Tuesday, 31 January 2012

My blog has moved!

Thank you so much for stopping by, I wanted to let you know that my blog has now moved to a new Blogfolio and you can find me on www.debsivelja.com

I am really excited about my new site as it will give me so much opportunity to share my work in a way that I really want it presented. Slideshows, larger, clearer images and I can share a lot more of my personal work.

Look forward to seeing you there!

Debs x


Tuesday, 10 January 2012

A Very Vintage Wedding Fair... in Australia!!

A huge big Happy New Year to you all! I have a heap of blog posts I want to get posted, one of which being a round up of 2011... but as ever, days slip by and before you know it another week has passed and I am still saying the same thing! Next week I will blog! Well I promise, next week I will :)

But there is an incredible reason for all this delay. That being some very exciting planning going on over here in Australia. Yes, Australia... I am here at the moment (home to the UK in May again for the season).
I am so excited to tell you all this but myself and my friend Bec from Weddingesque have  finally been able to pull together Australia's first ever vintage wedding fair!

That's right lovely people, A Very Vintage Wedding Fair will take place in Brisbane on the 24 & 25 March 2012 at the Bleeding Heart Gallery in the centre of town. We are beyond ecstatic about this and we would love for you to help us spread the word.


You see, vintage wedding fairs are pretty popular throughout the UK. They are all over the place and they are amazing. If you are looking for something a little different for your day, they are where the cool kids go. From the Designer Vintage Fair in Brum to The Vintage Wedding Fair's all around the country and many more, they are amazing.

Australia however has none!

Oh there are expos. But they are created for the masses and not for everyone. There have been only a couple of amazing boutique fairs here and there but with Australia so big, this makes it hard for those who don't live in Melbourne or Sydney.

So we are bringing Australia its first ever vintage wedding fair! And more than anything we hope to see this be the start of something beautiful!  Vintage is a way of life. Its a look and an essence that carries through to every part of a person and if vintage is you, then you want a wedding that reflects that.
As a bride who looked to have her wedding here and also as a supplier with brides who are designing their day, I know for a fact that likeminded couples are crying out for local, Australian suppliers to help them create their ideal wedding.

Bec and I have done months of research, met amazing people, made new friends and connections and we now have a raft of incredible people joining us for the fair. Exhibitors that we know are exactly what couples have been searching for.


Heres something exciting... we will be showcasing Queensland's largest range of authentic vintage dress! If that is not a draw I don't know what is. Vintage dresses are like gold dust in Australia... gold dust I tell you!

So from era-chic blooms and vintage dresses to retro styling and beautiful photography.... the fair is going to have it covered.

We would love for you to help us spread the news, even if you are in the UK or somewhere else, please feel free to grab our button and help us let our lost Aussie brides know that the solution is on its way!

Our website is www.averyvintageweddingfair.com and tickets are on pre sale now!

Saturday, 26 November 2011

Stacy and Jez, a sneak peek.

You may remember this gorgeous pair and Charlie the dog from their Gold Coast engagement shoot? Well I just delivered their wedding to them last night.... I can't wait to share it!




Monday, 14 November 2011

Caro and Simon... A day full of Brollies, Suitcases and Sunshine

I always feel so privileged to be asked to capture a couples wedding day for them and when one of the couple is a wedding photographer themselves, it can feel quite daunting and very, very flattering at the same time!

I had been following Caro on Twitter and Facebook, admiring her work for some time when she got in touch saying the exact same about me! We soon met and since then the boundaries between 'colleagues' and friends and bride and photographer have blurred so many times. Not only did I get to photograph Caro and Simon's day, but Caro was my sisters photographer a month later!

Caro and Simon had the most gorgeous wedding. Full of personal elements the whole day was a pure DIY affair that the whole family got involved in. From friends designing the invites and buying the table pieced and Caro making the beautiful fabric backdrop that hung behind the top table, every detail was hand made, designed, donated or created by themselves or someone they knew.

As the Friday morning of heir wedding rolled around, the weather pulled out all the stops for them and the day got progressively more sunny as Caro and her bridesmaids got ready at her family home in Marlow. Caro's dad drove her to the church in his vintage white Porsche which had been lovingly polished and was absolutely gleaming as they pulled up. Her bridesmaids followed in a gorgeous VW Bay in the most amazing yellow colour I have ever seen on a dub.

Caro wore a stunning lace dress that oozed vintage charm. Her keen eye nabbed her a bargain as she was lucky enough to find the perfect dress, 'the one', from the Phase Eight bridal range. She was then able to splurge a little more on two pairs of shoes and a stunning mantilla veil from. The jewel colours Caro and Simon chose were perfect for their summer wedding and their bridal party looked awesome in electric blue, yellow, greys and purples. Simons blue suit from Ben Sherman was the perfect colour for him and he looked so handsome and proud!

After the ceremony, guests were lead to the river where they were treated to a wonderful Henley and Marlow tradition, making their way from the church to Monks Barn on a canal boat on the Thames! After a fair few canapes and drinks later, they moored up just passed Temple Lock and they crossed a little bridge to arrive at Monks Barn to enjoy their afternoon and evening.

In the days leading up to the wedding, Caro, Simon and their family and friends had spent hours decorating the barn and it looked sublime! Monks Barn is a beautiful, very rustic barn that you literally hire as a 'shell' to decorate and fill your own way. It lacks the perfectly new and polished feel of so many pretty yet not-so-rustic-any-more barns that are out there and has all the charm and quirks of a proper English country barn. It is dark inside which becomes welcomingly candle lit in the evening. Its textured walls are beautiful and high beams and ceiling were perfect for hanging heaps of umbrellas from, to bring together their theme of suitcases and brollies. It's a fabulous space and has a pretty garden area out front that means with the barn doors wide open, you can bring a bit of the outdoors in.

From the many umbrellas dotted around the barn, the vintage suitcases all borrowed from her grandparents, the cameras lying about and a personalised bar just for Simon, their whole wedding oozed personality. Caro and Simon also set up the most amazing sweetie table that practically had to have a marquee built around it! Garden games, fuse ball, family photos and lots of fun and laughter kept guests entertained all afternoon... no detail was forgotten!

Caro and Simon, it was such a treat to be a part of your day and I look forward to catching up when I am next in town to talk and reminisce with you!



























































































































































Caro's Dress: Phase Eight design (Eve)
Simon's Suit: Ben Sherman
Ushers Suits: Marks and Spencers
Illustrations: Jenni Desmond 
Venue: Monks Barn

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