As you can imagine, being professional wedding photographers we get to see our fair share of weddings ceremonies! We love the variety we experience photographing so many weddings and even though our work may take us to some of the same venues and locations in and around Melbourne and sometimes further afield for destination weddings, each is truly a unique experience for us. We work with so many different couples, each with a unique love story that provides the backdrop to their day and sets the tone to put their own particular flair on their celebration.
Not only do we get to photograph perhaps the happiest moment of our client’s lives, but we are privy to a lot of the decision making leading up to the special day. In fact, we love getting to know our couples and building a special rapport with them so that on the day we are more like old friends rather than just another vendor turning up to provide a service for their day – we are after all with them for most of the day and looking in on some rather amazing emotional and tender moments! So we want to know their plans for the entire day to capture the true essence of their relationship and to ensure those special touches that they have put so much effort into organising do not go unnoticed by our lenses!
Greek Orthodox wedding ceremony St Cutherbert's Chapel in Menzies Creek is a quaint little chapel in the Dandenong Ranges. St Paul's Cathedral, Melbourne
One significant aspect that we like to have as much information on as possible before the big day is the wedding ceremony. Generally by the time our couples come to see us about their wedding photography, they already have a pretty good idea about the type of ceremony and where it will be held. But we sometimes hear the stories of how difficult it was to arrive at that decision. Nowadays there is ample choice on where to have your ceremony, whether that be a traditional religious service in your family’s place of worship, a more relaxed beach or garden civil ceremony or a sophisticated cocktail affair held in an art gallery or museum. Having all this choice at your finger tips is great but sometimes too much choice can make it difficult to arrive at a decision, particularly if you’re also filtering different opinions and advice from family and friends - it can all start to become a little overwhelming.
Our biggest tip would be not to lose sight on what the day is all about – a celebration of who you both are and the life you are sharing together – so it follows that the day should be a reflection of your style, your personality and your love. A great way to approach it all is to think about a ceremony location that says something about you as a couple irrespective of how large or small, simple or elaborate.
For instance, one of our couples walked their dogs along the beach each day, they loved to do it and it became a sacred time when they would often talked about important life issues without being interrupted by other everyday routine events – so they got married on a beach!
St Kilda beach wedding ceremony
Wedding ceremony at St Kilda beach
West Beach Bathers Pavilion was chosen for the wedding ceremony of Belinda and Peter. Their celebrant was family friend Greg Evans previously the host of 'Perfect Match'. Photos were taken on the beach at sunset and also in and around the West Beach Bathers Pavilion.
Another couple lived and worked in the country so wanted a country backdrop to their ceremony – they were married in the beautiful gardens of a homestead on a working property. The added bonus was the bride was able to bring her beloved horse on site so that he could feature in some of the photographs afterward.
Narmbool Homestead made for a fabulous backdrop for Rachel and Jason's wedding
Rachel and Jason chose the gorgeous Narmbool Homestead as their wedding ceremony venue partially as the property allowed their horse to feature in some of their photos Rachel and Jason chose the gorgeous Narmbool Homestead as their wedding ceremony venue partially as the property allowed their horse to feature in some of their photos
Another couple wanted a warm, relaxed feel to their ceremony, that real holiday, carefree, party vibe… so they got married at a resort. It just so happened that the resort was also an overseas island destination so it doubled as a holiday getaway for family and friends. Perfect for everyone to kick up their heels!
Mitchell and Megan were married at sunset on the island paradise of Boracay in the Phillipines surrounded by their family and friends. Mitchell and Megan were married at sunset on the island paradise of Boracay in the Phillipines surrounded by their family and friends.
And yet another couple wanted a small and intimate affair with just family overlooking the city skyline and paying homage to the place where they live, fell in love and were about to start their family.
A beautiful wedding ceremony overlooking the Melbourne city skyline, illuminated by the golden rays of a late autumn sunset. A beautiful wedding ceremony overlooking the Melbourne city skyline, illuminated by the golden rays of a late autumn sunset. Wineries are a popular choice nowadays because they often allow for the ceremony and reception to be held in the one location. So if you love good wine and food this may just be the option for you.
Tram Trak winery in the beautiful Yarra Valley at sunset provided the stunning backdrop for this simple and elegant wedding ceremony, followed by a sumptuous reception at Zonzo Winery Restaurant Tram Trak winery in the beautiful Yarra Valley at sunset provided the stunning backdrop for this simple and elegant wedding ceremony, followed by a sumptuous reception at Zonzo Winery Restaurant
Then there are our couples that choose a more traditional and religious format – their ceremony is full of the beautiful customs and rituals, demonstrating a continued dedication to their faith as they build a life together.
Chris and Erin were married at the Holy Rosary Catholic Parish in Kensington. Chris and Erin were married at the Holy Rosary Catholic Parish in Kensington.
Once you have determined the style and feel of the ceremony location there are a few other tips just to keep in mind before locking in a venue. For instance, while outdoor ceremonies offer their own energy and sense of mood some considerations may include:
Other considerations, whether these be for an indoor or outdoor ceremony at any setting or location include:
Krystel and Adam were married in the gardens of Poet's Lane Receptions in the Dandenong Ranges on a beautiful summer's day. Mitchell and Megan were married at sunset on the island paradise of Boracay in the Phillipines surrounded by their family and friends.