One From The Weekend: Monique and Shane at Shangri-La Hotel, Sydney


If there was ever a day when we've witnessed the benefits of having a wedding planner, this was it. Monique and Shane's first choice for a wedding ceremony location was outdoors on the ever-popular Observatory Hill in The Rocks. But a week of rain and a wet start to the wedding day meant that a Plan B was going to be required.

Enter the team from Bells N Whistles Events who had diligently lined up a rather spectacular wet weather option known as the Shangri-La Hotel. After a flawlessly styled, intimate ceremony the Bells N Whistles team announced that they had also arranged VIP access to the hotel's Altitude restaurant where we could take photos in the dry before its doors opened to the public.

The view from the 36th floor was spectacular with Sydney Harbour and the couple's world famous reception venue, the Park Hyatt, immediately below us. As the newlyweds spent a few quiet moments together, I took the opportunity to use the dramatic floor to ceiling windows as a perfect frame for both the couple and Monique's stunning Carolina Herrera gown, a tricolour masterpiece created from a single piece of fabric.