SC Pannell Winery Wedding – Anna & Josh

It had been a while since I covered a wedding at the picturesque SC Pannell winery, so when Anna and Josh asked me to be their wedding photographer, I was quite excited! The day turned out to be a wonderful day, complete with a stunning sun set showering golden light right across the SC Pannell vineyards to top off such a wonderful day.


The day started with Josh and his boys. Both myself and my wife as my second photographer attended the boy’s place of preparation and were quite surprised at the boy’s eagerness to get into their suits! Everyone except Josh had already been dressed in their finery before sitting down for their lunch! Such was the excitement in the house, there was a real buzz of joy in the place.

After greeting the boys, I left them for the girls who were being prepared around the corner from SC Pannell, in a bed and breakfast in Port Willunga. Unlike the boys, the girls weren’t as fussed with getting dressed too quickly, and the atmosphere was much more laid back, enjoying a few sips of wine and playing with the flower girl who was running about the place enjoying the attention. I had a bit more time with the girls, so after having some photos taken inside, having makeup put on and putting on dresses, we went for a little walk down the road to use the wonderful natural light gleaming in over the sea.

SC Pannell Winery Wedding Ceremony

The SC Pannell Winery is located joust out of Mclaren Vale in a prime position to benefit from rolling hills covered in vineyards in all directions and is a wonderful spot to make use of a sunset. The winery itself I heard were actually not taking any more wedding booking after Anna and Josh’s, due to undergoing renovations on their function room. So I’d love to hear any news about this if anyone out there knows?

SC Pannell Winery was established as a wedding venue in 2014 when their new base of operations were relocated to Olivers road in Mclaren Vale. The winery boasts a large grassy area to hold a wedding ceremony with vineyards at it’s back, and a large function room that can be opened to the elements if the weather permits for receptions.

Glamour Photos

The weather became a little windy as Anna and Josh’s ceremony began which forced me to ground my drone for the group photos after, but the wind whipped up some stunning clouds that made the sunlight bounce around beautifully. It was a lot of fun to shoot! We walked up and down the entrance driveway to the cellar door, and had a waltz around the back vineyard to make use of the magnificent rolling hills on display.

SC Pannell Wedding Reception

The reception hall at SC Pannell is a big open area that has the option of closing off it’s open walls with large weather-proof canvass. In Anna and Josh’s case, the weather was starting to get rather chilly at night, so they were closed and the heaters turned on. The atmosphere was comfortable and fun, with everyone itching to get onto the dancefloor all night, even to the point that the DJ had to force everyone off for the first dance! The single ladies got right into the bouquet toss, and the men really had a go with the garter too, the entire night was an absolute blast to be a part of!

A great big thank you for Anna and Josh for having me as their wedding photographer and I very much hope they enjoy their photos! 😀

SC Pannell Winery Wedding – Michaela & Paddy

I was very lucky to have been chosen as Michaela and Paddy’s wedding photographer at their amazing wedding at the SC Pannell Winery in Mclaren Vale in late December last year as it was honestly one of the best weddings I’ve been to. All the guests were so much fun and eager to do the strange and wonderful things required to take strange but wonderful wedding photography. They opted to take advantage of my very competitive daily wedding photography rate with a second photographer.

The best thing about their wedding at SC Pannell Winery was Michaela’s wonderful personal touches, including a bouquet set made from pages from Harry Potter books and a homemade Tardis from Dr. Who Wishing Well.

Groomsmen Preparation

Paddy and his groomsmen were all getting prepared in a house in Aberfoyle Park. Paddy being of United Kingdom heritage observed a few interesting customs, including a wonderful stylised celtic-based wedding ring. As Michaela and Paddy opted to have a second photographer, I attended the groomsmen preparation for a small while, leaving most of their preparation photos to my assistant while I visited the bride and her bridal party.

Bridal Preparation

The girls were getting ready at the couple’s house in Hallett Cove. Many of their guests travelled long distances to get to their wedding so many of them were staying with them. As a result a lot of the house was full of makeshift beds. It was around now when I realised that Michaela had an awesome Harry Potter and Dr. Who vibe going on during the wedding with a bouquet made from Harry Potter books, a Tardis garter and toy wands lying about.

SC Pannell Winery Wedding Ceremony

The SC Pannell Winery is located in Mclaren Vale and is run by Stephen Pannell. Stephen Pannell has been named as one of the 50 most influential contributors to the world of wine by Decanter Magazine. The SC Pannell Winery itself is quite young, having been purchased as early as 2012.

SC Pannell Winery Glamour Photographs

The SC Pannell Winery boasts lovely rolling hills full of grape vines which is great for a bit of winery wedding photography. It also ended up being a lot of fun considering Michaela and Paddy were keen on trying a few different wedding shots, including an epic wizard duel and defeating their entire guest list with magic.

Harry Potter fun

I took a few Harry Potter themed wedding photos within the ground of the SC Pannell Winery, including the one below showcasing Michaela and Paddy’s prowess for offensive magic, felling their entire guest list. I also shot a patronus shot of the couple, and a really awesome shot that I thought deserved it’s own blog post which you can view by clicking here.

SC Pannell Winery Reception

The reception area at SC Pannell Winery is a large open, but undercover patio of sorts, surrounded by glass and removable awnings. Heaps of room for a large wedding guestlist. The food was a tappas affair with a great bar service. A photo booth was in attendance, along with a DJ.

I’d like to thank Michaela and Paddy for having me at their wedding, and I hope they enjoy their photographs of their wedding at SC Pannell Winery as much as I enjoyed taking them. Particularly their Harry Potter themed shots! 🙂