Ayres House Reception – Wendy & Chang

I was lucky enough to be chosen as the wedding photographer for Wendy and 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 and 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!

Adelaide Botanic Gardens wedding – Alexis and Brandan

Alexis and Brandon were married on the 20th of April, 2014 in the midst of the beautiful Adelaide botanic gardens. Having travelled from Murray bridge, Alexis and Brandon chose to stay in a nearby hotel and travelled via stretch hummer to the botanic gardens one group at a time. After the ceremony we were able to spend some time in and around the botanic gardens themselves to take some photos, then headed off to the Japanese Himeji Gardens on South terrace for more. Their reception was held at Ayers House, just across the street from the Adelaide botanic gardens, which was very convenient for their guests.

Preparation photos

As I said, both Alexis and Brandon stayed at a nearby hotel in the Adelaide CBD for convenience sake that also happened to overlook the Adelaide oval while a crows game was going on. The boys were obviously big AFL supporters so they wanted to show that in their preparation photos.


The girls were getting ready in a room just down the hallway in the hotel complex.


Adelaide botanic gardens ceremony

The Adelaide Botanic Gardens are a 125-acre public garden at the north-east corner of the Adelaide city centre, in the Adelaide Park Lands. It encompasses a fenced garden on North Terrace (between the Royal Adelaide Hospital and the National Wine Centre) and behind it the Botanic Park (adjacent to the Adelaide Zoo). Established in 1854, the botanic gardens in Adelaide boast lush green scenery comprising of a vast collection of flora from around the world. The Adelaide botanic gardens makes for a wonderfully green backdrop for a wedding, giving a soft, natural flair to photos.


Adelaide botanic gardens and Himeji Gardens bridal shoot


The Adelaide Himeji gardens on the other side of the city to the Adelaide botanic gardens was a gift from Adelaide’s sister city, Himeji, in 1982. The gardens showcases quintessential Japanese aesthetics in gardening including a small zen garden and koi pond. The wonderful Japanese maples make for nice soft wedding photos. After walking about the gardens for a while we moved on to a nearby playground were we took some silly photos and then spent some time taking photos of the stretch hummer.

Ayers House reception

Ayers House is the modern name for an historic mansion in AdelaideSouth Australia located on North Terrace. It is named after Sir Henry Ayers, five times Premier of South Australia and wealthy industrialist, who occupied it from 1855 until 1897. Since Sir Henry Ayers’s occupation, the mansion has had many functions including a dance hall, a club for injured soldiers (from 1918 to 1922) and an open-air cafe (from 1914 to 1932). Today, the mansion serves as a classy location to host functions such as for weddings or other such occasions. Alexis and Brendan’s reception was held in the west wing, which features a large glass greenhouse and ample space for a bar, dancefloor and extra room which was utilised by a photo booth.

I’d like to thank Alexis and Brandon for choosing me as their wedding photographer at their Adelaide botanic gardens wedding, I had a great time and I hope you enjoy your photos.