Saturday, 27 September 2014


Art Direction / Styling / Production:  Karissa Fanning  / The LANE
Photography:  Ali Mitton
Hair & Makeup:  Abbey Love
Location:  Fingal Headland, NSW Australia
Model:  Ksenia - Chic Management
Dresses:   Amanda Garrett // Jane Hill // Collette Dinnigan //  Jennifer Gifford 
Flowers and Floral Accessories:  B Sweet Flowers (headpiece, LEI & Bouquet)
A Combination of my Favourite Ever shoot by Ali Mitton and my Favourite Ever illustrations by Kelly Smith for the best Ever Wedding blog / website The Lane . Lately I've Managing Director Really a big Fan of this Colour palette using Vibrant berry & plum Tones in Contrast with bridal white and delicate Lace. To Immerse your eyes in More of THESE beautiful images, see the full shoot over on The Lane .

Friday, 26 September 2014


Rose Tinted Photography

I have been in Wuhan, China with my husband for just over five weeks and so far it's been really great. We have always wanted to know what it is like to live in an apartment building in the central city, not forever, but for a time in our lives. We have a one room studio apartment (with separate bathroom that has a western toilet). The space is perfect for a couple who do not need a lot of space. Check out the view from our balcony!

Living in China has so far been an amazing experience and we love the buzz of being in the city. Sure it can be noisy with the endless horns beeping and the constant construction sounds. But how great is it to leave your building and immediately be amongst it. We are close to many great places to eat out and it's so cheap that we often do. We are picking up on our Chinese enough to be able to order for ourselves. 

I must admit, I have not taken as many photo's as I should, but I promise I will post some before too long. Part of the reason is because it's a pain lugging a DSLR camera around when your main mode of transportation is your feet. I also feel there's a difference though between visiting a place and living in a place. When you're visiting, you only have the one opportunity to capture the sites that you see, but when you have made roots for the next couple of years, it seems unnecessary to record it all. In saying that, I do realize the importance of capturing memories in the form of a photograph, but only if it's not getting in the way of you seeing/experiencing it first hand.

Thursday, 25 September 2014


Love the colours in this flower crown! The mixture of wild berry tones with silvery eucalyptus leaf work beautifully together. This particular crown now lives in France with one lucky girl who received this as a gift from my darling friend who is now working there as an Au Pair.  

Friday, 19 September 2014

Tuesday, 16 September 2014


On our way to China, my husband and I decided to have a little holiday in between. We visited the beautiful city of Melbourne which is known for being the most liveable city in the world! Initially we were hoping to go to the Gold Coast to visit Louis' sister and our two gorgeous nephews, but unfortunately it was just too expensive. So we decided on our second choice in Melbourne which was more in line with the flight path to Asia.

I have always wanted to visit Melbourne as it is renowned for being a very creative and vibrant city. There is such a great atmosphere in the Metropolis with stunning architecture in various but complimenting styles. The musicians that played on the streets were top notch and had serious talent. They were so much more than your usual buskers with a profound skill.

It was amazing to catch up with some good friends who have recently moved there from NZ in the last few months. We had dinner along the river with the sounds of an incredible jazz saxophonist providing the soundtrack for the evening. It was a truly wonderful way to spend a Saturday night.

We were so blessed to have some friends (Hi Tom & Kate!) to house us during our stay in a close by suburb of Bacchus Marsh. Louis had previously stayed with them on a work trip when a few teachers and some students had crossed the ditch to visit their sister school. They really went above and beyond to make us feel at home. Kate even took a day off work to take us to the Zoo and Manor House at Werribee Park.

We had such a great time in Melbourne and I would highly recommend a visit if you haven't already. The CBD is easy to get around and we took great advantage of the free tram service that loops around the inner city. There is so much to see and do!

Sunday, 14 September 2014


So I know I said I would disappear for a couple of months, but I think just one month was long enough for me to get settled into living in China. I'm excited to get back into blogging and creating new work.

So far I have completed two weeks of working as an English teacher in the city of Wuhan. I'm really enjoying helping the gorgeous kids learn a new language. This past week we had a national "Teacher's Day" celebration where the children bring their Teacher's gifts such flowers and chocolates (two of my favourite things!).The pictured carnations are just a few of the many flowers I was given.

I'm enjoying being creative again (one month is too long). I have already picked up some watercolour paints and happily spent the majority of my Saturday working on some wedding invitations for a beautiful friend.

My husband Louis and I also ventured to Melbourne, Australia on our way to China, and I look forward to sharing some of the images from our trip here soon.