Amy And Aaron were wed at the historic Mt Lofty House on a cloudy day in October. Despite the less than favourable weather for such a lofty (sic) location, Amy and Aaron had a wonderfully memorable day, full of love and joy displayed by all who attended. They opted to take advantage of my flexible hourly coverage option, having me as their wedding photographer for much of the day.
The original plan was to have me take photos of Aaron and his entourage for a while before heading over to Amy and her bridal party. But Aaron was running a little late so I went over to the girls first. Amy was being prepared in the beautiful old cottage run by Mt Lofty House across the road. The House provided a wonderfully rustic vibe throughout. Was a wonderful place to take photos in 🙂
Once the boys turned up, we walked around the gardens that surround Mt Lofty House to take a few pre-wedding photos. As the boys had already got dressed, preparation photos were limited to the application of their causages and adjusting of ties. As is often the case, the boys had a bit of trouble applying their flowers, but thankfully the wonderful staff were on hand to help out.
Mt Lofty House wedding ceremony
Despite the weather being quite windy and chilly, the guests were kept waiting a little bit before Amy arrived – as per tradition, but perhaps not by design. 🙂 Their wedding ceremony took place on a little outcrop of grass overlooking the valley adjacent to Mt Lofty. It’s a beautiful setting, and one which any guests to a wedding at Mt Lofty House will remember for some time.
Mt Lofty House was built between 1852 and 1856, originally serving as a summer residence for the Hardy family, and later their permanent home. The Hardy’s estate at the time included the land now known as the nearby botanic gardens and numerous small buildings and cottages, now used as accommodation.
The Ash Wednesday bushfires in 1983 destroyed all but the stone walls on the property after having just been purchased by a young couple 2 weeks earlier. The devastated new owners sold Mount Lofty Estate without ever taking residence here. The ruined property was sold to a local architect who began the restoration into a boutique hotel, recreating its former splendour which we today know as the current Mt Lofty House.
Surrounding the hotel are splendid green gardens, perfectly suited for wedding photography so I made good use of the opportunity! The surrounding area even boasts a small vineyard and the interior of the house is wonderfully opulent, which was good as the weather outside was not ideal to be in for long periods.
Mt Lofty House wedding reception
The hotel has built a small canvass-covered area suitable for hosting weddings if the weather turns bad, and it also doubles as the venue’s dance floor. It connects to a small, intimate dining area complete with bar and open fireplace. The area makes for a classy place to hold a wedding reception. Amy and Aaron impressed their guests with a wonderfully choreographed first dance, complete with well executed twirls and heartfelt hugs. 🙂
Before I left at the end of the night, we went for one last walk around the property to make use of the building at twilight for a few more photos.
I certainly had a lot of fun at Amy and Aaron’s wedding as their wedding photographer, and I wish them all the best for the rest of their lives together!