His hello was the end of her endings
Her laugh was their first step down the aisle
His hand would be hers to hold forever
His forever was as simple as her smile
He said she was what was missing
She said instantly she knew
She was a question to be answered
And his answer was “I do”


I absolutely love this poem that Carrie wrote for her friends on their wedding day in Sex and the City. It was no question that I would use it as one of the readings at my own wedding.

My husband and I are not particularly religious. My mum’s side of the family is and while I was growing up, I always thought that I would be married in a church. While we were planning our wedding, I wasn’t sure how to introduce this poem to our reverend at the church where we were married. During one of our meetings at our home, I decided to just show her the poem along with another one that I had decided on. I hadn’t yet fessed up that I hadn’t chosen any religious readings and there were not going to be any hymns so I was a little nervous of her reaction. She read it and thought it was beautiful and asked where it came from – to my horror! I said I just came across it on the internet…. It just slipped out! Does that make me a bad person? To make my little fib even worse, she then asked if she could make a copy to keep and show other couples for ideas for their readings….. So I said yes. What else could I say? It is a beautiful poem, but I just didn’t feel right telling her it was from an episode of Sex and the City.

After this little mishap, our new puppy who was quietly lying on his bed decided to start humping his bed. Karma? I hope she didn’t notice, although I think she did and chose to ignore it and be polite.

The Karma did turn up on our wedding day though. Paintings from an exhibition held inside the church, that were supposed to have been moved to another location for our ceremony were in fact not moved when I turned up. In my hazy marital bliss I did not actually realize that they were still there until about half way through the ceremony. This is when our reverend decided to make a sales pitch to our guests telling them to take a look at all the beautiful paintings around the room. They might even like to purchase one after the ceremony! Are you serious? Can you imagine! At this point, I looked around the church and finally noticed that these paintings were everywhere! It was such a beautiful church, but it was covered up with these not so beautiful (hideous actually) paintings. I couldn’t believe it. Our photographer did an amazing job in hiding most of the paintings in our photos. All except for the massive portrait of Jesus, dead (can I say that? Sorry…) centre of the altar. Extremely hard to miss. Extremely awful. Jesus has now been tagged in all of these photos on Facebook. That’s how obvious he was!

Anyway, a year and a half later, my husband and I are very much happily ever after. So I can now only hope that my bad karma has all been used up!


Photoshop Me!

I have been playing around with photos of myself on my iPhone over the weekend. I am now obsessed with FaceFinish, iQuikSplash and PS Mobile.
These apps on iTunes beautify, colourfy and are totally fun!

The photo quality is a little lost in translation, but check these out:

I also had a play with photos of my friends and will post these once I get their permission!

Love Kirst xo

Click… Urban Artisty …Click

Urban Artistry are amazing photographers. We used this company on our wedding day. I just wanted to give a special shout-out to Richard who shot our wedding and thank him once again for such an amazing job. All the staff were extremely helpful and really fun to work with.

I remember our first appointment with Richard. He was so passionate about his work and talked us through what we would be doing on our day, what sort of look we were after and suggestions on where we could go and what we could do. We were so excited and when we told him we were definitely going to book with him, he seemed genuinely excited to share in our wedding day. After booking our photographer it really started to sink in that we were getting married! I think it was because we had been talking about the day and what we wanted and what we could do. It was funny because my husband didn’t really want to go and couldn’t be bothered trekking through the traffic after work for our appointment. On our way home, my husband and I could not stop gushing about how wonderful everyone was and how excited we were for the day.

It’s so hard to choose a photographer. The pricing is so similar and you really want the memories from your wedding day to be amazing and well, memorable.
A friend from work recommended Urban Artistry to us. His sister used them and he showed me a few of their pictures. I looked at a lot of photographers and was blown away by the beauty of the photographs and by how unique they were.

Their non album packages range from $1500 to $2400. The most popular album packages range from $3200 and $3700. You don’t have to decide what package you want until after your wedding day. So you can look at what you can afford after the big (and very expensive) day and decide then.

I would recommend getting an album. I know so many brides that have opted for the non album package meaning to make one themselves – it never happens!
We went ahead with the package for $3200. This included unlimited photos, groom’s preparation, bride’s preparation, ceremony, traditional family photos, unlimited locations, a mock cake cutting and even a framed photo. We also ordered a DVD with all our photo’s from our album on it. All the photos taken were developed and put in a special box to keep and they were also put on a CD. The album cover we chose was black leather and inside all our photos were airbrushed and set in a beautiful ivory classic matt style and a few of the pages were in a full-page magazine style. The album also came in a special bo to keep.

Urban Artistry also have an Oxfam Australia Offer where a $100 donation can be donated to Oxfam Australia and in return you will receive a CD with very high-resolution and colour correction files of all your wedding images. This will enable you to print all your wedding photos as big as a large poster size. You will also be helping to end poverty in developing countries.

I found that the team at our appointments and also on our wedding day made us feel extremely comfortable. The atmosphere was casual and relaxed and I found myself thinking, why aren’t I nervous? I never got nervous! They were punctual at each location and made everyone feel extremely comfortable and never missed a shot. We never had to re-do anything. By the end of the day I think we had it down pat. Smile, Look at each other, Kiss. Everyone loved our photographer and when we saw the photo’s a few weeks after the wedding we were ecstatic. So many of our friends have asked for the name of our photographer or have told me that they will definitely use them when they get married. I cannot rave about them enough.

Here is my favourite photo which we had framed.

Here is another one of my favourites. This was shot on the tram tracks in the middle of Collins Street. I don’t know anyone else that has these sorts of photos and I really like the idea of not having the usual shots seen in most wedding albums.

We also arranged our thankyou cards with Urban Artistry. The photo was put in a black card where we wrote on the opposite side of the photo a note in silver pen to each individual guest to thank them for their gift and sharing in our day.

The team of photographers at Urban Artistry have 25 combined years of photojournalistic experience and technique. On their website their aim is to record a moment as it happens or to have the ability to pre-empt what is about to happen and document these important moments. Spontaneous wedding photos are as exciting as they are memorable. These moments and memories will be cherished not only by us but by the generations to follow.

Weddings are just one of the things that Urban Artistry are committed to. They are also experienced with photography for family, Baby, Children, Pregnancy, Glamour and Portfolio. When we decide to have children I will definitely be getting pregnancy portraits then babies, children and family portraits. When you go into their studio, you can just see their imaginations run wild and there are so many special and unique portraits displayed on their walls.

Urban Artistry Photography

74 Johnston St
Collingwood 3066
Phone: 9416 5076

By Appointment:
Tuesday to Thursday 10am to 7.30pm;
Friday 10am to 4.00pm;
Saturday 10am to 2pm

Happy Snapping!

Love Kirst xx

*Apologies about the quality of photo’s. These were downloaded from Facebook and lost the quality in the process.*