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Across The Forest: An unexpectedly perfect pairing

Beatrice Smith

Illustration and wedding photography might not seem like the most obvious pairing.

But as Anton and Raya (aka Raisa) Kross from Across The Forest can attest, it’s a match made in heaven.

Originally from Russia, the couple chased the Australian weather and lifestyle across the globe and are now based in Lavender Bay, Sydney but travel all over Australia and beyond to photograph weddings and tell stories in pictures. Anton is behind the camera while Raya’s watercolours add a highly personalised touch to wedding stationery.


Raya says her favourite part of creating unique stationary is “working with people who love what I do and who are in love,” to make their celebration extra special and unique, and “being able to create something that embodies the two of them and the love they share for each other.”

Illustration by Raya

Illustration by Raya

When they met, Raya says she saw Anton’s nature and “who he is right away” and encouraged him to follow his passion. That is how Anton’s hobby became his profession and a decade later they capture memories together and adore everything about it.

As a storyteller, Anton is passionate about capturing beautiful and natural photographs, without posing or interrupting moments. Together, the couple photograph every part of the day as it unfolds to show the full story of a celebration in pictures that will be cherished forever.


“In Canberra you can find lots of locations with heartbreaking views and sceneries,” Anton says. “The skies are always spectacular and every place just 15-20 minutes away. It’s a wonderful city and so many amazing people live here.”


So what’s their favourite place in Canberra for wedding photographs?

“It’s so hard to choose only one, but I would go with the Arboretum. Stunning views, open field and beautiful forest arias,” says Anton. “Whatever the weather it will never disappoint – rain or wind or sunshine with dramatic skies over breathtaking views of mountain cascades – I can’t get enough of it!”


It’s no surprise really, with the shots that they’ve captured here, like this one from Soraya and Andrew’s wedding.

As for their advice for couples on their big day?

“Trust your gut and the vendors you have chosen to make your big day special and as you wanted it to be,” they say. “Then, don’t forget to take a moment to stand back and take it all in – the day goes by so quickly!”


You’ll be able to meet Anton and Raisa and find out more about Across The Forest at their stall at HerCanberra’s UNVEILED The Event on Saturday 3 June at the National Portrait Gallery.

They’ll be available to chat wedding photography, illustration and stationery so don’t hesitate to drop past their stall and say hello!

You can also find them on Instagram at Across The Forest and Raisa Kross Illustrations and on their website.


Beatrice Smith

Bea loves that her job as HerCanberra’s Online Editor involves eating, drinking and interviewing people - sometimes simultaneously. The master of HerCanberra’s publishing schedule, she’s usually found hunched over a huge calendar muttering to herself about content balance. Otherwise, you’ll find her at the movies or ordering a cheese board. More about the Author

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