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You can bank on fabulous food, enticing wine and wow-worthy views when you plan a Hunter Valley wedding. Fresh from a recent trip to this ravishing region, Bride editor Sarah Lewis reveals the best locations for a Hunter Valley ceremony and memorable reception.
Going to the chapel
It’s hard to imagine a more dreamy setting for your ceremony than a country chapel. Say ‘I do’ at St Patrick’s of Nulkaba (above), a petite, 1892-built sandstone church lined with stained-glass windows. Shaded by mature trees, the sculpture-dotted gardens provide plenty of opportunities for gorgeous wedding photography.
Hunter Valley Gardens offers a host of alfresco ceremony options. Choose from a graceful lakeside rotunda (above), wisteria-shrouded pavilion and the striking Chinese garden. For out-of-the-ordinary photos, pose in the Storybook Garden with your bridal party.
The Sebel Kirkton (above) is another top pick for elegant garden soirees. This heritage hotel is surrounded by rose gardens, fountains and lush lawns overlooking the valley. For a civil service, enlist Hunter Valley marriage celebrant Maree Callaghan hosts intimate ceremonies that go off without a hitch.
All in one
Teaming an on-site chapel with stylish dining room, IronBark Hill (above) is a one-stop wedding destination. Tailored menu options and estate-grown wines make for a relaxed yet refined occasion. Peppers Creek is home to a sweet sandstone chapel, located just steps from the popular reception hall. Calm any pre-ceremonies jitters at the neighbouring David Hook cellar door.
Nearby – but not related – Peppers Guesthouse presents a sublime setting for Hunter Valley weddings, with a tiny wooden chapel (above), manicured gardens and acclaimed Roberts Restaurant. With 17 rooms, the country-chic guesthouse is the perfect spot to unwind with friends and family in the days surrounding the wedding.
A guaranteed hit with grooms, Wandin Hunter Valley (above) is home to the Cricketers Pavilion, a replica of the classic white-walled outpost at Lourdes. Host your ceremony outside between two towering gum trees, or in the barrel-lined barn, then celebrate with a reception in the pavilion. Return the following day for a recovery lunch and a laid-back cricket match.
St Patrick’s of Nulkaba © Society Photography
Wandin Hunter Valley © Nicholas Pitt
On this day in 1969, music legend John Lennon and his lady-love Yoko Ono tied the knot.
They were married in Gibraltar and spent their honeymoon in Amsterdam campaigning with a week-long bed-in for peace.
The couple had one child together, Sean, and were married up until the tragic death of Lennon in December 1980.
Spreading the message of peace and love together, this couple’s love story is profound and inspirational.
On March 12, 1969, Linda Eastman and Paul McCartney tied the knot in a civil ceremony at the Marylebone Register Office in London.
The couple slipped in the side door to avoid the throngs of screaming teenagers distraught at the marriage of the last single Beatle.
But Paul only had eyes for his bride, dressed in a daffodil yellow coat over the top of an elegant fawn dress; the woman who would be his wife for 29 years.
Besides obsessed fans, the couple also had to battle with British Railways, when Paul’s best man arrived an hour late thanks to delays! Now that’s one wedding-day disaster we’d all like to avoid…
Following the ceremony, the newlyweds were guided to a car which then drove them to their local parish church where their marriage was blessed.
The couple met when Linda was taking photos of Paul’s band in New York. An accomplished photographer, The Beatles were just one of the famous names on her illustrious list of subjects, alongside Jimi Hendrix, The Doors and Bob Dylan.
Linda and Paul were happily married for 29 years, and raised four children together: Heather, from Linda’s previous marriage; Stella, Mary and James.
They are a shining exception in the world of celebrity marriages, and a beacon of hope for many amongst the dark sea of well-publicised separations and scandals; a place that Paul has sadly come to know over the past decade.
Linda Eastman died tragically after a brave fight against Breast Cancer in 1998, and since then Paul has married twice: to Heather Mills in 2002, and Nancy Shevell last year.
We all know our Dads aren’t the coolest guys going around; they have a fondness for lame jokes and daggy clothes, and have spent most of your life embarassing you in one way or another. As my own Dad says, it can be hard to raise parents these days!
But another thing you’ll know about your Dad is that he’s always there when you need him, especially when it comes to walking you down the aisle. So if you’re lucky enough to have a Dad who loves you, he’ll be thrilled to see his little girl saying ‘I do’.
Sentimenality aside, and returning to my original point – namely the one about daggy clothes – one of the biggest battles won’t be picking the flavour of the cake or deciding on the perfect floral arrangements, but getting dear old dad into a suit, and one that looks good.
So here are some simple things to think about in your quest to properly outfit the FoB.
What time of day and year will the ceremony be?
The former will denote formality; the latter says more about weather-appropriate attire. Full morning dress is the traditional top hat and tux combination, acceptable for weddings before 6pm. But if you want your Dad looking a little more sleek and slightly less cartoon character, then try a formal suit in blue or grey. For an evening wedding, go for a tux or dark-coloured suit. Linen is great for warmer climes, and therefore destination weddings or beach-side nuptials, while a lightweight wool is more formal. Lighter colours work better in Spring or Summer than the colder months, but if you’re unsure, dark is a great way to go all year round.
He’s doing it for you
If he’s reluctant to get suited up, or to go as formal as you would like, gently remind him that it means a lot to you to have him there, and that it’s important to you that he dresses well. It’s not a superficial request, just another aspect of your dream day going the way you’d always imagined. Chances are, he’ll understand, and if not, try one of two things: make a compromise and meet him halfway, short and jacket without a tie, perhaps. Or number two, consult the Mother of the Bride for some solidarity and a firm hand!
Likewise, if your Dad wants to go all bells and whistles; top hat, waistcoat, big moustache and pocket watch, and that doesn’t really fit your idea of the perfect wedding, gently let him know, and tell him he needs to coordinate with the bridal party a little more. He’ll stick out like a sore thumb in photos if you don’t let him know!
Best Foot Forward
Many the years I have argued the importance of shoes with the males in my life, and so this is just as important as the rest. Shoes can make or break the aesthetic, formality and look of an outfit, and just wearing his comfy old man shoes won’t be enough. Go for classic lace-ups or Oxfords, and keep them clean and polished.
Something to remember you by
While it is your day, and you’ll be the one getting all the gifts, you might want to say thanks for your parents for being there, for being them and for helping you out not just with your wedding plans, but for all the years that led up to the day. Why not gift your Dad a special pair of cufflinks to match his special outfit on the day? Or if you’re feeling generous, an engraved watch from you and your husband-to-be could be a touching gift for a Dad who has trouble seeing his little girl grow up – he can remember the day for decades to come, and treasure the memories.
The wedding shoes are so important! They finish off your outfit and even though you may be wearing a full length gown and the shoe is only just visible, most of us just love a seriously beautiful shoe. It makes us feel instantly stylish. If you have a ballet length gown that reveals your ankle or a short dress then they are the star of the show!
I love this quote from The Vera Wang On Weddings book:
…the wedding shoe represents an object of fetish and ceremony!
An elegant simple pump can be transformed into the ultimate wedding shoe with the addition of clever embellishments such as shoe clips, bows, beading or lace. Feathers, flowers or diamante are also pretty. You can find a bespoke shoe maker and actually get them made form scratch to match your gown or you can pick up an amazing pair of Jimmy Choos or Louboutin. Those amazing designer shoes will set you back a bit! Otherwise check out all the local suppliers and consider the cool idea of purchasing the embellishments separately. The gorgeous examples featured above come from Lilli Blakk who have a variety of accessories for shoe lovers and are available online.
Don’t forget to find a comfy shoe as the comfort factor (especially with regards to heel height and toe shape) is so important! Remember you will be on your feet most of the day greeting your guests and for many you’ll also be kicking up those heels late into the night!
Good luck finding that perfect pair!