A good destination wedding will give the couple and their wedding guests a sense of being completely removed from the hectic realities of life, and there’s no better way to create that feeling than by immersing everyone in a different natural environment — but one that’s conveniently close to home.
The green paddocks and farmland feel of the Southern Highlands set the scene for a wedding infused with rustic, country charm. Dotted with historic country houses, charming churches, quaint bed and breakfasts, and lined with age-old trees and beautiful gardens, the setting allows couples to enjoy a personal and relaxed day.
Local photographer Jon Wellings, from Bird and Bee Photography, highly recommends the region for weddings and says the area’s photogenic scenery is one of the main reasons. The “beautiful properties, country lanes, and unfi lled roads” are a constant source of inspiration for Jon. While the historic towns of Mittagong, Bowral, Berrima, Moss Vale, Robertson, Bundanoon, Burrawang, and Exeter each have their individual highlights, Jon finds some of his best work happens in the simplest of locations.
“Some of my best shots have been on the side of the road with just a store in the background,” says Jon. “Photo locations don’t have to be huge and spectacular. Simple backdrops with the right lighting and the interaction between a couple make for amazing shots.”
If a more dramatic landscape is your preference, the Blue Mountains might be just right. A string of towns along the Great Western Highway and Bells Line of Road offer myriad beautiful venues, with extraordinary views of the Grose, Jamison, or Megalong Valleys. Other venues might simply capture that fresh outdoors feel of the mountains with stunning gardens. Breathtaking wedding photos can be captured at Flat Rock (Wentworth Falls), Echo Point, Mount Tomah Botanic Garden, or Everglades Gardens.
Having a wedding in this area goes beyond the big day. Your guests will have endless things to do, from visiting the Jenolan Caves, Three Sisters, and Wentworth Falls to taking a short walk to Pulpit Rock or visiting the quaint towns of Leura, Blackheath, and Mount Victoria. The picturesque surrounds are complemented by a plethora of heritage-listed venues, local vendors and quaint chapels that cater for both intimate and grand wedding celebrations.
Venues with a view
Allview Escape, Blackheath
Located on the edge of the Grose Valley in Blackheath, Allview Escape offers spectacular panoramic views of the Blue Mountains with 20 acres of lawns and gardens. You can enjoy the impressive natural surrounds with an outdoor ceremony or as a backdrop for wedding photos. There is also a dome on the property, which can be used as a reception venue.
Everglades Gardens, Leura
Dating back to the 1930s, the heritage Everglades Gardens, with rose-lined garden path in lieu of an aisle and views over the Jamison Valley, offers a striking backdrop for any wedding.
Country-style reception venues
Terrara House Estate, Terara
Set amid 16 hectares of countryside, with lawns and rose gardens dating back to 1904, Terrara House is an elegant and opulent wedding venue. A host of benefits include a marquee, bridal salon, catering team, and stationery designer to help simplify your big day.
Peppers Craigieburn, Bowral
On the outskirts of Bowral, Peppers Craigieburn offers exclusivity and seclusion for your special day. Gardens and outdoor terraces offer the perfect setting for an outdoor ceremony, while the banquet rooms and adjacent lodgings cater for weddings of various sizes.
Chapel Hill Retreat, Berambing
The Chapel Hill Retreat offers a complete wedding day package. Features include a hilltop chapel that catches the sunlight through stainedglass windows, a banquet reception room with panoramic mountain views, and self-contained cottages for overnight stays.
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