Elizabeth Bay House & Catalina Restaurant Wedding: Dominique & John – Part 1

Today we’d like to share the photos from a stunning, elegant wedding at the beautiful historic estate Elizabeth Bay House. When we met Dominique and John, they seemed like very down-to-earth people. They told us that they met at the gym in Sydney and wanted to have a relaxed and fun celebration for their wedding. It was definitely relaxed and fun, but they also took every element of their wedding very seriously and put together a sophisticated affair with lots of dramatic touches! Dominique got ready at her mother’s beautiful home which provided an ideal setting for the photos. There was also no shortage of amazing details. Could her engagement ring be more gorgeous?!

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I thought Dominique was very brave to select these sexy high heels for her wedding day. As you’ll see she wore them well the entire day—impressive!

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I guess you can tell that we really enjoyed photographing Dominique’s ring… soo beautiful!


Dominique had a corseted silk gown custom-made just for her.

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Bride getting ready before Elizabeth Bay House wedding

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Like all corsets, it took awhile to lace up, but fit her like a glove!

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I love this one. It was a team effort!

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These shoes looked amazing on Dominique! I’m still super impressed she wore them all day.

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This beautiful sofa was just perfect for some portraits. You looked stunning, Dominique!

Elegant and modern bridal portraits

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Wow, just look at that gown (and the beautiful lady wearing it)!  Simply gorgeous.

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These are some of my favourites. Soo beautiful!

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Dominique chose a striking bouquet of black and deep red roses. All the florals for Dominique and John’s wedding were done by Grandiflora. We’re saving the really impressive bits for the next blog, but watch this space! Grandiflora really lived up to their name and created the most grand and impressive reception florals we’ve seen in awhile! Back to Dominique here, how beautiful was she looking?!

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Bride getting ready on her wedding day

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Dominique’s grandmother had been waiting in the next room. We could tell that Dominique’s family all have a very special relationship with her grandmother. It was the sweetest moment when she came out to see her granddaughter for the first time as a bride.

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Bride getting ready on her wedding day

Meanwhile, John was getting ready with his family and eagerly anticipating the ceremony. John was looking handsome in his all-black suit and tie.

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After the last-minute phone calls and time-checking, it was time to get to the ceremony!

Wedding rings detail photo

We arrived at Elizabeth Bay House just prior to the ceremony, in time for a few more portraits with our beautiful bride.

Portrait of bride on her wedding day

This historic house is now both a museum and an event venue. Its amazing curving staircase is the perfect wedding “aisle”!

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Dominique and John hired Jasmine Strings for the ceremony music. We’ve seen them in action before and they did a wonderful job once again! The strings sounded amazing in this beautiful space.

Jasmine Strings violinists at Elizabeth Bay House wedding

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John had a big smile on his face as he caught his first glimpse of his gorgeous bride.

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What a dramatic entrance!

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I love this. What a special and unique place for a ceremony.

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Dominique and John lit their unity candle as their family watched with smiles.

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Elizabeth Bay House historic estate wedding ceremony

Bride and groom exiting wedding ceremony at Elizabeth Bay House

I love these of our happy couple exiting the ceremony!

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How gorgeous! We can’t wait to share more beautiful portraits of our happy couple, and their stunning reception space. Stay tuned—part 2 will be coming soon!  Friends and family of Dominique and John, leave a comment below for the happy couple, or just to let us know what you think of the photos! Leave your email address in the email field if you’d like to be notified when the full gallery of images is available online for viewing.

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Jessica Vella - WOW!!!
Amazing moments and memories forved captured! Gorgeous day, gorgeous photos, gorgeous couple. Xoxo
Can’t wait to see part 2!

Donna Marin - Simply stunning photos Dominique and John! Can’t wait for part 2!! Xxx

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