The Pure Bride Blog

Getting to Know… Jon Gazzignato

People would say you’ve got a pretty amazing job, Jon. Tell us how you fell into wedding photography.

Yeah I’m not gonna lie, it’s bloody incredible. My passion for photography actually started while I was travelling. I backpacked for a year through South East Asia and Latin America with a beat up, cheap camera taking photos every single day. While I was away, it didn’t really interest me to take photos of sights where you’d find hundreds of wannabe influencers waving around their selfie sticks. What I really loved, was taking photos of people living their everyday lives. I would stay in tiny villages and visit local markets just to observe people doing their thing. It was on that trip that I really developed my photojournalistic style and appreciation for capturing people’s true personalities. I now use that same creative mindset with every wedding I shoot.

You shoot in some amazing locations around Tasmania. Tell us more about how that inspires you.

With every shoot I am always looking to make the most of how incredibly spoilt we are here in Tasmania. There are bucket-loads of beautiful, untouched locations to shoot and it’s all pretty much on our doorstep. I’ve been so fortunate to shoot at iconic locations around Tassie such as Cradle Mountain and Freycinet, but what really inspires me are the lesser talked about wild settings that can be found everywhere you look. Whether it’s just a spot where ferns grow ragged or the edge of a beach with craggy cliffs, those snippets of untamed wilderness are what make our state so beautiful. Before each shoot, I spend several hours researching, scouring Google Maps and hiking to locations to find the perfect spot that has a killer setting, mint lighting but most of all – suits the personalities of the couple that I’m photographing. And the best part of it all is that I LOVE a good adventure.

You recently tied the knot yourself.. congratulations! What did you find most surprising about being on the other side of the camera?

Haha thank you so much! It really was one of the best things I’ve ever done. We ran away and did a secret elopement on top of a mountain with only a photographer, celebrant and chef. There were quite a lot of tears…on my behalf. Then when we got home we threw a massive party with all of our friends and family. It was insane! But back to your question: I think the most surprising part was how much having my photos taken didn’t phase me. Sarah and I were just focused on each other and we were so caught up in the moment that nothing else even mattered. We’d also had a fair few froffos, so that can help too!


If you had to choose a favourite moment to photograph with your clients, what would it be?

I enjoy the storytelling of getting ready, I love ripping up the dancefloor with the wedding guests, but most of all – I love the couples shoot. I say this to my clients all the time, but at a wedding it’s the only part of the day that they will spend alone with each other. Sometimes the couple won’t see each other all day, they spend the morning frantically getting ready before being rushed to the ceremony where a hoard of people are staring at them and watching their every move. When the ceremony ends they’re swamped by a sea of hugs and kisses. The crazy thing is – the couple still hasn’t even talked to each other yet! So when we go off to do the couple’s shoot, it’s the first time they actually get to be alone together. I love observing couples during their shoot because there is such a mixture of excitement, joy and feelings of holy sh!t did that just happen! There’s a real stillness about the way couple’s open up and become vulnerable when there aren’t a hundred odd people staring at them. And THAT is what I absolutely love to capture.

Have you got any tips for planning a wedding?

Something I tell every couple I meet with – get married however the heck you want. There are so many old school traditions at weddings that people do because they think that it has to be done. It’s YOUR wedding day! Whether it’s as simple as getting your couple photos taken before the ceremony so that you can spend more time partying or having a cake made out of Maccas cheeseburgers (I wish I thought of that for my wedding). The only thing you legally have to do is get a celebrant to officiate the marriage. So when you’re planning your wedding, start there and really ask yourselves “this is our day, what do we want?” Plan it so that you will have a rad AF time on a day that is about celebrating the awesome relationship that you and your partner have.

Any advice to couples looking to find a photographer?

Do your research! Referrals from friends are great, but that doesn’t necessarily mean you will like the style of that photographer. You don’t wear the exact same clothes or order the same food as your friend, so it’s important to do some flippin’ research. Whether it’s social media, Google or magazines – pour through photos until you find a style and photographer that you absolutely fall in love with. There are so many extraordinary artists in Tasmania that all have a unique style. If you do the research you will definitely find a photographer who speaks to your soul.

Blank Canvas- What you need to know

Photo: Olivia Brown Photography, Sandridge Estate NW Tasmania

Venue hire is undoubtedly one of the biggest expenses when it comes to wedding days, and it can be very tempting to cut costs in this area and hire a “blank canvas” venue such as a hall or shed that doesn’t include the big dollar bells and whistles of specialised venues. 

Blank canvases can be beautiful and unique but they can come with a lot more considerations and work for bride and groom. It’s easy to be swayed by a pretty location and a low price tag, but to ensure you avoid any wedding day dramas or disasters there are some things you’ll want to double and triple check before booking that blank canvas venue. Think about each of these:

  • Is the venue in a residential area? You don’t want your reception party shut down by the fuzz before the sun goes down!
  • Capacity of the facilities. If you have one loo and 200 guests you’re in for a bad time.
  • Chair and table hire? This can get costly if it’s not included with the venue. Also think about other items such as audio visual equipment, kitchen facilities, lighting, decorations etc. Are these extras?
  • Power capacity – lights, audio, fridges, heating/cooling etc. Are you going to end up shorting and being left in the dark?
  • Safety of your venue. Smoke detectors, safe exits, hazards, insurances. You want your guests going home happy and safe.
  • Some of the best blank canvases can be a little remote. How are your guests getting there and home safely? Will your caterers, DJs, band, wait staff be willing to go the distance? Transport can be pricey.

Venues that specialise in big events such as weddings charge a price that reflects the amount of work and risk that they face. They put in love and labour, with landscaping, cleaning, maintenance, decoration and set up, to get a property perfect and wedding ready.

Communication and availability is one of the biggest must-haves with any venue you decide to go with. There is inevitably a lot of back and forth communication that will go on between you and the venue owner/manager. You want to be able to reach them for the finer details and to view the property multiple times, particularly close to the wedding day. Are they going to be able to provide that time to you? Think about your stress levels here.

A big drawcard for the blank canvas venue is that they are often more free rein; no venue rules and regs to worry about, and you can dance ‘til 5am. Okay, I don’t want to sound like anyone’s mum here but who’s going to be cleaning that up? Even at the most tame wedding there is inevitable party wear and tear. Spillages, glasses broken, floors scratched, driveways churned up, gardens walked through. I went to one reeeally fun wedding where “lively” (a.k.a. uber drunk) guests broke in excess of fifty glasses. At $5 a glass the new bride and groom woke up to a very unpleasant surprise bill.

So the bells and whistles at specialised venues can be a little pricey for a reason. They can mean a lot less to organise, a lot less to clean up, a lot fewer hidden extras to pay for and way more time for you to relax in the lead up to your wedding. There is a lot to consider but get your list and check it off — the most important thing is for you to have a happy and worry-free day.


Words: Amy Farrell

The Bridal Party: To Love, Honour, and Protect

Photo: Jon Gazzignato, Clare & Brady's Real Wedding Issue 6

In the days and months after your engagement your nearest and dearest friends are going to start looking at you with anticipation in their eyes. What are they waiting to find out? It’s definitely not your venue selection or who will be catering the reception. Their hungry eyes are waiting to see if they have made the cut for your bridal party, or the ultimate honour of best man / maid of honour. While you deliberate on your big decisions those looks will persist, and some might even be so bold as to ask the question; “So, who is going to be your maid of honour?”

What we don’t often get asked is “why a maid of honour?”

Before you choose your special few, let’s take a moment to reflect on the rich history of marriage celebrations and revel in the realisation that weddings are, at their core, beautifully bonkers.

There are a huge range of legends, myths, and superstitions shaping our modern day wedding ceremonies, many of which come from Ancient Rome. The Romans were a suspicious and paranoid lot who believed a bride and groom needed ten maids and ten men to stand by them and protect them from evil spirits. The bridal parties dressed identically in order to confuse the devilish forces and prevent them from targeting the love birds.

Other origin stories say that the parties weren’t there to chase the bad vibes away; they were there to protect the couple from dangerous dowry thieves and bride-nappers. Who might try to kidnap the bride? According to legend the tradition comes from cultures where “marriage by capture” was common. The groom’s men formed a little army to ride in and snatch up the bride from a neighbouring community or disapproving family. They had to fight off anyone that got in the way of the kidnapping and stand guard to prevent her family from trying to bride-nap her back.

If a family knew that a particular girl was going to be targeted by captors they would have her maids and servants dress identically to her. They hoped that this would confuse the little army of kidnappers and maybe they would even pinch the wrong girl.

The best man was chosen based on his skill with a sword and his fighting prowess and presumably the maid of honour was a high ranking servant, who hopefully could pass as the bride.

An amazing mix of culture, tradition, fashion and maybe even blood-soaked battle have created the roles and responsibilities our much-loved best men and maids of honour have today. Whether it be it wielding their swords to protect your life and dowry, or simply popping that champagne by your side, it’s a gesture that remains just as relevant today in recognising how special these people are to you. Let’s hope it’s just for the latter. 


Photo: ACOMA Photography, Caitlin & Jo’s Real Wedding Issue 6

Shalissa & Josh

Bruny Island, Tasmania. All the details in Issue #6 Pure Bride Magazine.
Photo Credit: Cassie Sullivan.

Monique & Will

This stunning backyard wedding was chosen as our cover in 2018. Grab a copy of Issue #6 to find out all of the details!
Photo credit: Olivia Brown Photography

New Era for Pure Bride

Well, it’s been an exciting couple of months as Pure Bride transitioned to new management!

We have been working tirelessly to get up to speed and put together a 2019 offering for our vendors, and couples! Our Expo and Magazine are scheduled for the 20th of October 2019, and we couldn’t be more excited for the year to come.

We will be refreshing the brand, introducing a heap more online content and material, as well as curating jaw-dropping and inspiring editorial features for our annual publication. We are adding new vendors to our online directory, and looking out for the best new wedding suppliers to feature as part of Pure Bride. Our media kit will be uploaded shortly through our Vendors page.
We thank you immensely for your patience over this period, and looking forward to a great year for Pure Bride.

New Director & Managing Editor

Zana Forster

Zana Forster loves guiding couples to create their own unique celebration ceremonies is incredibly rewarding and enjoyable – who doesn’t love to be around happy people! She also passionately believes that everyone has a right to love, and to celebrate that love, and she looks forward to the day when the fight for Marriage equality is history.

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Belle Bridesmaid

Belle Bridesmaid is an Australian online store specialising in bridesmaid and special occasion dresses. They aim to provide dresses that are exclusive to Australia that are modern, comfortable and suit all shapes and sizes, stocking brands exclusive to Hobart and Tasmania.

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Your Grand Event

Ashley Matthews and John Perry both have a passion for fine decoration and tasteful furnishings. They have realised that passion by bringing Tasmania the new look Sandy Bay Living.

Both having a background in retail and hospitality, Ashley and John bring a wealth of experience to the business and understand that customers want something unique, something beautiful and something of lasting quality. They wanted to give the people of Tasmania a store where they’ll find something of lasting beauty. They also understand how important it is to know the product well and to help the customer make a wise choice.

All the pieces at Sandy Bay Living are chosen for their quality and uniqueness. Ashley and John have adopted the philosophy that if they love something and would have it in their home then it’s something worth sharing with others.

When you drop into Sandy Bay Living do say hello to Ashley, John and their staff. They all love a chat and will happily explore what it is you’re after so they can guide your selections. Oh, and if you like coffee they’ll make you a complimentary cup of the finest beans!

P: 03 6224 2248
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Barilla Bay

Barilla Bay is located 15 minutes from the Hobart City and 5 minutes from the Hobart Airport. Surrounded by a serene setting and beautiful Tasmanian flora, they offer a unique experience, creating memories that will last a lifetime.

They offer a variety of different packages tailored to suit every taste and budget, and their dedicated wedding coordinator will help make your day truly memorable for you and your loved ones.

A: 1388 Tasman Highway, Cambridge
P: 6248 5458
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