The Tocal Homestead wedding of Anna & Stirling was such an awesome day to photograph in one of the most beautiful locations in the Hunter Valley region. It is located in the Hunter Valley town of Paterson, right in the middle of working farms and was the perfect place for their rustic, country wedding.
The wedding took place on a beautiful but pretty hot 37°C summers day, but there was a nice breeze throughout the day which helped take the edge off the heat. The wedding ceremony took place in the front garden at Tocal Homestead, under a giant Fig tree which was a beautiful backdrop for the ceremony. After the ceremony we did some photos around the property while guests did tours of the historic homestead, drank and played lawn games. The wedding reception was also held onsite in the converted barn. And we even managed to venture out from the reception at sunset to get some sunset photos of the two of them.
But what I really loved about this wedding was how uninhibited, natural and fun these guys were. They just played and had fun together when we did location portraits and also throughout the day and night.
So I hope you enjoy this amazing Tocal Homestead wedding and I can’t wait to go back there to photograph more weddings. :)
The Redleaf Wollombi wedding of Liv & Simon was a beautiful and intimate wedding at one of the most stunning properties in the Hunter Valley.
Redleaf Wollombi is an absolutely stunning Tuscan inspired luxury property and wedding venue.
It sits on one hundred acres of land in the small historic town of Wollombi which is located in the Hunter Valley region of New South Wales. It’s private, luxurious and secluded and one of the best wedding venues in Wollombi and the Hunter Valley.
Redleaf can cater to larger weddings and marquee weddings, but this wedding was a small and more intimate wedding which really highlighted the beauty of the venue.
The other thing I really love about this wedding venue is that the entire day from the very beginning to the very end can happen on-site. There is no need to travel anywhere at all. There is accommodation available, you can have the ceremony and the reception there. And of course it perfect for wedding photos and photos in general.
The Bride & Groom both got ready in the morning at Redleaf. What is awesome about Redleaf is that both Liv & Simon could get ready there on the wedding day and still not see each other.
Liv and the girls got ready in the main area of the house which has the main living area, kitchen and four bedrooms. And Simon and the boys got ready at the opposite end of the house. In an almost separate house that has two bedrooms. So it is really easy not to see each other if that’s what you want to do.
It also made preparation photos really easy and convenient for me as I just easily walked back and forth between both of them.
I must also say the Liv’s wedding dress was absolutely stunning, and I have had people on Instagram already ask me who did the dress. Her dress was by Alison Davis.
Wedding ceremony at Redleaf
The wedding ceremony was held outside in the gardens just in front of the large lavender field. The ceremony was conducted by the always awesome Monty King!
Liv was walked down the aisle, not just by her Dad… but as her Mum put it “All her Dads”. Here three other Dads were men who were very influential in her life in some way. It was really special to watch and I am sure it was even more special for all of them.
It was a touching and very meaningful ceremony. Tears were flowing from everyone as they said their vows. I always recommend that couples write their own vows and say them to each other. It makes it more special and intimate for everyone if you speak from the heart and make your promises to each other.
And Liv & Simon’s vows were just amazing to witness.
Redleaf Wollombi Wedding Photos
After the ceremony, we did a few family photos and then the guests went off to have canapés and drinks in another part of the gardens. We explored the grounds and did some photos.
I have photographed a few weddings at Redleaf and I find that each time it is totally different. This place changes so much, depending on what season you get married in and what the light is like on the day.
I always love doing wedding photos with the couple. I find that after the ceremony they are so much more relaxed than they were in the morning. This is basically the first time they are together as a married couple. And you really get to see who they are and what they are alike around each other.
They both just couldn’t stop smiling and laughing together.
Wollombi wedding venue
The wedding reception at Redleaf was another highlight for me.
It was set outside under the stars and under fairy lights. One long table outside the front of this Tuscan inspired house.
The weather was actually very warm and a little bit overcast and the forecast was for some rain. But the owner of the property, Matthew, knows how the weather works here and confidently said that it won’t rain. And he was totally right. And I am so glad it didn’t because the set up was absolutely magical.
The wedding was fully styled and decorated by the awesome wedding planners ‘Honey Lane’. Lara and her amazing team worked so hard all day and night to ensure everything was perfect. And I think you would have to agree with me that the set up looks absolutely incredible.
And any couple would dream of having a wedding set up like this!
This would have to be one of my favourite wedding venues in the Hunter Valley. Every time I shoot there, it is completely different and just awesome.
Redleaf Wollombi has that European feel to it. Like you are having a wedding somewhere in provincial France or Tuscany in Italy. It is really unique, especially for Australia.
By having a Redleaf Wollombi wedding you can pretty much guarantee that you will get beautiful photos on your wedding day. I highly recommend this wedding venue and can’t wait to go back there to photograph more weddings.
The Blair Athol Estate Wollombi wedding of Madeline & Julian is my idea of the perfect wedding. An amazingly down to earth, friendly, awesome couple, and a small group of family and friends having a celebration on a stunning luxury property, with 800 acres of land to explore and play with.
The whole wedding happened on site at Blair Athol Estate. They both got ready in different cottages so they didn’t technically see each other. But they really wanted a quick chat before they made their vows. So Julian blindfolded himself and they had a quiet moment together before they made their way up to the cliff top ceremony.
After the ceremony we drove around the property, patted horses, jumped muddy puddles and shot till the sun set over the mountains. Then they had a five star dinner and party at the Pavilion with the amazing talents of musician Gareth Hudson singing the night away.
So enjoy this beautiful Blair Athol Estate Wollombi wedding… it’s a pretty amazing day to be a part of ?
Hair & make up: Mel & Kylie from Evolve Hair and Beauty Gorokan
Dress: The Bridal Outlet, Somersby
Cake: Cakes by Kayla, Newcastle
Celebrant: Michael Martin
Music: Gareth Hudson
Decorator/Stylist: Tennille Hogan from Blair Athol Estate & Lauren MacDougall from Silver Sparrows Events