79 Best Wedding Photo Locations in Melbourne - Ultimate Guide To Find Your Perfect Snap!

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We’re often asked where the best wedding photography locations in Melbourne are? The quick answer…. it depends!

Melbourne – known as the Garden State, The Fashion Capital, The Restaurant Capital and the place to get the best coffee in the world. It’s beautiful and has many fantastic wedding photo locations, whether you want them for a wedding shoot or just because you like photography.

Time is of the essence, the last thing you want to do on your wedding day spends hours in the car driving around with only minutes for actual photos.

Melbourne has plenty of wedding photographers, and there are so many wedding photo locations that you might be still alone there – even in the wedding season.

Melbourne is a big city and wedding photography can have very different aspects here – you get the busy and stylish city life to the old farms and vineyards just a few km outside. Many wedding couples in Melbourne select their venue that they have the photos were taken there – plenty of venues have beautiful locations at their doorstep so that it’s not necessary to travel far. Think about the beachside restaurants in St. Kilda down to the Mornington Peninsula … The perfect beach wedding location.

Others have a bit more time planned for the wedding ceremony and the reception. Plenty of time makes it easy to select your wedding photo location as travel times could be extended. Don’t forget that we as photographers need to get there too and also need to find a car park ( which is sometimes challenging in Melbourne – or you have some space for us in your means of transport – we are flexible).

Hosting your wedding in Melbourne and searching for the perfect location to shoot your all-important wedding photos?

Melbourne is a fabulous city to carry out wedding photography with a number of captivating locations present under its belt. The city has a plethora of options to offer couples who wish to get their wedding or engagement photo shoots done.

From churches and pavilions to secluded beaches and breathtaking resorts, the list of mesmerizing locations is endless. And if you happen to be getting married anytime soon, here are our top picks for the most iconic wedding photography locations in all of Melbourne.

Albert Park Wedding Photo Locations in Melbourne

Here are 79 Melbourne wedding photography locations to consider for your big day!

Historic Melbourne Architecture - Wedding Photo Locations

Parliament House & Steps
Spring St, East Melbourne VIC 3002

National Gallery of Victoria
180 St Kilda Rd, Melbourne VIC 3006

The Palais Theatre
Lower Esplanade, St Kilda VIC 3182

Butleigh Wootton
867 Glenferrie Rd, Kew VIC 3101

Rippon Lea Estate
192 Hotham St, Elsternwick VIC 3185

Abbotsford Convent
1 St Heliers St, Abbotsford VIC 3067

Melbourne City Circle Trams

Melbourne Museum
11 Nicholson St, Carlton VIC 3053

Melbourne Laneways
Hosier Ln, Melbourne VIC 3000

Crown Rooftop
8 Whiteman St, Southbank VIC 3006

Hoiser Lane
Hosier Ln, Melbourne VIC 3000

Federation Square
Swanston St & Flinders St, Melbourne VIC 3000

Melbourne University Campus
Parkville VIC 3010

Billilla Mansion, Brighton
26 Halifax St, Brighton VIC 3186

Luna Park St. Kilda
18 Lower Esplanade, St Kilda VIC 3182

Flinders Street Station
Flinders St, Melbourne VIC 3000

Treasury Gardens
2-18, 2-18 Spring St, East Melbourne VIC 3002

Royal Exhibition Building and Carlton Gardens
9 Nicholson St, Carlton VIC 3053

General Post Office
260 Elizabeth Street, MELBOURNE, VIC, 3000

Walk Down Collins Street Luxury Stores

The Regent
191 Collins St, Melbourne VIC 3000

Royal Block Arcade
335 Bourke Street Mall, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia 3000

Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre
1 Convention Centre Pl, South Wharf VIC 3006

Victoria Army Barracks
Southbank VIC 3006

Kamesburgh Gardens Brighton
Brighton VIC 3186

The City Museum Melbourne
11 Nicholson St, Carlton VIC 3053

Windsor Hotel Foyer & Entrance
111 Spring St, Melbourne VIC 3000

The Arts Centre
100 St Kilda Rd, Melbourne VIC 3004

Spencer Street Station
Spencer St, Docklands VIC 3008

The Park Hyatt Foyer
1 Parliament Pl, East Melbourne VIC 3002

Melbourne Town Hall
90-130 Swanston St, Melbourne VIC 3000

Old Treasury Building
20 Spring St, Melbourne VIC 3000

Captain Cook’s Cottage
Fitzroy Gardens, Wellington Parade, East Melbourne VIC 3002

Melbourne Cricket Ground
Brunton Ave, Richmond VIC 3002

Motsalvat
7 Hillcrest Ave, Eltham VIC 3095

The National Trust’s Labassa
2 Manor Grove (no parking allowed), Caulfield North VIC 3161

Werribee Mansion
Gate 2, K Road, Werribee VIC 3030

Anzac House Building
4-6 Collinst Street Anzac House Melbourne 3000

Number 3 Male Street Brighton
3 Male Street, Brighton, 3186

Parks & Nature Locations for Wedding Photos

Melbourne Zoo
Elliott Ave, Parkville VIC 3052

Collingwood Children's Farm
18 St Heliers St, Abbotsford VIC 3067

Sherbrooke Forest
Sassafras VIC 3789

Yarra Valley vineyards – Tarrawarra
311 Healesville-Yarra Glen Rd, Yarra Glen VIC 3775

Yarra Valley Vineyards – Yering Station
38 Melba Hwy, Yarra Glen VIC 3775

Yarra Valley Vineyards – Chandon
727 Maroondah Hwy, Coldstream VIC 3770

Fitzroy Gardens
Wellington Parade, East Melbourne VIC 3002

St Kilda Botanical Gardens
11 Herbert St, St Kilda VIC 3182

St Vincents Gardens, Albert Park
Albert Park VIC 3206

Williamstown Botanic Gardens
Giffard St & Osborne Street, Williamstown VIC 3016

National Rhododendron Gardens
The Georgian Rd, Olinda VIC 3788

Botanical Gardens Gate
Birdwood Ave, South Yarra VIC 3141

La Belle Miette

Chanel City
140 Flinders Ln, Melbourne VIC 3000

Luis Vuitton City
139 Collins St, Melbourne VIC 3000

Olivers's Lane
Melbourne Ln

Spice Market
Beaney Ln, Melbourne VIC 3000

ANZ Bank Doors City
388 Collins St, Melbourne VIC 3000

333 Collins The Dome
333 Collins St, Melbourne VIC 3000

RMIT University
124 La Trobe St, Melbourne VIC 3000

Waterfront and Beaches are Perfect for Wedding Photography

Southbank – Yarra River

Melbourne Docklands

Cheltenham Pier
1/320 Bay Rd, Cheltenham VIC 3192

Elwood Beach Pier

Yarra Bend Boathouse
1 Boathouse Rd, Kew VIC 3101

Port Melbourne – Spirit of Tasmania
Station Pier, Waterfront Pl, Port Melbourne VIC 3207

Princess Pier
Pier St, Port Melbourne VIC 3207

Black Rock Pier
Beach Rd, Black Rock VIC 3193

Sandringham Cliffs
Beach Rd, Sandringham VIC 3193

Albert Park Lake Melbourne

Botanical Gardens St Kilda
11 Herbert St, St Kilda VIC 3182

Brighton Beach Boxes
Esplanade, Brighton VIC 3186

St Kilda Beach & Pier
Pier Rd, St Kilda VIC 3182

Half Moon Bay

Port Melbourne beach / Kerferd Rd pier
Beach St, Port Melbourne VIC 3207

Mordialloc Beach Foreshore
Mordialloc VIC 3195

Webb Bridge
Capital City Trail, Docklands VIC 3008

Docklands

Gem Pier Williamstown
1 Syme St, Williamstown VIC 3016

Kerferd Road Pier
Albert Park VIC 3206

North Road Pier
North Road Brighton

Lagoon Pier
Port Phillip Bay, Victoria, Australia

Pier Road St Kilda
Pier Rd, St Kilda VIC 3182

Permits Might Be Required...

Some of the beautiful locations, unfortunately, charge for a permit to photograph there. We understand and respect this especially when they are private property. But there are also sometimes wedding photography charges on locations where you don’t expect this – such as the steps of Parliament

House or the Botanical Gardens. It’s a bit crazy that these public places charge for a wedding photography permit, but private images are beautiful – does a wedding dress make a difference? These permits can cost anything from $50 to $500 – sometimes you are free to photograph when you have the wedding ceremony in this location (for example the Abbotsford Convent or the State Library of Victoria in the Melbourne CBD).

But don’t worry there are plenty of free options available.

We usually ask our wedding couples to think about the location they want to do their wedding photography. It’s not about finding the typical wedding photography location in Melbourne – it’s about you.

Think about the location a bit … What matters to you? Where did you meet for the first time? Do you have a special place? The park bench where you kissed for the first time? You both love horses and want to go for a ride? Maybe a ferry trip to Williamstown from the Melbourne CBD? An empty beach at sunset – just the two of you? The late night visit to the Melbourne Supper Club at the arch window?

Wedding Photo Locations in Melbourne in the Right Light

Light is usually far more critical than the location – we instead photograph in the right light than a fancy locational the wrong view. When you select an area take the time of the day and glow in consideration.

You want to shoot in the Sherbrooke Forest in the Dandenongs at around sunset or very late afternoon. Not a great idea. The sun might be behind the trees, and it will be already very dark … An early afternoon photography session will be much better.

You love the beach and want to have the Brighton Beach boxes as the backdrop. You thought about going there at 12 pm as this is the perfect time from a timeline of your wedding in January. Not a good idea. The beach will be packed on a summer weekend – it’s school holidays! The sun will be super harsh and not very flattering. The late afternoon or even sunset will be much better light but don’t expect the beach empty at that time in summer. Read on, and we show you what we can do here.

Quiet Melbourne Wedding Photo Locations

Popular and iconic locations such as Brighton Beach Boxes will still be full of people on a hot day. Stay flexible and consider a different stretch of beach when it’s too busy. Just a few hundred meters away could be already a wonderful spot.

As wedding photographers in Melbourne, we can give you some advice here. There are lots of photographic “tricks” to make a location look, empty and feels like you have the spot for yourself. Long exposures, double exposures, a 1.2 to 2.0 Aperture to blur out the background or just great composition can make a place look empty.

For Example:
Think about the busy entrance of Luna Park in St.Kilda, Melbourne. The ideal time to photograph would be early morning when most of Melbourne is still sleeping. This does never work out with a busy wedding schedule.

So we use a little trick – stand in front of the gate, and we take two photographs and blend them over (one will be exposed for you and the other one a prolonged exposure (with ND filter) to make the people disappear). This setup requires some time and is not suitable for every wedding – it all depends on your priorities.

In other busy locations, you might include the crowds – imagine one of the iconic Melbourne laneways – imagine the two of you standing there and looking at each other while you forget about all the people surrounding you.

How far do you want to Travel to get to your Melbourne Wedding Venue from your Photo shoot?

Melbourne is a big city – , and it can take 1.5 hours to drive from one end to the other. The wedding photography locations in Melbourne are widely spread, and you need to consider your personal preferences.

When you get married in the Melbourne you will need to select your photography locations by the location of your ceremony and reception venue – or do you want to spend your big day in the car driving around? There might be this little secret park close by or a fantastic backdrop on your travel route. Google maps are your friend, and you will be able to see an exciting location on the satellite image.

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