Samara + Adam // Summergrove Estate Tweed Coast Wedding Photography, Gold Coast Wedding Photographer
We are so excited to share this magical styled shoot curated by Scenic Rim Bride at Royston House with the most wonderful team of suppliers!
We were honoured to be involved in this shoot which was inspired by nature, indulgence and passion.
The day was pulled together by Scenic Rim Bride, a wedding planning service offering couples access to exclusive spaces, local menus, refined wine and stunning photo locations through the Scenic Rim. The shoot took place amongst the sweeping views of the great dividing range at the amazing Royston House.
This hidden gem took our breath away! The naturally beautiful region is surrounded by a volcanic mountain range, creating the most spectacular views and backdrop for photos. We were in heaven making the most of the wide open spaces, golden fields, horses, stables and distant mountain ranges in a relaxed country setting reflecting the peace and natural beauty of this majestic landscape.
All our senses were indulged with the romantic styling on this day. Everything was basking in the warmth of this country oasis with shades of peaches and cream contrasted with amber and copper. Bare wooden tables paired with modern seating, hand blown glassware and a feast of home cooked country flavours.
This was truly an unforgettable shoot for us. We hope you get as much enjoyment scrolling through these images as we did taking them!
Thank you to this amazing creative team!
Planning + Styling: Scenic Rim Bride
Venue: Royston House
Film: Castle & Crown
Cakes & Dessert: Marina Machado
Florals: New England Flower Co
Signage: The Rustic at Heart
Stationery: Love Notes
Tableware: Table for Louis
Furniture Hire: Moreton Hire
Homewares: Mountain House
Gown: Karen Willis Holmes Bridal
Hair & Makeup: Lara Quinn
Bridal Robe: Homebodii
Bride: La’Aace de Vries
Groom: Adam Danielli
The shoot has also been on Queensland Brides One + One Mag, you can check out the free online mag here.
Venue: Fig Tree Restaurant
Coordination: Byron Bay Weddings
Furniture + Styling: The Wedding Shed
Florist: Wilderness Flowers
Celebrant: Benjamin Carlyle
Bridal gown: Goddess By Nature
Hair + Makeup: The Future Mrs
Lighting: Byron Audio
Musician: Upon a Moment Music
Videographer: Yellowbull Weddings
Cake: Sweet Obsession Cakes
Something we hear from so many of our couples is that they feel awkward or nervous about getting their wedding photos taken. This is completely normal and totally understandable, especially if you’ve never had your photo taken professionally before!
The good news is, even our most camera-shy couples come away from their wedding photography experience feeling relaxed, at ease, and yep – even having fun. Here at Figtree, we love to capture those candid moments and authentic emotions from the day, and go above and beyond to help you feel comfortable in order to do this.
Keep reading on for a few of our top tips on how to feel comfortable and confident in front of the camera!
1. Book an engagement shoot
Engagement shoots are the perfect opportunity to get some practice in before the wedding day! And will give you a great insight into what to expect on the day.
Once you’ve had a chance to get used to being photographed, you’ll be amazed at how relaxed you can feel! It also gives you the chance to hang out with us as your photographer before the wedding day so we can get to know each other’s personalities. This all helps us to create the most natural and candid photos possible.
At the end of it all, you’ll also end up with some super sweet photos of you both!
Just in case you need more convincing, here’s a link with more info about our engagement shoots and why we think they are such a great idea.
2. Book a hair and makeup trial
We are all for hair and makeup trials for so many reasons!
The best thing about having your beauty trials is that you’ll know exactly what to expect on the wedding day which will help ensure you’re completely confident in how you look and feel. This will all shine through in your photos!
3. Embrace the experience
Have fun and try not over think it! As simple as it sounds, focus on yourself and your partner, get lost in the moment and just be yourselves.
We’ll definitely give you direction throughout the shoot so that you aren’t just standing there awkwardly not knowing where to look, and if something doesn’t look right we will tell you. Trust us! However, we try to get you to do things that come naturally to create those candid style shots. If you’re ever feeling awkward, have a laugh about it and we will capture those wonderful in between moments.
Throughout the shoot, we also try to give you a moment on your own as newlyweds, as it may be the only time you get to spend alone all day. Rest assured we’re always looking for those super sweet candid moments as well, so we might be capturing the love from a distance…
4. Dress comfortably
To look comfortable in front of the camera, you have to feel comfortable!
For brides, think about your comfort and try to pick a dress that you can move easily in. We totally don’t want to be the fashion police but the more you can comfortably move in your dress, the less restricted you’ll be during the shoot. Grooms, if you’re getting married in summer, perhaps think twice about opting for a three piece suit!
On the flip side, if you’re getting married in winter, make sure you’ve got something warm for when the sun starts setting. Brides, you could rock a denim jacket in your photos or even just have something on hand for the in between moments when we’re not shooting.
Another big thing to think about is your footwear. Consider the location of your photo shoot e.g. if you’re planning on wandering through a beautiful long grass field, stilettos might be a bit tricky. Or if your heels are so amazingly pretty but uncomfortable, our tip is to bring a back up comfy pair of heels or flats just in case.
5. Be prepared
Lastly, you want to make sure you feel refreshed for your photo shoot.
By the time your location shoot comes around, for many brides you’ve been wearing your makeup for quite a few hours and there might have been a few happy tears and sneaky kisses. It’s a great idea to bring along a few makeup touch up essentials to ensure you’re feeling your best for the shoot e.g. lipstick, concealer, translucent powder. Bridesmaids are great for carrying these handy little bridal kits around!
And for brides and grooms, don’t forget to eat and hydrate! Pack a little something to eat and drink on your location shoot, you’ll be so thankful you did and it’ll help you feel totally ready to embrace being photographed!
We really hope that this guide has helped you! If you are engaged and looking for your perfect wedding photographer, get in touch for more information and our wedding photography packages here.
Tell us a little about your day…
Our wedding day was just as we always hoped it would be: a relaxed, bohemian/tuscan vibe with beautiful views over the Byron Bay Hinterland. We feasted on delicious local food, shared lots of laughs and stories with our friends and danced the night away.
What was your fave part or moment from your day?
Cohen: Seeing Emily for the first time. Emily: Walking through the macadamia orchards with Cohen after our ceremony.
Do you have any words of wisdom or tips for future couples?
On your wedding day, don’t sweat the small stuff! The day will be a perfect memory for you to look back on if you are relaxed.
We would love to hear about your experience with Figtree Wedding Photography
Figtree Wedding Photography was amazing – our photographers were so lovely and captured the important parts of our day without it distracting from spending time together/with our friends and family. We felt at ease and really enjoyed the time we spent taking photos after the ceremony!
Venue: Earth House
Wedding Planner/Coordinator: Byron Bay Weddings
Styling + Hire: The Wedding Shed
Celebrant: Michelle Shannon
Florist: The French Petal
Hair + Makeup: Alex Ouston
Wedding Dress: Anna Campbell
Brides Shoes: Bared Footwear
Jewellery: Samantha Wills
Rings: Brilliant Earth
Entertainment: Tom Francis
Cake: Sweet Obsession Cakes
Catering: Figtree Restaurant
Transport: Steve’s Transport + Byron Bay Kombis