images by true north photography
words by helena couture designs

inspiration: I decided during the initial lock down I was going to design a dress or two, which would have really only one main criteria – the dresses needed to be designed and created from one of the many tubs of fabric remnants left over from my many clients over the years. My mission to create beautiful gowns with minimal wastage and land fill suited me on so many levels, due to my love of conservation. In the past I had always donated offcuts of fabric to other locations, such as schools, but due to COVID-19 restrictions in this new world we live in, it meant I needed to reuse them myself. What a fun challenge!

venue: One of my first dresses ‘Faith’ was born from this simplicity of nature; the hues of earthiness, soft tones, and green foliage. The shoot took place out in the countryside, and where better than Cowbell Creek? The working farm oozed Australiana and the protruding light lent itself to an almost spiritual or angelic feel.

The photoshoot itself was a huge team effort and an amalgamation of diverse creative talents. I initially designed my dress Faith, then each other professional was invited to showcase their ideas with artistic licence, to compliment the style of the shoot. Even though many of us had not worked together before, being professionals, the shoot ran with ease.

challenges: There were not really any challenges, expect trying to keep ahead of the light. As Cowbell Creek Weddings is in a valley, we needed to be conscious of the sun descending in the west, behind the mountains and making sure that the locations of where we were going to shoot, still had sunlight. Colin from True North Photography had an extensive running sheet for the day, with posing ideas, which was great and if he found an area that worked well and we needed more time, it was worth the extra time, we just trimmed off parts that were not as essential to the shoot. When you are a creative, things often evolve as the shoot progresses and I’ve learnt to go with the flow.

favourite detail: I have looked through the images a few times and I find it hard to pick a favourite detail, but I do tend to lean towards the close cut images, where it’s more a teaser, showing only sections of the full images, leaving you wanting to see more. The florals by Moss n Stone who are award winning stylists in Wedding Florals. "We work closely with each of our brides ensuring styling and florals chosen are of the highest quality. Our team of highly skilled floral artists weave their magic & love into each bouquet. Our bespoke designs and point of difference in our wedding florals is sought after by many brides."

highlights: It is such a relaxing place, that I felt at peace, while I was there, and I loved being around the animals. They had baby miniature goats at the time, and they were so cute to hold and pat.

favourite moment: Favourite moments were the interaction the farm animals had with us. They were all so friendly and inquisitive.

Venue Cowbell Creek Weddings @cowbell_creek
Photography​ True North Photography​ @truenorthphotog
Dress/Accessories​ Helena Couture Designs ​@helenacouturedesigns
Florals​ Moss and Stone ​@mossnstone
Men's Attire​ Black Jacket Suiting ​@blackjacketsuiting
Bridal HMUA Bella Brides @bella_brides
Food Conk and Co. @conkandco
Female Model Ashleigh Domrow ​@ashleighdomrow
Male Model Jake Evans ​@jakeevans___