Best 3 Gardens for Wedding Photography in Melbourne CBD

The world of nature. Sunshine. Warmth. Green. Unwinding. Freedom. The golden rays of sunlight filter through the swaying tree leaves to shine upon the lace veil, soft shoulders, and the delicate bouquet. The crisp fragrance of the freshly cut grass blended with the ploughed garden beds fills your nose as you draw in the enchanting yet comforting aroma of him. Your ears catch the melody of the birds playing hide and seek in the trees and through the fields as well as the sound of your dress’ edge brushing the shards of grass. Your eyes glance at the groomsmen holding champagne, the bridesmaids chasing your trail, and your heart lingers on the moments caught leisurely chatting beneath the canopy, walking the gardens, and the sheer happiness of this special day. If these are the scenes that come to mind at the words ‘wedding photography’, then without a doubt, a garden location would be me, as an experienced wedding photographer in Melbourne first option to recommend to you.
Below I will be sharing a few gardens located in Melbourne’s CBD for you to consider. If your dream wedding is a garden or outdoor style wedding, these locations would be a good choice.

Carlton Gardens

a couple kissing in fornt of carlton garden

Main Characteristics

If you are seeking to find a relaxed, nature-focused scenery near the city that also embraces the rich architecture and greenery alike, then Carlton Gardens would be your best first choice. The picturesque qualities of Carlton Gardens not only change throughout the seasons but there is also a diverse range of photo styles that can be captured here. It features the renowned heritage imbued in the Royal Exhibition Building, the wealthy culture of Melbourne Museum, the modernistic touch of Imax Cinema, and the award-winning children’s playground all in one place. According to the World Heritage listing, the Royal Exhibition Building and Carlton Gardens are ‘of historical, architectural, aesthetic, social, and scientific (botanical) significance to the State of Victoria.’

Positives and Negatives

Positives

  • Favourable Location
  • Not seasonal and can be visited all year round – Garden landscape changes throughout the year
  • Multiple styles of photos can be taken at the one location
  • Free of cost – bookings not required

Negatives

  • Poor parking – limited parking spaces available on weekends
  • The large scale of the garden is not suitable for walking in high heels
  • Tourist sight – may be easily interrupted

Other Photography Locations Nearby

  • Brunswick Street and coffee
  • Fitzroy Townhall

Ideal Time to Visit

Photography friendly all year round

Average Photography Duration

45 – 90 minutes

Recommendation Rating

⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

Things to Consider

  • The Garden is rather large, you will need to arrange a meeting point with your photographers and chauffeur
  • Bride and bridesmaids may need to prepare heel stoppers

Fitzroy Gardens/ Treasury Gardens

bride and bride maids walking in fitztory garden

Main Characteristics

When people discuss the garden wedding photography location surrounding Melbourne’s CBD, one of the locations frequently mentioned would be the 64-acre Fitzroy Gardens. The beautiful park borders Melbourne City’s westside and is situated between Clarendon Street, Albert Street, Lansdowne Street and Wellington Parade.
Fitzroy Gardens not only features the unique design of Cooks’ Cottage along with the delicate elegance of the ornamental lake but also has a visitor information centre and café ready on set. Furthermore, it also houses a model Tudor village lying within Melbourne’s most abundant and magnificent tree-lined avenues – the garden’s most esteemed characteristic.

Positives and Negatives

Positives

  • Convenient for parking and transport
  • Close to other photography locations
  • Free of cost – bookings not required
  • The garden’s style is vibrant and colourful – distinctive contrast to the City’s architecture
  • Various facilities available – includes coffee, toilets, and resting places

Negatives

  • Outdoor site – rain and windy weather can hinder the photography process
  • Some locations may have a queue for photography use
  • The large scale of the garden is not suitable for walking in high heels

Other Photography Locations Nearby

  • Parliament House
  • St Patrick’s Cathedral
  • Spring Street Tramline and Cafes
  • Collins Street

Ideal Time to Visit

September – May

Average Photography Duration

30 – 60 minutes

Recommendation Rating

⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

Things to Consider

  • Bride and bridesmaids may need to prepare heel stoppers
  • Due to many insects are hidden in the grass, long or layered dresses will require the bridesmaids’ assistance in moving

Royal Botanical Gardens

wedding photography in Royal botenical gardens in Melbourne city

Main Characteristics

If you are an avid lover of gardens and moreover, have a special passion for blue skies, towering trees, a reverie like landscape, unusual or endangered flora, and exotic birds, then the Royal Botanical Gardens have been designed for you. Established in 1846, this 94-acre wonderland grows beside the Yarra River and houses 50,000 individual plants with over 8,500 different species. This vast riverscape will without a doubt meet all your garden wedding photography expectations and more.

Positives and Negatives

Positives

  • Gardens are exquisite and majestic – photos will be personal and unique
  • Can capture a variety of garden-style photos
  • Various facilities available – includes coffee, toilets, and resting places
  • Is Melbourne’s best-known wedding location
  • Adjacent to the Yarra River

Negatives

  • Outdoor site – rain and windy weather can hinder the photography process
  • Tourist sight – may be easily interrupted
  • Bookings required
  • The Garden is too big – a time consuming walk from one shooting location to the next.

Other Photography Locations Nearby

  • Yarra River with City Background
  • Victoria Army Barracks

Ideal Time to Visit

September – May

Average Photography Duration

90 – 120 Minutes

Recommendation Rating

⭐ ⭐ ⭐

Things to Consider

The Garden is extremely large, will require a comfortable pair of shoes to change

Other Gardens

Below are some garden sites suitable for photos sorted by geographical location. Each fulfils various requirements and are transport convenient.

Inner City and South Side:

couple taking wedding photo at Royal botenical gardens

  • St Kilda Botanical Gardens
  • Fawkner Park
  • Albert Park
  • St Vincent Gardens
  • Catani Gardens St Kilda
  • Studley Park

East Side:

  • Canterbury Gardens
  • Wattle Park
  • Blackburn Lake

West Side:

  • Williamstown Botanical Gardens
  • North Side
  • Queens Park
  • Coburg Lake Reserve

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