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Month: January 2010

Nicky & Simon – Oakhill College Chapel – Centennial Park – MCA

Nicky & Simon had a scorcher of a wedding day with the temperature hitting 40 in Castle Hill! Phew. The ceremony was held at the Oakhill College Chapel and it is a very beautiful place with a colourful interior. We headed away to Centennial Park for some photos with the bridal party before a short stop at Argyle Street and then photos under the Harbour Bridge. The reception was at the MCA – the Museum of Contemporary Art right in Circular Quay. Wow! What an amazing view from the Harbour Terrace – I was blown away and it really was an exceptional place to watch the sun slowly setting on the Harbour Bridge and Opera House. The reception went very well – there were some great speeches and even a sweep on how long the speeches would run for – a young man picked the nearest time and made a Read more…


Gwen & Terry – Tarpeian Precinct Botanic Gardens – Opera Point Marquee

Gwen & Terry were married at the Tarpeian Precinct in the Botanic Gardens. It’s a fantastic location right next to the Opera House with views over the harbour and it has a large fig tree for shade on a hot day. The ceremony went very well – I’ve never seen a veil come off with the first kiss! The the shower of petals as they walked down the aisle looks awesome! We did a few photos with Gwen & Terry at the Botanic Gardens and then headed to Hyde Park and also the Rocks before ending up back at the Opera House and the reception at Opera Point Marquee. It’s an iconic location that simply can’t be beaten for views of the Harbour and the Bridge, and it was a lovely evening to just relax outside and take in the sights before a great night ahead. The reception was fantastic Read more…


Olivia & Louis – St Andrew’s Manly – Curl Curl – Le Kiosk Shelly Beach

Olivia & Louis’ wedding was one of my last for 2009 and it was all very local for me – Olivia’s preparations were in Curl Curl, the ceremony literally just up the hill at St Andrew’s in Manly….. and the reception at Le Kiosk at Shelly Beach! St Andrew’s Presbyterian is a lovely church built in the late 1800’s and constructed from local white sandstone. I have been to quite a few weddings here and I just love the place. The minister Derek is such a great guy and he makes the whole wedding ceremony very relaxed. After the ceremony at St Andrew’s we went to North Curl Curl for photos – we got some fantastic shots! It was then on to Le Kiosk at Shelly Beach for the reception. Shelly Beach is such a great spot so having a wedding reception right there is very cool – it makes Read more…


Katie & Jerome – St Mary’s Immaculate Manly – Mona Vale Beach – Moby’s Whale Beach

Katie & Jerome were married at St Mary’s Immaculate in Manly – right next door to the studio! It’s a lovely church and the ceremony went very well. Outside it had started to rain so we did a group shot in the church but had a clear patch for family photos and some with Katie & Jerome. We headed to Mona Vale Beach for location photos but upon arrival the wind and rain didnt look good. Much to their credit the bridal party braved the elements and it was a lot of fun trying to shoot with my camera in one hand and an umbrella in the other! The photos turned out well and the cloud does add a lot of atmosphere to the look. The reception was at Moby’s right on Whale Beach. It’s a great spot, right on the beach and spacious inside, and the tables looked fantastic. Read more…


Shelley & Eric – Vibe Hotel – St Thomas’ North Sydney – Long Reef Golf Club

Shelley & Eric picked what I think is one of the best churches in Sydney – St Thomas’ Anglican Church in North Sydney. It is a beautiful example of late 1800’s architecture and apparently has the longest aisle in the Southern hemisphere! As you can see from the photos below it is a fantastic place to be married and the ceremony was conducted very ably by Paul Dale, a minister from a local church – the Church by the Bridge – in Kirribilli. After the ceremony and family photos we did a few shots at St Thomas’ before heading to Kirribilli. Then it was off to Long Reef for firstly photos on the beach and then a short walk up to the headland where we were dive-bombed by hang gliders enjoying the strong wind! We got some great photos and I even pulled out the fisheye lens for a VERY Read more…


Luisa & Gianluca – Miramare Gardens

Luisa & Gianluca met while Luisa was on holiday in Italy so their wedding story started a thousand miles away from Sydney. The ceremony and reception was held at Miramare Gardens, a great wedding venue in Terry Hills. The ceremony itself was held in the garden pavillion – the entrance Luisa made was just beautiful and it really is a lovely garden setting. After the ceremony we took some family photos and then shots with the bridal party both around the grounds and then inside Miramare Gardens at the La Cantina and the Sigarro Bar, plus we did some nights shots at the garden pavillion during the reception. The night was non-stop fun and dancing – such a great party! It was topped off at the end by a very moving father-daughter dance and an unbelieveable exit by Luisa & Gianluca in a convertible sports car! We even headed into Read more…


Highlights of 2009

Happy New Year! I am really looking forward to 2010…..but first a look back at what an amazing year 2009 was! Below is a highlights clip that shows some of most memorable moments of the year for me. Thanks again to all the wonderful couples who have shared their wedding day with me. Like to share this with a friend? Either send them a link to this blog page or click the “email to friend” on the bottom right side of the slideshow! You can also become a fan of McKay Photography on Facebook by clicking here!


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