Article Collaborators : Photography On Hermitage
Collaborators Photography On Hermitage
Renowned for its relaxed pace, gorgeous vineyards, and free-flow of fine food and wine, the Hunter Valley is the ideal location for a weekend wedding. Say your vows among meadows and grapevines just two hours’ drive north of Sydney while sipping a local vintage from the year you both met. But the most romantic part, according to wedding photographer Chris Elfes of Photography on Hermitage, is fi nding the secret photography locations hidden around the valley. “I’ve lived here for 12 years and there are so many secret locations in the Hunter that I’m privy to,” says Chris. “There are plenty of vineyards, beautiful gardens, even locations on the side of the road with magnificent mountain backdrops. The Hunter is one of those locations that can cater to every whim.”
Since the vines change with the seasons, Chris warns they don’t always make the best wedding-photo backdrop — particularly when they dry out (although some couples prefer it when the vines look this way). However, the Hunter still has plenty to offer guests year-round, including wine tastings, hot-air balloon rides, horse riding, and golf, to name a few. There is also a range of venues to accommodate both boutique and big weddings.
Moving further north, away from the chilled countryside, you can have your nuptials on one of the beautiful beaches or at one of the seaside locations lining the Central Coast, Newcastle, Lake Macquarie, and Port Stephens. A plethora of waterfront, all-inone venues is available and the nooks and crannies of the stunning escarpments plus the white sand and crashing waves are all at your feet to enhance wedding photography. Local bridal businesses — cake decorators, florists, photographers, and celebrants — are aplenty, so be sure to make use of the talent
in the area.
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Top four venue picks
3. Norah Head Lighthouse, Norah Head
Located on Lighthouse Beach, this heritage-listed icon built in 1903 combines a distinct historical quirkiness with panoramic seaside views. The panoramic ocean views outside and rustic elegance inside will create lasting and timeless memories.
4. Ettalong Beach Club, Central Coast
A hidden jewel on the Central Coast, this venue offers uninterrupted ocean views extending over Lion Island and all the way to Sydney’s Palm Beach. Nestled between Woy Woy and Umina, the Ettalong Beach Club is located just 90 minute drive north of Sydney. While you gaze out at the glistening ocean from the club you’ll also enjoy award-winning cuisine and quality service. This venue is also very fl exible and can cater for any reception up to 700 people.
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