Gary & Maryanne were recently married at the Victoria Marriage Registry in South Yarra. This is a private marriage registry and completely unrelated to the Victorian Marriage Registry in Spring Street, Melbourne CBD, but perfectly suited to small marriage ceremonies with just a handful of guests.
Housed on the ground floor of what seems to be a residential address this marriage venue also seems to double as an art gallery specialising in Aboriginal artwork which makes for a great backdrop for photos.
Following their short and intimate marriage ceremony, we were pleased to photograph their family photos at the nearby Melbourne Botanic Gardens in South Yarra.
Blessed with a warm and sunny day we spent over an hour strolling the gardens for photos of the couple following some more formal shots with their family and friends.
Hailing from the Mornington Peninsula, Gary & Maryanne enjoy visiting Melbourne so it seemed fitting that they should celebrate their new union with photos in one of their favourite photography locations in Melbourne.
When it comes to what many call the most important day in your life, it is difficult not to have your fur baby by your side. Your dog, after all, is part of your family. However, when you are caring for a puppy that has not yet been properly trained, problems may arise if you allow it to be part of something so special and grand. For instance, vigorous breeds like Maltese puppies or Golden Retrievers are too young for all the attention.
So where does that leave your pooch? Luckily, you can include it in your pre-wedding shoot! Here are some ways you can make your best bud a part of your wedding without it having to be at the venue on the day itself:
#1 Have it wear a similar outfit as you
Nothing is more adorable than your dog dressed up in fluffy layers of tulle or a tuxedo next to you in your photos. If your pup is a girl, have it wear a sparkling tutu. If your pooch is a boy, make it look as dapper as you by having it wear a silky bow tie.
#2 Cover it in flowers
Make your dog stand out in photos by outfitting it with a wreath of flowers. You may also have it wear a flower-covered leash around its neck. For consistency, make sure that you match your dog’s flowers with that of your wedding bouquet. Finally, take into consideration the flower of choice as it may be toxic for your pooch.
#3 Add its photo to your invitation
There isn’t anything more delightful than announcing your wedding day with a dog-themed save-the-date card. Have your photo taken with your dog, then add a cute caption like “Don’t furr-get our special day!” written on it. While you are at it, why not have your stamps customised as well? Your pooch’s face on the stamp will add both a personal touch and bring a smile to your guests’ faces.
#4 Put your dog’s face on the table numbers
Since your pooch won’t be able to say hello to your guests at your wedding, display its photo at the centre of every table. By turning your dog’s photos into table numbers, you can you’re your friends and family what a happy and proud fur owner you are. Here’s a cool tip: Don’t use the same photo for every table.
#5 Make it part of group photos
Welcome your pooch to your entourage by shooting a photo of it with your family, bridesmaids, and groomsmen before the big day. Have your photographer snap a few shots of you and your spouse-to-be holding your dog instead of a bouquet. Better yet, have everyone else included in the photo carry their pets in their arms!
#6 Have it do creative poses
Sure, your pup may not be well trained yet, but it doesn’t mean it can’t pose perfectly for a picture. Sometimes, the best shots are those that are candid. Try to be as creative as possible. You can kiss your pooch or have it sit beside your wedding dress or suit. If your dog is already trained, you can go for action shots. Simply talk to your dog photographer ahead of time so that you can work some great poses out. And make sure you have rewards such as treats and toys to keep them entertained and focused on whatever task you want them to do.
#7 Use its photo as a prop in your photo booth
If it isn’t possible to have your pooch at your wedding reception, make a big cutout of its face, then use it as a photo booth prop. It’s a great way to include your dog in your big day without it having to be at the venue physically.
#8 Make a large cutout of your dog
Who says you can’t bring your dog to your wedding? By having a life-size cutout of your dog made, you can make it a part of your entourage. You can carry your dog’s cutout while walking down the aisle or have your flower girl or ring bearer carry it. When it’s time for the family group photos, hold your dog’s cutout beside you.
The Bottom Line
All weddings are special. This is why everyone close to your heart must be there to witness your saying “I do.” Unfortunately, not all venues allow pets, so you have to get creative if you want your dog to be part of the most magical day in your life. Hopefully, these simple ideas will help make the presence of your pooch felt even if it cannot see you walk down the aisle.
If you will be having a Sydney wedding soon, consider yourself lucky as this beautiful city has lots of inspiring and picture perfect locations for your affordable wedding photography. Caleb, one of our fellow affordable wedding photographers Agape Studio introduces us to some of the best wedding photography locations in Sydney.
The best and most popular places are those photography locations which offer the perfect combination of colours, angles, moods and recognisable or iconic landmarks. A good photographer with a good eye can come up with various photos which capture the finest spots to give you those wedding pictures you will treasure for life.
Here are some of the most popular and our favourite locations around Sydney well loved by photographers and couples alike.
Australia’s most famous building and among the world’s most widely recognised structures, The Opera House, is a great wedding photography location for all the good reasons. You can visit the Opera House, walk around 360 degrees of it and capture the most stunning wedding photos with the Sydney harbour right at the background.
Right in front of the structure, you can take in the harbor’s glistening waters with Fort Denison on your right, Harbour Bridge on the left and inn a short stroll, you can reach the Botanical Gardens. With this, you can practically take wedding photos everywhere and in every direction. Alternatively, get on a boat and have it in the background from the water.
Another iconic landmark in Australia, the Harbour Bridge never fails to make it to the list of photo rich locations around Sydney, especially among couples. The whole Sydney Harbour region is amazingly phenomenal and for some, this is simply among the best harbor regions in the whole world. As far as wedding photography opportunities are concerned, you will be spoiled when you are in the harbor as you can capture both the Opera House and the Harbour Bridge at the same time. With its openness and sheer size of landmarks, it is almost impossible to have bad shots in the area.
Vibrant and throbbing with activity all year round, Circular Quay is no doubt Sydney’s number one buzz place. The Quay is the main ferry terminus of the city, located right at the heart of Sydney Cove, which served as the founding place for Australia settlement. The Quay serves as a gateway which connects visitors to the major attractions in the city, including Sydney Harbour, Harbour Bridge, The Rocks and Opera House. This is what makes the Quay a favorite as you can capture practically all scenic views from this particular point.
Bondi, widely popular for its rolling surf and magnificent white sandy beach, is no doubt one of the most ideal locations not only for your wedding photography but also for your wedding ceremony and celebration. It doesn’t matter if you stand on the beach for the ceremony, walk on the sand with your loved one, capture your first ever pictures as a couple or gaze out on the ocean with your closest family and friends, Bondi Beach is the magnificent location for having the best photos you cannot simply get anywhere else.
Shakespeare’s Point & Neilsen Park Kiosk are also firm favourites for couples getting married, both as a ceremony location and for hosting a reception. It’s a pretty backdrop so also works real well for wedding photos too!
Sam & John were married in the Rotunda at Melbourne’s Royal Botanic Gardens with their nearest and dearest squeezing in to the rose covered structure in the middle of summer.
Being located in the middle of one of Melbourne’s most beautiful and manicured gardens meant that we had plenty of photo opportunities at numerous locations once the marriage ceremony had been completed. As the sun set to the west of the Melbourne city skyline we enjoyed the last of the light for the affordable wedding photography with the couple before moving on to their reception venue in South Yarra.
Are you planning your wedding at Melbourne Registry? We’d be pleased to hear from you, so get in touch to check your wedding date.
Clare & Maxwell hosted their wedding at the gorgeous Sunnyside Villa in Bacchus Marsh and the Budget Wedding Photography gang were asked to join them and document the day!
Following bridal preparations in Footscray, the couple were joined by 60 guests and married by their celebrant in the gardens of Sunnyside Villa.
The marriage ceremony was followed by family and bridal photos in the gardens. The gardens are extensive and beautifully maintained so absolutely perfect for use in wedding photography.
Our timing was great, as we just finished our photos before the heavens opened again – phew!
Tania & Scott held their recent wedding at Potters receptions in Warrandyte and went all out on the entertainment and decoration. Who thought of hiring a pinball machine to keep the kids occupied? Genius!
Pinball machines and kids entertainers aside, our favourite part of the wedding day (apart from the marriage ceremony and all the beautiful affordable wedding photography of course!) was their awesome red and black wedding cake.
Consisting of two tiers, this cake was covered in a cream coloured icing, black flowers and then drizzled with a crimson red jus which looked thick, sweet and very delicious!
Are you getting married at Potters receptions in Warrandyte? Get in touch as we’d love to discuss our affordable wedding photography with you!
We recently had the pleasure of working with Pete the Celebrant on one of our recent affordable wedding photography bookings in Melbourne and we’re pleased to say that he’s a lovely chap to work with.
Pete has a lovely calm manner and conducts a professional and heartfelt service which couples seem to adore. Not only that, but he seems to be very competitively priced compared to other marriage celebrants in Melbourne.
Pete also does something that we loved – he leaves an advert in the form of something very useful. Some celebrants hand out business cards, but Pete leaves a bottle with his name on it. It certainly caught my eye and I imagine it must have caught other peoples too. A brilliant idea, well executed – he must have paid attention in that Marketing 101 class!
So, if you’re looking for a money saving tip for your Melbourne wedding, combine Pete the Celebrant with one of our budget wedding photography packages and you’ll have plenty more spending money for your honeymoon!
Jason & Bianca chose Eynesbury Homestead as their wedding ceremony venue, with a large reception to follow later that day in the centre of Melbourne.
Following their intimate ceremony on the lawn in front of the homestead, we strolled the grounds of Eynesbury and used some of the beautiful scenery and historic buildings for their affordable wedding photography session.
After sending the couple their wedding photos we were delighted to read their review on Easy Weddings which described how happy they were with both their budget wedding photographer and also their resulting photos.
If you’re planning a wedding at Eynesbury Homestead, or anywhere else in Australia then we’d love to hear from you! Our affordable wedding photography is very popular and gets booked up quite quickly, so don’t hang around!
S&J were married at the beautiful Yarra Ranges Estate in Monbulk recently and your Budget Wedding Photography team were there to capture the day for them.
With sweeping views of the Dandenong Ranges and the Yarra Valley, the venue is a beautiful location for a wedding. Not only does it feel like a world away from the hustle and bustle of Melbourne, but it is also very competitively priced compared to many of the other wedding venues in the Dandenongs and Yarra Valley region.
If you’re planning your wedding in the Yarra Valley, we encourage you to start considering your photographer options as soon as your venue is booked. Our affordable wedding photography is very popular and gets booked up quite quickly, so don’t hang around!
Alisha & Gavin booked us as their affordable wedding photographers for their recent wedding ceremony at Black Rock Yacht Club at Half Moon Bay.
Following a fashionably late entrance, Alisha posed for photos with her baby daughter and parents before her daughter walked the aisle ahead of her.
With a succinct and warm but meaningful, ceremony conducted by Geoff Padgett guests moved inside the yacht club to enjoy canapes and drinks, as well as soak up the glorious summers day over the bay.
The wife of Celebrant Geoff Padget is also a wedding photographer wannabe so couples also get a second set of photos from her camera that she has been using on the day, which probably includes similar scenes from alternative angles, shots over the main photographers shoulder, possibly focussing on different guests or aspects. As an added extra, it’s a pretty good freebie!
We look forward to photographing many more weddings at Black Rock Yacht Club as it’s got such a stunning view. Nearby is the famous Cerberus, which is possibly the best fish and chip restaurant in the whole bayside area, which is great for a snack on the way home!