As a Photographer who has been in the Australian Wedding Industry for over 20+ years, I get to see where couples spend their wedding budgets, and ALSO get the insider “Goss” on how couples have saved money by eliminating unnecessary items or services from their wedding days. And I’d like to share that insider info with you, and hopefully help you save some $$$ during the planning process!
- WEEKDAY WEDDINGS (Monday to Thursday) – Most Venues and Vendors will have discounted rates for a Weekday Wedding.
- CUT YOUR GUEST LIST – This is pretty straight forward, a smaller, more intimate wedding will save you $$$!
- SAVE THE DATES – Save the printing and postage costs – just send your guests an email or send the actual Invite. If you’re wedding is a destination wedding or you have guests travelling from interstate/overseas – just let them know in advance or send the invites early so they can plan ahead!
YOUR BRIDAL PARTY…
- “WILL YOU BE MY BRIDESMAID/GROOMSMEN” BOXES – Save yourself the $40-$80 per bridesmaid/groomsmen and JUST ASK THEM! They don’t need a box of random junk to be formally asked to be in your bridal party!
- LARGE BRIDAL PARTIES – If you are paying for Outfits, shoes, jewellery, beauty services and accommodation the night before etc – it’s so much cheaper to have a smaller Bridal Party OR NO Bridal Party at all! This also includes Junior Bridal Party such as Flower Girls and Page Boys. Also take into consideration the costs to transport all of your bridal party to and from the ceremony, and to photo shoot, then the reception etc. Smaller or No Bridal Parties = BIG $$$ SAVINGS!
- CUSTOM COAT HANGERS – All you need on the day is some plain wooden coat hangers for the Dresses & Suits. You don’t need to spend money on personalised coat hangers for each member of your Bridal Party and Family!
- BRIDAL PARTY “EMERGENCY” KITS – These are the biggest waste of money that I have ever seen! Trust me, your Bridal Party should be able to organise their own deodorant, chewing gum, panadol and bandaids if they need them! You don’t need to provide all of these things for them!
- BRIDAL PARTY GIFTS – If you are paying for their Outfits, shoes, make up, hair etc – you don’t need to also buy them a gift to say “Thank You”. Just be considerate and appreciative of their time during the planning process, and DON’T be demanding! Trust me, most Bridal Party Members will appreciate that waaaayyyyy more than any token gift on the day!
HAIR & MAKEUP
- SORRY – but my personal opinion is that these are the services that you SHOULDN’T be trying to cut costs on by doing it yourself or hiring cheap or inexperienced Hair & Make Up Vendors. This is your wedding day!! The one day that you want to look absolutely PERFECT… ALL DAY!
- CEREMONY LOCATION – Some outdoor ceremony locations like Beaches and Parks are sometimes free to use, just make sure you contact the council to book the site. And always remember, if you have an outdoor ceremony, you MUST have a wet weather back up option organised!
- CEREMONY SEATING – If you are having a beach or garden ceremony, when organising seating for your ceremony, save yourself some money and just hire enough seating for your immediate family, and any elderly or pregnant or disabled guests etc. Most times couples hire too many chairs and most of your guests at the ceremony will prefer to stand at the back anyway. And empty chairs do NOT look good in photos!
- CEREMONY PROGRAMS – Don’t bother, most people wont even look at them, and they will be left on the seats once everyone has left to go to Reception.
- RED CARPET AISLE RUNNERS – If you are having an outdoor ceremony, fore-go the red carpet aisle runner! When the sun hits the red carpet, it will reflect a horrible red hue on to the both of you and make you look slightly sunburnt! If you do need to hire an aisle runner, stick to neutral tones or simply outline with aisle with petals or chat to your ceremony decorator for options.
PHOTOGRAPHY & VIDEOGRAPHY…
- PHOTOGRAPHY & VIDEOGRAPHY – If your budget doesn’t allow you to book a full day Photography and/or Videography package with a professional Photographer/Videographer, you can save money and STILL have a Professional capture your day by booking a Partial/Half Day Package that covers the most important parts of the wedding day (ie Ceremony, Family Photos and Photo Shoot – approx 4 hours coverage) Don’t risk hiring a student or cheap, inexperienced photographer! Your photos will be the only lasting memory from your big day!
- BOMBONIERE & WEDDING FAVOURS – Save yourself the expenses of Wedding Favours such as personalised stubby coolers, customised candles, key rings, bottle openers etc. Most people don’t take the favours home with them anyway! You’re already paying for Food, Alcohol and Entertainment for the evening.
- SIT DOWN DINNER VS COCKTAIL RECEPTION – Fairly straight forward, if you don’t want to pay upwards of $60-100+pp for a sit down dinner or buffet, consider the option of having a Cocktail Wedding Reception.
- DISPOSABLE CAMERAS AT THE RECEPTION – Everyone has a mobile phone and/or camera these days! You don’t need the added costs of purchasing and developing disposable cameras!
- ALCOHOL – Don’t go overboard with a huge bar tab! Allocate 2-4 drinks per adult for the evening and have a cash bar once the tab has been reached. And just provide the basics in your Bar Tab – beer, wine, soft drink etc. If guests want spirits, let them pay for their own spirits
- ENTERTAINMENT – Again, this is another area that you SHOULDN’T be trying to cut costs on – Entertainment will make or break your reception! Hiring a great DJ/Band is worth every penny! You want your guests to dance the night away, not head home early or sitting around bored!
- TOASTING CHAMPAGNE – Instead of supplying champagne to toast with, just let everyone toast with whatever they are drinking at the time!
4 BONUS WEDDING PLANNING TIPS…
BOOK YOUR VENDORS ASAP! Popular Vendors book up FAST – sometimes up to 3 years in advance! When planning your Big Day, its important to lock in the “Big Ticket” items first…
- Ceremony Venue
- Reception Venue
HIRE A PROFESSIONAL FOR STYLING… Hiring a professional decorator/stylist can sometimes actually be LESS EXPENSIVE than doing DIY! PLUS you don’t have the added stress of having to set up and pack down on the day (or having to get family or friends to do it), and storage of decorations before or after the day! So before you rush out and start buying up jars, candles, fake flowers and hessian etc, do your homework and contact your local styling/decorating vendors for prices, as they will already have these items in stock and know what they are doing! Tell them your budget and they should be able to provide you with an option within your budget.
DON’T LIE TO POTENTIAL VENDORS!… Over the years we have seen some magazines and online blogs suggest to couples that they should LIE when contacting Venues and Vendors and say that they are enquiring for a birthday party rather than a wedding. If you lie, you will get caught out, and you may lose your Venue or Vendor over it (as well as your money)! Most Vendors have it written in their contracts that they can cancel the service if the customer has lied or been deceptive about their booking. Don’t risk it!
THE PRICE DOES NOT GO UP IF YOU USE THE “W” WORD… Ahhhhh the good old myth that if you use the word “WEDDING” in your enquiry, then you’re going to be quote triple! NO, this is not true at all! Weddings are more expensive, for example, than a birthday party, as alot more work will go into a wedding than what it would a birthday party. For example – Venues, there is extra admin and correspondence and planning required for a wedding than what would go into planning a birthday party, as well as additional wait staff, kitchen staff, linens etc. Same with Photography… more time and admin and planning goes into shooting weddings rather than a family portrait. More editing is required, and more equipment and back up equipment is required for a wedding rather than a family portrait etc.
ALWAYS Willing To Do What You Could To Capture The Shots We Wanted
OMG I love love love these photos! They’re just as I imagined they would be when I chose this location!! Nikki, you are such an amazzzzing photographer, always willing to do what you could to capture the shots we wanted as well as having the vision to get the great shots you captured here. Despite Michael being camera-shy, you encouraged him to stand tall and proud, and brought out the handsome man we see in these photos. And despite my apprehension about being a plus-size bride, you made me feel like a diva, and allowed both Michael and I to relax and enjoy our special day. I’m so glad we chose you to be our photographer for our wedding, and wholeheartedly recommend you to anyone looking for a wedding photographer <3
Thank You So Much Again Nikki, You Are AMAZING!
Nikki Blades Photography travelled to Great Keppel Island, QLD to capture our wedding day. Nikki went over and above to capture all aspects of our day even helping the bride and family to get ready! Nikki made both of our families feel at ease and it felt like she was a part of our families for the day as she just fitted right in! We are so pleased that we found Nikki and can’t wait to share our wedding photos with our families and friends! Thank you so much again Nikki, you are amazing!
I Felt BEAUTIFUL On My Wedding Day!
Excellent manner, we were great friends instantly and Justin and I were comfortable taking adventurous shots, I felt beautiful on my wedding day, thankyou Nikki for being a part of it and listening to what we wanted!
You Went Above And BEYOND And We Couldn’t Be More Thankful!
Nikki is truly an amazing photographer. She has such a bubbly and out going personality. We were so truly lucky to have Nikki be apart of our big day. Her eye for detail was out standing. It was truly such a pleasure to work with Nikki to shoot our wedding photos. We had such a blast with her. We felt comfortable and free to just be ourselves and enjoy our time together. Massive shout out to Nikki, will be recommending you to everyone. Any improvements? Absolutely not, you went above and beyond and we couldn’t be more thankful!
Just Received All Of Our Wedding Photos And OMG They Are Amazing!
Just received all of our wedding photos and OMG they are amazing! Nikki is very professional and has everything back to you on the date she says she will. Definitely recommend Nikki to anyone chasing a Photographer
Nikki Was Absolutely Amazing With Her Great Cheery Attitude
Nikki was absolutely amazing with her great cheery attitude the entire wedding day!! She made such an amazing effort to reorganise things for our 3rd attempt to getting married (due to Covid). I would very highly recommend her service! Thanks so much for an amazing experience Nikki!! xoxxo
Nikki Has Been INCREDIBLE Throughout Our Whole Experience
Nikki has been incredible throughout our whole experience of wedding planning through to the “on the day” photography and after. She insisted on capturing everything important to us on the day even when it meant extra rushing around on her behalf. We couldn’t have asked for a better photographer to work with us and help us make our wedding the best day of our lives 😀 We adore you Nikki
You Were So AMAZING Throughout The Day!
OMG the photos are so beautiful! Thank you so so much! You were so amazing throughout the day, and I honestly cannot thank you enough for everything!
Thank You For How INCREDIBLE You Made Our Wedding Day!
We both wanted to thank you for how incredible you made our wedding day, we had so much fun! Everyone I have spoken to since has said how amazing the photos are!
I Can’t Speak HIGHLY ENOUGH of You!
Nikki, We cant thank you enough for making our wedding so much fun and so special! You are a Gem and we loved having you as part of our day. I can’t speak highly enough of you xo
Thank You So Much, We Are In LOVE With The Photos!
What an Amazing Photographer! She travels all over Australia and knows her stuff! She helped a not-so-photogenic me feel much more relaxed and get better shots! Nikki I am Blown Away! Thank you so much, we are in LOVE with the photos!
Thank you so much for making our day EXTRA special, fun and somehow RELAXING!
Thank you so much for making our day extra special, fun and somehow relaxing Nikki! You listened to our ideas of what we wanted in a photo, and then whizzed around making it happen while keeping the laughs flowing Loved your work on the night and even more now. Thank you so much for making our day extra special!
Booking You As Our Photographer Was The BEST Decision We Made
Booking you as our photographer was the best decision we made for our wedding. You came in to take photos of the bridal party getting ready, full of positive energy, patience and resilience. You calmed me, distracted my mother and mother in-law which helped there nerves and gave even the most youngest flower girl the courage to go down the aisle. Once you got to the ceremony and reception it seemed you where the missing person in all our families, with your bubbly personality and incredibly funny sense of humour. You weren’t just my photographer, you acted as my bridesmaid, zipped up my dress, held up my dress and put my veil in my hair. My family and friends love you and wished you lived here so you could be our friend. Thank you again for everything you did On my very special day
Nikki You Were Absolutely INCREDIBLE!
Nikki you were absolutely incredible! We loved every second with you. You made us really comfortable and made our special day even more special. We appreciate all the hard work you put into your job and travelling around Australia for all the great people out there! We couldn’t thank you enough!
She Really Made Me Feel Beautiful & CONFIDENT In My Body!
Nicest person we have ever met or had to work with, she really made me feel beautiful and confident in my body!
Any Couple Would Be LUCKY To Have Nikki Blades As Their Photographer
Nikki was very helpful and was great with putting us at ease to get happy natural smiles. She was also very punctual and professional. She was enthusiastic about the wedding location and got many great, creative shots. Our original photographer had to pull out, and Nikki was very accommodating on short notice. There wasn’t anything more Nikki could have done for us on the day. Any couple would be lucky to have Nikki Blades as their photographer.
I Could Not Have Asked For A BETTER Photographer!!
Thanks sooo so much for everything!! You were wonderful to work with and made everyone feel super comfortable! Feel like I’ve known you for years haha! I could not have asked for a better photographer!! And WOW! Those sneak peeks!!! You are bloody amazing woman! Love love love!
I Wish I Could Rate Nikki 100 STARS!
I wish I could rate Nikki 100 stars! She was absolutely amazing to work with. Without even knowing us she knew exactly what we wanted out of a photographer and she is so easy going and relaxed which made us feel so much more at ease. She helped with so much more than just photography, I couldn’t thank her enough. Just from seeing the pictures on her camera I knew the choice to have her capture our day was the right one and after seeing our sneak peeks I cried! Thank you again Nikki for being an amazing addition to our wedding day 🙂 Nathan & Christina
Absolutely Love This Chick. I Can’t Say ENOUGH Great Things About Her!
Our amazing photographer, Nikki! Absolutely love this chick. I can’t say enough great things about her. Professional and fun. She kept us on schedule. Was happy to go that extra mile for us, climb rocks and get attacked by branches. We even had a snake scare (luckily it was just a stick). She has an awesome sense of humour, especially when half naked people kept walking behind us at the ceremony. She accommodated Bobby’s bad back and even drove us down to the pier for sunset. We highly recommend her!!
Nikki Delivers Such Genuine, HEART FELT, Honest Customer Service
” If you are looking for dreamy wedding photographs that will capture one of the biggest and most important days of your life, a moment that is captured into a memory that will last this life time and beyond then look no further than Nikki Blades Photography. Nikki and her team have delivered the highest standard of professionalism, amazing photography, guidance, outstanding support (from the beginning, middle and end), it truly is so personal the service that Nikki delivers. It almost made me feel as though she was my own personal wedding coordinator. She delivers such genuine, heart felt, honest customer service. Along my journey with Nikki the one thing that remains with me is that nothing was ever a problem and the door of communication was always open. This made me feel so reassured and all the worry and stress was removed confidently knowing that both Nikki and her… Read More “Nikki Delivers Such Genuine, HEART FELT, Honest Customer Service”
She Goes Above And Beyond To Make Your Day Extra Special!
From the very first email to our big day and beyond, Nikki has been no less than absolutely amazing! All correspondence was quick & efficient. Even down to a text message on the morning of the wedding to help calm my nerves. On the day she just ‘fit’ straight into the scene as soon as she arrived. It all goes by in such a blur and looking back now I don’t even think we had a chance to offer Nikki the lunch we pre made for her (sorry Nikki, we owe you one). I know the photos will be absolutely amazing just like the person behind the camera. From putting up with our crazy family & friends photos ( and loud mouths haha) to quickly being able to snap the little ones who really don’t want any part in it by late afternoon (she still managed to get some pics… Read More “She Goes Above And Beyond To Make Your Day Extra Special!”
It’s MORE Than Just A “Photography Service” – You Deliver The Complete Package
Nikki you are a true artist and you have a beautiful spirit in how you deliver your art to your clients. It’s more than just a “photography service” – you deliver the complete package. The photos you took on our wedding day are hung with pride in our home and help to remind us of what a perfect day it was. Keep spreading your beautiful sparkle wherever you go! Hope 2019 is an amazing year for you xx
The Photos Are Just INCREDIBLE, Colourful And Full Of Love!
Hey Nikki, We both just wanted to say a proper thank you. The photos are just incredible, colourful and full of love! Exactly what we wanted for our wedding. Thank you again for travelling over to capture our day! And feel free to use the photos however you like! Lots of love, talk soon! Julia and Mitch
We Are So HAPPY That We Got You As Our Photographer
Hi Nikki, I love the sneak peak photos!! Thank you so much for everything last Saturday, from making me an impromptu bouquet to finding some really cool photo spots. You made the whole time fun and we are so happy that we got you as our photographer. Thank you, thank you, thank you!!! Erin x
Her EXCEPTIONAL Eye For Detail Brought Out The Best Of Our Locations
At first we were a little skeptical about getting someone without local knowledge to take our photos. Nikki quickly put those fears to rest with her exceptional eye for detail to bring out the best of our locations. Nikki is extremely easy to get along with and made the afternoon fun and exciting. We couldn’t be happier with the results. We would highly recommend her for your big day!
You Captured Our Day PERFECTLY And It All Felt So Natural
Thank you so much AGAIN Nikki, it was an absolute pleasure meeting you, it just felt like we were long lost friends. I couldn’t be happier that you were our photographer, you captured our day perfectly and it all felt so natural. I honestly love how you captured all those special moments x
It Was BEAUTIFUL To Relive Our Special Day Through The Photos
Hi Nikki, Thank you so much for the photos, they look incredible!! It was beautiful to relive our special day through the photos – so many memories came back to us. The day goes by so quickly that it becomes a blur but the photos captured the day beautifully. We’re so happy with them. Thank you so much again!
We Were Both Really IMPRESSED And Happy With Your Service
Thanks again for being part of our wedding, we were both really impressed and happy with your service
The Pictures Couldn’t Have Turned Out More PERFECT
Thank you so much Nikki for every thing you have created so far for our wedding day, the pictures couldn’t have turned out more perfect so far, we are extremely happy and are very grateful you could capture our wedding at short notice. I would highly recommend this beautiful lady for any occasion, very professional and fantastic at her job. Thank you
Words Cannot Describe How AMAZING Nikki Was
Words cannot describe how amazing Nikki was on our wedding day. She went above and beyond the duties of a Wedding Photographer. Nikki made us feel relaxed and so comfortable. She was extremely professional but had us in stitches of laughter, she fit our personalities perfectly. Our sneak peek photos are absolutely gorgeous we cannot wait to see the rest. We were so lucky to have found Nikki, we cant recommend her enough.
We Are STOKED With Our Photos & Would Recommend Nikki To Anyone!
We are so happy that we had Nikki with us to capture our wedding day. She was really fun and relaxing to be around. She went above and beyond to look after the Bride and Groom. We are stoked with our photos and would recommend her to anyone!
So Engaging, Approachable, Fun, Creative And Friendly!
Words can’t even describe how amazing Nikki made this day! So engaging, approachable, fun, creative and friendly. Every moment was captured which allows us to revisit these moments just by looking at the photos. We’ve been involved in a lot of weddings and by far, Nikki is the best photographer we’ve come across. Highly recommended. If we had to give her a score out of 10, it’d be 20. Keep up you’re great work! Your enthusiasm was contagious!
They Bring Back Such WONDERFUL Memories!
Hi Beautiful Nikki! Our Wedding on Saturday was perfect in every way! Candace and Rob were fantastic! thank you so much, We are so happy, Love these beautiful photos 🙂 They bring back such wonderful memories! Thank you again for such wonderful service!
They’re Even More GORGEOUS Then We Imagined!
OMG Nikki!! That first look slide show is amazing!! You’re a legend, they’re even more gorgeous then we imagined! Thanks again, so so much, we can’t tell you how much we appreciated your support on the day
You Kept It Running SMOOTHLY, Kept It FUN, And STRESS FREE!
Nikki we can’t thank you enough for all that you did on our wedding day! With all the uncertainty of the weather, and the last minute venue change you kept it running smoothly, kept it fun and stress free! Once again, thank you so much!
Thank You Once Again For The WONDERFUL Photos
Hi Nikki, Sally and I would like to thank you for the wonderful photos of our Wedding at the RACV Royal Pines Resort on the Gold Coast. Your photos certainly captured a very happy and joyous occasion not only for both Sally and myself, but for our four girls and our parents. It may have been a small intimate wedding but there sure was a lot of joy on the day. Thank you once again for the wonderful photos of our wedding day
You Did An AMAZING Job
Hey Nikki 🙂 We got our photos! Yay! Thank you so much! So many photos to go through haha LOVE THEM! You did an amazing job and we both can’t thank you enough
She Captured Our Day PERFECTLY
Nikki is a very efficient and professional photographer. She captured our day perfectly and was everything we needed. From having water for after our ceremony to fixing one of the girls dresses. We received sneak peaks 2 days after the wedding and absolutely love them. 10/10 recommend Nikki Blades Photography.
You Went Above and BEYOND!
Thank you so much Nikki! You went above and beyond on our wedding day to make it even more special for us! We had such a great time with our photo shoot and you made it relaxing and easy for us to get all those right shots in plus lots of laughs in between! Thank you once again!!
You made our “Special Day” ” EXTRA Special”!
Hi Nikki, Clare and I just wanted to touch base with you. Hope you are doing well. It is 12 months tomorrow that we had the pleasure of receiving such a professional, fun and stress free service from you on our wedding day. You captured everything beautiful about the location, our family and friends who attended and most of all my beautiful wife. We will continue to promote your service at any opportunity. The day was extra special, as you were going about things seamlessly in the background (we have heard about some horror in-your-face-photographer stories) and the final product we received will make our memories last a lifetime. We are forever grateful to have found you and to have received the treatment from you like we were family. You made our “Special Day” ” Extra Special”. Love You long time Nikki! 🙂
I KNEW Nikki was the Photographer for Us!
Right from our first meeting I knew Nikki was the photographer for us. She had so much experience and I knew the day would run smoothly with her being the photographer….and I was right! Nikki was open to so many suggestions, did an excellent timeline and kept in regular contact. It was an absolute pleasure having Nikki photograph our wedding and I would recommend her to anyone, not just weddings
You were a SUPERSTAR on the day
We don’t know how to thank you enough Nikki! The photos we have seen so far are absolutely stunning. We are so incredibly happy! You were a superstar on the day and made us feel so comfortable and relaxed.
Posing for Photos was FUN and Stress-Free
I could not recommend Nikki more. From our first meeting, Nikki took on board our requests and made posing for the photos fun and stress free. The sneak peek photos look amazing and we can’t wait to see the rest. Nikki even managed to whip up a bouquet on a moments notice when my holder fell apart. Thank you so much!
It Was Such A STRESS FREE Experience
We had the best day ever! Thank you, thank you, thank you so much! You were a pleasure to work with, and we had so many guests comment on how fantastic you were too. It was such a stress free experience and I’m so happy we climbed down that hill to get the bamboo photos, they are awesome! We love the sneak peek photos you have posted on FB, I couldn’t believe how fast you posted them! We are really looking forward to seeing the rest. We will definitely recommend you to anyone looking for a photographer. Thank you again Nikki!
She Captured Wonderful CANDID Moments Which Was Exactly What We Wanted
Nikki’s fun personality was an asset on our wedding day. We wanted to be ourselves and we felt very relaxed around her. She captured wonderful candid moments which was exactly what we wanted from a photographer. Nikki was only too happy to help and small thoughts like having a bottle of water on a very hot day was appreciated! We would have no hesitations in recommending
Nikki and her photos speak for themselves
So Happy We Chose You – You Were AMAZING
Thank you so much for being there for us on a wedding day, we had the best day! So happy we chose you, you were amazing and we love the pictures we have received
She’s A JOY To Have On Your Big Day
Nikki was amazing. Her work is wonderful, she’s a joy to have on your big day
My Wedding Photos Are Incredibly BEAUTIFUL
Nikki was absolutely amazing to work with. She was so happy and bubbly. My wedding photos are incredibly beautiful and I would
highly recommend her
A MILLION Thanks For Being So Incredible!
A million thanks for being so incredible! Thank you for making our day so much easier and for being adaptable to changes in the
plan, and doing wedding goodies too, other than just photos. You’re amazing! Thank you so much. All our love, Mr & Mrs Hodges
I Knew You Were The PERFECT Person To Be Our Photographer
Hey lovely, Thank you for all of the obvious extra work you have put into our photos, you are the best. Just goes to show how
comfortable we were with you, which we were. I knew you were the perfect person to be our photographer when you and I chatted
for an hour n a half on the phone the first time we chatted. Thank you so much again
Can’t Thank You Enough For All Of These AMAZING Memories
Hi Nikki, I have only gotten through one of the usbs so far and the pics are truly amazing !!!! We can’t thank you enough for all of these amazing memories you have created for Mark and I. Sally xoxo
She Made Us Feel So EXCITED For Our Wedding
Nikki was absolutely fantastic in scoping out places for our wedding photos. She made us feel so excited for our wedding. We thoroughly enjoyed planning and laughing with her and we love the photos.
The Photos Are AMAZING, Encapturing Exactly What We Wanted, But Much Better!
From the moment we contacted Nikki by email, she responded promptly and in such a friendly manner to make us feel so welcome. We met her and she thoroughly researched exactly the types of photos and atmosphere we wished to create. Nikki was familiar with our chosen site in a local park and very enthusiastic. Being a slightly older couple, we wanted to incorporate the beautiful natural setting and not so many closeups! The resulting photos are amazing, encapturing exactly what we wanted, but much better. Nikki is super-organised and managed to get everyone at the right place at the right time, with the minimum of fuss and all in a bright cheerful manner. She is an absolute delight and we would highly recommend her. She even managed to pin John’s rose on his lapel, when it was forgotten, and she supplied the pins etc from her (bridal) kit!
You Are An Absolute CREDIT To The Photography Industry
Nikki you have done the most wonderful job in photographing our wedding. Thank you so much, it was such a pleasure to work with you as you were so professional and nothing was too much trouble. The fact that you were able to capture every moment from getting ready to the ceremony and to the end of the reception was just fantastic! You are an absolute credit to the photography industry and I would have you photograph Liam and I again in a instant!
Our Photos Have Taken Our BREATH Away
Nikki Blades Photography went above and beyond. Our photos have taken our breath away and we can’t wait to see more. She was so wonderful to have around on our wedding day. Not only did she take fantastic pictures and make everyone feel super comfortable, but she also saved the day by fixing my bouquet that I was unhappy with. We highly recommend her to anyone looking for a photographer.
I Thank My LUCKY Stars That I Found Nikki
Where do I start. I thank my lucky stars that I found Nikki she is above and beyond amazing as a person and photographer. I was so nervous when she met me in the the salon to get shots getting ready, I instantly felt like I had known her forever. I became calm as soon as she arrived with her gorgeous smile and assuring advice to just relax. My friends and family were amazed and surprised at her warm loving nature, she was great!!!! If you’re looking for a photographer Nikki is your go to gal! I couldn’t have my bf there due to eloping but I truly felt I had one that day in Nikki. We saw our sneak peak pics today, I have to say I’m a self proclaimed perfectionist and honestly there was nothing I could fault above and beyond can not say it enough. Thank you… Read More “I Thank My LUCKY Stars That I Found Nikki”
You Made The Day So BEAUTIFUL And Easy
Oh Nikki! I cannot thank you enough! You were spectacular! You made the day so beautiful and easy and we are just over the moon with how it all went. You went above and beyond and I am so blessed to have had you as our photographer. I am ever so grateful. Enjoy the rest of your weekend! I hope it is relaxing for you; you deserve it after such a long day! Thanks a million times! xxxxx
Couldn’t recommend Nikki ENOUGH
Couldn’t recommend Nikki enough! She was wonderful and extremely helpful the whole day through. The photos we’ve received have looked amazing! Highly recommend Nikki and her team to any bride, you will not regret hiring them. Thank you Nikki xoxo
The PERFECT Fit For Us
The moment we initially met Nikki we knew she was the perfect fit for us! Nikki made us feel extremely comfortable and at ease during our wedding photography. It is clear that she is very passionate and excited about her career and this shows through her amazing work
You Made It So Easy And ENJOYABLE
Nikki they are so beautiful!! Thank you so much for making our day so special it was such a pleasure, you made it so easy and enjoyable I don’t really love having my pictures taken but it was really fun! Thanks again so much you will always hold a special place in our hearts xxx
I Have LOVED Looking At Them
Hi Nikki, Just wanted to say a huge thank you for our gorgeous wedding photos! I have loved looking at them and re-living our day. Great job! Thanks and big hugs x
She Helped Us On Our Wedding JOURNEY
Nikki has been absolutely amazing to help us on our wedding journey. She spent over 8 hours with us on the day and we loved having her there. She is utterly amazing!! She helped us find someone to bring our puppy on the day and she made us, our guests and our dog look fabulous. Much love and thanks to Nikki!
Nikki Blades Went ABOVE and beyond
Nikki Blades went above and beyond! Not only a fantastic photographer for a fantastic price, but she was also so helpful on the day! Assisting the groomsmen with button hole flowers, calming the bride, fetching water and provisions. Plus the photos are fantastic! Very natural, catching little moments rather than forced smiles and poses! Super fun and bubbly personality, and very easy to get along with! Loved her!
I KNEW We Were In Safe Hands
Nikki from Nikki Blades Photography was AMAZING!!! Right from when we booked Nikki, I knew we were in safe hands. Between dealing with me stressing via email and doing her job with other clients, Nikki was always there for me. On the day, Nikki was the one lacing up my dress as my bridesmaid had no idea what she was doing. Nikki was the one calming me down when things didn’t go right on the day. I was worried about what I looked like in the photos, so Nikki would show me photos throughout the day, and if I said no I don’t like it, she would look at it again and could work out what I didn’t like. Nikki Blades is worth her weight in gold and I would not hesitate in recommending this talented, caring, down to earth lady as your wedding photographer.
FANTASTIC, Fabulous And Faultless
Fantastic, fabulous and faultless. From the moment Nikki walked through the door she went to work making the party feel at ease. She is creative with her shots and her years of experience shows through the quality of her work. Extremely happy with the service provided in the lead up to the big day, and the day itself.
Even Better Then I Could Ever DREAM Of
“Nikki was absolutely incredible. She was the most friendly, kind and lovely person we had the pleasure to meet. Nothing was too hard, and she made us feel like the most special people on the planet. She was so easy going and more than happy to follow anything we requested or changed suddenly. Our guests commented on how lovely and bubbly she was. Then there are the photos. They were amazing. Even better then I could ever dream of. Thank you so much Nikki. We could not imagine our wedding day without you xxxx”
Feeling Like We Made A New FRIEND
Oh Nikki you are just so amazing. We didn’t even feel like we were having photos taken by a photographer, from our first meeting we walked away feeling like we made a new friend!! Thank you so much for being there with us to capture the best day of our lives!!!
Thank You For Bringing A SMILE To Our Faces
“We received the photos on Saturday and we want to thank you for the amazing work you did on our wedding day. You captured our every emotion and we can’t thank you enough for bringing a smile to our faces each time we look at them. You did a truly amazing job, thank you! Thank you so much again for your amazing work – you are so talented xo”
Thank You So Much For Being An AMAZING Part Of Our Day
Hi Nikki, Thank you for your email, but more importantly, thank you so much for being such an amazing part of our day on Saturday. From the moment I stepped out of the car and you gave me your best advice for holding in my tears all the way through to catching some hilarious moments at our reception, the day wouldn’t have been the same without you there and I am so glad that I went with my gut and chose you for our special day! The sneak peaks are gorgeous everyone is so stoked with them especially us! Once again thank you so much for everything Nikki I will be strongly recommending you in the future x
Thank You For The MAGICAL Wedding Photos
Nikki, Oh my gosh I dont even know how to thank you for the magical wedding photos you took of our wedding. They have me in tears. Thank you so much. The wedding album is absolutely magical. You really are incredible I would pick you time and time again. Much love xx
I Was TEARING Right Up Looking At The Photos
Oh Nikki, the album layout is so absolutely, amazingly wonderfully PERFECT!!!!!!!!! You’re so talented, you know! I don’t know how we’re ever going to find a way to thank you for this. I was tearing right up looking at the photos and remembering all the parts of that wonderful day. One of my bridesmaids actually sent me a note later thanking me for her involvement in a bridal shoot that was actually, FUN! You are amazing, Nikki, I don’t know how we will ever be able to thank you for everything you’ve done for us.
The Photos Are EVERYTHING We Hoped For
Hi Nikki, Thank you so much for making our day so enjoyable and relaxing. You do your job so very professionally, while seeming so casual – you are lots of fun and made us feel very comfortable. We have only had really positive feedback from all of our guests in regards to your work. The photos are everything we hoped for. For this we are so very grateful!!!
UNDOUBTEDLY The Main Reason That Our Wedding Was Such A Tremendous Success
Hi Nikki, Firstly, thank you so much for the incredible effort you put into making our special day such an amazing success! We had an absolutely wonderful day, as did every single one of our family and friends, and all felt that your were instrumental in so much more than ‘just’ taking beautiful photos. From start to finish, your calming influence and knack for helping pretty much anyone with anything, we feel was undoubtedly the main reason that our wedding was a such tremendous success. It was a real pleasure to have you so involved! Secondly, the photos really look beautiful! We’re both delighted Once more, thank you so much from us both
So GLAD We Chose You To Be Our Photographer
Hi Nikki 🙂 Thank you so so so much! You were seriously so amazing and Luke and I are both so glad we chose you to be our photographer. Those sneak peaks gave me goosebumps, and I had so many people ring me and tell me how amazing the photos were after we shared them on facebook for everyone to see 🙂 You were so laid back, but still so professional and made Luke, Keely, Myself, and our guests feel so comfortable. Thanks again Nikki your the best!
A TRULY Beautiful Soul
Hi Nikki, Thank you for coming to us in Mt Isa!!! You are an amazing photographer and a truly beautiful soul. We had a great time and have not stopped talking about how amazing you were! As I suspected, the photos are gorgeous! Thank you again xxxx
You Are The Most BRILLIANT, Amazing, Genius Woman Ever!
Nikki, you are the most brilliant, amazing, genius woman ever! We both absolutely love the coffee album – It is awesome!! Thank you so much! Everyone has commented on how easy you were to work with and how lovely you are on the day as well. Photos were the one thing that I was really wanting to be perfect and you were the right person! Thank you so so much
Thank You So Very Much For Being So WONDERFUL
On behalf of Casey and I would like to thank you so very much for being so wonderful on our wedding day. You were so awesome putting us at ease, and keeping the smiles on our faces the whole time. All of our family commented how wonderful you were, being so professional but also friendly nature
The Photos Are AMAZING
Oh Nikki the photos are amazing!! I’m so excited now I can’t keep it together 🙂 You’ve done a great job of capturing the fun and the formal. Very happy customer xoxo. The ones taken at Mum and Dad’s hit a heart string I think 😀 I’m so glad you were our photographer, everyone commented on how easy to get along with you are and how much fun we all had.
THANK YOU From The Bottom Of My Heart
Hi Nikki, I need to thank you from the bottom of my heart for your exceptional work at our wedding. It truly made our day that much more enjoyable and we wouldn’t hesitate to recommend you to anybody
What A FABULOUS Day We Had
Oh where do I start! My goodness Nikki, you are a very passionate and kind hearted person. Tony doesn’t like his photo taken by anyone and you were just amazing and captured fabulous photos of us, family and friends for us to remember a beautiful day with everyone. We are honoured for you to be our photographer and you captured beautiful memories that we can look back on and think to ourselves “what a fabulous day we had!!” Thank you for finally getting some pictures of Tony without his hand over his face LOL!!! And I was very surprised that we got some pictures of him, and he was very relaxed. You are such a beautiful person and so easy to get on with which I think really helps to stay relaxed and calm on the day!!
I Don’t Know How To THANK YOU Enough
I don’t know how to thank you enough for Saturday. The amount of comments we had about how professional you were and non- pushy, if I had a dollar for each, I would be rich! You made everybody comfortable, even Steve who was a bit worried about photos. So thank you so so much again
We Felt So AT HOME With You
I just wanted to say thank you from both myself and Shayne as we had a ball on the day and felt so at home with you and the process of the day. You were very professional and made everyone feel so at ease and I can’t wait to work with you again for Melissa’s wedding in September. Once again thank you so so much you have made our special day so memorable with such great photos as the best keepsake.
You Truly Made It Such An ENJOYABLE Experience
Sime and I can not say enough thank yous to you for such an amazing experience on our wedding day. Everybody has told me how much they loved you as the photographer, and how lively and laid back you were (and we can not agree more!). You truly made it such an enjoyable experience, I am not sure how else to put it in words!! 🙂 I even think you were a more special ‘Nikki’ to Jakey on the day (compared to his aunty bride to be Nicky!). THEY (the photos) are AWESOME – it makes me want the day all over again. And the album looks fantastic- I had goosebumps!!!!!! You have truly done an amazing job!
We Could Not Have Asked For A BETTER Photographer
Thank you so much for EVERYTHING! You were amazing, we could not have asked for a better photographer! I will be highly recommending you to anyone I know that’s getting married! All of our guests also commented on how lovely and non intrusive you were (As some photographers can be) Thanks again Nikki xoxo
We Both REALLY Appreciate All Your Hard Work
Hi Nikki, I just wanted to email and thank you so much for all the work and effort you put into our wedding photos! They look amazing and you did an awesome job and I’m so happy we had you – everyone loves them too!! The album looks amazing too – you’re awesome at what you do! Thanks again, we both really appreciate all your hard work!
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