NSW Southern Highlands Wedding

NSW Southern Highlands Country Wedding

Having a wedding at an amazing property in Robertson, NSW overlooking rolling green hills sounds like a perfect idea? Well, it was for Sam and Yasmin. Even better was the fact that the property belonged to the grooms parents. But having a wedding at home comes with a lot of additional challenges for planning the perfect day.

Guys Getting Ready - The Robertson Hotel

Groom gets ready for his Southern Highlands Country Wedding in Robertson, NSW, Australia

Sam and his groomsmen decided to get ready at the beautiful Robertson Hotel. The Robertson Hotel was built in 1924 and offers a beautiful location for wedding parties to get ready for the big day. The hotel was located only 5 minutes from the ceremony and reception venue which is always an advantage on a wedding day.

Grooms and groomsmen get ready for their Southern Highlands Country Wedding at the Robertson Hotel, NSW, Australia

Girls Getting Ready - Kangaroo Valley, NSW

Bride with her bridesmaids getting ready in Kangaroo Valley

The bride and her bridesmaids along with her family choose to get ready in Kangaroo Valley at the Rivermist property. Rivermist is a large 6 bedroom homestead that is available for hire. The large airy rooms and stunning light made for one of the best bride getting ready areas that I have ever seen. The only challenge for us was the 37C temperature and awful humidity. 

Black and white photos of a bride with her flower girl getting ready for her wedding
Engagement ring and bridal details

Bride and Father - First Look

I had the honour of serving in the Australian Army with the bride’s father, Kevin and so this Father Daughter First Look was especially meaningful. The soft sniffing as the bride tried to stop from sobbing as she approached her Dad made it hard for me to control my emotions. Once Kevin saw his daughter, neither of them could control their emotions anymore as they both embraced. It was the most touching Father Daughter First Look I had ever had the privilege to witness.

Wedding Ceremony - Robertson, NSW

Yasmin arrived with her parents and bridesmaid in a Jaguar Mark VII. The ceremony location was the grooms parent’s property and the views made for a spectacular location for a wedding ceremony. A very hesitate but brave flower girl led the processional down the aisle. The groom broke down as he first sighted his bride to be, arm in arm with her Dad, in full military dress. A short but very personal ceremony was conducted by Nina, a local celebrant. My favourite part was a list of things that love was all about, that got many laughs from our couple’s family and friends.

Wedding ceremony in Robertson. This NSW Southern Highlands country wedding was held on a private property.

Bridal Party Photoshoot - Robertson, NSW

Wedding Party photoshoot in the NSW Southern Highlands at Robertson

We were lucky to be able to use a neighbouring property for the photoshoot. This property was also where the movie Babe (with the cute little pig) was filmed. This made for a dramatic backdrop for some epic photos. One of my favourite photos was at the end, just beside a dirt road with the setting sun in the background.

Wedding Party outdoors photoshoot in the NSW Southern Highlands at Robertson

Reception - Robertson, NSW

Wedding Reception photos from a Southern Highlands country wedding in Robertson, NSW, Australia

We returned back to the ceremony location for the reception. With a great deal of work from Sam and Yasmin’s friends and family the property was turned into a awesome location for a wedding reception. A wedding reception at home can take a lot of planning. Below is just a few of the many things that required planning :

  • Additional lighting needed to be sourced for inside the shed and around the dance floor
  • A coolroom was hired to store all the drinks for the event
  • The property next door was a B&B which was hired for 3 days to allow for the catering staff to reheat food and for parking for all the guests
  • Fancy portable toilets were hired (with lighting inside)
  • Bales of hay, wine barrels and an additional table were hired
  • A duke box was hired instead of a DJ
  • OH&S requirements needed to be met for bar and wait staff working with the catering company 
B&W Wedding Reception photos from a Southern Highlands country wedding in Robertson, NSW, Australia

Want a Wedding like this?

If this wedding has inspired you to have a wedding at home, the following articles have some useful information about the planning requirements:

Secrets to Planning an At-Home Wedding – The Knot

Top 10 Backyard Wedding and Reception Tips – BG Events & Catering

The Ultimate Guide to Planning the Perfect Backyard Wedding  

Our Bride’s styling was courtesy of:

Hair and Makeup – Yvette Van Sachie from Ethix makeup beauty styling

Dress – Sweethearts bridal boutique 

The groom and groomsmen all sourced their suits through 

Sam and Yasmin hired the Jaguar Mark V and VII from A-Z events wedding cars

The floral arrangements were done done by the bride. Yasmin had previously worked at a florist and had a lot of experience in doing floral arrangements for weddings.

Celebrant – Nina De Borde 

That beautiful naked cake came from Gumnut patisserie

Catering inc bar and wait staff – Rustic Table 

Ceremony Music – Chris Wilson

Lighting was sourced through Bunnings and Yes Your Event Solution

Hire wine barrels, table, hay bales, coolroom, and toilets – Yes Your Event Solution

Kitchen and parking space for all guests was hired from a next door B&B

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