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2013 in Review – Wedding Trends

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At Turbo Productions, we pride ourselves in being on the leading edge of new technology, to enhance your event or big day. So we keep up to date of wedding trends happening around Australia and the world (both wedding videography and otherwise).

As we near Christmas, Summer (if it ever comes this year), and 2014, we thought we would recap on some of the great new wedding trends from 2013.

What’s hot:

The Outdoor Wedding

Outdoor Wedding in MelbourneIn Eastern Australia, Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, and Hobart, it’s always a risk due to the ever changing weather but when we canvassed the wedding business community, the outdoor wedding is gaining in popularity, The zoo, farms, and beach weddings continue to be popular and character-filled choice of venues. Who wouldn’t want a wedding shoot near the elephant enclosure? Check out the Rainforest Room at Melbourne Zoo. Engagement photo shoots: gone are the days of a quick backyard BBQ and a ring being the only symbols of a couple’s intention to wed. It’s becoming increasingly popular for couples to cement their commitment through casual pre-wedding photoshoots amongst the alleyways and beaches around Australia’s capital cities.

Nic's Button Buds

Button Bouquets:

Custom made button & brooch bouquets for the bride that dares to be different. Nic’s Button Buds works closely with each bride to design bespoke items for your special day. Each bouquet is handcrafted using a fusion of new, vintage and recycled items to create something truly unique. Your bouquets will not just be a talking point that your guests remember but a family heirloom that you can hand down for generations to come.

Engagement Photoshoot Melbourne

Engagement photo shoots

Gone are the days of a quick backyard BBQ and a ring being the only symbols of a couple’s intention to wed. It’s becoming increasingly popular for couples to cement their commitment through casual pre-wedding photoshoots amongst the alleyways and beaches around Australia’s capital cities.

Pre-wedding moons

Holidays! Everyone loves them and more and more couples are jetting off on their main holiday even before their big day. It’s often a good way to break up the demands of working and planning a wedding, and a way for the couple to reconnect and focus on what’s most important to them.

Fiji Wedding Videography

Meaghan and Jason

The anniversary “wedding”

Renewing vows was something that is often a private, intimate ceremony but a lot of couples who got married young are now using a milestone anniversary as a good opportunity to have the dress and the reception that they couldn’t afford the first time around. Our most memorable Sydney wedding videography, this year, was the renewal of vows of Meaghan and Jason, wed in 2003, and celebrating with style in Sydney in 2013.

Queenstown, New Zealand

The destination wedding:

New Zealand and Fiji continue to be favourite spots, but a lot of brides from Australia are now throwing in a traditional Aussie wedding in their hometown for something further afield. For some, this means a country wedding an hour drive away from Sydney in glorious Fitzroy Falls at new reception venue Mali Brae Farm. For others, they are trekking further still, like a Vegas festivity.

Lollies as party favours

There are now companies in Australia and abroad who can tailor your lolly banquet to suit your theme. A lot of these companies also couple as event planners.

The vintage wedding

Vintage Wedding

Blackboards, ribbons and handwritten name tags and invitations are making a resurgence in wedding receptions to give it a quaint, loved feel. And the quainter, the more vintage, the better! We even know of a bride who scoured country op shops for old petrol cans to scatter throughout the garden of her outdoor wedding, to breathtaking effect.

The slow motion video booth and the traditional photo booth:

At Turbo Productions, we might be a bit biased, but we believe the slow motion video booth has been one of the most exciting wedding trends to hit in 2013 and we have a viral campaign to thank created by Seattle based company Super Frog Saves Tokyo (SFST) in August. The wedding booth provides the couple with a digital guest book and captures the guests in a fun way that traditional photography cannot.

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Live Streaming in Queenstown New Zealand

The “networked” wedding via Livestream:

Whilst we have seem some events try to use a smartphone hook up for a wedding, more and more couples are asking us to incorporate Livestream into their day. It’s symptomatic of the global couple and friends and family scattered around the world. Check out our Livestream blog, and consider Turbo Productions livestream when you are booking a wedding videographer.

The social media wedding

In the past few years it wasn’t uncommon for the bride and groom to put disposable cameras on the guest tables to find blurry wasted images, or for millions or snaps to be taken on the day yet with no evidence filtering back to the couple . There are now apps that let you aggregate and upload all of your friends’ photos and choose which ones to share.

The self-planned wedding

Aussie couples are still largely focusing on planning their own day, and piecing together their own elaborate project plans. Whilst it ensures individual edge, we expect in 2014 and beyond that event planners will be consulted as everyone gets busier.

What’s ugly?

iPad Wedding CeremonyThe camera crusaders

iPads, iPhones abound at most of the weddings we film these days. No one wants to miss a thing but it detracts from the day.

We recommend you have a “leave the phone on silent policy” and let the professionals capture the day for you.

And what will 2014 bring? Who knows? But we will definitely be keeping our ear to the ground. Like us on Facebook for more up to date wedding trends throughout the year.  Weddings are going to get more intimate and more individualistic, so the only certainty is your day will be magical.

Contact Turbo Productions for all of your videography needs at turboproductions.com.au. Why not look at Turbo Livestream or Slow Motion Video Booths while you are there?

Destination Weddings

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Take your portable Turbo Productions with you to capture the moment

A few years back, a destination wedding meant a couple went away, seemingly on holiday and snuck back into the country quietly as husband and wife. They had to scramble to find someone who could be their witness and clothing that was acceptably ‘marital’, the reception was a simple beachside matter and they had some explaining to do when they arrived back home.

“Turbo Productions specialises in destination wedding videography throughout the South Pacific, New Zealand and all areas of Australia, with some of our most memorable weddings being filmed in European destinations”

In the past few years, the destinations have become more far-reaching and more exotic. As travel became more affordable, friends have started to hop on for the ride, dresses and cakes are precariously perched in overhead compartments from Australian designers, and whole hotels become the lodgings for the wedding party and far flung guests.

For those global couples, where the bride heralds from the northern hemisphere and the groom from the southern recesses of Australia or NZ, a destination wedding is also often very practical, with Bali or Thailand serving as a suitable halfway point.

To give you some inspiration, we showcase some of our favourite destination weddings captured by Turbo Productions … and for good measure, some of the places we have seen from our travels which should also be considered.

For more information on destinations, visit our friends at Destination Weddings

Nice, France (Sarah and Anthony)


Director, James Anderson, was at a dinner when the call came through that Sarah (from New Zealand) and Anthony (from Wales) wanted him to film their wedding in France in less than 48 hours. Too good an opportunity to miss, James joined a truly multi-cultural crew, with the bride and groom flying in from their Dubai post, friends and family from the UK, the photographer (Daniel Griffiths) from Sydney, and a 5 piece band from New Zealand.

The backdrop of Èze (on the coast between Nice, France and the small principality of Monaco), and the Chateau de la Chèvre d’Or provided one of most spectacular settings we have ever visited. Set upon a cliff top, a short ten minute drive outside of Nice, Sarah and Antony tied the knot, in an emotional ceremony before cruising the coast in a beautiful vintage car, as their guests were entertained by a trumpeter, piano accordionist and guitar player, over champagne and canapés.

It was a fun-filled reception with the NZ band keeping up the dancing and everyone’s spirits, as a brief Mediterranean storm rolled into attempt to upset the outdoor wedding. Jamming to Crowded House’s ‘Weather With You’, the wedding party danced through the storm and into the night.

Bracciano, Italy (Maddy and Michael)

Maddy and Michael - Preparations

Maddy had a dream, like most little girls, to have a fairy tale wedding, in a castle. Living in Pennsylvania, United States, didn’t afford Maddy with a way to make these dream a reality, until they decided on a destination wedding. Engaging Jay Studio, Italy as their photographer (image above) and Turbo Productions as their videographer, they set their idyllic wedding in Odescalchi Castle, located in Bracciano Italy.

Replete with a string quartet, fan fair, and delectable Italian cuisine, Maddy and Michael’s dreams came true, with 30 of their closest family and friends flying in for the celebration. To top off the spectacle, they even had the same impressive 5 tiered wedding cake and fireworks display that Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes had organised, marrying there a year earlier.

Maddy and Michael

Queenstown, New Zealand (Dovika and Stephen)

Stephen and Dovika - Queesntown NZ

[pullquote align=”right”]We are extremely camera shy but your attitude and the way you go about your job is more than we could have asked for. Thank you! – Dovika and Stephen[/pullquote]With this undoubtedly being our favourite destination in the world, it is difficult to single out any one wedding from the many spectacular weddings we have filmed in Queenstown. If we had to pick a few, it would be the 2011 winter wedding of Dovika and Stephen, and Melissa and Peter, who married in 2013.

Dovika and Stephen, were an Irish couple, campervanning around the South Island of New Zealand, when they decided to undertake the ultimate journey, deciding to marry in the snow-tops of Queenstown.

Dovika PoliceWith 5 family members flying in for the celebrations, they married at Stoneridge Estate, in the lush Otago winery region, followed by a helicopter photo shoot to the famous ledge overlooking Queenstown and Lake Wakitipu. This is still some of the prettiest footage we have shot, with Dovika donning a faux-fur stole to cope with the high altitude and low temperatures, and Stephen looking on lovingly. The photo shoot ended with the bride and groom being dropped off in style by helicopter on the Sky Line, with 360 degrees of the lake-side town, and Turbo Productions got to hitch a ride back with the helicopter pilot to the airport.

Stephen and Dovika - New Zealand

Photos by Alpine Image Co, New Zealand

Queesnstown, New Zealand (Melissa and Peter)

Melissa and Peter View

For Peter (NZ) and Melissa (UK), they were making the journey to Queenstown from Perth, Australia. When Melissa’s mum was unable to fly due to an illness, they were comforted to know that Turbo Productions would be able to capture the day so that she could participate from afar.

[pullquote align=”center”]I would like to take a few moments to pass on special thanks to James for doing such a professional job of our wedding video. He travelled to NZ at short notice to work with us and this was within our set budget. – Melissa and Peter [/pullquote]

Fiji Islands (Briana and Rob)

Fiji is also another oft-frequented Turbo destination (it’s now a home away from home, with us looking forward to the friendly Fijian choral welcome every time we step on Fijian soil). However, the wedding that comes to mind is Briana and Rob’s Treasure Island paradise.

Coming from country NSW, they organised a wedding party of around 50 to join them. The whole island was taken over by the wedding party, and what a party it was!

In a chapel overlooking the ocean, Briana and Rob exchanged emotion-filled vowels, before moving onto an outdoor reception which had a true festival feeling, capping the evening off with a piñata. James from Turbo Productions was accepted into the family, sitting alongside the parents, as the local Treasure Island resort band entertained the guests.

Having visited some spectacular countries in the last 10 years, we recommend another 5 you shouldn’t look past:

Wanaka, New Zealand

Wanaka WeddingQueenstown’s little sister, this is a foodie haven, and has spectacular scenery, with Lake Wanaka and its surrounding forests providing amazing photo opportunities. As it is smaller than Queenstown, it also has a more intimate feel.


Taormina, Italy

ItalyIn Sicily, this small town has Greek amphitheatres, a stylish main street, and overlooks the Mediterranean sea. It offers a medieval feel, and hospitable Italian hosts.


Tulum, Mexico

MexicoIf you love Tacos, ruins, and a beach paradise, plus friendly people, great cocktails, and some fabulous accommodation, then look no further than Tulum, Mexico. Close to Playa del Carmen, and Cancun, this turquoise beach is further away from the crowds.


Varadero, Cuba

CubaWhat Fiji or Bali is to the Australians, Cuba is to the Canadians, with a row of 5-star hotels to choose from. This is Cuba; the most spectacular water and beaches you will ever see, the heat of the Caribbean, and the friendliest people on earth.



MauritiusThis is not just another island holiday. Melding creole cooking, French influence, and being a stone’s throw from Africa and Madagascar makes Mauritius a truly unique experience.





If you are thinking about a destination wedding, contact us for some tips or suggestions, or to learn more about our  video services – visit www.turboproductions.com.au. We could also be enticed to Mexico or Mauritius (just let us know!).

Why choose a videographer?

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Layer your memories with emotion

At Turbo Productions, we have been producing high quality wedding videos for once-in-a-lifetime events for over 7 years, having been privileged to be engaged by hundreds of couples in capturing their day in high definition. And whilst camera quality just keeps improving, it also has resulted in the last 2 years with a proliferation of the tablet and smartphone “camera crusaders” endeavouring to capture every moment (almost before it happens).

As the wedding day is an expensive investment, we often have prospective clients ask us why they should invest in a videographer, when their guests can do it for them.

We understand it is an investment, in a day laden with costs, so we have asked our prior customers why they made the investment:


Thank you James for truly capturing the emotion of our wedding day. Your video has had us all crying again!! James was so fun to have around to capture our wedding video, and helped us out any way he could (he even did some gardening to remove the weeds from our chosen photo location!!). James was 100% professional, and captured the day exactly as it happened. We had a small intimate wedding and we hardly knew James was there filing in the background.

Sallie and Luke

My parents were unable to attend due to my Mum being unwell to be able to travel and he managed to allow them to view the wedding live over the internet. The final product is exquisite and captures all the heart felt moments so perfectly. We can relive our special day over and over again. Moreover, share with our family and friends who were unable to share in the day, so they do not miss out.

Melissa and Peter

I was initially introduced to the world of wedding videography through my sister Kath who was married to Marc back in Nov 2010 – she had James video their wedding in Echuca. At first, I thought, why would you get a video when you have a professional photographer but once I saw the video, in particular the highlights, I was determined to have James at my wedding.

Emily and Tranter



Below, we list out the key considerations of why a professional videographer is an invaluable investment in your day, and highlight some of the key questions you need to ask when searching for your videographer:


  • Whilst photos are forever, a video gives colour, emotion and life to the most important day in your life. For every moment that a videographer is filming, double the time is required to bring it to life in a seamless highlights video, so you not only need a skilled cameraperson but someone who has an eye for creativity and detail in the editing suite. Ask your videographer if you can see samples of their previous work.
  • Video clips captured on smartphone are fun, but the audio is often much left to be desired. A professional videographer should use microphones, and equipped cameras to ensure that each sound is recorded crisply. Ask how your videographer will capture the sound, as this is just as important as the image.
  • A videographer provides strong support for the couple, with their imaging needs. Whilst we also recommend a separate photographer for the day, the videographer provides vital back up. Why? Unfortunately, sometimes things don’t go right on the day. Every bride will have a war story, of the car breaking down on the way to the church, the church burning down before the day (yes this has happened), a bridesmaid pulling out due to extenuating circumstances, and a photographer whose equipment is stolen the night before the big day. It sounds like doomsday predictions … but we have seen all of these happen (luckily one at a time; seldom all at once). With a videographer teaming up with the photographer, you are protected by having two people who are capturing your day. Turbo Productions has been honoured to provide some photos to our clients when things didn’t go so well for the photographer. So ask you videographer to see samples of their photos, just to know you’re covered.
  • If you do your research right, professional videographers often come ladened with more than one high definition camera so you can capture angles your guests haven’t even thought about. Ask how many cameras will be used on the day.
  • They are prepared with spare batteries, spare cameras, spare lights and are trained to spot potential. You don’t want to miss out on half a groomsmen’s speech, or some classy moves on the dance floor because all of your guests have had the dreaded battery drain.
  • The right videographer is unobtrusive (chances are you will forget they are even there).
  • A specialised videographer, like Turbo Productions, can also package in live streaming, to be able to stream your wedding over the internet for those family and friends who can’t make the day. This is not provided by everyone, so if you are interested in this, make sure you ask the question.


Alecia and Daniel

If you do get a videographer (and we do hope you do), some handy hints to get the most out of the day:

  • Ensure your guests know there is a videographer organised for the day, so they can put down their phones, relish in the moment, and enjoy all of those special touches you have created.  By briefing your guests, they will also be more aware of the videographer and photographer in the room, and ensure they don’t obscure the view of the most important people on the day: the couple! Never fear: a good videographer can dodge the crowd, but how nice would it be if there were no iPads in the vision, complementing your carefully thought out 1930s themed wedding?
  • Ensure you have good rapport with the videographer. They are one of your key crew for the day. Provide the videographer with a run sheet of the day in advance and ask for their advice. Having participated in 100s of weddings, a professional videographer will know what will look good.
  • Ensure the videographer is advised of locations, so they scout them out beforehand.
  • Keep them there for the reception, and get them to capture the guests, the dance floor, the speeches and the cake.
  • Videography is no longer just a movie length capture of your day: ask them what other services they provide. At Turbo Productions, we offer live stream (see our Live Internet Streaming blog) and slow motion video booths (see our Slow Motion Video Booths blog) and are always looking out for new opportunities to further enhance and layer your memories of the day. A talented videographer should also be at ease with still photography, to guarantee the married couple some high quality photos should the need arise.


Is a videographer a worthwhile investment? We think so!

Contact us today to discuss your videography needs.

We service all Australia, New Zealand, Fiji locations

Live Stream Wedding

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Live stream weddings: capturing your memories as they happen.

Recently, at a suburban Melbourne church, we witnessed the special baptism of a friend’s son. With an Australian mum and a dad who called the US home until recently, it was only natural that one of the godparents beamed into the church.  Through a smart phone, an app and loud speaker, for a brief moment everything looked perfect, only to drop out halfway through the ceremony and the role to be fulfilled by a stand in (one of the maternal grandparents)……


On your wedding day, you don’t want the risk of technology failing you, so Turbo Productions takes the worry away with our live streaming service.  As more and more couples are a union of two people from different cities, states and at times countries, it takes out the stress and logistics of connecting your wedding day with all of your lifelong friends.


We showcase the weddings of 3 couples in the past 6 months who have brought friends and family from afar to be part of their special day, unconventionally through the power of the Turbo Livestream Service.

Kirby and Mitchell, Fitzroy Falls (NSW)

[pullquote align=”center”]“My dad organised a videographer from Turbo Productions who was able to LIVE stream the entire wedding online for my relatives in Melbourne who were unable to make the wedding. I was especially happy to know my grandparents could still be a part of my special day from the comfort of their living room.”[/pullquote]
Southern Highlands Wedding Videography
When Kirby’s father contacted Turbo Productions for our videography services, he explained that he was interested in Turbo Livestream. He wanted to give Kirby’s grandparents a front seat view of their granddaughter’s wedding but due to the location of the ceremony, with his parents living interstate, it would only be possible through videography.
Turbo Productions drove up from Melbourne to the picturesque little chapel in Exeter, NSW in time for the dress rehearsal and understood immediately why the couple had chosen it. It stood in a magical green valley, reminiscent of an English hamlet.
With the challenge of a high speed internet connection, the chaplain ran a cable from the house to his chapel and we were able to test the connection the day before the big day.


And it went off without a hitch. Not only did Kirby’s grandparents get to participate in the ceremony, but they got to eyewitness the reception, with Kirby and Mitchell sneaking up to the camera with special messages just for them. For Kirby, this completed her day.


We also caught some of the groomsmen goofing around for the hidden HD cameras which they had spotted in the preparations, but that’s a story for another day, and possibly to be aired at their own wedding.


Read More about Kirby and Mitchell’s idyllic country NSW wedding, featured recently in polkadotbride


Marcus and Winnie, Heide Museum, Bulleen (Vic)

Heide Museum Wedding VideoMarcus contacted Turbo Productions a few weeks before his wedding to Winnie, with his wedding videography needs. They celebrated an intimate outdoor wedding at the Heide Museum of Modern Art in leafy Bulleen, Victoria, along with Marcus’s adorable dog as an attendant,  prior to jetting off to their honeymoon and a second celebration with Winnie’s extended family. Marcus wanted to share the moments as they happened with Winnie’s Malaysia-based family, with the additional request to get a highlights reel to the married couple before they flew out the next day.


We love bringing families together and were excited to offer Turbo Livestream. Marcus’s poetic and heartfelt speech, the casual but intimate setting, and our ability to fade into the shadows to provide an unobtrusive documentary of their day was live streamed into the living rooms of Winnie’s family… And just as our name suggests, we got a “turbo” edit of the DVD into their luggage as they jetted off the very next day.


Hugh and Clare , RACV Club, Cape Schank (Vic)

Clare and Hugh - Cape Schank Wedding VideographyHugh was a best man in one of the previous weddings captured by Turbo Productions, so when Hugh and Clare approached us for a photography, videography package, inclusive of Turbo Livestream and Turbo Slow Motion Booth, we were thrilled.


With over 6 cameras on the day, and three of our crew, it could’ve been quite crowded, but we did what we do best and captured the day without photo bombing our own footage. Turbo Livestream complemented the day and ensured that Clare and Hugh could syndicate the day to friends and family who couldn’t make it, via social media.


What resulted was a rich collection of footage showing both the special moments of the couple, the spectacular peninsular backdrop and a unique way of capturing guests letting their hair down.
[pullquote align=”center”][Turbo Productions] did not disappoint in any way on my wedding day … The end products were also top notch … The DVD captured all of the highlights of the day in a great style that was fun to watch back…We would have no hesitation in recommending Turbo Productions[/pullquote]

What is Turbo live stream?

Turbo Livestream connects a high definition camera and a series of microphones to a feed to www.turbolivestream.com.au as the moments happen. All you require is a high speed internet connection or a 3G/4G data coverage at the venue. The bride and groom are given a dedicated website link prior to the ceremony to share with their family and friends to stream via the internet as it happens. For the married couple, whose day often slips by in a nano second, it can also be replayed immediately after the ceremony ends.


Memories are made live …. And now you can watch them live too! Contact us at turbolivestream.com.au to learn more about using live stream at your Australian or South Pacific wedding.


Live Streaming in Queenstown New Zealand