Weddings in Wellington

Being a Wellington Wedding photographer

I love being a Wellington wedding photographer! That’s because Wellington lives up to its name as the “coolest little capital in the world“. It’s a fantastic place to get married if you live locally, are returning back home for your special day from elsewhere in New Zealand or overseas, or if you are looking to have a destination wedding in NZ.

And weddings are just awesome to cover – combining portrait, creative and documentary photography all in one day!

On this page I’m thrilled to share with you a small selection of some of my favourite spots around Wellington city to get married, or capture fabulous Wellington wedding photos.

Iconic Wellington

The Beehive and Parliament, and the beautiful old Parliamentary Library, all provide a stunning backdrop for the perfect iconic Wellington wedding portrait.

Wellington wedding photographer - Alicia Scott - Parliament buildings

Wellington wedding photographer - Alicia Scott - Parliamentary library

Then there is Te Papa, the Museum of New Zealand – home to some of the country’s greatest ‘taonga’ (or treasures). Not just a building for unique Wellington wedding images both indoor and out, it includes a great reception venue too, aptly named Icon!

Wellington Wedding Photographer - Alicia Scott - Te Papa stairs

Wellington wedding photographer - Alicia Scott - Te Papa bridge

On Wellington’s Waterfront

And around Te Papa and downtown, what could be a more iconic location for Wellington wedding photos than the waterfront and harbour?

Wellington wedding photographer - Alicia Scott - Toia tug boat

Wellington wedding photographer - Alicia Scott - Oriental Bay

Wellington wedding photographer - Alicia Scott - blue boat shed doors

There are also classic Wellington waterfront venues, such as The Boatshed and Dockside

Wellington wedding photographer - Alicia Scott - Dockside waterfront bar and restaurant

… as well as lots of photo opportunities around the bays and beaches of the Wellington coastline nearby.Wellington wedding photographer - Alicia Scott - couple with parasol at Greta Point

Wellington wedding photographer - Alicia Scott - groomsmen in kilts

Wellington wedding photographer - Alicia Scott - umbrellas by rocks

More Bars, Cafes and Restaurants than New York!

Yes, apparently it’s true! According to the Lonely Planet, Wellington is crammed with more bars, cafes and restaurants per capita than New York City! Not only do Wellington’s eating and drinking establishments offer many great choices for a wedding reception, but they can also provide a great backdrop for images of the happy couple or bridal party, or even as a venue for the ceremony.

There are too many options to do justice too, but here are a couple of my recent favourites.

First up, if you’re looking for a Latin vibe, there’s the unique Havana Bar.

Wellington wedding photographer - Alicia Scott - Havana Bar

Prefab provides large and funky indoor and outdoor spaces for an awesome reception and party.

Wellington wedding photographer - Alicia Scott - Prefab Hall

For a more ‘old world’ experience, there is the classic 1815 Cafe and Bar at the Wellesley Club.

Wellington wedding photographer - Alicia Scott - flower girl on Wellesley Club steps

Then there’s the chic Black Sparrow, hidden away under New Zealand’s grandest picture palace: the iconic Embassy Theatre.

Wellington wedding photographer - Alicia Scott - Black Sparrow bar

Back down at the waterfront in refurbished historic buildings are Mac’s Brewbar in Shed 22, and St Johns Bar and Restaurant in the old 1930’s ambulance station.

Wellington wedding photographer - Alicia Scott - Macs Brewbar

Wellington wedding photographer - Alicia Scott - St Johns Bar

And the alleyways and walls of the city can provide a cool urban backdrop to bridal party images.

Wellington wedding photographer - Alicia Scott - Chews Lane

Wellington wedding photographer - Alicia Scott - graffiti

Wellington’s Homes and Hotels

But it’s not just the bars and restaurants. Many couples get ready for their special day in one of the Capital’s exclusive hotels or apartments.

Wellington wedding photographer - Alicia Scott - Chaffers marina

Some apartments have cool outdoor features!

Wellington wedding photographer - Alicia Scott - Ben and Brooke garden maze

And many hotels are also excellent options for a wedding reception or ceremony. For instance, for a sumptuous high tea or dinner there’s Hippopotamus at the opulent Museum Art Hotel, opposite Te Papa, and the top floor suites at the boutique Bolton Hotel are big enough for an intimate wedding ceremony.

Wellington wedding photographer - Alicia Scott - Hippopotamus Bar

Wellington wedding photographer - Alicia Scott - Bolton Hotel - Hadi and Dani

Wellington Botanic Gardens and the Bush

The Wellington Botanic Garden is a popular setting for a wedding – rain or shine! Outdoors there is the colourful Lady Norwood Rose Garden and the Sculpture Trail, and if the weather doesn’t behave, then there’s the tranquil Begonia House. Or just bring out a brolly or two!

Wellington wedding photographer - Alicia Scott - Rose Gardens

Wellington wedding photographer - Alicia Scott - Botanic Garden in the rain - couple with umbrella

Wellington wedding photographer - Alicia Scott - Begonia House reception tables

Then there are other wedding locations for getting in touch with nature, such as Otari-Wilton’s Bush, and Zealandia, which is Wellington’s own wildlife sanctuary. But just look out for a pukeko photobomb!

Wellington wedding photographer - Alicia Scott - Zealandia pukeko

Wellington Church Weddings

For those of you who are after a church wedding, there are some lovely churches in Wellington, both old and new. The historic Old St Paul’s is a Wellington heritage landmark, particularly popular with couples coming from overseas for a New Zealand destination wedding.

Wellington wedding photographer - Alicia Scott - inside Old St Pauls

Wellington wedding photographer - Alicia Scott - Old St Pauls Asian couple

But there are lots of others too, including some hidden gems out in the Wellington suburbs, such as the modernist Chapel of Futuna in Karori.

Wellington wedding photographer - Alicia Scott - Futuna chapel Karori

Alicia Scott – Wellington Wedding Photographer

So I hope that helps explain why I love being a Wellington wedding photographer, and I also hope that this page might give you some ideas for when you start planning your wedding in Wellington.

Here is a link to a selection of weddings I have covered in Wellington city. I hope you enjoy them!

But that’s not all – there are great spots outside the city too, and I say a little about some of these on other pages on my site. For instance, one of my absolutely fav wedding venues is Boomrock, only 30 minutes from downtown, in the Ohariu Valley.

Then there are cool places out where I live in Petone, as well as other locations in the Hutt Valley. And of course, heading further out of town, there are the long sandy beaches of the Kapiti Coast, and the leafy vineyards and wineries in Martinborough and the Wairarapa.

Finally, I love to travel and experience new places (and food!). So although I’m a Wellington wedding photographer, if your wedding plans don’t include Wellington, I’m more than happy to photograph your wedding anywhere in New Zealand or overseas. You can find slideshow of a small selection of some of my favourite recent wedding photos taken in Wellington and beyond on my wedding folio page.

If you’d like some info about my wedding photography packages and current prices, please fill in the form on my Contact page. Or you could send me an email at alicia@fotografica.co.nz, or just give me a call on 021-491-845.

Thanks to all the wonderful couples whose wedding images are featured on this page, including: Ben and Brooke, Mark and Adele, Simon and Jade, Dani and Hadi, Greg and Shanan, Stefan and NaomiChao and Yuki, Matt and JulsNic and Nick, Harry and Shirleen, Simon and Tracy, and Matt and Kat!

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