St Monica’s

Charmingly located at 820 Mount Alexander Rd, Moonee Ponds; St Monica’s Church is a beautiful venue for traditional Catholic wedding ceremonies. Since its construction in 1941, this bright and spacious church remains one of the most desirable destinations for wedding ceremonies in Melbourne’s North West. Serendipity Photography have had the pleasure of capturing many weddings at St Monica’s. Time and time again we appreciate the array of elegant and practical features, including the picturesque surrounding grounds, well lit and spacious interior (perfect for medium and large scale ceremonies), good access and ample car parking at rear, and sublime picture windows.

St Monica’s was designed by the renowned architectural firm Payne & Dayle in the mid 20th century. The unique façade which features sandstone brickwork, stone entrance stairs, and a stunning sculptural relief above the large glass doors, was built in the Neo-Gothic style. This historic parish is Heritage listed, the National Trust website describes St Monica’s as: “a modern version of the Spanish Gothic style, reminiscent of the Catalan School.”

It is one of the largest suburban churches of the period and is important as the most impressive Catholic Church constructed in the western suburbs in the twentieth century. The Parish Priest: Reverend Peter Kenny is a welcoming and charismatic voice for the historically rich church. A perfect reflection of St Monica’s multicultural focus.

St Monica’s remains a venue of architectural importance, Serendipity credit this to the high degree of creative accomplishment and harmony between the striking exterior façade and the breathtaking internal chapel. The main façade incorporates a large traceried window framed by an arch and octagonal turrets placed above a deeply-recessed porch. Inside a rich crimson carpet provides a gorgeous visual contrast against the classic tones of bride and grooms attire. Modern era stone columns elegantly frame the central aisle, ensuring diverse and breathtaking photographic backdrops as bride approaches the raised alter.

Serendipity love the bright modern sandstone façade of the church. The building presents a substantial height against the uninterrupted skyline rendering an impressive backdrop for family shots or classic bridal portraits. Inside, the spacious and inclusive church bestows a romantic glow over its occupants. The fine details of the décor provide the perfect setting traditional ceremonies, where the atmosphere is as sacred as it is beautiful. There is much to fall in love with at St Monica’s; from the vibrant stained glass windows (which cast subtle coloured light), the high alter of carved white marble, to the magnificent domed ceiling over the lady’s chapel, this setting provides a gorgeous venue for your unique ceremony, as well as a wonderful selection of backdrops for wedding day photography.

St Monica’s close proximity to the picturesque Queens Park, provides a convenient alternative location for wedding day photography. Serendipity highly recommend visiting the Northern end of the gardens, here bride and groom can stroll amongst the  grand established trees, charming rose garden and look out over the expansive lake. For a wedding day album full of diverse and enchanting photographs, St Monica’s and the complementary Queens Park make a great destination for wedding ceremonies.


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