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Brisbane Wedding Photographer – Best of 2018

 

Hello, Matt here.

2018 was one crazy year!

Déus Photography is now a thing of the past, Light Pictures was born. It was a forced name and branding change really, but so be it, I like our new handle!

 I will be hones thought, it greatly impacted us a lot. After the previous year of being booked to capacity for the first time, that all of a sudden got flipped on it’s head and 2018 has, well, been a real struggle – we have just kept things alive. We basically had to start a new business from scratch with only our experience and portfolio to bring along – a very soul challenging time.  I can also tell you that single-handedly managing a business whilst looking after 2 young kids part of every week sure keeps my hands full…and can push things to it’s limits!

I love my two tykes Louis and Layla so much. It’s amazing being able to do what I do, being able to be a work at home dad, being able to spend time with them in these precious years, It’s perfect! So all things considered, I’ve decided to drop my hours for all this crazy Photography stuff down to part time…for a while. 🙂

The hugely positive side of 2018 meant I have had the privilege of trust from many amazing couples, traveled to some beautiful parts of our country, been a part of some extremely amazing days…one month recently I drove 4000+km’s!

Looking back, my work sure has come a long way since my first wedding around 9 years ago. I really am proud of what I have accomplished, and with everything that has been going on. I’m proud of what I have to show off from what really isn’t a heap of weddings, but the memories I have given to all my love birds out there in marriage bliss makes me smile the most.

Thanks to everyone in my life for your support. Big thanks to my sister Hannah, who had a baby only a few months ago – I’m looking forward to you shooting along side me again when you can! Thank you to my brother Damien for moving interstate and in with me, having you here as a friend and for support has meant the world to me. Thanks to my mate Pete Oakman, my 2nd shooter, road trip partner and general partner in crime, your support and help and talent has been priceless…a fair few of the pics belong to you bud!
I also want to thank “The World”, for Symmetry, kisses, dresses, shoes, Fuji, talent, Love!

Oh, and who could forget my wonderful Mum! Love you Mum.

2018 has been a fun ride, challenging, but trust me, I remind myself every day of how lucky I am to be able to do what I do, and to have been blessed with such an awesome family.

I am eagerly looking forward to 2019 with my chin up and hope in my heart. Everyone spread the word, we are not going anywhere and I/we want to be a part of more wonderful journeys, for years to come!

 

Below are a bunch of snapshots in time, all from REAL weddings. They all tell a story and bring back amazing memories, and I think they all belong on a wall…..somewhere.

 

 

There are some beautiful locations up above that’s for sure, but if you are planning a wedding or know someone who is, have a look at a great feature we have done on Venues in Byron Bay, just over HERE.

 

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  • Ash - You are an extremely talented artist Matt, and an absolute joy to work with. We are thrilled that you were there to capture our day for us. Happy new year!ReplyCancel

Byron Bay Wedding Photography – Brett and Kirsty – teasers

Byron Bay Wedding Photography – Brett and Kirsty – teasers

 

It was a romantic rainy day in paradise the day Kirsty and Brett were married, their gorgeous kids aside them all the way, with

There was lots of emotional tears all around, the rain made it such an intimate gathering.

The Earth house in Clunes, Byron Bay gave us a spectacular backdrop with clouds rolling through the valleys off in the distance.

Kirsty wore a stunning Grace Loves Lace dress and her elegant and very fragrant Bouquet was by the talented French Petal. The energy was high as the rain came down, thanks to the always charismatic Ben Carlyle.

Everyone dined on lovely food by The Fig Tree and danced the day away to great tunes by North Coast Entertainment.

Thank you guys and also to all your friends and families, for having Pete and I along on such a wonderful day.

I hope these few teasers captured just a brief glimpse of what your day was all about.

More to come soon.

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Byron Bay Wedding Photography – Josh and Robyn – Earth House

 
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Robyn and Josh married last weekend on a glorious day in paradise, two wonderful lovers and soulmates.

What more could a Byron Bay Wedding Photographer hope for!

Speaking of wonderful…

This was from Robyn and Josh after I thanked them the other day for having us along.

“Hi Matt,

Well, what can we say? Thank you seems inadequate but we sincerely thank yourself and Pete for your amazing effort last Saturday for our special day. You guys rocked! Thanks for making it easy for the both of us, because truth is we both hate photos (but love looking at them of course).

We hope you both enjoyed your day with us and we can’t wait to share your work with all our family and friends (and whoever will look or listen! Hehe).

Cheers Matt!

Robyn & Josh”

 

So here are Pete and I again, at this breathtaking Earth House place. Thank you Munro for everything you do, Earth House really is a slice of paradise (actually, I think I might just start calling you ‘Sir Munro’ from now on)!

BUT, this place is kinda EXTRA spesh to me…it’s where my sister Hannah and I photographed our first wedding together.

Hannah usually shoots along side me but has recently had a baby. He’s Tex. He’s very cute, I love him to bits…etc, etc. Tex is a bit little yet and so Hannah wasn’t with me on this day, but our good friend, celebrant, Katrina Holt, (sporting a baby bump herself) was. And with such memorable elegant words Katrina bound these two lovers together.

So a few little things like this, kinda gave me extra smiles on the day. Thanks Katrina!, Babies!, Babies all round!

 

Babies aside, I would really again like to thank my friend and confidant, Pete.  Your work is amazing, your support is priceless, plus you got me some photos a bit earlier than usual, hence being able to show off a few today!

Robyn and Josh, no, really, thank YOU, for allowing us to be a huge part of such a special day.

It is lovely, thoughtful, happy, thankful, and of course super cool humans like you guys, that not only make our jobs so very easy, but also incredibly satisfying and fulfilling.

Big thanks also to all your friends and families, what a great bunch of people!

 

I’ve decided to make this an extended teaser session, firstly to really say thanks again for those kind words you gave us, even before seeing any work we had done with you, and secondly also to show off some of Pete’s faves too.

Here’s a small bunch from the day, random choice for emphasis at times, others not so random! Enjoy!…and can I just say, “what a bloody great day you got married on hey!?”

 
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Robyn and Josh also wanted to mention the following people, who contributed to their perfect day….and I would also like to thank them as well, as a matter of fact!

Robyn’s dress – Blanche Bridal
Bridesmaids dresses by Bianca Spender
Hair and Make-up beautifully done by Ava Belle
Cool old Rolls Royces belong to – A Special Occasion
Rings by De Silva
The Groom & the Groomsmen looking like model material in their suits by – The Bespoke Corner Tailors
Flowers by a local star – French Petal
The Wedding was planned by Roxy of Frank & Joy
That Cake!! – made with love by Rebellyous Cake Co
Food cooked to perfection by Seaweed Cuisine
Mike from Goldbear was the Videographer, thanks Mike for another great day working along side you.
The White Tree provided the awesome tunes.

And there will be a few more to show off in the full blog of this….stay tuned.

 

The Earth House is also featured in one of our recent articles on Byron Wedding Venues, it’s worth a peep.

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Gold Coast Wedding Photography – Ben and Jessica

Gold Coast Wedding Photography – Braeside Chapel – Ben and Jessica

 

Ben and Jessica have been together for 7 years, seems they both always knew each was the one!

Any so they married, in a very wonderful part of the world, the Gold Coast in Australia.

They said their vows to each other in the cute little Braeside Chapel

Jessica was just jaw dropping in her Sheike gown!

They kissed.

It was all beautiful.

We then headed down onto the venue grounds for a few pics of the newly weds, their friends and families and of course the cool bridal party.

Thanks for allowing me to be a part of your special day.

More of the whole wedding soon, but for now an eagerly awaited few pics of the day.

 

 

Thanks to Braeside Chapel for the amazing venue.

Also have a look at some of other great spots in our latest feature regarding our favourite wedding venues in the Byron area

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Destination Pre-wedding Engagement Session in Northern NSW and the Gold Coast QLD, Australia – Dennis and Michel

 

A tale of two lovebirds and their journey to Australia

 

This is the beautiful story of Dennis and Michel from Hong Kong.

These two lovebirds started their unique lifelong journey together back in Hong Kong, over their mutual love of sports. Dennis and Michel’s thirst for adventure brought them all the way to Australia for their pre-wedding celebrations. They mentioned that they scoured through a LOT of photographers before they both finally fell in love with our work. What an honour!

The Light Pictures crew took the adorable young couple on a 6 hour adventure, through Brisbane city, Surfers Paradise on the Gold Coast and to Hastings Point Lookout, Casuarina in Northern NSW.

What we weren’t expecting was for Dennis to throw on his “Magua”(His actual wedding suit for the wedding) and Michel her “Qungua” (the traditional name for the two-piece dress for the bride), these are the same ones they will be married in, in September in Hong Kong.

Then there was the very cute “Chen signature” matching mouth mask props (that they take with them everywhere) for a bit of a laugh, brilliant!

 

So how did these two meet?

 

“It has been said that maybe god wants us to meet a few wrong people before meeting the right one, so that when we finally meet that person, we will know how to be grateful.

An ordinary question in the workplace sparked an extraordinary love story. Why do you stay back so late?

Michel and I love sports. Every time I got hurt, she is the one who would accompany me to the hospital. Michel is the most frank and well organised person that I have ever met and knows how to comfort me when I’m in a bad mood.

So after dating for six months, Dennis made his proposal to Michel.

It was quite embarrassing, the day I made my proposal. It was the lantern festival and she worked the whole day long. Michel told me that she would love to go home as soon as possible. So very frankly, I said that I had planned to make my proposal to her that night.

After that, she said, Well. Take your time then.

We might not be a perfect match, but we are willing to sacrifice for each other.”

 – Dennis Chan

 

Hastings Point Lookout – Casuarina

 

The sun was setting fast so we made a small trek up to the headland above Cabarita beach. Before long the entire sky was filled with thick storm clouds.

The dark looming clouds above our heads reminded me that being in love also has its storms, but if we can just hold on tighter then we will surely see the silver lining. Indeed these clouds above had created the perfect contrast for our epic surprise Kimono photoshoot!

Final words, and thank-you

 

It’s not every day that Light Pictures get to shoot a sweet international traveling couple like Dennis and Michel, especially when they came over here just for our little adventure.

We hope that we have truly captured the most important memories for you both, so that they will bring you, your friends, your family, much joy, reflection, and excitement building up to your BIG day and beyond!

THANKYOU and we hope to see you in Australia again soon..

Matt, Damien and Hannah.

Light Pictures XXX

 

 

Also have a look at our latest Wedding Venue feature article –

5 of the best Byron Bay Wedding Venues in Byron Bay

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5 of the best Byron Bay Wedding Venues

5 of the best Byron Bay Wedding Venues in Byron Bay

Looking to hire one of Byron Bays amazing Wedding Venues for your wedding day?

Here we’ve compiled a list of our 5 favourite Wedding Venues in the beautiful Byron Bay area.

(1) The Earth House

The Earth house really does inspire natural beauty in it’s design and charm. The reception space is created out of rammed earth. Everything about this place is specifically made for weddings and functions, this place has a very natural appeal. Meticulously maintained, with attention to detail second to none. Set up high with rolling hills in the background and complete with a beautiful giant fig tree, it’s the perfect place to have a stress free organic and picturesque wedding. The view out to the north is arguably the best in the Byron Bay Hinterland. This is one of the best Wedding Venues we know!

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(2) Fig Tree Restaurant

The Fig Tree Restaurant offers a unique experience, including home grown and delicious modern Australian cuisine. Luxurious Onsite accommodation. Fresh food is sourced daily from their very own fig tree produce garden and cooked into mouthwatering dishes. This is some of the best food in Byron! On top of that, the venue has quite a nice view all the way to the lighthouse and offers some very comfortable, modern accommodation. A travelers delight, the Fig Tree Restaurant is located only a few minutes drive from Byron Bay Beach and is one of our favourite Wedding Venues.

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(3) Byron View Farm

Byron View Farm is charming to say the least, it’s main focus is a lovely cottage set atop of a big hill. The venue has a BYO alcohol policy but are also very well setup to cater for your guests. Anyone for cocktails? Love a selfie with a cow? This is the place. Enjoy your ceremony under the beautiful tall trees, beneath the stars. Dine on some mouth watering food under a giant clear canopy.  You will lap up the 360 views of the Byron Bay ocean to the East and it’s luscious green rolling hills to the West. If you manage to catch one of the sunsets at Byron View Farm, you’re in for a treat, it is truly one of the most spectacular Wedding Venues!

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(4) Forget Me Not

Spacious yet secluded and surrounded in Byron Bay’s natural beauty is Forget Me Not’s Farm, a hidden gem. One of our favourite Wedding Venues. Set in Ewingsdale just next to the beautiful Bangalow area, Forget me Not provides the ultimate space. The space is perfect for staging your wedding exactly how you’d like it.  Available for hire are giant marquees and ti-pi’s.  A short stroll away is accommodation for the newlyweds featuring, a pool area with a deck, BBQ, outdoor fire pit and even a western style saloon bar!

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(5) Victorias at Ewinsdale

For those that have a slightly higher wedding budget or prefer luxury style hotel accommodation then Victoria’s at Ewingsdale is one of the best Wedding Venues around. Spacious. Elegant design. Marble floors. Air conditioned rooms available with a spa, Victoria’s offers the ultimate romantic wedding and honeymoon getaway. If you’re after a five star experience then this is it. With well maintained grounds on a huge property, a giant pool with cabanas, tropical garden areas to roam and relax in then this venue has it all covered.

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Conclusion

There are many different factors that come into choosing the right venue. At the end of the day you want a venue that FEELS right for you and your partner. Once you have an idea in mind of which is the right venue, give them a call and arrange to meet the owners and managers of the venue. Ask them if they have any special deals for the time when you are booking. Be sure to check out at least three different venues before deciding. We hope that this article has helped you narrow down the results and make sure to have fun along the way!

 

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