Portsea Hotel wedding Photography – James Harvie Photography

Portsea Hotel wedding Photography – James Harvie Photography


Jacinta and Matt travelled all the way from Canada to hold their Portsea Wedding on the Mornington Peninsula.


We began the day at the boys home with some really natural casual images of the boys just doing their own thing. We even managed to get some good fun card games on camera. I worked with my colleague Ben who captured some epic video footage. You can see some of his work here: Tie the Knot Films.


Next we visited the brides home which was located in a really rustic Portsea seaside home. The home just oozed of character and was really wonderful for getting some quirky beach shots. When I find a location like this I just want to spend more time than my 90 minutes shooting here. The lighting was subdued and perfect for our props. Even out in the garden Ben and I managed to hang the bridal dress up along the hedge and then later in the Tea Tree. Jacinta was wonderful and relaxed to work with which meant we could just get the creative flow happening.


Then we were off to the ceremony located in Sorrento Park just near the heli pad. Its been a while photographing this location but conditions were perfect.  The brides maids look wonderful as they slowing made there way across the lawn to the ceremony. Once the ceremony was underway it was really quite special to see the emotion unfold.


With the ceremony completed and group shots out of the way we headed off for our location shoot. Because I know the Mornington Peninsula wedding photography locations so well I was able to get Jacinta and Matt into some wonderful tucked away locations. One of the best aspects of the Mornington Peninsula for wedding photography is there is so much variety. If the wind is blowing wild on the back beaches then it is protected on the front beaches.


Once the location shoot was over we headed back to the fabulous Portsea Hotel for the reception. My favourite area here is upstairs. The views are to die for not to mention the delish food. Portsea hotel is one of the oldest Mornington Peninsula wedding venues around but it simply is hard to beat.


We photographed a little into reception which offered me a good chance to get some of those natural shots of people just being themselves. A long zoom lens always works well for this and it creates wonderful depth of field. What’s that I hear you ask. It’s the wonderful blurred out background. If you reading this and into photography you might want to check out the workshops I run. Jump over here: Melbourne Photo Workshops.


Wedding Credits:

Wedding Reception: Portsea Hotel

Film: Tie the Knot Films

Photography: James Harvie Photography

Dress and Shoes: David’s Bridal 

Celebrant: Richard Bryant

Cake: Sweets for Tilly

Hair: Sallie Ellison

Makeup: HC make up and hair  

Ceremony Set-Up: Wedding Hire Melbourne

Acoustic Duo: Matt Black – The Entertainment Specialists –