SANDSTONE POINT HOTEL WEDDING
BRIBIE ISLAND WEDDINGS
Kirsty & Drew
First wedding for 2017 and it was a blast. Kirsty & Drew were married at Sandstone Point Hotel, Brisbane’s newest wedding venue. Sandstone Point Hotel is a waterfront wedding venue located just before you venture across the bridge to Bribie Island, in the Moreton Bay region.
Sandstone Point Hotel as a wedding venue has a charming and warm atmosphere, with exposed brickwork and rustic style. With beautiful water views of Pumicestone passage and Bribe Island.
Many couples would love to include their pets in their wedding day, but it’s not always the easiest thing to plan to have your dog at your wedding. There are the concerns of how they will behave with a large group of people and the risk of having something happen to or traumatise your beloved pet, isn’t worth the stress or the risk of leaving you with sad memories of your wedding day. I find in most cases, couples end up deciding against involving their dog in the ceremony for a variety of reasons. But that doesn’t mean your pet totally has to be excluded. If you are getting ready at home, during the getting ready photos is a great opportunity to have some photos with your beloved pet. And if you both want photos, simply arrange to have a person known to the dog, transport your pet between the bride and groom’s getting ready locations.
Before Drew left for Sandstone Point, we arranged within the wedding day timeline to grab a few photos of Drew at home with their dog Ellie, as they decided against including her in the ceremony.
At the bride’s house, all the bridesmaids were getting ready. Kirsty looked like a princess wearing a crown and bejewelled Jimmy Choo wedding shoes, with the bridesmaids in navy dresses.
I like when family members are delegated tasks on the wedding day. It provides activities for people and helps us to capture natural moments. Like here with Kirsty’s dad and brother tying the ribbons on the wedding cars.
My second photographer then headed off to Sandstone Point Hotel with the groom and groomsmen, where they had some last minute setting up to do in the reception room, before getting into their suits.
While I photographed the bride as she got into her wedding gown.
Now that everyone was dressed in their fancy wedding attire, it was time to get to the ceremony. I love when surprises happen at weddings – a great way to create natural expressions and that makes for great natural photos! Kirsty & Drew’s parents surprised Kirsty with a white stretch limo to get to the wedding venue.
Sandstone Point Hotel offers a choice of three ceremony areas, with Kirsty and Drew choosing the Arbor ceremony area overlooking Moreton Bay for a little more privacy away from the public bar areas.
Check out how happy Drew looks here seeing his gorgeous bride, and just as equally Kirsty seeing her groom, as she walks down the aisle on her Dad’s arm.
It was an extremely hot sunny day in Brisbane, and very windy on the coast, but this is a real wedding and we run with whatever the weather is doing. Check out the amazing windswept hair on a certain celebrant :).
While we are talking ceremonies, its a good chance to talk about unplugged weddings. What is an unplugged wedding – well it usually doesn’t apply to the entire wedding day, just the ceremony so it’s more of an unplugged ceremony. I always like to make it clear, it’s not my decision as the photographer to make, it’s always the couple making the decision and why guests should respect their request for an unplugged ceremony. As the paid photographer, I can move pretty much anywhere around the ceremony space, usually church services have more restrictions on photographers, but generally in garden ceremonies I have many advantage spots of where I can stand. So if guests are taking photos, it generally does not affect my job so long as they aren’t leaning into aisles while the bride is walking down the aisle or if they leave their seat and block the aisle or the bride and groom standing at the front. The benefits of an unplugged ceremony, is that the guests are present, paying attention while the couple make their vows to one another. I do think there is nothing worse than for the bride or groom to look back at their guests and see a camera/phone in front of the person’s face – Im sure they’d rather see your happy smile showing you are excited about their union as husband and wife! And naturally it results in me getting nicer photos when I can turn back and capture photos of the guests being apart of the ceremony rather than fiddling with their camera settings.
During the signing of the marriage certificate, I like to focus on those intimate exchanges between the couple, interaction with the witnesses and bridal party as well as capturing a few photos of the signing itself. I don’t pose the certificate signing photo nor stage the hands and rings on the certificate. For me its capturing the real moments that are beautiful and not the activity itself of signing the certificate.
Following the ceremony it’s time for the guests to congratulate the newlyweds. These are my favourite wedding photos! Everyone is thrilled for the couple and giving them hugs and kisses, complimenting the bride’s dress and wanting to see the bling. I am always chasing those big heartfelt hugs. Plus its a great opportunity to document most of your wedding guests in an honest natural way.
Group photo! … Following the group photo is when we time the family photos. I ask my couples for a list of the groups for the family photos prior to the wedding day to ensure we don’t miss anyone. Most couples stick to immediately family, but it’s your wedding so its totally up to each bride/groom as to what family groups we photograph and whether we include the extended family. Then we just allot the appropriate amount of time. I generally don’t blog the family photos as I like to show more of the moments and story rather than the family portraits, but every couple absolutely receives family photos as part of their wedding photography package.
Just a quick drive around the corner from the Sandstone Point Hotel, in fact next to the location of one of their three ceremony areas, was where we went for the bridal portraits. While it was a bright sunny day and earlier in the day than Id really like to be shooting the bridal portraits, the trees in this area gave us some shade, with shade being every photographers friend :). The lighting was a little dappled coming through the trees, but I will say it again, it’s a real wedding not a styled fashion shoot, and we wedding photographers work with what we have. I personally don’t mind this light, because when you shoot brighter than the light is, you get this light, bright pastel dreamy look similar to what you get when you shoot old school film, and I happen to love film! But I also knew we had planned some more bridal photos indoors and some at sunset to provide the couple with a variety of images.
I had a second photographer with me for Kirsty & Drew’s wedding. This meant while I was with the bride and bridesmaids while preparing for the day ahead, the second photographer was with the groom and groomsmen leading up to the beginning of the ceremony. We then joined up for the ceremony, with the second photographer being able to capture a different angle. One of the biggest advantages of having two photographers, is while I was off with the bridal party for their location photo shoot, the second photographer could remain behind and capture candids of the guests mingling as well as reception room details. Here is a little taste of what the second photographer captured while the guests were mingling in the bar areas at the Sandstone Point Hotel.
After we returned from the bridal party portraits, I grabbed the newlyweds for some romantic couples portraits in a section of one of the bar areas to capture the rustic essence of Sandstone Point Hotel … after the bride grabbed a drink at the bar and checked in with the girls ;)
With two unique function rooms to choose from, Kirsty & Drew chose the Cellar Room for its rustic charm & intimate space, perfect for celebrating the night away with their guests. Just add gold glitter to everything …
Time to kick of this party, right!
Just as the sun was setting, actually we just missed it by the time we got down to the jetty, so it turned into a night photography session. We captured a few more photos of the loved up couple on the jetty. Im loving the Bribie Island bridge lights in the background and Festoon lights running along the jetty in these photos. A couple of these photos were done using the available ambient light and the others using the off camera flash technique.
Back to the reception to continue the speeches, cake cutting (check out what Kirsty & Drew used to cut their wedding cake) …. before getting on the dance floor and the shenanigan’s began.
Oh BTW we were also running a photo booth during the wedding reception – check out the Photo Booth shenanigans here.
To view Kirsty & Drew’s Sandstone Point Hotel wedding photo highlights slideshow!