Sydney Wedding Photography Locations
Sydney is a beautiful city with an abundance of nature – endless beaches, rugged bush land and nearby mountains. Not forgetting trendy neighbourhoods, historic buildings and iconic landmarks! The choice for stunning wedding photography locations is so vast it’s often difficult to pick one for your wedding day.
I’ve put together this post on some of my favourite Sydney wedding photography locations. Whether you’ve lived in Sydney your entire life or a few months, I’ll help find a location that reflects your spirit and fills your heart.
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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. A commitment to getting up at sunrise can mean you have it all to yourself. It’s also one of very few remaining spots 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, you’ll have to contact me to find out more as it’s a photographer’s best kept secret! 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. 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.
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 center 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
Not as popular as Bondi or Watson’s Bay, Little Bay can be a great choice for small ceremonies. The quirky Little Bay Chapel and clifftop photography options are spectacular. The nearby golf clubs also host wedding receptions , providing golf buggies for you to whiz 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 an amphitheater to host your outdoor wedding ceremony. The small beach, lighthouse and military tunnels provide even more variety.
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 & Mrs Macquarie’s Chair
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. The gardens provide exotic flower filled shots and the stunning Banyan trees shade for those sunny Sydney days. 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.
Wedding Photography Location – Paddington Reservoir Gardens
Another hidden gem in Sydney’s east is Paddington Reservoir Gardens. I walked past it for years having no idea it was there! It’s former life as petrol station has been replaced with a heritage listed refuge for locals. It’s also a popular wedding photography location as you can see below!
Historic Wedding Photography Location – The Rocks
Sydney Harbour holds so much variety for wedding 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 – Sydney City
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. It’s a popular location for wedding and engagement photography.Hidden laneways reveal cool, textured walls, doorways and bars including Palmer & Co where this couple met.The stunning, historic Queen Victoria Building (QVB) and lane ways of The State Theatre are perfect for a vintage look.
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