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.
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.