Chanei and Tim’s Le Montage Wedding

Chanei and Tim’s Le Montage Wedding 

This was just a  magical wedding, with absolutely no detail left to chance. Chanei could honestly be a wedding planner! The tones and colours of the wedding were beautiful, and the attention to detail at the reception was simply amazing.

sutherland-shire-wedding-photographer_0103The photo locations and lighting were absolutely superb and nothing was too difficult for their bridal party. Hyde park and Observatory Hill never disappoint and provided such incredible backdrops to their photos. And a wharf at Le Montage just added the final touch to their wedding images.


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Belinda and George’s Ottimo House Wedding

Belinda and Georges Ottimo House Wedding. 

What an incredible perfect day these two were blessed with.

They both looked amazing, their bridal party were a bunch of fun. The weather was perfect and the location to die for. Horses, barns, lakes, rustic scenery, Ottimo House is a photographers dream, and a couples perfect reality, what more can I say.

Lots and lots of dancing, lots of laughs and great company, and some beautiful photos if I do say so myself :)


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Bridal Preparation Guide

Here is my ‘Bridal Preparation Guide’ for your wedding day to help you be prepared and have a stress free, enjoyable morning.

There are always lots going on the morning of your wedding day.  Once your makeup & hair team arrives, it’s fair to say that the rest of the day goes by so quickly.

So here is my Bridal Preparation Guide suggestions for the big day

diamond photographyGETTING READY LOCATION

Just consider the light. Some brides love the idea of getting ready at a hotel, others want the sentimental surrounds of mum and dads home, or where they grew up. Either way, just ensure you get ready in a room that has lots of available light, not only will that help your makeup artist but it will work great for photography as well.

Try, I know it will be hard, but try and limit the clutter to one space, so that when it comes time to photography there is a nice neat area.

You want your chosen getting ready place i  a nutshell to be to be bright, pretty, uncluttered and large enough for everyone to fit.

Don’t forget, if you’re having your wedding in the warmer months, I definitely recommend a getting place with air conditioning so you are not overheating whist getting ready for your big day.

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I HIGHLY recommend hiring professional hair and makeup artists that come to your location the morning of the wedding. This way you are able to relax and enjoy the process. There is nothing worse than all of you having to rush back and forth to a salon and worry about traffic, timing etc.

Don’t forget to have a trial either, I love doing engagement session for my clients and l always get my brides to have their make-up done, then they can get a feel for how long it takes, and also make sure they are truly happy and confident with their makeup artist. You really don’t want a hiccup with make up on your wedding day.


I notice a lot of the time that brides underestimate the time it takes for everyone to get dressed and ready! I can’t work a schedule out for you makeup artist or hairdresser because its not my profession, but I can advise you on allocating enough timing for your photos. Here are a few of my tips to make things run a little smoother on your day;

I allow at least one hour for photographing the bride and her bridesmaids. So let’s say your ceremony is at need to consider your travel time to the church/ceremony location, and then work backwards. In my opinion the biggest pitfall brides make is they tell their makeup artist and hairdresser “my photographer will be here at 1.30” so that’s when they finish up. Do you know how long it takes to get into a wedding dress?. You need to allow 30 mins (time can vary depending on whether you have a zip up dress or lace up dress), for your dress, jewellery veil, shoes etc.


So be sure you don’t miss out on all those gorgeous “before your married photos”. The other hiccup we see quite often is the bride having her hair and make-up done last! This really can be a problem, if we arrive to a home and all the bridesmaids are ready but the bride is still in the makeup chair, it really does affect the schedule. We can only take so many photos of the bridesmaids. But if one of the bridesmaid still needs makeup and hair done, it’s not such a big deal, we have a tonne of photos we want to take of the bride, the bride and her parents, sibling etc. So the bride should never ever go last when it comes to hair and make-up.


I hope my hints and tips help in getting you to the ceremony on time!!

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Your Wedding Photography Timeline

Your wedding photography timeline

Here are my top tips to help you tackle your wedding photography day timeline!

      • Diamond-Photography-VideoFirst and foremost, Plan for the LIGHT. I work with all my couples to make sure that we aren’t doing the location/bridal party photos at the height of the day {when the sun is the harshest} and that we have plenty of time for gorgeous sunset photographs. Check sunset time for your wedding day! You need to ensure you have lots of available light to produce beautiful images. Once the sun goes down you have about 5-10 minutes left of available light. Mind you the ten minutes surrounding sunset time is what we photographers call the golden hour, its divine light.

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        planning for light to capture the golden hour

    • Diamond-Photography-VideoAllow extra for travel time, this is probably the most overlooked factor in working out a schedule. Often Ill ask the bride “so what’s the travel distance between your home and the church? “and she might say “oh it’s so close like 10 minutes away” SO if the ceremony is at 3pm, she wants to leave at 2.50 right?? Nope, I’d say 2.40 so allow 20 minutes, why? Because wedding cars never speed, in fact they often drive slower than the speed limit!! Getting into and out of a car in wedding attire takes longer as well, not to mention you have 3 bridesmaid and two flower girls (for example), that all takes time!  And don’t forget we want to take those beautiful photos of you arriving at the ceremony and getting out of the car as well, so you can see that extra 10 minutes will disappear very quickly.                                                                                                                                                                                                             wedding-photography-sydney-sutherland-shire-photographer
    • Diamond-Photography-VideoThe Photo shoot, ideally allow one hour plus travel time. If you want more than one location I would strongly suggest you have a good hour and a half to two hours up your sleeve, or you will feel really rushed.
    • Diamond-Photography-VideoInclude ‘Buffer’ time.  Add 15-20 minutes extra, wherever you can, to allow for the unexpected: traffic delays, using the restroom, waiting on family members to arrive, freshening your make-up, and maybe have a glass of champagne.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      candid-bridal-party-photos
    • Diamond-Photography-Video My final tip! I usually try and have the bridal party arrive at the reception the same time the guests arrive. Most venues have a bridal suite or room that the whole bridal party can relax in, have a drink and something to eat. Chill out and recap on your day, enjoy the time with your new husband/wife and friends. Once that reception starts its all go go go again. Your wedding day is going to go super-fast (yes it’s true), the last thing you want is to feel super rushed all day!



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    • If you have any questions about timing or need some assistance with yours feel free to give me a call and I’m happy to assist. 9526 8288
    • © Article written by Cathy Tiddy. Australian AIPP multi award winning wedding photography.


A Queen Victoria Building Wedding

A Queen Victoria Building Wedding

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Is this not the most magical, romantic location? QVB you are a photographers dream location

What a gorgeous venue this is. So much old world charm and romantic features. Stephanie and Andrew were married at Our Lady SacredHeart Catholic Church in Randwick in July. They had an amazing sunny clear skies winters day. Their photo session started at the Iconic Sydney Botanical Gardens.


Glorious winter afternoon in Sydney Botanical Gardens, perfect location for wedding photography

Such a gorgeous place with with not only beautifully kept gardens with amazing colour but also an incredible and picturesque back drop of the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Sydney’s Iconic Opera House.


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What a gorgeous venue this is. So much old world charm and romantic features. Stephanie and Andrew were married at Our Lady Sacared Heart Catholic Church in Randwick in July. They had an amazing sunny clear skies winters day. Their photo session started at the Iconic Sydney Botanical Gardens. Such a gorgeous place with with not only beautifully kept gardens with amazing colour but also an incredible and picturesque back drop of the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Sydney's Iconic Opera House. This then followed with a photography session at the Queen Victoria Building in George street, Sydney. Whats not to love about this place? This amazing building has incredible architecture, stairwells, stained glass windows, you name it. A Queen Victoria Building Wedding reception followed in the Tea Rooms High ceilings, beautiful chandeliers, and gorgeous floral arrangements set the stage for a romantic reception. Enjoy our highlights of this gorgeous couples, perfect winter wedding.

such a cute little bunch, who were so excited to be photographed

This then followed with a photography session at the Queen Victoria Building in George street, Sydney. Whats not to love about this place? This amazing building has incredible architecture, stairwells, stained glass windows, you name it.

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gorgeous bouquet by Verdaflore flower merchant at Oatley

A Queen Victoria Building Wedding reception followed in the Tea Rooms

High ceilings, beautiful chandeliers, and gorgeous floral arrangements set the stage for a romantic reception.

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Wedding cake.

 Wedding cake, so much to choose from.

Its one of the oldest wedding traditions.
As weddings now are days are so personalised, the choice for the wedding cake is truly limitless. Gone are the days of the simple fruit cake covered in white icing. Thank goodness, just quietly!!
Multiple layers are definitely the range with an eclectic array or flavor’s now available.
The wedding I photographed last weekend had a really unique wedding cake a fig and almond cake with a beautiful ganache frosting (definitely not low fat I can tell you), but it was divine and definitely  original!

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Naked cakes (ie not iced) are all the range on the internet and Pinterest at the moment> As are cheese cakes, as in slabs of cheese stacked on top of each other to look like a cake. What a great alternative if the bride and groom are not sweet eaters.
Cup cakes are also very popular easy to serve as well, they can be absolutely beautiful if done properly. Be warned though, a mediocre job could see your wedding cake look like a little kids birthday cake.
The traditional wedding cake, ie white iced are still ever so popular, and with cake decorators getting exceptional fancy with their detail, some cakes are truly spectacular.

If your are not a great lover of sweets!! Here is an option for you.

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In a nutshell though, for today’s modern bride, almost anything goes!!!

If your after some great wedding cake flavour ideas follow this link.Its awesome, truly! It even tells you what cake flavour goes with what filling, and what goes with the ideal cake covering!!

Happy Planning!

Article © 2016 Diamond Photography & Video, written by Cathy Tiddy, Australian award winning AIPP photographer.

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Should you have a Wedding Video?

To have or not to have a wedding video.

I get asked this question often by couples who book me to take their wedding photos. Everyone is different. But let me ask you this? Will you regret not having one? That is the real question you need to ask yourself!


I myself was not that interested in a wedding video, but I knew I would one day regret it, so we had one, it wasn’t edited, no fancy highlights and special effects, just the coverage, as it happened on the day.
I loved it, it’s the real thing, its how the guests saw my wedding on the day.

Videography can be quite an expense so if you want all the bells and whistles, ie cinematic editing expect to pay on average $4000 to $6000 and sometimes more. This amount of money is not in everyone’s budget. If its not, consider engaging someone who can at least provide the raw unedited footage of your day, this will cost about half as much, and you will still come away with some fantastic memories. Remember your wedding day will go so fast, your vows will probably be a blur. Video is the perfect way to watch all those tiny little moments you missed on your special day.

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A quote from a bride who wanted a video but the groom was not fussed, this is what she sent me after she watched her wedding video.
“Wow, I have to say I’m MOST pleased about the video, we barely new the videographer was there. I’m so happy I talked Greg into having it, we were able to recap so much of the ceremony that we truly missed, I think because we were so nervous and focussed on our vows. All those special moments, Greg got to see me at home before the wedding and I got to see him pacing nervously before the ceremony at the church. Thank you thank you thank you it’s just perfect!”  Angela Catlins.
If you have any questions about videography or photography feel free to touch base with about our package options,email me on

Happy Planning

Cathy x

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Engagement Photo Sessions

Engagement Photo Sessions:

Why I like them!

In the past I had always charged my customers for the engagement photo sessions, it was just like a family portrait session. Couples would pay for the sitting and then just order whatever images they liked. We have been doing this for over 16 years. However we really started to notice the difference in the couples attitude and demeanour on the wedding day if they had had their photos taken by us previously, we call it the engagement session some call it an esession.


Fear of Photos

Having your photo taken is really quite threatening and uncomfortable for a lot of people. I understand that completely I don’t particularly like having my photo taken either!

Engagement photo sessions are like a trial run, I get to know you, you get to know me. I get to know what you like, you get to know what I mean when it comes to instructions and positioning your body, this is truly priceless, you will learn this soon enough.

The whole process and experience of having profession images or an engagement photo sessions peaks volumes on your wedding day. But most importantly for me, you become more comfortable in front of the camera,  that means better photos right? Absolutely, everyone wants beautiful relaxed images, and you can’t get that if you fear the camera. It’s a photographer’s job to make you feel comfortable.


It’s a photographers job to make you feel comfortable

 Photography is such a big part of the wedding day, we are the one professional person that spends the whole day with the bride and groom. So yes we need to be comfortable with each other. I’ve been photographing for 21 years, I know some of the most incredible photographers, but if those incredible photographers don’t have wonderful people skills, do you think the couple will enjoy their wedding photography?

Its just not all about the photo, it’s about creating a fun, beautiful experience with each other and your bridal party.

You want fantastic photos, but you also want to look back on your wedding day and say “that was just so much fun, that was the best day ever!!”


Mission accomplished

There is nothing better than completing one of these engagement photo sessions and couples say to me “That wasn’t as scary a I thought it would be “or “I really enjoyed that, that was fun”. Then for me I know the wedding photography is going to be smooth sailing. The ice has been broken, on the wedding day we can get straight into taking fantastic photos!!

If you have any questions regarding these engagement session please don’t hesitate to contact us on 9526 8288, or feel free to email me on


Cathy Tiddy

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