As someone who photographs weddings ALL the time, I am always being asked by my clients, friends and family for my advise and expertise in the planning process. I know how overwhelming it can be trying to throw together such a big, special event - no matter how extravagant or simple your vision may be…so I have taken it upon myself to come up with an in-depth guide to help and make it a little bit easier for you. I have worked with so many amazing vendors over the years, some from Port Augusta and some from out of town - so here are a few of my favourites that I can confidently recommend to give you a beautiful, seamless wedding day to cherish forever.
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The perfect venue will make your vision of your wedding day come to life. We are so extremely lucky that here in Port Augusta we have the gulf as well as the Flinders Ranges along with so many churches and modern venues to make use of.
Port Augusta’s newest sporting complex also doubles as a beautiful, modern venue for weddings and other events. It is a relatively large venue and is owned by the Port Augusta City Council.
The thing I love most about the Yacht club is that you can have your ceremony and reception at the same place, with the most beautiful views overlooking the gulf. My favourite part is watching the sun set over the Flinders Ranges and being able to steal my couples away for a few last-minute sunset shots when time permits!
West Augusta Football Club
I can’t really say if you can have your ceremony at Westies as I’ve not photographed one there before... but it scrubs up as an absolutely stunning reception venue. I can guarantee almost every Port Augusta resident has a few funny stories from attending weddings at this venue.
Pichi Richi Park
Pichi Richi has my heart. This venue is nestled in the picturesque Pichi Richi pass in the heart of the Flinders Ranges. It’s natural bush setting really shows off the natural beauty of the area and they have accommodation on-site so you have nothing to worry about!
At the right time of the year, the water tower is a gorgeous little spot on the west side of Port Augusta which is perfect for smaller, low-key weddings!
Want your guests to have a tummy full of delicious food? An extensive menu with multiple choices for your big day? There are so many options and I am lucky enough as a photographer to generally get to sample this amazing food at most weddings I work at - here are my favourites!
Epicurean Tucker Box
’Catering with no boundaries’ - the Epicurean Tucker Box has a wide range of elegant menus and wedding packages - they provide endless options to cater to all tastes and personalities.
Kieran is very passionate and innovative in his service, providing delicious meals and a unique experience every single time. I myself eat from his mobile restaurant whenever I get a chance and I am always excited to know when he is catering an event I am working at!
Best. Grazing Tables. Ever. That is all I can say - so super impressed every single time. I loved the food that Head Catering provides!
The Roaming Chef
Naomi offers a mobile catering and cake service across the Yorke Peninsula - her food is delicious and her experience truly is like no other.
We are truly blessed with two absolutely incredible florists here in Port Augusta - I have photographed countless bouquets and decor from both of these vendors and every single time they are STUNNING and so unique.
Acacia Art Florist
These guys have been around for over 35 years and are extremely well-known local florists who provide customised flower arrangements to suit all budget ranges and occasions. They can create and execute just about anything flawlessly and the staff are just beautiful people who truly care for their clientele.
My Friend Billy
Jessie, the owner of My Friend Billy, has a very unique and modern style with her arrangements - she is a true talent with her own vision and provides an extremely personalised service for her clients. MFB uses as much native flora as possible, and Jessie is obviously super inspired by the rich and natural environment surrounding us here in the Flinders Ranges.
I could be bias, but Diversity Entertainment is my number 1 choice for all your DJ & MC needs. Andrew Leske and his team are true professionals and will ensure that all of your guests are dancing and laughing all night long. Another great choice is DJ Gem - who provides a two person nanna and grandaughter team. They are a CD based DJ duo as they believe that iPod’s and computers are unreliable. Personally I love that Gem involves the kids and has a range of games for them to play and keep them occupied!
If you’re wanting a professional makeup artist to help you look your absolute best, you’re in luck and will be spoiled for choice. In Port Augusta, we have so many local and non-local makeup artists who I cannot recommend highly enough. I have worked with or photographed the work of all of these talented ladies’ work and I’m always blown away.
Makeup by Tasha Leo
Tash is a local self-taught makeup artist who has a natural ability to give women of all ages confidence and a glamorous glow that photographs beautifully. She is a vibrant and funny girl with a true talent and passion for what she does.
Makeup by Aleesha
I cannot recommend Aleesha enough. I have worked with her and had my makeup done by her on multiple occasions and her ability to create a flawless base and work with both creative, glam and simple looks blows me away every time. She is based in Whyalla at her professional studio but does travel to Port Augusta (and beyond) for weddings.
Sam is very well-known as an established and extremely talented makeup artist from the Port Pirie region. Sam loves to get creative and personally my favourite wedding looks she does are always the rose gold and metallic ones as she has mastered the art of creating a subtle glam look (but she’s also wonderful with regular bridal makeup too!). Sam travels but get in quick - she books out super fast!
Makeup by XEB
Xena is another talented local self-taught makeup artist who I have recently worked with. I was super impressed with her ability to make my clients feel comfortable and her knowledge of luxury makeup brands. She is an eager, young business-woman who I think is going to go extremely far in the makeup world!
Shonna Katherine Artistry:
Shonna is a qualified makeup artist from Port Pirie who has a heart of gold and a serious amount of talent. I can guarantee she will not leave you disappointed - and she also does hair! Shonna likes to create a personal connection with her clients so she can give them makeup that suits them and their vision.
I have never had the pleasure of working alongside Rhiannon, however I have photographed brides who have had their makeup done by her and I have also known her since I was a child - she is a beautiful person who creates a range of versatile looks for her clients. Rhiannon is from Quorn but of course, travels to Port Augusta for makeup looks.
Taylor Grant Makeup Artist
Taylor is an absolute gem of a human being. She is a self-taught makeup artist from the Port Pirie region - but she does travel. I have worked with Taylor, had my makeup done by her and sent my clients to her on countless occasions. She will absolutely positively make you look effortlessly flawless - I can’t praise her enough.
A few special mentions also go to Christie Muir, Emily Nistico and Kismet’s who are also local makeup artists - as far as I am aware I’ve not photographed their work, but it does look marvellous on social media!
Having a celebrant who you are comfortable with is essential for a smooth-running marriage ceremony. In Port Augusta I have worked with these 2 legal celebrants on multiple occasions and they have always been pleasant, funny and super organised. There is also of course, the option to be married by your priest if you are being married in a church - and I can highly recommend just about any church here in Port Augusta to help with that if you’re looking for a more ‘traditional’ ceremony.
Alan is an extremely professional, warm and friendly marriage celebrant from Port Augusta. He is approachable, kind and will absolutely make you laugh and make sure things run smoothly throughout your ceremony.
Robert is another fantastic local marriage celebrant who offers a super high standard of service and has a plethora of information to design and choose the marriage ceremony that suits you. He is an absolute sweetheart and will guide and help you to have a ceremony you’ll always remember.
Port Augusta is positively blessed with two of the greatest cake makers I’ve ever come across! Both of these talented ladies create customised and personal cakes for all occasions - you will not regret having either of them make and decorate the perfect cake for you.
Creative Cake Creations
Ashley Kingham is very well-known in town for her creative (as the name suggests) cakes and she is an absolute whiz with fondant and creating cool figurines/characters, always being a little bit outside of the box. I have photographed her cakes before and they’re always unique and fun - she is a true talent that Port Augusta is lucky to have!
Leah is a godsend. She is a qualified chef/baker and her cakes not only always look amazing, but they TASTE amazing. I use Leah for all of my cake smash sessions and have photographed countless wedding cakes of hers and they always have a personal twist. Make sure you try the red velvet, white chocolate and raspberry and my personal favourite - vanilla caramel!
Having the perfect hairstyle, cut and colour for your wedding day is so important to tie your look together! We have a plethora of hairdressers and salons here in Port Augusta and a couple from out of town that I also recommend - here is an extensive list:
Save the dates & Invitations
Dinah is a stay-at-home-mum who creates handmade invitations and cards for any occasion. She will most certainly work with you to create something perfect for you.
Lisa stocks a wide range of invitations and gifts - I highly recommend browsing her facebook page as she offers such a variety of things!
Wedding Planners & Bridal Hire
Decorating a wedding can be one of the most overwhelming tasks there is - making sure everything goes together, that the vibe of your wedding is communicated to your guests and essentially having all necessary items to bring the day together can be a complete mess without the right people. Here are a few companies who I can absolutely say will help you with everything you need!
Exclusive Bridal Hire
These guys are based in whyalla and have (and can get) just about anything you could want to hire for your big day. From chairs and tables to arbours, table decor, balloons and so much more, you could spend hours browsing their store and chatting with the owners.
Events by YB
Yvonne Barker is a Port Augusta based event planner & coordinator and she will give you the luxury wedding OF YOUR DREAMS. Yvonne has some truly beautiful things to hire and puts together a venue perfectly - I cannot speak highly enough of this lovely lady!
Michelle and the team at Flower girls offer wedding and special event floral design, styling and hiring. They have a wide range of options from hire & delivery so that you can DIY, all the way through to setting it all up for you. They can do your bouquets, buttonholes, centrepieces, hanging features, flower crowns, garlands, arbours & so much more.
To Have & To Hire
Sue offers a huge variety of decorating items - from chair covers, centrepieces, table skirtings, ceiling tulle, fairy lights, bridal backdrops and more. She is a super sweet woman who is very passionate about making sure you have a spectacular wedding with gorgeous decor.
Last but not least…photographers!
Why, me of course! Haha, I’d be silly to recommend anyone other than myself - but I am going to anyway. We have some true talent here in Port Augusta, Port Pirie, Whyalla and beyond. Having a good photographer who knows what they’re doing and can confidently document the most special day of your lives is so super important…and everyone has different styles that they love - so I’ve listed a few below who I can confidently recommend in terms of quality of work and value for money!