MEGAN & JASON
ROYAL BOTANIC GARDENS, SYDNEY
DOLTONE HOUSE, JONES BAY WHARF
It's no secret that my favourite season is summer. But even I was a little concerned about the 41 degrees weather forecast predicted for this wedding. I needn't have worried though as the forecast was wrong and the temperature only climbed to 39 degrees.
The Royal Botanic Gardens in Sydney is one of my favourite places to shoot so lucky for me I would be shooting both the ceremony and the location photos there. And in my two favourite areas within the gardens. The wedding ceremony on Lawn 33 and the location photos in the rose garden.
The sun was strong and the light was intense but having shot many weddings in the gardens I knew these two spots would be well protected from the heat and strong light. Having a relaxed and happy bride and groom like these guys also helps on those really intensely hot summer days. I always recommend photo locations depending on what the light will be like. Light and expression is everything in wedding photography. Particularly in summer, you really have to think carefully about where the best light will be at different parts of the day. No squinting, no sweating, no crowds of tourists.
One of the best known and best reception venues to shoot at in central Sydney is Doltone House, Jones Bay Wharf. Especially for larger weddings. It also makes a great location photo spot outside with the water and the wharf. However the biggest reason I love shooting wedding receptions at Doltone House, apart from the great location, views and architecture, is that the staff always treat me like a guest. I never leave there hungry and the food is delicious and abundant.
This was a relaxed and fun wedding to shoot, despite the heat. Thinking carefully about where to go on location helped to minimise the sweat.
Bride's dress | Pronovias | www.pronovias.com
Ceremony Venue | Royal Botanic Gardens, Sydney | www.rbgsyd.nsw.gov.au
Reception Venue | Doltone House, Jones Bay Wharf | www.doltonehouse.com.au/venue/venuejones-bay-wharf