Whether you’re a nature lover or not, you can’t dispute the fact that sweeping views and natural vegetation make for pretty spectacular wedding photography. Wow your guests by saying your vows against a backdrop of nature, from an ancient forest to a lush golf course. We’ve put together a selection of Melbourne’s top venues which embrace nature and have spectacular views.
WINDMILL GARDENS RECEPTION
This unique property with its two-storey windmill and 11 acres of landscaped gardens looks like a postcard come to life. A mill water wheel, lakes, waterfalls, manicured gardens, beautiful gazebo, private courtyard and quaint chaple are all features of this scenic property. You and your guests will hear the tranquil noises of the waterfalls and smelling the blossoming flowers. In the summer months, the white fl owers bloom creating what looks like a carpet of soft snow. Inside weddings still embrace the picture perfect scenery with views outside every window of the dining hall. Your guests can take in panoramic views over the lake and gardens while the sun is setting.
Cnr Melton Highway and Leakes Road, Plumpton
(03) 9747 1100
CAMMERAY WATERS CONFERENCE & FUNCTION CENTRE
Cammeray Waters is set amongst 400 acres of forest and natural bushland. Imagine mist sweeping over rolling hills and mirror lakes refl ecting blue skies and lush trees. With three lakes on the property, there are many perfect spots for your ceremony, reception and photography.
PO BOX 424 Woodend, Vic, 3442
(03) 5427 2866
Floor to ceiling windows make the most of this fabulous location within the Dandenong Ranges. Perched on a hill amounst the forest, the venue boasts sweeping views of the forest canopy as well as beautiful natural surrounds within it’s grounds. Your photographer will be overwhelmed with backdrop choices, from panoramic rolling hills in the background to stunning trees and native vegetation in close ups.
2905 Gembrook Launching Place Road,
(03) 5967 7007
THE EASTERN GOLF CLUB
Located 20 minutes from the CBD, this picturesque golf course creates a perfect setting for weddings and ceremonies. An adjoining balcony has sweeping views of the immaculately presented golf course and adjoining flora and fauna. The balcony is large enough for a picture perfect alfresco wedding.
473 Doncaster Road, Doncaster
03 9840 1881
DE BORTOLI YARRA VALLEY ESTATE
An idyllic setting for a ceremony and photographs, De Bortoli encompasses beautifully landscaped gardens with
perfect views of the vineyards. Take the option of having your ceremony on the lawn, and wow your guests as they watch you say your vowels in front of panoramic rural views. The vineyards provide many photographic opportunities for romantic and light hearted candid shots.
58 Pinnacle Lane, Dixons Creek
(03) 5965 2271
The thought of a wedding under the spreading branches of a great, century old oak, set in romantic gardens overlooking rolling hills covered in vines is enough to make any bride-to-be smile with anticipation. Kellybrook Winery isa little piece of heaven. Twenty acres of picturesque countryside provides plenty of striking backdrops for your wedding photos. You and your guests can wander through the gardens after the ceremony and dine under a vine-covered terrace that overlooks the entire vineyard.
Fulford Road, Wonga Park
03 9722 1304
CAMPASPE COUNTRY HOUSE
Nestled within 32 acres of historic Edna Walling gardens and natural bushland, Campaspe Country House is a truly picturesque location for a wedding. Blossoming fl owers in pinks, purples and white fi ll the air with perfume in spring and summer, whereas vibrant orange, yellow and crimson hues take over in autumn. The grounds in winter are spectacular, with a tranquil stillness and ethereal beauty. Receptions can be held in the restaurant, front lawn, within the magnificent gardens in a glamorous marquee or on the pool terrace.
Goldies Lane, Woodend
03 5427 2273
GLEN ERIN AT LANCEFIELD
At the foothills of the Macedon Ranges, Glen Erin at Lancefi eld features a spectacular backdrop of vineyard and gardens. Sweeping views of the hills are maximised with alfresco areas for your ceremony and photography. The reception can be held in the Vineyard room with its expansive views of the countryside filled with native trees and natural Australian scenery. A vineyard adds an extra element to the property. Guests are spoilt with onsite accommodation, which also has views of the scenic property.
(03) 5429 1041
Tucked away in a secluded valley, Inglewood Estate is a beautiful hideaway with its own chapel, vineyard and Suffolk Sheep. Originally built as a family farm, the property is enriched with history and the original cedar and iron "holiday" cottage is still standing on the land. A gorgeous rustic reception centre, which was formerly the old hay shed, has an open fire and large windows to take in the scenery. The hand-built chapel is made from local stone and is surrounded by gardens which include a seasonal waterfall, antiquated horsedrawn carts and a windmill.
130 Eltham Yarra Glen Road,
(03) 9437 1893
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