Anne & Allan’s Bendooley Estate Wedding // Southern Highlands NSW

Bride and Groom laughing during marriage celebrant

Allan and Anne met at work where their shifts occasionally overlapped. One day Anne left a little early to get the last bus home. When Allan finished up, he noticed Anne still sitting at the bus stop and offered her a ride home. This ride home ended with them sitting in the car outside Anne’s house talking about anything and everything for four epic hours!

This epic four hour chat was followed by an epic 6 page text message (it was the Nokia days) from Allan to ask Anne out.

Allan had asked her to a Sydney Swans game. Anne had never had any interest in AFL, so when she realised how excited she was to go, she knew she was falling for Allan.

When Anne moved to Adelaide to study, Allan soon followed her there. Not knowing anyone, they depended on each other, learned to live together, fell in love and with the addition of Momo (the dog) they felt like a real family.

Anne and Allan were married at the beautiful Bendooley Estate in the Southern Highlands of New South Wales.

They began their celebrations with a traditional Chinese tea ceremony on the porch of the house, followed by their ceremony in the garden and their reception in the Book Barn.

Anne and Allan chose to do a ‘first look’ where they see each other before the ceremony and the moment captured by their photographer. They also did all their location shots with their wedding party pre-ceremony. This is a great idea as you usually have a little more time and after their ceremony, they could join their guests to celebrate straight away, rather than having to leave for photos (clever!)

Moments before their ceremony the rain was coming down and guests were sheltering in the pavilion by the lake to wait it out. With the aid of the venue staff and a few towels, everything was dried off and the ceremony went ahead in the garden in the gorgeous post-rain glow.

Bride and Groom at Chinese tea ceremony

Groom excited to see bride for the first time - first look

Bride and Groom exchanging vows with marriage celebrant

Bride and Groom being married in garden with wedding party and marrige celebrant

Momo the dog at his masters' wedding ceremony

Bride and Groom celebrate as the walk back down the aisle after wedding ceremony

Bendooley Estate Book Barn Southern Highlands NSW Wedding Venue

Marriage celebrant Andrea Calodolce with Bride and Groom, Anne and Allan

Bride and Groom at Bendooley Estate Southern Highlands NSW

Bride and Groom at Bendooley Estate, Southern Highlands NSW

Photographer: Hilary Cam
Videographer: I Heart Productions
Venue: Bendooley Estate
Musicians: Diamond Strings
Florals: Emily Cooper Floral Decorator
Dress: Madison James