29 June 2016
Invite your guests to join you for a sophisticated, elegant and kid free wedding reception. Cocktail lounges are elite and beautiful, romantic and special. We think they make for the perfect venue, with lounges, catering and music. Undeniably non-traditionally we love the style and class associated with a cocktail lounge venue.
Create a unique reception concept and program, cake cutting and
speeches on arrival? This will allow guests to party the night away.
Perhaps have a designated lounge area for parents and bridal party,
playing off the tradition of the bridal party table.
Slip into something a little more fun and sexy for the reception. A wedding gown in a cocktail lounge might get a little hot and not be the most comfortable choice. Gold sequins have always been a fan of ours, or somehting like this gorgeous, white flowing dress is very pretty and appropriate.
28 June 2016
Nothing is more intimate than a casual garden reception, created with the upmost love for close family and friends. Forget about the formal hustle and bustle, take off your heels and relax in a chic, homely and comfortable atmosphere. A garden wedding is the ideal time to test your DIY skills with unique homemade decorations and to turn ordinary household items into beautiful adornments around your reception. Cosy, affordable and very cute, celebrate your marriage under the blue skies and later dance on soft grass under the twinkling stars.
Be creative with items found around your home and create a style that blends perfectly with the natural surroundings. A wheelbarrow filled with ice holds an array of ice-cold refreshments and pegs display heartfelt handwritten best wishes from your guests. A chalkboard is a simple way to display the menu and later can be rubbed out and replaced with a departing thank you note to guests.
Food choices needn’t be fancy, homemade pasties and jars filled with sweet treats are available for guests to sample at their leisure as they mingle in the garden. Fairy lights and lanterns hung amongst the trees create a magical secret garden feel and illuminate the yard and dance area with a soft glow as dusk fades into a balmy night.
28 June 2016
As an Adelaide-based husband and wife team, Vinny and Lori approach each wedding with the utmost love and respect, developing a magnificent business that is fresh, creative, fun, professional and highly customer focused.
We jump behind the lens and meet the pair shooting to incredible heights in the wonderful world of wedding photography. “I am pretty relaxed, positive with a keen eye for detail, and Lori is very determined, loud (extremely loud!) and creative,” laughs Vinny, “Our attributes work really well together.” With an innovative and forward thinking approach to weddings, this dynamic duo is realising extraordinary achievements amongst the industry’s elite. “Adelaide is not short of wedding photographers so to have come so far so quickly is incredible. Our success stems from hard work, learning from our mistakes and really listening to our clients.”
When asked how his accomplished journey all began, Vinny jokes, “The cheesy line ‘It chose me’ would not be far from the truth,” whilst adding, “I have always loved photography, my family often recall stories of days when ‘mini-Vinny’ would run around with my father’s old camera strapped around my neck snapping photos at my cousins’ weddings. The day I married the love of my life was the moment my passionate hobby turned into an exciting career venture. As Lori always tells me, I was a bit of a ‘Groomzilla’ and knew exactly what I wanted for our special day, and so my love of the wedding industry began.”
Priding themselves on incredible dedication and constant commitment to capturing thought-provoking images, these inspirational visionaries emphasise the importance of working your way to the top, “We learnt the ropes whilst assisting other professional photographers and attending Master Photography seminars and training courses. Anyone can take ‘a good photo’, however making it outstanding takes a lot of hard work, passion and creativity.”
With many exceptional career accomplishments under their belts, a highlight for the two includes winning national and state based Australian Institute of Professional Photography (AIPP) Awards, “As photographers who really value the AIPP recognition, this is huge!” A strong connection with the camera and an indescribable enthusiasm for what they do is exactly how Vinny and Lori perfectly document real, honest, life-long love. “We love to make the day enjoyable for our couples. We create a pleasurable and productive photo shoot resulting in stunning, natural and light images... something inspiring, beautiful and timeless to be cherished forever.”
In our business, we are inspired by our clients’ feedback and customer referrals. There is nothing more satisfying than having a meeting with someone who has been referred to us by a previous client. It means that we have reached a couple’s expectations of their wedding day, inclusive of the photographs and ‘post customer care’.
On the day of the wedding, we are motivated by the surroundings, objects, light, reflections and framing (we’re getting all excited as we speak!). We also look upon the fashion industry for inspiration, new angles, ideas and body movement. We love to keep our images very ‘new’ and ‘chic’ whilst remaining respectful to the occasion and the couple’s wishes.
A FRESH APPROACH TO WEDDINGS...
In 2014, we launched a new product, the ‘Same-Day Slideshow’. Imagine enjoying the evening at a beautiful wedding... laughing, eating, toasting and talking to others on your table about how gorgeous the bride looks and wondering how the lucky couple must be feeling. Suddenly, the ‘Same-Day Slideshow’ starts. The bride, groom and their guests can now view a presentation of the day, the couple getting ready, the vows, ‘that kiss’, their love, laughter and all the fun! The slideshow is completely edited and finished to the couple’s choice of music, it is such a magical way to share the day with family and friends.
Details, details, details! We absolutely love the lengths couples are going to in order to create something distinctive from the ‘traditional wedding’. The place cards at a recent wedding we photographed displayed guests’ names with the meaning of their name underneath. Attention to detail makes a wedding just that little bit more special, unique, beautiful and not to mention, incredibly fun to photograph! Social media is another trend for weddings. Applications like Pinterest encourage brides to get creative when styling their day. Instagram and Facebook introduce a personalised ‘hashtag’, allowing couples to document their special day through shared images from family and friends.
ONE THING ABOUT YOURSELVES PEOPLE DON’T KNOW...
As I remind Lori everyday, I was once the lead singer in the Australian Boys Choir and occasionally I belt out a few tunes on a wedding day. I usually get a smile or even the whole bridal party singing along and bellowing with laughter, either works for me. Lori is the biggest ‘KISS’ fan and still to this day she wears a t-shirt from one of their concerts around twenty years ago... now that is dedication!
THE NEXT BIG CHALLENGE...
Moving our business forward and growing our professional team.
IF WE WEREN’T IN THE INDUSTRY WE WOULD BE...
There is no place we would rather be! Photography allows us to be creative, stimulates our mind, and challenges us mentally and physically. As the saying goes, ‘Choose to do something you love and you’ll never work a day in your life’. Although owning your own business has its challenges and we rarely enjoy a day off, we still don’t feel as though this is work.
Simply witnessing a couple cuddling up together whilst viewing their ‘Same-Day Slideshow’. The look of utter joy and amazement with tears rolling down their faces and the elated faces of their families, says it all. Our job here is done!
A TYPICAL DAY AT WORK...
Is always amazing! We absolutely love what we do; we are able to witness and record a new family beginning and the first day of a couple’s new life. We arrive, gear up and have fun. It is almost as though we are a groomsman and bridesmaid every weekend. The laughs, the stories and the love!
FIRST THING WE DO WHEN WE GET TO WORK...
Let the light be the direction! We take a walk around the location; look for the light source, angles and objects we can use to take something from ‘ok’ to pretty spectacular.
FAVOURITE PLACE TO HANG OUT...
Our local coffee shop, ‘Froth and Fodder’. We both love coffee, rustic food and good music. It is our absolute favourite place to ‘chill’ when we have the opportunity.
A SONG ALWAYS IN OUR HEAD...
‘Benny and The Jets’ by Elton John. It’s so infectious... I bet you’re singing it right now!
OUR WARDROBE CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT...
Ugg boots, they are the most comfortable item I own. If I could wear them on a shoot I totally would. Lori has a huge range of scarves, the girl loves to accessorise.
TOP OF THE SHOPPING LIST...
Oh if only I could purchase sleep! No really, sleep is on the top of my list but also seeing our children’s faces as they walk through the gates of Disneyland would be pretty priceless too. We are all for experiences and memory making. Lori would also love a vegetable garden for the kids and herself to pick a yummy harvest for dinner. Of course, she would like it to appear completely built, planted and maintained as well.
CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT...
Our family, they are our everything. As crazy as they may be we would do anything for them.
FAVOURITE PLACE TO SHOP AND EAT IN ADELAIDE...
Sosta Argentinian Kitchen is our ultimate favourite restaurant. Lori is very healthy but pass me a plate of meat and I am happy. My favourite place to shop is Photographic Wholesalers; I could literally purchase one of everything in that store. I am a gadgets man.
OUR IDEA OF A GOOD TIME...
Gathering the family for a Sunday drive. Coffee, sun and relax... bliss!
WHAT MAKES YOU LAUGH?
We both love comedy movies, anything with Jason Bateman will get a laugh out of us. Also catching our four year old ‘breaking it down’ to Uptown Funk by Bruno Mars in the back seat had us in stitches for hours.
WHICH FIVE WORDS BEST DESCRIBE YOU?
Fun-loving, creative, strong, hardworking and passionate.
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