Tocal Homestead, nestled in the picturesque Hunter Valley of New South Wales, provides the ideal backdrop for a dream wedding. This was my first time photographing a wedding at Tocal Homestead, but it just made me want to go back. The magnificent heritage property, surrounded by lush gardens and rolling hills, exudes elegance and romance – it’s a photographer’s dream. The Homestead’s meticulously restored buildings and stunning courtyards provide the perfect setting for ceremonies and receptions and are also great for really interesting portrait photos.
In April, I had the pleasure of attending Meg and Aaron’s wedding at the Homestead. Both Meg and Aaron work in the Defense Force in WA but were returning home to where Meg grew up for their wedding day. Meg’s parents live close to the venue, so it has a special place in their hearts.
I suggested we take advantage of the Homestead’s unique features, such as the rustic barn, grand entrance and gardens. I always focus on finding the best vantage point to capture a mix of intimate moments and stunning landscapes.
The ceremony was held under the huge fig tree, adorned with rustic, burnt orange blooms and foliage. While the ceremony set up was beautiful, Meg and Aaron stole the show. You couldn’t wipe the smile off their faces (except for when there were a few tears!) It’s clear how much these two were made for each other. The celebratory exit said it all.
We really couldn’t have asked for better weather, and as the photographer, I couldn’t have asked for better light. The Hunter Valley’s autumnal golden sunlight cast a magical glow over the venue. We made the most of it by scheduling outdoor shots during the golden hour – around sunset – when the lighting is soft and warm.
Following the ceremony, I took Meg and Aaron for a wander around the property. I focused on their interactions, their laughter and the genuine emotion shared between them. I really believe these candid moments result in the most treasured photographs.
A bit of drama!
After speeches, I popped outside to capture some atmosphere shots and was blown away by the lit-up barn. I couldn’t miss an opportunity to quickly borrow Meg and Aaron and get them to stand out the front of the barn – full of their family and friends celebrating their love.
Have camera, will travel!
I love visiting new and exciting places and have the capacity to travel to your wedding location. I love to get off the beaten track and chase new sunsets. If you are planning a wedding, I’d love to chat. To get in touch with me, visit my website here.
Venue and Vendors
Venue: Tocal Homestead
Celebrant: Cindy Cawsey
Videographer: Bedroom Studio
Florist: Will & Wild Flowers
Makeup Artist: Makeup Artist Ebony Smith
Hair Stylist: Alicia’S Personal Hair Design
Dj: Lachy G
Caterer: Sprout Catering
Transport: Sexton Bus Company
Dress Designer: Grace Loves Lace