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Holly + Nicholas’ QVB Wedding

Published: Jan 25, 2017

The fantastic QVB wedding of Holly and Nicholas commenced with a beautiful ceremony at the historic Lions Gate Lodge amongst Sydney’s Royal Botanic Gardens. With their family and close friends, and their champagne fountain cascading, they celebrated into the afternoon.

A QVB wedding is a highly desired dream of many brides throughout Sydney. The QVB – a stunning 19th Century Romanesque architectural landmark in the CBD – is ornately decorated with beautiful floor mosaics, sandstone columns and functioning steel cage elevators. The building was one of Sydney’s first lending libraries. The QVB is a tremendous venue; so much history, architecture and interesting perspectives for wedding photographs.

The QBV opened in 1898. It was originally built for trades, showrooms and concerts. In the late 1930s, the building was remodelled to house the Sydney City Council and was nearly demolished in 1971. In 1982 a large restoration project commenced that rejuvenated the landmark, which reopened to Sydneysiders and visitors in 1986.

After its most recent renovation during 2000 to 2008, the QVB became a testament to the original vision for the building’s opulent character. This recent renovation project restored the QVB Ballroom into The Team Room – a beautiful, graceful, opulent dining venue. The grandeur of The Tea Room lends itself to sheer wedding perfection, and is an amazing accompaniment to elaborate wedding day styling – the venue is very refined!

Holly and Nicholas’ QVB wedding was spectacular. The day was very hot but beautiful… I don’t think I’ve ever drunk as many bottles of water at a wedding before. After the ceremony, the couple enjoyed refreshments with their guests, and we took a stroll around Sydney’s Royal Botanic Gardens. We arrived in the QVB a little earlier than their guests to take a few photographs before heading on into their reception. The character of The Tea Room was a perfect match for this couple.

I’m really happy for these guys…

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