It is not secret I love a good gin (or two) and what better venue to tie the knot if you’re a gin lover, than a distillery?

Enter the vision of photographer Alanis K Photography, a dream, a mission to create something in a venue that is a little different, a venue perhaps unexpected. And it turns out, distillery and gin kings Archie Rose Distilling Co had just the right space (and yes, you can actually hire it for weddings and parties and even use their small personalised bottles of gin as your wedding favours!). Alanis  and floral designer Jamielee Floral Art creating two tablescapes with fresh poppies and tulips and decor pieces from Little Bird Events – one in vivid yellows and orange, the other in reds and greys both honouring and reflecting back the modern space.

Alanis explaining of her inspiration, “When I visited Archie Rose with the floral designer, we knew it was the perfect venue with an intimate and redefined rustic feel. We wanted to create a “wild yet romantic’ vibe and add pops of colours to the dark space. We styled with colourful poppies, their delicate petals are whimsical and carefree. And the elegant red tulips are used to pop and amplify the dark venue.”

Alanis enlisted two real-life couples (including real-life Covid wedding postponers Vladilena Sischina and Rakel Yamanaka ) as the models, the duos outfitted under the watchful eye of fashion stylist Zitruss in pieces from Brides In Love, Emerald Bridal and Sit & Wonder, with hair and makeup artist Athina Janelle Hair & Make Up completing the modern looks. “When selecting dresses for this shoot, the stylist and I went for unconventional modern designs (to match the non-traditional location)” explains Alanis. “We included a pantsuit and a mini wedding  gown, all paired with minimalist jewellery pieces by a local Sydney designer.”

Unexpected venues hold all kinds of charm, and when you couple them with a smaller, intimate guest list, the world opens up a mass of possibilities; the beauty of this, is exactly what Alanis wanted to show. “I love shooting small weddings and elopements, there’s something magical about smaller weddings and they’re growing in popularity since COVID lockdowns. We wanted to promote the beauty of intimate weddings that are contemporary and non-traditional.”