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.
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.”
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.