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REAL WEDDING: Chloe + Will – Adams Peak Country Estate
When your grandma is also your celebrant you know it’s going to be a day with all the feels. It also helps if you host the wedding at an incredible property in beautiful wine country too.
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Words by Karina Lowndes
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Adams Peak Country Estate was the first and only venue Chloe and Will looked at for their Autumn Hunter Valley wedding.

“The lush green property, picturesque scenery of the mountain ranges and rustic and cosy reception barn and accomodation was exactly what we envisioned in a wedding venue”, said Chloe.

In keeping with the season, they asked guests to wear a “pop of colour” and sprinkled vibrant natives throughout the venue. The most memorable part however (the dance floor inspired by The Vintage Stylus aside), was having Chloe’s Grandma double as their celebrant. “This meant the world to us as she was actually the first person in my family to meet Will.”

Check out their entire celebration captured by Cavanagh Photography below.

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How did you and Will meet? We met through a mutual friend on ANZAC day in 2015. At the end of the night rather than exchanging numbers, Will handed me his business card (which I still have) LOL.

The proposal: A month out from the proposal Will bought a tripod as he really wanted to get into to “filming time lapses of sunrises/sunsets”. Later I realised that this was a decoy to getting me up early to watch a sunrise. The morning he chose had the most average dull sunrise and there was also a lady sitting near us who was loudly chanting in some sort of morning meditation practice. I suggested we just leave ASAP and get coffees. Will tried to delay me as long as possible and then ended up proposing which was so unexpected and very emotional.

Wedding venue: Adam’s Peak Country Estate in Broke NSW was the first and only wedding venue we looked at. The day we drove up to see the venue, it was raining so heavily but we were greeted with such a warmth from the owners. They showed us around the property and our decision to lock in a date was final. The lush green property, picturesque scenery of the mountain ranges and rustic and cosy reception barn and accomodation was exactly what we envisioned in a wedding venue.

Wedding vibe: I always knew I wanted to have relaxed wedding vibe with lots of greenery and colourful native florals. A wedding in Autumn meant the trees would be full of amazing red, yellow and orange hues and so we keep the colour narrative going by asking our guests to wear a “pop of colour”.

Traditions: adopted, adapted or ditched? With the help of our florist Ashleigh, we made up our own ceremony tradition where immediate family members were asked to stand up and come and attach their individual piece of dried lavender to a wreath that Will and I were both holding. We have kept the wreath as a symbol of that memory.

The outfit/s: I bought my dress on a Zimmerman Buy/Swap/Sell. It was my dream dress and I was so lucky to be able to find it. I felt like royalty wearing it.

Will wore a suit that he wore as a groomsman to one of his best friend’s wedding.

Standout vendors: We had the world’s best vendors.

  • Celebrant: My grandma. This meant the world to us as she was actually the first person in my family to meet Will.
  • Florist: Ashleigh from the Naked Florist
  • Music: Adam from the Vintage Stylus
  • Cake: The one and only Katherine Sabbath
  • Platters: Alice from Miss Mays Picnics
  • Photographer: Adam from Cavanagh Photography
  • HMU: Airlie and Co.

Soundtrack: Aisle song: “My Girl”, by The Temptations. Signing song: “We Are Family”, by Sister Sledge. Recessional: “Young Hearts”, by Candi Staton. Reception: “Crazy Little Thing Called Love”, by Queen. First dance: “Love Is In The Air”, by John Paul Young.

Hit or (near) miss: My nephews (aged two and four) were our page boys and on the way to the ceremony the four year old got his finger trapped in the window of the car. They pulled over and his mum (my sister-in-law) jumped out of the front seat to help him. They managed to free his finger with surprisingly no damage. Plus there was nothing a piece of chocolate couldn’t fix.

Will’s brother’s wife’s family were following my nephew’s car to the wedding and my sister-in-law got a call from them saying they were positive something fell out of her lap when she jumped out of the car. So they stopped and checked the grass on the side of the road. There, sitting in a tuft of grass was a small velvet green box. The rings.

Budget: We had a specific budget in mind and we made sure we got quotes from each vendor to work within our budget. Vendor/product travel costs were an additional expense that we didn’t initially factor in however, we balanced this out by not including certain extras (ie. party favours /spirits on the drinks list).

Words of wedding wisdom: Enjoy the process but also make sure you are organised and leave yourself enough time. Don’t ask others for opinions if you aren’t willing to accept what they have to say.

The future: Will and I are looking forward to taking on the next adventure of buying and creating a home together.

CREDITS: Photos Cavanagh Photography // Venue Adam’s Peak Country Estate // Celebrant Carolyn Milani // Flowers The Naked Florist // Catering Monkey Place Catering and Miss Mays Picnics // Cake Katherine Sabbath // Bridal gown Zimmerman // Brides shoes Stuart Weizmann // Grooms suit M.J. Bale // Bow ties Peggy and Finn // Rings Mondial by Nadia // Hair and makeup Airlie and Co // Music The Vintage Stylus // Robes/Pj’s Gorman.

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