLINI AT MUDGEERABA IN THE GOLD COAST HINTERLAND
While I was with the wedding party, my second photograher headed to Ecostudio Fellini to photograph the reception room details as well as candids of the guests.
Hannah & Lachlan have a bit of a cute love story. You see their first encounter meeting one another was at kindergarten when they were just 4 years old. Naturally too young and more interested in playground games than each other. It wasn’t until their late teens that Hannah & Lachlan met again, and the rest is history.
Lachie proposed on Hannah’s birthday weekend. Hannah tells me “Lachie picked her up from work on that Friday afternoon and drove to a lighthouse overlooking the ocean where they enjoyed a champagne picnic.”… “Lachie knew it would be so important to me to tell all of our loved ones in person, so he arranged it on my birthday weekend, because he knew we already had plans to see family and friend over the weekend. It was so much fun breaking the we’re engaged news to every one!”.
Hannah & Lachlan chose to get married at Old Government House in Brisbane with the reception at Room 360. One of the reasons for choosing these wedding venues was their close proximity to each other and being in Brisbane city making it easy for their guests.
The couple would have loved to have a church wedding, but the heritage charm of Old Government House had a similar look and feel to a church. Room 360 is located within the same QUT precinct. A fresh modern reception venue with beautiful views of the city, and a blank canvas to create Hannah & Lachie’s dream wedding.
View the highlights from their Old Government House & QUT Room 360 wedding in the feature slideshow above or a selection of their wedding photos below.
All these vendors contributed to Hannah & Lachie’s wedding day …
Ceremony Old Government House Brisbane | Reception QUT Room 360 Brisbane | Photographer Deb Boots Love Stories | Bridal Gown Pronovias Petunia Gown from While Lily Couture | Bride’s Accessories Veil from White Lily Couture | Bride’s Shoes Nine West | Groom & Groomsmen’s Attire Roger David & Country Road | Wedding Planner Alexandra Grosvenor, QUT wedding co-ordinator | Wedding Invitations Peruse Design | Flowers Kate Dawes Flower Design | Hair Style Creations | Makeup Kate Johnston | Celebrant Pastor Jake Smith | Videographer Mitch Lally from Evernew Studio | Wedding Cake Hansel & Gretel Cakes | Catering Cuisine on Cue | Transport MiLimo Brisbane | Entertainment Cut A Rug | Furniture Hire Chairs from Hampton Event Hire + Ceiling Drapery & Bridal Table Backdrop from Hitched Events | Signage Willow and Ink + The Sundae Creative | Wedding Rings Diamonds International
Whether it’s ties or bowties, the groom & groomsmen usually have trouble doing them up. While it makes for some fun photos, the boys did a quick trip to the shops to purchase some new, easier to do up bowties! Tip: groom and groomsmen practice doing up your ties before the big day. haha
I love these sentimental gifts Lachie & Hannah presented to each of their parents. A framed photo from their wedding and a placeholder beside it to add a photo from Hannah & Lachie’s wedding.
Here groom Lachie is reading a love letter and receiving a gift from his bride Hannah. A great gesture that also creates beautiful natural, candid moments for the camera.
Hannah wore a stunning White Lily Couture gown. I love how she teamed the gown with metallic shoes! Beautiful white and green foliage bouquets for a classic look from Kate Dawes.
This time, bride Hannah reading a love letter from her groom Lachie. Reading out your letters is also great content for your wedding video. Mitch from Evernew was on hand to capture Hannah & Lachie reading their love letters.
Beautiful signage to set the scene for the style of your wedding.
Hannah walked down the aisle at Old Government House to Welcome Home by Radical Face.
Hannah tells me her favourite moment from her big day … “This is a tough one, there are so many. I absolutely loved that first moment when the doors to Old Government House opened and with my dad by my side, I began walking down the aisle. To see everyone’s smiling faces and to see Lachie at the end was so special.“
Lachie tells me his favourite moment from his big day … “My favourite memory was when I saw Hannah for the first time walking down the aisle, she took my breath away.“
Old Government House is one of the rare ceremony venues ideal for a group photo. Being able to stand on the balcony overlooking the courtyard gives a great advantage to see everyone’s face.
And then there was cake … haha.
We had organised with the wedding co-ordinator to sneak up into Room 360 to get a sneak peek of the reception room styling ahead of the guests. For one, so I could get some photos, but so Hannah could see her vision come to life. The room was beautifully styled in a simple and traditional way, with an organic feel with whites, greys and lots of green foliage.
Hannah tells me her inspiration for the wedding style came mainly from Instagram and Pinterest. She spent endless hours scrolling through Instagram feeds to find the perfect details. A couple of Hannah’s favourites were The Brides Market, White Magazine and The Wedding Harvest. This is also how Hannah found a lot of her suppliers. Once she had found her suppliers, she was constantly scrolling through their Instagram feeds for further inspiration.
Lachie’s mum, sister and aunty handmade all of the grey linen napkins used throughout the reception.
For the bridal portraits, we wandered around the QUT precinct utilising Old Government House.
Hannah & Lachie told me “At the end of the day, our top priority was to just have fun. We had put so much time and effort into planning all of the details and on the day we didn’t have any concerns as we knew everything was well organised. I thoroughly enjoyed the whole wedding planning process and to see it all come together on the day was just amazing. We were able to relax and enjoy the day with our beautiful friends and family with everything behind the scenes taken care of.“
Hannah & Lachie and the whole bridal party had choreographed a dance routine to a mashup of songs they put together. They had kept it a secret from everyone at the wedding. When they entered and all the guests were suspiciously standing around the dance floor, the reaction of our guests when the groomsmen started dancing to Beyonce’s Crazy in Love was priceless.
Hannah & Lachie danced their first dance as newlyweds to Perfect by Ed Sheeran.
Hannah tells me another of her favourite memories from her wedding day … “I also loved mine and Lachie’s first dance (which we had been going to dance lessons for) and mine and my dad’s first dance.“
Lachie tells me another one of his favourite memories from his wedding day … “I also loved the relaxed and love-filled vibe at the reception. Our DJ was fantastic at keeping the good music going and everyone just looked like they were having the best time.“
Hannah’s advice for other bride-to-be’s planning their wedding is …
“Don’t leave things to the last minute. Good suppliers book out quickly (especially if you are having a Spring wedding) so make sure if there is someone in particular you want, book them early. Once all of the main suppliers are locked in, the rest of the process can be really fun and stress free if you take your time. Also, at the reception, make the effort to speak to all of your guests. Some of ours had travelled a long way to be there, and although there isn’t huge amounts of time it is important to see everyone! We used the time after we had finished our entree’s and mains (and guests were still finishing theirs) to walk around the tables to say hi to everyone.”
“Just enjoy it all! Because unfortunately it is over so quickly. We had so much fun with all of the planning so it wasn’t just the wedding day we have fond memories off, it was from the moment we were engaged right through until the end of our honeymoon. It was such an amazing time in our lives that we will always remember.
“A huge thank you to the staff at QUT and all of our suppliers who were involved in the day, they made our life so easy and I would highly recommend each and every one of them! To our bridal party who were so much fun and so supportive, and to our beautiful parents who we could not have done this without, you are amazing.”
Alice & Alex were married at Spicers Hidden Vale in Grandchester, Queensland. Their Spicers Hidden Vale wedding was one packed full of fun and laughs.
The Spicers Hidden Vale homestead is on a 12,000 acre cattle station in the Lockyer Valley. Offering sensational country landscapes with rolling green hills set amongst natural bushland. Just an hours drive from Brisbane, its a little country escape providing a relaxed, luxurious retreat for your special day.
The location is stunning and provides plenty of options for your wedding photos. There is no need to leave the property as you will see all of Alice & Alex’s wedding photos were on the Spicers property.
From little nooks and crannies of shade between the cottages, to the red dirt driveway lined with figtrees, to the bushland area bordering the accommodation, and the infinity pool.
View the highlights from their Spicers Hidden Vale wedding in the feature slideshow above or some of the wedding photos from the first look, ceremony & bridal portraits below.
Alice & Alex chose to have a first look session prior to the ceremony. The first look concept can polarise couples between either hating or loving the idea. If you don’t know what a first look session is, its where the couple choose to see each other before they say their vows. More traditional couples prefer for the first time the bride and groom see each other, is to be the moment the bride walks down the aisle. Whereas more and more modern couples are choosing the first look, where the couple see each other for the first time in an intimate, private setting. I have to say, these two were the perfect couple for a first look photo shoot. Their excitement to see one another, their reactions and emotions in having these intimate moments between just the two of them was beautiful to watch unfold in front of the camera.