Dec 16, 2020
The Blue Mountains are one of the most stunning places to get married in the world. I’m a Blue Mountains wedding and elopement photographer, regularly photographing weddings and elopements in this beautiful region! My Blue Mountains wedding photography has been featured on Vogue, Rock n Roll bride and more.
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.
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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.
I have photographed all over New South Wales, including the Blue Mountains. You can hire me for your wedding, and there are no extra travel costs involved.
No. You get a single-fee that covers you for everything.
My internationally sought-after wedding photography begins at $5k AUD.
Leura and the Hydro Majestic have a special place in my heart.
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
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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,