Maryanne and Daniel

I don’t normally write for our blog, but when the wife says you have to write, then you write, no questions asked. (And no I’m not under the thumb… much)

Daniel is a minister originally from California who has now settled in Australia. He has a quiet and easygoing manner about him and all the groomsmen were in the same relaxed spirit. After quite a few laughs with the boys we headed over to the girls house to find that the front gate to the property was locked and there was no intercom on the fence. I thought to myself, “No problem, I’ll just call Maryanne on her mobile” but of course there was no service on my phone grrrr. I called out to see if someone could hear us inside the house but the house was closed up because it’s almost 34C outside and they have the air-con blasting.  So I figured I’d get in the car and drive down the road a bit, get a strong signal on my phone and call the groom so he can call the brides house to let them know we’re here… It seemed like a good plan until the car was bogged on the side of the road due to all the rain. After a number of attempts I got the car free from the mud and discovered to my amazement that I had regained a signal with the elusive Vodafone and called Daniel. 

After a short time someone came to the front gate and let us into the sanctuary of air conditioning. Aaaaaah.

The bride’s house was a hive of activity. There were make up artists, aunties galore, bridesmaids, a flower girl, flowers, dresses, presents – it was all happening (just the usual really) then out of the fun and chaos stepped a beautiful bride in Maryanne.

Both Maryanne and Daniel have strong ties to Salisbury Seventh Day Adventist Church and I was more than happy to be back there shooting. This is a congregation that I’ve photographed before and everyone is so welcoming. One of our previous wedding couples were among the guests and it was great to have a catch up and say hello. When we arrived we found the boys putting on their buttonholes just outside the church and then took our positions for Maryanne’s arrival.

You know when two people are in love just by the way they look at each other and you know when that couple is loved by their family and friends by the huge turn out at the church. It was packed to the rafters, as they say, with friends and family to witness this wonderful couple take their vows and become husband and wife.

After the ceremony we headed down to The Colonial at the Robina Golf Course and had some beautiful light to shoot with on the course before heading back to the huge reception.

We wish you guys all the best for the future.

Photographed by Alex

Second shooter –  Katie

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Fiona - July 21, 2011 - 3:19 pm

This is really beautiful guys!


Sophie Turner - July 22, 2011 - 11:50 am

Such a precious record of the day! Great work.


Michael - July 22, 2011 - 3:54 pm

Oh wow! Beautiful wedding and a stunning couple. The sunset shots are sooooo good!


Lauren - July 22, 2011 - 7:09 pm

So gorgeous, those portraits in amongst the trees are just stunning!


Amy French - July 22, 2011 - 7:34 pm

Beautiful wedding. What sweet light you had to work with shooting the portraits!


Albert Palmer - July 22, 2011 - 9:01 pm

I love all the happiness you captured. Such a sweet couple! Love that last location for the portraits of the bride and groom – you rocked it!


ALMA - July 23, 2011 - 12:03 am

Nicely done, good job!


Darko - July 23, 2011 - 4:11 am

Gorgeous couple, beautiful photography. I love the shots in the woods.


Natalie Gibbs - July 25, 2011 - 12:09 pm

Fantastic post. I love the series of the groom putting on his jacket, and the shot of the bride fanning herself while she gets buttoned up is great. The portraits are all stunning. I’m sure the couple is thrilled.


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Jennifer Nagy - August 3, 2011 - 10:22 pm

Love the candids, especially the one of the groom laughing in the church.


Putting it out in the Universe

It’s not often I make a personal post on the work blog but I feel this is sort of a bridge between work and family life.

Last night I wrote on my facebook, “I want a salad for dinner. Just thought I’d put it out there and see what the universe delivers.” Next thing you know, Alex has taken off to the supermarket and when he arrived home he whipped up a delicious salad.

Okay, so that’s not so much the universe delivering as my husband reading my facebook but it did get me thinking; “If you wanted to put something out to the universe and see what happens what would it be?”

Purely selfish here but at the moment my list would include:

  • tickets to Roger Waters performing, “The Wall”
  • photographing a wedding in the snow
  • having family portraits taken of my own family
  • having a happy family (not entirely selfish and here at home we are pretty cheery, but I’d include the entire extended family in this. It has been a year of ups and downs for us all.)

This is the list I had in my head last night. I didn’t even get a chance to put it out into the universe… and this morning I received a phone call.

“If we paid for your trip to come out and shoot us, would you come over here?”

My older brother who I haven’t seen for seventeen years wants to fly me to one of the coldest places on earth, during their winter, to photograph his family. It might not be a wedding in the snow but it would certainly be a family portrait session in the snow and to see my family… wow. I honestly can’t put into words how happy my heart would be to see this part of my family. I think this would fill three of the things on that wish list.

It’s not settled yet and it may not actually happen, but I just think there really is something that connects us to others in a stronger way than we realise. Maybe it’s a family thing?

Family is what it’s all about.

On that note, I’d like to share a few photos that are the closest we have to a family portrait at the moment. Usually Alex or I are behind the camera so we don’t have many shots with all of us in there. My older two boys are missing but if you look closely you will see that there are actually four of us in a couple of these shots. Here is a little part of our family. 🙂


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Danielle Stahl - July 20, 2011 - 11:03 am

Awesome experience for you. Hope it works out!!! I can’t believe you haven’t had family photos done!!!!! You have to asap! xx


admin - July 20, 2011 - 11:13 am

We’re just waiting for the opportunity with a photographer that we have chosen. 🙂


Kara Glenn - July 20, 2011 - 11:15 am

Yes, Alicia, I totally agree with you, we ourselves have had many universe moments in our lives & careers and we deliberately stay positive, even when it’s difficult too.
I love your very real, heartfelt blog post and good things will come back to you. You just have to wish really hard from inside yourself and surround yourself with positive thoughts and influences.


Rebecca - July 20, 2011 - 11:49 am

That’s fabulous! I like to think that there is a connection and if what we are asking for is clear, from the heart, and put out into the universe in some way, someone will listen.
Unfortunately the universe hasn’t listened to my repeated requests for George Clooney… but I’ll keep asking 🙂
I hope your family photos happen soon!


Kristen Cook - July 20, 2011 - 12:03 pm

It’s everything I believe in 🙂 Hope those family photos happen ASAP x


Amanda Ayling - July 20, 2011 - 1:40 pm

So important to get your own family portraits taken! You take so many amazing images for other families, you deserve some beautiful ones for yourself. I hope all your wishes come true!


Lyn Ismael-Bennett - July 20, 2011 - 2:24 pm

You have a beautiful family, Alicia! Beautiful portraits too!


kate ellis - July 20, 2011 - 2:24 pm

I adore the ones in the window! 🙂


Jen Stocks - July 20, 2011 - 3:18 pm

Awesome ! LOVE seeing your beautiful boys!


Matthew - July 20, 2011 - 8:00 pm

This is cute! Love it 🙂


Johanna Hietanen - July 20, 2011 - 9:55 pm

Gorgeous family! <3


Maximiliano Barros - July 21, 2011 - 2:12 am

Its always cool to have nice pics of your family and not only deliver espectacular pics to other people, we have a saying in chile “charity starts at your own home”


Heather - July 21, 2011 - 3:49 am

SO stinking cute!


Steve Koo - July 21, 2011 - 6:53 am

Thanks for sharing this – and absolutely, family is what it’s all about!


tim coulson - July 21, 2011 - 8:02 am

and here is the universe delivering my comment to you 🙂 beautiful photos. i especially love the shots of your boys through the window.


Lisa - July 21, 2011 - 2:23 pm

What a wonderful opportunity that would be… I hope it all works out for you. Your boys are gorgeous!


Lisa - July 21, 2011 - 2:24 pm

What a wonderful opportunity that would be… I hope it all works out for you.Your boys are gorgeous!


Andrew Campbell - July 21, 2011 - 3:21 pm

Great post,if you can bring the Kids to Melbourne, I’ll give you a Generations Family portrait for free.


admin - July 21, 2011 - 3:31 pm

Thank you Andrew, that’s such a lovely offer and if we were in Melbourne we’d likely take you up on it. 🙂 At this point we already have a photographer chosen up here we’re just trying to get the timing right between us, four children and their work/travelling.


IamMel - July 22, 2011 - 10:29 pm

I love your way of thinking, I am sure the universe WILL deliver for you! You have gorgeous boys!


Ngarie Humphrey - September 30, 2011 - 12:16 am

Wow 17 years that will be an amazing trip for you and snow what a bonus hope it all falls into place for you


ali - October 7, 2011 - 7:57 am

awesoime alicia! hopefully i get to see you and alex soon!!! xxxxx


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