I’ve always wanted to photograph a Pialligo Estate wedding in the nation’s capital of Canberra. I heard a lot of great things about the property, food and wine. I am correct to say that it was all true and it is one of the main reasons Alicia and Taryn decided to get married at the stunning rural Canberra property!
Alicia and Taryn decided to go for a low key/chill wedding. They also decided to do a sneaky first look before the ceremony. I guess to calm the nerves on arguably the most important and memorable day of their lives. We discussed a few locations prior to the wedding. We set our hearts on Canberra’s National Arboretum as the main location for the first look. We later ventured to Pialligo Estate for more photos and for the rest of the day to carry out.
Q&A: Canberra Wedding Planning
1. How did you meet?
We met at a mutual friend’s birthday BBQ sesh – Alicia was being chatted up by some guy and didn’t realize, so I walked over to remedy the situation. We are now married, so on some level, I guess it worked out.
2. Why did you choose Pialligo Estate for your wedding?
The food and wine were important to us, and Pialligo does both really well. Pialligo also had a beautiful backdrop with a variety of good locations for the ceremony, reception and photos – essentially it meant we could do everything in the same place. Dan was more than keen to make the most of each location by wading into a marsh and getting attacked by thorns and a snake, just to make sure he got the perfect shot.
3. What was the most important part of your wedding?
That everyone enjoyed the party and we came out with good photos to remember the day by. The ‘getting married’ part was pretty cool.
4. What tips can you provide to other brides and grooms in the lead up to their wedding?
Cutaway the extraneous stuff – keep it simple and focus on the important things, because your guests don’t notice or care about anything beyond a (short) ceremony, the food/drink and the party. We went informal, and everyone had a great time. The day will be over so quickly that all the details will get lost anyway – so make sure to remind each other a few times during the day to stop and be in the moment.
This wedding was amazing, I do hope you enjoyed the read and the images. I’d love to photograph a wedding there again. If you enjoyed this wedding, you might like this one at Ravensthorpe, Albion Park.