Dream Wedding Venues

Having recently decided on our wedding venue, and how hard I found the task to find that perfect spot for us, I thought I would pull together a list of my top wedding destinations from around Australia, and the globe. I am a lover of the country or vintage inspired weddings and there are so many amazing locations that would provide the perfect backdrop that I just had to share them with you.

I have a feeling there will be more posts like this in the future, as it was tough to narrow down. I am yet to photograph a wedding at these venues too. So fingers crossed I get to visit them all someday.

New Zealand

As we have family in New Zealand I am always finding any excuse to get over to this amazing country. Full of rolling landscapes and farm houses, it is the perfect location for a country themed wedding. The South Island of New Zealand is renown for the vast wineries and Mount Soho is a gorgeous location where you don’t need to worry about a thing. Matakauri Lodge is located directly on the lake in Queenstown for a wedding day to remember as your guests will be speechless for the breathtaking view.

Stoneridge Estate, New Zealand

At the top of my list for our wedding in January is Stoneridge Estate, New Zealand. Set amongst 500 rose bushes, a winery estate and sprawling gardens, Stoneridge offers breathtaking views of Lake Hayes and the mountains beyond. With a chapel and accommodation onsite, this location ticks all the boxes for my dream country wedding.

Byron Bay

This wedding venue was very high on my list as well. Stepping away from the beaches in Byron Bay and its surrounds, you will be welcomed into many guesthouses and estates in the farming areas inland from the water. Deux Belettes is just that. A rustic 16th century style French Chateau, with all the elegance and charm of country life.

The Whitsundays, North Queensland

Whitsunday weddings are rapidly becoming the first choice for brides wanting a destination or beach wedding ceremony and reception and Villa Botanica is now not only the jewel in the crown of Whitsunday wedding venues, it is also regarded as the most beautiful and intimate wedding venue in Australia. Perched on the edge of the Coral Sea, Villa Botanica with its superb gardens and architecture, is a destination wedding venue simply unmatched anywhere in Australia. Even more extraordinary is that on your wedding day, this grand 5 acre estate is exclusively yours to explore and enjoy.

Hamilton Island

I was fortunate enough to live on this wonderful island in the Whitsundays for three years during my travels. With million dollar views and a little chapel high up on a hill, you just can not go past Hamilton Island for one of the most romantic destination wedding locations within Australia. Speak to Rohan Gull at Hamilton Island weddings and he will look after you.

Wolgan Valley

The Blue Mountains is untouched, beautiful and as nature intended. And the Emirates Wolgan Valley Resort and Spa offers the perfect Australian Country backdrop for your big day.

Uluru, Northern Territory

Perfect for the adventurous couple, the thought of a red dirt wedding just makes me so excited. Uluru would be a magical wedding spot if you were looking for that wow factor. And the photos would be a colour wonderland with all the hues of the dirt, open sky and natural surrounds.

Southern Highlands, New South Wales

Absolutely anywhere in this part of the country is just beautiful. There are so many places to choose from, each with their own astounding wonder. If I had to narrow my search down I would classify these as my top four choices (which in itself was difficult to do!) – Montrose Berry FarmBen Dooley Estate, Belgenny Farm and Milton Park, Bowral.

Shoal Haven, New South Wales

Driftwood Shed is situated on 5 rural acres on the banks of the beautiful Shoalhaven River. The property comprises a self-contained cabin and a rustic 80 year old shed filled with old wares. With mountain views, parklike gardens and country charm, it is perfect if you’re looking for a relaxed, layed back venue for that special occasion. There is also a private jetty and boat ramp with 200m of river frontage.

Mollymook weddings

Are you thinking of a south coast wedding? Speak to our friends at Mollymook weddings. They are the only locally owned & operated event hire company, that specialises in wedding planning & wedding co-ordination on the South Coast of New South Wales.

Mollymook & her surrounds are as beautiful in real life & as they appear on their site, your spoilt for amazing wedding venues when you choose the South Coast, we have a lot of special wedding venues on offer that you just can’t find anywhere else. At some of the amazing venues you will be the first to be married there.

They desire to create real weddings for real people with all budgets in mind, sourced from local service providers, assuring peace of mind knowing that service providers are ‘local’ taking away the hassle of transportation or misadventure. They have a huge range of decorations & equipment that would normally take you an eternity to organise & compare quotes from other providers, so we’ve taken the time to research & co-locate everything you will need on one convenient site.

Speak to Dean, and I’m sure you will be looked after [email protected]

Sydney City, New South Wales

We have some gorgeous old buildings that give that rustic country feel from the look of the old brick walls, to the garden features throughout, right in the heart of our gorgeous city. Think outside the norm, and you will be amazed at how many venues can cater for weddings.

I recently visited The Grounds at Alexandria and was swept away with how the revamp of the premises had not taken away from the rustic and industrial heritage. Here is the description from the about us page – 

‘Black and steel frames, bespoke wooden cabinetry and polished white and green subway tiles are contrasted against vintage wooden tables and refitted shipping containers’ 

Sunstudios Sydney is a busy creative hub for professional photography, television and video production image makers, in a beautiful renovated 1930’s woolshed in Alexandria. They have studios to cater for all sizes of events.

The Museum of Contemporary Art Foundation Hall takes the Art Deco look and blends it with a refurbished contemporary edge. The look of marble, timber, stone and fabric create texture and style for that modern finish.

Fairground Follies is a truly unique function space and is one of Sydney’s best kept venue secrets. Located within a “night fairground” themed factory conveniently situated in St Peters/Alexandria midway between the Central Business District and Sydney Airport, Fairground Follies offers all the fun of the fair for your next event. The venue’s main area with its canopy of over 1000 fairy lights adds to the fantasy of your event. Although the 2200 sqm venue lends itself to an historic Fairground theme complete with mechanical music, the venue can be themed or sized according to your imagination or requirement. The venue is adaptable for 12 to 400 guests.

Italian Village, located in The Rocks, has just the right mix of old world brick feature walls, iron accents, sandstone features, and natural garden surrounds to give you that country wedding in the city.

Moby Dicks with its understated oceanic setting, Moby Dicks on Sydney’s Northern Beaches offers a bright and open space, the perfect setting for any traditional or relaxed event. We can cater for any style Wedding, Corporate Event, Party or Celebratory Occasion. Whether it be a lunch or dinner event, Moby Dicks will help create the perfect Cocktail party or Sit Down function.

The Boat House Palm Beach is uniquely located on the Peninsula of Pittwater, The Boathouse Palm Beach offers spectacular water views and is perfect in delivering a private and memorable setting for your event or wedding. With its understated oceanic and rustic setting, The Boathouse offers a bright and open space, the perfect setting for a traditional or relaxed event. Also the same owners as The Boat House Balmoral Beach.

Hunter Valley Region

Known for its wineries, the Hunter Valley is full of vintage charm and endless possibilities for wedding venues. Although I can not go past the Peppers Creek Barrel Room which I shot at some years ago. It was just breathtaking at the time and forever etched into my mind because of the beautiful surrounds.

Mexico / Bali

And I couldn’t decide whether I wanted to go to Mexico or Bali more, so I thought I would choose them both. Shooting a wedding at either of these two locations would be an absolute dream come true.

Come to think of it, I still need to decide on a honeymoon destination…

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