With Every Heartbeat » Brisbane Wedding Photographer

October and November 2016 were pretty amazing months for me!   October saw me visiting London and the midlands of the UK, catching up with family members I haven’t seen for years in Leicester, and watching beautiful Hayley marry Jamie in Nottingham.  I was actually only home for 4 days when I shot a very intimate wedding in Brisbane for Amanda and John.  The following morning I was flying to the stunning Napa Valley to shoot Anne and Dan’s elopement in a private vineyard.. and then after this amazing trip, I photographed one of my very best friend’s surprise wedding!  It’s hard to believe all of this happened in four weeks!

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I digress, back to Dan and Anne’s wedding!!   Ben (my husband, who is an awesome wedding photographer) and I met Dan whilst we were shooting a wedding in Brisbane about three years ago…..Dan is an Englishman from Leicester (what are the chances?) and had been living in Sydney and had just moved to Chicago with work… Ben and I got Dan’s “sense of humour” or maybe he just “got us” and we stayed in touch over the years…..

Then in June 2016, Ben was visiting Chicago and caught up with Dan, and his then lovely girlfriend, Anne (who also lives in Chicago).  Their lunch catch up lasted about 12 hours!!  A few days later, Dan and Anne were engaged in England (after Dan grilled Ben for as much wedding photography information as possible).

Before we knew it, Ben and I were flying to Napa Valley for the week to meet Dan and Anne for their elopement.  Just the two of them.

Dan and Anne were the most gracious guests, and we all stayed together at Indian Springs Resort at Calistoga, about 40 minutes drive north of Napa Valley.  Here is where we got to know Dan and Anne really well, listening to them talk about their plans for their future together, and chatting about their wedding plans.

The big day had arrived, and it had rained (heavily) for 2 days straight – (just as well Anne had planned a lot of winery visits in that time), but on their wedding day, the rain stopped, the sun came out and it was the most beautiful day.   (It started raining again for the next 3 days after their wedding too)!

So here’s their wedding day story…

Dan got ready in Ben and my apartment, whilst Anne got ready in theirs.


Anne was just so chilled and relax – just quietly enjoying her morning


Anne and Dan did a first look around 1pm before we drove to Napa Valley for their ceremony.


We stopped at Castello di Amorosa Vineyard in Napa Valley for these stunning views…


We then arrived at a beautiful little privately owned winery – which was owned by the sweetest couple.


Anne and Dan had a local Pastor marry them in the vineyard.

How beautiful, and intimate this ceremony was – just the two of them – sigh.


Now this is what I truly call an elopement – just two people madly in love, enjoying every moment together.   After the ceremony we had cake and a few wines, and then went for a few drinks, before Anne and Dan went to a special dinner together in Napa Valley.  Sounds perfect to me!

Thank you Dan and Anne for a wonderful week together – you guys will truly be friends for life and hopefully we’ll catch up with you soon in Australia!

So when are you booking your elopement???







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Customs House Wedding

Wedding season is in full swing again!  After an extremely hot and humid January and February in Brisbane, I was looking forward to Aimee and Dan’s March wedding – little did we know it would be another stinking hot Autumn Day, but everyone had a fantastic time and Aimee and Dan, and their bridal party were great value, and it’s always wonderful to meet family and friends too.  Here’s their Real Life Wedding!


Date: 18 March 2017  |  Theme:  Beautiful Brisbane  |  Ceremony location: St Stephens Cathedral  |  Reception location: Customs House

Gown: Brides of Sydney  |  Hair piece/ Veil: Brides of Sydney

Wedding bands and engagement rings: Robert White Jewellers

Wedding Coordinator / Decorator: The Bride  |  Bridal party attire: Chi Chi London

 Hair: C & M Hair and Makeup  |  Make-up: C & M Hair and Makeup

Flowers: Always Fabulous Flowers  |  Cake: Coral-Anne Reason

The girls got ready at MacArthur Chambers Apartments

Entertainment/Music: Brisbane and Sunshine Coast DJ and Photobooth

Photography: With Every Heartbeat Photography



The proposal: In Santorini, Greece overlooking the volcanic caldera.

Hen’s night: Bridal shower was High Tea at Stamford Plaza and the Hen’s night was at Friday’s Riverside Bar.

Buck’s night: Gold Coast bar hopping and go-carting.


Funniest Moment on your wedding day: When the bridal party sang wedding songs at us as we walked to the Reception.

Special Memory: Listening to the speeches and experiencing the huge amount of love in the room.

Special thanks: To our incredible parents and Bridal party.

Advice for other brides-to-be: Really enjoy the day. Be present and don’t stress the little things.


Honeymoon: Koh Samui, Thailand

Why we chose Lisa from With Every Heartbeat Photography: Beautiful photography executed by an easy going, reassuring and professional photographer with a lovely personality.

Thank you Aimee and Dan, it’s always such an honor to be asked to photograph someone’s wedding!  Hope you had a wonderful honeymoon too!

And a very big thank you to Emma, my 2nd shooter, Emma, you were a great help and I had fun hanging out with you too.


And whilst you’re here, why don’t you check out the rest of my work!









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I met the nicest couple, Niki and Chris, back in 2010 when I shot their wedding at the Greek Orthodox Church at Mt Gravatt.  Since then I’ve been a part of their family growing, capturing newborns and first birthday cake smashes.  And today I photographed their extended family.  Niki said her family were trying to think of a different Christmas present, so instead of buying separate presents, they all pooled their money to have a photoshoot with me! (that made my heart sing Niki when you told me that!)….

So we had 1 day between Christmas and New Years where everyone was together and available for their session at the Brisbane Powerhouse.  Here’s some of their images from that afternoon.


Thank you again Niki, Chris, Theo, Maria and John & Debs (and all of the children) for choosing me as your family photographer again.  It’s always a pleasure!

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On Christmas Eve, I took our children and our two Spoodles, for a very impromptu photo shoot in the park just down the road from our place.   This was our first Christmas having Harvey (the little white fluff ball) as part of our family.  Harvey was nearly 16 weeks old and is a very energetic, funny and naughty little pup.

Oscar (our grey 10 year old Spoodle), actually has Diabetes and is blind (not that you would know it, he gets around great for a blind dog!).  He’s been a great family member since we rescued him when he was 13 months old from Canberra, but he’s really not well and we’re not sure how much longer we will have with him, so it was very important to have some photos of him this Christmas.

So my daughter and I walked down to the park with Harvey (to wear him out) whilst the boys (Ben my husband, my son and Oscar) drove down to meet us.  Harvey’s red bandana which says “I’ve been naughty” suited him perfectly on the day!!

I think it was my shortest photo shoot in history!  They do say don’t work with kids (especially your own) or animals!!!!

Here’s some from the afternoon :O)

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If you’d like a family portrait session with your beloved pet members, feel free to contact me – lisa@witheveryheartbeat.com.au

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