Pampas Grass – A Beautiful Evil

Pampas Grass….

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Let’s have a chat about this.

I have been asked by a few of my brides where they can find Pampas grass and they usually don’t like my answer because it’s actually a really big threat to our native flora.

Pampas Grass may look lovely BUT it’s an extremely noxious weed and it’s illegal for any florist in most states of Australia to sell it because it’s so dangerous.
Pampas grass is native to South America and is considered a weed in most Australian states and territories as it competes with native vegetation and is a fire hazard.

It is a highly invasive plant, with each flower head producing up to 100,000 seeds that can spread to a 25-kilometre radius. It would take farmers and local council years and years to eradicate this weed if it ever too hold as it’s so evasive.

There are so many other native grasses that look just as good. Here are 6 that would look beautiful in any bouquet:

Weeping rice-grass (Microlaena stipoides) …


Kangaroo grass (Themeda triandra) …


Brush wiregrass (Aristida behriana) …


Windmill grass (Chloris truncata) …


Bottlebrush grass (Enneapogon nigricans) …


White top or wallaby grass (Rytidosperma species)

 

Please please think about how damaging pampas grass can be and respect our local flora and sub species of plants. It truly is a dangerous plant for our country.

You can get some good quality fake pampas from florists who deal in fake plants.

 

A bit of a break…

 

We thought we would explain why we have not been very active lately on our website and that’s because DianaM Photography has had a baby!

We welcomed our beautiful little baby boy Xavier on the 15th May 2019 and he has kept our hands a tad full!

We did work up until we couldn’t anymore and here are some of our latest weddings that kept us busy until our little boy arrived.

 

Emily and Matt – 16th Feb 2019

 

 

Richard and Catherine – 7th March 2019

 

 

David and Suong – 16th March 2019

 

 

Bec and Toby – 23rd March 2019

 

 

We have had a busy couple of months and we are booked out until the end of 2019 so are only taking 2020 bookings and beyond. If you would like to book your special day with us, then please contact us at diana@dianamphotography.com.au to secure your date!

 

– Russ and Diana

 

Caitlin and Sam – 22nd September 2018

Yesterday was filled with love (and Ice-cream) for Caitlin and Sam’s gorgeous wedding!

It was held at the amazing Kuitpo Hall and decorated by MASE – Event Hire + Design with the catering by Adelaide Wood Fired Pizza, St. Louis Ice Cream Cart, Daisy Burger and Little Vintage Bar & Van.

The sun shone bright and Caitlin and her girls were cool cucumbers while Sam and the boys were all fired up and very nervous….

The effort that Caitlin and Sam put into the fine little details really shone throughout the day and it all came together to create a magical and wonderful wedding!

We wish you all the best Caitlin and Sam and thankyou for having us as your photographers!

Celebrant: Deborah Lilley CMC Marriage Celebrant

Cars: Classic Jags Wedding Cars Adelaide

Pre Ceremony BnB: Bed and Breakfast at Tiffany’s

Cake: Frangipani’s Cakes

 

 

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Hayley and Maddison – 23rd June 2018

Another wedding back to back Partridge House and the weather was very different for these high school sweethearts!

Hayley and Maddison met in high school and they have been inseparable ever since!

Their high school teacher said to them before they let high school that whenever they got married she would love to marry them and guess what!…..she did get to marry them!!!

What a beautiful story and they had the best bridal party in tow who were up for a few laughs, were easy going and they were all high school mates!

*insert sigh*

Thankyou for choosing us as your photographers Hayley and Maddison and it was truly beautiful to see the love you had for each other shine through in your vows and funny moments together! We also thought all of Maddison’s jokes were extra funny!

 

 

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Kasey and Tim – 16th June 2018

The weather really put on a show for us on Kasey and Tim’s special day.

The wind was a howling and the rain made sure that we had to have the ceremony inside the beautiful interior of Partridge House.

The ceremony was small and intimate with only immediate family present and we were honoured to be able to witness the heartfelt and emotional vows these 2 beautiful people shared with each other.

It was simple but elegant, classy yet full of laughter and we shared the celebrations of love back at Kasey and Tim’s house where they were able to relax with their bigger group of friends and family.

Kasey had the most gorgeous grazing table and bespoke bar and they really put so much effort into turning their backyard into a cute and vintage place where they could hold their reception. 

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New boutique frames!

Introducing our range of handmade boutique wooden frames!

We can now show our clients what their boutique frames will look like! They can touch, feel and visually see just how gorgeous these frames are that will be accompanying their signature prints.

The boutique range consists of the five following timbers

  Satin White

Ash

Walnut

Satin Black

Tasmanian Oak

All our frames are sourced from sustainable timber and have a very low environmental footprint as they are all sourced from Australian plantation timber. We take great pride in making sure all our packaging is either recycled, sustainable or upcycled.

You can still order any prints from us that you need, even if your wedding with us was from 5 years ago! We believe strongly in having a visual representation of your photos in your home and we make sure we sit down with you and go through all the options, from papers to glass, to timber and then right through to the hanging and placement within your home of your signature prints.

We also do other signature prints on a range of different materials and can offer acrylic, stainless steel, canvas, wooden and ripped paper prints! We love creating new ideas and so if you have an idea of something you want and have no idea if you can print on it, then contact us and we can source it for you!

Keep the prints alive and have lasting memories for future generations to come!

 

Ema and Steven 14th April 2018

Well the weather really put on a show for Ema and Steven’s big day with the wild winds and patchy rain sticking around for most of the day.

This did not stop Ema and Steven from having having the most gorgeous wedding at the ever stunning Paxton Wines. Ema was a picture of calm on the day and really just rolled with everything that came her way and Russ and I want to wish you the best future together!

The rain could not stop the love you have for each other (nor could it stop us taking photos!)

Location: Paxton Wines

Cars: Baileys Limousines

Videographer: Tab Media

Decorations: Family friend and Ema herself! (so talented)

Celebrant: Emma Broomell Civil Celebrant

DJ: Just Music Entertainment – Adrian Zac

Makeup: Jessica Bailey – Professional Makeup & Hair Artist

Dress: Jenny & Gerry’s Bridal Centre

Flowers: Made by the bride and her aunties

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Bookings are filling up fast for 2019 and we only have limited spots available now. Secure your big day or your event by emailing us directly!

diana@dianamphotography.com.au

 

 

Mad March

It’s been a while since I last did a blog post and for good reason! I have been really busy with Mad March truly in full swing!

Here is a summary of what’s been happening in March!

Kate + Jayden 3rd March 2018

Venue: St Francis Winery – Old Reynella

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Shaun’s 21st – 10th March 2018

Venue: Joiners Arms Hotel – Hindmarsh

 

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Shannon and Phillip – 17th March 2018

Venue: Central Districts Football Club

 

 

Laila and Thomas – 24th March 2018

Venue: Private Backyard + Surprise Wedding!

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So as you can see it truly was Mad March! Plus…we were able to still do our regular Sat nights at the Hwy as the Social photographer!

Do you need your special date captured? Contact us today at diana@dianamphotography.com.au and secure your booking!

 

Alana + Simon 17th Feb 2018

The day started off perfectly for these 2 lovebirds Alana and Simon with the day shining brightly and a cool breeze blowing. Alana was picture perfect and was such a calm bride! Alana had a beautiful fleet of luxury sport cars to travel in to the ever stunning Serafino winery where Alana and Simon exchanged beautiful vows under the tall gum trees to the sound of ducks and black cockatoos.

We ambled on down to the historic courthouse in Willunga where there were a few surprises and Simon got thrown in jail…where his ball and chain were securely attached!

Alana and Simon celebrated with family and Friends and maybe a pirate or 2…. in the beautiful barrel room at Serafino’s Winery in the stunning Mclaren Vale. 

*Venue: Serafino Wines

*Flowers: Clare’s Bloomers

*Celebrant: Martess Dowling Marriage Celebrant 

 

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Live FB Q & A Sessions coming up in 2018!

 

So an idea was put forward to me by a couple of clients. 

The idea was that I do some live FB videos explaining who I am as an artist, what my business is all about and answering FAQ’s and questions as a lot of the time, good proper answers to how a photographers works or how I work can not be transparently understood via email or what was on my website.

I agreed and to help educate my clients and have them gain a better understanding of who I am and what I can provide for them, I decided to do a test run on FB and did a live video of me editing a client’s photo.

The response was huge and I had over 25 people logged on and watching (well I thought that was huge for my little fb page) – including other photographers and after the live video finished, I had some great comments from people saying how much they learnt and could see how much effort I put into editing their photos and also had comments from other photographers saying that they had learnt little tips and tricks.

I am not a closed off person or business operator and will always help other photographers and believe truly in the power of networking so I have no problems sharing ideas with other photographers unless they try to blatantly copy my ideas or business model to a T, so again my series of videos that I am going to do is also going to be about creating some self worth for my fellow photographers aswell. 

Live video session dates

I will be doing a series of live videos where I will be answering questions that my clients have asked or would like to know every wednesday night. The first live video date will be on the 31st January at 7.30pm and then every consecutive wednesday after that and I will be answering 3 questions per night to get the ball rolling.

The first 3 questions will be:

1. Why photography and what do you love about it.
2. What made you start up your own photography business and do you think it’s been successful so far.
3. Where would you like to see your photography business in 5 and 10 years time.

If you did have a question you would like me to answer, then please pm me on my photography facebook page or email me at diana@dianamphotography.com.au

See you wednesday!

Wedding Expos

Well a successful day was had at the Adelaide Weddings Group Kuitpo Hall Wedding Fair!

The sun shone bright and the temp soared as soon to be brides and their partners braved the heat to meet some fabulous wedding vendors ready to make their day great!

It was our first wedding expo so we were thrilled with the turn out of people and we chatted to quite a few lovely couples!

It was a great oppurtunity to test my setup of my stall aswell and from the feedback I got about it, it suited kuitpo hall perfectly!

With Kuitpo Hall expo now over, we turn our attention to our next wedding expo at the Beach Hotel at Seaford on the 25th February from 12pm till 3 pm.

There will be lots of wedding vendors to come down and speak to and see their lovely work so looking forward to seeing you there!

Come down and say hi at the Seaford Beach Hotel Wedding Open day!

 

 

Arielle and Joshua – 5th January 2018

The stars aligned for these 2 lovebirds when they met and together infront of family and friends, they declared their love for each other in the gorgeous surrounds of st francis winery. Arielle and Josh were true to themselves and put a little bit of their personality into everything that went into their wedding day including the meat cleaver for the cake cutter!

Thankyou Arielle and Josh for having us as your photographers and we wish you all the best in your future together!

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Skye and Jackson 30.12.17

A beautiful Secret garden awaited Skye and Jordan in the gorgeous surrounds of Marino Rocks in the Looking Glass Garden.

Who knows if the fairies were watching as Skye and Jordan announced to their friends and family that they had found the most wonderful love in each other and that their future looked bright as husband and wife and even their fur baby Wally was their to put his paw print on the proceedings!

Congratulations Skye and Jordan and we thankyou so much for having us as your photographers and we wish you the brightest, most spiritual journey together as husband and wife.

 

Stephanie + Luke – 11th November 2017

We had a wild time at the wedding of Stephanie and Luke on the weekend and the theme was a mix between the Zoo and Beauty and the Beast! Stephanie wowed guests with her beautiful long blue hair and gorgeous Fishtail dress and we even got to fit some light painting in under that vast starry sky! It was our absolute pleasure to witness the magical love you guys have for each other and we thought the Nerf guns were a “hit!”…. P.S please check out the Dictionary shot luke and steph and see if you can find the special link *hint*…it relates to your guest book xxx

 

 

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Naomi and Glen – 4th November 2017

Haines Memorial Park was the setting for the wedding of Naomi and Glen on Sat 4th November 2017. The sun shone bright and the bees and the birds celebrated with them in the lush garden of the memorial Park, surrounded by friends and family, Naomi and Glen had a relaxed but intimate ceremony. Congratulations Naomi and Glen and we wish you all the best for your little family! x

 

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Alissa + Ryan 28th Oct 2017

Alissa and Ryan and their beautiful little girl Sophia celebrated their love as a family with a gorgeous and Intimate Ceremony held within the lush gardens of the Mclaren Vale Visitor Centre.

Sophia was so excited to see her mum rock up in a Sunset Orange Torana and proudly held her hand as they walked down the aisle together to meet Ryan.

With some gorgeous locations around Mclaren Vale, we took the opportunity to create some happy and loved up memories for this beautiful little family.

 

 

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Candice + Reece 14.10.17

We celebrated in style with Candice and Reece at the Adelaide Zoo where they held an intimate and private Ceremony with lots of laughs had and many a tear shed as Cherie Strachan from Dream Love Celebrant Services shared the wonderful story of how these two lovebirds met and have since made their love for each other so strong.

Candice and Reece and their bridal party were so much fun and they were really up for anything! We took some amazing funny shots and here are just a few for some sneaky peeks!

Thankyou Candice and Reece and we had such a fun day. We are so glad we met you both and we hope your lives together are filled with fun, laughter and family xxx

 

 

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