This Turon Gates wedding in Capertree was such a beautiful and memorable wedding with one of the nicest couples you could ever meet, Jordy & Lachy
This was a DIY wedding to the extreme. Jordy & Lachy did absolutely everything themselves. Well… them and their small army of family and friends. Everything you see in the photos below was brought in by truck by this couple and I really can’t believe how much work they did. And it paid off because the wedding looked amazing!
This beautiful wedding took place in Turon Gates, which is located in Capetree, just over the Blue Mountains. It basically sits between Mudgee, Bathurst, Lithgow and Katoomba. And this place in breathtakingly beautiful.
The original landowners at Turon Gates were the Wiradjuri people prior to white settlement. From the 1950s Turon Gates was the site of a gold rush. With thousands of miners working in the Turon River searching for gold.
To get there, I drove over the Blue Mountains and down into the Capertree Valley which is stunning in itself. Then I took a long dirt road that led me into Turon Gates and through farmlands and up into the mountains. Turon Gates is a huge area, with over 6000 acres. And there are log cabins located along the mountain top that has some of the best views you can imagine.
The Turon Gates wedding venue was located over the mountains and down in another valley and was situated next to the Turon River. Where there were camping facilities, log cabins, the Pavillion and luxury glamping tents. What a location! This was an Aussie bush wedding at its best.
The wedding ceremony took place down on the river bed itself with the sound of the flowing water and check out the amazing wedding arbour.
After the wedding ceremony the couple hung out with their guests for a while and then we drove back up the mountain for some sunset photos.
The wedding reception was outside under festoon and fairy lights with a mobile wood fire pizza oven, caravan bar and lots of casual seating. The Pavilion Tent was used as a wet weather back up and had the food buffet and the dancefloor.
This Turon Gates wedding was so relaxed, informal and totally joyful. I can see this place becoming very popular with couples in the future because it has everything you need for an amazing country wedding. And the location is absolutely stunning!
2020 wedding photography wise was one of the craziest years of my career because of the impact of Covid-19.
I photographed 15 weddings and then in April, right in the middle of a busy wedding season, the pandemic hit and everything just stopped overnight. We lost all our work and income in an instant. We paused our home loan, our car repayments, started homeschooling our kids. We had no business for over 2 months. It was a crazy time.
Then elopements started. Couples still wanted to get married and therefore had to change the way they went about it. For the rest of the year, I photographed another 50 elopements and just a handful of weddings.
My heart goes out to all of the couples who planned or a planning a wedding during these times. So many couples got married without their parents, grandparents, siblings and friends with them. Most were stuck overseas or across state borders. I’ve seen many couples change their wedding date numerous times and we had a lot of couples just cancel their wedding altogether. It must be such a stressful time for everyone planning a wedding.
To all the couples who I did photograph in 2020… I hope your elopement/wedding was still an amazing experience for you, and I hope my photos have given you some joy.
To start off with… here are some images that you would only see during a world-wide pandemic, and images I never thought I would take.
Here are a few of my favourite images from 2020 :)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.