When Courtney told me a day or two before the wedding that she would probably drive herself to Cloudehill on the morning of the wedding, I didn’t think she’d actually go through with it! That gives you an idea of how laid back and relaxed she and Matt were.
A beautiful and very touching ceremony was led by lovely Melbourne celebrant Penny Hartelt. The ceremony locations was in the central amphitheatre at the absolutely gorgeous Cloudehill gardens up on Mount Dandenong. It’s such a perfect time of year to have your photos taken in a formal garden where the leaves are turning all sorts of autumn colours.
The guys were looking very dapper as they waited with much excitement for the beautiful Courtney to appear. The walk down from the car park to the bottom of Cloudehill is quite a walk. Great idea to bring some flats with you if you’re going to do a lot of walking around after the ceremony – which you are certainly going to do if you want to make the most of the absolutely beautiful ground at the venue.
It’s definitely one of those venues where there are more opportunities than there is time – so many great spots to take advantage of, and lots of different looks for your album or prints.
If was also one of those weddings that taught me a lesson about having a nice clean car (which it wasn’t, at the time!), as it was called into action shortly after to give everyone a ride .We headed back to the Loft in the Mill to drop off the car for Courtney and Matt later, and then we all climbed into my Ute and I gave them a lift to Copperfields. That car has gone to car heaven now, replaced with a much shinier and nicer car – but the many uses for the ute will never be forgotten 🙂
Venue: Cloudehill, in Melbourne’s Dandenong Ranges
Celebrant: Penny Hartelt