Jul 29, 2020
Tess and Sam had their Kangaroo Valley wedding in the beautiful rolling hills of the Southern Highlands, New South Wales. While the wedding venues Kangaroo Valley holds are plentiful, that this was held on Tess’s parents homestead made for a private setting and beautifully intimate and personal backdrop, with all hands on deck from their community putting their day together.
The most special moments in this gig are often less about the kiss/dance/standard stuff, and more about doing justice to the little bits of quirk on the day… family quirk, friend quirk, subtle things that mean a lot.
I bought along a 1980s 3d camera for the ride. See why I shoot film.
Tess’s close friend was assumed as not being able to make it to their wedding from overseas, so naturally, given that he was in fact making it there, he hid himself in a tractor trailer underneath a tarp, and then sprung out in front of Tess in a gloriously divine moment of reveal.
Enjoy their little story below.
Visit New South Wales: https://www.visitnsw.com/destinations/south-coast/jervis-bay-and-shoalhaven/kangaroo-valley
Jul 4, 2020
Planning a Beta Bar Sydney Wedding? Beta Bar is one of the most incredible, earthy event spaces in Sydney, and picked for couples wanting a spectacular modern venue that gives a nod to crumbling castles and mills found in Europe.
A Beta Bar Sydney Wedding can host up to 200 guests cocktail style, or 160 people seated, and if a dance-floor is part of the layout, 120 seated. Different configurations of the space can be hired, depending on whether you’re hosting an intimate or small wedding here, or the second coming of the party-apocalypse (i’m sure the first was hosted by Prince somewhere).
There’s only one answer to the question of what similar wedding venues are to Beta Bar out there, and that answer is (for better or worse), located in Victoria. The historic Fyansford Paper Mills are as good as it gets in a venue that appears to be a second cousin of Beta Bar, with it’s stunning exposed brick, these nearly untouched Old Paper Mills are the ideal wedding venue just a short road trip out of Melbourne City.
For more information on Fyansford Paper Mill, check out this Fyansford Paper Mill Wedding by Truffleduck Events.
*Facts may or may not be fun
Beta Events is located at Level 1/238 Castlereagh St, Sydney
Beta Events website: https://238castlereagh.com.au/beta-events/
Feb 1, 2020
I’m honestly at a loss for words trying to introduce this Blue Mountains wedding venue. The Hydro Majestic Hotel lives up to it’s name and is a turn-key wedding venue that really does offer everything you need to pull off the most extraordinary wedding. The hotel itself presents some phenomenal photo opportunities, with a refined art-deco style. The real magic though is in the view. It really does have to be seen to be believed. Luckily for you, I managed to snap a few wedding shots at this larger-than-life Blue Mountains wedding venue a little while ago and I’m more than happy to share. Enjoy!
Ok, this is the part where I blab on and on about how incredible this venue is. It is definitely for good reason though, there really isn’t a single downside. So, if you’re not thinking of booking The Hydro for your upcoming nuptials, maybe turn away if you don’t want to know what you’re missing out on.
This wedding venue is an absolute BEAST. It is a towering ode to the dreams of businessman Mark Foy and his drive to install Australia’s very first Health Retreat. That’s what The Hydro is, first and foremost – a retreat. And a mighty enormous one at that.
In 1903, Mark oversaw the construction of the Hydro, pulling out all the stops. A generator imported from Germany, artworks from all across the globe, a dome shaped roof that was built in Chicago and shipped all the way to Australia, and a Swiss health professional to run the joint. He even renamed the township The Hydro was situated in to “Medlow Bath” to make it suit the overall vibe of the hotel. If that isn’t a baller move, I don’t know what is.
The venue has hosted a plethora of famous guests over the years including: Dame Nellie Melba the magnificent Aussie Opera singer, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle the creator of Sherlock Holmes, Australia’s first Prime Minister Sir Edmund Barton who actually died in the hotel in 1920. Sure, it’s a morbid claim to fame, but it’s a claim to fame nonetheless.
If the grandiose of this venue isn’t apparent in its history, then allow the photos below to show you just how remarkable this place truly is.
If you’ve been pining after a wedding ceremony with a view, there’s no better way to do it than right here in the Blue Mountains. The Hydro Majestic boasts a breathtaking lookout with a viewing platform that’s perfectly suited to hosting a wedding ceremony in the natural surrounds of the serene Australian bush.
Honestly, whilst capturing photos for this wedding I was constantly picking my jaw up off the floor. I couldn’t believe just how ridiculously gorgeous the entire place was.
The ceremony was backed by a tremendous valley that held an expanse of native bush lands. The Blue Mountains really is one of the most naturally beautiful places in Australia – it’s no wonder this spot was selected to host the grandeur of The Hydro Hotel.
When you book your wedding venue through The Hydro Majestic, you’re basically covered for everything. And I mean, everything.
The list goes on, my friends. I truly cannot recommend this venue enough, not only for weddings but for other events, photography shoots, high teas – anything that requires a spacious site that oozes class and style.
I’m going to leave you with a few more photos from this gorgeous Blue Mountains wedding venue. Once you’re done browsing through them why not check out this post on the awesome I Do Drive Through?
For more beautiful rural New South Wales weddings, check out this Kangaroo Valley wedding,
Jan 8, 2020
Zoe and Adam married at the incredible Hydro Majestic hotel, in New South Wales. Zoe’s bridesmaids wore stunning Elle Zeitoune Emerald Bridesmaid Dresses, in emerald green.
You can see Zoe and Adams full day on Vogue, and here we just wanted to share these incredible, shimmering emerald green bridesmaid dresses.
To hire me to photograph your wedding, enquire at Briarsatlas.com
Elle Zeitoune Website: https://www.ellezeitoune.com.au/shop/section/55/Bridesmaids
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Apr 9, 2019
Considering a Deux Belettes Wedding, in the gorgeous Byron Bay hinterland in New South Wales?
On this page you’ll find some of my favourite photographs i’ve captured at weddings all over the world, including NSW and the Blue Mountains, and as far as the majestic Ravello castle, overlooking the Amalfi coast in Italy (which, if you have been to both those regions, you’ll find a little bit of a spiritual homage between them).
If you’re looking for a wedding photographer for your Deux Belettes wedding, I regularly travel to NSW, an can run you through how I work to make the process exactly as it should be: seamless, fun, with beautiful images at the end of it all, tailored to every type of couple under the sun.
My style is candid with a documentary approach, and every image you see on this page came from creating a space in the way that I know makes for images you’ll connect with: a space where you can be present with each other.
Deux Belettes is the place where all majestic, French inspired boho-wedding dreams come true. A frontrunner of the slow-building movement that began in the region in the 1980’s, all of the structures have been beautifully built over time using reclaimed materials as they become available, along with the iconic tunnel of plane trees that now give it an unmistakeable European feel.
Deux Belettes can hold up to 100 guests in a marquee, with on-site accommodation available as well.
Deux Belettes does not offer wedding packages, so they require that all vendors are booked separately. If you’re looking for a wedding planner or wedding celebrant, I can connect you to some brilliant options locally. But while we’re here, for Byron Bay wedding planning, I cannot recommend White Rabbit Projects highly enough – Bree and her squad are absolutely incredible and you *need* their experienced hands on your team.
Make an enquiry: https://briarsatlas.com/enquire
The majestic Deux Belettes is located at 2477/104 Victoria Park Rd, Dalwood NSW 2477.
Find them online at https://www.deuxbelettes.com/
Nov 16, 2018
Thanks for being here. I’m a Blue Mountains wedding and elopement photographer, regularly photographing weddings and elopements in this beautiful region!
The Blue mountains is one of the most magic areas of New South Wales, and it’s always such a treat to photograph there. I wanted to share a few of my favourite shoots, so if you’re looking for a wedding photographer then take a peek and reach out to me at the bottom of this post.
Zoe and Adam got married at the incredible Hydro Majestic hotel. We kicked things off with a wild pre-day shoot in the Blue Mountains, before spending the full day together on their wedding. Zoe is a brilliant photographer and has a particular affinity for old cameras, so I took some clunky gear from the 1960’s along for the ride. Find out why I love film wedding photography.
Hydro Majestic website: https://www.hydromajestic.com.au/
Based out of Berlin, Sarah and Simon are two incredible artists, who eloped to the other side of the world, to the Blue Mountains. They hired an incredible Air Bnb, and spent the day together with just themselves, and 4 of their closest friends.
Hire me for your wedding or elopement – www.briarsatlas.com/enquire
How I approach the day: I believe you maestros should be focusing on enjoying the shit out of each other, and not having me wave my arms around telling you what to do. Particularly in the Blue Mountains, that means spending time enjoying the region and letting the surrounds and your natural vibe do the heavy lifting.
The Blue Mountains has a wild range of incredible sheer cliffs, rugged bush and impossible escarpments, and it’s a bit of a dream location to photograph in. I’ve shot weddings deep into it, as well as all around the South Coast, Katoomba and Kangaroo Valley.
If you’re looking at a Blue mountains wedding or Blue Mountains elopement it would be a thrill to come along for the ride, and no other fees are payable for that little corner of New South Wales.
For weddings closer towards the city, check out this gorgeous Sydney Theatre Company wedding, as well as this Centennial Park Sydney Superintendent’s Residence wedding, or for a little outside of Byron Bay, Deux Belettes is a must see.
Feb 2, 2017
Carol and Dave had a beautiful intimate Superintendent’s residence Centennial Park Wedding in New South Wales, with and open invitation to their entire community of young and old. There’s always an extra unique and joy in celebrations where kids are invited (see kids at weddings for why), and the theatre that ensues is like nothing else.
Carol and David used this unique little corner of Centennial Park to host their wedding, at The Superintendent’s residence, and all the celebration, love and jenga-disappointment that came with it.
Also, every time I see the the word Superintendent…
Superintendent’s Residence Centennial Park website: https://www.centennialparklands.com.au/visit/history-and-heritage/heritage-buildings-and-structures/superintendents-residence
Designed by architect James barnet, the Superintendent’s Residence was completed in 1892 at a construction cost of 1500 pounds. One of the more somewhat secret places within Centennial Park to host a wedding, the heritage building offers an incredibly beautiful backdrop, and can be easily scaled for celebrations of all sizes.
Jan 19, 2017
It’s not all that often you get the chance to be swept into the wild world of consummate performers and their crew at Sydneys iconic Pier One wedding venue. Jane and Michael, incredibly eminent players in the music and theatre scene (Jane, travelling the world as a touring violinist and filmmaker, and Michael, amongst other things hand-picked by Brian May to front the Queen musical), had their Sydney Theatre Company wedding in a day of love, ceremony, and all the performative brilliance that goes along with having your extended community made up of artists and thespians.
Wild winds nearly blowing us off the pier, leading into late night anarchy with the Sydney Harbour Bridge as the backdrop in this brilliant warehouse Theatre Bar at the End of the Wharf wedding, and what a beautiful privilege it was to be the very two eyes to make record of it all.
As a destination wedding photographer i’m hired to photograph weddings all around the world , and that includes anywhere in Australia. Make an enquiry at www.briarsatlas.com, and check out this Blue Mountains Elopement and this Superintendent’s Residence Centennial Park Sydney Wedding.
Sydney Theatre Company website: https://www.sydneytheatre.com.au/
Sydney Theatre Bar at the End of the Wharf Wedding website: https://www.sydneytheatre.com.au/your-visit/the-theatre-bar-at-the-end-of-the-wharf