Real Weddings – Sacha + Michael

Sacha & Michael’s elegant and relaxed country wedding was held at Quart Pot Downs, a private property north of Dungog. Michelle-Leigh Photography captured their special day.

Sacha adored a preoccupied Michael from afar in high school – he eventually seized the opportunity to win Sacha’s heart before it was too late!

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The ceremony was held on a grassy knoll under two enormous gum trees on the side of a stream.

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Sacha wore a gown by Designs by Melanie Ford, while the bridesmaid’s dresses were from Newcastle Bridal House. Morpeth Flower Gallery designed the bridal bouquets.

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Sacha and Michael escaped on a 4WD adventure with Michelle-Leigh Photography to the top of the surrounding hills for the most picturesque panorama shots in beautiful evening light.

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The reception was held in the old machinery shed on the property, and styled by the bride and her mother.

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The shed was transformed with olde world lace, hessian table runners, persian rugs, chandeliers and lace balls above the dance floor. Michael’s brother in law supplied the home brew beer which went down a treat.

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Lillies and Limes Gourmet Catering provided a gourmet food installation, a selection of canapes, and banquet dishes.

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Candice’s Couture‘s vanila mud cake with salted caramel buttercream was sliced and plated by the caterers and served with icecream and mixed berries. Yum!

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Real Weddings – Lesley + Kyle

Lesley & Kyle feature in the real weddings section of our current edition (read their wedding story on page189)…but we thought you’d love to see more shots of their special day!
PHOTOGRAPHY Photography On Hermitage ♥ CEREMONY Wandin Valley Estate – The Barn ♥ RECEPTION Wandin Valley Estate – The Pavilion ♥ TRANSPORT Princess Classic Cars ♥ FLOWERS Jade McIntosh Flowers ♥ MUSIC Two Play Strings










Real Weddings – Kate + Adam

Kate and Adam had a relaxed country wedding on the 22nd of August at Riverwood DownsMichelle-Leigh Photography captured their special day.

Kate’s wedding dress was a vintage-style ivory silk and beaded lace dress with deep V’s front and back. It featured a fishtail train and Swarovski Crystal beading. Shelley Thompson from That Flower Place – Gloucester designed the bridal bouquets.

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Kate and Adam met through mutual friends, and Adam proposed on the morning of Kate’s 30th birthday. They were married by Magical Marriages Penny Griffiths.

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The ceremony was relaxed and intimate, set on the banks of the Karuah River in late afternoon. All of the guests had travelled for the wedding, and everyone stayed at Riverwood Downs.

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The scenic foothills of the Barrington Tops was the perfect location for post-ceremony photos.

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The reception was held in the old wool shed at Riverwood Downs. Canapes and drinks were served on the balcony before the reception started and guests were entertained with speeches.

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Michelle The CakeChef created the three-tier wedding cake.

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Kathleen Woolley, the Events Coordinator at Riverwood Downs assisted Kate and Adam with their planning process. Ashdown & Bee styled the reception.

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Real Weddings – Lauren + Scott


After creating a fake plan to throw his beloved off, Scott proposed to Lauren during a romantic picnic on Newcastle Foreshore. They married in May at IronBark Hill with James Goff Photography on hand to capture their special day.

Lauren & Scott attended the same school in Year 11, admiring each other from afar. Their paths crossed again the year after school and romance blossomed. Seven years later they were enagaged.


Lauren’s gown was the ‘Marti’ dress from Allure Bridal Collection, from The Ivory Lounge. The bridesmaids wore Pia Gladys Perey Dresses from


The rose petal strewn chapel at IronBark Hill.


Lauren & Scott recited their personal vows to each other in an intimate ceremony officiated by Nell Dark – Jones, Celebrant.


After the ceremony, in the beautiful grounds of IronBark Hill.


Lauren tells us “We fell in love with Ironbark Hill from the moment we saw it, the fire-place, outdoor terraces, lawn games, chandelier and stunning furnishings made for a beautiful venue, perfect for our reception. It was the most amazing ‘party’ of our lives.”


From the moment Lauren and Scott were introduced, through speeches, dinner and dancing, the reception was perfect. Cafe Enzo created a sumptuous wedding menu with matching wines.


The wedding cake was a Doughnut Tower from Doughheads. We love. Jade McIntosh Flowers created the beautiful bouquets.


Kylie-Jane Trio from Gen-R-8 Entertainment had the dance floor full through the night.


The couple departed their reception for Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley.





Real Weddings – Ashlea + Simon




Ashlea and Simon met at a friend’s barbecue in December 2003, with Simon finally managing to convince Ashlea to be his girlfriend by the end of the following month. After 9 years and 344 days, he proposed! Little Black Bow Photography captured their special day.

Ashlea and Simon married in an outdoor garden ceremony at The Oasis at One Mile Beach. The natural melaleuca forest was a perfect wedding backdrop.


Young relatives carried a glass terrarium lined with moss and the couples’ personally designed wedding rings.


Ashlea was honoured to have her mother walk her down the aisle, and tells us her most memorable moment was the second she looked up and met Simon’s eyes. Celebrant Jules Amidy from Hunter Valley Ceremonies delivered a personal and touching ceremony, sharing favourite stories gathered from friends and family.


The ceremony was held in front of a vintage mantle piece, adorned with cascading lilac wisteria that complemented the bridesmaid’s gowns and soft pastel theme.


Ashlea’s Allure bridal gown was purchased from The Ivory Lounge Exquisite Bridal Gowns Newcastle NSW, while the bridesmaid’s gowns were from Bombshell Boutique at Belmont.  Mayflowers Vintage Florist created the bridal bouquets with a soft colour palette of peachy pinks, cream, soft lilac and white. Empire Artistries-Hair and Makeup transformed the girls into their most beautiful selves.


The bridal party travelled in style with Krusin Kombis.


Surrounded by forest and tropical gardens, the canopied deck at The Oasis at One Mile Beach provided a whimsical reception area. Hand covered stacked books, teacup posies, delicate glass cloches, wooden rounds, tea light candles and jasmine vines created elegant vintage centerpieces to complement the enchanted garden theme.A&S_(773_of_1229)

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