Alex and Jason travelled from Victoria in order to hold their wedding at the glorious Coriole Vineyard in Mclaren Vale. The day turned out to be a absolutely stunning, sunny day filled with loving people at a marvellous location. The Coriole Vineyard has always been a favourite of mine as the location offers a wonderful variety of locations to take photos.
The day started with the photographing of the groom and his groomsmen. As usual I was a little early so I surprised Jason a bit as he was still lounging about in his dressing gown but that’s great as I managed to capture all aspects of the boys getting ready.
Both Jason and Alex were being prepared at a nearby bed and breakfast, but in separate bungalows. The setting provided for some beautiful light seeping through the windows. When Alex arrived from having her hair done, I diddn;t have to try too hard to produce some stunningly sentimental photos of her getting ready without getting too hands-on.
Coriole Vineyard Wedding Ceremony
Coriole has a number of different locations suitable for holding a wedding ceremony. Jason and Alex opted to make use of the large grassy area to the side of the main house, with the large pretty tree as the backdrop. Often people choose to use the vineyard vista as a backdrop, while yet others choose to hold their ceremony within the coriole courtyard. Just to the right of their ceremony was the wonderful vistas of Mclaren Vale.
It was a little unfortunate that during the ceremony the wind picked up quite a bit, causing Alex’s veil to blow out of her hair as she was walking up the aisle, and also caused a bit of trouble with the hair – but this diddn’t dampen any spirits! During their ceremony they held a wonderful crowning ceremony and shared a glass of wine to symbolise their binding in marriage.
After the group photos, we walked around the Coriole vineyard for a short while, making use of the scenery for some lovely shots. It was such a sunny day that I was really trying to use it to create a sunny, ethereal feel to the photos.
Alex and Jason made use fo the newly renovated Coriole reception area for a sit-down style wedding reception. The night was complete with heartfelt speeches and a tonne of cultural dances. It was an amazing night.
Thanks so much to Jason and Alex for having me as their wedding photographer and I hope you enjoy your photos! 🙂
Georgia and Ben travelled all the way from Tasmania to hold their wedding ceremony at the beautiful Coriole Winery in Mclaren Vale. And despite the weather being slightly overcast, the weather stayed fine and was a wonderful afternoon for all involved! Georgia and Ben opted to have me as their wedding photographer for 3 hours, capturing their ‘first look’ photos, through to the end of their ceremony. As it turned out this was a smart way of doing things as their ceremony happened to be quite late in the day, and by the time the ceremony had ended there was hardly any natural light left to use!
A ‘first look’ is a trend at weddings where by the bride presents herself to her groom before the wedding ceremony in order to capture the emotion from the meeting in a more intimate place rather than at the altar. The idea also being usually that their glamour photos are to be taken before the wedding even takes place. In this regard it’s not the most traditional of wedding activities, but if you’re planning a later wedding ceremony, it may be your only option.
After seeing each other for the first time, we had around an hour to walk around the Coriole Winery and use it’s incredible scenery as the backdrop to their wedding photography. I myself originally wanted to use Coriole Winery as the wedding venue at my own wedding, such is my love for the place. The Winery boasts rolling hills of vineyards, and and old house, complete with a pretty little garden surrounding.
After walking about the winery taking these photos, we had a bit of a rest period before the wedding ceremony took place. The girls hid themselves within the house to hide themselves from their guests that were arriving slowly, and the men sat outside.
Coriole Winery Wedding Ceremony
Wedding ceremonies that take place on location at the Coriole Winery usually take place in one of two locations if it isn’t raining, either within the courtyard area of the house, or in Georgia and Ben’;s case, overlooking the incredible valley that is Mclaren Vale on the grassy area to the side of the house. As the light was fading quite quickly during the ceremony, by the end the sun had well and truly left.
After the ceremony, I quickly launched the drone to take an aerial photo of all the guests together, with the Coriole Winery in the background. As I said however the light was fading very fast, so it was pretty tricky! I hung around for a bit after to capture their entrance to the reception, and also to have the groomsmen smoke their celebratory cigars!
Thanks so much to Georgia and Ben for having me as their wedding photographer. I hope you like your photos! 😀
On the 30th of August, I started out the new wedding season with a beautiful wedding at the Coriole vineyards. Renae & Craig held a wonderfully laid-back and enjoyable wedding. The location made for a beautiful evening setting with the ceremony being rather later in the day allowing for only a short period of sunlight in between the ceremony and reception, also held at the Vineyards. Renae and Craig opted to take advantage of my flexible wedding packages and had me shoot Renae’s preparation through to the start of their reception. The weather on the day was sublime allowing for some wonderful interesting skies toward the twilight hours with the vineyards as a foreground..
Renae & Craig’s Coriole Vineyards Wedding Ceremony
Coriole, and the Vineyards was established by the Lloyd family in 1968, and now exports wine to the USA, Canada and various countries in Europe and Asia. They produce red and white wines from a variety of grape varieties. Despite the Coriole brand only being established in 1968, the original house and barn were built around 1860, while the surrounding Shiraz vineyard was planted in 1919. In 1962, Coriole was sold to John Snell, who established Australia’s first organic winery, Chateau Bon Sante, and built a small winery on the site which now forms the basis of the existing modern winery. In 1968 the property was bought by Hugh and Molly Lloyd who released the first Coriole label vintage in 1970, with the help of winemaker Graeme Stevens.
The bridal shoot was a little rushed in between the ceremony and reception with natural light fading fast behind the low lying clouds on the horizon. This however provided some wonderfully whimsical light to produce some magical images.
I’d like to thank Renae and Craig for the opportunity of shooting their wedding and hope they enjoy their wedding photographs as much as I enjoyed shooting them. Coriole always provides such a wonderful backdrop for weddings and this was no exception,
On the 8th of February, I was lucky enough to be chosen as the wedding photographer for Tahnee and Trav’s wedding. The couple, as an avid fan of surfing and snowboarding naturally selected to have their wedding on the beach, with a bridal shoot at the old Port Willunga jetty and then their reception at Coriole vineyards in Mclaren Vale. And what a fantastic wedding it was! Both Tahnee and Trav were spectacular specimens of bride and groom, and their families were extremely accomodating and nice to be around. I had a whole heap of fun while shooting their wedding and I very much hope they enjoy the photos I’ve produced!
I arrived a little bit early at Trav’s place of preparation as usual only to get out of my car to see the whole groom’s entourage arrive after a bit of a pre-wedding surfing session, it was great as I really got to take some shots of them really getting ready from the get go. They wore a simple white shirt and beige pants with things to the wedding and I must say that that sounds pretty bland but I thought it suited them to a ‘T’.
Tahnee’s bridal party was getting ready at the couple’s house not too far away from the beach. The bridal party had some lovely warm coloured dresses and Tahnee’s dress was a simple, lacy affair suitable for a beach wedding such as this. The whole day was simply themed and it turned out to be a very nice day. Very hot though!
Tahnee & Trav’s Southport beach wedding ceremony
The south port beach has a wonderful little nook of rock and sand to the left of a long wooden stairway which is where Tahnee and Trav chose to hold their wedding ceremony. As I said before the weather was very hot. Luckily there was a bit of cloud cover during the entire ceremony so it wasn’t unbearable.
Port Willunga bridal shoot
After the ceremony at Southport, we headed off to the old Port Willunga jetty ruin, which makes a marvellously picturesque backdrop for wedding photos. The jetty pylons are all that remains of Port Willunga’s early days as a grain port. The sandy beach is also a fantastic family swimming spot, overlooked by cliffs where fishermen once carved out caves to store their boats and nets, and now serve as a little bit of adventure for kids or romantic getaways if you don’t mind their smell… We also stopped off along the way to take a photo with the couple’s dogs and their wedding cars.
Coriole vineyard reception
The Coriole vineyard was established in the “Seaview” sub-region of the McLaren Vale Wine Region in 1967. The Coriole estate produces a variety of wines including Shiraz, Sangiovese and Chenin Blanc, with Shiraz being the most prominent. The original farmhouses were built in 1860 and are now the center of the garden and cellar door at the winery, where Tahnee and Trav’s wedding reception took place. Coriole is a marvellous little venue, out of the way from the town and surrounded by amazing rolling vineyards and hills. the Coriole courtyard is very cute with a raised terrace to look over a grassy area and open air dining area.