Natalie and Sandy’s Hunter Valley Wedding is currently ranking as my all time favourite! Big call I know, but it seems like everything just came together perfectly on the day. Tie this in with the bride and groom’s excellent taste and styling choices, along with a stunning venue and what more could I wish for? Absolutely nothing!
Some of our Hunter Valley Highlights
A week prior, I had photographed Natalie and Sandy’s first wedding in Sydney. A traditional Indian Hindu Wedding, full of colour and opulence. This was all reigned in as we moved to the relaxed rolling vineyards of the Hunter Valley. With the incorporation of incredible flowers in elegant pastel shades and a classical white dress and navy suits, it looked classy and sophisticated.
I met the bridal party at the Hunter Valley Crowne Plaza in Pokolbin. This is a large hotel complex, made up of many blocks of apartments, each backing onto large lawn and lake areas. There is plenty of room to move and relax. The boys were recovering from a night of whisky and cigars, and the girls were busy with getting their hair and makeup perfected by Chic Artistry.
Our bridal party was transported the short distance to the beautiful Circa 1876 by a Classic Stretch Chevrolet. Circa 1876 is a hatted restaurant that grows its own produce on the grounds. The venue is part of The Convent estate and Pepper Tree Winery. They have a deep-rooted history, which is clear from the moment you arrive. As I walked through the front door and entrance rooms my mind was blown with the opportunities for photos. Timber walls, antique furniture, candlelight lamps and old books abound.
Here is the Video Slideshow we put together for the couple. Well worth a watch!
The ceremony took place in the tree lined back garden of the restaurant. We then were able to use the gardens and the vines for photos afterwards in the gorgeous sunset light.
My favourite part of the building for photos followed as I took them to the library for something a little more unique! Then, as the evening progressed I took advantage of our location and the clear sky with a very special photo of the couple under the milky way stars to finish off the perfect day.
And now the day from the start…