WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY GABBINBAR HOMESTEAD TOOWOOMBA
BRISBANE WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER
Caitlin & Alexander
Gabbinbar Homestead – one of Queensland’s most charming wedding venues located in Toowoomba
I loved Caitlin & Alexander’s wedding for so many reasons. Caitlin’s three-quarter length dress, the stunning bouquets had my favourite flowers hydrangeas, the bridesmaids were wearing my favourite colour green, it was a beautiful daytime wedding at one of Queensland’s most stunning wedding venues Gabbinbar Homestead in Toowoomba … and it would have been my parent’s wedding anniversary.
It’s probably the one love story where we can truly say this bride was literally the catch of the day. You see Caitlin & Alex were holidaying in the North Island of New Zealand while visiting with Alex’s family. They decided to spend one afternoon fly fishing. After several hours and catching no fish, Alexander went for the big catch, and asked Caitlin to marry him as he climbed up the river bank. Alexander may not have scored any fish that day, but he scored something even better.
Everything about their wedding spoke from their hearts and true to who they are. I’m so thankful to have been apart of such a fun wedding day.
Caitlin got ready offsite at Stratton House a charming cottage near the city centre of Toowoomba.
I love bed & breakfast accommodation for bride and groom preparation photos.
They tend to be styled and decorated beautifully, and more homely than a hotel.
Lots of pretty furniture and homewares to compliment photos, and lovely gardens as a backdrop for your portraits.
Caitlin’s darling three-quarter length wedding dress is from Romina Vella.
When a bride is wearing a dress that shows off her shoes, she better have cute shoes! …
well Caitlin delivered on the cute shoes with glitter covered hearts on the toes from Charlotte Mills
The stunning wedding bouquets feel as though they were gathered straight from the garden
with hydrangeas, white roses and pretty green foliage.
Dawn Osborne the flowers are amazing!
Another one of my favourite things from the wedding were the green bridesmaids dresses from Scanlan & Theodore.
Caitlin’s friend, Amy from Amy & Kate’s In-house Hair & Makeup, was on hand to make the ladies look beautiful.
And it wouldn’t quite be a wedding, unless the bride’s Dad and brother were on hand to put the ribbon on the wedding cars.
Caitlin’s something borrowed were earrings she borrowed from her mother.
Caitlin’s headpiece is from Marjori Banks Millinery
Gabbinbar is a stunning homestead surrounded by beautiful gardens and a countryside paddock out back where wild wallabies and birds roam freely. The wooded & bamboo forests, old school house and barn, make great locations for your wedding photos.
Alex and the groomsmen are wearing suits from Mitchell Ogilive, ties from Brooks Brothers,
David Jones shirts and RM Williams belts.
While most couples getting married at Gabbinbar Homestead say their I-do’s in the gardens or under the Pavilion, then hold the evening reception in the Conservatory, Caitlin & Alexander swapped things around. As it was a lunchtime wedding and the couple loved the outlook over the gardens, it made the decision really easy. The ceremony was under the glass ceiling of the Conservatory. Canapés and refreshments were served on the front lawn. And the first time a sit-down lunch was held under the Pavilion.
The flowers used to decorate the wine barrels were from Toowoomba Flower Markets and arranged by family friends.
The wine barrels were hired from Toowoomba Party Hire (now Range Event Hire).
Here comes the bride.
Caitlin walked down the aisle on her proud father’s arm to River Flows Into You by Yiruma
performed by Bettrys Lowe of St Bart’s Toowoomba.
With Reverend Adam Lowe from St Bart’s Toowoomba there to make it official.
With the formalities of the ceremony out of the way, it’s time for the guests to congratulate the newlyweds!
Congratulations Mr & Mrs Mortland.
Let’s wrangle all the guests for a big group photo!
I don’t usually tend to share the family portraits on the blog. Mainly because I like to focus on sharing the story of the day. As it is, I struggle to keep these blog posts short with just the best photos, while still trying to show bride-to-be’s what full wedding day coverage looks like. That said, at every wedding, I do photograph family portraits. Here are just a couple to show you how I photograph family portraits. I will obtain a family photo list from the couple prior to the wedding day, to ensure we get all the family photos the couple requires.
With Caitlin & Alex’s Toowoomba wedding being a lunchtime affair, we scattered their bridal portraits throughout the afternoon to take advantage of the different light throughout the afternoon. Traditionally around lunchtime when the sun is at it brightest/highest in the sky, is the harshest light, and in some respects the worst light for photos. However, by utilising the shade we were still able to do photos at noon.
By scattering the photoshoot with the bridal party throughout the afternoon, it also meant the bride and groom could mingle with their guests during cocktail hour. As everyone enjoying themselves was Caitlin & Alex’s top priority when planning their wedding, so was having great music, wine and food. With live music from Preserve the Moose, wine from Rob Hall Wines and food from the Gabbinbar kitchen.
You can’t help but be impressed by Gabbinbar the moment you drive up the pebbled driveway.
Naturally the driveway then is a must-have location for bridal portraits.
When I asked Caitlin & Alex what was must-have spot for photos – they answered ‘the driveway’.
This is the first Gabbinbar wedding where Gabbinbar have catered for a sit-down lunch in the Pavilion.
Yum cake! Layers of chocolate, salted caramel, Tia Maria, and Spiced Rum.
The wedding cake is by Impressions on Scott and decorated with flowers from Dawn Osborne Toowoomba Florist
Caitlin & Alex tell me their favourite funny moments from the wedding day “the speeches were hilarious“.
Time to cut that delicious wedding cake!
Caitlin & Alex’s first dance as husband and wife was to My Maria by Brooks & Dunn performed by Preserve the Moose.
The sun was starting to set, which for photographer’s is ‘golden hour‘.
That time of day where the light is magical and makes pretty photos.
I grabbed Caitlin & Alexander for some more photos around Gabbinbar and to have some ‘together‘ time.
Girls just wanna have fun!
Caitlin & Alexander enjoyed a week long honeymoon at The Remote Resort Fiji snorkelling, kayaking and relaxing.
What advice would you give other bride-to-be’s … ?
“The choices for vendors and suppliers can be overwhelming, so try to narrow it down early on. Work with people/vendors/suppliers you trust, so you feel confident they will do their best for you on your wedding day, and leave the stressing to the professionals!“
Anything else you would like to share about your wedding experience, standout moments, planning advice … ?
“You have to accept that unless you have a ‘sky is the limit budget’ you may not be able to have the top shelf selection in every facet of a wedding. Decide early in the planning process what is important to both of you and prioritise that in terms of your time and costs.“
The team behind Caitlin & Alexander’s Gabbinbar wedding …
Ceremony Gabbinbar Homestead – The Conservatory | Reception Gabbinbar Homestead – The Pavilion
Officiant Reverend Adam Lowe from St Bart’s Toowoomba
Bridal Gown Romina Vella | Bride’s Shoes Charlotte Mills | Headpiece Marjori Banks Millinery
Bridesmaids Dresses Scanlan & Theodore | Shoes Nat Sui
Groom & Groomsmen’s Suits Mitchell Ogilive | Ties Brooks Brothers | Shirts David Jones | Belts RM Williams
Flowers – Bouquets & Buttonholes Dawn Osborne Toowoomba Florist
Flowers – Table & Wine Barrel Arrangements flowers from Toowoomba Flower Markets arranged by family friends
Hair & Makeup Amy Mitchell from Amy & Kate’s In-house Hair & Makeup
Furniture Hire – Wine Barrels from Toowoomba Party Hire (now Range Event Hire)
Wedding Cake Impressions on Scott Toowoomba | Catering Gabbinbar Homestead | Wine Rob Hall Wines
Wedding Stationery & Invitations Cracker Print & Paper Toowoomba
Music – Ceremony Bettrys Lowe, St Bart’s Toowoomba | Music – Reception Preserve the Moose
Honeymoon The Remote Resort Fiji