This styled shoot was a collaboration between Indonesian photographers Terralogical and DUO events Creative Studio. We worked with both local and Perth wedding suppliers to bring together a styled shoot that explored the raw Australian landscape and the bright colours of an Australian summer. We intended to challenge the current trends in the Australian wedding arena and showcase something a little unconventional.
Aravina Estate in Yallingup Western Australia is a southwest winery with picturesque scenery. Still, we wanted to focus on areas of the untouched landscape such as fields of dry grass, fallen trees, blue skies and barren land that is quintessentially the Australian landscape, and combine the raw views with bright, bold colours.
For the ceremony backdrop, we used the root ball of a giant fallen tree and styled with contrasting brilliant colours for the floral installation, furniture and graphics, reminiscent of summer. Other shoot locations included the vineyards, dam and surrounding winery locations, and for these, we wanted to mix traditional wedding photography with fun casual photography.
The wedding vendors custom made elements to suit the concept, examples being the jewellery, headpiece, invites and on the day stationery, as well as the gourmet ice pops. We sourced furniture we knew would contrast with the raw landscape in colour but also form. As an example, we used ottomans as ceremony seating, the organic shape contrasting the landscape but also challenging the perception of a traditional ceremony chair.
We chose more traditional bridal attire, maintaining the usual expectation for wedding attire but teamed the attire with glowing makeup, bright accessories and colourful bridal flowers, challenging the perception that bright colours should be kept away from weddings.
The reception was styled inside Aravina’s Barrel Room – a relaxed and rustic space lined with oak barrels, bare concrete floors and flakeboard walls. This space is an accurate representation of Australian winery sheds!
The table styling created the opportunity to inject more colour – bright ottomans, florals, styling pieces, menus and guest gifts aligning visually with the ceremony. We even included an authentic, traditional Australian dessert as the wedding cake, a pavlova! It had bright summer fruits and flowers and a fluoro cake topper, created by Aravina chefs.
Our intention for the shoot was to show couples there are opportunities for a wedding in landscapes they may not otherwise consider. And to say it’s okay to create a wedding that represents individuality!
About DUO events Creative Studio: DUO is a full service planning, design, floral and production studio; they create and execute one-off event designs. Their events are more than a gathering they are an exceptional experience. Every detail is bespoke and every element considered suiting your vision. DUO are distinctive, flexible, considerate and meticulous and these principles drive the quality of their work.