Hello! I'm Raymond, a photographer & videographer of Picrama. And that's Rainie my Wife next to me :3

Don't make these Wedding Planning Mistakes for your Wedding day!

Don't make these Wedding Planning Mistakes for your Wedding day!

... We got married on 23.2.23 earlier this year!

CREATE YOUR DREAM WEDDING

We know as a couple and as a full time Wedding Photographer and Videographer that planning a wedding can be a stressful task that can take a lot of time, effort and sometimes headaches.

In an ideal world, we could plan our dream wedding without a budget limit, and not worry about what others think about us. But it is also important to consider what is important to have during your wedding.

While wedding planning can be exciting, fun, tiring, time consuming and unpredictably hard, I have summed up my tips for you. To help you save time on your wedding planning, and prevent you from making wedding planning mistakes!

Here are the mains things that you should be thinking about first!

The Top 4 Things to consider when getting married!

Here are the mains things that you should be thinking about first!

1. Selecting a wedding date. This is very important as it will be your special date that you will remember forever. We like the look and meaning of numbers, and it so happened that our 5 year anniversary was on the 23.02.23, when I was thinking of the wedding date, it was a no brainer for me to pick this date as our wedding date.

2. Confirming your wedding venue. There are many beautiful venues in and around the Brisbane area. We are lucky to have mountains, hinterland, forest, inner city, rooftops, beach, cruises, and the list goes on as wedding venues. Pick the environment that you love, and stick with that. We love rooftops and the views that being on the highest floor brings, so we choose The Grove Rooftop, at the heart of Brisbane City.

3. Picking your Wedding Photographer and Wedding Videographer. I cannot stress how important this is, I know this is a little bit biased coming from me, but your wedding day will go so fast, that you won't be able to remember much after the big day. So this is when we have photo and video memories that we can look back on, and relive those moments. Hope you like the photos and videos below, I had to prioritise my other wedding clients before editing my own wedding album. That's how much I love my career XD

4. Wedding Dress & Wedding Suit. Do not cheap out of this part. Make sure what you are wearing suits your style of fashion, and also wear matching styles so you look like a couple on the day. We personally went for a classic black and white look, as we love the timeless and elegance that this look brings. Because I had to wear a tie during high school, I only wanted to wear a bow tie for my wedding day.

These are the top 4 things that I would highly recommend finalising first, all the other details can be planned later.


In no particular order, what couples have told me after their wedding

Common Wedding Planning Mistakes

  1. Not booking your wedding vendors early. If you are having a wedding on saturday or sunday, I recommend booking roughly 1 year in advance.
  2. Spending too little, or even spending too much on your wedding day. From a photographer's perspective, the two things you need to spend on, is your wedding venue and wedding clothes. After all, this is what will be showing in all the photos and videos that we will be capturing.
  3. Not having a Wedding Videographer. Videos will show you every single move and emotion, definitely worth it.
  4. Inviting too few, or too many people for your wedding day, and not providing a dress code! We asked everyone to wear white or light colours so the photos turned out really neat.
  5. Have a realistic wedding schedule, and in the case that anything goes over time, there is still time to enjoy the other festivities that were planned.
  6. Have a longer wedding, have the activities start from the morning, all the way to the night. Remember every moment. Even if you are having a shorter wedding or an elopement, find ways to lengthen the celebrations on the day!
  7. It is important to fill your wedding day with activities and events, but it is also important to plan rest times. As fun as a Wedding is, you will get tired and you will appreciate a little quite time between the two of you. This is best planned right after the sunset portrait shoot, and before the reception starts.

Wedding Photography & Videography Guide

  1. Understanding lighting. The Sun rises from the east, and sets in the west. If you are having an outdoor ceremony make sure it is shaded or planned for the late afternoon.
  2. Sunset time is the best time for photos and videos. What does this mean? about 90 mins before sunset and 30mins after sunset, we will get the softest, and most appealing lighting. This is the best time to capture the important moments.
  3. Activities that are most likely to go over time are the hair and make up, religious ceremonies, family shoots, and transport. Making sure that these logistics are taken care of, and having a plan B is important.
  4. Not having enough time for couple photos, these are the shots that are really important during and after the wedding, after all, it is a celebration of you two. The more time we have to shoot you two together, the more memories you will have together. I know for me, I always want to see the photos of me and me wife together the most.
  5. Lastly, what I get the most from my couples is that they regret not booking me for longer. Whether it's adding the getting ready, or increasing the couple portrait shoot time, or adding more coverage during the reception after party, every part of the wedding is a precious memory. After the fact, I get told the photos and videos captured on their friends and families phones were very different compared to the eyes of a creative. After all, your wedding photo and video memories is based on my perspective and what story I want to show.


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SETTING THE DATE

When it comes to setting the date and a timeline, there are no hard or fast rules, though keep in mind to be legally married you must give at least one month notice in the form of a Notice of Intended Marriage that will need to be lodged with the person who will marry you (celebrant/priest).

Here are some things to consider when it comes to setting your wedding date. Set your wedding date in the season you most want to be married. Look at important events that surround your wedding date. If you’re stressed by the busy season of Christmas, then steer clear of December and January and opt for months where you will feel calm.

Be realistic about your budget. If it’s important to you to splash out on your celebration, then allow yourself more time to save.

Ultimately your vendors, particularly your venue and photographer/videographer, will play a crucial role in setting your wedding date. Quality vendors will be booked out quite far in advance, so be prepared to move dates if you have your heart set on a certain wedding supplier or venue.

If you’re set on a venue and a time of year and they don’t have availability, consider shifting the date to a day other than Saturday. Thursday and Friday weddings are fabulous and magical mid-week weddings, which also gives you and your friends an extra day off work :)

Investing in your Wedding

The joy of wedding planning.

Investing in your Wedding

While it's exciting to aim high when planning your wedding, your budget ultimately shapes your reality. Be adventurous, be realistic and have an open mind about your wedding investment.

Break down your budget into major areas such as the ceremony, reception, clothing, decorations, entertainment, beauty, etc. Set a spending limit for each aspect and see which part of the day is worth saving for.

There is no right or wrong in this, as every couple has a different idea on how grand they want their wedding to be. In my opinion, it's better to invest into something beautiful, than regret it later in life, especially when it is your wedding day!

Vows - one of the best parts of your wedding day

it's going to get teary...

Vows - one of the best parts of your wedding day

The truth is, you're tying the knot and making a lifelong promise to your special love. During your wedding planning, you'll need to write your wedding vows. Dedicate some relaxed, stress-free time for this. Here are a few pointers when it comes to writing your wedding vows:

Stay authentic. Don’t pen something that doesn’t resonate with you or reflect your love and character. There’s no definitive right or wrong. If you're inclined towards a lengthy love letter, go for it. If you're more direct, a few lines will be fine. Rely on your celebrants advice if you're stuck. Don’t hesitate to ask me for help; I have filmed and re-watched many wedding ceremonies. The biggest tip I can give, is say why he/she is the biggest love of your life, and why you want to spend the rest of your life with them.

Make it the best day of your life!

Make it the best day of your life!

My Wedding Vendors - Who we love and would recommend to anyone!

The Grove Rooftop

Wedding Venue

The central inner city location, the city views, the contemporary high end setting, everything about this place is spectacular!

Genene Deakin

Wedding Celebrant

Friendly, professional, wonderful, articulate, elegant, and kind. Genene will make sure that your wedding ceremony goes perfectly and concentrating on making it about you two.

Wedding Cake

Vegan Yum

Wedding Cake

One of the biggest things we were looking forward was eating their cakes! Oh boy it was delicious! Not too oily, not too sweet, just right. If you never tried their cakes, you are missing out :)

The Gold Standard - Wedding Photography & Videography Gear

What Gear Your Wedding Photographer/Videographer Should Use

What Gear Your Wedding Photographer/Videographer Should Use

No matter who is shooting your wedding, let me help you understand the industry standard on what Camera your artist should be using. The main reason why professional cameras captures better photos and videos, (not including skill level) is purely the sensor size of the camera. The larger the sensor size, the more data the camera will be able to capture. What I recommend is using a full frame camera for Wedding Photography, and using either a full frame, APC-H or APS-C camera for shooting Wedding Videography.

Wedding Videography - This is when is gets technical

Wedding Videography - This is when is gets technical

For Wedding Videography, what is expected is that you will receive your wedding video in 4k video quality, captured in a 10bit colour space. In the past 2-3 years, HD video in 8 bit colour space was acceptable, now the quality is much much better. Why 10bit? If you look at the image on the right, 10 bit video contains a lot more colour, which means more realistic memories of your wedding day. To be exact, videos captures in 8bit colour contains 16,777,216 different colours, whereas videos captured in 10 bit contains 1,073,741,824 different colours! That's 64 times more colour information!

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