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BLUE MOUNTAINS WEDDING
Gillian & Sam
LEURALLA AMPHITHEATRE & GARDENS WEDDING
Sam and the boys got ready for the wedding at a quaint AirBnb cottage in Leura. AirBnB has a wide variety of accommodation options for weddings, and while they can be more affordable than traditional hotels, many of them have interiors that are beautifully styled with quirky pieces which all helps add a sense of style to your wedding photos. Rosewood Cottage in Leura provided exactly that from the moment you walked in the pale pink front door.
Gillian organised stylish silk handkerchief for Sam and the groomsmen, each printed with a different reproduction art painting.
Gillian & the bridesmaids made up of her sisters, and nieces and mum ( yes mum was a bridesmaid too – love that !! ) also rented an AirBnB cottage around the corner from the boys in Leura.
Hot tip for those planning their wedding accommodation – what I was enjoying with both these AirBnB properties was the light-bright interiors and plenty of natural light, always makes for prettier photos!
Our lovely bride also was 6 months pregnant on her wedding day. That’s so cool that their daughter in years to come can look back at the wedding photos and know she was apart of the day.
Hair & Makeup Boho Hair & Makeup
Unbeknown to the groom, Gillian had organised a surprise for Sam. They are refurbishing a Kombi but it was still in the workshop and not ready for the wedding. Gillian found a Kombi in the same colour and surprised Sam with the Kombi as his ride to the ceremony. That meant I left the bride prep early to go and capture Sam’s reaction as the Kombi arrived.
Gillian & Sam were married at the Leuralla Amphitheatre in the Blue Mountains with panoramic views of the Jamison Valley.
Celebrant Denise Tart
We then moved across the road to the Leuralla Gardens which is home to the NSW Toy & Railway Museum for the bridal portraits. The gardens are a romantic wooded wonderland with so many little nooks and crannies to explore. Sadly we didn’t have enough time to explore the gardens in their entirety, but hopefully I will get another chance to photograph in the gardens again and finish what we started. A few weeks before the wedding I visited Leuralla to scout the location and you can view some more of the locations in my post about wedding photography locations in the Blue Mountains.
Time to get the party started and head off to Blackheath Area Community Centre for the wedding reception.
What a phenomenal job Gillian and the families did in styling the community hall … details on point with the table settings, farm style chairs and vintage furniture pieces! A special mention to Gillian’s sister Kathleen who played wedding florist and delivery driver picking up the flowers at the Homebush Flower Markets.
The best wedding trend ever has to be feasting tables right! Platters of tender meat and scrumptious vegetables. Sorry I don’t know who the caterers were on this wedding but the food was delicious!
This was not your ordinary wedding reception either. Once all the formalities were out of the way, it was more like a live music gig. With the groom Sam and the majority of the guests being musicians, they took turns in doing sets and had the crowd dancing till … lets say well after I had left the party.
If you want to check out groom Sam’s music, he released his third album this year in the folk country genre … visit Sam Newton Music via his blog, Facebook or you can purchase his music on Soundcloud.