An Observatory Hill wedding, just above Sydney's Rocks and looking over the Sydney Harbour Bridge, is a very fine thing. It's one of the most beautiful views on Sydney Harbour.

Outdoor ceremonies are planned with two things in mind. One, "We really want to be married there". Two, "Let's hope the weather holds." Shayne and Belinda got two out of two, and each other, for the deal.

Belinda got ready with family and friends, at the family home she'd grown up in. As hair and make-up continued the other little jobs were done; a final polish of the shoes, opening an occasional present or a bottle of sparkling, a Skype conversation with a best friend in Eastern Europe.

A couple of lovely white Maserati's awaited Belinda to whisk her into town in Italian luxury.

Shayne and Belinda's guests waited under one of those beautiful big trees on the hill.

Belinda walked from around the Observatory arm-in-arm with her father and then, after a quick straightening of the dress, towards Shayne. The last few metres drew remarkable smiles and laughter, "We're here!".

Belinda and Shayne were married by their church friends Ari-Ben & Ange, who led the ceremony. It's something I've been fortunate to see at a lot of weddings and it carries that extra joy of personalisation and friendship.
Family photographs were done on the Hill and Shayne and Belinda had time for some "formals" before the start of their reception.

The reception was back down the hill at Waterfront Restaurant, which of course, has that rather delicious view of the Harbour, Bridge and Opera House.

Belinda and Shayne began with their dance, while one of Shayne's sisters sang (with the band - in a performance that happened rather brilliantly on the spot).

A lovely dinner together was rounded out by some sparkling speeches with a good sense of humour evident (I personally love speeches that leave my stomach muscles struggling).

After the reception Belinda and Shayne boarded a VIP water taxi and cruised the Harbour for a while, almost an antidote to the noise, laughter and crowds of the reception. I bid them farewell halfway through (at Luna Park) as they cracked open a bottle and drank to health, happiness and the blessing of love.

Bride and groom at Observatory Hill, The Rocks
Hair and makeup to start the day
Brides beautiful shoes
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The brides jewellery
The bride's bouquet
The Bride's parents buttonholes
Having hair and makeup done
Admiring the bride's nails
Hair and makeup with Mel Sundana
Champagne with her friends
Taking time out with friends on morning of wedding
Kissing his grandma as she helps put on shoes
The bride's grandparents
putting on her perfume
Mum helping bride get ready
Dad watching his daughter
Bride with her parents before the wedding
Mum having moment with daughter
Selfies with her friends
Laughter with her friends
Our beautiful bride, Belinda
Beautiful Sydney Bride
Wedding cars waiting to leave for the ceremony
Leaving home for wedding ceremony
Bride arriving for her wedding at Observatory Hill
Waiting for the bride under the tree at Observatory Hill
Last minute dress adjustments
Last minute words with Dad
Walking to the wedding ceremony
Walking down the aisle at Observatory Hill
Walking down the aisle for observatory hill wedding
Groom watching the bride walk down the aisle
Made it down the aisle
Wedding ceremony under the tree at Observatory Hill
A prayer during the wedding ceremony at Observatory Hill
Wedding at Observatory Hill, The Rocks, Sydney
Getting married at Observatory Hill
Friends marrying friends
Laughter during wedding ceremony at Observatory Hill
Guests watching the wedding ceremony at Observatory Hill
Putting on the rings Observatory Hill
Holding hands
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Watching his aunt get married
Signing the register
Prayer during Observatory Hill Wedding
Congratulations from Mum and Dad
Congratulations for family
Family photos at Observatory Hill Wedding
Escaping from wedding photos
Bride with her friends
Observatory Hill Wedding Photos
Wedding photos at Observatory Hill
A quiet moment during their wedding day
Bride and Groom portraits in black and white
Wedding photos at Observatory Hill
Black and white photos at Observatory Hill Wedding
Black and white photo of the bride and groom
Bride and groom embrace after their wedding ceremony at Observatory Hill
Kissing her shoulder
Black and white photo of bride and groom at The Rocks Sydney
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Room decorations at Waterfront Restaurant
Table decorations for wedding at Waterfront Restaurant
Table set for wedding reception at Waterfront Restaurant
Table decorations at Waterfront Restaurant
View from reception at Waterfront Restaurant
Music entertainment during waterfront restaurant wedding reception
Sister sings for the first dance
First dance at Waterfront Restaurant
Bride and Groom first dance
First dance at Waterfront Restaurant, The Rocks, Sydney
Guests watching the first dance
fun-at-reception
Entree for wedding reception
Guests enjoying the reception
Speeches by friends
Speech by bride's best friend
Father of the groom speech
Bride and groom listening to speeches
Father of the bride speech
Speech by Groom
Dancing with their parents
Dancing with their parents
Guests having fun dancing
Friends enjoying the reception at Waterfront Restaurant
Dancing at reception
Leaving reception via Sydney Harbour
Night photos for wedding on Sydney Harbour
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Admiring the Sydney Harbour Bridge
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Belinda's Hair and makeup was done by the fabulous Mel from Forever Makeup, who as always, does such a wonderful job we love working with her.

The beautiful flowers were arranged by Linda Jamieson and were exquisite in their simplicity.

The amazing music was provided by the Luke Sweeting Trio.

If you've found the one, the love of your life, and you are now planning your wedding (and not just an Observatory Hill Wedding) and want beautiful photography to remember this special day then it's time to talk to Sarah or myself. We take compelling, elegant and timeless stills. We capture the most valuable images in the world. Yours.
David

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