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7 Picture Perfect Places For Snowy Bridal Portraits

What is it about snow that instantly paints a magic brush over everything? That romantic dusting of powder, the majestic and moody ice-topped mountains, the dreamy blanket of white over everything – it’s so beautiful, and an adventurous shift from our tropical weather of course! Sure, it might get a little cold, but what’s a couple of frozen minutes for photos that will last a lifetime, right? These following brides certainly were not afraid to travel to some far-flung places for that winter wonderland feel.

#01 Iceland

Photo by Acapella Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photo by Acapella Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Story: Dramatic and Glamorous Bridal Portraits in Iceland by Acapella Photography

There’s something wonderfully exotic about Iceland, with its terrain that’s unlike anywhere else in the world. These portraits are such a breathtaking palette of blues that you almost wonder if it’s really Mother Nature at work. Mysterious and dramatic, Iceland is the perfect romantic backdrop against which to capture your love.

#02 Switzerland

Photo by Ivan Mario of Axioo. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photo by Ivan Mario of Axioo. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Story: Lost In The Magic Of Snow by Axioo

Forget those sunny beaches, there’s nothing like these majestic mountain ranges to get you in the mood for love, especially when coupled with the magic of snow! The best thing about snowy backdrops – they make ideal all-white “canvases” that allow you to fully stand out.

#03 Niseko and Shirakawa-go, Japan

Destination bridal portraits in Niseko. Photo by Niseko Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Skiing bridal portraits in Niseko. Photo by Niseko Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Story: Skiing Bridal Portraits in Niseko, Japan by Niseko Photography

You don’t have to go too far away from home. Japan is practically a hop and a skip away, and it’s even more exciting when it’s ski season. (Sneak in a vacation, perhaps?) The best thing about Japan is that you’re not limited to just Niseko, there are other parts of the mountains too, like Shirakawa-go.

Photo by Iluminen Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photo by Iluminen Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Story: Winter Photoshoot in Kanazawa and Shirakawa-go by Iluminen

#04 Hallstatt, Austria

Wedding photos at Hallstatt Austria. Photo by Fixer Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photo by Fixer Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Story: White On White In The Winter Wonderland Of Hallstatt Austria by Fixer Photography

Winter wonderlands sometimes also mean you’re beholden to unexpected storms. These newlyweds were greeted with a snowstorm but they still made it work, which resulted in some playful yet romantic bridal portraits. Hallstatt has become a little touristy over the years, which makes winter the best time to visit as the cold means there are fewer people.

#05 Oslo and Tromsø, Norway

Photo by Sheerss. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photo by Sheerss. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Story: Dramatic Destination Bridal Portraits In Picturesque Norway by Sheerss Photography

Dramatic landscapes and picturesque scenery are found throughout Norway. Oslo, located in the southern part of Norway, and Tromsø, which is at the northern part, boast some of the most visually impressive coastal landscapes in the world, and Norway is also home to the Aurora Borealis, or the Northern Lights.

#06 Queenstown, New Zealand

Photo by VRP Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photo by VRP Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Story: A Poignant and Intimate Pre-Wedding Shoot in Queenstown New Zealand by VRP Photography

To some people, New Zealand must seem like the farthest corner of the world. To others, it is heaven on Earth if such a place indeed exists. From the snow-capped mountains to the lush meadows, the country’s majestic terrain is Mother Nature at its untouched finest. Undoubtedly the perfect backdrop for your bridal portraits, it’s no wonder so many couples choose New Zealand for their destination photoshoot.

Photo by Atipattra. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photo by Atipattra. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Story: Stormy Yet Dreamy Bridal Portraits in Queenstown New Zealand by Atipattra

#07 Melbourne, Australia

Photo by Munkeat Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photo by Munkeat Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Story: Engagement Shoot in Snowy Dinner Plain, Australia by MunKeat Photography

Melbourne might not necessarily be known for its winter scenery, but visit at the right time of year, and you just might discover a snowy wonderland in the mountains. We love how this bride dramatised her bridal portraits by wearing a ballgown complete with a full skirt.

Decor by The Peak Xperience. WAF - Weddings.Arts.Fashion. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Top 12 Wedding Trends from Marriott International x WAF

Featuring many of the most sought after wedding professionals in Malaysia, Marriott International x WAF2019 was a delightful revelation of what we predict will be the wedding trends to look out for in 2020.

#01 Hanging Installations
From chandeliers and crystals to flowers and more, hanging installations, whether lush or minimalist, seem to be what it’s all about. The ‘Love Tunnel’ experience by Wishing Tree was mesmerising, proving that wedding décor is no longer one dimensional. The layering of mirrors and crystals left us breathless, and we can imagine this being an absolutely stunning entrance to your wedding space.

This piece by Elisa Florals would make an excellent backdrop for your VIP table, while this minimalist piece by The Next Big Thing and Wildflower is another good example.

Decor by Wishing Tree. WAF - Weddings.Arts.Fashion. www.theweddingnotebook.com
Above: Décor by by Wishing Tree

Decor by Wishing Tree. WAF - Weddings.Arts.Fashion. www.theweddingnotebook.com
Above: Décor by by Wishing Tree

Decor by Spring Cottage. WAF - Weddings.Arts.Fashion. www.theweddingnotebook.com
Above: Décor by by Spring Cottage

Decor by The Next Big Thing and Wildflowers. WAF - Weddings.Arts.Fashion. www.theweddingnotebook.com
Above: Décor by by The Next Big Thing and Wildflowers

Decor by Elisa Florals. WAF - Weddings.Arts.Fashion. www.theweddingnotebook.com
Above: Décor by by Elisa Florals

#02 Gold and Bronze
Wishing Tree’s Gilded Affair section, complete with gold finishing and even a bronze mirror, looked really elegant. Gold sprayed leaves were everywhere, including in the Contemporary Chic section by WM Décor and the Destination Vogue section by Darling Florist & Events and Tie The Knot. Gold and bronze elements were definitely all over the cakes and desserts too.

Decor by WM Decor. WAF - Weddings.Arts.Fashion. www.theweddingnotebook.com
Above: Décor by by WM Décor

WAF - Weddings.Arts.Fashion. www.theweddingnotebook.com
Above: Cakes by Raindough Desserts, sayaBAKE and Miss Shortcakes

Decor by Wishing Tree. WAF - Weddings.Arts.Fashion. www.theweddingnotebook.com
Above: Décor by by Wishing Tree

Concept by Tie The Knot. Floral by Darling Florist and Events. WAF - Weddings.Arts.Fashion. www.theweddingnotebook.com
Above: Concept by Tie The Knot. Floral by Darling Florist and Events

Concept by Tie The Knot. Floral by Darling Florist and Events. WAF - Weddings.Arts.Fashion. www.theweddingnotebook.com
Above: Concept by Tie The Knot. Floral by Darling Florist and Events

#03 Mirrors and Reflective Surfaces
This one was a surprise. No matter the theme, WM Décor showed that mirror boxes at different heights with decal stickers can be quite fun. Even reflective materials like Perspec have found their way into this latest look, and we love Spring Cottage’s bold approach in covering the entire aisle for a very modern and chic effect. Zahuohang’s installation with a futuristic touch was definitely something you didn’t see often.

Decor by Spring Cottage. WAF - Weddings.Arts.Fashion. www.theweddingnotebook.com
Above: Décor by Spring Cottage

Decor by ZaHuoHang. Photo by www.pinkpool.studio. WAF - Weddings.Arts.Fashion. www.theweddingnotebook.com
Above: Décor by ZaHuoHang. Photo by www.pinkpool.studio

Decor by ZaHuoHang. Photo by www.pinkpool.studio. WAF - Weddings.Arts.Fashion. www.theweddingnotebook.com
Above: Décor by ZaHuoHang. Photo by www.pinkpool.studio

Decor by WM Decor. WAF - Weddings.Arts.Fashion. www.theweddingnotebook.com
Above: Décor by by WM Décor

#04 Neon Lights

The Peak Xperience’s bold photobooth at the Eclectic Pop section was worth every Instagram post. The neon lights completed the look for the Speakeasy Bar, prepping the crowd for the perfect after party.

The centrepiece by Spring Cottage was modern and chic, while the soft fabrics and floral elements by WM Décor gave everything a romantic finish. While different looks can be created with different fonts and treatments, one thing is certain – expect lots of neon in the coming year!

Decor by The Peak Xperience. WAF - Weddings.Arts.Fashion. www.theweddingnotebook.com
Above: Décor by by The Peak Xperience

Decor by The Peak Xperience. WAF - Weddings.Arts.Fashion. www.theweddingnotebook.com
Above: Décor by by The Peak Xperience

Decor by Spring Cottage. WAF - Weddings.Arts.Fashion. www.theweddingnotebook.com
Above: Décor by by Spring Cottage

Decor by WM Decor. WAF - Weddings.Arts.Fashion. www.theweddingnotebook.com
Above: Décor by by WM Décor

#05 Bold Colours

Pink is definitely a thing. Mixed with deep blue, green and gold, it’s the perfect recipe for a statement piece. Embrace bold patterns and prints, such as those seen in Wishing Tree’s installation, and check out Marble & Co.’s dramatic pattern print background.

One of our favourites was the Speakeasy Bar done by The Peak Xperience. That hot pink carpet was unforgettable, and it just goes to show that you might not even need flowers. For the Eclectic Pop section, The Peak Xperience sprayed leaves in all kinds of gradients, which was too beautiful for words.

Decor by The Peak Xperience. WAF - Weddings.Arts.Fashion. www.theweddingnotebook.com
Above: Décor by The Peak Xperience

Decor by The Peak Xperience. WAF - Weddings.Arts.Fashion. www.theweddingnotebook.com
Above: Décor by The Peak Xperience

Decor by Marble and Co. WAF - Weddings.Arts.Fashion. www.theweddingnotebook.com
Above: Décor by by Marble & Co.

Decor by Daun and Petals. WAF - Weddings.Arts.Fashion. www.theweddingnotebook.com
Above: Décor by by Daun & Petals

#06 Silent Disco

Someone once asked us why after parties were not so successful in Asia. We think it’s because in addition to booze, you need a good DJ, and some venues have curfews which make it tricky. Also, it can be hard to move your guests from one venue to another. Silent Discos are the answer to all of this, so cheers to successful wedding after parties in 2020!

Decor by The Peak Xperience. WAF - Weddings.Arts.Fashion. www.theweddingnotebook.com
Above: Concept and Décor by The Peak Xperience

#07 Mixed Floral

Using only one colour or one type of flower is something we don’t see from wedding decorators, so the challenge is getting the right combination of colours and flowers. Here are some good examples. Contrast seems to be a thing, even if it means injecting pops of colour into a monochromatic theme. Wildflowers, mixed arrangements and non-symmetrical stylings like this G.H. Mumm Champagne Bar by Wishing Tree are just gorgeous. WM Décor used pampas while Elisa Florals opted for dried flowers punctuated with pops of colour. Even when green leaves are used, different types of greenery are often used for different themes.

Decor by WM Decor. WAF - Weddings.Arts.Fashion. www.theweddingnotebook.com
Above: Décor by by WM Décor

Decor by Wishing Tree. WAF - Weddings.Arts.Fashion. www.theweddingnotebook.com
Above: Décor by Wishing Tree

Decor by Wishing Tree. WAF - Weddings.Arts.Fashion. www.theweddingnotebook.com
Above: Décor by Wishing Tree

Decor by Elisa Florals. WAF - Weddings.Arts.Fashion. www.theweddingnotebook.com
Above: Décor by Elisa Florals

Decor by Zahuohang. WAF - Weddings.Arts.Fashion. www.theweddingnotebook.com
Above: Décor by ZaHuoHang. Photo by www.pinkpool.studio

Decor by Marble and Co. WAF - Weddings.Arts.Fashion. www.theweddingnotebook.com
Above: Décor by by Marble & Co.

#08 Mixed Textures

Furniture comes in all kind of shapes, textures and fabrics. Don’t be afraid to mix them up, from metals and fabrics to glassware. It can get messy if you don’t know how to do it, but these decorators pulled it off flawlessly. There were so many interesting layers! This is what we call customised wedding décor.

Decor by Elisa Florals. WAF - Weddings.Arts.Fashion. www.theweddingnotebook.com
Above: Décor by Elisa Florals

Decor by Elisa Florals. WAF - Weddings.Arts.Fashion. www.theweddingnotebook.com
Above: Décor by Elisa Florals

Decor by WM Decor. WAF - Weddings.Arts.Fashion. www.theweddingnotebook.com
Above: Décor by WM Décor

Decor by WM Decor. WAF - Weddings.Arts.Fashion. www.theweddingnotebook.com
Above: Décor by WM Décor

Decor by Zahuohang. WAF - Weddings.Arts.Fashion. www.theweddingnotebook.com
Above: Décor by ZaHuoHang. Photo by www.pinkpool.studio

Decor by KAMI Design. WAF - Weddings.Arts.Fashion. www.theweddingnotebook.com
Above: Décor by KAMI Design

#09 Personalised Bars

Be your own style. We love this G.H. Mumm Champagne Bar done up by Wishing Tree –– it spells luxe all over. Bring in your own mixologist, or some hotels might have one if you know your recipes. Cocktails were served by W Kuala Lumpur at the Speakeasy Bar and Aloft Kuala Lumpur Sentral at the Tropical Bar. Serve your favourite cocktails, customise your own, or simply find a drink that goes with your theme to enhance the atmosphere.

If you are in for the real thing only, serve single malt. Let your guests know that you pay attention to the details, right down to what they are drinking. And if you think bars are boring, think again!

Decor by The Peak Xperience. WAF - Weddings.Arts.Fashion. www.theweddingnotebook.com
Above: Décor by The Peak Xperience

Decor by The Peak Xperience. WAF - Weddings.Arts.Fashion. www.theweddingnotebook.com
Above: Décor by The Peak Xperience. Mixologist by W Kuala Lumpur


Mixologist by Aloft Kuala Lumpur Sentral

Decor by Wishing Tree. WAF - Weddings.Arts.Fashion. www.theweddingnotebook.com
Above: G.H. Mumm Champagne Bar Décor by Wishing Tree

The Glenlivet for wedding

#10 Insta-worthy Corners

Photos are no longer restricted to the photobooth, plenty of Insta-worthy corners seem to be the new goal. Surprise your guests with beautiful touches and interesting setups that will have them taking photos and videos at every turn.

Decor by The Peak Xperience. WAF - Weddings.Arts.Fashion. www.theweddingnotebook.com
Above: Décor by The Peak Xperience

Decor by The Peak Xperience. WAF - Weddings.Arts.Fashion. www.theweddingnotebook.com
Above: Décor by The Peak Xperience

Concept by Tie The Knot. Floral by Darling Florist and Events. WAF - Weddings.Arts.Fashion. www.theweddingnotebook.com
Above: Concept by Tie The Knot. Floral by Darling Florist & Events

Concept by Tie The Knot. Floral by Darling Florist and Events. WAF - Weddings.Arts.Fashion. www.theweddingnotebook.com
Above: Concept by Tie The Knot. Floral by Darling Florist & Events

#11 Gentlemen’s Sessions

If you think weddings are not for men, think again. At Marriott International x WAF2019, the grooms-to-be and their best men had an absolute blast mixing their own whisky blends and having their men-only sessions. Bachelor parties don’t have to be dodgy, give them a real drink and see if they don’t choose that instead!

The Blend by Chivas at WAF2019

The Blend by Chivas at WAF2019
Above: The Blend by Chivas – The Gentlemen’s session at WAF2019

The Glenlivet session at WAF2019
Above: The Gentlemen Club with The Glenlivet at WAF2019

The Glenlivet session at WAF2019
Above: Décor by Mint Events & Soirées

#12 Sweet and Savoury

Cheese Bars, Tapas Bars and Dessert Tables all can be part of the décor. It is another way to complete your theme and keep your guests occupied. Considering how late dinners in Asia sometimes start, you just might be surprised by what a hit these additions can be. And remember, don’t under order.

Decor by WM Decor. WAF - Weddings.Arts.Fashion. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Decor by WM Decor. WAF - Weddings.Arts.Fashion. www.theweddingnotebook.com
Above: Décor by WM Décor. Food by Le Méridien Kuala Lumpur and Le Méridien Putrajaya

Bungee jumping wedding. Videography by ABC Studio. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Bungee Jumping in Zürich, Switzerland, for the Bride’s Hand in Marriage

This may well be one of the most unique wedding experiences we have come across! To commemorate their wedding, this couple seized the challenge of bungee jumping off the 220-metre high Verzasca Dam – in their gown and suit, no less! Born and raised in Switzerland, the groom found the woman of his dreams in a Singaporean. When they said yes to the rest of their lives together, they enlisted ABC Studio to document their wedding journey. Thanks for these exhilarating images and videos, ABC Studio.

The bride shared: “My family is crazy adventurous. Since we were all in Switzerland and wanted to do the jump as a family, my groom and I took the opportunity to have our pre-wedding photos (and video) shot there. It was amazing; the vendor told us that we were the first couple to jump in a wedding gown and suit!

“I was actually more worried about my husband than myself, as it was his first time bungee jumping (and my fifth). In that moment, we felt that if we could overcome our fears together, nothing in this world would be able tear us apart.” Of course it helped that the bride’s father had dared the groom to earn his daughter’s hand in marriage by doing the bungee jump!

Our hearts sing for this couple – their album is filled with breathtaking views of the mountains, most of which were shot en route to, and from, the Verzasca Dam. Everything happened within days of each other, including the registration of their marriage at Villa Villette by Lake Zug, where they had the ceremony in both German and English, and their apéro, or reception, which took place at Schloss Meggenhorn (Meggenhorn Castle). As their guests mingled, the couple drove out to Luzern for more photos, and from there, rode a horse carriage back to the castle.

“After that day, our photographers told us that they needed more footage, and suggested that we do Zürich another day. I was really impressed by that and very grateful to have them; they weren’t at all calculative of the time they spent with us, but instead were really focused on getting us the best wedding footage,” added the bride.

Tips from the bride: “Just be yourself!”



GENEVIEVE & PINKAS {Europe}

Videography by ABC Studio / Location Verzasca Dam and around Switzerland

Bridal Portraits Ideas for the Adventurous. www.theweddingnotebook.com

10 Alternative Bridal Portrait Ideas for the Wild at Heart

Saying ‘I do’ to the love of your life is the start of an adventure, and what better way to capture that than with a real escapade? Classic destinations for bridal portraits (think Paris and Japan) will never lose their sparkle, but veer off the beaten path and you’ll have a photo album that proves to your grandkids that grandma and grandpa were once super cool and adventurous. Want a gasp-inducing, heart-stopping adrenaline burst with your beloved? Here are some ideas!

#01 Re-enact Jaws, With a Romantic Twist!
Photo by Metrophoto. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Story: Swimming With Whale Sharks in The Philippines by Metrophoto

We’re kidding – this is not meant to be a horror story, but it is meant to get your blood pumping. For the sea babies and dive addicts, there’s a spot in the Philippines where you can swim with whale sharks in their natural habitat. In Oslob, right by Cebu where the beaches are breathtaking and the sunsets picturesque, sneak in a cliff jump or go canyoneering by the Kawasan Falls.

#02 Out of Africa
Photo by Andry Sander of Axioo. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Story: Walk on the Wild Side by Axioo

For many, just a glimpse of a leopard in the flesh is a once in a lifetime experience, and enough to get their heart rate up! The beautiful terrain on which these animals roam, as well as the exotic experiences, combine to make Africa the perfect spot for exploration and photoshoots.

#03 Rainbow Mountain
Photography by Metrophoto. Destination engagement shoots in Peru. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Story: Engagement Portraits Amid the Stunning Hues of Rainbow Mountain, Peru by Metrophoto

If climbing ain’t your thing, you can still scale a mountain or two. For some, Machu Picchu is a bucket list item, as is the magnificence of Rainbow Mountain. There’s nothing like taking in the grandeur of Mother Nature – all while capturing your love.

#04 Love Between the Lines
Keda.Z Photography – Antelope Canyon, Arizona. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Story: Mind-blowing Bridal Portraits At Antelope Canyon, Arizona by Keda.Z Photography

There’s no preparing for the beauty of the Antelope Canyons in Arizona, USA. There really isn’t anything else like this in the world – the majestic structures inspiring awe with their narrow crevices, sharp angles, and rich orange hues.

#05 On the Road of Love
Photo by Iluminen. www.theweddingnotebook.com
Story: Pre-Wedding Motorhome Adventure Across New Zealand by Iluminen

Road trips may not appear glamorous but they’re a real intimate way to get to know your partner. Being in a small space together for hours on end means you’ll either love each other more or learn to! Also, New Zealand’s untouched landscapes and natural beauty is unparalleled.

#06 (Rock) Climbing Towards Love
Photo by Threebox Studio. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Story: Shooting Rock Climbers by Threebox Studio

It may not seem as obvious to you and me, but rock climbers are a romantic bunch – you’ll need to trust each other as you work your way through the routes and find your way to the top. In fact, many have likened marriage to rock climbing! If you and your beloved share this as a hobby, met through this hobby, or want to do something different – shed the suit and dress, strap on your harnesses, and climb!

#07 Scandinavian Stunner
Photo by Sheerss. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Story: Dramatic Destination Bridal Portraits In Picturesque Norway by Sheerss Photography

Speaking of natural beauties, Scandinavia in the winter has the most beautiful terrain that’s straight out of a fairytale. A winter wonderland indeed, the experience is completed by the surprise sightings of such animals as reindeer and moose!

#08 Reach for the Stars
Photography by Avior Pictures. www.theweddingnotebook.com
Story: Under The Northern Lights by Avior Pictures

Another exclusively Scandinavian experience, many a couple has dreamed of viewing the Aurora Borealis together. Even though it’s one of the more commonly photographed natural phenomena, nothing beats a real life viewing, especially in the arms of your husband- or wife-to-be.

#09 Lost in the Desert
Photo by Axioo. www.theweddingnotebook.com
Story: The Outback Desert Of Australia by Axioo

We’ve heard the jokes – a marriage is like one long Walkabout with the person you’ll be exchanging vows with. When it’s just the two of you in the middle of nowhere, you truly have no one else but each other. The Land Down Under is the perfect backdrop for bridal portraits, its endless outback and sprawling beaches a sight for sore eyes indeed.

#10 Heaven on Earth
Photo by Metrophoto. www.theweddingnotebook.com
Story: Untouched Beauty: Traditional Bridal Portraits in Lijiang and Shangri-La, China by Metrophoto

If heaven on Earth means being in the arms of the person you’re going to marry, why not capture your bridal portraits at Shangri-la in Lijiang, China? We don’t mean the luxury hotel chain, but rather, the actual place that has been described as heaven on Earth. This untouched corner of China is deeply underrated, from the colours and textures of the breathtaking terrain to the exotic animals and expansive skies.

Dennis Yap Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

A Simple And Fun Lilac Wedding On A Yacht

Dennis Yap Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Trade an aisle for a bridge to get onto a yacht and a yacht instead of a church, and you’ve got a unique venue for tying the knot! We love how this couple embraced the unconventional and held their ceremony on a yacht, before setting sail to have an onboard barbecue as their reception. Keeping things modern and their colour palette simple with shades of purple, they made sure everyone had a blast. Many thanks to Dennis Yap Photography* for capturing this wonderful set of photos.

Dennis Yap Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Dennis Yap Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Dennis Yap Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Dennis Yap Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Dennis Yap Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Dennis Yap Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

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Photography by Sunrise Greece. www.theweddingnotebook.com

European Dreams

Photography by Sunrise Greece. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Europe has no shortage of amazing nature backdrops: from the contrasting hues of the azure blue ocean to the light blue skies of Santorini, from the opulent royal gardens to the mountains of Salzburg. The whitewashed walls and quirky yet whimsical sights of Santorini exude a glamorous yet slightly bohemian feel, while the quaint townhouses of Salzburg set against the majestic mountains paint a picture perfect setting. Many thanks to Sunrise Greece for these beautiful shots of fashion blogger Camille Co, who is looking every bit the romantic princess bride in Greece and Austria.

Photography by Sunrise Greece. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photography by Sunrise Greece. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photography by Sunrise Greece. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photography by Sunrise Greece. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photography by Sunrise Greece. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photography by Sunrise Greece. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photography by Sunrise Greece. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photography by Sunrise Greece. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photography by Sunrise Greece. www.theweddingnotebook.com

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Photo by Deviews Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Oh My Succulent!

Here’s a refreshing alternative to flowers: succulents! These low maintenance plants are sturdy and resilient when it comes to withstanding transportation and unpredictable weather, and they’re gorgeous and versatile too. Available in different hues of green, succulents are known for their dewy texture and intricate leaf patterns, which makes them easy to style – be it glamorous, rustic, vintage, classic or cosy.

Our thanks to Cindy Chang of Nupts & Such and Bryan Chew of Ohara Florist for this idea and decoration tip: using wine and martini glasses as dainty and aged mercury vases for the succulents.

Photo by Deviews Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photo by Deviews Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

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Photo by Memoir Click Studio. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Of Romance and Dreamy Lace

Photo by Memoir Click Studio. www.theweddingnotebook.com

You don’t really need to travel far for your bridal portraits; this styled shoot is a perfect example of how a great photographer makes a lot of difference, particularly if you’re shooting somewhere local.

The Silhouette Collection is an off-the-rack collection by The Bliss Chamber that is simple, timeless yet alluring. From dreamy lace overlays to elaborate ruffled designs, this collection caters to all styles and tastes.

Thanks for sending this over, Memoir Click Studio!

Photo by Memoir Click Studio. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photo by Memoir Click Studio. www.theweddingnotebook.com

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Photography by Axioo. Lancelin Desert Perth pre-wedding photos. www.theweddingnotebook.com

12 Picture Perfect Destinations In Perth, Western Australia

Photography by Axioo. Perth pre-wedding photos. www.theweddingnotebook.comPhoto by Axioo

As far as Australia’s major cities go, Perth in Western Australia might struggle to keep up with the likes of Sydney and Melbourne in terms of size, but we promise you, this quiet cousin has a distinct charm and unique disposition all its own. With expansive landscapes and breathtaking natural sights that are a photographer’s dream, it’s no wonder Perth takes its place comfortably among the most beautiful destinations that Australia has to offer. Still not convinced? Perhaps these 12 locations will do the job. As they say, a picture is worth a thousand words…

Photography by Axioo. Perth pre-wedding photos. www.theweddingnotebook.comPhoto by Axioo

Sih Han Lim Photography. Perth pre-wedding photos. www.theweddingnotebook.comPhoto by Sih Han Lim Photography

“I’m a big fan of Perth. Having worked and lived outside of Boston for 8+ years, Perth reminds me a lot of my good times in the States. The views from its various beaches and natural parks are simply breathtaking, and you get blue skies most of the time.” Sih Han Lim Photography

#01 Cottesloe Beach

One of Perth’s most well known and best loved beaches, Cottesloe Beach can get pretty busy on warm days, but don’t let that deter you. The views and lighting are virtually second to none if you go in the late afternoon or just before sunset, although you might want to give this a miss if the weather gets too windy. Go in March, and you might even be there for Sculpture by the Sea, an amazing annual sculpture exhibition.

Ben Yew Photography. Cottesloe Beach Perth pre-wedding photos. www.theweddingnotebook.comPhoto by Ben Yew Photography

Ben Yew Photography. Cottesloe Beach Perth pre-wedding photos. www.theweddingnotebook.comPhoto by Ben Yew Photography

Andy Phe Photography. Cottesloe Beach Perth pre-wedding photos. www.theweddingnotebook.comPhoto by Andy Phe Photography

“I personally love spring time in Perth due to its great weather and blooming of the city’s natural attractions/parks.” Andy Phe Photography

#02 Lancelin

Looking for something a little different? About an hour’s drive from Perth is Lancelin, a town that’s as well known for its extensive sand dunes as it is for windsurfing and rock lobster fishing. The sand dunes here are the largest in the state – around 2km long, ideal for sand boarding, and wonderful for taking photos of course!

Photography by Axioo. Lancelin Desert Perth pre-wedding photos. www.theweddingnotebook.comPhoto by Axioo

Photography by Axioo. Lancelin Desert Perth pre-wedding photos. www.theweddingnotebook.comPhoto by Axioo

Sidlefaye Photography. Lancelin Desert Perth pre-wedding photos. www.theweddingnotebook.comPhoto by Sidlefaye Photography

“Perth is a beautiful and relaxed city with many spectacular natural sights such as Lancelin, Pinnacles and Wave Rock. There are also magnificent beaches including Cottesloe Beach in Fremantle, or you could visit the breathtaking Swan Valley wineries and Margaret River. The best season to visit Perth is spring, when wild flowers are blooming everywhere and the daily temperature sits at around 20-25°C.” Sidlefaye Photography

#03 Rottnest Island

One of Perth’s most popular vacation spots, Rottnest Island is well known for its beautiful beaches, abundant Aussie wildlife, and the cute rock wallabies known as quokkas! If you’re an avid walker, the island has some first rate nature walks too. Catch a ferry to Rottnest Island: 25 minutes from Fremantle, 45 minutes from Hillarys Boat Harbour, or 90 minutes from Barrack Street Jetty.

Ben Yew Photography. Rottnest Island Perth. www.theweddingnotebook.comPhoto by Ben Yew Photography

Ben Yew Photography. Rottnest Island Perth. www.theweddingnotebook.comPhoto by Ben Yew Photography

Ben Yew Photography. Rottnest Island Perth. www.theweddingnotebook.comPhoto by Ben Yew Photography

#04 Lesmurdie Falls

Lesmurdie Falls in the Lesmurdie Falls National Park is one of the most spectacular waterfalls in the area. Situated in the Perth Hills, it’s certainly not for the fainthearted. There’s a walking trail that starts at the top of the falls with a short walk to the viewing platform, or you can follow the trail all the way to the base of the falls. This goes without saying, watch your step!

Steven Cheah Photography. Lesmurdie Falls, Perth Hills. www.theweddingnotebook.comPhoto by Steven Cheah Photography

Steven Cheah Photography. Lesmurdie Falls, Perth Hills. www.theweddingnotebook.comPhoto by Steven Cheah Photography

#05 Pinnacles Desert

It’s a little bit of a drive – about three hours from Perth – but you won’t regret visiting Nambung National Park, home to the famous Pinnacles Desert. Here, the golden sands, wind sculpted forms and cloudless blue skies give rise to stark, striking photographs not often seen. Or visit between August and October, when colourful wildflowers blanket the earth, and you’ll have a completely different experience altogether.

Mustard Seed Photo. The Pinnacles, West Australia. www.theweddingnotebook.comPhoto by Mustard Seed Photo

Mustard Seed Photo. The Pinnacles, West Australia. www.theweddingnotebook.comPhoto by Mustard Seed Photo

Mustard Seed Photo. The Pinnacles, West Australia. www.theweddingnotebook.comPhoto by Mustard Seed Photo

“Perth is a great place to visit as it offers some of the best beaches and landscapes I’ve ever seen. Perth boasts an amazing outdoors, so when you are here, you shouldn’t be shooting indoors, but explore our beautiful city instead! The best time to visit would be around spring (September to November) or autumn (March to May), and I always recommend that couples do their shoots in the late afternoon, as this is when they will get the most ideal ambient natural light.” Mustard Seed Photography

#06 Kent Street Weir Park

Part of the Canning River Regional Park, Kent Street Weir Park is very popular with locals, families and bridal couples. The river is a lovely spot, and for the young at heart, there’s also the Castledare Miniature Railway just nearby. Miniature train rides run only once a month, so be sure to check the schedule if you plan to hop on.

Steven Cheah Photography. Kent Street Weir Park, Wilson. www.theweddingnotebook.comPhoto by Steven Cheah Photography

#07 Fremantle

Located 30 minutes from the CBD, Fremantle, or “Freo” as the locals call it, is Perth’s port city. As rich in history as it is in art and culture, visitors can take a guided tram tour of the city, or explore the old buildings and fine architecture on foot. The Fremantle Prison is the state’s only World Heritage listed building, with the Fremantle Arts Centre, Fremantle Markets and Western Australian Maritime Museum being other top attractions.

Photography by Harvard Wang. Freemantle, Perth. www.theweddingnotebook.comPhoto by Harvard Wang

“There’s always something timeless in Perth, be it an old, cracking wall in the middle of the city, Freo’s graffiti or the architecture of the University of WA.” Harvard Wang

Edwin Tan Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.comPhoto by Edwin Tan Photography

Photography by Axioo. Freemantle, Perth. www.theweddingnotebook.comPhoto by Axioo

#08 Alverstoke Barn

The Alverstoke Barn in Brunswick is the go-to destination for barn and/or country themed photoshoots and weddings. Situated right in the heart of dairy country, about 1.5 hours from Perth, it’s surrounded by lush green hills, farmland and a picturesque town. The Heritage Function Centre has a barn and restaurant for wedding celebrations, while the heritage rose garden promises some very pretty photos.

Ben Yew Photography. Alverstoke, Brunswick, Perth. www.theweddingnotebook.comPhoto by Ben Yew Photography

Ben Yew Photography. Alverstoke, Brunswick, Perth. www.theweddingnotebook.comPhoto by Ben Yew Photography

#09 Matilda Bay Boat House

Another fantastic site for wedding photographs, the Matilda Bay Boat House enjoys quite the reputation, and has even become an icon of sorts for Perth. To make things even more interesting, the jetty that leads to the distinctive blue house has been known to flood over on occasion in recent years. Great for photos, not so good for wedding gowns.

Multifolds Photography. Blue Boat House, Perth. www.theweddingnotebook.comPhoto by Multifolds Photography

Andy Phe Photography. Blue Boat House, Perth. www.theweddingnotebook.comPhoto by Andy Phe Photography

#10 Caversham House, Swan Valley

One of the most beloved wedding and reception venues in the Swan Valley, Caversham House is well worth the drive (25 minutes) or ferry ride (cruise up the Swan River). Make sure you arrive hungry because the region boasts a wealth of fresh local produce and artisan foods, including fruits, nuts, honey, chocolate, cheese, wine and more. Enjoy the sights, and don’t forget to visit some of the art galleries and antique furniture stores in town.

Ben Yew Photography. Caversham, Perth. www.theweddingnotebook.comPhoto by Ben Yew Photography

“These are my fave places around Perth. It is really hard to pick, but my top three are Fremantle, Caversham and Laurelville, York.” Ben Yew Photography

Melissa's Photography. Caversham Perth. www.theweddingnotebook.comPhoto by Melissa’s Photography

#11 University of Western Australia (UWA)

Not surprisingly, UWA is one of the top choices when it comes to outdoor photoshoots and wedding photography in Perth. The European inspired architecture on campus makes for a magnificent backdrop, especially if you’re a fan of old buildings. Plus it’s only five minutes from the Perth CBD. Just remember that you will need to purchase a license to photograph here.

Ben Yew Photography. University Western Australia, Perth. www.theweddingnotebook.comPhoto by Ben Yew Photography

Andy Phe Photography. University Western Australia, Perth. www.theweddingnotebook.comPhoto by Andy Phe Photography

#12 Chittering

Less than an hour’s drive from Perth is Chittering, a rural town that’s definitely worth exploring as a photography destination. Chittering Valley is beautiful, especially when the wildflowers are in full bloom. Even better, you won’t have to worry about crowds.

Gary Wong Photography. Chittering, Western Australia. www.theweddingnotebook.comPhoto by Gary Wong Photography

Gary Wong Photography. Chittering, Western Australia. www.theweddingnotebook.comPhoto by Gary Wong Photography

 

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Around the world in 3 years – this couple incorporated their love for travel with their love for each other through 50 cities in 10 different countries over 3 years. Making full use of nature, culture and their sense of adventure, this wonderful DIY set of photos encapsulates the excitement this couple shared (for 3 years!) before finally tying the knot.

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CANADA
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Icefields Parkway, Alberta, Canada

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Lake Louise, Alberta Canada

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Lake Minnewanka, Alberta, Canada

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Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada

GREECE
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Santorini, Greece

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Santorini, Greece

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Ios Island, Greece

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Mykonos Island, Greece

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Acropolis, Athens, Greece

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Crete Island, Greece

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Meteora, Thessaly, Greece

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Panathenaic Stadium, Athens, Greece

NEW ZEALAND
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Church of the Good Shepherd, Lake Tekapo, Canterbury, New Zealand

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CHINA
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Qinghai Lake, Qinghai, China

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