I love the idea of marrying in a greenhouse – surrounded by sunshine and beautifully cared for plants. So today I thought I would round up my finds for garden greenhouse wedding venues in Australia. My list? Not as plentiful as I’d like, so if you know of any that allow wedding ceremonies, please leave a comment and I can add it to the list!
I think Palm House, Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney is one of my favourite greenhouse wedding ceremony spots. Set amongst the gardens the glass walls and ceiling and brick floor encapsulate the glasshouse feel. The venue comes as a blank canvas so any kind of furniture you want can be used. It can seat 80 for a ceremony or 120 cocktail style.
Managed by Ed Dixon Food Design, Glasshaus, Richmond is a working nursery and glasshouse so if you’re looking to get into the thick of it, this venue is for you! The venue can hold 100 seated or 150 standing providing the authentic working garden backdrop for your day with exposed beams and transparent roofs.
The beautiful building of the The Conservatory, Royal Tasmanian Botanic Gardens with its sandstone walls and floors, fountain and glass ceiling makes for a beautiful ceremony space. Able to accommodate 80 people, the conservatory changes its floral displays seasonally.
Looking for something modern? Bicentennial Conservatory, Adelaide Botanic Garden is the biggest single span conservatory in the Southern hemisphere. The conservatory is available for weddings from April to September each year and is filled with plants from Papua New Guinea, the Pacific Islands and Indonesia. The best part? It is also home to wood swallows and the Noisy Pitta bird. No need for background music with live bird calls!
The Conservatory, Fitzroy Gardens is a short walk from Melbourne CBD but one of those iconic buildings that is as special as it is beautiful. The venue opened in 1930 and while it has an intimate capacity and is only available after 5.30pm – its location and beauty is completely worth it. Best part about The Conservatory? The in built seasonal floral arrangements!
I love the multicultural feel to Alex and Imran’s Adelaide wedding. Between the bride choosing to wear a sari to honour the groom’s Bangladeshi heritage, to the surprise sing along, the epic space cake and family and friends pitching in every step of the way. Nicholas Purcell was there to capture every moment.
Alex tells the tale of how they came to be. “We were introduced at a friend’s place, on again off again for about 5 years. Imran proposed on bended knee in front of our dishwasher, his dad and our daughter, Olive. Our engagement was drawn out due to an unexpected birth of our second daughter, Inez.”
The wedding was truly a family and friends affair, when the florist didn’t show up, two of the bride’s friends pitched in and pulled together the floral arrangements.
Wedding Hair By Brooke and Cynthia Davies Makeup style the bride and bridesmaid’s makeup for the day, Alex noting, “I can’t recommend enough, make up artist Cynthia Davies. She did a splendid job, and knew how to bring out the best of each of the bridal party (quite a motley lot).”
Alex and Imran were married at Scotch College, noting, “We chose Scotch College because of the beautiful grounds, but particularly because of the glorious old residence including the Barr Smith Theatre. It is grand and opulent and perfect for the vibe we were striving for.”
Alex chose Bach G Major Prelude for Cello for her walk down the aisle.
Alex and Imran remember, “Despite a rather chaotic day getting ready (trying to juggle two young daughters, bridal party, hairdressers, makeup artists and our families!), once we arrived at the ceremony and our celebrant Paddy asked everyone to take a quiet moment, whilst ringing a traditional burmese gong (from Shwedagon Pagoda). It was grounding and it really made us, and everyone, present. He then passed our rings around, in a hand-painted Iranian bowl, for each of the guests to pass their well wishes onto.”
“We really called on our amply talented bunch of friends. Our invites were to die for (designed by Grace Lin), two die hard florists (who aren’t really florists) who saved the day when our flowers didn’t arrive (Rose and Lauren), our impeccable DJs who really got the party started with records fresh from NYC (Ol and Lew Graham). Special mention must go to Paddy Duigan, our great friend, who was our un-official celebrant and Erin Gregg, our MC and Bridesmaid, who both brought a personal and meaningful element to the entire day (not to mention their unwavering help bumping in and bumping out).”
The newlyweds were surprised with a surprise recessional – sung by their guests! They remember, “A special moment for us was when, unbeknownst to us, all the guests and the wedding party broke into song (Ain’t No Mountain…) and choreographed dance moves as the ceremony concluded. It was truly overwhelming and a sight to behold. The pictures capture this moment very well. Our sneaky friends Paddy (Celebrant) and Erin (Bridesmaid/MC) arranged this in SECRET, and managed to prepare all our guests with out us knowing.”
Of their photographer, Alex notes, “He is amazing. Nicholas has an amazing flair for capturing the intimate moments that so often are missed and forgotten. He was really receptive to our requests, and really got into the spirit of the night. All our friends and family commented on how at ease he made them feel, and he certainly was not intrusive. I feel like the photos are artworks in their own right!”
Reception celebrations continued in the Scotch College Barr Smith Theatre. Alex and Imran noting, “We were able to bring in our own caterers (Two Brothers Catering) – which was paramount to us as our main concern was that we had fabulous food and wine (which we did and then some). Two Brothers surpassed our expectations, our friends and family cannot stop singing their praises!”
Sweet Disposition Cakes created a very cool wedding cake, the bride and groom telling, “Special mention must go to our cake maker extraordinaire, Lisa Grech-Staehr (of Sweet Disposition Cakes) who received our instruction for a “Space Cake” with enthusiasm! She took it on, and delivered the MOST beautiful and delicious wedding cake.”
The bride changed to a custom made emerald green gown for the reception.
Of their first dance, Alex tells, “Our great friends were roped into covering a gorgeous song by Ritchie Valens “Stay Beside Me” (by Alex). This was a surprise for Imran, and they nailed it. Benn (Oliver), who we knew could nail a ballad, was on vocals and it made our night.”
One might say today’s venue is slightly unusual but that’s why I love it! Claudia and Rhys chose an elegant cricket ground wedding for their big day in the Hunter Valley. Their venue so large that they married with the backdrop of the oval, the score board later lighting up with a congratulatory message for the newlyweds. Close friend of the groom Matt of Matts Photography was there to capture it all.
Claudia and Rhys chose Wandin Valley Estate for their wedding, noting, “Wandin Valley Estate is an amazing vineyard in the Hunter Valley. It’s spacious and beautiful to look at. The Ceremony was outdoors. We wanted a pretty theme with a happy vibe. Our florist decorated some trees (with muslin & metal hearts) that formed our arch, placed beautiful flowers in bottles onto shepherd hooks and created the perfect aisle for me to walk down.”
Claudia remembers, “The entire day was special, it sounds like a cliche but to spend such an occasion with family and friends was really one of the best days ever. Walking down the aisle with Dad was a highlight. I am a bit of a daddy’s girl and it was special to see him so proud that he was about to hand me to the man of my dreams. Dad and I were talking as we were walking and his smile was ear to ear. There was so much emotion in such a tiny fragment of time.” Claudia walked down the aisle to City & Colour “We Met Each Other In The Dark” after her bridesmaids walked to Angus & Julia Stone “Mango Tree”.
Of their photographer, Claudia notes, “We chose Matt Streatfeild from Matts Photography. It was an easy choice really. Matt is part of our extended family. Rhys has known Matt for over 14 years so naturally we were very comfortable around him, we could just be ourselves. We also love his photography, his relaxed nature and we knew he could deliver a really great photographic experience not just for us but for everyone else involved in the wedding.”
“The indoor reception was amazing. We did the styling ourselves. We hung fairy lights from the truss beams and had vine and orbs with flowers hanging above our table with rope. Wandin Valley is so big it has its own Cricket Oval, they customised the scoreboard with a congratulations message to Rhys and I! ”
Hello Naomi created a simply elegant two tier wedding cake.
Guests received homemade jam as wedding favors. Claudia remarking, “We self styled it, came up with the ideas for what we wanted it to look like. We had some of Rhys’ mates helping him set up the reception venue with decorations, installations. We shared our vision with vendors who we worked with like the florist who gave us exactly what we were after.”
One of Claudia’s favourite memories happened during the speeches, she remembers. “One of the best stories of the day, was when the Best Man (Chris) gave his speech. He and Rhys have known each other for years, he was giving his speech and telling the usual stories that a best man can get away with telling at his wedding. He then went on to tell a story about a time he and Rhys got in trouble off the police when they were kids and got locked up for a night in Byron Bay. All of our friends knew the story, Rhys family (especially his mum) naturally had no idea. There is a photo that captures the moment perfectly, Rhys is loosing it in laughter, his mother mortified, me – well I was unsure whether to laugh along with Rhys (as it was hilarious) or laugh with caution because of his mum’s expression. It was priceless and I am so glad a picture captured it. Still a couple of months on and this story has not surfaced with family once…”
Of their first dance, Claudia remembers, “We had a three piece band (MasterBlaster) and they played Magic by Coldplay. We had dance lessons for 6 weeks leading up to the wedding! Our photographer Matt and a few others at first thought the song was a playback by Coldplay themselves. It took them a few moments to realise it was the band playing it live. They played and sang it pitch perfect. It was amazing!”
Congratulations Claudia and Rhys! Thank you for sharing your day with us! Thank you also to Matts Photography for sharing today’s wedding!
A classic wedding at Melbourne’s beautiful Butleigh Wootten for you today. The art deco decor of this incredible historic building, the sparkling chandelier and a beautiful love story makes this Tuesday a little more special. The newlyweds chose Blue Print Photography to be there to capture their day.
Of how they met, Teenie tells, “We originally met through a mutual friend in university in Canada, and first impressions weren’t…impressive. Over a year later, both single, we found ourselves in some of the same classes: he asked me to play racquetball, we ate pizza, drank coffee and flirted mercilessly for weeks… until our first kiss on Halloween. After graduation we moved to Toronto together… and eventually Howie convinced me to tag along to Australia, where we’ve been ever since.”
Once he and his groomsmen were ready for the big event, they headed to Baranows Lounge where a humidor from his bride to be was awaiting the groom – filled of course with his favourite cigars.
Floral Palette created green white and orange floral arrangements for the day.
Teenie & Howie chose Butleigh Wootton for their wedding, noting, “Our entire day – from ceremony, to cocktails, to dinner and reception – were at the lovely Butleigh Wootton in Kew. After visiting over ten venues throughout Melbourne, our first viewing – and ultimate first choice – was this fantastic mansion. The garden and marquis were perfect, the house was wonderful, the food was amazing, and the staff were the best we could ask for.. and not to mention a central location for all our guests… made for a seamless, perfect day.”
Tennie loved the song she walked down the aisle to, remembering, ” ‘O’, from Cirque du Soleil. It was a piece we instantly loved, and was played beautifully by our four-piece strings group Lilium Strings .”
Seline Cardamon-Cairns performed the ceremony, the bride telling, “Marrying my best friend; my heart and soul, partner in everything – was the most amazing feeling. Even after being together for 17 years, the feeling was unexpected. We wrote our own vows and tailored our ceremony with our celebrant Seline, making it all even more personal.”
Of their photographer, Teenie remembers, “Chris Bekos from Blueprint Photography was amazing. We had met with five potential photographers, and Chris stood out by far. We had seen his work online, and when we met him in person, he was warm, thoughtful, and had great ideas. On the day, Chris was invisible – Howie and I and our bridal party felt comfortable just being ourselves, without worrying about angles, posing, or being people we aren’t.”
Teenie recalls, “We did most of the wedding details ourselves, with the exception of the flowers. I’m a firm believer in details – some of our favourites were: The wedding programs, created in Publisher, multi-paged and layered, printed on ivory paper and held together with painstakingly-tied ribbon. The bonbonnieres were pocket-sized books detailing ideal marital bliss in the 1800s, stamped on the inside with our seal, and accompanied by bookmarks we had hand-made, thanking our guests for being part of our day. There were glass jars spread throughout the venue, decorated with rich ribbon detail, holding photos of us on our travels around Australia, Asia and North America.”
The couple chose Bruce Harrison to not only DJ their reception but also act as MC. Teenie notes, “Bruce Harrison was DJ and MC for our reception – and we cannot recommend him highly enough. Bruce is laid back, conscientious, and aware of his surroundings… he read the room perfectly when it came to hosting, and the music he chose left the floor was rarely empty. What a contribution to the party!”
Of the first dance, which they learnt from Charisma Dance Centre Teenie remarks, “Our first dance was simply choreographed. The song: ‘No one’s gonna love you..’ (Band of Horses) isn’t a typical wedding song – but it speaks a lot about the underlying love you have for each other – particularly in tough times.”
Congratulations on your marriage Teenie & Howie! Thank you for sharing your day with us, Thank you also to Blue Print Photography for sharing today’s wedding with us!