Are you looking for an amazing Hunter Valley wedding venue? Hi, I’m Adam and I am a Hunter Valley wedding photographer who has shot hundreds of weddings in the Hunter Valley region. So I have seen a lot of wedding venues over the years. The good, the ok, and the awesome!
The Hunter Valley is just two hours from Sydney and is one of the most popular wedding destinations in NSW. And for good reason. The landscape is breathtaking with rolling hills and vineyards as far as the eye can see. It also has some of the best food and wine in the country. There is plenty of accommodation available from private houses to resorts which makes it perfect for a destination wedding. And it has some of the best wedding venues in Australia.
There are lots of wedding venues in the Hunter Valley, and more and more seem to appear all the time. I’m not listing all the venues here, I am just listing my favourite wedding venues that I think do an amazing job for their couples.
So here are my favourite Hunter Valley wedding venues in no particular order.
Circa 1876 is a beautiful rustic restaurant that is part of The Convent Escarpment Group. I have lost count of how many wedding I have shot there, but it is a lot. And you are guaranteed a beautiful wedding if you choose this place.
On-site accommodation, a beautiful outdoor ceremony spot, great locations for photos, an amazing restaurant with fantastic staff. It has everything you need for a perfect wedding. Can accommodate up to 150 guests.
Address: 64 Halls Rd, Pokolbin
IronBark Hill is one of my favourite wedding venues that I have shot at heaps of times. It is run by Enzo Weddings.
It has on-site accommodation, a beautiful air-conditioned chapel & reception venues which overlooks the vines. And it has 30 acres of land, so there is plenty of places for photos. Staff are amazing and it can accommodate up to 150 guests.
Address: 694 Hermitage Road, Pokolbin
Adams Peak is one of the best venues in the Hunter Valley and certainly one of the most popular.
It is a family run business and they are so lovely to deal with. It has some of the best views in the Hunter, on-site accommodation and multiple ceremony and reception locations.
One of the best features for couples is that you book the place for the whole weekend. It can accommodate up to 160 guests.
Address: 66 Adams Peak Road, Broke
Peppers Creek Chapel & Barrel Room
Peppers Creek is a rustic, vineyard wedding venue in the heart of Pokolbin.
It has an intimate sandstone chapel set among the vines called Peppers Creek Chapel. The side of the chapel even opens up so more people can easily see and you get a lovely breeze through the ceremony.
It doesn’t get any more rustic than the reception room Peppers Creek Barrel Room. Which can accommodate up to 180 guests.
Address: 64 Halls Rd, Pokolbin
Mindaribba House is a family-owned and run business, located on the banks of the Paterson River. You have the whole property to yourselves if you book it for your wedding.
Every year they put money into the venue to keep improving it. They recently created a polished concrete floor Indian Tent. So now you have two options for your reception room and now always have a wet weather back up option for your ceremony.
There is on-site accommodation, multiple location options for your ceremony, great locations for photos as the property is huge. You really can’t go wrong with Mindaribba House.
Address: 532 Tocal Rd, Tocal
Wallalong House is run by the same owers as Mindaribba House and they do an equally as good job here.
The whole day from start to finish can happen at this amazing property. There is onsite accommodation in the historic house. The ceremony normally takes place between two giant fig trees with a country backdrop. And the reception takes place in the permanent Indian Tent. It can accommodate up to 150 guests.
Address: 76 Wallalong Rd, Wallalong
Wandin Valley Estate
Wandin Valley Estate is a working winery where you can have your wedding at. It is a huge property with on-site accommodation. There are also hundreds of Kangaroos!
There are three wedding ceremony options. The Barrel Room also makes a great wet weather back up ceremony venue. The reception is held at the Cricketers Pavillion overlooking the cricket oval. Can accommodate up to 120 guests.
Address: 12 Wilderness Rd, Lovedale
Bistro Molines at Tallavera Grove
Bistro Molines is an amazing restaurant located at Tallavera Grove vineyard. It has won numerous ‘chef’s hat’ awards and is one of the best restaurants in the Hunter Valley.
It is located at the top of a scenic hill in Mount View with some of the best views in the Hunter.
There is a small house on site where you can get ready. And there are rows and rows of vineyards so it is wonderful for photos. It can accommodate up to 90 guests.
Address: 794 Mount View Rd, Mount View
Margan Wines & Restaurant
Margan Wines and Restaurant has one of the best mountain views in the Hunter Valley and one of the nicest barrel rooms of all the Hunter wedding venues.
It is probably best known for its amazing wines which win numerous awards every year. But it is a beautiful property to have a wedding. Lots of land, with vineyards, sheep and alpacas around. There is no onsite accommodation but there are plenty of properties around the Broke and Pokolbin areas.
Address: 1238 Milbrodale Rd, Broke
Redleaf Wollombi is a luxury country retreat set on one hundred acres of land in the historic town of Wollombi.
The house itself is a huge Tuscan inspired home that can accommodate 8 to 12 guests. There are two separate parts to the house so a couple can easily get ready there but still be far enough apart that they don’t see each other.
Can accommodate up to 60 guests in the Redleaf Barn, or you can hire a marquee for larger numbers.
Address: 2480 Wollombi Rd, Wollombi
Tocal Homestead is a heritage-listed homestead located at Paterson in a beautiful rural, country setting.
There is some onsite accommodation available. You can have your ceremony outside the homestead under the giant fig trees. And your reception is held in the barn with stunning country views.
The property is quite large with old buildings, barns, trees and paddocks so there is a lot of opportunities for photos. Can accommodate up to 120 guests.
Address: 957 Tocal Rd, Paterson
Albion Farm Gardens
Albion Farm Gardens is a combination of 100 acres of farmland and 25 acres of beautifully manicured gardens and a lake. You get the best of both worlds with this stunning venue.
There are numerous places around the property to have your wedding ceremony. “The Barn” is one of the most beautiful and rustic barns I have seen for a ceremony.
It doesn’t offer wedding receptions, but there are a few locations very close by they do recommend.
Address: 869 Paterson Rd, Woodville
Bimbadgen Palmers Lane
Bimbadgen Palmers Lane is relatively new but it quickly becoming one of the most sought after wedding venues in the Hunter Valley.
It was built just to do weddings, so it has modern elegance but still with rustic charm. There is onsite accommodation available. Beautiful options for your wedding ceremony. And you can have your wedding reception either outdoors under the stars, or indoors with airconditioned comfort.
It also sits on a large property with views over mountains and vineyards. It is a pretty awesome wedding venue.
Address: 790 McDonalds Rd, Pokolbin
Ben Ean is formally known as Lindemans Winery and since the name change, there has been a huge refurbishment of the whole venue. And I must say, the changes look great!
It is located right in the heart of Pokolbin, and photographically it has one of the most beautiful landscapes for photos. Rolling hills with rows and rows of vines and a single tree perched on top of a hill.
The ceremony can take place in the courtyard, which looks great after the refurb and they have a large reception room.
Address: 119 McDonalds Rd, Pokolbin
Your own property?
If you are lucky enough to own a property in the Hunter Valley, or someone in your family owns a property in the Hunter Valley, you should definitely consider using it for your wedding.
I absolutely love shooting at private residences or family properties!!
The photos will have more meaning and be more personal to you. Plus you will have photos at locations that no one else will have.
So if you have a family farm… use the barn or the hay shed. Or if you have a property with a decent size backyard… hire a marquee. Then get some caterers or a food truck. It will be awesome!
Other Hunter Valley Wedding Venues
If none of these amazing venues above suit your needs, check out some of the venues below
- Hunter Valley Gardens
- Peterson House
- Stonehurst Cedar Creek
- Estate Tuscany
- Tamburlaine Organic Wines
- Woodhouse Wollombi
- Voco Kirkton Park Hunter Valley
- Hanging Tree Wines
- Mulla Villa Farm
- Buttai Barn
- Spicers Vineyards Estate
- Leaves and Fishes
- Adina Vineyard
- Glenmore Country Estate
- Lovedale Wedding Chapel
- Crown Plaza Hunter Valley
- Pigs Peak
- Squires Vineyard
- Oaks Cypress Lakes Resort
- Twine Restaurant
Tip on how to choose a Hunter Valley wedding venue
The Hunter Valley is famous for its wine, its food and it is now one of the most popular places to have a wedding. The Hunter Valley is my backyard and I am there most weekends. Having shot well over 500 weddings, I have seen a lot of wedding venues. And the Hunter Valley has some of the best!
There are so many wedding venues options for couples to choose from. Every time I go to the Hunter Valley I see another place has starting to do weddings. But the Hunter Valley is not just Pokolbin. The Hunter Region is a huge area.
If you asked me what my favourite wedding venue is, I would probably say “anywhere I haven’t shot before.” I love the variety and exploring new places. Photographically it is always exciting to be in new surroundings and environment. But there are definitely some criteria that I personally prefer in a wedding venue.
So here is some advice on how to choose the best wedding venue that suits your personal style and vision. And also my personal preference on what works well for Hunter Valley weddings.
What I look for in a wedding venue
There are a number of factors I consider when looking at a wedding venue. As a photographer, sometimes you look at the venue and just can’t wait to shoot there again. Other times you think that it’s going to be a challenging day. Having said this, my favourite Hunter Valley wedding venues all have a couple of things in common. They are all in a beautiful location, have amazingly friendly venue staff, and most have the ability to have everything on site. Where the start of the day, to the end of the night can be done at the one location.
The beauty of the Hunter Valley is that there is a lot of accommodation available on places like Stays & Airbnb and even some larger hotel chains. But I think it is even better if there is good onsite accommodation available. Firstly for the wedding couple, and secondly for their guests. Everyone can just walk back to their rooms at the end of the night.
Having onsite accommodation for the wedding couple really takes away any travel stress or time pressures on a wedding day. Knowing that you can walk to the ceremony can definitely ease your mind.
I personally love it when couples both get ready at the same property. They usually just get ready in different rooms on different floors and I’ve never had a couple accidentally see each other unless they want to. What is great about it, from a photographers point of view, is that I can just walk between both of you during the preparations. It makes preparation photos much easier and more relaxed for everyone.
Hunter Valley Ceremony Locations
Being able to have the ceremony at the same place as the reception is another major factor that I love. It makes it much easier for yourselves and for your guests. Have your ceremony, mingle with your guests, have drinks & canapes, do some photos, then walk into the reception. Easy! No travel involved for anyone.
Some Hunter Valley venues don’t do that many weddings and don’t necessarily have the best locations for wedding ceremonies. There might be ugly backgrounds, bad light, no shade, too tight a space etc. As a professional wedding photographer, you learn how to work around them, but in the back of your mind, you know things could be better. If you are planning an outdoor ceremony check out my outdoor wedding ceremony tips.
A decent wet weather option is also a plus. Prepare for the worst and hope for the best. I shot a wedding ceremony in a carport because of the rain. There was no other alternative on the day, so it wasn’t ideal.
So look for a place with a great ceremony location and a decent wet weather alternative.
Hunter Valley Photo Locations
Being able to do photos on site is another factor that I look for. Some venues have stunning landscapes and scenery, which means there is no need to leave the property to get some beautiful photos. I also love a venue that has a fairly large property so that you can get a nice variety of locations and looks. Ideally, there should be some trees and shade, because the Hunter Valley can be an extremely hot place, particularly in the summer months where it can crack the forties!
Hunter Valley Reception Venues
This is very much a personal choice. But if you are getting married in the Hunter Valley, I prefer the setting to be individual and unique to the property and the landscape. From a rustic barn-like property to an elegant restaurant. What I hate the most is when a room looks like a generic function room that could be anywhere in the world.
If you’re getting married in summer, then you should also look for a venue with air-conditioning or with lots of outdoor space so guests can get fresh air and a breeze. And in winter a fireplace or firepit is a bonus.
The venue staff & management
I have been to a lot of wedding venues, and I can tell by the way the staff and management interact with themselves and with other wedding vendors, how the service will be.
For example, there are a couple of very popular Sydney wedding venues that used to work at a lot… I like to call them ‘wedding factories’… and the staff just looked depressed and overworked. They never smiled and barely interacted with guests. Then you look at the supervisors/managers and you can see that they looked stressed and also barely smile. I am a firm believer that the way owners & management treat their staff, will reflect on the service given.
So when you are talking to coordinators or property owners, if they are not particularly friendly, helpful & accommodating when you first meet them, just imagine what they will be like on the day, when the pressure of a wedding is on them.
Hey, I’m Adam. A wedding photographer who loves to shoot fun, relaxed couples in a natural and candid way.
I shoot weddings all over Australia, so if you are engaged and looking for a photographer, please check out my work. If you can see yourself in these photos, feel free to get in contact to check my availability. Thanks :)