The Newest Doltone Wedding Reception Venue is going ‘Green’

News media release about Doltone’s newest waterfront wedding reception/event centre at Darling Island Wharf which is set to launch in October 2009:

Doltone House is pioneering a green approach to building construction, design, materials and operation in Sydney.

Situated on the stunning Sydney waterfront, Doltone House’s newest venue Darling Island Wharf has been crafted by green-minded industry experts to become part of the first six-star green-star rated building, workplace6, in New South Wales. Workplace6 is only the second building in Australia to obtain this coveted certification, and this six-star green-star rating represents the world’s best practices in sustainability.

Darling Island Wharf incorporates a fresh food and wine emporium complete with open kitchen, a buzzing café, intimate meeting rooms and an 800 seated capacity event space – an inspirational and unique project from the team at Doltone House. Paul Signorelli, Managing Director of Doltone House, was inspired by the environmental initiatives of Workplace6. “Our plans for the internal fit out were specifically created to complement those of the building. By adopting and expanding on the green philosophies of the building itself, Doltone House aims to lead the way into the future by providing the greenest venue in Sydney.”

Workplace 6 reduces greenhouse emissions by 70% compared to a normal office building. In harmony with this, the interior of Darling Island Wharf is clad in a variety of ‘environmentally honest’ and durable materials: recycled, green-minded, low-toxin emitting and built to last. Eco-ply flooring and stone are the obvious green materials used throughout the site –yet even the carpet in the event centre has green credentials. The event centre bar is made from a durable marble with a high quality finish, while a counter crafted from recycled Ironwood from Queensland is the focal point of the bluestone-clad cafe downstairs.

On a structural level, Workplace 6 is Australia’s first building to use concrete manufactured from recycled products. The high performance insulation used throughout the building is green-certified as manufactured without the use of ozone-depleting gases. Details such as custom-fitted carbon dioxide sensors and variable speed fans are employed in Darling Island Wharf to reduce the toxin emission and air pollution normally associated with buildings of this scale. As a result, fresh air supply is increased by up to 50% making it a healthier, safer space for the public.

Energy reduction is a significant factor in being green, and Doltone House have tackled this issue head on. In the kitchen, gas combi ovens that run on natural gas, have been installed while fridges and freezers will be insulated with thick panels to reduce energy consumption. Perhaps the most iconic innovation is the ‘watercool’ system, which captures heat rejected from Sydney harbour and transforms it into usable energy for the building’s water-cooling system. Environmental initiatives also extend to the site’s every day operation, including re-using blackwater for parkland irrigation and a tri-generation energy system – where heat, power and chilled water for air conditioning are produced by one single unit. While ‘greening’ a site of this scale adds an extra 15% to construction and fit-out cost, embracing the green approach at this level signifies Doltone House’s serious commitment to environmental and social responsibility.

Have a look at the artists impressions.


For event inquiries you can contact Julie van der Weegen (Doltone House Venue Sales Manager)

Phone 02 8571 0622

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Doltone House Wedding Showcase

Firstly I would like to apologise for my lack of presence on this blog.  I think just about everyone living in Sydney would agree that this has been the worst Winter in regards to sickness.  Everyone I know is sick with the flu, was sick with the flu or is coming down with it.  As for me it has been the worst Winter ever – bring on Summer!

Late last week I was contacted by Doltone House and asked if my readers might be interested in their wedding extravaganza called ‘A Night to Be Dazzled’.  I thought an evening of glitz, glamour and all things bridal might just be what the doctor ordered to bring some warmth back this winter!

The evening is being held at Doltone House – Jones Bay Wharf on Monday 10th and Tuesday the 11th of August from 5.30-9.30pm.

Here is a little more from Doltone House’s media release:

Providing an exclusive opportunity to mingle with the who’s who in the wedding world, ‘A Night To Be Dazzled’ delivers a veritable plethora of wedding specific information. From cakes and catering, to fashion and flowers, the experts will give guests an in depth insight to ensure their cherished milestone is made truly exceptional. Open to the public and with FREE admission, this is the ultimate, not to be missed bridal experience.

Guests will be drawn into the opulence and romantic charm of Doltone House as they enjoy live entertainment, exquisite fashion on the bridal runway with two shows planned each evening, bubbly and delicious canapés. The elegant harbour side atmosphere will come alive, providing a backdrop to a stunning journey; a visual spectacle set to ignite the imagination of prospective brides and grooms. The expert Doltone House wedding team will also be on hand to impart their inside knowledge to help make this event as extraordinary as a Doltone wedding itself.

“We take pride in the lengths we go to in order to help brides achieve their dream. At this showcase we have covered every detail to educate and importantly inspire prospective brides and grooms on how to make their day nothing short of magical,” Carmela Signorelli, Marketing Director, Doltone House Group comments.

Doltone House is renowned for delivering a wedding experience like no other.

Attendees of the wedding expo can expect the same passion, commitment and attention to detail that have secured Doltone House its position as thought leaders in the premier wedding market.

RSVP is essential, as space to this exclusive event is limited.

Visit the website to register online at

Doltone House is located at:

Jones Bay Wharf, Piers 19-21 Upper Deck 26-32, Pirrama rd, Pyrmont point.

Phone : 02 8571 0622

Doltone House bridal runway 

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Ceremony Location & Reception Venue in Blue Mountains

Last Friday I was photographing a wedding in the Blue Mountains.  The location for both the wedding ceremony and reception was at the historic house and estate ‘Yester Grange’.

Situated at the end of Yester Road Wentworth Falls, the estate is nestled on 10 acres and backs onto world heritage National Park wilderness. 

Yester Grange’s website boasts one of the finest views you will find anywhere in the world.  Let me tell you that I agree with this claim but it is a view you just have to see for yourself.  The wedding ceremony was held on the lawn so the National Park wilderness was the stunning back drop.  Afterwards guests strolled towards the historic house for a three course sit down reception.

The wedding couple shared with me that Yester Grange is a secret little gem and I have to admit that it was my first time photographing there.  I found the staff friendly, the bushlands and grounds stunning and the house quaint and charming.

If you are looking to get out of Sydney for your wedding, check out Yester Grange as a possibility.




Yester Grange Wedding Reception  Stunning View For Wedding Ceremony in Blue Mountains

Blue Mountains Reception Venues

Yester Grange Wedding Reception Venue



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Sydney Weddings and the Weather Considerations


Do you want to know something that many photographers around the world have discovered?  This phenomenon proves to me that the number one concern for most bride & grooms is the weather they will experience on their wedding day.


What is this truth that I write of?  On any day of the week (even within the busy wedding season) if it is raining outside then our phone will not ring.  I have even noticed that we will not receive emails from wedding couples who live in Sydney when it rains.  It is as if couples don’t want to even think about their wedding plans on a rainy day. 


So with that realisation shared, here is some information to consider in the planning of your wedding day in regards to the weather.



Having a beach wedding ceremony on the sand?  Then check when the tides are due to come in.  Sydney Tide Times 


Sydney Tides at Weddings



Unless you are living in Norway during the middle of summer and can enjoy the benefits of the midnight sun, fading light will be an issue for you and your photography.  You can check the sunrise and sunset months before your wedding day and thus can book your wedding ceremony & reception based on these times.  Sydney Sunset & Sunrise Times  


Photographic useable light is different than sunset.  The last 10-15 min before sunset is usually very dark, however I have used this light at times for some moody, creative ‘end of the wedding day’ type photographs.


Sunset Photographs Sydney Weddings


Wind & Rain

Your best defence is to be thinking of wet weather alternatives at the time of booking your ceremony and reception.  Hoping the weather will be ok is not a plan and denial is not a strategy.  It isn’t a bad idea to start your search for photographers at the same time as ceremony & reception venues, as they can be a wealth of information on wet weather locations and strategies for bad weather.  If they don’t help with this kind of information then it will quickly help you work out the better photographers to book.


Once you have planned for any weather conditions, five days before your wedding you can start to check the weather forecast.  Don’t do it any earlier as you are only going to drive yourself crazy and the information is not going to be accurate (be kind to yourself). Sydney Forecast 


If the forecast predicts rain then contact your photographer and venues if you need to discuss those wet weather strategies.  With the rain can come a change of light and often really moody cloud cover, which I see as an opportunity to get some really creative photographs.  Having a number of large golf umbrellas on hand is a really good idea.  Black ones help with the moody shots and the all white ones (though really hard to find) are great for keeping the rain off but allowing some light through onto the face.  Be careful that the umbrellas selected does not have any company logo’s or writing on them – as they will show in your photographs.


Rain Wedding Photographs Sydney


May the sunlight warm your face, the wind be blowing gently and there be no mention of rain on your wedding day.  Have a wonderful day!

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Taronga Centre Reception Venue

The Taronga Zoo Reception Centre is another one of my favourite wedding reception venues.


I like it because:


1)       Amazing view of the City of Sydney, Harbour Bridge, Opera House and Centre Point Tower!

2)       Couples have the option of not only hosting their reception at the venue but also their ceremony.  There are different options for where the ceremony can be held.  One option is under cover (a good option if concerned about the weather).

3)       Bridal party photographs throughout the zoo, is a possibility.

4)       Other great locations near the zoo for photography.  See example photographs

5)       The food and service has always been exceptional.


My only note on this venue is that they appear to have a regular change over of wedding coordinators (approx every 18 months).  However this is probably the average amount of time wedding coordinators will stay at a particular job.  Read my post on ‘wedding coordinators’ for more information about this subject. Also I must say I have never heard anything bad about this venue, wedding co-ordinators, service or staff, only very happy reports.


Enjoy the photographs taken from the Taronga Centre.



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Finding A Good Wedding Reception Venue

On Friday, I travelled north along the Northern Beaches Peninsular to photograph a wedding at Whale Beach.  The reception was at Moby’s Beach House, which is one of my favourite wedding venues.  Yes the venue has an amazing view of Whale Beach and yes the food is exceptional but the service is what I love the most about Moby’s.


After each wedding, many bride and grooms will often share details with me about their wedding.  What they loved, the highlights and even anything about their wedding that they were disappointed in.


On the drive home from photographing Friday’s wedding, I started thinking about how I have never heard any bad reports about Moby’s – only flourishing and glowing testimonies.


To be honest, I am not surprised.  The reason is I have long since believed that a way to tell how a wedding couple will be treated by the venue’s staff and mangers can be gadged by how the ‘hired hands’ are treated.  By ‘hired hands’ I mean the photographers, videographers, musicians and DJ etc. 


Moby’s staff, owners and managers have always treated me as the photographer with courtesy and respect therefore I am not surprised that they would be even more supportive and caring of their wedding couples and guests.


The best tip I can offer any couple in deciding which wedding reception venue to book is to ask the ‘hired hands’ on their experiences of the possible venues.  You may be surprised on what information you will find out.


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Reception Venue – Waters Edge Sydney

I thought a photographic exposé on different wedding reception venues might be a helpful idea.


Included in the post, would be images of recent actual weddings at these reception venues.


Then readers could feel free to add any comments or experiences they have had at these venues (good or bad) to help other wedding couples at the stage of looking to book their wedding reception venue.


First wedding reception photographic exposé is Sydney’s Waters Edge Restaurant in Walsh Bay.


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