Real Weddings – Gemma + Patrick
When the weather hampered Patrick’s plans for a helicopter proposal, he came up with a delightful Plan B – proposing in a private gazebo at Twine Restaurant. As luck would have it, their wedding took place on a perfect summer’s day. VIBE Photography was on hand to capture the magic.
Gemma and Pat were married by Father John Hodgson at the beautiful St. Patrick’s Of Nulkaba. Gemma tell us the ceremony was everything she imagined it to be, and more.
Gemma and Pat are high-school sweethearts, and have been together ever since. They’ve recently celebrated 11 years together.
Gemma wore a silk chiffon Provonias gown. The bridesmaids’ dresses were from Forever New, while the groom and his men were decked out by Gentlemen’s Outfitters. Peonies Floral Designer created the bouquets.
Themeing and hire was by Peonies Floral Designer, who worked with Gemma’s soft pastel colour palette.
The reception was held at Roberts Circa 1876. Gemma says “The atmosphere on our wedding night was awesome – the styling was perfect, the food was incredible, and we loved having the dance floor outside on the deck under the fairy lights.”
Stationery was created by Paper & Stuff.
The Sweetest Things Terrigal created the wedding cake, which was served as dessert.
Real Weddings – Laura + Michael
Laura’s gown featured a tight corset bodice with fine detailed beading and tulle layers that flared from the hip and floated to the floor. Bridal gown and bridesmaid dresses were by Faure Valletta Couture. Bouquets were designed by Visually Creative.
Laura tell us “I had seen photos of another wedding at Hunter Valley Gardens and always knew I wanted to get married there. We exchanged vows in the Sunken Garden with a beautiful waterfall as our back drop.”
Laura and Michael made a grand and exciting entrance to the reception – they arrived by helicopter! Arrive First Class – Hummers & Helicopters took them on a 20 minute scenic flight around the Hunter Valley.
Themeing was by Visually Creative, who adorned Peterson Champagne House with gorgeous decorations and 300 tea light candles.
“Our cake was absolutely delicious and was a three-tiered cake that imitated my wedding gown.” Cake by Candys Cakes.
“The night went way too fast, and before I knew it I was being ushered to the sparkler exit. Our guests lined either side of the walkway, and we ran through the middle of a sparkler-lit tunnel. It was the perfect ending to the perfect day.” Laura and Michael were then transported by stretch Chrysler to Chateau Elan, Hunter Valley Australia.
Real Weddings – Danielle + Matthew
Danielle and Matthew met at their place of casual employment while both were still studying. Their romance culminated in a surprise proposal atop the Sydney Harbour Bridge. They were wed at The Sebel Kirkton Park Hunter Valley, with Michelle-Leigh Photography on hand to capture their special day.
Danielle’s gown was Lisa Gowing, purchased from David Jones Bridal. Gorgeous pink peep-toe heels added a playful touch.
Danielle & Matt married in the presence of 50 close friends and family in the grounds of The Sebel Kirkton Park Hunter Valley. Guests later enjoyed the lounge and fire whilst photos were taken.
Danielle tells us “We didn’t have a bridal party, but my dad walked me down the aisle. Our ceremony made us laugh, it made us cry and it was perfect. Jules, our celebrant (Hunter Valley Ceremonies) managed to weave our story throughout the ceremony and we were able to personalise our vows so it was really ours and unlike anyone else’s!”
Danielle & Matthew designed a stunning wedding on a prudent budget. The Sebel Kirkton Park Hunter Valley‘s event planners assisted with room set-up. There were no flowers (Danielle is allergic and didn’t want to risk any kind of reaction), so most of the decorations were done by the bride & groom – candles from Ikea, cute moss bunnies (from Woollies at Easter!), a personalised birdhouse from Etsy. The wedding cake was created by Hello Naomi | cakes cupcakes cookies.
Real Weddings – Natalie + Daniel
Natalie and Daniel met at a winemaker’s ball in Sydney. They were engaged on New Year’s Day in Avignon, France and married nine months later. Chris Elfes Photography was their wedding photographer of choice.
Natalie and Daniel married in the vineyard atBallabourneen Winery; a very special location for them, as it is their home. Natalie’s dress is by Collette Dinnigan and her bridal bouquet was designed by Yeng Tan Floral Designer.
The reception was held at Domaine de Binet, in a marquee connected to Dan’s winery.
What better way to get around town than by Cadillac? Guests were transported by All Around the Vines.
Real Weddings – Anna + Phil
Despite the fact that Anna or Phil don’t live in the Hunter Valley, or were not even familiar with the area, they decided to marry in Pokolbin. Anna found local suppliers in Your Hunter Valley Wedding Planner, and guests came from far and wide for a Hunter Valley Wedding Weekend! Photography On Hermitage captured their special day.
Phil proposed to Anna when she was least expecting it – after a hard day’s work on the farm and under the proviso of checking the lambs! A good ploy, we say.
Anna & Phil’s ceremony and reception were held atRoberts Restaurant Hunter Valley NSW . Elope with Maree Callaghan Hunter Marriage Celebrant presided over their ceremony.
Anna’s gown was from Hills in Hollywood, while the bridesmaid’s dresses were from Forever New.
The prettiest bridal bouquets were designed by Floral Affects & Event Hire.
Anna’s clever friend made the rustically elegant wedding cake.