On your wedding day (or any other special occasion for that matter) you really want the person entrusted with capturing the day to be talented, fun to be around (because you are with them for a good few hours at least), easy to communicate with, able to work around you rather than getting in the way or spending too long setting up “candid” shots, able to control the masses and coordinate the ever elusive amazing group photo, know when “golden hour” is at the drop of a hat, calm, rational, did I say talented? The list goes on.
Never fear! I have worked with so many photographers that I am able to give you a nice and comprehensive list of those I think are tops. They check all the boxes in the above list and more. They may not be the cheapest, but a photographer can make or break your day – and your memories of it – so they need to be the best. So, without further ado my top picks for your happy snappers are, in no particular order…
Tessa – Breathing Light
I have been to some AMAZING ceremony and reception venues in my time. These are some of my favourites so far! Click on the venue name to go straight to their website/facebook page.
farmland, beautiful old homesteads, gardens, getting out of the city (but not too far).
MERRIBEE – South Coast NSW
CUPITT’S WINERY – South Coast NSW
SPRING GROVE DAIRY – Southern Highlands NSW
MONTROSE BERRY FARM – Southern Highlands NSW
MINDARIBBA HOUSE – Hunter Valley NSW
MALI BRAE FARM – Southern Highlands NSW
MT KEIRA SCOUT CAMP – Illawarra NSW
pubs, super low key vibes, vintage fairground rides, staying in the city, something a bit different.
THE LONDON HOTEL – Paddington, Sydney NSW
WATSON’S BAY HOTEL – Watson’s Bay, Sydney NSW
THE ART HOUSE HOTEL – Pitt Street, CBD, Sydney NSW
FAIRGROUND FOLLIES – St Peters, Sydney NSW (If you decide to have your celebration here you HAVE to book me!)
a garden/farm feel without the travel, amazing harbour views, sydney heritage, Mosman.
SERGEANT’S MESS – Mosman, Sydney NSW
ATHOL HALL – Mosman, Sydney NSW
TARONGA ZOO – Mosman, Sydney NSW
RESERVOIR GARDENS – Paddington, Sydney NSW
THE ROYAL BOTANIC GARDEN – Sydney CBD, Sydney NSW
WENDY’S SECRET GARDEN – Lavendar Bay, Sydney NSW
MCKELL PARK – Darling Point, Sydney NSW
ILLOURA RESERVE – Balmain, Sydney NSW
(NB: Garden/park venues are suitable for ceremonies only)
Ok folks, bear with me. I am OBSESSED with florists, if you’ve been on my instagram you would know that. Floristry just seems to go from strength to strength and it is SO EXCITING!!! So I am going to give you quite a few options to look at here. I genuinely, legitimately stand behind any and all of them. Go nuts! When else do you get to deck the halls with pretty blooms? Go. Nuts.
Fleur and Threads
Piccolo and Poppi
Petal and Fern
Sweet Pea and Honey Bee
More to come…
Music. It’s important. It sets the scene and starts the party – from the moment the ceremony starts until the last person is left on your dance floor. Like all your wedding vendors, your musical entertainment needs to really get you, you know? Some of the people below might be able to do just that:
WE PLAY RECORDS
The guys and girls that make up We Play Records bring the party, and don’t stop ’til you’ve had enough. I’ve personally worked with Nik, Michael and Natasha, and can testify that they know what to play and when to play it. Their set up is gorgeous, they have actual records (OMG!) and are so, so lovely to be around. Specialising in the oldies but goodies, but with a passion for all musical eras, you really cannot go wrong with these dudes at your party. And, after having them play at my wedding, I have complete faith that they will be able to take your big day from wow to WOWZERS! Our guests were beyond impressed and the dance floor was packed. From pre-ceremony to the last song, they nailed it! I am a big fan, please do yourselves a favour and get in touch with them ASAP.
Slide and his band are a force to be reckoned with! From playing “At Last” as one of my beautiful brides made her entrance to getting everyone up and crazy on the dance floor, these guys have to be some of the most joyful people on the planet. Plus, Slide has a rescued Greyhound so he’s alright with me!
Cairyn has the most beautiful voice! She’s also very talented and so very lovely. For all your acoustic needs look no further.
No classy affair would be complete without string accompaniment. With a multitude of packages for you to choose from, and some very talented musicians under their umbrella, Diamond Strings will leave you and your guests feeling extremely fancy indeed.