Northern Beaches weddings - Venue location spotlight

The best wedding venues from the Northern Beaches are featured in this article.

The Northern Beaches feature some of the city's most dramatic locations for weddings in Sydney. From the long stretches of golden sand, pristine water, awesome clifftop views, and nearby national parks, this area is a wedding photographers dream.

If you're lucky enough to be considering your own wedding at a venue along the Northern Beaches, we've included some of our favourite photos below to inspire your plans.

The Whale Beach Rockpool, above, is a spectacular location for your wedding photography, especially if you've just had your ceremony nearby at Jonah's Boutique Hotel like this couple did.

Long Reef Golf Club, pictured above, is located right beside the water at Fishermans Beach, at the foot of Long Reef Point. This proud father had just started walking his daughter down the aisle as the eagerly awaiting guests were captured in the windows of the golf club.

Little Manly is the perfect mix of quiet beach, harbour views, nearby bushland, and is one of our favourite northern beaches wedding venues.

The image above was taken in the bushland near Palm Beach. One of the benefits of almost all northern beaches wedding venues is that there they often have a nearby park available to compliment the wedding photos taken right along the beach.

One half of our studio grew up along the Northern Beaches, so we're both very familiar with the area. We've spent time living along the northern beaches as children and adults, so we know of some amazing locations for your wedding photos, including some hidden gems off the beaten track. We're familiar with how best to light an outdoor wedding ceremony in the bright sun on the sand, we have weather-proof gear and we don't mind getting ultra-close to the water and waves, and we've been photographing weddings along the Northern Beaches for more than seven years.

Some of our favourite wedding venues and ceremony locations along the Northern Beaches are Shelly Beach Boathouse, Long Reef Golf Club, The Boathouse Palm Beach, Jonah's, Milestone Events, Freshwater View Reserve, Mona Vale Headland, Snapperman Beach Reserve, and Moby Dicks Whale Beach.

Some of our favourite photo locations for your bridal party and couple portraits along the Northern Beaches are Long Reef Headland, Turrimetta Beach, Little Manly Beach and Little Manly Point Park, North Head, Narrabeen Ocean Pool, the rock pool and lookout at Freshwater Beach, Curl Curl Boardwalk, Newport rockpool, Whale Beach, and Mckay Reserve near Palm Beach.

If you're searching for a wedding photographer to help document your northern beaches wedding please get in touch. We'd love to hear from you and run through our approach :)

In the meantime please enjoy a few more of our favourite images from our northern beaches weddings:

Best Wedding Venues: Greenfield Farm Estate, Martinsville, NSW (and why we love photographing there)

Why we love photographing weddings at Greenfield Farm Estate in Martinsville, NSW. From the hosts to the endless photos locations, to the beautiful garden ceremonies, to the magically-lit reception barn, this is one venue that is hard to beat!

There's just something about a country wedding. Every time we photograph in the Hunter Valley or Southern Highlands, we always comment after how everyone was so happy, relaxed and really up for a great party! We've shot many weddings at Greenfield Farm Estate in Martinsville, NSW, and we connect easily with the kind of couples that choose this fantastic venue.

The first wedding we photographed at Greenfield Farm was back in 2014, and it happened to be the first wedding ever held at the venue, the wedding of Sarah and Con (pictured above). Sarah is the daughter of the property's owner and wanted to have her wedding at the family farm. An open air barn, adorned with thousands of fairy lights, was built for Sarah and Con's wedding, and shortly after the family decided to open up the estate as a venue for hire.

Located 1.5 hours north of Sydney’s CBD, Greenfield Farm is the ideal location for that 'away from it all' wedding, where everyone can truly relax and let their hair down.

We also love the fact that the estate and reception area can be so personalised and unique; there are definitely no cookie cutter weddings here! Sophie Field, the event coordinator, is wonderful and will help you craft your vision for the perfect wedding day. We've seen lots of beautiful styling here, from rustic to boho, and it all looks amazing.

Carefully crafted reception details are a feature of the wedding planners at Milestone Events
Some of the delicious menu items available from the award-winning chef

Now for our side of things, the options for photography are fantastic. Within the estate itself, you'll find a rainforest, winding country paths, gardens, a barn, antique farm equipment, all set amongst rolling hills. The amazing reception space with its ceiling of fairy lights also makes the perfect backdrop for your photographs. Since everything is in the same location, you will get more lovely photos in less time (meaning more party time for you ;).

Here are some additional images from weddings we have photographed at Greenfield Farm Estate to get you even more inspired.

We know there are a lot of photographers to choose from, however we know all the ins and outs of Greenfield Farm Estate, and we know how to capture the best photos of you and the venue. We know where all the secret spots are for the most stunning photographs, how to capture the most dramatic images of the reception and best of all, how to help you enjoy your day while taking photographs that you'll look back on for the rest of your life!

We are also a hardworking small business, and we care about all of our clients as individuals. We only take on a select number of weddings per year so that we can give our clients the customer service and care that they deserve! We'd love to hear from you, so please send us a message or give us a call on 0434 934 766.

Please see our wedding photography gallery or engagement photography gallery for more examples of our work. 

Five benefits of an engagement, couple or pre-wedding photography session in Sydney, Australia

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What is an engagement photography session?

It's a perfect opportunity to get some amazing images of the two of you together at a relaxed pace, in perfect light, and at an awesome location. We photograph many engagement sessions all across Sydney (and sometimes elsewhere in Australia) every year. They're for couples that might not even be engaged, those planning their wedding, and even for couples who have been married for a while but would love some updated photos together. They're sometimes called couple sessions, pre-wedding sessions, or simply 'photos of us together on a trip to Sydney' :)

We'll usually spend an hour or two together - I'll start with some brief posing instructions to get started, but most of the session will be organic, genuine moments between the two of you. I'll provide as much direction as required, but usually find ways of simply letting you have fun and capturing the moments as they happen.

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Why is engagement photography, or a couple session, a good idea?

1. You'll get a bunch of great photos of the two of you together!

Chances are you have lots of photos of the two of you together already - but an engagement session is a chance to move past those posed shots. We'll help you create a set of meaningful images that tell your story in a beautiful, dramatic, and fun way. Photos that will make you laugh, smile, and cry. Photos you can show your kids and grandkids. This time is fleeting - take advantage of the opportunity to document it.

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2. Awesome location

There are almost no restrictions on where you can choose for your location. Got a favourite beach? Let's go there. Love Sydney's evening skyline? Let's do it. Or is there somewhere with special meaning for the two of you, like your favourite cafe or park? The options are endless. We can often include a location that might not quite fit into your wedding day timeline. That way you'll still have a chance to capture some great photos of the two of you at one of your favourite locations.

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3. Use them for your wedding

If you'd like to include a couple of photos on your save-the-date cards, your invitations, or any of your wedding stationery, why not use some of the photos from your engagement session? They will look beautiful, be full of meaning, and they'll capture your story perfectly.

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4. Fun!

Hang out and have fun! Yes, seriously! It will just be the two of you (and me, and sometimes your pet puppy) so enjoy your time together. Enjoy each other's company in a beautiful location in Sydney, just being together, thinking about each other and your plans together. It's normal to feel a little nervous ahead of your engagement shoot, but shortly after we start you'll see that's it's just like a fun date (with a little entourage ;).

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5. Get used to the camera

If you are getting married any time soon, it's a great chance to get used to being in front of the camera. Don't underestimate this one - if you can become used to having a camera (or two) pointed at you for a prolonged period of time it will help break down any barriers that might otherwise exist on your wedding day. I love meeting up with my couples before their wedding day so that we can get to know each other a little bit better. On the wedding day everyone is relaxed and more comfortable in front of the camera, which of course makes for the very best photographs of you!

Don't forget to check out our engagements gallery for some inspiration on your upcoming engagement session!

Venue Spotlight: Milestone Events Manly (and why you should hire us as your wedding photographer!)

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When my wife and I were planning our wedding, we looked for a venue that ticked all the right boxes:

  1. Beautiful location for a ceremony (preferably with a nice outlook)
  2. Unique venue that could be decorated to suit our style and endless pinterest ideas (hers, not so much mine!)
  3. Really, really delicious food
  4. Not too far from the city and with good parking for guests. It should feel ‘away from it all’, like a mini holiday

Well, had we been married in Sydney (we weren't, we got married in Winnipeg, Canada), Milestone Events in North Head, Manly would have been just the ticket. Having photographed so many weddings over the years, it’s easy to see when a venue is getting it right.

Newly married couple embrace at the lookout near North Head, Manly - a 2-minute drive from Milestone Events

Located only 30 minutes from Sydney’s CBD, Milestone Events is super close but feels like you’re on a coastal getaway. The ceremony location has amazing views over Sydney harbour, a perfect spot to say your vows. As a wet weather back up, ceremonies can be held right inside the vintage 1930’s reception venue. 

The venue itself has a heritage ballroom which seats up to 180 guests, along with a separate lounge space beside the bar. The classic features of the room lends itself to almost any style of decor, but vintage wedding themes in particular look amazing in this venue. Milestone Events can also arrange an outdoor garden wedding reception for dining under the stars.

Carefully crafted reception details are a feature of the wedding planners at Milestone Events

We’ve been told by many brides that the owners, Miles and his family, are really accommodating and helpful in the wedding planning process. The on site wedding planner will assist with anything to make your vision come to life. On top of that, some of the best reception food we’ve eaten has been at Milestone Events. Whether it’s a cocktail reception or a full sit down dinner, the award winning chef Marion Jane prepares the most delicious food. At Karen and Brad’s wedding, they even put together a special wedding cake, made completely out of cheese (my kind of cake ;)!

Some of the delicious menu items available from the award-winning chef

Now for our side of things, options for photography are fantastic. Within such a small area, you have backdrops of Sydney harbour, North Head, native bushland and gardens. A short drive away is the Quarantine Station Wharf and beach, Manly, and Little Manly beach. 

Here are some additional images from weddings we have photographed at Milestone Events to get you even more inspired.

Now, why should you ask us to photograph your wedding day at this fantastic venue? We know there are a lot of photographers to choose from for your nuptials, however we have captured many weddings in the Northern Beaches and at Milestone Events, making us experts at getting the best photos of you and the venue. We know how the lighting falls at different times of the day, we know the layout of the venue well, and we know all the best places to take your portraits and family photographs.

We are also a hardworking small business, and we care about all of our clients as individuals. We only take on a select number of weddings per year so that we can give our clients the customer service and care that they deserve! We'd love to hear from you, so please send us a message or give us a call on 0434 934 766.

Please see our wedding photography gallery or engagement photography gallery for more examples of our work.