We may be biased, with our home town by the bay, but Melbourne has a charm unlike any other that makes it the right location for a wedding. With a melange of inner city grit, bayside beaches, and gorgeous green parklands, plus the special gift of not quite knowing what the weather will bring (maybe that’s something only Melburnians understand!), Melbourne offers something unique for every wedding we attend.
Some of our highlights from 2013 include:
David and Noa: Undoubtedly both the smile and the dress of the year if there were Turbo Awards, the wedding of Noa and David deserves a special mention. Noa wore a silk dress with jewel encrusted lace, and their smiles couldn’t have been broader or more infectious. The couple decided to showcase the best of Melbourne’s landscape, choosing the Royal Botanic Gardens for their photo shoot. On one of those special blue-skied Melbourne summer days, David and Noa then moved to their reception at Encore, St Kilda Beach, with the backdrop of the St Kilda beach, iconic pier, and a few backpackers and joggers for good measure.
Whether the Bellarine Peninsular (at Terindah Estate) for the wedding of Laura and Anthony in January, or the Yarra Valley for the wedding of Vanessa and Nick in February, Victorian wineries and wine regions are always popular spots for a wedding.
Some of our favourite spots in the wine region include:
Chateau Yering (check out our 360 degree tour): this location exudes old-world charm, a lush lawn which can be hired out for ceremonies, and accommodation for visiting guests.
Stones of the Yarra Valley: with a converted barn, a chapel, and a gorgeous function room that used to be a hay-store, Stones has it all.
Domain Chandon: few brides who are passing Chandon cannot resist a photo shoot in this spectacular winery, and the bubbly and cheese cannot be bypassed either!
But, when a winery isn’t for you, there are other country locations that should be considered…
Daylesford: just over 3 hours outside of Melbourne has long been known for spa indulgence, but it also offers true country charm to the wedded couple. In 2013, Sallie and Luke wed in this charming region. With her preparations at the Breakneck Gorge Retreat in Hepburn Springs, perched on a mountain top with unspoilt views of the valley below, Sallie then met her husband at the Daylesford Cider Company to seal their nuptials. The photo shoot took us to a haunting location at a disused barn. Tamara Cadd took this spectacular photo (left) of the newlyweds as a rainbow appeared on the way to the reception.
The Dandenongs is close enough for a day trip, or for a weekend away for those guests who need to get out of the city. Our pick at the foothills of the Dandenongs is Chateau Wyuna (check out our 360 degree tour).
And what about weddings in the thick of Melbourne?
For a modern feel, Luminare rooftop offers great views of Melbourne CBD, in central South Melbourne. A great location to duck down to Albert Park Lake or Middle Park Beach for photos, or have some urban photos in the South Melbourne Market. You can’t go past a coffee at the cafes around the area, like Chez Dre or St Ali. It’s a great area for your guests to be in while you have your Melbourne Wedding Videography and Photography shoot.
Then there is Carousel. For those old enough to remember it as a nightclub, Carousel on the banks of Albert Park Lake has a lake-side deck, and a warm, inviting reception centre that can suit your needs.
We love weddings at the Melbourne Zoo. Whether it is a barbecue reception, or something a little more fancy, the Rainforest Room in the heart of the zoo grounds provides a relaxed, family feel. And your guests can wander the grounds during the downtime between ceremony and reception.
And living in this city, it would be amiss not to mention some of our favourite hangouts:
Cookie: located in the centre of the CBD, it undoubtedly has the “best” pork belly curry we have ever tasted. I welcome suggestions on other places to try. www.cookie.net.au
Albert Park Village: the whole place provides something special, and we haven’t eaten a bad meal there.
Di Bella Roasting Warehouse in North Melbourne: we pride ourselves in knowing our coffee, and you cannot get better than this. 19-21 Leveson St, North Melbourne
If you would like any advice on your Melbourne Wedding Locations, or for wedding videography packages, please contact us at turboproductions.com.au.
As we complete the picturesque Hobart Wedding Videography for Jess and Josh at the Beaches Function Centre in Seven Mile Beach, Tasmania – we reflect on the beauty that this little isle has to offer to the discerning destination wedding bride and groom.
Basing ourselves in the heritage Macquarie Manor, replete with green velour walls, a creaky four poster bed, and mahogany furniture, it was like we stepped back in time. Located close to the Salamanca Markets, and the waterfront, it brought all of the delights of Tassie from yesteryear under the one roof, and would be a great place to base your entire family.
Even though it was packed only 10 minutes from opening time, we were fortunate enough to experience a delectable seafood dinner at the Drunken Admiral, at one of the tables wedged into a maze of small nooks and crannies. With service and food so good, there is no need to explain how it has been in business for close to 35 years. Before calling it a night, we followed it up by a quick pint at The Squires Bounty. On a warm summer’s evening, Hobart is bustling and buzzing.
No trip to Hobart would be complete without a visit to the Salamanca markets to trial some fudge, before stopping by Cascade Brewery. We were delighted to see a photo of past clients Kylie and Peter posted on their board. Married in late 2011, with Cascade Brewery as the backdrop, Kylie and her groom were blessed with a stunning, sunshine filled day. They chose to arrive in style to their reception, as the guests looked on from above, on a magnificent tall ship, The Lady Nelson, run by the Tasmanian Sail Training Association.
And what about this weekend’s wedding? Whilst we took in the sights, it is no denying that the best part of the trip was the wedding of Jess and Josh. Recommended by fellow firies, Kylie and Peter, we got to enjoy retracing our steps from our previous trip here, meeting the groomsmen for their preparations in the shadows of the Bellerive Oval. Turbo Productions, joined the talented crew of DJ Jamie from Nightlife and Warren the photographer (who specialises in Fire Service shoots) to immortalise the memories of the day.
[pullquote align=”center”]Thank you so much for coming and capturing our special day. You are an amazing person to work with (especially in all weather types)! – Jess[/pullquote]
Whilst the weather wasn’t kind this weekend in Hobart, the incessant rain didn’t stop the bride and groom from fulfilling their dreams of an outdoor ceremony, and a photo shoot on 7 mile beach, dredging through mud to get the perfect shot.
The rain was constant but eased off just for a moment as the ceremony began, and it only takes a moment for the union of two people. With non-stop dancing at the Beaches Function Centre, in the grounds of the Wyndham Vacation Resort, their reward is jetting off to Sydney for a Pacific cruise around the Polynesian-French islands of New Caledonia. The Turbo Productions team, capturing Hobart Wedding Videography, would like to congratulate Jess and Josh on a magical event.
When in Hobart, we would like to recommend places to see while you are here:
If you are searching for a Hobart wedding videographer, look no further than Turbo Productions. Contact us today for a quote.
Take your portable Turbo Productions with you to capture the moment
A few years back, a destination wedding meant a couple went away, seemingly on holiday and snuck back into the country quietly as husband and wife. They had to scramble to find someone who could be their witness and clothing that was acceptably ‘marital’, the reception was a simple beachside matter and they had some explaining to do when they arrived back home.
“Turbo Productions specialises in destination wedding videography throughout the South Pacific, New Zealand and all areas of Australia, with some of our most memorable weddings being filmed in European destinations”
In the past few years, the destinations have become more far-reaching and more exotic. As travel became more affordable, friends have started to hop on for the ride, dresses and cakes are precariously perched in overhead compartments from Australian designers, and whole hotels become the lodgings for the wedding party and far flung guests.
For those global couples, where the bride heralds from the northern hemisphere and the groom from the southern recesses of Australia or NZ, a destination wedding is also often very practical, with Bali or Thailand serving as a suitable halfway point.
To give you some inspiration, we showcase some of our favourite destination weddings captured by Turbo Productions … and for good measure, some of the places we have seen from our travels which should also be considered.
For more information on destinations, visit our friends at Destination Weddings
Nice, France (Sarah and Anthony)
Director, James Anderson, was at a dinner when the call came through that Sarah (from New Zealand) and Anthony (from Wales) wanted him to film their wedding in France in less than 48 hours. Too good an opportunity to miss, James joined a truly multi-cultural crew, with the bride and groom flying in from their Dubai post, friends and family from the UK, the photographer (Daniel Griffiths) from Sydney, and a 5 piece band from New Zealand.
The backdrop of Èze (on the coast between Nice, France and the small principality of Monaco), and the Chateau de la Chèvre d’Or provided one of most spectacular settings we have ever visited. Set upon a cliff top, a short ten minute drive outside of Nice, Sarah and Antony tied the knot, in an emotional ceremony before cruising the coast in a beautiful vintage car, as their guests were entertained by a trumpeter, piano accordionist and guitar player, over champagne and canapés.
It was a fun-filled reception with the NZ band keeping up the dancing and everyone’s spirits, as a brief Mediterranean storm rolled into attempt to upset the outdoor wedding. Jamming to Crowded House’s ‘Weather With You’, the wedding party danced through the storm and into the night.
Bracciano, Italy (Maddy and Michael)
Maddy had a dream, like most little girls, to have a fairy tale wedding, in a castle. Living in Pennsylvania, United States, didn’t afford Maddy with a way to make these dream a reality, until they decided on a destination wedding. Engaging Jay Studio, Italy as their photographer (image above) and Turbo Productions as their videographer, they set their idyllic wedding in Odescalchi Castle, located in Bracciano Italy.
Replete with a string quartet, fan fair, and delectable Italian cuisine, Maddy and Michael’s dreams came true, with 30 of their closest family and friends flying in for the celebration. To top off the spectacle, they even had the same impressive 5 tiered wedding cake and fireworks display that Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes had organised, marrying there a year earlier.
Queenstown, New Zealand (Dovika and Stephen)
[pullquote align=”right”]We are extremely camera shy but your attitude and the way you go about your job is more than we could have asked for. Thank you! – Dovika and Stephen[/pullquote]With this undoubtedly being our favourite destination in the world, it is difficult to single out any one wedding from the many spectacular weddings we have filmed in Queenstown. If we had to pick a few, it would be the 2011 winter wedding of Dovika and Stephen, and Melissa and Peter, who married in 2013.
Dovika and Stephen, were an Irish couple, campervanning around the South Island of New Zealand, when they decided to undertake the ultimate journey, deciding to marry in the snow-tops of Queenstown.
With 5 family members flying in for the celebrations, they married at Stoneridge Estate, in the lush Otago winery region, followed by a helicopter photo shoot to the famous ledge overlooking Queenstown and Lake Wakitipu. This is still some of the prettiest footage we have shot, with Dovika donning a faux-fur stole to cope with the high altitude and low temperatures, and Stephen looking on lovingly. The photo shoot ended with the bride and groom being dropped off in style by helicopter on the Sky Line, with 360 degrees of the lake-side town, and Turbo Productions got to hitch a ride back with the helicopter pilot to the airport.
Photos by Alpine Image Co, New Zealand
Queesnstown, New Zealand (Melissa and Peter)
For Peter (NZ) and Melissa (UK), they were making the journey to Queenstown from Perth, Australia. When Melissa’s mum was unable to fly due to an illness, they were comforted to know that Turbo Productions would be able to capture the day so that she could participate from afar.
[pullquote align=”center”]I would like to take a few moments to pass on special thanks to James for doing such a professional job of our wedding video. He travelled to NZ at short notice to work with us and this was within our set budget. – Melissa and Peter [/pullquote]
Fiji Islands (Briana and Rob)
Fiji is also another oft-frequented Turbo destination (it’s now a home away from home, with us looking forward to the friendly Fijian choral welcome every time we step on Fijian soil). However, the wedding that comes to mind is Briana and Rob’s Treasure Island paradise.
Coming from country NSW, they organised a wedding party of around 50 to join them. The whole island was taken over by the wedding party, and what a party it was!
In a chapel overlooking the ocean, Briana and Rob exchanged emotion-filled vowels, before moving onto an outdoor reception which had a true festival feeling, capping the evening off with a piñata. James from Turbo Productions was accepted into the family, sitting alongside the parents, as the local Treasure Island resort band entertained the guests.
Having visited some spectacular countries in the last 10 years, we recommend another 5 you shouldn’t look past:
Wanaka, New Zealand
Queenstown’s little sister, this is a foodie haven, and has spectacular scenery, with Lake Wanaka and its surrounding forests providing amazing photo opportunities. As it is smaller than Queenstown, it also has a more intimate feel.
In Sicily, this small town has Greek amphitheatres, a stylish main street, and overlooks the Mediterranean sea. It offers a medieval feel, and hospitable Italian hosts.
If you love Tacos, ruins, and a beach paradise, plus friendly people, great cocktails, and some fabulous accommodation, then look no further than Tulum, Mexico. Close to Playa del Carmen, and Cancun, this turquoise beach is further away from the crowds.
What Fiji or Bali is to the Australians, Cuba is to the Canadians, with a row of 5-star hotels to choose from. This is Cuba; the most spectacular water and beaches you will ever see, the heat of the Caribbean, and the friendliest people on earth.
This is not just another island holiday. Melding creole cooking, French influence, and being a stone’s throw from Africa and Madagascar makes Mauritius a truly unique experience.
FOR MORE WEDDING DESTINATION IDEAS, VISIT:
If you are thinking about a destination wedding, contact us for some tips or suggestions, or to learn more about our video services – visit www.turboproductions.com.au. We could also be enticed to Mexico or Mauritius (just let us know!).
Layer your memories with emotion
At Turbo Productions, we have been producing high quality wedding videos for once-in-a-lifetime events for over 7 years, having been privileged to be engaged by hundreds of couples in capturing their day in high definition. And whilst camera quality just keeps improving, it also has resulted in the last 2 years with a proliferation of the tablet and smartphone “camera crusaders” endeavouring to capture every moment (almost before it happens).
As the wedding day is an expensive investment, we often have prospective clients ask us why they should invest in a videographer, when their guests can do it for them.
We understand it is an investment, in a day laden with costs, so we have asked our prior customers why they made the investment:
Thank you James for truly capturing the emotion of our wedding day. Your video has had us all crying again!! James was so fun to have around to capture our wedding video, and helped us out any way he could (he even did some gardening to remove the weeds from our chosen photo location!!). James was 100% professional, and captured the day exactly as it happened. We had a small intimate wedding and we hardly knew James was there filing in the background.Sallie and Luke
My parents were unable to attend due to my Mum being unwell to be able to travel and he managed to allow them to view the wedding live over the internet. The final product is exquisite and captures all the heart felt moments so perfectly. We can relive our special day over and over again. Moreover, share with our family and friends who were unable to share in the day, so they do not miss out.Melissa and Peter
I was initially introduced to the world of wedding videography through my sister Kath who was married to Marc back in Nov 2010 – she had James video their wedding in Echuca. At first, I thought, why would you get a video when you have a professional photographer but once I saw the video, in particular the highlights, I was determined to have James at my wedding.Emily and Tranter
Below, we list out the key considerations of why a professional videographer is an invaluable investment in your day, and highlight some of the key questions you need to ask when searching for your videographer:
- Whilst photos are forever, a video gives colour, emotion and life to the most important day in your life. For every moment that a videographer is filming, double the time is required to bring it to life in a seamless highlights video, so you not only need a skilled cameraperson but someone who has an eye for creativity and detail in the editing suite. Ask your videographer if you can see samples of their previous work.
- Video clips captured on smartphone are fun, but the audio is often much left to be desired. A professional videographer should use microphones, and equipped cameras to ensure that each sound is recorded crisply. Ask how your videographer will capture the sound, as this is just as important as the image.
- A videographer provides strong support for the couple, with their imaging needs. Whilst we also recommend a separate photographer for the day, the videographer provides vital back up. Why? Unfortunately, sometimes things don’t go right on the day. Every bride will have a war story, of the car breaking down on the way to the church, the church burning down before the day (yes this has happened), a bridesmaid pulling out due to extenuating circumstances, and a photographer whose equipment is stolen the night before the big day. It sounds like doomsday predictions … but we have seen all of these happen (luckily one at a time; seldom all at once). With a videographer teaming up with the photographer, you are protected by having two people who are capturing your day. Turbo Productions has been honoured to provide some photos to our clients when things didn’t go so well for the photographer. So ask you videographer to see samples of their photos, just to know you’re covered.
- If you do your research right, professional videographers often come ladened with more than one high definition camera so you can capture angles your guests haven’t even thought about. Ask how many cameras will be used on the day.
- They are prepared with spare batteries, spare cameras, spare lights and are trained to spot potential. You don’t want to miss out on half a groomsmen’s speech, or some classy moves on the dance floor because all of your guests have had the dreaded battery drain.
- The right videographer is unobtrusive (chances are you will forget they are even there).
- A specialised videographer, like Turbo Productions, can also package in live streaming, to be able to stream your wedding over the internet for those family and friends who can’t make the day. This is not provided by everyone, so if you are interested in this, make sure you ask the question.
If you do get a videographer (and we do hope you do), some handy hints to get the most out of the day:
- Ensure your guests know there is a videographer organised for the day, so they can put down their phones, relish in the moment, and enjoy all of those special touches you have created. By briefing your guests, they will also be more aware of the videographer and photographer in the room, and ensure they don’t obscure the view of the most important people on the day: the couple! Never fear: a good videographer can dodge the crowd, but how nice would it be if there were no iPads in the vision, complementing your carefully thought out 1930s themed wedding?
- Ensure you have good rapport with the videographer. They are one of your key crew for the day. Provide the videographer with a run sheet of the day in advance and ask for their advice. Having participated in 100s of weddings, a professional videographer will know what will look good.
- Ensure the videographer is advised of locations, so they scout them out beforehand.
- Keep them there for the reception, and get them to capture the guests, the dance floor, the speeches and the cake.
- Videography is no longer just a movie length capture of your day: ask them what other services they provide. At Turbo Productions, we offer live stream (see our Live Internet Streaming blog) and slow motion video booths (see our Slow Motion Video Booths blog) and are always looking out for new opportunities to further enhance and layer your memories of the day. A talented videographer should also be at ease with still photography, to guarantee the married couple some high quality photos should the need arise.