Haley and Peter’s National Museum of Australia wedding during autumn in Canberra. The ceremony took place on the grounds of the museum, overlooking Lake Burley Griffin, and they celebrated the reception inside the museum by the big bay window.
Their wedding photography coverage started off with Hayley and the girls. When I arrived their hair was done and they were finishing up their makeup.
Everyone was super relaxed especially Haley, which is great to see. I kept the photography nice and casual, with very little posing.
Starting with some photos of Haley just prior to putting on her wedding dress and some of the her wedding details like the flowers and shoes. Her bridesmaids assisted Hayley with her dress. The wedding dress was absolutely gorgeous, detailed with intricate lace.
I made my way to the boys, Peter and his groomsmen were enjoying a quiet drink prior to leaving for the National Museum. The guys left early to make final arrangements for the ceremony location.
Bridal portraits at the National Museum of Australia
Hayley and Peter chose to have their bridal portraits before the ceremony. I really liked this approach because it allows them to spend more time with their wedding guests.
The National Museum of Australia has some very unique architecture and locations where you can take your bridal portraits.
To not waste any time I kept the portraits within 200 meters of each location. This allowed us to use 4 locations, resulting in a wide variety of looks for their bridal portraits, with very little effort.
Wedding ceremony overlooking Lake Burley Griffin
The wedding ceremony was beautiful. The location that Peter chose had the backdrop of the Commonwealth Bridge and Lake Burley Griffin.
They were extremely lucky with the weather, absolutely perfect, with very little wind and beautiful sunshine.
Their celebrant Roger Thomson spoke beautifully and kept the ceremony flowing nicely.
Straight after the ceremony we took advantage of the guests being around and did the family portraits right on the waterfront next to where they got married.
Reception NMA Bay window
The reception had it all. Broadbean Catering were the masters behind the delicious food and outstanding service.
Starting off with drinks and canapes outside and then everybody moving inside to start the official proceedings.
The reception was held within the the museum by the bay window. Absolutely gorgeous views, of lake burley griffin while the sunset.
In Between the speeches, I stole the bride and groom for 10 minutes. We snuck out to The Garden of Australian Dreams to take some unique bridal photos, that not many people have the opportunity to do at the National Museum of Australia.
When we came back, Peter delivered his speech that was absolutely hilarious, his speech included different guests advice on getting married that added something different.
The big highlight of the evening was definitely the bridal waltz which had ballroom dancing and also the father daughter dance. I had a sneaky suspicion that they both had done this before.
The wedding, band something like this, had everyone up and dancing. Throwing in a wiggle song for the young kids to keep everyone happy.
There was even some Karaoke by the groom that topped the night off.