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Whenever anyone finishes off a big project they usually have a wealth of hard won knowledge. Knowledge that they often wish they had possessed when they started. Planning a wedding is no different. After the bouquet is tossed, the dress stored and the honeymoon…am…mooned (?) every bride has a nice grab bag of tips for the newbs (also known as those-with-the-really-blinding-shiny-bling-that-is-yet-to-need-a-clean).

In times gone by this invaluable knowledge would be lost, or at best shared between a small group of friends and family but in the 21st century we no longer have to let this knowledge dissolve into the ether! we can let the whole world know of our wisdom! And immortalise that wisdom on the internet forever (almost).

Here is one such bride with a few handy ‘hacks’ for the new bride to be. While a couple of tips maybe more suitable for the American market, most of what she says is good for the Aussie bride to 🙂



wonder woman

So, anyone who knows me will know that I am a nerd. I own a sonic screwdriver, I have Hermione’s wand,  I have a Captain Kirk T-shirt (original series not reboot), My SMS tone is BB-8 chattering away, I know who the Winchesters are and Benedict Cumberbatch is a demigod (although he can’t say penguin for the life of him). I could go on. Its probably no surprise then, that I love the idea of nerdy engagement (and wedding) rings. Below are my favourites (Although I think the wonder woman ring is perhaps the most fitting -anyone who manages to plan a wedding is clearly in possession of superpowers).

PS. The cake is a lie ! (sorry, I couldn’t resist a Portal reference :-))


Images taken from Mashable and Buzzfeed


Alanda & Shane had a beautiful summery wedding, to check out their slide show go to our facebook page  or click the pic below.



We design so many gorgeous albums, so its probably about time we shared some excerpts from our efforts. These are a few pages from Cat and Mike’s Wedding day. Cat’s uncle has some really sweet classic cars which we couldn’t help but use to full effect in the album. The day was truly awesome!

Check out those wings!

Looking wonderful in red.

Our gorgeous couple looking dashing


Cat and Mike were a joy to work with and we thoroughly enjoyed our day with them at the stunning Caversham House.


Just a quick note, this is the pic used in the thank you card for one of our recent weddings! Looking good Jemma and Sam 🙂


Sam and Michael are a lovely couple who created a gorgeous, shabby chic inspired wedding providing plenty of material for their professional photographs. Married in the Secret Garden in the Cottesloe Civic Centre and a Reception at the Ocean Beach Hotel, also in Cottesloe, Sam and Michael had a wonderful bright and fun filled day. There is so much that we have from this wedding, that I am actually going to cut up their day into different posts, covering different aspects of their day.

Sam, a former beautician, ended up doing all the make-up! Truly a unique situation but the results were amazing.  Not only that but among her bridesmaids could also be found her hairdresser, Paige, who created some gorgeous romantic do’s.  Casual and laid back the bridesmaids’ managed to keep the atmosphere calm and fun before the ceremony, providing plenty of bubbly and nosh. Even with having a gorgeous toddler, Alexi, to worry about, Sam was chilled and took the day in her stride.  Wearing a gorgeous gown with the bridesmaid in nude coloured dresses, it was a stunning bridal party to say the least.  A last minute addition of blue nail polish ensured the bride had something blue on, and Sam wore a necklace and earrings set that had been her mother’s on her wedding day, thus covering the something borrowed.

We knew from the moment we met her that Sam would be a gorgeous fun bride, stay stunned for following posts on the rest of her and her groom’s day!


Brides-getting-ready-07 Gorgeous Sam while her hair is being expertly teased

Brides-getting-ready-02 Alexi sleeping…shhhh

And some more

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Torryn  is another of our lovely brides whose wedding is featured in the Real Wedding section of Perth Bride. Torryn and Mark were married in the Rose and Crown Hotel, in the Swan Valley, Guildford WA. It was a fun and casual affair, but with a bridal couple as stunning as Torryn and Mark the photographs couldn’t help but turn out glamorous (their bridal party was pretty gorgeous too).

The professional bridal photographs are featured in Torryn’s magazine spread.

Perth Bride’s digital edition is free (!) on all platforms so why not check it out here. Not only is it free you can do the following as well:

  • Search, bookmark and share pages via Email, Twitter, Facebook &, Google+
  • Make and store notes on your advert with the desktop version
  • Details of vendors (Like us 🙂 ) on mobile devices along with links to their  website & email.

Click the pic to go directly to Cari and David’s Real Wedding in Perth Bride. 

Details for Torryn and Mark’s Wedding:

Dress:Tuscany Bridal
Shoes: Georgie’s Bridal Shoes
Hair: Casey Walker
Jewellery: The Glitter Co
Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Villains
Suits: Ferrari Formal Wear
Venue: Rose and Crown Hotel
Stationery: Toro Creative
Flowers: Blossoms in Bloom

Torryn and Mark



A few months ago a lost wedding ring was found on the Great Barrier Reef. The story goes that a couple from Britain were honeymooning in Queensland and decided to take a scuba diving trip to Nemo’s home turf. Unfortunately the groom managed to lose his wedding ring and despite valiant efforts by others scuba divers to locate the lost treasure, the ring was nowhere to be found.

The couple returned home thinking it lost forever to the deep, probably to be mistaken by a fish as food ( shiny things look like food to fish, which is why many a fishing lure is made of grandma’s jewellery… Nah, just kidding, but many lures do look like they would make a rocking half of a pair of earrings).

Months later the groom received an email from the company he had dived with that said someone on one of their tours had located the ring and it was being mailed back to him!

Full story here

This story awoke not only the “awwww!” in me but reminded me that my own ring almost became lost just before i got married.

My mother told me that just as she was carrying the ring pillow to the church she noticed that only one ring was on the pillow and all that was left of the other ring was an untied ribbon. She tried calling me to see if it was at home but i had already left for the church ( no mobile phone on me either – I mean do you remember what mobile phones looked like in 2000, they were practically chiseled from limestone rock, no way was it going in my little drawstring clutch). Mum then went back to the car and, after some frantic searching, located the little gold band nestled in the crack between the passenger side chair and car body.

Moral of the story, double tie those little suckers or learn to tie better first knots!

During our time as wedding and bridal photographers, We take lots of professional photographs of various details and, of course, rings feature heavily, so here is a small selection of the shots we take.

The barrier reef story also made me curious to find out about other lost rings that made their way back to their owners. So here is a selection of stories of rings lost and found from around the interwebs.

In the spirit of helping yet another ring makes its way home here are is a link to a lost and found on gumtree, perhaps someone out there knows where this one is!

Bye for now!



Perth Bride is the premier advertising magazine for, well, Perth. Not only is it filled with suppliers that are essential for your perfect wedding day, there are also pages of inspiration to give your day that personal touch. Check our advert out in the Photography section, as well as our lovely brides Carrie and Torryn in the ‘Real Wedding’ section. Perth Bride is available in  news agencies everywhere and, a digital version will be coming out shortly.


Emma and Andy (Front)

One of the many products that we offer at Filip Welna Photography is Thank you cards. These prove quite popular with couples. They allow you to show case the professional wedding photos of your day to all your guests as well as providing them with a little memento of your day. You spent ages making sure you had the perfect wedding day, so why not show off those great bridal photography shots!  I design all the cards myself and I try to pick up details from your wedding stationary, such as colours and fonts,  and bring it into your card so that it matches your wedding theme. Of course, you get to okay it before we send it off to our printers. Usually we just do a postcard that people can send off, but some people have other ideas and we try to accommodate any ideas you have.

Having Filip Welna Photography, take care of the Thank you cards allows couples to have a personalised thank you card without the hassle of having to do it all themselves!

Filip Welna Photography Thank you card selection

Here are a few cards that we have done, there are many more and I will feature them in later blog posts.


Bye for now!