The wedding of Alison and Chris at Quaff Restaurant, Toorak

Quaff Restaurant Wedding Melbourne

On Saturday morning I was lucky enough to be asked to photograph Chris and Alison’s wedding at Quaff Restaurant in Melbourne’s Toorak.

We all met up at a little boutique hotel in Melbourne CBD, and I was early enough to catch Alison still in the final stages of getting ready. Although I wasn’t booked to cover preparations, it was great to be able to catch a few little details before we headed out for their shoot. It was also special to be able to catch a little impromptu “first look” when Chris arrived.

After some discussion when we met earlier in the year, and thinking about it, Chris and Alison had decided to do their wedding shoot in the morning, before the ceremony. There were a few great reasons to do this, but the main one was that it meant they could go straight from the ceremony into lunch with their guests. It also meant we could shoot into the city for the photography at 9.30am, which was a bonus as the city is so much quiet at that time.

Next it was onto Quaff Restaurant in Toorak for a ceremony by brilliant (and always very smiley) Celebrant Sally Hughes, whose ceremony included lots of special details about Chris and Alison’s relationship, their shared love of history, and some very eloquent and will written vows – a beautiful and very personal ceremony, which I’m sure was exactly what the newlyweds were hoping for.

Keep reading below the gallery for a bit more about the day, but I know it’s the images you’re interested in 🙂 Thanks again Alison and Chris for having me as part of your big day.


Quaff Restaurant

We all boarded Bruce’s amazing orange Buick and headed out, with the car getting plenty of attention every time we pulled up (or took off from!) traffic lights. As well as hitting some traditional Melbourne wedding photography locations (Hosier Lane, Parliament House, The Windsor), we also made a stop outside ANZ’s gothic facade on Collins St, well known to Chris in his work as a historian there previously.

Quaff Restaurant’s function room, the “White Room”, certainly is that, although my personal nickname for it is “the mirror room”, as the walls are mostly mirrored except for the beautiful bay window that looks out over Toorak Village.

A wedding day with a difference, an early start, pre-wedding shoot, simple and elegant ceremony and intimate lunch reception on two long tables. Definitely something different, but somehow fitting for a mid-winter Melbourne city wedding day.


Celebrant: Sally Hughes

Venue: Quaff, Toorak Rd –