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Collits Inn Wedding

The Collits Inn wedding, in the Blue Mountains, of Dave & Inca was such a beautiful and epic wedding day, at one of the most stunning wedding venues in NSW.

Collits Inn is gorgeous, county and rustic wedding venue located just a couple of hours from Sydney in the Blue Mountains region of New South Wales. It is heritage-listed and is actually just over the mountains, towards Lithgow in a town called Hartley Vale. It is situated on fifty acres of country and bushland, at the base of the breathtaking Mount York. And this is my type of wedding venue!

Collits Inn History

What I love about this venue is that it is has a real history in Australia. And it is not just a place property where they have built a reception venue on. Collits’ Inn has a long history in Australia and the Blue Mountains and is listed on the New South Wales State Heritage Register. This former inn was built in 1823 by the Collits family and was originally known as the Golden Fleece. This was the first inn built west of the Blue Mountains and serviced people and their stock who descended Mount York.

It was an important site during colonial times as it linked all the early travellers who ventured west of the Blue Mountains. It provided a rare service to the region and was an important social gathering place.

When you first enter this wedding property, you can immediately tell that this place is steeped in history. From the rustic and rusty Barn and the Woolshed. To Collits’ Inn itself, a single-story old colonial Georgian building with four bedrooms.

The current owners are such lovely, accommodating people who have owned numerous restaurants around NSW and have been in the food & beverage industry for over forty years. And they have done such an amazing job with this wedding venue. As far as venues go, it doesn’t get much better than this.

Collits Inn Blue Mountains

I met Inca & Dave a few months before the wedding for their engagement shoot. They were so relaxed and fun during that session that I just knew that their wedding day was going to be awesome.

The groom and groomsmen got ready about 15 minutes away in a private residential property, while the Bride and her bridesmaids got ready on-site at Collits Inn.

What I also love about Collits Inn is that the whole day from start to finish can happen here. There is accommodation available, there are numerous locations you can have your wedding ceremony. They have lots of land so there is a variety of locations for photos. And they have an awesome Barn for your wedding reception.

By having your entire day in the one location, it means you will spend much more time with you family and friends and less time travelling around from place to place.

Wedding Ceremony

You can have your ceremony anywhere at Collits Inn. The Bride & Groom chose to have their wedding ceremony under a canopy of trees at the front of the property.

I really like this location for this outdoor ceremony, because of the direction of the sun. The sunlight was shining behind them through some trees, which filters the harsh light and ensures the light is even on their face.

The ceremony had a really cool symbolic ritual of ‘hand-fasting’. Inca & Dave stood facing each other and had their hands tied together by their celebrant Arlene McInherny.

This is where the phrase “tying the knot” comes from.

You don’t see this ceremony very often in Australian ceremonies. It is more common with Irish and Scottish weddings. As it is an ancient Celtic tradition dating back over two thousand years.

It symbolises the binding together of their two individual lives. And it shows the commitment they are making to each other as they start this new journey into married life.

Collits Inn Wedding Photos

After the ceremony, we did a few family photos and then did some photos around the property with the couple and their crew. We hung out with the local farm animals in their paddock and ventured into the bushland at the back of the property.

You can see by the photos in the bushland that the scenery is quite different than it normally is. This is because of the devastating Blue Mountains bush fires. You can also get an indication of how close these massive fires came to destroying the historic Collits Inn.

Collits Inn Wedding Photos
Collits Inn Wedding Photos
Collits Inn Wedding Photos
Collits Inn Wedding Photos
Collits Inn Wedding Photos
Collits Inn Wedding Photos
Collits Inn Wedding Photos

Pierce’s Barn Reception

The wedding reception was held in the Pierce Barn. Which was named after its original owner. It is the original barn that has been fully restored to what you see today. The guest tables are made from actual pine trees that were cut down from the front of the property.

If you are looking for a barn wedding reception, then this is the perfect example of that. You don’t need to do much to the room either. Some flowers and candles and the reception room is perfect for a rustic country wedding.

These guys had some touching and really funny speeches. Speeches should be spoken from the heart and that is exactly what happened here.

Sunset Photos

When you have a wedding in Summer, the sun doesn’t set till around 8 pm or later. So it is a really good idea to schedule some time for a few photos at sunset during your wedding reception.

So we ducked outside together for a few minutes at sunset. Inca & Dave also found it was nice just to be alone together for a few minutes while I got some photos of them together in this spectacular landscape.

Sunset Photos Collits Inn
Sunset Photos Collits Inn
Sunset Photos Collits Inn

This was an absolute dream wedding. This beautiful couple were two amazing, down-to-earth souls that just enjoyed their day and each other. And it reflects in the wedding photos.

I love outdoor country weddings. And I love wedding venues that are unique and different. And that is exactly what this Collits Inn wedding in the Blue Mountains was.

I can’t wait to go back there and photograph another Collits Inn wedding there. It is such an amazing place and I highly recommend it.

Seacliff House Gerringong Wedding

The Seacliff House Gerringong wedding of Jo and Chris was a beautiful and stunning wedding that took place in one of the best South Coast wedding venues around.

Seacliff House is located around two hours drive from Sydney in the small South Coast town of Gerringong. Which is only about ten minutes south of Kiama. And what a perfect location for a wedding.

Every time I drive past Gerringong I am in total awe of how beautiful the landscape in this area is. Rolling green hills and lush pastures, that are full of dairy cattle. And this beautiful farmland is located right on the coast overlooking the Pacific Ocean.

Seacliff House South Coast

Seacliff House sits on top of a hill on five-acres of land, overlooking the sweeping landscape and overlooking Werri Beach and Werri Lagoon. It is modern seaside luxury.

What I really love about Seacliff House in Gerringong, is that the entire wedding day from beginning to the very end, can all happen on site. It makes it so much easier for everyone attending the wedding, as once they arrive, they can just drink and be merry.

The wedding day started off with the boys at a private house in Gerringong while the Bride and her entourage stayed onsite at Seacliff House. The accommodation house on site is a beautiful modern five-bedroom home with three bathrooms, kitchen, BBQ area and a luxury pool.

seacliff house gerringong wedding
seacliff house gerringong wedding
seacliff house gerringong wedding
Seacliff House South Coast
Seacliff House South Coast wedding
Seacliff House South Coast wedding
Seacliff House South Coast wedding
seacliff house gerringong wedding
seacliff house gerringong wedding

I love it when couples walk back down the aisle and their wedding guests throw stuff at them. It is such an awesome moment and the confetti really added another element. This confetti was definitely one of the most epic I have photographed.

seacliff house gerringong wedding
seacliff house gerringong wedding
seacliff house gerringong wedding
seacliff house gerringong wedding

So after the wedding ceremony, we did a few family photos and then Jo & Chris just hung out with all their wedding guests.

The Bride & Groom had their ceremony slightly earlier than normal for a wedding around this time of the year. But the reasoning was perfect. They just wanted to hang out with their guests on the lawn, drinking, eating and chatting and to make use of the stunning landscape and views. Because once the sun has set, you can’t see the rolling green hills. So why enjoy the daylight more and hang out with your family and friends for longer.

I think it really worked well. They really got to chat to everyone and enjoy the day, instead of going straight into wedding portrait photos.

They knocked out a couple of speeches during this time. And it is such a great idea, especially if you have a lot of speeches planned. Do a couple of speeches outside while everyone is just hanging around eating and drinking.

seacliff house gerringong wedding

Seacliff House Wedding Photos

After an hour or so, and once the first set of speeches finished, we then did a few location portraits with just the two of them.

Doing some wedding photos with just the wedding couple is one of my favourite parts of a wedding. One of my main goals is to just let the couple relax, have fun and be themselves. When this happens and they just enjoy the moment together, then you get to capture some beautiful, natural expressions in a scenic location.

And these guys were amazing. This is just a very small sample of some of the wedding photos we captured at Seacliff House.

seacliff house gerringong wedding
seacliff house gerringong wedding
seacliff house gerringong wedding
seacliff house gerringong wedding
Seacliff House Wedding Photos
Seacliff House Wedding Photos
seacliff house gerringong wedding
Seacliff House Wedding Photography
seacliff house gerringong wedding
seacliff house gerringong wedding
seacliff house gerringong wedding

The Barn at Seacliff House

The Barn at Seacliff House Gerringong, was the location for the wedding reception. In 2017 it was converted from an actual working farm shed that contained farm machines and equipment, to what you see now. A modern and rustic wedding venue. With large white sandstone and floor to ceiling glass windows and doors. Prior to 2017, they used a marquee for the wedding receptions.

What I also love about this wedding reception venue is that is a a bit of a blank canvas venue, but the interior has been done so nicely that you really don’t need to do too much to it. A few flowers and some candles and it looks perfect.

After the meals were served, Jo & Chris had some really funny and heartfelt speeches followed by an absolutely packed dance floor. It was a pretty epic wedding reception and just an overall amazing party.

seacliff house gerringong wedding
seacliff house gerringong wedding reception
seacliff house gerringong wedding
Seacliff House Wedding at the Barn at night
seacliff house gerringong wedding

Seacliff House is one of those special wedding venues. By having your wedding there you can pretty much guarantee an awesome time and experience and of course beautiful wedding photos. I had such an amazing time photographing this stunning Seacliff House Gerringong wedding. And I can’t wait to go back there and photograph more weddings in the future.

Ben Ean Wedding

The Ben Ean wedding in the Hunter valley of Cathy & Zisheng was simply stunning with a couple of the nicest people you could ever meet.

I met these guys at least a year before their wedding at one of their friend’s weddings. They had already booked me, so I was totally shocked and happy to see them. They both booked me without telling the other, so it’s nice to know that they both had the same taste in wedding photography.

Their wedding day started at two separate private houses around the Hunter Valley region

Ben Ean was the location for the ceremony and reception and is an absolutely stunning Hunter Valley wedding venue. It is 200 acres of rolling hills and vineyards and it is definitely one of the most picturesque wedding venues in Pokolbin.

Ben Ean used to be known as Lindeman’s Estate and I have photographed many weddings under the former name.

The Petersons and McGuigan families have joined forces and taken over Lindemans and have done quite a lot of renovations, particularly around the wedding and events side. Everything looks much more modern yet it still keeps its rustic country feel.

Ben Ean wedding ceremony

There are three potential locations you can have for your wedding ceremony at Ben Ean. The Fig Tree, the Garden Terrace Lawn and the Heritage Courtyard.

The Bride & Groom here chose the beautiful and rustic setting of the Heritage Courtyard. It is located right outside the actual reception venue and is undercover and totally protected from the elements. The Courtyard has a real barn-like feel to it and the transparent roof lets plenty of natural daylight into the area.

The wedding ceremony was personal and heartfelt. They both opened themselves up and let their emotions show. And it was beautiful. There were tears on both sides.

They also incorporated a tradition that I have never seen before. Salting a jar full of kumquats.

At the end of the ceremony, they walked back down the aisle to a sea of bubbles. Which was really awesome! Let me tell you now, that 99% of the time bubbles just don’t work and photograph very well at wedding ceremonies. The two reasons why it worked so well this time was:

  • The darker background of the wood walls and roof made the bubble really show up nicely. At most outdoor ceremonies, the bubbles tend to blend into the sky and other lighter backgrounds.
  • There was no wind. It just takes a tiny breeze and the bubbles blow away or just pop. There was absolutely no wind in the courtyard, so the bubbles really hung around beautifully.
Ben Ean wedding
kumquat with salt wedding ceremony
Ben Ean wedding
Ben Ean wedding
kumquat with salt wedding ceremony
kumquat with salt wedding ceremony
Ben Ean wedding
Ben Ean wedding

Ben Ean Wedding Photos

After the wedding ceremony, we went up to Ben Ean’s most picturesque location. Up to The Fig Tree. This location is seriously one of the most beautiful locations in all of the Hunter Valley. The only way to have photos here is to have a wedding at Ben Ean. And I think it is worth having your wedding at Ben Ean just to get photos here. It is simply stunning!

The Fig Tree is located at the top of a hill and it overlooks rows and rows of vineyards. Ben Ean is basically, pretty epic for wedding photo and photography.

Ben Ean wedding
Ben Ean wedding
Ben Ean wedding
Ben Ean wedding
Ben Ean wedding
Ben Ean wedding
Ben Ean wedding
Ben Ean wedding
Ben Ean wedding
Ben Ean wedding
Ben Ean wedding
Ben Ean wedding
Ben Ean wedding

Wedding Reception at Ben Ean

The wedding reception can be held in three different locations at Ben Ean. The Laraghy Room, which is the main reception room. The Garden Terrace, an outdoor area, perfect for summer weddings. And the Heritage Listed Courtyard, which can fit around four hundred people!

These guys had their reception in the Laraghy Room, with is timber roof and wooden pillars.

Once again, there was some high emotion with some really beautiful speeches from family and friends that had the room in tears. They did a highly choreographed ‘first dance’ which was beyond impressive. And then they partied the night away in the dancefloor.

Ben Ean wedding
Ben Ean wedding
Ben Ean wedding

The Hunter Valley is full of awesome wedding venues, but a Ben Ean wedding definitely rates as one of the best around. From a wedding photographers point of view it has such beautiful locations and scenery.

And from my point of view, if you have your wedding at Ben Ean, and you take your photographers advice on when and where to get photos, you will get awesome wedding photos.

It was such a pleasure to photograph Cathy & Zisheng’s Ben Ean wedding in the Hunter Valley. What an amazing experience. They are amazing people and they had such a beautiful wedding.