2017 Australian Wedding Photographer of the Year

Wot? yep thats what i said

Being rewarded for what you work hardest on is a pretty cool experience. These images were my submission to the AIPP Print Awards competition this year. I was seriously lucky to win over the approval of the esteemed judging panel and take home the 2017 Wedding Photographer of the year title. What gets me really excited though is that these images were created for my awesome clients that trust my vision and allow me to shoot the only way I know how. I think it’s also awesome that it sends the message to non AIPP members of the wedding photography community that your day to day work can be good enough to enter and you don’t need to necessary shoot for the awards.

Big shout outs to Perth Pro Lab for helping cook these babies up. Keren Dobia / Keren Dobia Photography took out the overall Photog of the Year with some incredible portraits and to all my friends that did amazingly well too, go check out their pages – Katie Kolenberg / heartstory Family Photog of the year – Angie Connell / Angie Connell Photography – Pet and Animal PPY – Leah Kennedy / Leah Kennedy Photography Creative PPY – Eric Ronald Album of the Year – Steve ScaloneSteve Scalone Photographer Book of the Year
Nathan Maddigan Wedding Finalist, Ricky Gestro Travel Finalist Sarah Adams – Photographer Creative Finalist.
Well Done Legends.
Check all the winners here – http://www.aippappa.com/app…/2017-aipp-appa-category-winners

Thanks also to NikonIlford Imaging AustraliaShootProofRAW Digital Lab for getting behind me and getting on board with Clarity Project – a wedding photography workshop that Kelly Tunney and I have created which is happening in Sydney and Perth on the 19th and 26th of September respectively.

One last thanks to all of the AIPP crew, Print handlers, Judges, Head office and State councils, the event this year was nothing short of epic. Well done.

St Georges Anglican Cathedral Perth and PSAS Fremantle

where the locations of choice for these legends!

Here are a few words from Simone.

It was winter, so the vibe we went for was a little moody with some darker colourings and coppery tones.  The church and reception venue were quite dramatic old spaces so matched the dramatic weather in the end –  the storm of the year!  Style we pitched for was ornate and formal yet still modern.  As it turns out the theme ended up being very “game of thrones” although that wasn’t intentional, but the reception really did feel like a giant winter feast with fur, meat, red wine, we just needed some husky dogs.

Relaxing with the bridal crew for drinks at Petition Wine Bar after the ceremony, it was so chilled and just fun.  Then all piling into the mini bus (which was decked out internally like a tacky limousine, pole and all) from the bar to the reception venue in Fremantle.  The best dancing of the night!  I should note the defining feature of the day was the biggest storm Perth had seen all year, so it took a long time to actually get to the reception due to fallen power lines, rain etc etc!

The groom and groomsmen had to catch an Uber to the church because their limo got flooded on the freeway.  20 + Asian tourists excessively taking photos of the bridal party, then joined in the photo with the bridal party for my fave pic of the day.

So happy we chose a venue where we could bring our own drinks and caterer.  Herb was amazing, and we had the opportunity to serve our favourite wines and spirits as we brought them ourselves.  The caterer organised all bar staff and glass hire so it wasn’t as stressful as I thought it could be by going down that path.

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Bridal gown – Aelkemi

Shoes –  Jimmy Choo

Flowers – The Wildflower Perth

Rings-  Buccellati (Milan) & Lord Coconut (Melbourne)

Jewellery/Accessories- earrings – Christie Nicolaides / bag – YSL

Bridesmaids dresses –  Bianca Spender tops / Bridesmaids own bottoms.

Grooms suit-  Zegna tuxedo

Grooms Shoes-  Kenneth Cole

Groomsmen suits –  their own tuxedos, shirts were all Hugo Boss

Bow ties –  Lanvin (black velvet bow ties)

Catering-  Herb Faust

Cake –  None, Pinada from El Salvadorian community!

Reception stylist / any decorations / details:

Styling by me and my friend Alicia (florist), Salli from “touched by angels” did set-up and pack down, super job.  Festoon lights we bought off etsy.  Table greenery was from The Wildflower Perth and was a mix of tea tree and magnolia. The floral ring feature on the brick wall was also made by The Wildflower Perth.  Table details; charcoal linen table cloths, black velvet ribbon to tie the cutlery.

Hair dresser-  Jaimme Lee Creative & Cat Mooney

Make up –  Brittney Mason & Kristy Ogram

Music-  Ash Keogh

  • October 27, 2016 - 6:19 am

    Sonia Johnstone - Wow absolutely fabulous photography the best I have seen in a long time 💎💎💎💎💎💎💎💎💎💎💎💎💎💎💎💎

  • January 3, 2017 - 10:18 pm

    Martin - Superb images – what an amazing venue also!

  • January 6, 2017 - 9:15 pm

    Julie - Wow, seriously you’ve captured some inspiring moments in an incredible manor.

  • May 21, 2017 - 1:44 pm

    Louise Brynjulfsen - Dude, just saw this pop up when I was looking up PSAS. This is so bloody beautiful. So proud of you, you never cease to impress me, no matter how much I see of your work. Love your guts!

  • May 22, 2017 - 4:32 pm

    James - Thanks Legend!

Wedding Gold Medallists

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Bridal gown – Jenny Packham “Portia”

Veil / hair piece – Elle Boutique

Shoes – Saint Laurent “Tribute”

Flowers – Lua Leuca (Julia Foulsham)

Rings- Solid Gold

Jewellery/Accessories- Solid Gold

Bridesmaids dresses – One Fell Swoop

Grooms suit- MJ Bale

Groomsmen suits – MJ Bale

Ceremony – Laurelville (all furniture supplied by Laurelville)

Reception – Laurelville – furniture hired from Hire Society and Bride & Groom Store (outdoor couches)

Catering- Comestibles

Cake – The Cake & I

Stationery designer- Annie P Paperie

Hair dresser- The Pretty Parlour

Make up – Alison Jade

Music- ceremony – Dolce Ensembles String Quartet / reception – DJ FADJ

Celebrant – Nathanael Ditchburn

Cinematographer- EJ Creative

Lighting – Micktric

Some words from Jess

1. What was the inspiration behind your wedding theme / vibe? Focus was always around the party, good food, alcohol & music. It was always a sort of industrial feel venue we wanted- to create something most wedding’s don’t have. We wanted to use rich colours, rich tones of red, burgundy with the flowers accented with metallic tones.

2. Favourite detail and/or moment of the day? Pouring shots of mandarino (italian liquor made especially for the day) for everyone at the bar to get the party started

3. Did you undertake any DIY projects, if so what? Invitations was about as far DIY as I stretched, mostly avoided this at all costs

4. Any funny stories in the lead up to or on the day?  Stress of everything in lead up to the wedding is almost laughable. A few days before the wedding dad had gone to the venue to check things out, and there was flowers falling from the trees- he was so stressed we would have ‘pollen’ in the food we had to hire a load of umbrellas to protect everything. The detail!

5. Advice for other couples planning a wedding?  Just get it done!! Everything we did was worth it in the end. Everyone would always tell me the usual clichés leading up to the day “its such an important day in your lives”. It wasn’t until the actual day this sunk in- it was such an amazing & memorable day.

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Bridal gown – Aurelio Costarella

Veil / hair piece – Reny Kestel

Shoes – Zimmermann

Florist-  Fox and Rabbit

Jewellery/Accessories- Wedding band stelios / earings Christie Nicolades

Bridesmaids dresses – Rach was Bec n Bridge Sarah was dressmaker

Grooms suit- Calibre

Groomsmen suits – Jack London

Bow ties / ties – Calibre

Ceremony – St Thomas

Reception – Drill Hall

Catering- La Sosta

Cake – Sarah Schwikkard

Cake topper- Fox and Rabbit

Reception stylist / any decorations / details: Butcher Baker Stylist Creator- Jess Butcher

Stationery designer- Jean & Louise Calligraphy

Hair dresser- Shane Dias Hair

Make up – Fran Poggi

Music- Katherine Curnow

Celebrant – Father Francis Uganhanze + Fr Jim Cochoran

Transport – Belle classic limousines