Melissa & Andrews's Traditional Melbourne Wedding

Held at the Church Of The Immaculate Conception in Hawthorn, Melissa & Andrew's wedding ceremony was a beautiful traditional service in a heritage listed church. On that note, the main section of the church was actually built back in 1867, but the tower wasn't added until 1891. Capturing weddings in Gothic bluestone buildings like this church is always a joy. Don't underestimate the many photographic opportunities there are just outside this church - it really is a photographer's dream.

After the ceremony we headed to St Kilda Pier where we made the most of the beach, pier, and garden area that St Kilda has to offer. If you have time, you can even break for a few minutes and grab a drink at Little Blue at the very end of the pier. Catani Gardens which is walking distance away from the pier (yes, even in a wedding dress) is perfect for group shots and photos of larger bridal parties. The best time for photographs at Catani Gardens is 'Golden Hour', about an hour before sunset. If you have limited time for photos this is really the spot to go to. We had the added benefit of a weekday wedding so it wasn't too packed with tourists.

Finally we headed to the Manhattan Hotel for a casual cocktail reception. The staff here were great to work with. Melissa & Andrew's reception was in Elliotts room which is a nightclub style lounge (a little bit different from the ceremony!). If you are having your reception in this particular room I suggest organizing all your group photos before the reception as this room is extremely dark and has no light/white surfaces. Nevertheless, with a little bit of flash and LED lights on the roof, it makes for some great candid portrait shots.

I personally think Melissa & Andrew had one of the coolest cakes. I may have sampled a macaroon while photographing their wedding rings :).