Divine Love at Chateau Elan

A low-key Hunter Valley wedding was perfect for this loved-up couple LOUISE & NEIL CHATEAU ELAN AT THE VINTAGE, HUNTER VALLEY After weeks of glancing over at each other at the gym, Louise finally got the courage to contact Neil by sending him a Valentine’s Day card. “It worked. And from that point, we never looked back. Eight years later, I was getting ready to pack for an overseas trip and I opened my empty suitcase only to find a beautiful ring inside,” says Louise. Louise and Neil wed at the gorgeous Carriage House at Chateau Elan in Rothbury, with a rustic country-chic theme. “We chose this theme because we wanted to get married away from the hustle and bustle of the city and, instead, have an intimate and relaxed country wedding,” Louise says. The bride walked down the aisle in a strapless ivory and tulle gown by Maggie Sottero. The cut was A-line with a sweetheart neckline and included a stunning Swarovski crystal belt, complete with a flower. The bridesmaids wore gorgeous Midnight-Blue strapless dresses by Bridesmaids Only. The reception was held at the same venue in order to take advantage of the all-in-one location as well as the beautiful view of the rolling hills and vineyards. Guests were treated to a classic game of croquet, as well as a delicious three-course meal in the cream-and-ivory decorated Barrington Room. There was a hint of whimsy as the cake featured the newlyweds with their dog and there were gorgeous vintage jars with baby’s breath hanging from the wooden beams. BRIDE’S ADVICE “It is true when they say that the day flies by, so my advice would be to make sure that on the day, you and your new husband take some time together where you can be alone, sit back for a minute, watch from afar and take it all in. You will be so glad you did and you will remember those few moments and what you said to each other forever.” CONTACTS BRIDE’S GOWN Maggie Sottero BRIDE’S SHOES Shoes of Prey JEWELLERY Swarovski BRIDESMAIDS’ DRESSES Bridesmaids Only GROOM’S SUIT Hugo Boss GROOMSMEN’S SUITS Oxford PHOTOGRAPHY Popcorn Photography HAIR & MAKEUP The Salon at Chateau Elan CAKE Frosted Fantasies Cake Design FLOWERS Peonies Floral Designer ENTERTAINMENT XYDJ TRANSPORT Hunter Valley Classic Carriages HONEYMOON Hawaii

A Wedding Held in the Mountain Bushland

The breathtaking view and handmade touches made this wedding both epic and detailed Couple: Eliska & Aaron Location: Allview Escape, Blackheath Aaron proposed to Eliska in Paris under a big tree in Parc des Buttes Chaumont. Eight months later, in front of 40 family members and friends, they married under a big tree in the stunning grounds of Allview Escape. The wedding had a vintage, rustic, chic theme with a colour scheme of grey, blush, and peach. Eliska and Aaron’s wedding was full of personal, handmade touches. Eliska designed her beautiful, flowing gown, which was made by a friend, and had a friend make her fabric bouquet. The couple also made their own confetti, envelopes, seating tags, and photo booth (with Polaroids as instant bomboniere) and used their own car, “Stacey”, for transport. Both ceremony and reception were held at Allview Escape, which features 20 acres of beautiful gardens and arguably the best view in the Blue Mountains. Guests enjoyed a delicious menu — courtesy of St Mounts Blackheath's caterers — of canapés, including hot soup shooters and seared scallops, as well as treats from a hot-chocolate bar and a cheese and wine bar. Music by Ella Fitzgerald and Frank Sinatra played as guests mingled, all the while gazing over panoramic valley views. Bride's Advice: “Be yourself as a couple and as individuals. Just don’t forget to add your personal touch to it.”

Out of town venues are an exciting option for those forthcoming nuptials. Choosing an out of town venue makes it entertaining and fabulous fun for everyone involved. If you opt for the out of town venue you'll be guaranteed a myriad of choice to create that magical and idyllic day that you've been dreaming of. Yet where do you begin with this vast choice.

Do you opt for The Blue Mountains or did you prefer a winery for your out of town wedding venue? Like the Yarra Valley or maybe Hunter Valley. Initially, when browsing out of town venues it's an idea to set yourself out a list of essentials that you require from the out of town venue. Narrow down your criteria to maybe location, budget and theme and then start from there. There are several different out of town venue types, let's have a look at some of the wonderful options out there.

The Coastal and Waterfront Out Of Town Venues
If you're looking for that out of town beach or lakeside wedding, such as The Central Coast, Illawarra or Newcastle, for example, make sure that you verify that all of your out of town venue guests are available and can afford (or you can afford) any relevant travel that may be required. It's a stunning way to tie the knot and you'll be guaranteed some fabulous backdrops for those wonderful out of town venue photographs.

The Breathtaking Scenery Out Of Town Venues
If you're looking for an out of town venue with heart-stopping surroundings, you may want to think about out of town venues such as The Blue Mountains. Fill up your mood board with beautiful and spectacular scenic mountain ranges, search through and find yourself a celebrant and then start dreaming of that magnificent out of town venue where you're going to say I do whilst gazing over magnificent valleys!

The Unforgettable Winery Out Of Town Venues
Overlooking vineyards and gently sloping valleys, wineries are stunning out of town venues for weddings and you will guarantee some beautiful photography moments alongside all of the romance and charm that you could possibly wish for. So if this is the type of out of town venue that you were wishing for, start looking at wineries around the Hunter Valley or maybe Yarra Valley and begin your dream wedding plans by booking that out of town venue.

An out of town venue for your wedding really is splendid and exciting. The only caution that you'll need to ensure is that all of your guests are available and willing to take the plunge and travel away for the weekend of your out of town venue wedding day. Hereinafter, it's out of town venue weddings plain sailing!