It was a warm, sunny day on the day of Xavier and Ryan’s wedding at the Stockade Botanical Park. Aside from a small hiccup where their celebrant didn’t arrive until the last second, and some killer mosquitoes, the entire day went really well. In fact judging the smiles on both Xavier and Ryan’s faces the entire day I doubt very much they even noticed. Xavier and Ryan opted to take advantage of my flexible hourly rates to commission me as their wedding photographer, so I was with them from the beginning of their ceremony until mid way through their reception at the Mawson Lakes hotel.
Stockade Botanical Park wedding ceremony
Xavier and Ryan were wed in front of the Stockade Botanical Park’s small rotunda after having Xavier walk up the wonderful rose-lined path leading to it. They were very lucky with the lack of random on lookers during the ceremony, despite the marvellous weather, as the park is open to the public, and what a wonderful little park it is!
The Stockade Botanical Park boasts a large man-made waterfall which cascades into a little pool at it’s bottom. It’s such a shame that such a beautiful waterfall is shut off behind a hideous fence though! It’s ok though as just in front of the falls are some stupendous small gardens perfectly suited to getting some bush-bashing photos that turned out absolutely stunning!
Named for the nearby small stockade which has fallen into disrepair, the parkland was created to fill what was a rather ugly unused rock quarry for the local residents. The park contains numerous public art installations and a wonderful green backdrop for weddings.
Mawson Lakes Hotel wedding reception
Xavier and Ryan’s wedding reception was held at the Mawson lakes Hotel nearby. Ther reception hall is wonderfully set up with a lit backdrop for the bridal table, along with ample sitting area for a large wedding, or a lounge area along with a dance floor. Xavier and Ryans guests were obviously full of love for them as the whole day was a beautifully happy affair with smiles everywhere one could see, it was a lot of fun and I’m so glad I was a part of it!