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Yellow Rock Hunter Valley wedding

The Yellow Rock Hunter Valley wedding of Ellie & Alex was easily one of the most stunning ceremony locations I have ever photographed. With one of the nicest couples you could ever meet. And who knew you could have a mountain top wedding ceremony in the Hunter Valley?

Ellie & Alex first contacted us, asking if we were interested in photographing their wedding on a mountain top, called Yellow Rock in the Hunter Valley. We were so excited! I don’t think anyone has ever had a wedding ceremony there before. I don’t think many people have ever been there and I could barely find any information about this amazing and historic location anywhere.

Logistically it is a bit of a nightmare to get to organise for them. It is really difficult to get to. It takes about an hour to get up there by 4 wheel drive and there are some parts that are a little sketchy. They contemplated catching a helicopter up to Yellow Rock, but that didn’t seem possible. And the whole idea nearly fell through. But they were pretty determined and they found a way to make it work for their wedding day.

Once up there the views were absolutely breathtaking. They had an unplugged ceremony and said some really beautiful vows, from the heart, which had everyone there in tears. If any engaged couples are reading this, I highly recommend you write your own personal vows to each other. It makes a ceremony so much more personal.

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Yellow Rock Hunter Valley wedding
Yellow Rock Hunter Valley wedding

Yellow Rock is a very significant location for Aboriginal Australians. The Traditional owners of the land, where Yellow Rock is located, are the Wonnarua people.

Here is a little excerpt about Yellow Rock, which was read out at their wedding ceremony by a friend and a proud Wiradjuri woman:

“Yellow Rock, also known as the Big Lizard by Aboriginal people, is the site that we stand upon today. The Dreamtime tells us that many thousands of years ago there was a Great Lizard who wandered in from the coast, carving all the rivers of the valley as he went, causing water to flow out to the sea and give life to those who lived along their banks.

One day, Great Lizard carved a path to this location where he met two guards who were standing in his way. They told Great Lizard they had had enough of his wandering and ordered him to not go any further.

But, Great Lizard wouldn’t listen, so the two guards hurled a big rock at him, which stopped him in his tracks and turned him to stone.

To make sure Great Lizard doesn’t wake up and wander off again, the two guards turned themselves to stone and now they stand either side of Great Lizard and guard him for the rest of time, and till this day they still stand as they were.”

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Yellow Rock Hunter Valley wedding
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Yellow Rock overlooks the Broke area of the Hunter Valley. I have photographed so many weddings down at Broke and always looked up at this mountain thinking how nice it would be to photograph a wedding up there.

Yellow Rock is a stunning place to have a ceremony. It is not easy to get to, but it is well worth the journey. I hope you enjoyed this stunning Yellow Rock Hunter Valley wedding. And I hope this post has opened up the opportunity to other adventurous couples to have their wedding ceremony at this stunning location.

Leaves and Fishes Wedding

The Leaves and Fishes wedding of Andrea and Mitchell in the Hunter Valley was a beautiful and intimate wedding with some really lovely moments. I love shooting weddings in the Hunter Valley and I particularly love shooting at wedding venues that I have never been to before. So I was really excited to photograph this wedding as I have heard so many good things about this amazing venue.

Leaves and Fishes

Leaves and Fishes is located in Lovedale, right in the heart of Wine Country in the Hunter Valley. It is just two hours from Sydney and just forty-five minutes from Newcastle.

This beautiful property is set overlooking a gorgeous lake and has a luscious natural Australian bush surrounding it. The restaurant and the reception venue have an almost Tropical North Queensland feel to it with some of the huge palm trees and ferns surrounding it.

It first opened in 2004 and has become known for its luxury accommodation and delicious and innovative food. What I also love about this venue is that the whole day from start to finish can happen here. There is accommodation available, and you can do the ceremony the photos and the reception all onsite. So it makes it much easier for you and for your wedding guests.

Wedding Preparation

The bride and groom both got ready in separate properties. The boys got ready at a private property just around the corner from Leaves and Fishes, while the girls did their wedding preparation onsite at Leaves and Fishes.

Leaves and Fishes offers some beautiful and luxurious wedding accommodation called ‘the boathouse accommodation’. There are only four of these private boathouses available. They have their own deck and they overlook a lovely pond. And they are perfect for wedding preparation. This is where Andrea and the girls got ready.

Leaves and Fishes wedding ceremony & photos

The wedding ceremony took place just out the back from the wedding reception in a beautiful garden area surrounded by trees.

After the ceremony, we took some family photos before taking a few relaxed photos around the pond. We chased the setting sun and got some lovely golden light through the trees.

The Wedding Reception

The wedding reception took place at “The House”, which is separate from the main Leaves and Fishes restaurant. There were heaps of laughs, just the right amount of tears and some crazy dancing!

So enjoy this beautiful Leaves and Fishes wedding and I can’t wait to go back there to photograph more weddings at this gorgeous venue.

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Leaves and Fishes wedding
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Leaves and Fishes Wedding

Uluru Elopement

The Uluru elopement Mary-Anne & Edward was an amazing experience and one that has been on my elopement bucket list for a long time. We actually honeymooned at Uluru and had thought of doing our elopement at Uluru ourselves. So I am so grateful that they trusted me with this really special Uluru elopement.

Uluru is located right in the centre of Australia in the Northern Territory and is a UNESCO World Heritage site. It is also known as Ayers Rock, a name given by the Europeans in 1873. But Uluru is the Aboriginal name and its official name. It is probably Australia’s most famous and iconic landmark. People come from all over the world to see this amazing, giant stone monolith. Which at 348 metres tall is higher than the Eiffel Tower. It is 600 million years old and is an incredibly spiritual place, particularly to Australia’s indigenous people. And it can be said that Uluru is Australia’s heart.

And it absolutely blows my mind that more people, and yes I mean Aussies, aren’t getting married and eloping in this magical destination.

Uluru is only a three-hour flight from most state capitals. It has heaps of accommodation options, ranging from camping grounds, apartments to five-star luxury and more. It is a great central destination to have your wedding or elopement. So if you are planning a destination wedding, I strongly recommend you short-list Uluru. If you don’t mind a little red dirt on your wedding dress, then Uluru is the ultimate location to have a truly Australian wedding.

Longitude 131 Elopement

Mary-Anne & Edward decided to have their elopement at the luxury desert resort called Longitude 131. It is the premier place to stay at Uluru and is the ultimate in glamping if you can even call it that. Luxury tented pavilions with the most amazing views of Uluru from every room.

I met up with them the day before the elopement at Uluru to have a chat, meet them in person, meet their amazing kids and take a couple of casual photos of them.

The elopement day itself was a beautiful relaxed day at Longitude 131 and was all about their two families coming together as one. A sunset ceremony at ‘The Dune Top’ with 360° panoramic views of Uluru and Kata Tjuta. It doesn’t get any better than that. And it was so wonderful to witness them say their personal vows to each other.

After the ceremony, we popped some champagne and did a few photos around the property. And as the sun fully set they were whisked off to a secluded private dinner just for Longitude 131 guests.

They had travelled from Cairns and I had travelled from Sydney. So we arranged to meet up the following morning for a few photos before we caught our flights back to our home cities. Uluru is a truly amazingly beautiful and spiritual place. I feel so privileged that have been chosen by these guys to photograph their elopement. And I can’t wait to return and explore more of this amazing region of Australia.

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Uluru Milky Way

I really wanted to get a night shot of Uluru under the stars. On the night of the elopement, there was actually clouds in the sky… I know it never rains in Uluru and I got clouds. So on the final night, before I left to return home to Sydney, I headed out to a sand dune in the dark and took this panorama photo below. I was just hoping for a clear sky so that I could see the stars. I wasn’t expecting to see the Milky Way like this!

It is actually about 30+ photos, stitched together because you just can’t fit the whole milky way in, in one shot. And the milky way actually went over Uluru like this. It was incredible to witness in person and this photo really doesn’t do it justice. I haven’t photoshopped the milky way from somewhere else and put it in this photo.

And while taking this photo in the pitch black, I swear I could hear a Dingo sniffing around in the bushes not too far from me… but it was totally worth it for this Uluru elopement!

Uluru under the milky way of stars

“In one word, amazing!
We love them all and the variety and quality of the shots is just what we were hoping for. You truly have a wonderful eye and superb skills.”

Mary-Anne & Ed