Coriole Vineyards Wedding – Renae & Craig

On the 30th of August, I started out the new wedding season with a beautiful wedding at the Coriole vineyards. Renae and 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..


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.

Bridal Shoot

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,

Coriole Vineyards Wedding – Tahnee & Trav

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!

Preparation photos

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!

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.