Lavender Bay & Aqua Dining Wedding: Eleanor & Phill – Part 2

As we mentioned in our last post, for Eleanor and Phill, their wedding was all about the views! They chose an absolutely stunning venue for their Sydney Harbour reception, Aqua Dining Restaurant in Milson’s Point. Aqua Dining boasts some of the most amazing views of the Harbour Bridge and Opera House, perched atop the beautiful North Sydney Swimming Pool. Jeff snuck in a bit earlier in the day to capture some of the setup for their cocktail-style reception. Click the image to see the view bigger:

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This beautiful yellow and white flower arrangement was waiting to greet the guests upon their arrival.

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Eleanor and Phill sourced the glass jars which you can see below, adorned with yellow and blue ribbons, from the wonderfully friendly Sam at Just Jars Australia. The jars added the perfect candle-lit touch for the reception later that evening!


At the end of the long restaurant lies this atmospheric outdoor patio, with views out to the harbour as well as overlooking Luna Park.

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Such a gorgeous place for guests to mingle and toast the bride and groom! Click to view this panorama larger:

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After their ceremony, we headed down to the gorgeous Lavender Bay for some photos with our newly-wed bride and groom!

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Weren’t they looking so elegant and lovely?

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I just love the way Eleanor’s long veil blew in the wind. Beautiful!

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And this one below just might be one of my favourites!

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Eleanor and Phill, you two make such a lovely couple!

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What a good looking bridal party!

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With such an epic view at their reception venue, there was only one way to capture it all together… with a panorama! Eleanor and Phill’s guests cheered them on from the patio at Aqua Dining as we took this panorama. What perfect sunset light. This is definitely one of our favourite shots of the evening! Our blog width doesn’t do it justice… so click to enhance!

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All the guests lined up along the sides of the restaurant to welcome Eleanor and Phill to their cocktail-style reception. The fun was only just beginning!

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Luna Park was brightly lit and the outdoor patio provided great views over the famous grinning, toothy face at the entrance.

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The guests were all having a great time mingling and enjoying the live band!

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As Jeff and I love to do, we had to get a macro shot of Eleanor and Phill’s stunning wedding bands. Gorgeous!

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Eleanor’s father started off the speeches with some heartfelt words for his little girl.

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Eleanor’s brother was getting some great reactions from the guests!

Jeff and I hinted in our last post that at Eleanor and Phill’s reception we heard possibly the greatest wedding speech performance that we’ve yet witnessed. The beautiful love story of Phill and Eleanor was recited in an amazing poetic parody with the rhyme, form, and metre of Edgar Allen Poe’s “The Raven”, but rather than quothing “Nevermore”, the poem instead told tales of “Philleanor”! It was SO well written and recited, and had the guests in stitches!

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Phill was next up, offering some sweet words of thanks and love for his family and his new bride.

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Then it was time for the party to really get started!

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Eleanor and her dad were so cute dancing together!

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Their guests cheered them on as Eleanor and Phill cut into their lovely blue and white chevron cake.

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Love the enthusiasm of these ladies!

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The wooden initials of the bride and groom became quite a popular photo prop by the end of the evening!

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So cute. Eleanor and Phill, you guys look adorable dancing together!

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What a beautiful end to a beautiful night. Eleanor and Phill, thank you for letting us be a part of your wonderful, beautiful, fun wedding day! We were honored to be your photographers and hope these images bring back many happy, fun and special memories for a lifetime. We wish you all the best on your journey together as a married couple!

Friends and family of Eleanor and Phill, leave a comment below for the happy couple and let us know what you think of the images, and we’ll notify you when the full gallery is available to access online.

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Eleanor - Thank you Jeff and Erin, you truly did an amazing job, we couldn’t be happier. That last photo captures exactly how I felt at the end of the night. Elle

Just Jars Australia - In love with ALL these incredible shots of stunning Eleanor & handsome Phill! Awesome work as always guys, and thank you so much for the mention! ;o)

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