Wedding venues in Adelaide

As an award winning Adelaide wedding photographer, I have the glorious task of visiting and photographing quite a few different wedding venues around Adelaide. During 2015 I covered no less than 21 weddings at 19 different commercial wedding venues, not including all the different reception venues I also visited and garden weddings. I thought I’d make a bit of a list of the wedding venues I visited and covered a wedding at this past year so that those of you contemplating your future wedding venue, it might help out a bit.

I’m going to list these in alphabetical order based on my client’s names.

Adelaide wedding venues list

Veale Gardens

Veale Gardens are located on the Southern end of the Adelaide CBD, in the parklands and boasts some wonderful rolling grassy plains with a man-made stream running through the middle. There are rock pools and various little gardens spread out over the area which makes for the venue to be very popular for weddings. It’s not uncommon to bump into at least 1 other wedding while walking about the area taking your wedding photos. I shot three weddings here during 2015. Alison and Grants’s wedding, Bianca and Russell’s Wedding and Wendy and Steve’s wedding.

Adelaide Arcade

While not really a wedding venue as such, the Adelaide Arcade was the location where I took most of my wedding photography for Anastasia and Zac’s wedding which really took place in the Adelaide registry office. The Adelaide Arcade was built in 1885 and showcases some wonderfully art deco architecture popular during that time.

Belair Country Club

The Belair Country Club would possibly be one of, if not the favourite wedding venue for me during 2015. The location of the wedding itself was beautifully framed by green foliage, and it’s within a very short drive, or even walk of some of the best wedding photography locations available. Including the Belair National Park and the Belair Train Station. The Reception venue can house two wedding parties at once without noticing the other, all while overlooking the Belair golf course. It’s a beautiful area and I feel as though the wedding photos I took of Bonita and Mike does it more justice than my words.

Royal Yacht Squadron SA

The South Australian Royal Yacht Squadron is a newly developed wedding venue, and it seems as though it’s one of the more popular wedding venues around in Adelaide at the moment, based on the number of enquiries I’ve been receiving. Perhaps a lot of people enjoyed the wedding photographs of the two weddings I shot there this year? Only one of my weddings, Deborah and Ben’s wedding actually had their ceremony at the marina, and it’s a great location to dso so as the beach is very near by for some nice beach side shots, while also taking in the Marina itself is a beautiful spot.

St Francis Winery

The St Francis Winery is a location I had been looking forward to photographing at as it’s just around the corner from where I’m based in Morphett Vale. A nice vintage little location, seemingly tucked away from suburban life, but just off South rd, so not all  that removed at all. The venue boasts a large duck pond with beautiful sweeping weeping willows all by an outdoor bar and reception area built into the old cellars. I shot Fiona and Nick’s wedding here, and produced some great shots.

Sinclair Winery

Now this is one of those wedding venues you really have to look for, and when you do you’re so pleased you found at as it has such beauty and charm you’re amazing it’s so well hidden from the general public’s knowledge. Sinclair’s Gully Winery is hidden in the Adelaide Hills and is a rustic, lovely looking old building surrounded by native Australian bush, complete with wallaby sanctuary and nature walks. Irina and Jack’s wedding here I feel produced some of my favourite wedding photography of 2015.

St Francis of Assisi Church – South rd

The church of St Francis of Assisi is a small, modern church located on South rd, just after the Cross road overpass, heading south. Unfortunately they do not have a webpage to link you to, but the church itself was light and airy, not much like many other Churches that are often quite dark and can get a bit stuffy.

McCracken Country Club

The McCracken Country Club in Victor Harbour is the venue for a reception, and in Kim and Josh’s wedding’s case their ceremony as well, which took place over the sweeping fairway of the Country Club’s golf course. The club is very accommodating and will bend over backwards for any wedding guests staying at the accommodation, or visiting for the reception in their large reception hall overlooking the fairway. Really close to the centre of Victor Harbour, we were able to take some wedding photos at the causeway to Granite island and at the Bluff. I actually covered two weddings here during 2015, however the second, as of writing this I have not yet had a change to edit.

Middleton Beach Huts

Shooting just down the road from Victor Harbour, is Middleton. A surfing beach that boasts the Middleton Beach Huts accommodation, which was where Kristy and Toby were married. A quaint little venue, with rustic small beach bungalows lining a grassy area which was where the ceremony was held. The Middleton Beach Huts also have a lovely rustic reception venue with some of the most helpful staff I’ve come across.

Monarto Zoo

Here’s probably the most novel of wedding venues I shot at during 2015. The Monarto Zoo holds weddings in the Giraffe enclosure, with the aim of getting some wedding photography with the Giraffes in the background. The problem is that Giraffes are incredibly timid creatures which makes it difficult to get them in the right position at the best of times. That said however the Monarto Zoo still has some great sweeping landscapes suitable for some quite epic wedding shots and even has a small reception venue, which Leonie and Andrew took full advantage of.

Leonard’s Mill

Leonard’s Mill, south of Adelaide in Second Valley is a beautiful location for small, rustic weddings with a semi-outdoor reception area and pretty sweeping grassy surrounds, complete with rustic buildings and an amazing beach just down the road, Leonard’s Mill is a place of beauty. Martin and Rebecca made good use of this amazing location on their destination wedding to Adelaide.

SC Pannell Winery

The SC Pannell Winery had recently renovated their reception venue into a wonderfully modern, but still charming wedding venue in Mclaren Vale. The venue is facing West so that the entire wedding congregation gets a magnificent sunset view over the vineyards during your reception, and the wedding ceremony can take place on their well manicured lawn, speckled with old gumtrees. Martin and Rebecca’s wedding here had a bit of an English pop culture theme, including Dr. Who and Harry Potter.

Gawler Church

The Gawler Church is a gigantic, cavernous specimen of a church, in which Bronwyn and Robert’s wedding took place. The Church has a very grand design, but has a simple decor within, as you’d expect from a church of the Luthern faith.

Seppeltsfield Winery

I did not actually shot a wedding at the Seppeltsfield winery, but we did stop by for some beautiful wedding photos with Bronwyn and Robert. The winery has an amazing array of stunning scenery perfectly suited to wedding photography, including but not limited to rustic walls covered in ivy, pathways surround by green foliage and of course vineyards. It’s definitely one of the wedding venues in Adelaide that I would love to visit again!

Inglewood Inn

Ever since shooting one of my first weddings at Inglewood Inn, I’ve always loved the place. The gardens the Inn provides, surrounded by deciduous oak trees and stream complete with a rustic road archway makes for one of the most intimate of Adelaide wedding venues. I was even offered to be a ‘preferred provider’ for Inglewood Inn. Since then I’ve shot around 5 weddings at the Inn, this year I had only the one, Sandy and Chris’ wedding.

Grange beach front

The Grange beach would have to be one of the most recognisable beach fronts in Adelaide. It’s a famous location for stunning sunsets and a beautiful jetty. Having your wedding on or near a beach is possibly one of the more simpler wedding venues one could organise within Adelaide. Sophie and Stephen were wed just in front of the Grange Surf Life Saving club and had their reception in the local pub. Was a simple, beautiful wedding.

Stangate House

Oh wow, Stangate House. Such a beautiful wedding venue, it’s the type of place I would go out to visit even if I weren’t out to shoot a wedding there. A historic house, surrounded by a stunningly beautiful natural garden, it’s one of those wedding venues in Adelaide that allow for a perfectly laid-back picnic wedding, which Tess and Robbie’s most certainly was. Located in Stirling, along the Prince’s free way, it’s a venue that not many might consider, being a bit out of the city, but it’s intimacy and beauty really make this a top contender in my book.

Brougham Place Uniting Church

The Brougham Place Uniting Church, located in North Adelaide is part of the almost-never-changing skyline of the city of Adelaide. It just being there is an institution that is quite unlikely to change. The church has an unmistakeable architectural design which actually influenced much of the architecture around Adelaide, and a lavish interior which really screams reverence. Wendy and Steve’s wedding ceremony took place here.

I hope this short list of Adelaide wedding venues, complete with my photography of these locations has been a little helpful in your search for your perfect wedding venue in Adelaide and I sure hope you consider me to be your wedding photographer!

Adelaide Church wedding photography

Over the past few year of being a wedding photographer based in Adelaide, I’ve come across quite a few interesting tidbits relating to Adelaide’s reputation as a city of Churches. The first of course is the great diversity of Churches located in Adelaide. Having to do Church Wedding Photography around Adelaide is a simple proposition due to their great differences. Did you know that the city of Adelaide isnot known as the ‘city of churches’ due to the mere number of Churches around the city? In fact, on both the actual number of churches in Adelaide and the number of churches per 100,000 people, Adelaide is not in first or second spot when compared to other major Australian cities. It’s rather to do with the fact that when Adelaide was founded, the churches built have reflected the different architectural styles of differing parts of the world over the years and still stand today dominating the city skyline. The churches are the oldest buildings in Adelaide; among them, Holy Trinity Anglican Church on North Terrace (1838) and the Quaker Meeting House in Pennington Terrace (1840). More than anywhere else, Adelaide churches have influenced the aesthetic direction of surrounding buildings and have caused visitors to describe the city as a city of Churches.

Adelaide Church Wedding Photography

Having such a wide influence on the aesthetic direction of Churches in and around Adelaide causes a wide array of different opportunities as a wedding photographer. I have photographed weddings in Catholic, Anglican, Greek Orthodox, Chinese Traditional and a few other types of churches and each time I see something new. Occasionally Church Wedding Photography can be challenging as older churches aren’t as well lit as more modern churches, the ornate nature of Greek Orthodox churches allows for a vastly different image than say a relatively plain Anglican Church. I thought I’d put together a bit of a photo essay to illustrate my experiences with Church Wedding Photography.

The Gawler Uniting church is a huge place, surrounded on one side by the old grounds of the Church and on the other a supermarket. The insides is a fairly typical affair of wooden pews and large organ at the front. It’s quite a large church which allowed for plenty of light to filter through. I did not have much trouble exposing during Bronwyn and Robert’s wedding.

The Sacred Heart Chapel by comparison is much smaller but far more ornate in styling, you can see the lovely concrete arches and interesting religious artifacts scattered about the walls of the Chapel. It was however very dark within the church, which I alluded to earlier when I said it can be a problem when undertaking Church Wedding Photography, but this can also lead to rather moody, interesting images which worked well with Jacinda and Lee’s wedding.

The most recent outing undertaking Adelaide Church wedding photography was at the small, modern St Francis of Assisi Church on South road for Kerry and Kevin’s wedding. The great thing about modern Churches are their thoughtfulness on behalf of us wedding photographers. The St Francis of Assisi Church has ample large windows and marvelous mood-setting stained glass windows with added to the feel of the place.

Possibly my most favourite of Adelaide churches I’ve had the privilege of being a wedding photographer for was Annie and DJ’s wedding at the St Volodymyr & St. Olha Ukrainian catholic Church. Such an amazing looking place from inside and out. the Church boasts wall to wall golden murals and sacred locations all over. You could spend all day wandering about taking it all in.

There is such diversity in taking Church Wedding Photography around Adelaide, it makes visiting new Churches fun and interesting

Ayres House Reception – Wendy & Chang

I was lucky enough to be chosen as the wedding photographer for Wendy & Chang’s Adelaide wedding reception at Ayres House on the 11th of October 2014. I point out Adelaide specifically as Wendy and Chang were actually married previously overseas, and this night was simply a reception for their Adelaide-based relatives and friends. The night was a laid-back affair within the backdrop of the prestigious architecture that was once the house of the famed explorer, Ayre.. I was privvy to a number of fun looking Malaysian customs such as a noisy cheers involving the entire table at which it occurred. Wendy and Chang took advantage of my flexible hourly rate for their wedding reception.

Ayres House

The house itself is considered to be one of the finest examples of Colonial Regency architecture in Australia and remains the largest and best preserved of the houses designed by George Strickland Kingston. The venue includes areas suitable for 3 weddings at the same time. Wendy and Chang’s wedding took place in the Henry Ayres room located towards the left of the complex which can hold a maximum of 106 seated guests.

It is said that in 1845 Robert Thornber  built a small cottage on Town Acre No. 30, which he then sold to William Paxton. In 1855 Paxton sailed for England and let the house to Henry Ayers. Paxton never returned to South Australia and in 1871 Henry Ayers finally purchased the property for 400 pounds. Henry Ayers’ fortune was founded on the Burra Copper Mines and his political life began in 1857 when he was elected a member of the first Legislative Council. During a 38 year political career, he was Premier seven times, Cabinet Minister 11 times and President of the Legislative Council for 12 years.

I’d like to thanks Wendy & Chang for having me be their reception photographer during their reception, the experience was a lot of fun and I very much hope you enjoy the photos I’ll be sending you!