How did you meet?
Brendan and I went to the same high school but never spoke to one another. It wasn’t until
years later when we were both out with friends at the local club that our paths crossed and we starting talking,
which lead to becoming good friends, travelling the world together and eight years later have finally become
husband and wife!
How did he/she propose?’
After living temporally in Perth for two years, we decided to move back to Sydney with
Sarah being the first to move back. Brendan was on a weekend trip back to Sydney to visit Sarah and after
conspiring with both families Brendan took Sarah to a ‘last minute’ day out in Watson’s Bay for some site seeing.
The weather was perfect and the sun was shining!Whilst casually suggesting a tour of the Macquarie Lighthouse,
Brendan had already organised with the tour company to book out the entire tour and proposed at the top of the
lighthouse overlooking Sydney and the ocean around South Head. After the tears and the acceptance was
exchanged both families were waiting down the bottom of the light house waiting to congratulate them both with
bottles of champagne. We followed it by a family seafood lunch at Watsons Bay.
Tell us about the wedding dress? I liked the traditional lace Spanish style dresses and couldn’t go past the
Pronovias range. I went for the mermaid fitted style teamed with a traditional mantilla.
Tell us about the ceremony?
We wanted an intimate ceremony with a traditional Catholic influence. We looked at
a few churches and chapels around the Hunter but fell in love with the beautiful Sisters of Mercy Chapel in
Singleton. We loved the grand alter and the colours used in the murals and tiling throughout the church. The
gardens on the grounds were also lovely to have our photos taken in.
Tell us about the reception?
Again we wanted a reception venue that would create an intimate atmosphere which
we though Ironbark Hill would allow for, and it also has its own vineyard which we liked as we love our wine! We
also liked that it really added a rustic country feeling to the evening and most importantly we wanted people to have
fun, relax and enjoy the day which Ironbark catered for with lawn games, amazing food and drinks flowing
throughout the evening . Originally we chose the venue for the chapel on site as we liked the idea of having both
the ceremony and reception at the one location, but as the chapel is non denominational and might not be able to
be married in the chapel, we decided for a catholic church instead.
What was the most memorable moment?
As cliché as it sounds our eyes meeting when Sarah arrived at the
church and started walking down the aisle.
Please list the menu and meal details:
Entree: Tomato and roast roma goat cheese tartlet and wild rocket with aged balsamic OR Poached tiger prawns,
avocado, baby tomato, smoked salmon, young leaves with a honey and fresh lemon dressing.
Main: Double lamb cutlets with ratatouille Homemade potato mash in a rosemary-scented jus OR Basil roasted
Atlantic salmon on a potato cake of char grilled artichoke, semi dried tomato, with a spicy tomato parsley sauce
Sides: Steamed seasonal vegetables with roasted hazelnut butter
Dessert: Cream Brûlée served with Italian biscotti OR Lemon tart with king island cream and fresh strawberries
Cake: Homemade three tiered buttercream iced cake with white chocolate mud cake with raspberries and caramel
mud cake filling. Divine!
Bride Entrance: Canon in D – Pachelbel
Bridal Waltz: Somewhere over the rainbow – Israel Kamakawiwo’ole
Father Daughter Dance: What a wonderful world – Louis Armstrong
What was your colour theme and colour palette if applicable? We are both from mixed backgrounds,
Brendan’s parents are Anglo-Indian and Sarah’s are Chilean, so we tried to have Spanish and Indian
touches/colours/ on the day. We went for neutral/natural colours and are went for brown, beige, dusty pinks for the
bridesmaid dresses. It also complimented the vintage country/vineyard/fiesta theme, with Spanish themed buntings
and Indian prints for the jam covers.
Did you use a wedding planner for all or part of planning your wedding?
We did all of the planning ourselves, although we did enlist the skills of the very talented Jess from the The Wedding Designer to do our decorations for the
reception venue, which made the day unfold much more smoother and gave us less to worry about. They have a range of lovely products and we fell in love with their decor as soon as we saw what they had. They went above and beyond to help us out before, during and after the wedding.
Tell us about your photographer …. Your experience on the day….your photos…Plus How/ why chosen
Thierry has a great creative eye and takes some stunning photos which drew us. Photography was one of the most important suppliers for our day so we took our time and looked at suppliers both in Sydney and the Hunter Region.
We couldn’t got past Thierry’s work and his laid back attitude, he made it an easy choice!
Thierry is a friendly and easy going guy which made the wedding day feel like it went along a lot more smoother.
He knows the hunter region like the back of his hands and it shows with the locations he took us and the picturesque photos he took of us.
Did you have a budget and were you able to stick to it?
We had a budget & went over a tad, but overall stayed in line.
Where did/will you go on your Honeymoon & which travel agent did you book your honeymoon through:
We spent 10 magnificent days in Mexico and 10 days in Cuba. Flights were booked through Escape Travel; we
booked our own accommodation and car hire to get around both countries.
Tell us about your planning process. Did you use ‘Your Hunter Valley Wedding Planner’ magazine and
website, did you use other helpful websites and/or magazines and please list?
We bought a few copies of the YHVWP when we decided on the Hunter Valley as the location for our day. We found it so much easier to get
ideas/inspiration and also find suppliers in the area using the magazine and website supplier lists by seeing the
types of offering that they have.
Do you have any tips or advice for couples in the process of planning their wedding?
As cliché as it sounds Don’t stress on the little things… at first I kept second guessing our decisions but we decided to just trust our initial
judgements & lock it all in & move on to the next item & stopped looking at options, it got too confusing otherwise.
Did you or your guests have to travel to the Hunter Region for the wedding?
We both live in Sydney but chose Hunter Valley as our wedding
destination as we wanted to be a little different and allow people to have a little getaway and also give overseas
guests a chance to see the beautiful vineyards of NSW. Most of our guests stayed in surrounding estates/cottages
on hermitage road close to the reception venue and surrounding areas. We hired a shuttle bus from Rover
Coaches that gave guests the option to be picked up and dropped off to the reception. We hired out the Splinters
Cottage for Sarah to get ready on the day and for the night of the wedding and Hermitage hideaway for both
families to stay.
Where possible, could you also provide details of any ‘tourist’ style activities you and/or your guests were
able to fit in whilst visiting the area (e.g. wine tasting, tours, shopping, dining, exploring, etc).
Many of our guests stayed over the night before the wedding, which allowed guests to explore the local vineyards. We also had
separate BBQs with our families the night before the wedding in local cottages and followed that with breakfast the
morning after the wedding at The Australian Regional Food Store & Cafe.
Any other details that you would like to provide or funny / interesting stories about how you met or
happenings on the wedding day..
We both share a passion for food so while Brendan bakes the cakes Sarah is
the critic 🙂 We like to eat ALOT, and we are always out trying new and different food, restaurants and cafes –
which is another reason we chose Ironbark as the food from Enzo’s Cafe is divine!
Ceremony Venue: Sisters of Mercy Convent, Singleton
Reception Venue/Catering: Ironbark Hill Vineyard, Pokolbin
Celebrant: Fr John Alexander
Photography: Thierry Boudan photography
Video: Perfect Pair
Themeing & Event Hire: The Wedding Designer
Transport: Hunter Valley Vee Dubs
Flowers: Jade Macintosh Flowers
Wedding Cake: Home baked by a friend
Stationery & Bonbonniere: Invites by minted.com, Bonbonniere’s made & decorated by the bride & groom
Wedding Gown: Pronovias
Wedding & Engagement Rings: Engagement ring was purchased from The Perth Mint and the wedding bands
were made by Bond Street Jewellers
Other Jewellery: Vintage earrings from Tresors in the Strand Arcade and a Swarovski bracelet that Brendan
gave Sarah a few years ago as a birthday present.
Bridesmaid Dresses: White Boheme
Hair & Makeup: Pirinola by Paula
Entertainment & Music Ceremony: Royston George – local organist
Entertainment & Music Reception: Soul/Spanish band and DJ