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A sun-soaked garden wedding in Australia

A sun-soaked garden wedding in Australia


Written by Katie Byrne


Aliesha & Jonathan tied the knot in a gorgeous marquee wedding, held within Hunter Valley Gardens in New South Wales, Australia

 

We first met when we were neighbours and have been dating since I was 15 years old.

The evening of Jonathan's marriage proposal started with a helicopter ride to Sydney from the Blue Mountains. We were then driven in a Bentley to the Park Hyatt from the airport. There we had a beautiful degustation dinner in the ‘Dining Room’ followed by a romantic walk along the harbor where he proposed with the perfect view overlooking all of the lights. My husband is very spontaneous! 

Originally, I wanted a beach wedding which slowly evolved into a vineyard wedding which, when looking for venues in the Hunter Valley, turned into an end product at the Hunter Valley Gardens where I got the best of all worlds, I feel.

Choosing my wedding dress took many, many shopping trips! I drew my inspiration for my wedding gown from lots of pins on my dream board. Interestingly enough, the dress I ended up with was completely different to what I had imagined but as soon as you see the perfect one, you just know. I fell in love with it!

My favourite moment from our wedding day was when my husband and I took the time to go offsite with our photographer, videographer and wedding party between the ceremony and reception to capture some heartfelt shots. For us, it important to really take in the day and everything that had happened so far and to share in the excitement of the evening ahead with those we love most.

I would change nothing about the day. I can actually say I look back and love all of my memories – of course there were some little hiccups, but I think it made the day pretty special overall.

My advice for brides-to-be? Let all of the decisions be yours and your partner’s – everyone has opinions on what they think it should look like, well intended I am sure, but in order to be super satisfied with how your day unravels, you need to know that every decision you made was of that and your other half.

Steal their style!

Photographer: Feather & Birch Photography Ceremony & Reception Venue: Hunter Valley Gardens Dress: Blanche Bridal Boutique Bridesmaids Dresses: ASOS Stationery: Adorn Invitations Cake: Bek’s Cakes Flowers: Valley Fresh Flowers


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