Adelaide Botanic Garden Wedding – Jackie & David

Jackie and David’s wedding was blessed with beautiful weather throughout their ceremony and when backed by the wonderful scenery of the Adelaide Botanic Garden, it made for a wedding that was an absolute joy to be a wedding photographer at! Jackie and David were particularly lucky with the weather due to the crazy Adelaide weather we were experiencing throughout January, but it turned out absolutely perfect for them. I was actually called up the day before to cover this wedding, so I was very pleased to have had no other booking on their day to photograph them!

Preparation

As Jackie and David opted to take advantage of my flexible hourly-based wedding photography package, I was asked to cover about an hour of Jackie’s preparation at a home just outside the city. The time was mostly spent running after the children and getting them ready, and then having the dress put on just before we were due to leave for the Botanic Garden.

Adelaide Botanic Garden Wedding Ceremony

Jackie and David’s wedding ceremony took place on a grassy hill overlooking the central Botanic Garden cafe and adjacent lake. The bridal party were protected from the harsh sun somewhat by a shadow cast by a nearby gum tree, which was good otherwise they would have struggled with the heat. It was the first time I had photographed a wedding taking place at this location within the Botanic Garden, with previous weddings I’ve covered taking place closer to the north terrace entrance. This area provided for a far nicer backdrop however and looked lovely.

Glamour Photos

Directly after the ceremony, and the group photos the bridal party and I walked around the botanic garden for around an hour to take some glamour photos. As the sun was quite low in the sky, I was particularly focused on using the incredible foliage the gardens provide to incorporate some sun flares into their wedding photos.

Ayer’s House Wedding Reception

Jackie and David’s wedding reception took place just across the road from the Botanic Garden at Ayer’s House, a stately reception venue which once housed the family of one of South Australia’s most successful politicians; Sir Henry Ayers. Today the house serves as a wedding and function center.

I’d like to thank Jackie and David for having me capture their wedding photography and I hope they enjoy their photos!

Things I do as a wedding photographer that others don’t

When shopping for a wedding photographer, there are bound to be many different variables you’d be looking out for. These may range from style, personality, price, even the type of equipment they use. Finding a professional photographer that suits your needs is incredibly important, particularly on the biggest day of your lives! These variables are also what every photographer markets to though; “Oh hey! I’m a casual laid back sort of photographer who’s going to capture the natural aspects of your day in a fun and vibrant way!” – sound familiar? I thought I might point out some of the things I do as a wedding photographer that others don’t. These are the sorts of things that my previous wedding clients have really appreciated in the past and that I don’t tend to advertise much or charge for as I feel as though these are services I would expect a professional photographer should provide, but often don’t or charge a phenomenal amount for.

Things I do as a wedding photographer that others don’t

Drone aerial photography

Since the laws regarding drone use in commercial situations changed during September last year I have been offering my wedding clients photography using my airborne camera. I haven’t been charging for it, I just believe that with changes in technology professional photographers such as myself should be offering these services as they become cost effective. Using a drone is often confined to being used by videographers but they certainly have their place with still photography also. There are some legal restrictions though but at the majority of venues, using a drone is no problem at weddings.

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360 virtual reality recording

I’m the only photographer in Adelaide that includes a 360 virtual reality video of your ceremony along with your photos on your USB. This service allows you to watch your own wedding from the view point of your guests using a virtual reality headset and your smart phone. It’s a really fun experience and is a novel way to relive your wedding. I also offer live streaming to any guests that cannot attend your wedding due to either geographic or health reasons so that they can feel like they are actually at your wedding, despite not actually being there. You can find out more about that service at the guest360 page.

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Boutique USB box for your USB

Other wedding photographers do offer this, but it’s not super common. I package my USB within a handmade wooden box for each and every wedding I have the privilege of covering. Included within this super cute box is also a small selection of 6×4″ prints of some of my favourite photos I selected provided as a gift.

If these things I do as a wedding photographer that others don’t appeal to you, I’d love to hear from you as I offer these for free at any wedding I’m asked to cover. Feel free to contact me for more details, or check out my pricing!

Belair National Park Wedding – Lexi & Matt

Alexis and Matt were married nearby the Belair National Park at the (now closed) Belair Park Country Club with the original aim to use a grassy area to the front of the complex for their ceremony. This wasnt to be due to the weather, so instead they used the interior of one of the reception halls available on site. I was lucky enough to be chosen as their wedding photographer for the entire day, and despite the early weather, the day turned out brilliantly!

Preparation

I started the day with Matt and his grooms men who were being prepared at their parent’s place in Semaphore Park. One of the first things that Matt said to me was that we wasn’t a smiler 🙂 Nothing wrong with that though as his grooms men were more than keen on playing about, hanging on his nerves 🙂

Lexi was being prepared down the road in a room in the Lakes Hotel. The girls were waiting for me as they were sitting about casually having a bit to eat and joking about. More than happy to help me set up my photos 🙂 The only thing that was dampening the mood was the potential for rain, but if all turned out great in the end!

Belair Country Club Wedding Ceremony

The Belair National Park is one of the oldest National Parks in Australia and it boasts quite a bit of natural flora and fauna. The country Club built nearby in the 90s takes advantage of this incredible setting being surrounded by 835 hectares of the most beautiful scenery you could imagine.

It was a very warm period of the year when Alexis and Matt were wed amongst the Belair National Park, however the weather turned for the worse overnight and the original plan of using the grassy area in front of the Belair Country Club was cancelled due to fear of the ground being muddy. So the Ceremony was moved indoors which turned out to be a wonderful turn of events as it was stunning.

Belair National Park Glamour Photos

Directly after the ceremony and family photos, the bridal party first head out to where the ceremony was originally going to be held to mimic a shot I took at a wedding last time I was here – only to find the ground was fine. We then used the entry driveway of the country club to take photos of the cars before travelling to the Belair train station. We then went for a bit of a trek through the Belair National Park after having realised the ladies had left their flats at the Country Club – so it was pretty difficult going for them walking around in their heels, but we managed! 🙂 It was well worth it too, as we took some stunners!

Belair Country Club Wedding Reception

We head back to the Country Club for the reception, which took place in the upper reception room on site. The room is a lovely setting, complete with a private bar just outside, and room for a large number of guests. The area was decorated with long pieces of beautiful cloth which really completed the entire look of the room.

I;d very much like to thank Lexi and Matt for having me capture the wedding photography at their Belair National Park wedding, and I wish them all the best in the future!