You’ve spent endless hours organising, planning, and preparing for your big day, so it’s only fair that you find some killer locations to capture all your hard work. After all, if social media has taught us anything, it’s that having a picturesque background can make or break any shot.
The Grounds of Alexandria
Not only are The Grounds a popular wedding venue, but it’s also a stunning location for the wedding shots. If you’re a fan of the outdoorsy, rustic look, then this is the place to be. Decked out in fairy lights and gorgeous flowers, the Grounds is an a great location to take some snaps without having to worry about the weather or wind too much. There are a variety of different settings around The Grounds, from the petting zoo to the gorgeous courtyard, so you’ll be spoiled for choice.
The Hunter Valley is one of the most camera friendly spots around Sydney, with its open green spaces and wineries. The Hunter is a great choice if you want to be in an intimate space and be away from the rush of the inner city. Again, this is the ultimate choice for a couple who prizes the rustic aesthetic. Take the ultimate wedding photo lying in the grass, or surround yourself with the gorgeous vineyards for a classic snap.
If you weren’t able to have a beach wedding, it doesn’t mean that you can’t still have those idyllic wedding photos by the ocean. Head over to the north shore around sunset to be umbrellaed by colourful skies and long shadows. Being close to the sea also means that you will be gifted some natural winds to show off the layers in your hair and your dress. If you’re having a beach wedding here, then make sure you get photos at all times of the day so you can see the full spectrum of beach beauty.
Sydney Opera House
Recognised worldwide, the Sydney Opera House has plenty of photo opportunities for newly weds. With the ability to get close to the famous architecture, no matter which side or angle you opt to take, the Opera House is one of the most sought after features in ideal wedding photography. And, if you want to get some variety, just walk further down the harbour to also include the Harbour Bridge in the background of your photos.
For those couples who want to be a little more casual and have some fun in their shots, Luna Park is the place to be. With the ability to reserve some of the rides for your wedding crew, you can grab some gorgeous shots on the ferris wheel or merry-go-round, making for some playful moments. This will bring out your inner child and make the photos a lot of fun to show to any future kids.
Surrounded by 16 hectares of gorgeous vegetation, Hyde Park is filled with several hidden alleyways and hideaway grounds to get some intimate shots, but is also home to the iconic Archibald Fountain and various theme gardens. Particularly popular during the night for photo opportunities, the street lamps and subtle fountain lights make for the perfect dusky photos surrounded by greenery.
The Blue Mountains
For the more adventurous of couples, Blue Mountains is filled with exciting locations to get some stunning natural shots. Whether it’s near a waterfall or with the Three Sisters in the background, the gorgeous landscape of the Mountains makes for extremely vibrant photos. You’ll get fantastic photos no matter what the weather or time of day is like. With a cozy vibe, the surrounding cafes and historical architectural buildings also add a touch of homeliness and simplicity to your album.
An historic area filled with some of Australia’s oldest pubs, and with views that can span across the harbour to the Opera House, the Rocks is a great location for brides and grooms to make memories.The sandstone high walls and stairs make for a simple, yet interesting, backdrop for your snaps. And being in walking distance from Circular Quay makes this a particularly attractive location for those who want a variety of accessible backgrounds.
Nestled in the city centre, Observatory Hill is surrounded by jaw dropping panoramic views of the city and harbour. The parkland itself has plenty of rustic benches, ageing trees and beautiful greenery. It is also generally less populated than some of the other locations on this list, so you won’t be rushed to take your shots. Not only will you get some great happy snaps, but you and your guests can enjoy the unique view of Sydney city, the harbour, and the Bridge. And the best news of all, it’s free!