A Maldives Elopement… Travel Blog from a Wedding Photographer (and Mother!)

I was 8months pregnant and just won ‘Business Excellence Award in Personal Services’ for the Tweed Shire. I was technically on bed rest but still working everyday from home.

I received an email asking if I would be interested in travelling to the Maldives to shoot an elopement.

* Insert eye roll *

I assumed it was one of those annoying spam emails we all get from Gumtree ads. You know the ones… I work at sea so I can’t call… if I pay you can you transfer the money and pay X person… or if I send you money can you buy X products and post it to X address (overseas). Basically, money laundering. If you have ever advertised on Gumtree I’m sure you have received these.

I responded professionally and didn’t give it a second thought.

I received a response back immediately. Back and forth. Each time waiting for the ‘catch’. Then we spoke on the phone.

Whoops! I think this is a REAL CLIENT. A real once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to capture a secret elopement in the Maldives. 


She found me from a Google search and was very motivated to have me be a part of her epic elopement! You see, I am a photographer, hair and makeup artist. It’s a unique set of skills that makes me the perfect personal for elopements.

We got along like a house on fire! I liked her style. She knew what she wanted and was a go-getter. I could tell she wasn’t going to take no for an answer - thats how I roll too ;P

I quickly calculated how old my baby with be. 5 months. Oh dear. Now I’m full term ready to pop any day so my hormones are making me go into ‘protective mode’ not ‘fearless entrepreneur’ mode which is my normal thermostat. My anxiety plays out every negative scenario. I google my heart out… I find a few potential issues around travel with a new baby. The big one was immunisation and yellow fever!

Then there was the practical part of travelling. I hate planes and fast jet boats. I am an independent woman… until I have to travel. I had successfully breastfed my first child for 1 year so I was confident I would be BFing this one. I was a little anxious about the thought of travelling on plane and jet boat in a foreign country, on my own with a baby and all my equipment! I like to pride myself on juggling business and babies rather well but this was going to test my limits. 

I did what any other person would do - make my partner take a week off work to hold my hand ;) He didn’t exactly put much of a fight up - it WAS the Maldives!

Then I chickened out a hundred times finding excuses. I was in ‘Mummy’ mode. It was my partner who reminded me I was fearless! A warrior who can do this and would regret it if I didn’t. I needed that reassurance. If I wasn’t about to pop I would have said YES without another thought.

I had been in early labour (contractions every 10mins) all weekend and found myself literally crawling along the couch to my home office to finalize the booking with Flight Centre! In every email to the client I said “if I suddenly stop replying I’ve had the baby and will be in touch in a few weeks”

The Maldive’s is in the middle of the Indian Ocean. A tropical location prone to Monsoons. We travel in February as it’s the driest month of the year. As we were only there for 5 nights we decided to make the elopement date ‘flexible’ - aiming for the second day.

I did loads of research online debating wether we aim for sunrise or sunset. The sunsets on YouTube looked insane! Red sun glimmering off turquoise sea. The sky lit up with purple, pink and yellow hues. The sunrise looked luckluster. Flat and cloudy. We decided on a crisp blue ceremony on a sand dune off their Island, popular spot for divers and a sunset photo shoot. 

We flew from Brisbane to Singapore (5hr wait) then Singapore to the capital Male and 45min jetboat to our Island Makunudu. All up, 24 hours of travelling with a 5month old.

We got the basinet seats on each flight. The first leg was great we had a spare seat next to us. I’m only 5”2 so two seats allows me to lie down and sleep. Every other journey it was a full house and we were woken by everyone else’s toddler’s! We didn’t realise every time the seatbelt sign comes on you have to wake the baby and strap them in on your lap. Completely defeating the purpose! Graham held Isabella to sleep on his lap while we used the basinet as storage and enjoyed the extra leg room ;)

Isabella was a dream traveller. I took our Ergo baby carrier. I used this at each airport, the Island and when on the jet boats. I was pretty nervous when we landed as it was nearly midnight and we were about to get on a jet boat in the pitch dark! Apparently the guy told Graham the boat had broken down that day and this was a replacement - glad they kept that to themselves!!! Isabella strapped to me, I’m holding on for dear life, we are travelling 60K/phr it feels like we ‘drop’ 3m every wave with a loud thump and everything goes flying. Bella… slept through it all.

We arrive and greeted by 5+ resort staff who instantly take Isabella and start playing with her. I instantly feel my shoulders relax as I feel the cool salty breeze through my hair. I’m handed a drink. Yes, please.

The resorts include all food and drinks. They have set times for meals. As we arrived at midnight we missed dinner but they had dinner in our room waiting for us. Our room was massive, the bed was enormous and we had a cot for Bella. We jumped into the outdoor shower and prayed Bella would sleep!

We slept for 2 hours before Bella’s body clock said GOOD MORNING!!! It was just before sunrise in the Maldives (6.30am). We took the opportunity to walk out our front steps onto the coral crush white ‘sand’ and watch the sunrise. I wasn’t expecting much from my research online. Boy was I wrong!

We tested the ocean and it was like a warm bath. Crystal clear you could see the fishes beneath you. We stripped Bella off naked and all jumped it. Right in front of us was the most unbelievable sunrise. BRIGHT RED SUN. The sky turned pink and faded up to the a rich blue. The sun ray’s danced across the still ocean. We looked at each other and I could have cried. It was single handily one of the most incredible moments of my life. We both looked at each other and then felt a heavy heart as we were only missing our other daughter Sophia who was at school. The natural endorphines from such beauty was overwhelming.

What did I do next? Whatsapp the client to organise a sunrise wedding! She originally wanted one and I couldn’t believe no one was talking about these sunrise’s online!

Hope you enjoy some shots from the trip xxx 


I was 8months pregnant and just won ‘Business Excellence Award in Personal Services’ for the Tweed Shire. I was technically on bed rest but still working everyday from home.

I received an email asking if I would be interested in travelling to the Maldives to shoot an elopement.

* Insert eye roll *

I assumed it was one of those annoying spam emails we all get from Gumtree ads. You know the ones… I work at sea so I can’t call… if I pay you can you transfer the money and pay X person… or if I send you money can you buy X products and post it to X address (overseas). Basically, money laundering. If you have ever advertised on Gumtree I’m sure you have received these.

I responded professionally and didn’t give it a second thought.

I received a response back immediately. Back and forth. Each time waiting for the ‘catch’. Then we spoke on the phone.

Whoops! I think this is a REAL CLIENT. A real once-in-a-lifetime opportunity!


She found me from a Google search and was very motivated to have me be a part of her epic elopement! You see, I am a photographer, hair and makeup artist. It’s a unique set of skills that makes me the perfect personal for elopements.

We got along like a house on fire! I liked her style. She knew what she wanted and was a go-getter. I could tell she wasn’t going to take no for an answer - thats how I roll too ;P

I quickly calculated how old my baby with be. 5 months. Oh dear. Now I’m full term ready to pop any day so my hormones are making me go into ‘protective mode’ not ‘fearless entrepreneur’ mode which is my normal thermostat. My anxiety plays out every negative scenario. I google my heart out… I find a few potential issues around travel with a new baby. The big one was immunisation and yellow fever!

Then there was the piratical part of travelling. I had successfully breastfed my first child for 1 year so I was confident I would be BFing this one. I was a little anxious about the thought of travelling on plane and jet boat in a Muslim country, on my own with a baby and all my equipment! I like to pride myself on juggling business and babies rather well but this was going to test my limits. I am an independent woman… until I have to travel.

I did what any other person would do - make my partner take a week off work to hold my hand ;) He didn’t exactly put much of a fight up - it WAS the Maldives!

Then I chickened out a hundred times finding excuses. I was in ‘Mummy’ mode. It was my partner who reminded me I was fearless! A warrior who can do this and would regret it if I didn’t. I needed that reassurance if I wasn’t about to pop I would have said YES without another thought.

I had been in early labour (contractions every 10mins) all weekend and found myself literally crawling along the couch to my home office to finalize the booking with Flight Centre! In every email to the client I said “if I suddenly stop replying I’ve had the baby and will be in touch in a few weeks”

February is the driest month of the year. The Maldive’s is in the middle of the Indian Ocean. A tropical location prone to Monsoons. As we were only there for 5 nights we decided to make the elopement date ‘flexible’ - aiming for the second day.

I did loads of research online debating wether we aim for sunrise or sunset. The sunsets on YouTube looked insane! Red sun glimmering off turquoise sea. The sky lit up with purple, pink and yellow hues. The sunrise looked luckluster. Flat and cloudy. We decided on a crisp blue ceremony on a sand dune off the Island, popular spot for divers and photos at sunset.

We flew from Brisbane to Singapore (5hr wait) then Singapore to the capital Male and 45min jetboat to our Island Makunudu. All up, 24 hours of travelling with a 5month old.

We got the basinet seats on each flight. The first leg was great we had a spare seat next to us. I’m only 5”2 so two seats allows me to lie down and sleep. Every other journey it was a full house and we were woken by everyone else’s toddler’s! We didn’t realise every time the seatbelt sign comes on you have to wake the baby and strap them in on your lap. Completely defeating the purpose! Graham held Isabella to sleep on his lap while we used the basinet as storage and enjoyed the extra leg room ;)

Isabella was a dream traveller. I took our Ergo baby carrier. I used this at each airport, the Island and when on the boats. I was pretty nervous when we landed as it was nearly midnight and we were about to get on a jetboat in the pitch dark! Apparently the guy told Graham the boat had broken down that day and this was a replacement - glad they kept that to themselves!!! Isabella strapped to me, I’m holding on for dear life, we are travelling 60K/phr it feels like we ‘drop’ 3m every wave with a loud thump and everything goes flying. Bella… slept through it all.

We arrive and greeted by 5+ resort staff who instantly take Isabella and start playing with her. I instantly feel my shoulders relax as I feel the cool salty breeze through my hair. I’m handed a drink. Yes, please.

The resorts include all food and drinks. They have set times for meals. As we arrived at midnight we missed dinner but they had dinner in our room waiting for us. Our room was massive, the bed was enormous and we had a cot for Bella. We jumped into the outdoor shower and prayed Bella would sleep!

We slept for 2 hours before Bella’s body clock said GOOD MORNING!!! It was just before sunrise in the Maldives (6.30am). We took the opportunity to walk out our front steps onto the coral crush white ‘sand’ and watch the sunrise. I wasn’t expecting much from my research online. Boy was I wrong!

We tested the ocean and it was like a warm bath. Crystal clear you could see the fishes beneath you. We stripped Bella off naked and all jumped it. Right in front of us was the most unbelievable sunrise. BRIGHT RED SUN. The sky turned pink and faded up to the a rich blue. The sun ray’s danced across the still ocean. We looked at each other and I could have cried. It was single handily one of the most incredible moments of my life. We both looked at each other and then felt a heavy heart as we were only missing our other daughter Sophia who was at school. The natural endorphines from such beauty was overwhelming.

What did I do next? Whatsapp the client to organise a sunrise wedding! She originally wanted one and I couldn’t believe no one was talking about these sunrise’s online!

Hope you enjoy some shots from the trip xxx 



Sunflower Fields { WARICK QLD }

My family and I did a little road trip last week to see the sunflower fields in Warwick, Queensland! It was a long day travelling with two kids + a storm + being disheartened when all we could find were DEAD sunflowers… thennnnn… we found some! Hooray! A storm rolling in and being covered with flies it was definitely worth every second - put it on your bucket list! How could you not be H A P P Y with so much natural beauty around you (or hanging over you because you are only 5ft haha). M A G I C. 


WEDDING | Georgina & David { BYRON BAY }

Georgina our lovely bride was actually a bridesmaid for one of our brides 2 years ago! I had already done her makeup once, so need for a trial, right ;P A balmy December summer wedding at the stunning Byron View Farm. Set in the Byron Bay hinterlands with sweeping coastal views and the Byron Lighthouse perfectly positioned behind the palm tree ceremony decor!

It was the first wedding I had shot since having my #2 Bambino and I couldn’t wait to get back behind the lens and on the tools! With Jacqui (Lady Bella Hair Stylist) and Emily (Lady Bella 2nd Photographer) by my side we had a wonderful day doing what we do best. 

Byron Bay Weddings co-ordinated the love affair. With seamless scheduling and experienced staff… it’s always a stress-free day when they are involved. 

With such a stunning venue you don’t need a lot of ‘extras’. Simple palm trees framed the view for the ceremony by Michelle Shannon Celebrant.

It’s not a Byron Bay Wedding without the MAGIC BUS right!? Always a fun way to start a wedding and get guests excited. Plenty of Instagram photo ops!

Georgina and David opted for outdoor dining and our Australian summer sunset did not disappoint! Nothing like dance under the moonlight. 

A wonderful day with friends and family. Lots of laughter and hugs. Exactly how your wedding should feel - HAPPY!

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Testimonial from the Bride

“Hey Sarah-Jane,

I just wanted to email a quick thank you to yourself, Jackie and Emily. 

You made my day so easy and fantastic! The girls and I completely loved our hair and make up - it was perfect! I can not wait to see our photos. Thank you also for making the photography such an easy and painless process!! Thank you also for taking time away from your beautiful daughter to do our wedding, I appreciate you making that sacrifice.

I would recommend Lady Bella in a heart beat! Your talent is amazing!!!! And you made us all feel so comfortable and at ease. 

Thanks again, Georgina”

and once viewed the images….

” These already are amazing!!! I honestly can not thank you enough for your amazing work!!! I would recommend you to everyone in a heart beat your incredible xxxx ”

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Photography, Hair & Makeup - Lady Bella

Venue - Byron View Farm

Co-ordination - Byron Bay Weddings

Catering - Fig tree

Dress - Luv Bridal

Flowers - Alstonville Florist

Rings - Xennox Diamond

Bus - Magic Bus

Limo - Byron Bay Limousines 

Celebrant - Byron Bay Celebrant (Michelle Shannon)




Model Portfolio Photography { BYRON BAY }

Can you believe Gracie is only 14! She has upgraded from child model to teenage model. She was holidaying in Byron Bay and Mum wanted an industry professional to guide Gracie (age appropriate). Photo shoot’s in Byron Bay on sunset make for beautiful hue’s. The perfect place to practice modelling. 

Photography, Hair & Makeup - @lady_bella_australia / www.ladybellaphotography.com.au 


Elopement Photography | Kelly & Hayden { BYRON BAY }

Kelly & Hayden eloped to Byron Bay from New Zealand in Sept. They chose Lady Bella’s infamous Photography, Hair & Makeup Package. Dripped in flowers from head to toe Kelly was an on-trend bride sporting a flower crown, smokey eyes (made her green eyes POP), personally designed boho wedding dress and classic Kombi for photo opt! They chose to wed at Lighthouse Byron Bay with their two boys and a small group of closet loved ones. It was all about family! 


And…REGIONALS 2016 WINNER! | Business Excellence Awards

 Business & Babies 

What an incredible honour to be standing next to the Regions winning businesses from each shire… and then to WIN our category “Business Excellence in Personal Services”!!! 

‘They’ tell women we can’t have a successful career AND be a good Mother at the same time… well… I’m proof you CAN have it all!

> Yes that’s a 3wk old (and 6 year old at home) and yes I’m wearing my maternity dress cause nothing fits my BF boobies  Lol

I’ll be using this opportunity to Vlog in the coming weeks about our journey, what it’s like to be a woman in business, the highs & lows of juggling it with motherhood and what we as a business community can do to better our workplaces for mothers (at all stages)…. because we need to start LOCAL to make a GLOBAL impact!

#GirlBoss #nswbcawards #beatsawards

Big Thankyouuuuu to NSW Regional & Tweed Shire Business Awards, Our wonderful clients, our supportive families, our friends and to all those in the community who have taken the time to congratulate us!

Special congratulations to business of the YEAR @stoneandwood and Entrepreneur of the year @ic_signs !!!

Love Sarah-Jane & Lady Bella Team xxx 


2016 WINNER! | Business Excellence Awards { TWEED SHIRE}


<3 The weekend marked two big milestones: Officially on maternity leave (8mths!) and Lady Bella WINNING 2016 Excellence in Personal Services at the Business Excellence Awards Tweed Shire!!!! <3

Not surprising I was too busy talking on stage and was in complete shock when I realised I had won!!! I am still overwhelmed with emotion and gratitude!

Being self-employed is a Thankless job, no matter the industry. Often isolated with your fair share of self doubt. My family puts up with my excessive late nights, working EVERY weekend, long weekend, holiday period and my 6 year old even rocks 4am call times…. all to support my dream <3 I need to firstly Thank my partner Graham, daughter Sophia and Mother Loretta … without them I couldn’t invest the time (and money - sorry! lol) needed to improve year after year…

Most importantly I want to Thank all of my clients & their families over the past 6 years but especially this past year!!!!!!!!! The pure JOY & LOVE I get to experience at weddings is an honour to be a part of! I was constantly overwhelmed with the amount of joy, love & consideration everyone showed me whilst being pregnant and working long hours. It gives me HOPE that society is changing and SUPPORTING working mothers <3 Again, Thank you.

I am often asked HOW… This last year was INTENSE, even for me! Studying, Business, Parent and CREATING NEW LIFE for most of it - I think the last one is the most impressive ;P Receiving the recognition from a blind-board, against such prestige local businesses THIS YEAR… was extra special <3 

Back to HOW… It’s simple… let go of the FEAR. When my feet dangle over the edge… I take a few steps back, close my eyes and JUMP into the deep in! 

What is the worse thing that could happen??? 
Someone says no. Big whoop. Dust yourself off and try again. 

Don’t listen to the NAY-SAYERS… better yet don’t ENGAGE with them. Surround yourself with positive role models. People with PASSION & FIRE. People who are HAPPY for your SUCCESS. 

Don’t EVER be embarrassed to give something a go :) 

The best part of it all was when I got home and my daughter was SO excited screaming “I KNEW YOU WOULD WIN! IM SO PROUD OF YOU MUMMY!” 

<3 I would like to congratulate all of the finalists and winners - another spectacular event <3 #beatstweed

xxx With Love, Sarah-Jane

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OFFICIAL WINNERS:

Business of the Year - Varela & Swift Pharmacy
Employer of Choice - Varela and Swift Pharmacy
People’s Choice - Varela & Swift Pharmacy
Creative Industries - Fun Time Performers
Accessibility and Inclusion - Billabong Swim School
Community and Social Services - Tweed Valley Masonic Welfare Association Inc
Dining - Mavis’s Kitchen and Cabin’s @ Mt Warning
Personal Services - Lady Bella
Professional Services - Southern Cross Credit Union
Retail - Chozen Surf Skate Moto-x
Trade, Construction and Manufacturing - IC Signs
Visitor Experience - Mount Warning Tours
Small Business (less than 20 employees) - Tabatinga Tweed Heads
Aged Care & Wellbeing - Laurence Irvine Chiropractic
Business Leader - Ecomist/McAquatech Enterprises
Young Entrepreneur - IC Signs
Sustainability - Gymea Eco Retreat & Spa


Styled Bridal Shoot | Part 2 - { BYRON BAY HINTERLANDS }


When I had the opportunity to collaborate with ‘Wild Awake - Baskets’ I had the vision immediately and knew exactly what I wanted to create! I called upon my extremely talented florist ‘Flowers by Lynda’ - Gold Coast to create the masterpiece. You will see her work across Lady Bella portfolio. She needs little direction and OFF she goes creating breathtaking installations. Lynda spend 3+ hours inside these gorgeous woven baskets!

I need to explain just how difficult this is… these baskets are so much fun to SWING across a running lake in the Byron Bay Hinterlands. BUT when you need to stand still to install buckets of flowers individually its rather difficult… good work out for the ABS ;P We were all patiently waiting on the river bank sliding down mud giggling at Lynda swinging around in circles… the end result was totally worth it! 

The baskets themselves are breathtaking. The material has been foraged in the rainforest and hand woven by Ana from ‘Wild Awake’. A true test of nature, patience and creativity. Often found at festivals across the country with buckets of people swinging, laughing and connecting. 

I choose a gorgeous gown from local designer ‘Satya James Designs’ which complimented the romantic, boho hair and makeup I did.

Hope you enjoy the images as much as we enjoyed creating them! xxx


Photography, Hair & Makeup - Lady Bella
Floristry - Flowers by Lynda 
Baskets - Wild Awake
Bridal Gown - Satya James Boutique
Models - Korey Williams & Shaleigh Bronsveld



Wedding | Gus & Ash { BYRON BAY }

One of the most rewarding times in my career are when I get to use my set of skills to bring joy to a FRIENDS Wedding! I have known the Groom for many years and I was thrilled when I got the call to capture his love story with the free-spirit gypsy soul, Ash :) Ash definitely does things HER way! Wearing sold out Spell and the Gypsy Collective boho bridal gown, barefoot adorned with jewelled anklet, flower crown and my favourite accessory… GLITTER on her back tattoo! Another talented friend and artist surprised them with a giant dream catcher with amethyst crystal for the arbour… it had a lot of other details that had sentimental meaning to the newly weds. Gus stood by his son’s all looking very handsome surrounded by an intimate guest list, many who travelled from England. Out of everyone I think the dogs had the best day though! haha. They finished of the evening with a ‘silent disco’ with the perfect festival hat which was hand-made by another talented guest! 

Enjoy a collection of imagery from the day xxx

Photography & Hair - Lady Bella
Venue - Pavillions @ Broken Head (Byron Bay) 
Gown - Spell Bridal Collection 







Wedding | Zack & Stephanie { BYRON BAY }

We were honoured to offer our popular “One-Stop-Shop” wedding package to Steph & Zack - Photography, Hair and Makeup! At one of Byron Bay’s luxury venues Victoria’s @ Ewingsdale.

Always a bit nerve racking doing makeup in the suites as they are ALL WHITE! haha. Stephanie chose a timeless and elegant look for her Bridesmaids with side swept hair and red lips. “The White Waratah” travelled from the Sunshine Coast to deliver exceptional floristry talent! Every piece on the table was unique and breathtaking… I was blown away! 

The morning was relaxed and fun… the ceremony was emotional filled with a lot of love. My favourite part of the ceremony was when Celebrant Skai does a ‘rose ceremony’ towards the parents - everyone was in tears! Skai is full of love herself… the type of woman you just want to hug! Every ceremony we have worked together on has been thought out and unique to the clients.  As always Byron Bay Weddings excelled with all their staff executing flawless co-ordinating! 

My favourite part of the day is when the bridal party gathers their gourmet picnic basket and champas and heads to a stunning location for photos! We had fun hanging out and capturing moments of laughter and love.

The day was complete with one of Byron Bay’s Autumn pink sunsets :) 

Hope you enjoy a taste of the collection of imagery from the day xxx

CREDITS

Photography, Hair and Makeup Lady Bella
Venue Victoria’s At Ewingsdale
Florist The White Waratah
Style Hire The Wedding Shed
Celebrant Skai Ceremonies. Byron Bay Celebrant.
Co-Ordinator Byron Bay Weddings
Cake Let Them Eat Cake
Musician @Joshua Lovegrove



Wedding | Katrina & Steven { BYRON BAY }

The light was perfect for Katrina & Stevens Ewingsdale Hall ceremony with a sunset beach shoot with the family! Enjoy the highlights x 

Photography, Hair & Makeup Lady Bella / Byron Hair by Ron
Catering Prestidge Catering Pty Ltd
Celebrant @Tania Thomson celebrant 
Kombi Coast 58
Flower Crowns Gypsy&Bloom
Bouquets Gold Coast Florist
Cake There Must Be Cake


Wedding | Grace & Josh { BYRON BAY }

One of my favourite wedding locations at Horizons with uninterrupted views of Byron Bay! The weather was not looking promising as it rained all morning but the heavens opened for the ceremony! I loved the stormy clouds but we could have done without the wind ;P Byron Bay Weddings co-ordinated the event and as always it was simply gorgeous. Grace was an elegant beauty… she had that Grace Kelly vibe! Enjoy some of the highlights x

Photography, Hair and Makeup Lady Bella
Co-Ordination Byron Bay Weddings
Location Horizons Byron Bay
Celebrant @jacqui paterson 
Flowers Beautiflora
Cake Reimcakes





Wedding | Paul & Jemma { SUMMERGROVE ESTATE } P1

A helicopter arrival with breathtaking views of Gold Coast & Mount Warning. Summergrove is an outstanding venue in the Tweed Shire. The boys were cool, calm and collected. The girls were full of nervous excitement! Jemma was a timeless bridal beauty… here is part 1 of the festivities xxx

Credit: 
Photography, HMUA Lady Bella
Brides MUJarna Marie Beauty
Flowers - Florabunda Flowers
Stylist - Beautiful Weddings - Gold Coast Hinterland
Dress - Mori Lee by Madeline Gardner LillyBelle Couture
Celebrant - Marry Me Marilyn Wedding Celebrant


FASHION | Signed Model Ruby { COOLANGATTA }

The stunning Ruby is now signed with NEXT modelling agency and needed some updated snaps! Shot at Coolangatta on the Gold Coast. I love being able to offer fashion photography, hair and makeup packages to clients. It is always a pleasure to work and guide young girls in the industry. In can be so brutal. I want their Lady Bella experience to be safe and enjoyable :) 

Photography, Hair and Makeup - Lady Bella


ENGAGEMENT | Keira & Todd { TWEED SHIRE }

Keira and Todd are getting married in April on the beach so we decided to do their Engagement photo shoot in the country! Set in the tweed hinterlands of Bilambil Heights. We had a friendly horse that tried to steal the spotlight! When love is pure and genuine it is easily captured through the lens… also helps when the couple are this good looking!

I always advise having an engagement shoot. It is a great way for YOU to get to know ME and visa versa. You will pick up on guided ‘posing cues’ so your wedding day runs smoother and faster. Most people feel awkward at the start in front of the camera. Having an Engagement shoot ensures you know what to expect - you can trust in me and allow your natural emotions of the wedding day transpire - without worrying I have caught your best angle - Don’t worry, I have ;P 

Photography, Hair and Makeup - Lady Bella 


ENGAGEMENT | Grace & Josh { MURWILLUMBAH }

April is one of the busiest months of the year for Weddings on the East Coast of Australia. Which means March is full of Engagement photo shoots :) Im really excited to capture these two at their Byron Bay wedding next month. We decided to shoot in a secret cane field near Murwillumbah. Grace has that old Hollywood look, Grace Kelly if you you will ;P I can’t wait for their wedding!

Photography, Hair and Makeup - Lady Bella


EXPO | The Wedding Harvest { KIRRA HILL }



My little assistant!

Lady Bella Stall

Vintage Bridal Magazines ;P

The surf was pumping, the sun was blistering and the brides were plentiful! 

On the boarder of Coolangatta, Kirra Hill was filled with 60+ premium suppliers on February 28th , 2016 for The Wedding Harvest Expo. We meet lots of brides (and Groom’s eyeing off the surf)… everyone was in high spirits. 

The consensus was that The Wedding Harvest was yet another successful and awe inspiring event. I was really blown away by the level that everyone went too with their stalls! It shows a lot of pride in our artistry and industry. 

A Sunday full of live music, delicious catering, fashion parades and lots and lots and lots of wedding inspiration! 

It is always wonderful meeting existing and new clients. It gives us an opportunity to chat, offer advice, recommendations and let clients get to know US! It’s also lots of fun and ‘really hard work’ catching up with our favourite wedding suppliers - lots of laughter ;)

Catch us on Sat June 25th 2016 for the Byron Bay Wedding Fair! xxx


CREDITS (as featured in Whites Magazine


FASHION | Warriors of the Divine { BYRON BAY }

Just before Christmas I collaborated Warriors of the Divine and our favourite Byron Bay You-Tube star and Insta-model Cartia Mallan. Bohemian Kimono’s floating in the wind with an exposed sun and moon… I love a beach photo shoot! Natural makeup with a pop of lip colour, boho waves and salty toes = Happy team :) 

Photography, Hair and Makeup = Lady Bella


Wedding | Keiko & Juan { BYRON BAY }

A stunning sunset elopement wedding at Byron Bay’s Little Wategoe beach! One of my favourite beaches in Australia :) Set in mid-Jan the balmy skies threatened rain but held off. I love elopements! They are fun and relaxed. I feel so connected with my clients and their family. I laughed and joked with Mum while I did their Hair and Makeup before we set off for the most beautiful beach ceremony. Keiko wore a lace dress with her own designs (did I mention she is a talented jewellery designer??) A simple, short ceremony full of love and laughter. I wish these two love birds a save journey back to the UK xxx

Photography, Hair and Makeup - Lady Bella 

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