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Brisbane Wedding Photographer – Best of 2018

 

Hello, Matt here.

 

2018 was one chaotic but amazing year!

Déus Photography is no more, Light Pictures was born – a forced name and branding change due to some greedy heartless people out there, after 9 years. I will be honest, it has greatly impacted everything. After the previous year of being booked out, 2018 has been a real struggle with bookings – I have just kept things alive. I basically had to start a new business from scratch with only my experience and portfolio to bring along – a very soul challenging time. Personal and family changes outside of my business also impact everything, in all my families’ lives, on a day to day basis. I can tell you that single-handedly managing a business whilst looking after 2 young kids sure can push everything to it’s limits!

On the positive side, 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 photography sure has come a long way since my first wedding 9 years ago. I am proud of what I have accomplished with everything that has been going on, proud of what I have to show, and the memories I have given to all my love birds out there in marriage bliss.

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 thank “The World” for Symmetry, kisses, dresses, shoes, Fuji, talent, Love!

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.
I am eagerly looking forward to 2019 with my chin up and hope in my heart. Everyone spread the word, I’m 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.

 

 

Some beautiful locations above that’s for sure, but there is also a great feature we have done on another epic part of NSW just over HERE. Please, do have a look.

 

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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

Blue Mountains Wedding – Dave and Ash – Megalong Valley

 

It was lovely to get back to the area I was born and grew up in, the stunning Blue Mountains, west of Sydney.

Ashley married David at the beautiful Dryridge Estate Winery out in the Megalong Valley, with The Great Dividing Range surrounding them.

The weather was chaotic yet addictive, windy and calm, rainy with stars to finish.

Ash is wearing an elegant beaded gown by one of my favourite designers Karen Willis Holmes, Ash what a stunner you are!!

Dave is in a very cool, blue M.J. Bale Suit, and he and the boys have custom Peggy and Finn Ties and pockets with Australian native prints, matching the handmade bouquets with all of the Aussie fauna included.

Dave’s wedding band is extremely custom made by Zoe Pook, featuring a surround of meteorite and Ash’s fingerprint hand engraved into the middle…what a ring!

Ash and Dave, thanks for having me along on your wonderful day, for the trust and inspiration, for having such welcoming and hospitable families and friends. I will never forget your day.

 

I hope you like these few teasers for now. More to come soon.

 

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  • Jenny - Stars and the vines at night is a beautiful photo.ReplyCancel

  • Sally - These pictures are stunning Matt. I hope you enjoyed Ashley and Dave’s wedding weekend as much as we did. Looking forward to seeing more of your photos later. ReplyCancel

  • Angela - I love all of these shots! Exquisite work Matt. It was lovely to meet you. Can’t wait to see more!ReplyCancel

  • Ben - I like the natural atmosphere ReplyCancel

  • Marko - Great photo’s, especially the intimate photo on the dance floor and the perfect circle framing from the sun.ReplyCancel

  • Catherine - Congrats guys!! Looks like an amazing day, wonderfully captured! That one on the hill with the sun is beautiful. Can’t wait to see the rest xxReplyCancel

  • Ash - They’re lovely Matt. I can’t wait to see more. 🙂 ReplyCancel

  • Leonil - As a fashion photographer and occasional wedding photographer myself, it was so much fun watching Matt work and getting a chance to see how he shoots a wedding.
    I love how the first dance and the star portrait turned out. So thankyou for the amazing photos and letting me take a glimpse at how it was done, from one photographer to another, it was bokehlicious.ReplyCancel

  • Jen - Such beautiful photos! Absolutely amazing.ReplyCancel

  • Toni - Beautiful photos. Looks like it was a wonderful wedding. Congratulations to the Bride and Groom.ReplyCancel

  • Wendy - Love love love these photos. Especially the one of Ashley framed in the doorway, the beautiful one on the dance floor and the one outside at night with the stars twinkling down from above. Pure Magic!ReplyCancel

  • Arlene - Great photos captured awesome memories of a great event. The night shot with the stars is beautiful.ReplyCancel

  • Bernadette - Beautiful photos Matt, very unique which is just what is important for such a special day. It was fun seeing you at work, loving what you do has come out in your photos, Cheers Bernadette (Dave & Ashley’s wedding) ReplyCancel

  • Fallon - Beautiful pictures of beautiful people! ReplyCancel

  • Mel - Beautiful work capturing a beautiful couple! Can’t wait to see more!ReplyCancel

  • Brenda - Wonderful memories of your special day, captured in romantic photos, in the best setting in the worldReplyCancel

  • Lorena - You’ve truly created a beautiful memory for the couple ReplyCancel

  • Jim Lee - This was a magical and memorable day, captured by the wonderful photos. Eagerly waiting to see more ….ReplyCancel

  • Jillian - Love the night shots!ReplyCancel

  • Carolyn - These shots capture the most beautiful day perfectly xReplyCancel

  • Light Pictures - Thanks for all the love guys n gals, so good to see such wonderful support, for both myself and Ash and Dave. MattReplyCancel

Country Style Wedding – Narbeh and Talin – Somersby NSW

 

Talin and Narbs are no longer two people, they are ONE!

They married each other on a stunning property, The Somersby Stables, in Somersby NSW, what a place!!

The huge barn was seriously decked out with flowers galore, by the very talented Piccolo Petalo, there will be more to come of that later.

Talin and Narbeh joined with vows that were both humorous but also brought us all to tears. Kind words said by a dear friend of theirs who married them all but a few legal must gets.

I love these two, so kind and thoughtful, always worrying about everyone else instead of kicking back and enjoying their huge epic ride that was their wedding day. But lucky Pete and I were there to snap a few pics of the day in case they missed anything.

Talin is wearing a very elegant Alyssa Kristin gown from Love Marie Bridal Boutique and Narbs looked very dashing in his perfectly fitting blue suit by Brent Wilson – what a perfect match!

So much class!

So much love too, and romance, and the weather was superb. Thanks Sydney for putting it on for all of us on their special day!

Everyone partied the night on in the barn, lots of Armenian charm on the dance-floor, and the food by Sprout was soooo darn good!

Thanks Talin and Narbs, for having Pete and I along, and for being so hospitable, it was a lot of fun!

A few pics here of the day, an attempt to show off the intensity and love of your day, more to come soon.

 

Somersby is one beautiful location that’s for sure, but there is also a great feature we have done on another epic part of NSW just over HERE. Please, do have a look.

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  • Talin Abovian - So, so, SO incredibly chuffed and honoured to have had the pleasure of meeting, working with and being shot by Matt and Pete. Holy moly – what truly amazing photographers, and they took all the time to not only snap the day but also to scout out the perfect locations on the property, getting just the right shot at just the right moment. I mean, the one on the lake – breathtaking. 
    You both fit right in to our families too 🙂 loved by one and all! ReplyCancel

  • Lachlan - What a stunning testament to a special day! These are eminently beautiful photographs. Wonderful stuff! ReplyCancel

  • Crissha - Piccolo Petalo Florals - Two words: BLOWN AWAY! I’ve been busting to see your captures from this day Matt and you have not disappointed. It was SO nice meeting you and I’m honoured to have my work captured in yours for this (most favourite ever) couple. Your professionalism, friendliness and just general awesomeness on the day won’t ever be forgotten by myself and my team, it’s always a blessing to work with such lovely wedding peeps.Okay so now I have to go and wipe whatever is leaking from my eyes after looking at these photos, I’M NOT CRYING, YOU’RE CRYING!! haha <3 <3 <3ReplyCancel

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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Byron Bay Wedding Photographer – James and Brooke – just a hint

Byron Bay Wedding Photographer – James and Brooke – Earth House

 

Byron Bay Wedding Photographer – James and Brooke – Earth House

 

Just looking at Brooke all I saw was smiles, they were there from the moment I walked into see the girls, and they did not stop all day and night – Have a look, seriously!

Brooke’s insanely gorgeous gown is by Leah Da Gloria. WOW, I’ve rarely seen a dress suit a woman so perfectly.

I have always been amazed by beautiful dresses, they really are pieces of art in themselves.

The elegant and subtle rose bouquets, and the unique ceremony floor, are by another Byron Bay super wonder, The French Petal.

James wears a custom suit by InStitchu, he just matched Brookes elegance perfectly. James is a very lovely man too, he is such a pleasure to be around.

That is just James and Brooke, elegance, they are matched perfectly.

The words they speak together, about each other, and the emotion from all their loved ones at the reception speeches, I’ll openly admit creates a feeling of humbleness in me.

James and Brooke will be happy together forever.

I also feel privileged every time I am invited back to The Earth House. Thank you to everyone for making it happen for me again, so much love to you all!

 

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A huge thanks to my good friend and superb Photographer, Pete Oakman. Pete helped out on the day when my very pregnant sister Hannah was not able to make it along.

The following Byron vendors are also fabulous. Thanks for bringing Brooke and James’ day together.

The Wedding planner was Frank & Joy (Roxy Meik)
Their Celebrant was Chiquita Mitchell
The delicious food was by Eat Drink Catering
The perfect Music was by the very talented Luke & Sebastian

We are also looking forward to seeing some screenplay of the day that was captured by Videographer  – Gold Bear Wedding Films

 

Have a look at our latest feature regarding our favourite wedding venues in the Byron area, as The Earth House is featured in there.

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Byron Bay Wedding Photographer – Ben and Alanna – a few frames

Byron Bay Wedding Photographer – Ben and Alanna – a few frames

 

It was lovely to get back to the stunning Victoria’s at Ewingsdale last weekend, a Byron Bay Wedding Photographer dreamscape.

The weather was full of character, sun, clouds, rain, lots more rain. But Ben and Alanna embraced the day and there wasn’t a moment when they didn’t have smiles on their faces.

These two are in Love.

Mostly, Alanna did well to hold back extreme tears as she said her vows to Ben, although there were a few. Ben just gazed at her with so much love.

Alanna’s gorgeous two piece gown is by Pina Fiorenza and a special thanks to the celebrant Chiquita Mitchell for such a lovely ceremony.

We found some shelter from the rain on the Victoria’s grounds for a few romantic snaps before we headed off to the beach to celebrate.

The reception was at the funky Belongil Bistro in Byron. The food was beautiful. We snuck out onto Belongil Beach over the road for a couple of photos of just the two of them and some time to themselves as newlyweds.

Everyone drank and chatted and danced the night away.

It was one wonderful day. Thanks to everyone for having me along to be a part of such a celebration of love and romance.

Just a couple of teasers for now to keep up the suspense until the rest come very soon.

 

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Also have a look at our latest feature regarding our favourite wedding venues in the Byron area, Victorias is featured in there.

 

 

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