Real Weddings

An Ethereal Garden Soiree in the Hunter Valley

Matt & Emily by Damien Milan.

Inspired by intrepid travels abroad, Emily and Matt were wed in the grounds of a Tuscan-style villa set in the rolling hills of Australia’s Hunter Valley region. Amidst buildings painted in sunset hues and fields of lavender, the couple exchanged vows under a cedar arbor draped in white chiffon.

Channeling the romance of Tuscan estates, the reception was held on a rustic patio. The dusk skies were lit with vintage bulbs and flickering candlelight, the table draped in layered textures of linen and chiffon. In true Italian style, menus were banquet style – served on ceramic plates styled amongst bronze vessels and vintage silverware.

Emily and Matt’s wedding leisurely stretched out over the weekend, with guests spending the night in the property’s sumptuous villa. Think long nights and slow mornings, where the celebrations continue long after the final dance…

Beautifully captured by LANE handpicked photographer, Damien Milan.

Names – Matt and Emily

Wedding Date – November 5, 2016

Guest Numbers – 50

How we Met – We met through mutual friends while at university in 2005.

Our Engagement Story – We were travelling around Europe in late 2015 and were in San Sebastian in Northern Spain, surrounded by amazing food, beautiful, sparkling beaches and charming old buildings. Matt proposed while we walking alone on the beach on our last evening.

Marriage to us Means – An official recognition of our lifetime partnership and ongoing commitment to each other. We appreciate there are many ways to do this, and we chose marriage.

Wedding Location – We wanted to spread our celebration over several days, so were seeking a large house with adjoining property for our families to stay at over a weekend. After a search, both in Australia and overseas, my best friend stumbled upon Redleaf Estate in Wollombi in the Hunter Valley Region of NSW. It was perfect – situated near to the town where we first lived together, beautiful interior décor and surrounding gardens, and plenty of room for all the family. Having the accommodation, ceremony site and reception all on one property was very convenient given we did most of the setup ourselves.