Why Hunter Valley is a Best Location for Wedding Photography

It is the people, the love and the fun that make a happy and memorable wedding day. Having a great wedding location is important too – you will be left with lots of amazing wedding photos as memories of your special day.

As a passionate Hunter Valley wedding photographer, I love to shoot candid, stylish and modern wedding photographs that tell your wedding story in the most natural way possible.

The breathtaking natural environment, picturesque wineries, and stunning resorts of the Hunter Valley make this location an excellent choice for your Central Coast wedding photography. The mood and scenery of Hunter Valley sets the mood of the day – private, intimate, and beautiful.

There are many options in the Hunter Valley for weddings – you may choose to make use of the vast range of resorts, hotels or spas as your accommodation and then move on to one of the award winning wineries for the wedding ceremony and reception.

Some of the terrific Hunter Valley Wedding photography opportunities include:

Ironbark Hill – this beautiful locates hosts a modern church, reception venue and winery. The picturesque features of this venue make it superb for wedding photographs.

Hunter Valley Gardens–This stunning location has a lake and waterfall, beautiful gardens and a chapel. It is an ideal venue for weddings, and one of the more popular spots for stunning Central Coast photography.

Twine Restaurant– An impressive restaurant with outstanding service. The incredible grounds host a gazebo and vineyard.

Crowne Plaza–The Crowne Plaza is avery popular choice in the Hunter Valley for weddings. Modern and picturesque it is ideal for photos and you have the added convenience of choosing it for your wedding accommodation also, alleviating the need for cars. A beautiful pool and spa and stunning grounds make it ideal for photos.

The Hunter Valley is the perfect venue to celebrate your special day, and to create your dream wedding album and videography. Contact me at Belstar Photography to book a consultation, or if you have any queries at all about your wedding photography.

Tips for Perfect Wedding Photos

Your wedding day will go very quickly. The ceremony, dancing, music, speeches and the cutting of the cake can appear to pass in a matter of moments. Your wedding photographs on the other hand, capture your happiness forever and will exist for generations to come.

When planning your Central Coast or Hunter Valley Wedding photography, here are some tips to ensure that you capture the most beautiful memories of your day.

Choose a Photographer Early

Start researching photographers around a year before the wedding.

Find the photographer that suits your style and check out the photography. Meet your photographer face to face before the wedding and View his work and albums, online testimonials have the photographer show his printed work and how he delivers. Lock in the date with your photographer and confirm it.

Check References

Check references before booking your photographer. This may be in the form of an email or phone call. As a renowned wedding photographer Central Coast and Hunter Valley region I am always happy to provide references for clients, as well asonline testimonials. Samples of my quality wedding photography are available online.

Have a Realistic Schedule

Bear in mind that everything takes longer at a wedding. Look for photographer that doesn’t have a set time limit on his wedding package and perhaps the one that can shoot your dress, shoes, jewelry the day or night before to minimise the impact of wedding schedule.  Due to your wedding dress and shoes, a good photographer would provide a photographic run sheet well in advance of the day with your input and that will be used as wedding photo schedule.   it takes longer to walk between cars and to your photograph locations. Allow at least one hour for wedding photography, and have some time up your sleeve if possible.

The mood and atmosphere of your wedding day will be captured in your photos, which will last for generations to come. A great wedding photographer is an essential part of your wedding planning. Contact me (Mike) at Belstar Photography to create a plan for your Central Coast Wedding photography. I am a talented, passionateand experienced wedding photographer in Newcastle, Hunter Valley and Central Coast New South Wales regions.

How to Get the Best of Your Wedding Location Photography

Planning a wedding is a big undertaking. There is a lot to take into consideration to create your dream day, and photography is an important part of the day. Here are some tips to get the best of your wedding location photography.

Stay on Schedule

Your MC plays a critical role in having everything run on schedule. Ensure that you choose someone with a knack for organization who has good time keeping skills! Starting your photos on time will avoid a rush and things will run more closely to plan. The atmosphere will be more relaxed.

At weddings, everything takes longer. Walking to and from the cars, and to different photo opportunity locations, all takes time, particularly in a long wedding gown! Allow at least an hour for photos, with some extra time up your sleeve just in case.

Plan for Inclement Weather

On your wedding day expect the unexpected and be prepared! Have a backup plan in the case of wet weather, cloud cover or strong winds.

Prepare Your Wedding Photos with a List

Have a list of shots that you would like taken for your wedding album and give them to your Central Coast Wedding photographer well ahead of the wedding. Discuss with many family shots that you would like taken, or that are to be avoided! You don’t have to list each and every photograph – just the ones that are really important to you.

Choose a Great Location

Choosing a scenic and beautiful backdrop for your wedding will not only create a romantic and beautiful atmosphere on the day, the mood and backdrop will be forever captured in your photos. As your Central Coast and Hunter Valley Wedding photographer I can recommend a number of amazing wedding locations that will create outstanding and stunning wedding photography.

Take Lighting into Consideration

Discuss the location and lighting with your photographer ahead of time. When planning wedding photography Newcastle and Central Coast areas it is often popular to time your ceremony so that photographs are taken at sunset. Natural light, the weather, the time of day and the theme of the wedding all are taken into consideration when booking Central Coast photography.

When you are planning your wedding photography taking these points into account will help to ensure that you get the best out of your wedding location. Contact me (Mike) at Belstar Photography, your wedding photographer Hunter Valley and Central Coast New South Wales, to schedule an appointment to discuss your ideal wedding photography.


Clark Island – Sydney Harbour April 2017 –

A small group of family and close friends traveled to clark island on a very wet and windy day to celebrate Tiah & Cameron’s wedding day. The sun came out just long enough to get to capture these 2 great people getting married . With the harbour bridge in the background  & everyone praying the rain would stop we managed to capture this  wonderful young couple on their special day to tell their story.


We believe that you have a story to tell with your wedding.

Your pictures should truly capture you and your loved one, with photographs that are modern, yet timeless. You should be able to remember not just what you did during your wedding, but also how you felt.

There are an infinite amount of details a couple must consider before their big day. There’s the ceremony, the reception, the flowers, and the dress, of course, but the most important decision you will make is your wedding photographer.

To find out more and learn about our special bonus offers click on the link below to see how we can help you with your story

Offering a range of packages and options to suit all budgets throughout Australia and overseas but focusing on the central coast , Newcastle , hunter valley and mid north coast regions.




Bella-Vista -Newcastle – Dael & Geoff wedding slideshow -Feb 2017

It was great to finally get to shoot a wedding at Bella-vista before it closes later this year & on one of the hottest day’s of the year (40 degree day)-Dael and Geoff in a intimate gathering of around 50 or so family and friends were married under the shade of an old gum tree with Zoey their much loved dog .  The AC was working overtime at the venue and it provided welcome relief to all who enjoyed the celebrations to late that evening.


Pullman magenta shores wedding – Karyn & Adam

With Karyn’s family from Young NSW  and Adam’s from the big apple New York & other family and friends from all over Magenta shores on the central coast made the perfect even location. It was a very special day for Karyn and Adam and our best wishes to the lovely couple for the future.



Parkes wedding Natallie & Jake – Oct 2016

Nat and Jake who live in Brisbane now returned to their town of Parks for their wedding day. On a beautiful sunny parks day over 100 guests saw these 2 sweethearts marry on a hill on the family wheat property cut out by jake that week. The incredible country , great country folk lots of family and friends made for a very special day




Nat and Jake pre wedding slideshow – June 2016




Pre wedding photography or engagement shoots are an excellent way for us to get to know you . This also gives you the chance to get to know us more and become more comfortable in front of the camera. Having this rapport with us makes you much more relaxed and always results in better photos on  your wedding day.

I am a dog lover and much loved owner of a Border collie “Maddy ” and love to shoot couples and their pets. Family photos or even blended family’s are also great and if its just you wanting some special photo’s of yourselves for use at the wedding thats great to.

Here are a few examples taken with couples over the last 12 mths some from locations being used as part of their wedding post ceremony others just a favourite local location from  the central coast , newcastle and hunter valley areas.

Currently we are running a promotion where we include a Free pre wedding shoot and custom print enlargement