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BEST WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY LOCATIONS IN MELBOURNE

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Following on from my recent blog post giving my opinions on the best wedding photography locations in Sydney, a few of my upcoming Melbourne brides wanted my take on what Melbourne had to offer in terms of locations. So, here’s my take on the best wedding photography locations in the city that also serves the best coffee in Australia…

 

Parliament House

Columns really are my thing. Parliament House of Victoria is my favourite place to shoot in Melbourne for its enviable, white, stone columns and sweeping stairs that any Sydney bride (and her photographer) would die for. It really is a magnificent and classically designed building suited to the most breathtaking and glamourous weddings. There is also some great photo opportunities outside Hotel Windsor, and down a few of the side streets close by (pictured below) and if you're peckish, stop by for the best pasta in town at Pellegrini's.

Parliment House is conveniently located on the corner of Spring and Bourke streets which is great if your reception is nearby, but being in the centre of town, parking can be hard. If at all possible, get your photographer to travel with you. This spot can also be busy with lots of foot traffic, but the wait is worth it for key images.

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Victoria Barracks

Victoria Barracks is a beautiful bluestone building conveniently located on St Kilda Road just south of the National Gallery of Victoria. If you’re planning an autumn or early winter wedding, the vines that stretch along the bluestone walls will have turned an amazing gold and red which will really add some warmth to your images (as well as bringing luck and warding off evil spirits if you’re into that kind of thing). Traffic here is easier than CBD locations such as Parliament House so you should be able to get a carpark out front. It is also close to inner southern suburb wedding venues like Metropolis.

To use this venue, apply for a free permit (through the Department of Defence) which involves getting the names and addresses of everyone attending, but it’s easy enough and worth the effort to not risk a fine. This is a great option for greenery, especially if paired with the Shrine of Remembrance.

Contact: 1300 333 362

 

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Shrine of Remembrance

Just across the road from the Victoria Barracks is the Shrine of Remembrance. Pairing these two great locations will give your wedding images a great mix of bluestone buildings and manicured tree lined avenues. The Shrine of Remembrance also allows for a great wedding car image – a very regal option.

 

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Niagara Lane

When everyone thinks of laneways in Melbourne they think of Hosier Lane in the heart of Melbourne CBD, but we find it too overbearing, bright and always full of people. Instead we love Niagara Lane. It is a cobbled laneway that boasts early nineteenth century warehouses and colourful street art in the offshoot lanes. The beautiful heritage redbrick buildings, complete with original pulleys and hooks add character to your wedding images without the crowds of Hosier Lane. Also just a short walk away you’ll come across Melbourne GPO, which has beautiful white stone arched walkways.Definitely get your photographer to travel with you for this spot.

 

 

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University of Melbourne (Quad)

The picturesque grounds and period architecture of the University of Melbourne are hard to beat. Anyone is able to arrange for a permit but they are in high demand and come at a fee - $473 (including GST) for external clients and $264 (including GST) for current and former staff and students of the University. Also keep in mind that due to the large number of people on campus, permits are not issued on weekdays or on Saturdays and Sundays when key University events (such as Graduations, Open Day) are taking place. To apply you’ll need to fill out the permit on their website.

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Labassa Mansion

Labassa is an outstanding Victorian era mansion with opulent architectural features. Listed as one of the national trusts, the Labassa is regarded as a must visit spot in Caulfield, but apart from that, it is also one of the most sought-after wedding photo locations in Melbourne. The grand mansion features a central staircase which is excellent for wedding photos. However, being a National Trust with high popularity, the permit fee is about $800 for one hour.

Contact: (03) 9527 6295

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Australian Centre for Contemporary Art

If you want a big focus on your bridal cars, you can’t go past the ACCA. It is well located just minutes from the CBD in Melbourne’s Arts Precinct in Southbank and is very close to Victoria Barracks.

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That's some of our fav locations that are realistic within most wedding timeframes in Melbourne, but for couples sessions, we offer out-of-Melbourne locations too.

If you would like to chat further about planning your photography locations or have any questions, please contact us info@imagehausweddings.com.

BEST WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY LOCATIONS IN SYDNEY

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Wedding planning is exciting, new territory but there is a lot to consider. It is probably the first time you will think about the photography value of a location. The task of selecting wedding photography locations is important and can be daunting, so here is my take…

 

The University of Sydney

For a traditional and regal wedding shoot, visit the University of Sydney. This location has so many stately shoot options, not just the Quadrangle. We capture images from outside The Great Hall, and on the steps. As well as inside near the vined doorways and on the grass in the Quadrangle. You can also book the opening to the Quadrangle and get a car shot there too. The popularity of this venue means you need to book in a time slot (details below), so keep that in mind when planning. It will be busy and there will be a lot of foot traffic, but it is worth persevering.

To book contact: Nina McIntosh (University Venues Officer) via nina.mcintosh@sydney.edu.au or 02 8627 4667.

The Great Hall at the University of Sydney is one of our favourite wedding reception locations to shoot. See Images Above & below.

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The Rocks

Add The Rocks to your list if you like aged concrete backdrops with a European vibe and tree lined shots. Easy parking and minimal foot traffic here means more time for taking photos and less time providing crowd control. We often take extra time to do some solo portraits with the Bride here, and sometimes the Bridal Party can enjoy a few drinks across the road and watch on if time permits. There is also a great spot under the Harbour Bridge for a car shot, or at the end of the road it can cater for multiple car shots overlooking the water and Harbour Bridge.

The Rocks is one of our favourites, See Images below.

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Observatory Hill

For great sunsets, schedule time at Observatory Hill. In fact, pair Observatory Hill with The Rocks to give your shots a mix of architecture and nature finishing with a sunset on the hill – it is only a five-minute walk between the two under the Harbour Bridge. There is a place at the end of the road that can cater for multiple cars in shot here too.

See some of our images below shot at Observatory Hill.

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Sydney Opera House

If some light rain is forecast for your wedding day, think about heading to the Sydney Opera House. Cloudy skies mean less tourists, so you’ll be able to get some epic shots of a clean Opera House. Even on a sunny day it’s perfect, if there are people around, our team will ask them to move, and they are normally more than happy to do so for weddings. We also love using the textured walls of the Opera House up close too, so your shots will not be all about the iconic building but also about the textures. Parking is hard here, so your photographer should ride along with you. We can take wedding photos on-site without prior a fee here, but keep in mind that we will need to seek approval for wedding cars to be taken on site.

The Sydney Opera House also houses one of our favourite wedding reception locations to photograph. I'll be posting a Sydney Venues post soon.

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Paddington Reservoir

For a lovely relaxed spot to shoot, with low traffic generally, choose Paddington Reservoir. With a bit of extra space, you will really have time to relax and settle into the shoot. You may end up being in the company of a few other weddings but don’t let this worry you, we can take turns. We particularly like to use the metal chairs and the form-set modern concrete as props. It is a more modern and minimal version of The Rocks in terms of aesthetics. From a photographer’s point of view, it is best used on days that are not too dark as it is below ground level. But we can always change locations at the last moment while we watch the weather for you on the day.

More images below shot at Paddington Reservoir.

 

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Art Gallery of New South Wales

If you’re after columns, the Art Gallery of NSW and the State Library have the best in Sydney. Parking is easier at the Gallery than at the Library, and the Gallery also has the paragon out the front. The Art Gallery can be busy with lots of foot traffic, but the wait is worth it for a few key images through the columns overlooking the park. See below.

 

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Martin Place

At the very centre of the city, Martin Place offers some really versatile options for your wedding photography. It features lovely columns and less foot traffic than the
Art Gallery but also offers more modern architecture among the nearby laneways and shopfronts. The open mall, shaded areas and undercover archways mean we can easily shoot here in any type of weather and at any time of the day. Additionally, the fact that it is nearby many other great photography locations, and that we don’t need a permit, means we can keep this option up our sleeve to work with the weather on the day.  Parking is hard here, so it's best to let your photographer travel with you. More images below.

 

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Bradley’s Head

If your wedding is on the North Shore, or if you have time to spare, Bradley’s Head is unbeatable for the sunset and is one of our favourites. From here you can see the city skyline while perched above the water with a beautiful rocky outlook. Parking can be hard at Bradley’s Head, so get your photographer to travel with you for this location. The beauty of this spot means it can be hard to secure, and you’ll need to book well ahead (details below), but it is worth it.

To book contact: events.nationalparks@environment.nsw.gov.au or (02) 9585 6570

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That's some of our fav locations that are realistic within most wedding timeframes in Sydney, but for couples sessions, we offer out-of-sydney locations too.

If you would like to chat further about planning your photography locations or have any questions, please contact us info@imagehausweddings.com.