There are some venues that look pretty incredible no matter the season. This Bendooley wedding is, to me, evidence that the wonderful Bendooley Estate is an absolute photography gold mine during autumn. Don’t get me wrong – it’s incredible no matter the season. In summer it’s lush and green, in spring the flowers are going crazy, and in winter it’s wonderfully stark and yet somehow warm and comforting. But in autumn, this wonderful venue turns red, and I absolutely adore it.
An autumn Bendooley wedding
Bettina and Josh met at work (Bettina told me she thought this was pretty cliched haha). When I received her enquiry for their Bendooley wedding I was stoked to see it was going to be in Autumn. There’s something about the autumn light that is soft and quite wonderful. Bettina and Josh both got ready at Birchgrove Cottages in Bowral, which – if you didn’t know – are in fact owned by my wife and I. We renovated them ourselves, and they spaces are perfect for wedding parties to get ready. Nice natural light and white walls. When they were ready do go, then headed out for their Bendooley wedding 10 minutes down the road.
Bendooley wedding vendors
At this Bendooley wedding I had the pleasure of working alongside my friend Yvette from Ethix. She did both the hair and makeup. Yvette and I have worked together many times and we know each other well. Flowers were by the wonderful Yuga Floral Design from Glebe. Bettina’s epic wedding dress was by Pronovias and was purchased from Marry Me Bridal. At this Bendooley wedding I also had the pleasure of working beside my videographer friend Kurt from The Barefoot Bride. This guy is one of the most relaxed videographers I’ve ever worked with, and his films are wonderful!
A wet-weather Bendooley wedding
Bendooley also has one amazing feature that I want to note here – it has a really nice rainy wedding option. You’ll see below that Bettina and Josh’s ceremony wasn’t in the normal Bendooley spot under the trees in front of the homestead. This is because just as their outdoor ceremony was about the start, it started to rain. So the wonderful Bendooley staff moved the guests down to the wet-weather area (which is right next to the lake), and then Bettina arrived to this undercover spot instead. The whole process was seamless, and I really like this undercover rain alternative.
Are you planning a Bendooley wedding?
From here, you could go and check out Caitlin + Rob’s Bendooley Wedding. I also had the pleasure of shooting the very first wedding at the new Bendooley Stables, that of Mark + Danny – you can check it out here. If you’re planning a Bendooley wedding and are looking for a photographer, I’d love to hear from you.