Our first wedding for 2016 was such a great celebration - the Brisbane wedding of Janet and Anthony.
The pre-ceremony time for a Chinese wedding is a bit different from most Western weddings - in that the bride and groom get to see each other, and they may host a Tea Ceremony to honour family members.
The wedding ceremony was in the Brisbane CBD, at the Albert Street Uniting Church. It's a magnificent building set among modern office towers, and a beautiful wedding location that also offers great freedom to photographers including the use of the upstairs balcony.
Another feature of the Chinese wedding was the throwing of the bouquet after the ceremony.
With a morning ceremony and an evening reception, we had the luxury of being able to take portrait photographs of the bridal party and the bride and groom at two different locations - both of which happen to be a couple of my favourite locations around the Brisbane city area.
The first location was Roma Street Parklands - an ideal spot for wedding photography due to the variety of backgrounds and the availability of shade if things get too sunny.
Our second location, a bit later in the day, was my favourite Brisbane riverside spot over at Kangaroo point. It was a hot January Brisbane day and the sun was belting down, so we pulled out all the stops on the strobe light - we really wanted to get some epic shots of the couple with Brisbane in the background, especially as their families mostly live overseas.
And finally, the reception - a terrific celebration that was held in the Yum Cha Cuisine restaurant at Garden City. The reception had it all - the bride looked absolutely stunning in her various outfits, Anthony's friends somewhat tortured him during some really fun games, there were fireworks on the balcony, the groom tossed a broccoli bouquet, and they finished by honouring their parents in a really nice way.