Botanic Park Wedding – Naz & Peter

Peter and Naziera opted to hold a very small, intimate Adelaide Botanic Park wedding in front of their 3 sons, their celebrant and myself which made for a cozy little atmosphere under the stunning moreton bay fig trees on a stunningly sunny day!

Although their Botanic Park wedding ceremony was flanked by no fewer than 3 engagement celebrations and other users of the public space, their wedding ceremony felt beautifully personal regardless!

Adelaide Botanic Park Wedding Ceremony

Peter and Naz’s tiny little ceremony – which could also be called an elopement took place on one of the larger moreton bay fig trees on parade along the Botanic Park, just north of the Adelaide Botanic Garden‘s Friendship gates.

We attempted to have as little as possible behind Peter and Naziera during their cermeony so that their photos did not have anything but the stunning beauty of the park in the background. Wasn’t always possible of course, but we tried our best!

Their ceremony was short and sweet, with two of their three sons acting as witnesses on their marriage certificate.

Glamour Photos

For glamour photos, we made good use of the Botanic park’s trees, going for a little walk and trying to get the midday sun to shine through the foliage before heading into the Botanic Gardens to make use of some different backdrops.

The Moreton bay fig trees in Botanic park make for some stunning backdrops for wedding photography – I just love walking through them – particularly on sunny days such as this, the atmosphere is one of such joy and happiness when the sun plays nice!

The Adelaide Botanic Gardens as always turned it on for us, walking through we managed to make use of quite a few little spots I had grwon fond of after my many weddings I have shot through here. That being said though, the middle of the day is possibly the wost time of day to take photos through here – so I attempted to head to shadier spots to make use of the shade rather than direct sunlight.

Peter and Naz’s Botanic Park wedding ceremony was a delightful little outing, and I do hope they enjoy their photos!

Morphett Vale Church Wedding – Mayli & Nathaniel

Mayli and Nathaniel held their Morphett Vale Church wedding at the local Seventh Day Adventist Church on a lovely day with family and friends. Their day was full of fun, faith and lovely people who all combined to create a super memoriable day!

It was a little fun for me too, having had only just recently moved away from living pretty much next door to the Morphett Vale Seventh Day Adventist Church which Mayli and Nathaniel held their ceremony and lunch time reception in – so I felt like coming back home!


I begun the day with Nathaniel and his groomsmen – all 8 of them! Coupled with Mayli’s 8 bridesmaids, that made a bridal party totalling 18 people! It’s pretty special that Nathaniel and Mayli were able to accomodate that many close, special people into their bridal party!

Nathaniel and his groomsmen were in good spirits when I arrived, watching TV and generally slowly getting dressed. One thing that caught my eye were the dress watches that each of them were wearing – I thought they were all pretty cool!

Mayli and her bridesmaids were being prepared at a different house, nearby Flinders Univeristy and the atmosphere was decidedly more rushed 🙂 Girls running about making sure Mayli was properly prepared, and cramming together to take some nice shots together in the front room – but it all worked out wonderfully!

Morphett Vale Church Wedding Ceremony

Mayli and nathaniel’s Morphett Vale Church wedding took place at the Morphett Vale Seventh Day Adventist Church – one of several churches on the same block on which I used to live.

The insides of this modern church was bathed in blue light, with ample room for a large congregation to watch mayli and Nathanienls wedding ceremony take place on the stage below. The ceremony was backdropped nicely by a yeallow-lit cross which added nicely to the overall theme of their ceremony.

The highlight of their wedding ceremony would have to have been the performance of two skilled musicians who sang and played guiter for a reasonable amount of time during the cermeony.

Morphett Vale Church Wedding Reception

Directly after the ceremony, and the mandatory family photos outside under a tree, Mayli and Nathaniel held a simple wedding reception within the church hall. This took place just after lunch time, and made it possible for all their guests at the ceremony to attend their reception, before retiring to a more intimate family reception at a private property in Crafers.

Their Morphett vale Church Wedding Reception was where they held all their important speeches, cut their wedding cake and mingled with family and friends.

Glamour Photos

Before leaving the church, I made sure to make use of the blue lights and in house smoke machine that was on stage to take some nifty glamour shots of Mayli and Nathaniel within the church before heading out for some glamour photos.

We drove all the way up to Mt Lofty Summit to use the lookout up there overlooking Adelaide – unfortunately the day was fairly overcast, but we made the most of the little bit of sunlight poking through. We then head to a private property in Crafers where mayli and Nathaniel held their smaller, family based wedding reception.

This was where I was able to make use of the rather funky house overlooking the valley, while also mixing things up by going for a bit of a walk down the hill to make use of the Australian bush as a backdrop. Can anyone spot the photobombing koala? 😀

Much thanks to Mayli for making the effort to trek down there in her wedding dress and heels!

Thankyou Mayli and Nathaniel for having me photograph your wedding!

5 Tips to Help You Find the Right Wedding Photographer


Find the Right Wedding Photographer

The photos on your wedding day are crucial because they will last for a lifetime—they have to be perfect, and every detail must be captured. After all, you only get married once, and this is a huge milestone in your life. The task to find the right wedding photographer may feel a bit overwhelming for soon-to-wed couples because of the many choices available, so I hope I can help out!

5 Tips to Help You Find the Right Wedding Photographer

If you are in the process of choosing a photographer for your big day, here’s a simple guide to help you hire the best one that will suit your needs:

Consider Your Style

It’s your wedding, so you need to consider the style of photos you want to achieve on the day. You might want something fun and quirky, or perhaps something relaxing and more intimate as you dance with your partner. You can check out our portfolio to get some ideas of the styles we can produce for you. As you browse through photography styles, narrow your list of photographers that match your taste.

Look Into The Photographer’s Experience

A photographer may have years of photography experience but have only started capturing weddings, or maybe they are just starting out? It’s essential that you hire a photographer who has years of experience in a wedding setting.

Their experience is instrumental in achieving the images that you want because it’s extremely useful in high-pressure situations like weddings. If a photographer doesn’t have a lot of experience in weddings, they may end up feeling overwhelmed in the “chaos” behind-the-scenes just to capture moments of your big day.

Read Customer Reviews

After narrowing down your prospective list of wedding phtoographers, you still need to know what clients say about them to get an idea on their service and work ethics. For this reason, you need to take some time to read reviews, and the easiest way to find reviews is online—whether on their website, social media, or other platforms.

Likewise, keep in mind that there’s nothing wrong with asking for referrals directly from the photographer, but online reviews on platforms that cannot be surated by the photographer tend to be more reliable to get a better idea.

By reading reviews, you get a firmer grasp on the service you will receive. There is an organisation called ABIA that has wedding vendors rated not just on the product produced, but also the clients experience with them, so have a look at the reviews posted there along with the usual sources like Facebook or Google.

Guarantee Consistent Quality

At this stage, you’re almost about to hire a photographer—they have an excellent portfolio, years of experience, and positive reviews. However, you also need to check their level of consistency. You need to make sure the style you want will flow through the whole album––one that is filled with an album of stunning photos, not only one or two beautiful captures.

Make sure the quality of photos remains consistent all throughout the day as well. If you want to confirm this, you can ask for several wedding albums to check their consistency.

What I like to do is walk a prospective new wedding couple through a similar wedding I had covered in the past. That way a couple can imagine themselves in those photos much easier! To find the right wedding photographer you really need to check what it is exactly you’ll be recieveing as a result of their services.

Know Their Backup Plans

Every photographer must always have several back-ups when plans don’t go accordingly on a wedding day. Ask your photographer about their backup plans, such as if one of their staff is unwell, if the weather changes on the shoot and wedding day, or if there’s an emergency. By asking how they will handle delays and issues, you will be at ease or will want to reconsider your decision.

Being a registered business, being adequately insured and being a member of professional bodies can also help you make up your mind!

Always follow what your instinct tells you when you need to find the right wedding photographer for you. Although it’s crucial that you go through the factors we’ve listed above, you should also consider how you feel about the photographer as you interview them. Remember, you will want to be able to work with someone you know and will be comfortable with!

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The Manor Basket Range Wedding – Ameeta & Brenton

Ameeta  and Brenton’s wedding at the Manor Basket range was certainly one to remember! It was a lot of fun being a part of a traditional wedding I had not seen before now, while also being in the stunning surrounds of The Manor, Basket Range! It’s the best part of being a wedding photographer, and I can now add a Hindu wedding ceremony onto the list of different traditions of ceremonies I have now photographed!

Ameeta and Brenton then also held a shorter Lutheran ceremony making use of the Manor basket Range Wedding Chapel before holding a lunch time reception in the venue’s lower reception hall.


Before heading out The Manor Basket Range I head into the city where Brenton and his groomsmen were being prepared at a hotel. The morning was jovial, with the boys making jokes while brenton’s parents and family got ready within the same room.

Ameeta was prepared before the Hindu wedding ceremony in the small room reserved for bridal preparation above the Manor’s main doorway. The colours and intricate dresses and decor on display rally made for some striking scenes and I was really enjoying myself!

The Manor Basket Range Wedding Ceremonies

As Ameeta and Brenton’s Hindu wedding ceremony had to take place on the ground, they set up their wedding ceremony location to the left of where people usually hold their ceremonies at The Manor Basket Range; in front of the little stone chapel they have on site.

This allowed for more room to add more seating for all their guests while facing directly at the ceremony. The green foliage located behind the small chapel also made for a lovely backdrop to their photos.

Hindu Wedding Ceremony

As part of the Hindu wedding tradition, the groom arrives in pompmous style only to be greeted by the bride’s family where they assess the groom and allow him to pass in a ceremonial ritual that involves the spreading of ceremonial items and the groom stepping on and cracking an urn.

I wasn’t overly clear on the meaning of all the rituals, but it was a lot of fun to document both with photography, but also with videography which Ameeta and Brenton asked me to do in order to document their ceremonies.

Once Brenton had been allowed in, then the ceremony started proper with the Hindo priest presiding over various ceremonies while chanting in Hindi. I knew Hindu wedding ceremonies tended to take a long time, but Ameeta and Brentons was a little abridged and only took a little less than 2 hours.

While taking their photos I made sure to capture each individual small movement made by both Ameeta and Brenton, along side their parents and priest in order to make sure I did not miss anything important!

Lutheran Wedding Ceremony

After a short break, Ameeta and Brenton also held a Lutheran wedding ceremony in the same area that was set up for their Hindu wedding ceremony. One of brenton’s entouage from the morning presided over the shoprter ceremony as a Lutheran priest which was spearheaded by a speech he made about the use of different items in ways not usually intended.

The Manor Basket Range Wedding Reception

After the two ceremonies, Ameeta and Brenton hosted a lunch time wedding reception at The Manor Basket range’s smaller reception area on the ground floor. The area really seems like the inside of a castle and mades for a stunning atmosphere not often found in Australia.

Glamour Photos

Both before and after their reception we made use of some of the nearby areas to create some glamour photos of Ameeta and Brenton, while family photos took place after both wedding ceremonies.

We first walked around the grounds of The Manor Basket range and used the small gardens, and of course the stunning castle-style building the Manor is famous for, and then drove down the road a bit to a small Australian forested area to mix things up a bit.

While driving them down to where they were staying in Adelaide, we even found a nifty little vineyard to take a few photos in!

Ameeta and brenton’s wedding day was a blast to be a part of and I thank them so much for having me be their wedding photographer!

5 Important Questions to Ask Your Wedding Photographer

Questions to Ask Your Wedding Photographer

Your wedding day is one of the most special moments of your life. This is why you will want every beautiful moment captured so that you can look back at it in the future. For that to happen, you will need a professional photographer that will take the best photos. Afterall, your photography is the most future proof way to remember your day.

However, with so many wedding photographers in today’s market, it can be overwhelming to choose one. An effective way is to ask the right questions when interviewing any prospects for your wedding.

5 Important Questions to Ask Your Wedding Photographer

If you want to hire the best photographer for your wedding, here are some important questions to ask your wedding photographer.

What Are Your Primary And Backup Plans?

A good photographer will always have backup plans if the primary one goes wrong. I like to say that being a photographer means your second name is ‘redundancy’. As an example I always have two cameras with me, backup lenses, a vast array of batteries, dual memory cards and backups when I get home, etc.

Also, keep in mind that there are many things that could go wrong on your big day that no one can predict—the weather may not cooperate, or an important person may fall ill. Because of this, you must hire a photographer who can handle all these last-minute issues and still deliver the best results, regardless if these situations happen on their end or your end.

The ability to do this simply comes from experience. you want someone who can work on the fly and still function despite what is thrown at them.

Can I See Finished Albums?

Browsing through the photographer’s finished wedding albums, or sets of photos will give you an idea of their photography techniques to help you identify if the photographer’s style will match yours. Choosing a photographer based soley on their intagram or website portfolios is a bit naive due simply that the images put up there are purposefully the best images that photographer has ever taken – it’s best to see the entire product they have supplied their clients in the past to get a better idea of their overall quality.

Additionally, these completed albums will help you grasp how they capture wedding details. Remember that there must be consistency throughout and browsing through the albums should make you feel like you are reliving the wedding.

I tend to like to show potential new wedding couples a similar wedding they are planning and hopefully while walking them through that wedding, they can gain ideas fro their own, while also guageing you as their potential wedding photographer.

What Do You Love About Weddings?

Although this question may be odd for some, it’s still a vital question to ask. By asking this, you will be able to know if the wedding photographer is a good match for you. Do they match your excitement? Are they passionate about what they do? Moreover, this will also help you understand why they entered the wedding photography industry in the first place. When you see the passion, you can look forward to great wedding photos!

How Much Do You Charge For An Additional Hour?

When you get a wedding photographer, they will usually offer their services for a fixed amount of time. However, on the big day, you may want the photographer to extend more than the agreed period, and this will surely incur extra charges. When you know how much it will cost you, you will be able to plan your day well and know when you will need your photographer the most.

I tend to prefer to offer ‘full day’ wedding coverage so that I’m not constantly watching the clock and putting undue stress on the couple, but I do also offer hourly based wedding packages for those who prefer the option.

How Much For A Second Photographer?

If you’re considering getting a second photographer, you can ask your photographer if they can provide you with another one. Having two photographers on your wedding day is a great idea, especially if it’s a large wedding. This will help ensure that every angle or and every must-have shot is covered and no moment will be missed!

At this point, you now realise that asking the right questions when interviewing several photographers for your wedding is important. These questions go beyond their portfolio, and they will help you get to know more about their styles, services, and prices. It’s crucial you get along with your photographer, and you match their style because you will be working with them for a good part of your wedding day. Hopefully these questions to ask your wedding photographer will help you select the best suited photographer for your wedding.

Are you looking for a professional wedding photographer in Adelaide? Then you have come to the right place. At Sven Studios, we specialise in weddings and ensure that every precious moment is captured so that you can relive the moments with your loved one. Get in touch with us today to see how we can help!