Quat Quatta Wedding | Wedding photography locations

Located in Ripponlea, Melbourne Quat Quatta is one of Melbourne’s finest wedding venues. It is simply superb in all aspects and is a rather unique offering among the many venues this great city has to offer.

Click here to read about Pat & Ashlee’s wedding I recently shot there.

There are plenty of articles about the venue itself so I wanted to go into some detail about the myriad of different opportunities there are around Quat Quatta for breathtaking wedding photography, Rain, hail or sunshine!

Well let’s discard the hail bit!

A couple of tips when it comes to wedding photography.

When looking for wedding photography inspiration there are a couple of secrets I need to let you in on.

  • You are seeing the best of the best on Instagram, not the 60 frames the photographer took to achieve that one amazing image you see. 60 frames obviously takes a lot more time that one simple photo so keep this in mind.
  • When it comes to wedding photography a park is a park and a beach is a beach. A green background; flowers in your photos or a beach scene will basically look the same no matter which park / beach you end up going to.
  • Most B&G’s want photos in a couple of different locations which is great. Taking the above into account, there is no point going to two different parks.
  • You want contrast – beach and park; pier and park; old house and park. I think you get the drift.

Quat Quatta

Quat Quatta itself is an incredibly photogenic Victorian Mansion meticulously presented in a seamless blend of classic & contemporary. Dramatic dining room; romantic and intimate courtyard; bar lounge and luxurious bridal retreat.

 

Brighton Bathing Boxes

The iconic Brighton bathing boxes are a bit of a favourite for B&G’s. If it tickles your fancy its worth considering a few things.

Its only 5.3km / 12 mins drive from Quat Quatta.

  • If getting married in summer and it’s likely to be a hot day, be prepared to be photographed with a lot of people watching / in your photos. You are not going to have the beach to yourself unless the weather is ho hum.
  • Getting a park for that limousine or bridal cars will require extra time.

Obviously normal beach style photos can be shot in this location too.

In terms of light, the lower the sun is to the horizon the better. So that means as late in the day as possible.

As you can see in this photo, the sun was still very high so it means us photographers have to be very careful about unwanted shadows on faces and people squinting into the sun.

Brighton Bathing Boxes Wedding Photography

Brighton Bathing Boxes Wedding Photography

St Kilda Botanical Gardens

I have shot weddings on many different occasions here and it is a ripper. So many different little spots to work with.

Really nice winding paths; hedges; spectacular rose garden; deciduous trees that are beautiful colours in autumn; rotundas and walk ways.

In terms of light, it is much more forgiving during harsh, bright sunlight.

Distance – 1.6km / 4 mins drive

St Kilda Botanical Gardens Wedding | Harbour Room reception venue

St Kilda Botanical Gardens Wedding

St Kilda Botanical Gardens Wedding | Harbour Room reception venue

St Kilda Botanical Gardens Wedding

St Kilda Botanical Gardens Wedding | Harbour Room reception venue

St Kilda Botanical Gardens Wedding

St Kilda Botanical Gardens Wedding | Harbour Room reception venue

St Kilda Botanical Gardens Wedding

St Kilda Botanical Gardens Wedding | Harbour Room reception venue

St Kilda Botanical Gardens Wedding

St Kilda Botanical Gardens Wedding | Harbour Room reception venue

St Kilda Botanical Gardens Wedding

St Kilda Botanical Gardens Wedding| Quat Quatta reception venue

St Kilda Botanical Gardens Wedding

Wedding photography at St Kilda Botanical Gardens | Quat Quatta reception venue

Wedding photography at St Kilda Botanical Gardens

Wedding photography at St Kilda Botanical Gardens | Quat Quatta reception venue

Wedding photography at St Kilda Botanical Gardens

Ormond Rd Hill

A rather unique hill on the foreshore overlooking Port Phillip Bay and the city.

It provides for awesome photography in all conditions but does excel for sunsets or particularly moody / cloud / storm backdrops.

Distance – 2.4km / 8 min drive

Wedding photography at Ormond Rd Hill | Quat Quatta reception venue

Wedding photography at Ormond Rd Hill

Wedding photography at Ormond Rd Hill | Quat Quatta reception venue

Wedding photography at Ormond Rd Hill

Wedding photography at Ormond Rd Hill | Quat Quatta reception venue

Wedding photography at Ormond Rd Hill

Wedding photography at Ormond Rd Hill | Quat Quatta reception venue

Wedding photography at Ormond Rd Hill

Catani Gardens St Kilda

This is another great spot for wedding photography.

Lots of nice winding paths for walking shots. The rows of palm trees also make for great backgrounds. The beach is obviously right there as well.

Distance – 4km / 10 mins

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Catani Gardens wedding photography

Catani-Gardens-wedding-photography

Catani Gardens wedding photography

 

 

Mark & Michelle – Intimate Marysville Wedding

Intimate Marysville Wedding, Ben Potter Photography

Michelle and Mark were married on November 26th, with a ceremony and reception at a private property in Marysville, Victoria.

Mark and Michelle only recently got engaged this past February in Tahiti! They had been together for over 5 years, with 2 beautiful dogs, and as things just started to fall into place for them, they decided that it was meant to be as they got on the fast track to getting married!

The two of them love being outdoors, which is why they chose this gorgeous, family-owned property with a beautiful backyard. Their eclectic, DIY style truly reflected their personalities perfectly as they held their wedding out under the festoon lighting, but it was the fact that the property had a special meaning to these two that truly made the surroundings beautiful.

I was able to capture so many stunning images—which is always easy when I have a beautiful couple and breath-taking setting. I particularly liked the way the sun came down through the gorgeous old oak tree, as well as the way the late afternoon sun cast an elegant backlight. And, of course, the breeze blowing Michelle’s veil made for a picture-perfect moment.

After the private ceremony under the backyard gazebo, it was time to celebrate with friends and family. My favourite part of the evening had to be the speeches. I was laughing my head off the whole time!

Mark & Michelle, thank you for asking me to be your wedding photographer. Your day was truly spectacular, and I was honoured to be part of it.

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Elizabeth & Justin’s ‘Wedstival’ – King Parrot Cottages Wedding and Event Centre Lorne

I recently had the pleasure of photographing Elizabeth and Justin’s special day at King Parrot Cottages Wedding and Event Centre. These guys were my kind of people.

When I asked them to tell me about their story did they ever; Elizabeth proceeded to write a couple of pages about her love of animals, the outdoors and adventure, especially ones that involve a 4wd and caving. If they didn’t get properly stuck then it wasn’t enough of an adventure in Elizabeth’s eyes.

Only naturally, Justin proposed on a camping trip in the Snowy River National Park.

These two coined the term ‘wedstival’, well at least for me. Anzac weekend down in the Otways at a brilliant little spot called Pennyroyal, just behind Lorne.

The venue of choice was King Parrot Cottages and Event Centre, an amazing property that’s caters perfectly for the natural / country / rustic / party style wedding that can go for days if you want. There’s natural beauty wherever you turn, especially with the views across the valley and down in the camp ground at the bottom of the property, which has some stunning spots for a ceremony. Yep, that right, guests can stay on site.

Donkeys, alpacas, a Shetland pony, local wildlife as well as activities like mini golf, foosball, darts, air hockey, pool table, swimming pool and two spas make this place an incredible facility. And from a photographers perspective there’s just too much to work with. It’s perfectly suited to that natural, candid, real style photography we all love.

I hope enjoy their wedding.

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Brigitte & Chris’s engagement session – Bridgewater Bay, Cape Schank

Her friends were quick to ask. “Have you heard….?”

He’d been quietly hoping for years…..four long years in fact. Just like he’d promised, he was around there in a flash, sweeping her off her feet just like he’d done in high school all those years ago.

Everything happens for a reason; this story is proof.

 

When Chris decided he needed time to see the world, they painfully went their separate ways after 3 years of being high school sweet hearts. He promised that the first thing he would do was bang on her door when he returned. Unfortunately, Brigitte had moved on. Four long years passed until out of the blue Brigitte’s friends, whom all wanted her to end up with Chris, asked Chris a question he’s unlikely to forget. Have you heard? Things hadn’t worked out between Brigitte and her ex. He quickly got in touch, and as they say the rest is history.

3.5 years later on a dream trip through Europe, there were squeals, screams and lots of jumping up and down as Chris got down on one knee in front of a stunning Santorini sunset.

 

For their engagement photos, Chris and Brigitte had this special place in mind called Bushrangers Bay, a stunning spot on the Mornington Peninsula near Cape Schank. OMG! The 40 minute walk in was incredible, only to be surpassed by the ocean beach we found ourselves on…….all alone! And with gorgeous late afternoon golden light. A photographers dream!

What more could we ask for. These guys were super fun and amazing to photograph! Seriously made my job easy. I had an absolute blast capturing the love and energy these two have for each other. Thank you for being such an awesome couple to work with.

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Jaz and Ben’s engagement session – Koonya back beach, Sorrento

Whoever scores the least goals on the netball court has to shout the other a cocktail. It was a deal. Jaz bought her younger brother to play with strict instructions; don’t pass the ball to Ben.

Of course, Jaz stitched Ben up and won the cocktail. Little did she realise Ben had won as well; he’d got the date he wanted.

3.5 years later, on a random Tuesday night a little something was burning a nervous hole in Ben’s pocket. Jaz was working the late shift at hospital and Ben had been round to her parents to ask for their blessing.

As soon as Jaz pulled into the driveway, Ben came running out of the house saying they had to go to the top of Arthurs Seat lookout to see the super moon.

As they say, the rest is history.

Jaz and Ben wanted some images along the back beaches of Mornington Peninsula. We chose Koonya back beach, an area of the world very fond to them. Jaz is a mad surfer and taught Ben a few back, so a lot of their time is spent surfing along these beaches.

They were an absolute pleasure to work with and relaxed amazingly well, allowing me to capture some very special engagement memories for them.

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