St Brigid’s Catholic Church

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Situated at 378 Nicholson Street, North Fitzroy, St Brigid’s Catholic Church is a elegant and traditional venue for Catholic ceremonies. The architecture, location and features of St Brigid’s make it a charming setting for wedding ceremonies.

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serendipity photography st bridgets Over the years Serendipity Photography have had the privilege of capturing many weddings at St Brigid’s and appreciate  its aesthetic quality and great range of features. The large surrounding grounds provide ample space for parking ( a very appealing attribute at weddings!) Inside the church is graced with a myriad of exquisite details: high timber ceilings, full sized organ, hand paintings in the lady’s chapel and breathtaking stained glass windows, make wonderful backdrops both during the formal ceremony and for a diverse selection of wedding day photography. The strong lines and striking architecture of St Brigid’s make the perfect setting for dramatic tones and classic wedding day photography.

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Today St Brigid’s remains one of the oldest standing churches in Melbourne. The rich history contained in the church building and its authentic period features, including original nave and stained glass windows, continues to draw soon-to-be-wed couples to its entrance. This statuesque carved stone church was designed in the late 1860’s by architect T.A Kelly, before being erected in 1870. Constructed in the Decorated Gothic Style, the bluestone exterior of St Brigid’s casts a striking silhouette against the surrounding skyline. Whilst the individual timber pews of the interior allow for a large congregation, from the outset St Brigid’s is by no means a domineering church. The powerful bluestone façade and unique symmetry of the architecture  provide a setting of considered subtlety, the result is a church that will beautifully complement the bride and groom. There are an abundance of photographic opportunities present within the lovely surrounding grounds: the grand trees which run along the street entrance are a photographers dream! Beautiful and atmospheric photographs can be achieved by shooting through the leafy foliage, where dappled light bestows a natural glow on the bride and groom. The deep warmth of the bluestone exterior which is complemented by the rustic terra-cotta roof tiling and the striking white window detailing, including a trio of fine rose windows, provides a gorgeous backdrop for large bridal party shots outside the entrance, or for romantic portraits of the bride right before she makes her way down the aisle.

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One of the centre-pieces of the church is the beautifully restored organ in the central chapel. Built by Alfred Fuller of Kew, the organ has been a part of St Brigid’s since 1886. Restoration work carried out in 1908, 1911 and 1970 by George Fincham & Sons, has allowed the preservation of this grand scaled organ. Today St Brigid’s organ is one of the only surviving Fuller designs. The organ is a feast for both the eyes and the ears; its delicately stenciled façade pipes, mahogany console, elegant raised music desk and rear paneling is perhaps the finest example of Fuller’s work.

 

St Brigid’s excellent central location make it a convenient option for wedding day celebrations. Only minutes from the CBD, travel to any of Melbourne’s top reception centres is quick and straightforward, especially considering Nicholson Street is a short stroll from the Eastern Highway. Many couple’s use the time between the ceremony and the reception celebration as an opportunity to visit interesting and picturesque photographic locations. In close proximity to St Brigid’s are a delightful selection of landmarks including the beautifully landscaped Edinburgh Gardens, the popular Carlton Gardens and the Royal Exhibition Building. Serendipity have seen many couples fall in love with St Brigid’s, and with the church’s gorgeous combination of rich history, striking architecture and great location,  it really is one of Melbourne’s most understated ceremony locations. If you’re interested in learning more about St Brigid’s contact the Parish Priest: Reverend Delmar Silva, to arrange meeting or tour. As well as having a loyal congregation, St Brigid’s is well versed in accommodating wedding ceremonies, the strong multi-cultural focus of the parish make it a welcoming venue for couples of many backgrounds.

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2 Responses to “St Brigid’s Catholic Church”
  1. mark escobar, cs 10 September 2012 at 5:39 am #

    St Brigid’s Catholic Church has been home to migrants across the globe. Over the course of time Scalabrinian missionaries in Melbourne have truly endeavoured to work with Italians, Hispanics, Asians, and other cultures. Time to “dwell in possibility” as Emily Dickinson wrote, reminds us that there’s still much to be done; to bring in new ideas, skills, and talents that aim at enriching the faith community — the church of the poor! Their stories and struggles in their adopted country like Australia are like a narrative of response to society’s call in today’s generation. They reflect a culture of unity; a culture that value collaboration with a reasonable tolerance for risk and focus on the vision of the church at large. I congratulate the Scalabrinian missionaries for their continuing service in the church of Australia. Kudos and more power to them. My thoughts and prayers are with them. Mark Escobar

  2. Marie Valencia Yap 9 February 2012 at 7:10 pm #

    St Brigid’s Church is such a beautiful church, classical, spacious and has everything one can ask for. Father Delmar the parish priest was also amazing, he made this day very special for the both of us as well as our guests, all our guests loved our church ceremony. Marie & Ian Yap

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