Weddings at Lavender Bay Sydney?

Within North Sydney, there is a little area known as Lavender Bay.  Over the years this small area of North Sydney, has become a favourite location for wedding photography and wedding ceremonies.

There are two Churches in Lavender Bay.  Christ Church which is Anglican and St Francis Xavier with is Catholic.

For photography, a great spot is down by the water of Lavender Bay.  The entrance into the park can be hard to find from Lavender Street (if it is your first visit).  Also it is really important to know that many larger cars like limos will find it very hard to enter the park.  If you are wanting your photography to be captured at Lavender Bay, I always highly recommend my couples tell their wedding car company, that we are going to Lavender Bay.  Make sure they have checked out the entrance and small road leading down through the park, if they have not been there before!

I have put together a slide show of photographs captured at both Lavender Bay churches and photographs captured down by the water.

Usually I have only ever seen one or two other bridal parties down at Lavender Bay while I have been photographing.  However I have to be honest and say the last time I was photographing a wedding at Lavender Bay,  there would have been about eight other bridal parties having their photographs taken at the same time.  Lavender Bay isn’t as secret as it used to be years ago but if you visit, you will understand why the word has gotten out.

Lavender Bay is a gorgeous spot for a wedding!

Map Lavender Bay Sydney


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Wedding Thank You Cards – a new idea!

As a wedding photographer I am always looking for new products and ideas that will benefit wedding couples…. and as a business owner I am always looking for new technology that not only improves my business but also helps my clients.

 

I am really proud to announce a new ‘arm’ of my photographic business.  Sarhn McArthur Photography can now offer all wedding couples (even those who are not using Sarhn McArthur Photography as a photographer) the ability to send thank you cards from the comfort of their lounge room with their computer.

 

No they are not E-Cards but real cards!  People can now go online and select from thousands of pre designed cards or even upload and design their own card (using a wedding photograph for example).

 

Once you have selected your card front, selected a font, typed your personal message on the inside, then press send on the computer screen; Australia Post will print and send your card to anywhere in the world (and you didn’t have to leave the lounge room).

 

Want to try sending a card for free??

 

I am offering anyone who leaves a comment on this post the opportunity to have a free gift account for two weeks.  I will even give you enough funds to send a couple of free cards to give it a go.**

 

Simply leave a comment and make sure you include a correct email address (will not be published).  I will then email you back all the details which will include your username and password to access your free gift account.

 

This is opened to anyone, anywhere in the world (you don’t even have to be getting married).  I am also happy to make this offer available to any photographers reading this post (I know there are a couple of you J ).

 

Hope you enjoy this new technology as much as I do!

 

 

 

**  Offer is only for a limited time.

**  Sarhn McArthur has the right to refuse anyone the offer who she believes has dodgy intentions.

 

 


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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.

 

Tides

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

 

Light

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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