The Holy Trinity, Showcasing Helena Couture Designs And Team Of Brisbane Wedding Industry Professionals

Holy Trinity Church

Holy Trinity Church Is A Heritage-Listed Anglican Church At 141 Brookes Street, Fortitude Valley, City Of Brisbane, Queensland, Australia.

A few years back, I was lucky enough to be invited to collaborate in a bridal shoot at this beautifully peaceful location and I felt like I was taken back in time, upon entering.  When I walked through the solid wooden doors and stood in the entry with the sun light hitting me through the many stain glass windows, the outside world disappeared and the spectacular splendor of the Holy Trinity rose up before me in all her glory.

Whether you are religious, spiritual, or neither, you can not escape the reverence the Holy Trinity exudes, and I wanted to share this experience with others. This time I wanted to include more of the history and detail of this beautiful old heritage-listed building, while showcasing my dress, Flamenco, along with the harmonious unity the other vendors brought with their product and service.

There were other reasons I wanted to do this shoot.  The first I have already just stated.

The second was to showcase a more formal shoot, but still with a little playfulness, such as when the models eat a piece of their wedding cake.  Many of my shoots of late have been in a more causal environment and I wanted to do something with more depth and spirituality.

The third is the most important to me in today’s economic environment and that is the massive downturn of the wedding industry and everything wedding related, in 2020.   Many industries have suffered, due to COVID-19 and the emotional and mental state of some of the people from these industries too.  I am a creative person and my career is my passion.  I was lucky to be able to immerse myself into my work for several months, but many other creatives were unable to do that.  By organising this shoot, one of many in such a short space of time, was to re-energise the people involved and give them hope and know that there is light at the end of this tunnel and by sharing our journey with the viewers, I hope it also gives them hope and know that as we come through the other side in 2021, we are still here, stronger than ever to do what we do best.

I invited some local Brisbane industry professionals to collaborate with me on this shoot and to showcase their work, with the only requirement be that their product or service reflects the atmosphere of Flamenco and the Holy Trinity.

I contacted Kylie, from Kylie Williams Photography, who had photographed some of my wedding dresses for Queensland Brides Magazine, several years back; I explained my vision and the rest of the shoot just fell into place.

Polina, my female model had already been fitted for the dress; Barrington our male model was fitted on the day of the shoot at Urbbana; Hollywood Brides had the hair and makeup inspiration all sorted; the dessert from The French Patisserie in Toowong, I knew would be divine, as I’ve tasted their desserts before; and the flowers from Garden Graffiti, I knew would be uniquely creative and beautiful, as Kat has never let me down, when it comes to her floral arrangements and this time was no different.

A Brief History Of Holy Trinity, Fortitude Valley, Brisbane.

A small history of Holy Trinity, Fortitude Valley Bricks and mortar The Church Holy Trinity Church in Fortitude Valley was completed in 1877 and is a fine example of an early Anglican Church (then Church of England) in Brisbane. Holy Trinity Parish was formed in 1856 and encompassed the areas of Fortitude Valley, Bowen Hills, and New Farm. It extended west to Enoggera and north to Sandgate.

Rectory taken about 1910

Holy Trinity, Fortitude Valley, Brisbane

The present church land was granted to the parish in 1857 and the first Trinity Church, a small stone building was built that same year. During the 1870s, as Fortitude Valley’s population boomed, the decision was made to construct a new, larger church on the site to accommodate the growing congregation.

Architect FDG Stanley (serving as Queensland Colonial Architect at the time) was engaged to design the church. The completed church (minus the chancel) was formally opened by Bishop Mathew Hale on 21 July 1877. The style of the building was early English Gothic, with a gable roof, arched doorways, lancet windows, and stained glass. On the interior an arcade of cast iron pillars, define the edges of the nave and support the clerestory walls and roof. The ceiling structure of hammer beam roof trusses is exposed, and the ceiling is lined with diagonal timber boards.

In 1921 the chancel, modified from Stanley’s original design, was completed, enlarging the church to its present size. A pipe organ was installed in 1924 and in 1929 a stone reredos (an ornamental screen covering the wall at the back of an altar), designed by architect Lange Powell and carved by AL Petrie, was added.

The rectory A substantial two-story brick rectory with wide timber verandahs was constructed next to the church in 1889, also designed by Stanley.

The hall in 1891 the original church building was demolished, and a new brick Sunday School/hall constructed in its place. Designed by diocesan architect JH Buckeridge, it featured a timber framed spire with louvered ventilator openings. The buildings today, the church complex remains intact, surrounded by mature trees, and provides a peaceful oasis in the heart of
the Valley.

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I would like to thank my team of creative industry professionals, who helped turn my dream, this shoot, into a reality…

Holy Trinity

Kylie Williams Photography

Garden Graffiti

Men’s Attire:

Hollywood Brides

Men’s Attire:

Hollywood Brides

The French Patisserie

Polina & Barrington

Dress/Accessories/Shoot Coordinator:
Helena Couture Designs

Some of the chalk hearts representing days the church was close during COVID-19.

Our young second shooter Tahana was also able to capture some great shots too. Enjoy what she saw through her eyes…

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