Daily Inspiration

The LANE's handpicked selection of brands & services

Tuesday, March 14th 2017

Timeworn Complexity.

“I temper my work in the classics, but really find myself in the suspension of the unfamiliar… forging textures that play with light and shadow.” - Jasmine Rae

As stylists, we look for creations that push boundaries and redefine limits - spectacles of design that allure and inspire. In a market overwhelmed with cakes sharing a singular aesthetic, Jasmine Rae Cakes' creations are inherently unique. Inspired by the impossible beauty of imperfect surfaces, expect textural finishes reminiscent of timeworn facades and raw marbled patinas. An homage to progression, Jasmine Rae Cakes are stunning explorations of chipped finishes and curled edges, of beautifully abstract dilapidation. 

Handpicked for The LANE directory, get in touch with Jasmine on her website.

Tuesday, March 14th 2017

Classic Elegance

Combining contemporary tailoring with timeless craftsmanship, the Dom Bagnato brand is the embodiment of classic elegance. Bagnato first mastered the art of Italian-style tailoring under the tuition of his grandfather and over the past 30 years, he has become an innovative force in the suiting industry with an emphasis on the highest quality cut and fit. 

Offering a unique and refined collection, each Bagnato piece is crafted from supple and luxurious fabrics sourced personally from around the globe. Perfect for the discerning groom - expect the very best in both functionality and style.

View the full collection of Dom Bagnato suits and get in touch via the website. 

Monday, March 13th 2017

Enigmatic Perfection.

When choosing a wedding photographer, look to those who produce images with a distinctively sartorial edge. Think moody frames and enigmatic flair, editorial-inspired compositions with an emphasis on fluid movement. Driven by aesthetics and organic process, we love new discovery Bear Deer Fox for artfully alluring wedding photography. With a focus on spontaneity and capturing magic, Bear Deer Fox shoots not to portray, but to evoke, creating images that move and inspire. 

Available throughout Australia and overseas, get in touch with Bear Deer Fox on their website

Thursday, March 9th 2017

Romance is...

This month we're inspired by romance that breaks convention. Stories found in shadows and dreams, in windswept landscapes and spontaneous adventures. We're searching for interpretations found from within, perspectives on romance nutured from years of experience. Intrigued by the myriad of emotive, soul-stirring moments a wedding photographer is exposed to daily, we were intrigued to know what romance is to an artist like Damien Milan. We asked Damien to choose four moments that epitomize romance, and share the stories behind each capture...

L O C A T I O N

Matt and Emily exchanged vows in front of a field of lavender so I thought it would be special for them to return there just before dusk and share a quiet moment amongst the lavender to take the day in. I am always amazed to witness the beautiful things that happen in front of my lens just by leaving the couple in a meaningful place for a moment. Their connection becomes even stronger and for an instant, nothing else matters than the present. I feel extremely privileged when a couple trusts me enough to express their raw feelings in front of the camera in all their vulnerability.

C H E M I S T R Y + L I G H T

This image epitomises Romance to me because of the beautiful chemistry between the couple. We ventured into this old locomotive workshop together but had to stay quiet as we were not officially allowed to be there. I had noticed the soft light coming through that window so I whispered Tim and Jancis to slowly walk in that direction and stop in front of the window. The rest happened so naturally and I couldn’t be happier with the outcome. To me the light here augments the intensity of the moment, adding a touch of mystery.

A D V E N T U R E + N A T U R A L   E L E M E N T S

Another important element that triggers Romance to me is a sense of adventure. When you are in Norway and the groom works for the naval infantry, it almost becomes an obligation to go rowing on the adjacent fjord against any weather warnings. The mother of the bride had warned us that there was a hole in the rowboat that she had found for us and we therefore could only enjoy fifteen minutes of peace before it started sinking. I personally couldn’t think of a more perfect way for a couple to start married life together and the pouring rain only added to the Romance. In this frame, Eirunn seems to be having the time of her life while her new husband Stian is working hard to scoop the pool of water from the boat to keep them afloat!

I M P R O M P T U   M O M E N T S

As a photographer you can think about all of the above when trying to create real and raw images that epitomise Romance but what is even more important to me is the ability to anticipate impromptu moments. In this particular image I carefully thought about composition and framing but I never anticipated that a gust of wind at the right time would make this moment even more perfect, adding a sense of timelessness to it.

See more of Damien Milan's work (and discover his upcoming Europe travel dates!) on his website

Thursday, March 9th 2017

Ornate Decadence.

There is an intoxicating allure to beauty set amongst ruins. Where decay and dilapidation are balanced with iridescent glimmers and soft finishes. An apotheosis of visual opposition and elemental juxtaposition, we love these shots of The Bridal Atelier’s newest arrivals. Beautifully photographed by LANE favorite Alli Oughtred, intricate beading and delicate lace floats amidst exposed brick and unpolished concrete, a manifestation of wild beauty and moody romance. With an emphasis on lyrical movement and undone elegance, sheer skirts and bell sleeves drape sumptuously from the body, a cascading collaboration of high fashion and bridal wear. 

Offering a refined edit of exclusive designs from the likes of Houghton, Rue de Seine and Christos Costarellos, each gown is hand selected from the runways of New York and features across two showrooms in Sydney and Melbourne. 

To find out more, or to schedule an appointment, see The Bridal Atelier’s website here.

Wednesday, March 8th 2017

Handcrafted Décor Hire.

No matter how beautifully detailed your event’s creative brief is, without a canvas of chic furniture to layer on, the styling will always feel a little DIY. As stylists we know the frustration of seeing beautiful one off pieces you can purchase or loan for shoots… but when it comes to a large scale event the hire options can be a little dire. So we were a little excited to stumble across Sydney’s Reso and Co, filled with the pieces on our wish list for planning events…. concrete and stone paired with steel and copper, raw timber tables, industrial style bar stools, all handcrafted by this talented team. And for those looking for something specific, Reso & Co will happily create custom pieces for your event. More details on the Reso and Co website.

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