Fiona and Nick took advantage of my very flexible wedding photography packages to have me at their St Francis Winery wedding for 7 hours. The day went very well, with all guests enjoying themselves immensely. This was helped along as Fiona and Nick had a very laid back and fun personality which was reflected by their wedding and the weather was absolutely splendid, but very sunny. I actually live within walking distance from the St Francis Winery and had been looking forward to being their wedding photographer there since they booked me.
Both Fiona and Nick were prepared in the St Francis Winery accommodation, with both the groomsmen and bridal party being prepared at the same time, so I was walking in between rooms and the winery grounds. The groomsmen started out by playing a bit of AFL marks up out on the grass before donning their finery, as the bridesmaids were putting on their makeup. It’s been a while since I saw groomsmen in top hats and tails, but credit to the boys for wearing such an outfit on the very warm day. The bridal party were confined to their room as they did not want anyone to be able to see Fiona’s dress before the wedding ceremony.
St Francis Winery Wedding Ceremony
The St Francis Winery, located down south of Adelaide in Old Reynella is one of the original wineries in the famed southern Adelaide wine district. Originally owned by Reynella’s namesake, John Reynell and his family from 1869 to the early 1940’s the winery has been transformed into a 41 suite resort situated on 5 acres overlooking Lake Carew Reynell and built around the circa 1852 winery building. The suites are built surrounding a lovely courtyard grassy area with lovely old brick walls and wooden railings. The whole area feels beautifully rustic, while still being modern. The wedding ceremony itself took place next to the lake on the larger grassy area outside of the main banquet hall.
After the ceremony we roamed around the St Francis Winery’s land taking advantage of the gardens, and in particular the wonderful weeping willows situated around the lake. They provided an amazing backdrop breaking up the very harsh sunlight beating down on us.
Fiona and Nick’s entire wedding took place within the grounds of the St Francis Winery. Including their reception.They had booked out the two banquet halls, turning one hall into a dancefloor, while the other was filled with sit down tables for their guests. I did not have a lot of time at their reception, but I did manage to capture the important moments, including the cutting of the cake, their first dance and all their speeches.
I;d like to thank Fiona and Nick for having me as their wedding photographer, and I hope they enjoy their wedding photography!