The Mulberry Lodge, just out of Mclaren vale, on the road to Willunga was the backdrop to Heidi and Jory’s intimate wedding ceremony on an extremely sunny and rather windy day in early January. I was asked to be their wedding photographer for 6 hours which saw me cover parts of their preparation through to the cake cutting at their reception next door at the Au Pear restaurant. One fun thing I did differently at their wedding was experiment in making a short ‘highlight’ video with the aim for gaining some experience in producing video like this as a future offering to augment my services – look out for that 😉


The day began at Jory’s place of preparation where all the groomsmen were getting ready and enjoying a rather nice drop of red in the form of a bottle of Penfolds Grange! Rather a nice treat for a beautiful day.

The girls were making use of the on site accomodation at the Mulberry Lodge to be prepared. It was a lovely rustic setting with the olden time style that always works well as a backdrop to preparation photos.

Mulberry Lodge Wedding Ceremony

The Mulberry Lodge is a small, intimate setting suitable for small weddings where there’s a reasonable sized grassy area next to the lodge with a pretty tree that provides shade over where the bride and groom stands in front of their congregation. As the day was quite windy, the tree and all the foliage surrounding the congregation was blowing quite heartily, and with the beating sun made for quite the challenging ceremony to photograph.

Glamour Photos

For glamour photos we first used the gardens and driveway surrounding the Mulberry Lodge before heading over to the Au Pear restaurant’s vineyards next door for a bit of variety. My goal was to use the sun’s light as much as possible to create a lovely light and airy feel to Heidi and Jory’s photos.

Au Pear Restaurant Wedding Reception

The Au Pear restaurant’s reception hall looks to be an old rustic farm shed complete with old machinery still inside. It made the entire reception party feel quite laid back and heartfelt, especially when combined with the live band and hand made decorations scattered about the place, including the wedding cake which Heidi had made herself.

Thanks so much to Heidi and Jory for having me as their wedding photographer!

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