With a huge amount of choice for stunning wedding photography locations, it’s often hard to pick just one on your wedding day. Below I’ve included some of my favourites, updated regularly with the best wedding photography locations. Be sure to check back soon or better still, Subscribe for newsletter updates and your full guide on ‘The Best Wedding Photography Locations in Sydney’.
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Sydney Wedding Photography Locations
Being based in Sydney we’re spoilt by a huge selection of natural beauty and iconic spots. Waterfront or city, mountains or bush, beach or parkland. Whether you’ve lived in Sydney your entire life or only a few months, I guarantee to find you a wedding photography location or engagement photography location that reflects your spirit and fills your heart with adventure.
Blue Mountains Wedding Photography Location – Hartley Vale
The small village of Hartley Vale is situated in the Blue Mountains and home to the rustic wedding venue, Collits Inn. Rustic barns, farmyard animals and mountain back drops make it a top pick wedding photography location. Surrounded by kangaroos and the occasional wombat it’s less than a few hours from central Sydney. If you’re a little bit odd, like me, and love cemeteries, why not visit the heritage listed Hartley Vale cemetery for some alternative wedding photography, who’s keen?
Blue Mountains Wedding Photography Location – Flat Rock
The Blue Mountains National Park has endless spectacular views for wedding and engagement photography. Flat rock is popular, especially at sunset when the sunlight floods the valley, however, a commitment to getting up at sunrise can mean you have it all to yourself. It’s also one of very few spots remaining without fencing for an adventurous, uninterrupted view. Cuddle up close, bring a blanket and embrace the wind during those cooler months.Below is a favourite spot of mine, a little hidden gem so you’ll have to contact me to find out more. It’s truly breathtaking especially when the valley fills with mist and the sunlight hits the mountain face.
Garden Wedding Photography Location – Wendy Whiteley’s Garden
Wendy’s Secret Gardens, as the name suggests is pretty secret, even if you’ve lived in Sydney all of your life, you may never have been there. It’s prime location doesn’t take away from it’s intimate, peaceful vibe and even on a busy day you can find a quiet corner to snuggle up to your favourite person. Filled with character from rusty bikes, to kitchen sinks and Tinkerbell this place is a real gem combining both garden wedding and Sydney harbour views.
Wendy’s Secret Gardens is of course perfect for engagement photography also. The couple cosy up in the gardens before heading to the Sydney Harbour backdrop of Lavendar Bay.
Fun Wedding Photography Locations – Luna Park
Luna Park is a super fun place for a wedding and whilst it once was possible to stroll in and use it as a wedding photography location, security has really buckled down on walk in newlyweds meaning photo options are quite limited. Whilst it is possible to use it for your wedding photography at the time of writing a permit costing several thousand dollars was required and not possible to obtain at the weekends. Bummer!
City Wedding Photography Location – Hyde Park
Sydney’s Hyde Park is in the centre of the city and with it’s manicured gardens and towering trees, it makes for an enchanting inner city wedding photography location day or night. Surprisingly a permit isn’t required however, you will need to compete with foot traffic which is less of an issue at night, although passers by may have had a few beers.
Botanic Gardens Wedding – Blue Mountains Mt Tomah Botantic Gardens
Spring time in the Blue Mountains is a stunning time for wedding photography with the trees and flowers blossoming. With spectacular views over the Blue Mountains valleys and ceremonies taking place under the wedding tree, Mt Tomah Botanic Gardens is a top pick for a garden wedding photography location.
Beach Wedding Photography – Little Bay
Little Bay may not be as popular as the likes of Bondi or Watson’s Bay however, with the quirky Little Bay Chapel and easy access to clifftop photography it’s a great choice for small ceremonies. And if you choose one of the nearby golf clubs for the wedding reception they’ll give you golf buggies to drive around the greens, fun!
Sydney Harbour Wedding Photography Location – Bradley’s Head
Bradley’s Head has a view of Sydney Harbour with the sun setting over the iconic Opera House and Harbour Bridge. There’s also an amphitheatre to host your outdoor wedding ceremony and small beach, lighthouse and military tunnels providing a lot of variety for your wedding location photography.
Waterfall Wedding Photography Location – Blue Mountains Wentworth Falls
Who needs Iceland when you have Sydney’s own Wentworth falls? It is the most popular in the Blue Mountains and with quite a trek to get to the bottom it’s not always feasible as a wedding photography location, however, some beautiful shots can be achieved 10 minutes walk from the road and you’ll likely get them tourist free too. If you’d like to go to the base of the falls, an engagement photography session is just the time to do it.
Garden Wedding Location – Blue Mountains Everglades Gardens
Everglades gardens in Leura provides many different opportunities for wedding and engagement photography with it’s lush green lawns and European foliage, it’s a beautiful garden with mountain backdrops. Officially you will need a permit for wedding photography.
Sydney Harbour Wedding Location – Botanic Gardens
The Royal Botanic Gardens, have the most popular Sydney landmarks as a backdrop – the Opera House and Harbour Bridge making it an iconic wedding photography location. You can always wonder into the gardens for some flower filled shots or take shade under one of the waterside Moreton bay fig trees. A permit needs to be purchased for a small fee. The nearby Intercontinental hotel is a historic Harbour view wedding reception venue in Sydney. With it’s sandstone brick walls both outside and inside it’s an ideal place to capture Sydney’s history.
Waterside Wedding Location – La Perouse
La Perouse is a hotspot wedding photography location. The beaches are sheltered and the sun sets over the water. There are several wedding ceremony locations nearby, such as the historic Bare Island Fort and cute Little Bay Chapel. Wedding reception venues include nearby golf clubs that provide golf carts to head out onto the greens for some fun, pristine green, ocean view wedding photography.
Under the bridge leading to Bare Island provides a cool ‘hideaway’ wedding photography location.
Beach Wedding Location – Maroubra Beach and Malabar Headlands
Maroubra beach is one of the quietest in the Eastern Suburbs and with a waterfront wedding venue, Horizons, right on the water, it’s an excellent spot for a beach wedding. It’s possible to have your ceremony on the beach, with the sound of the waves. In windy weather it can be too loud, on a calm day, with the rugged headlands wrapped around you, its a perfect beach wedding location.
Alternatively the eastern suburbs beaches get stunning sunrise light, a great option for an engagement photography session.
Historic Wedding Photography Location – The Rocks
Sydney Harbour area holds so much variety for wedding photography locations many accessible within a short walk, drive or ferry ride away. The Rocks is one of Sydney’s oldest areas and a popular spot for wedding photography with it’s cobbled laneway charm, historic ‘Door 64’ and ‘The Pink House’ are particularly popular spots. For breathtaking Harbour views, Observatory hill is also close by.
Wedding Photography Location – Paddington Reservoir Gardens
Another hidden gem in Sydney’s east is Paddington Reservoir Gardens. It’s possible to walk past it for years having no idea it’s there. With many former lives including a petrol station and a garage it is now a heritage listed refuge, a sun trap and popular wedding photography location as the next image shows!
Wedding Photography Location – Sydney City
Sydney City is a popular both as a wedding photography location and pre wedding photography location. Sydney CBD provides a stunning backdrop of old meets new with the grand, sandstone Sydney GPO occupying No 1 Martin Place and the close-by hanging bird cage installation ‘Forgotten Songs’ at Recital Hall, Angel Place.Hidden laneways reveal cool, textured walls, doorways and bars including Palmer & Co where this couple met.There’s also the stunning, historic Queen Victoria Building (QVB) and laneways of The State Theatre which I’d love to shoot at for that vintage look.
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