From the concrete jungle that surrounds the iconic Sydney Harbor, to the bucolic spots away from the beaten track, New South Wales is full of amazing scenery to suit every bride. We’ve collated 9 breathtaking locations from all across the state that would make perfect backdrops for your wedding photos.
1. Wendy’s Secret Garden, Lavender Bay
Overlooking Lavender Bay, Wendy’s Secret Garden is a lush sanctuary among the bustling CBD of North Sydney. The name of this magical haven comes from Wendy Whitely, a woman who cleaned up and landscaped the large patch of abandoned land and turned it into the beauty it is today. The spectacular views of the Sydney Harbor Bridge among the greenery make for a stunning setting for your wedding photos.
2. Lilian Fraser Garden, Pennant Hills
The Lilian Fraser Garden – located in the Sydney western suburb, Pennant Hills, is an urban sanctuary, containing rare and unusual plants. Stretching over 3,426 square metres, the woodland garden and its array of blooms such as azaleas, wisterias and cherry trees, make it the perfect floral wonderland for wedding photography.
3. Hunter Valley Gardens, Pokolbin
Spanning over 60 acres and with 10 themed feature gardens to choose from, the Hunter Valley Gardens offer endless photography opportunities. Whether it’s the wonderful colours and scents that exude from the hundreds and thousands of roses in the Rose Garden, or the serenity of the Sunken Garden that sits atop a 10 metre high waterfall, there will be no shortage of sensational, outdoor settings for photos.
4. Paddington Reservoir Gardens, Paddington
Image from Layla’s wedding. Photography by Diamond Films. Dress by Personalised Weddings Couture.
Paddington Reservoir Gardens is a hidden gem among the hustle and bustle of Oxford St in Paddington. The original brick, timber and iron fixtures remain intact against the contemporary elements such as the bridge, making the state heritage-listed garden the perfect fusion of modern and vintage and a great location for wedding photos.
5. Nurragingy Reserve, Doonside
Nestled among beautiful bush land, Nurragingy Reserve is located in Sydney’s west, in the suburb of Doonside. The 63-hectare, tranquil location offers an array of gardens within the grounds, ranging from Chinese influenced botanical gardens to sheltered memorial gardens.
6. Nielsen Park, Vaucluse
Nielsen Park is situated in Sydney’s eastern suburb of Vaucluse, offering amazing views of Sydney Harbor and access to both picturesque greenery and the serene Shark Beach. Whether you take photos under the magnificent rows of fig trees or along the scenic foreshore walking track, they are sure to turn out amazing.
7. Mount Tomah Botanic Gardens, The Blue Mountains
The panoramic views of the Blue Mountains are not the only good thing about the Mount Tomah Botanic Gardens, the stunning plant displays and perfectly manicured lawns also make the venue an exquisite background for wedding photos.
8. Luna Park
If you’re after something a little bit more eccentric than a natural setting, then wedding photos at Luna Park are perfect for you. Whether you take a ride on the Ferris wheel with your bridal party and capture the moment, or use the iconic face at the front to take some silly snaps, your photos will be unique, lively and great fun!
9. The Australian Botanic Garden, Mount Annan
Stretched over 416 hectares, The Australian Botanic Garden in Mount Annan is located in a hilly area of the southwestern Sydney suburb. The botanical garden is the largest of its kind in Australia and features an array of native plants across its 17 feature gardens.