Sonya called me from Sydney only about 6 weeks before hers and Claudias wedding day, asking about my affordable wedding photography packages I had advertised. I am always happy to explain my service but as the conversation went on I began to realise this was a same sex marriage and my first one at that, only months after marriage between same sex couples became legal. I was so excited! I had voted for the equal rights and had cried when same sex marriage was announced as legal, with a gay brother that I always felt, grew up feeling like he did not fit in…not only not fitting in but in the days when we were young and discovering our sexuality we lived in Tasmania where it was actually at that point in time illegal to be gay, ned alone any gay marriage talk was surely frowned upon.
Sonya was easy to get along with right from the beginning, and the photography of this same sex couple was so much fun! I had always thought it would probably be a lot easier being with a woman than a man if you were that way inclined but never imagined that even photographing two women getting married on Burleigh Beach on the Gold Coast would feel so much different than photographing a man and a woman.
Claudia and Sonya walked down the Burleigh Heads Path to their gay marriage ceremony in John Laws Park dressed in colourful identical dresses accompanied by a friend playing guitar on the site where their marriage celebrant and their guest waited for their arrival for the morning wedding ceremony. It was a stunning early Autumn day on the Gold Coast, and around 50 colourful guests came from a far.
After their celebrant Belinda Bailey wrapped up the very entertaining ceremony, we went further up Burleigh Hill for a group photo on the slope and into the Burleigh Headland trail where we could get some shade amongst the pandas trees. After those wedding photos the wedding party and I went down on to the very crowded Burleigh Beach for some quick shoeless photos in the sun and then on to Justins Lane Pizzeria on the Gold Coast Hwy of Burleigh Heads for the wedding Reception. I only had two hours with the same sex couple but when I left I could see they would certainly make a great job that day of celebrating the same sex marriage on the beautiful Gold Coast of Sonya and Clauida.
Two hours of laughter and fun!
Congratulations Claudia and Sonya, I am glad you chose me to be part of it.
This is one of my favourite family photo shoots. The Gold Coast family came up with these two amazing locations that I will certainly use again. The first is a graffiti lined alley way in Miami, Gold Coast. Very colourful!
I love lots of colour in photographs! The second location is Pizzy Park close by the first location. This location is far more natural colours a great contrast to the first. I love people to bring their pets to include in their family portraits, its worth the extra effort, to include them. I absolutely love dogs and think they belong in your family photos if they are part of your family.
This family was easy to work with, the girls, delightful! It is such a pleasure creating life long memories in the form of photographs and family portraits, for my Gold Coast clients.
Luck of The Irish!
Elopement Gold Coast, Australia.
Late one Thursday afternoon in December on Main Beach on The Gold Coast of Australia, Geraldine and James Murphy all the way from Ireland for an elopement wedding. The clouds and a storm loomed for a few hours before the ceremony but the rain held off until just after the ceremony and the beach photos were taken and down she came. The rain was torrential but only for about an hour and then it was beautiful again! Thats life on The Gold Coast of Australia, we often say “Beautiful One day and Perfect the next!” The ceremony was beautiful, with celebrant Kate Guiney. She is so genuinely lovely.
The moody sky was a great backdrop and thank goodness the wedding reception was only across the road at the Southport Yacht Club, because we had to run!
Geraldine and James have actually been together for 25 years. They had just never married. Their son and daughter who are adults were there grooms people. They brought their partners with them from Ireland for the event and the rest of their guests which were mainly family about 12 people were locals from the Gold Coast.
The Gold Coast of Australia is a great place to Elope to. We have so many beautiful beaches, and wedding coordinators to set up a picturesque setting on the beach for your special day.
This wedding, booked for The Abbey, Gold Coast venue was cancelled the morning of the wedding because The Gold Coast was flooded. There was no way in or out of the venue they had booked a year before.
The young couple Anna and Ryan took it in their stride and without too much panic booked another wedding venue that morning 31st March 2017. Pacific Surf Life Saving Club came to the rescue and were able to set up a wedding for 45 guests with just 5 hours notice.
Pacific SLSC is absolute beachfront which is obviously great for wedding photography at sunset but with the vintage cars in front it was extra special. A photographers dream.
I was so impressed at the way the couple and their families handled the stressful change of plans for the wedding and wedding venue. You would generally think that stress would be the time we see bridezillas ….. but not Anna, so graceful ….. she was just so happy to still be able to marry the man of her dreams no matter where it was. The fairy tale continued on the beach as if it was always supposed to be there.
Burleigh Beach Photography
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Such a gorgeous couple! On Friday 31 March at North Burleigh Heads James and Natsuhi were married by Helen Coglan- Gold Coast Celebrant.
This was the day after cyclone Katrina swung past the Gold Coast. With no back up plan for if it rained, the couple were extremely lucky to have no rain during their ceremony.
It did rain intermittently after the ceremony but as a photographer with great knowledge of Burleigh Heads, I knew just the spot where we could take photos with the cars in front of the beach and where we could be out of the rain while we waited for another gap. We all had fun doing these shots. We got some great shots with moody skies.
Natsuhi’s parents and some girlfriends came from Japan which was lovely for her.
I made the couple a really beautiful wedding album a month later which looked incredible. I have since started a side business of creating incredible photo books. My service takes the pain out of doing your own photo books and you get the highest quality available on the market. Simmy D Photo Books has its own website, please check it out if you love keeping your special memories alive forever. www.simmydphotobooks.com.au
They have since had the baby. Zachary a beautiful baby boy! Even though they were busy with the end of pregnancy and James back to work….they still each left me lovely reviews on my Facebook which I was really happy with.
This is what Natsuhi said:
Natsuhi Connor reviewed Simone D Photography — 5 star
April 3 ·
Simone did a great job taking our photos on our special day even it wasn’t perfect weather. She also made extra time for us to take beautiful photo shoots on the beach and top of the hill at North Burleigh after rain and all of the photos came up nicely. We are very happy with the photos and appreciate everything she has done for us. We do recommend everyone to you Simone on their special days!
Loving my Job!
Wedding Photography-Tweed River Chapel
Wow, I was so worried when this day, 3rd of June began. Most will only remember the date if something else significant happened for them that day. 3rd of June 2016. Days in advance the weather bureau was predicting a cyclonic storm. People say, “Rainy days are supposed to be lucky for wedding days”, I was thinking to myself…. it may be lucky for the wedding couple but it certainly is not for the photographer. It was a very small wedding, Wedding Photography-Tweed River Chapel in Tumbulgum, a quaint little town in Northern NSW. So in this situation with no assistant it can be difficult. Cameras are not designed to be out in the rain, and neither are Brides! Although early morning on this day was very still and calm gradually the storm built up over the day and by sunset when the wedding was planned for, there had already been quite a lot of rain. By 10pm that night it certainly was cyclonic. Amazingly though, as if god took Allan and Janets faith into consideration and stopped the rain for us to take the most amazing photos with unbelievable colours and clouds in the sky over the Tweed River. The small but simple ceremony was really lovely. Pastor Rob is delightful and his wife Brenda Suttle at Tweed River Chapel in Tumbulgum has the voice of an angel. I went along to the reception at Twin Towns where a storm was danced up inside whilst the storm blew fiercely outside.
Wedding Photography-Boomerang Farm-Gold Coast
This amazingly stunning wedding at Boomerang farm, Mudgeeraba on the Gold Coast was a fantastic day for all the guests. A beautiful sunny and still winter day on the farm. The bride looked just sensational and her groom rather dapper! All the others in the opening photo are the brides children. A perfect opportunity to grab a family portrait with everyone so spruced up!
I highly recommend Boomerang Farm as a wedding venue. The staff were warm and helpful and the surrounds are great if it is a country style wedding on the Gold Coast that you are after. In the photos you will see that the reception venue is lovely, like an old barn and with an open fire at one end, a great touch!
Engagement Photography-Gold Coast
Jayne and Travis…they have to be the cutest couple ever! Always love doing engagement photos especially when the couple are fun and easy to work with, the love and enthusiasm bursting from their eyeballs, its so lovely to capture this. Its a great way to then get the ultimate, The Wedding Photography. Unfortunately in this case I had another wedding already booked on their date. The engagement photos were taken at their home in Tugun on the Gold Coast.
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Wedding Photography-North Burleigh Heads-Gold Coast
As a photographer, terrified of heights…I was freaking out when Nicky was standing on the edge of the cliff in her high heels, what a dare devil! Made for some awesome Gold Coast wedding photos though. Sunset at North Burleigh head land what a great wedding location. The Gold Coast offers so many amazing beaches, for local weddings or to elope to. Burleigh Heads is a very popular wedding spot, there is the north and south, with North having the amazing lookout over the entire Gold Coast, and the pathway to it, is a great place to get sultry naturally lit photos of the bride and groom walking to the lookout. North Burleigh also has some photogenic pandanus trees that really add to the edge of a photo, or provide enough of a sunblock to photograph under with the sun behind. The reception for this wedding was held at North Burleigh Surf Club there function room has an incredible view and they always put on a good party!
Beach Wedding Photography
Wedding photography at an amazing beach house just North of Coffs Harbour at a place called Sapphire Beach. As much as the Gold Coast is beautiful one day and perfect the next …. it was nice to take a drive down the coast and photograph a new beach.
I am happy to travel this far for wedding photography but mostly I travel to weddings as far as Brisbane and Byron Bay with no travel costs. Besides Brisbane, Byron Bay, Gold Coast and beaches in between you will also see weddings within this website from Coffs Harbour, Melbourne and Noosa Heads. I have great knowledge of locations for your wedding photos on the Gold Coast and love discovering new ones around Australia. I offer affordable packages where ever you may be.
This particular wedding was a weekday one in a beachfront holiday house, it was like a snippet from the mediterranean islands. Very Beautiful! Loving travelling for Beach Wedding Photography!
Wedding Photography Special offer .. WEEK DAY SPECIAL.
With most weddings being on a Saturday, a wedding photographer can only shoot on Saturdays.
It is fantastic when you get the weekday weddings, such a bonus!
On the Gold Coast we have lots of elopers from overseas and other parts of Australia.
The cost of getting married on weekdays is far cheaper, so they happen each and every day of the week. Locals also often get married on Fridays, it seems to be a new trend. If its not your first marriage and you are making it a small affair why not consider the weekday option.
I would like to offer 20% off all weekday wedding bookings and an upgrade gift, worth at least $150. call me to hear what that is. You will not be disappointed you did. This offer is valid as long as it remains here in my blog. Your booking will be treated with the same importance and the package will be the same as if it was on a Saturday or Sunday. I look forward to hearing from you!
0407 174 616
Simone D Photography.
Back Yard Weddings
Lynne and Danny’s wedding took place in their own back yard, with a intimate bunch of friends and a couple of celebrities. The grooms brother was Shane Withington from Home and Away and his wife is Anne Tenney who was Molly Jones years ago on a country Practise. That was a little exciting!
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Wedding Photography-Burleigh Heads
This very cute and sweet Couple asked me to help with Wedding Photography-Burleigh Heads. In May, Yoko and Daniel decided on the middle of the day at Burleigh Heads on the Gold Coast for their fairly small ceremony. Yoko’s mother and sister flew in from Japan for the wedding. Daniel’s family was there too and it was great to see the two cultures coming together in marriage. Although Burleigh Heads can be busy, it has a wonderful buzz.
Local celebrant Taflyn Fiola conducted a beautiful ceremony as she does.
I really love Japanese people. One of my favourite nationalities. We photographed another wedding on the Gold Coast around the same time. Japanese bride marries Aussie guy as well. Ryoko and Chris and furthermore, both Japanese….. Minako and Shunya.
Yoko and Daniel had their reception at Burleigh Surf Club. I went along and saw the beautiful set up of the reception room but I only photographed a mock cake cutting due to the couple choosing a small package of only 2 hours. My 2 hour package starts at only $500 on a Saturday. I offer specials on top of that for week day weddings. It does not matter how large or small your wedding is. We love photographing them all because they all are important. All weddings large and small are treated the same. Professionally edited to a high standard. The best photos are artistically altered. Besdies receiving the original image edited to a high standard, you also receive it in either black and white or sepia, if that suits the style (best for vintage looking weddings), or black and white with colour splashes.
Your photos are always ready for collection within 4 weeks, often before. They are presented to you on USB unless of course you choose to have them printed, or a selection of them into a photo book. The books are amazing quality and it makes showing your photos to your friends and family easy for years to come.
Wedding Photography-Stradbroke Island
So often I find wedding couples choosing to have their wedding photography-Stradbroke Island are really easygoing and always easy to work with before and on the big day. This works for me, I have a lot of experience and you do not have to sweat the small stuff when it comes to the photos. I am quick thinking, and able to improvise with what ever is thrown at me. This shoot was my first time at: wedding photography-Stradbroke Island discovering the sand dunes on the Eastern Side of the Island. These are a photographers paradise, but you will want to leave the heels behind!
Felicity and Mark, are a fun and truly beautiful local Gold Coast couple destined to meet each other. This was quite a long day. We started at Sheraton Mirage. The next stage was at Marina Mirage. Next, boarding boats to travel to Stradbroke Island whilst keeping Felicity and Mark from seeing each other. Mark and the groomsmen boarded a very fast speed boat and were out of there in no time. Felicity, the girls and her parents had some more cover on their boat and the 40 minutes to McClarens Landing was a very pleasurable trip. The guests arrived on another big boat, ready for a 3pm Ceremony. They travelled in real style!
The Ceremony was lovely, with the sun streaming through the trees and the water sparkling. Felicities dad walked her down the aisle, later Marks younger sister sung a song like an angel and you could feel the love in the air. Two very nice families in unity.
As Felicity and Mark love black and white photos, .I did up quite a few of these in the editing. Also black and white with splashes of colour, which really highlighted the sunset beach photos with the old land cruiser.
Gold Coast Wedding Photographer
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Church Wedding Gold Coast
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Wedding Photography-Currumbin Beach-Gold Coast
Sharna and Randall were married at Currumbin Beach on the Gold Coast. Wedding Photography-Currumbin Beach-Gold Coast……All of Gold Coast beaches are well photographed with weddings on them every week. Currumbin is a little quieter than some of the other beaches like Burleigh, and has the very photogenic pandanas trees.
This wedding was next to Vikings Surf Club and the reception inside, such a beautiful venue, with the Surf Club so close to the ocean it gets flooded all around the club in severe weather. There is a huge rock also with steps up it with a view of the whole Gold Coast. As Sharna and Randall, had a small wedding and so only got me to photograph the ceremony, family photos and some romantic ones on the beach. It was a perfect day weather wise.
A few years later they re hire me to do family portraits at their home. A new addition has been added to the family. Brodhi is so cute and loves his big sisters. A link to those shots including a shoot in the pool I did a few years later when Bodhi was two. I love this family, so natural and happy all the time. Sharna and Randall have since had another baby boy and I am looking forward to doing some updated family portraits. I like to reward past clients with a 20% discount on future shoots.
Professional Wedding Photographer-Gold Coast
I am a professional Wedding Photographer-Gold Coast. Our emphasis is on “professional”. Starting from the phone call or email where you initiate contact.
We offer the utmost care in helping you with your big day. If we are not contactable by phone we call you back as soon as possible No questions are considered silly. Our aim is to deliver a great service and photos you will tell other people about or be proud to put on your wall for all to see. If you want a rough quote we are happy to do this over the phone and with more info in a meeting we can help you work out exactly how much photography time you need, to get your best results. We would rather talk you down in time than up because the final WOW product is what is important to us. Not getting lots of useless photos. You will never feel like we are trying to sell you more time than you need.
Come to the studio we make the best brewed coffee and have lots of herbal tea choices. Its a comfortable and relaxed meeting at our beachfront studio at Palm Beach.
Simone D Photography studio is close to transport and parking. At Simone D we like to help you with your time line as well for best photography results.
We do not hard sell, ever! We understand that you have other people to meet with and that some people like to think about things before committing.
When booking we ask for only a 25% deposit to hold your date, and do not expect you to pay for the full service until you collect your photos and most noteworthy your photos are always ready within a month of your wedding day.
In conclusion, I really am the most professional Wedding Photographer-Gold Coast.
This wedding is Tahlia and Andrew, shot at The Glades Golf Course, Robina.
Best Wedding Photographer- Gold Coast
There are many things that make me the Best Wedding Photographer- Gold Coast. I sent a questionnaire to 30 friends that are married and got all of their complaints about their wedding photographers, whilst many of them did not have huge problems most of them could find one thing they would have changed. I have implemented these into my business. The most common problem was couples not receiving their photos for 2 or 3 months after paying for them. I guarantee you will receive your photos within a month, also I do not ask for the final payment (75% of the whole payment) until you receive them. Another one was being locked into a package that was offered by the photographer. I have structured our packages so as you can put together your own. Please check out our pricing page. I have not got a huge ego and therefore my prices are kept very competitive and reasonable. Being the Best Wedding Photographer- Gold Coast also takes me interstate on occasions. This wedding of Claire and John was shot in Royal Exhibition world heritage gardens in Carlton in Melbourne, Victoria. So beautiful and a refreshing change from the beach weddings of the Gold Coast. With a chill in the air Claire walked down the aisle by both her mother and father meeting her fiancé, Italian John at the alter for a very simple but elegant ceremony. Recently Claire and John contacted me for some prints, and told me of how happy they are and now have three children, two boys and a girl which was so lovely to hear. I love hearing from the couples down the track, as I do often. There are a few weddings within my site that have links to family portraits, business head shots etc. I do reward follow up shoots with a 20% discount. Just another reason why I have been named Best Wedding Photographer -Gold Coast