Aug 06, 2018
Top Wedding Photography Locations in Sydney

Wedding photography is one of the most important parts of a wedding because it preserves timeless memories of your special day, and it captures you and your spouse at your best. Wedding photos are photos that you look on for years after they are taken, so they must look good, of course. We’ve gathered 10 most popular wedding photography location (and few hidden gems) in Sydney for your bridal portraits.

Sydney Opera House & Circular Quay 

Opera House and Circular Quay are classic photography locations with the iconic Opera House and the Harbour Bridge. If you love the city and its classic, famous landmarks, then you will love the variety you can get here. 

Things we like:

  • The Opera House and Harbour Bridge in the background
  • The black and white patterned floor at Dendy Cinemas at Circular Quay for timeless aerial photos of you. Photos feel even more grand if you have a long train or princess-style dress
  • The golden hour lighting and beautiful sunset we can often get when the sky is clear.


The Rocks & Walsh Bay 

The Rocks is almost one of the most photographed location in Sydney. Famous areas for wedding photography in The Rocks include The Observatory Hill, Lower Fort St, Argyle St, Dawes Point, Walsh Bay and some hidden alleyways. The Rocks area also a place where we can photograph a wedding from sunrise to sunset.

Things we like:

  • Observatory Hill gives a nice mix of the city skyline and beautiful trees/ nature
  • Lots of cute bars and cafes to give some character and can make for some unique shots (ex. Shooting a candid photo through a cafe window)
  • Alleyways with exposed brick give a rustic feel
  • Old buildings add some colour and quirks to your photos
  • Walsh Bay takes you up close to the Harbour Bridge.

Centennial Park

For nature lovers, Centennial Park has dreamy fields, ponds, and trees for you to take over without going too far from the city. Photos feel like an escape from reality, and nature is always a beautiful backdrop.

On your way to Centennial Park, you may also want to swing by and the Paddington Reservoir. Exposed stone brick and archways at the Paddington Reservoir adds the rustic touch.

Things we like:

  • Great variety of landscapes - from Sandstone Ridge (white bark gumtrees), Pine Grove (Pines), Paperbark Grove (paperbark gumtrees) One More Shot Pond (Willows)  to South West Paddock and Ash Paddock (long grass); you will be amazed with the diversity of landscape and flora at Centennial Park.
  • Photos in the Grasslands or Paddock make it look like the world was made just for the two of you.
  • Weeping Willow trees at the ponds are so romantic, looking like a scene straight out of a movie.


Mosman

Beautiful beaches and waterfront views of the Harbour are what make Mosman a popular photography location. It’s a nice combination of city and nature, which make for some stunning wide view and sunset shots. Also, you can’t go wrong with a beach shoot.

Things we like:

  • The bridge at Balmoral Beach--great for walking shots and shots of the whole bridal party
  • The pier at Bradley’s Head gets you right next to the water and allows for some beautiful photos of you two with the Sydney skyline behind you
  • The beach at Clifton Gardens makes for a fun and more casual photoshoot. Some photos on the bridge will have you looking like you’re straight out of an advertisement
  • Old stone brick structures at Gunner’s Barracks. The simplicity puts all the focus on you, the couple.


      Royal Botanical Gardens Sydney

      Like we’ve said before, you can’t go wrong with nature for your wedding photography. What makes the Royal Botanical Garden stand out are the different types and colours of flora you can have as your backdrop. There are some pink flowers, lavender, and even some cacti planets which add some texture and pop to your wedding photos.

      Things we like:

      • You can choose to get married in the rustic looking chapel or lawn at the premises or the local church for couple prefer a more formal ceremony.
      • Plenty of photo locations at the premises.
      • Split level of the reception hall offers aerial shots
      • You can organise lawn games for your guests during your bridal portraits session.


          Eden Gardens

          This private garden space in Macquarie Park provides a diverse range of flora, different types of gardens, and unique sculptures located throughout the gardens for wedding photography. This location may also be used as a ceremony and reception venue, which allows you to have your entire wedding in one place.

          Things we like:

          • If you’re having your wedding at close by wedding venues like Curzon Hall, Oatlands House, Lauriston House, and Epping Club, Eden Gardens is an ideal choice for you. Instead of spending an hour or so in travelling to the Botanical Gardens or Centennial Park, Eden Gardens is just minutes away.
          • Seasonal Gardens that vary throughout the year, giving you a backdrop that matches the time of year of your wedding
          • Variety of plants, flowers, and even brick structures around the garden can give a fairytale feel to your photos
          • The Eden Unearthed art exhibition. These sculptures are meant to interact well with its garden surroundings, and they add an extra artistic touch to photos.


              QVB

              If you prefer to have photos indoors or if it happens to be raining on your wedding day, then the QVB is a beautiful place to have indoor wedding photos that are more than just walls. Grand staircases, stained-glass windows, and the height allow for a lot of backdrops and variety for your wedding photography.

              Things we like:

              • The staircases. They allow us to experiment with height and add dimension for your photos, whether it is you walking down the stairs or us taking photos from above.
              • The architecture of the arches and detailed moulding add a vintage feel and make your photos feel more grand
              • Variety of coloured walls add a nice pop and stand out
              • Because it is a busy shopping centre, you can even get some great moments of you and your partner lost in your own world amidst the craziness and movement of people around you.


                Martin Place & Hyde Park

                Martin Place is one of the most well-known business and finance centres in Sydney. What makes it stand out for wedding photography are the many heritage sites and buildings surrounding the area that make one feel as if they are in a different time period. Hyde Park is just within walking distance for nature shots.

                Things we like:

                • Heritage buildings with beautiful architecture, seen in the columns, archways, and details in the buildings themselves.
                • The alleyway in Angel Place filled with hanging bird cages gives a whimsical and romantic feeling to your photos.
                • Hyde Park is great to get your shots with nature as well as some beautiful photos by the water fountains
                • St. Mary’s Cathedral is nearby if you wanted to have a traditional wedding in the city.


                Watsons Bay

                Watsons Bay is right at the tip of the South Head Peninsula, and it’s a place that gives you the beach vibes without having to get sand in your shoes. There are docks, walkways, and even the famous lighthouse that can all serve as backdrops for your wedding photography.

                Things we like:

                • You can take photos on the rocks that can have the waves crash right up to you and your spouse. This looks magical when done at sunset.
                • The docks that are in the area that would look great with walking or candid photos of you and your spouse
                • The iconic Hornby Lighthouse adds some character to your photos, as it is a heritage site.

                Barangaroo Reserve

                Barangaroo Reserve is the newest wedding photography location in Sydney. It is a waterfront venue with stunning views of the city and the Harbour Bridge as the backdrop. Barangaroo Reserve was transformed from one of Sydney’s original industrial harbours, giving it some character and rich history as well.

                Things we like:

                • The rustic looking metal wall - we love to play with the shadows falling on the wall to create some creative shots.
                • The sandstone leading into the water, allowing you to get some beautiful photos right next to the water
                • The Harbour Bridge backdrop
                • Multiple locations to also host your wedding indoors and outdoors.


                  Chasing the Light

                  This is not a specific location, but rather, it is simply prioritising lighting over the backdrop of your wedding photos. You can be in a beautiful place, but if it’s too bright or even too dim, then no one will be able to fully appreciate the backdrop or the people in it (you and your spouse). If you can, pick “golden hour” for your wedding photography session which, for photographers, is the time of day during sunrise and sunset when the sun’s hue is softer than it usually is during the day. It is considered the best time to shoot, and may also be the case for you as well!

                  Things we like:

                  • Golden hour is flattering for everyone! We can play with how the light hits your faces, your veil, or even how it creates a silhouette, creating some of the most romantic photos.
                  • The softness of photos in this light. Because the sun is softer than it is in the middle of the day, a softness is created in photos, almost giving a natural filter.
                  • Warmer colours. If you prefer warmer colours, then shooting at golden hour will give you that naturally with the colours of the sky usually being shades of orange, red, and sometimes purple.


                    In your Heart (Keep Smiling even in less than 'Perfect' Weather Conditions)

                    This one might sound a little confusing, but let’s be honest, sometimes things don’t go as we plan on your wedding day, and that includes the weather. Instead of worrying or getting upset (which will shows in your wedding photos), it is so important to stay happy and optimistic about it because it is your special day as a couple, and nothing should get in the way of that. In fact, they say rain on your wedding day is good luck!

                    Things we like:

                    • Embrace your wedding day regardless of the weather. We always say to our couples, we won’t pack our bags and have a cup of coffee if it rains on your wedding day. Facial expression is the most important element in wedding photography. So, just keep smiling and enjoy your big day.
                    • Umbrellas. These are a prop that can create some unique wedding photos. Clear umbrellas can show a sneak peek of you two kissing through the rain. They can create a sense of cosiness and intimacy if the both of you are holding the umbrella tight and staying close. The possibilities are endless.
                    • Lighting in the rain. Even though rain is seen as a downside most of the time, rainy weather sometimes also has the best lighting. Whilst we love to manipulate lights on a sunny day, we also embrace soft lighting on your wedding day to create some soft and romantic looking photos.

                    In short, hire an experienced wedding photographer who can shoot in beautiful sunny weather as well as in gloomy rainy weather. Then, weather is the last thing you need to worry on your wedding day. And you can just enjoy every moment of your wedding day by knowing that your wedding photographer won’t let you down.

                      For more wedding photography locations, visit our Wedding Photography gallery.

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