Should You Consider a First Look?

A 'first look' is when a couple arranges to see each other in an intimate setting before the ceremony. It’s rather non-traditional and a very personal decision of course but in my opinion, worth contemplating! 

Here are my top 3 reasons why:

1. More time alone together

The private time together during a first look allows for a little extra time with just the two of you in those exciting moments before your whirlwind wedding day begins!

- A more relaxed atmosphere

Making the time for a first look means you’ll also be able to take the majority of your immediate family photos and couple portraits before the ceremony. After your ceremony you won’t need to rush to squeeze in all of this and can free up some time for your remaining family photos and be free to enjoy your cocktail hour at a slower pace. Perfect!

- Plenty of time for photos

A first look allows us to capture more couple portraits before and after your ceremony. If your schedule runs behind and we have to cut the post-ceremony portrait session short before your reception begins, you’ll be relaxed knowing that we have all of the photos that we need without you feeling rushed.

Did you do a first look at your wedding, or are you considering planning one? I'd love to hear your thoughts! xo

Ireland on Film {Travel}

Last October E and I headed to Ireland for the first time to celebrate my birthday in the beautiful Ring of Kerry. I'd heard so many good things about the Irish countryside and so we decided to check it out for ourselves! I love taking my film camera on personal trips and today I thought I'd share a few of my favourite frames with your from our lovely little weekend away xo

All images were shot on a Rolleicord with Kodak Portra 400 film.

Paris in Pink

Cherry blossoms + Paris. Could there be a more beautiful combination? Today I'm sharing a few shots (film and digital) from a photo playdate last spring with my sweet friend and fellow photographer Ylenia during cherry blossom season. It's almost that time again and in just a few months you'll most likely see me under this gorgeous pink canopy dancing around with my camera(s) in hand and a big smile on my face. Can you blame me? But before that... we're off to Japan! Hopefully the sakura will bloom while we are visiting... be sure to follow along on Instagram to see what I get up to there in late March! xo

Tulipina Workshop

If it wasn't already obvious from my Instagram, I am a lover of all things floral. I'm lucky to live in a city where there are so many beautiful florists to admire (and photograph) on a daily basis. Fresh flowers are a must in our little apartment but I have to say that my creative skills have never really seemed to stretch to floral arranging. When I discovered that Kiana Underwood - the owner of Tulipina, a boutique floral design studio located in San Francisco - would be holding a workshop while I was in California last spring, I knew that it was meant to be! After an early morning start drooling over the abundance of flowers at the SF Flower Mart we headed back to Potrero Hill to start our masterpieces (with a lot of help from Kiana of course!). I decided to embrace my Australian roots and incorporate a few native elements such as a king protea, gumnuts, eucalyptus leaves and a long time favourite, lavender. Add a few single stem ranunculus, minuature berries (seriously cute!), some strategically placed purple pom-poms (better known as alliums) and before we knew it our beautiful floral sculptures were taking shape. I can't wait to get my hands on several bunches of peonies this coming spring to put my new styling skills to the test! xo