It was a beautiful autumn day at Flowerdale Estate in Strath Creek. We loved being the wedding photographer at Flowerdale Estate for Carla & Joe.
After all the rain we got in the weeks before we were lucky to get some beautiful sunshine. It was a perfect day for an outdoor ceremony on the lawn. The nighty still a bit too cold for an outdoor nighttime function. It’s a pity as Flowerdale Estate would have the perfect spot for a dancefloor under the stars. All these fairy lights.
Flowerdale Estate is not too far from Melbourne between the Yarra Valley and the Macedon Ranges in Central Victoria. It was just an hour drive from Melbourne. The historic venue (founded in 1893) is a wedding photographer dream. There are so many different spots to photograph. We had the pleasure of photographing Carla & Joe’s beautiful wedding here. Special!
Photographing a country wedding near Melbourne
Carla and Joe planned their beautiful wedding for a long time and they were very lucky – they got married just before the Victorian lockdown which limited weddings to 5 people. It was the last wedding we photographed before the country came to standstill. Flowerdale Estate was able to easily accommodate the wedding. It was just under 100 guests.
Flowerdale Estate – A wedding photographers dream
Carla and Joe got both ready at Flowerdale Estate. The couple got ready in beautiful rooms in a wonderful setting. The gardens surrounding the accommodation give you lots of options for photos. Plenty of rooms and space offer plenty of privacy before the ceremony and it’s easy to guarantee that the bride and the groom don’t meet before the wedding ceremony.
A glass of whisky before the wedding for the groom. Enjoying the drink in the pool room playing with the best man. The beautiful bride on the other side had some champagne while getting ready with their family and maid of honour. For instance, the large bridal room featured a piano and 4 poster bed – just magnificent to photograph.
A unique wedding venue – Flowerdale Estate
This wedding venue is truly unique. Firstly set in wonderful gardens and bush-land you can venture out to explore the grounds. Our wedding couple on the day had a vintage Ford Mustang to drive around and we made a little trip up the road to get a breathtaking view over the hilly landscape. Sadly you can’t hear the noise of that car in the photos.
Secondly, Flowerdale Estate offers lots of locations for the photoshoot. There are the old rustic looking stables (with an old Furphy cart) and picturesque gardens throughout the grounds. During our wedding photoshoot, we ventured down the hill to the open fields and haybales – it’s just a minute walk away but you can easily forget the wedding party at the Pavillion. It’s a special feature of this venue that your wedding guests are entertained while you can have your wedding photoshoot on the grounds and be totally separate and can relax a bit.
Outdoor wedding ceremony at Flowerdale Estate
Flowerdale Estate offers several spots for your wedding ceremony – lakeside or in the gardens. The large oak tree with old stone steps can be used for the family photos and the group shot – all close to the ceremony so no one needs to walk that long. The arbour in the gardens was decorated with stunning flower arrangements and framed the couple during the ceremony. What a romantic garden wedding setting. The spaces at Flowerdale Estate are very versatile and suits smaller and larger weddings without looking too cramped or being too empty – perfect for a rustic garden wedding. The couple went through a lot of effort and planned lots of little details – an amazing setup.
Fun at the wedding party
The wedding party started in the glass pavilion. What a location – in summer it’s pretty much an outdoor Pavillion but we had it nice and cosy inside. A unique architectural design which makes every wedding party special. The couple made an entrance cutting a ribbon and straight away ventured to the amazing cake. After that, we had some divine food. A perfect wedding party. Some surprise wedding music, Cuban cigars and romantic moments under the fairy lights made it the perfect wedding day!
A wonderful victorian country wedding at Flowerdale Estate. I had lots of pleasure photographing this wedding.