Best Wedding Photography Locations in Melbourne 
A number of my future Melbourne brides asked for my thoughts on what Melbourne has to offer in terms of locations. So, here’s my view on the finest wedding photography venues in the city, which also happens to offer the best coffee in Australia…
Victoria Barracks is a lovely bluestone structure on St Kilda Road, immediately south of the National Gallery of Victoria. If you’re planning an autumn or early winter wedding, the vines that run down the bluestone walls will have turned a lovely gold and crimson, adding warmth to your photos (as well as bringing luck and warding off evil spirits if you’re into that kind of thing). Because traffic is lighter here than at other CBD venues such as Parliament House, you should be able to get a parking spot just in front. It is also close to wedding locations in the inner southern suburbs, such as Metropolis.
To utilise this facility, apply for a free permit (through the Department of Defence), which requires gathering the names and addresses of all attendees, but it’s simple enough and worth the effort to avoid a fine. This is an excellent choice for vegetation, especially when combined with the Shrine of Remembrance.
1300 333 362 is the number to call.
Labassa is a magnificent Victorian-era house with ornate architectural elements. The Labassa, which is listed as a national trust, is not only a must-see attraction in Caulfield, but it is also one of Melbourne’s most popular wedding picture sites. The large home has a central staircase that is ideal for wedding photographs. However, because it is a popular National Trust, the permission price is around $800 for one hour.
(03) 9527 6295 is the phone number to call.
Shrine of Remembrance
The Shrine of Remembrance is located directly across the street from the Victoria Barracks. When you combine these two fantastic sites, your wedding photos will have a beautiful combination of bluestone structures and groomed tree lined streets. The Shrine of Remembrance also makes an excellent wedding vehicle image – a really royal choice.
Columns are my speciality. The Parliament House of Victoria is my favourite location to photograph in Melbourne because of its beautiful white stone columns and sweeping steps that any Sydney bride (and photographer) would die for. It is indeed a stunning and classically built structure fit for the most breathtaking and glamorous weddings. There are also some fantastic photo possibilities outside Hotel Windsor and along a couple of the nearby side streets (seen below), and if you’re hungry, stop by Pellegrini’s for the greatest pasta in town.
Parliment House is handily positioned on the junction of Spring and Bourke streets, which is ideal if your reception is close, however parking might be difficult due to its central location. If at all possible, bring your photographer with you. This location may also be congested with a high volume of foot traffic, but the wait is well worth it for important photos.
Everyone thinks of Hosier Lane in Melbourne’s CBD when they think of laneways, but we find it too overpowering, bright, and usually crowded. Niagara Lane, on the other hand, is a favourite of ours. It is a cobblestone alley with early nineteenth-century warehouses and vibrant street art in the branch lanes. The stunning vintage redbrick buildings, replete with antique pulleys and hooks, provide charm to your wedding photos while avoiding the throng of Hosier Lane. Melbourne GPO, which features lovely white stone arched pathways, is also a short walk away. Get your photographer to accompany you to this location.
University of Melbourne
The University of Melbourne’s beautiful gardens and historic buildings are difficult to surpass. A permit may be obtained by anybody, however they are in great demand and come at a cost of $473 (including GST) for external customers and $264 (including GST) for current and past University personnel and students. Keep in mind that, owing to the huge number of people on campus, permits are not given during the week or on Saturdays and Sundays when major University events (such as graduations and open days) are taking place. To apply, go to their website and fill out the permit form.
Australian Centre for Contemporary Art
You can’t go wrong with the ACCA if you want to put a spotlight on your bridal vehicles. It is conveniently positioned in Melbourne’s Arts Precinct in Southbank, only minutes from the CBD, and near to Victoria Barracks.
These are some of our favourite sites in Melbourne that are feasible within most wedding schedules, but we also provide out-of-Melbourne locations for couples sessions.
If you have any questions or would want to talk more about arranging your photographic locations, please contact us.