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Rustic Wedding Venues In NSW & ACT

by | Australia - ACT, Australia - New South Wales, Bride, Wedding Venues


Looking for a NSW or ACT rustic wedding venues? Well I’m updating the lists (QLD You’re next!) and this time, I’ve explored every nook and crevice of NSW to try and find the most gorgeous, most beautiful and most stunning rustic wedding venues for you! They’re not quite a barn, but they’re distinctly Australian!

Belgenny Farm

Belgenny Farm is located just outside of Camden. The Granary can seat up to 200 guests with exposed beams and posts dotted throughout the building. Visit the Belgenny Farm website for more information.

The Great Cask Hall – Hope Estate

Hope Estate’s The Great Cask Hall allows you and your guests to dine amongst the beautiful wine barrels. Located in the Hunter Valley wine region, the venue can hold 200 guests next to 45000 litres of wine. For more information, visit The Great Cask Hall website..

Midginbil Hill

With capacity for up to 120 guests with on site camping & accommodation, Midginbil Hill is a working cattle station with a barn on site perfect for holding a wedding. There’s even a pot belly stove! Visit the Midginbil Hill website for more information.

Buttai Barn

Buttai Barn can hold up to 300 guests and is located north west of Newcastle. They’re used to holding functions with their frequent bush dances and fun nights out so they’re equipped for weddings! Visit the Buttai Barn website for more information.

Tocal Homestead

Located 15 minutes drive north of Maitland, Tocal Homestead has a capacity for 100 guests in their Heritage Hay Shed and extra can be accommodated on the third floor or in the outdoors area which is perfect for a marquee. Visit the Tocal Homestead website for more information.

Peppers Creek Barrel Room

Peppers Creek Barrel Room is located right beside the Peppers Creek sandstone chapel. it features an open fireplace, high ceilings and massive doors. Located in the Hunter Valley, the venue has a capacity for 200 guests  Visit the Peppers Creek Barrel Room website for more information.

Vicary’s Winery

Vicary’s Winery Woolshed dates back to the 1890s and holds the history- with the addition of a fresh new dance floor for your celebration! Located just 15kms south of Penrith. Visit the Vicary’s Winery website for more information.

Riverwood Downs

Located at the foothills of the Barrington Tops, Riverwood Downs has a woolshed on the property which can cater to a wedding. The venue can hold small groups or 100 and more. There’s a stage, room for dancing plus the added benefits of an on site restaurant and accommodation for your guests to enjoy. Visit the Riverwood Downs website for more information.

Sydney Polo Club

Sydney Polo Club has a mass of sandstone pavilions, barns and even a grandstand available for function hire. Located in Richmond, the polo club sits right on the river overlooking the Blue Mountains. Visit the Sydney Polo Club website for more information.

Bawley Bush Cottages

A modern take on a rustic barn, Bawley Bush Cottage’s Cockatoo Room features accommodation on site (it doubles as a four star eco resort), with the Cockatoo Room able to hold 80 guests banquet style. Visit The Bawley Point Bush Cottages website for more information.

Grazing Restaurant, Royal Hotel

Nothing says rustic wedding venue like having your wedding in restored stables! Grazing Restaurant at the Royal Mail Hotel in Gundaroo allows functions i their stables featuring high stone walls and high pitched roof. Plus it has brilliant acoustics so you can dance the night away! Visit the Grazing website for more information.

Mulloon Creek Natural Farms

A bio dynamic farm for your wedding? with a barn? I have the venue for you! East of Canberra, this bio dynamic farming venture is providing access for future generations to learn about organic farming while having fun doing it! The property has a barn on site and rumor has it they love using it for weddings! Visit the Mulloon Creek Natural Farms website for more information.

Okay dear readers, where did I miss? Do you know of a great barn style, rustic style wedding venue in NSW or the ACT?

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Laura and Jacob’s Chic Noosa Wedding

by | Australia - Queensland, Bride, Inspired Weddings,


Laura and Jacob

Oh I have such a chic wedding for you today – I’m in awe of the couple’s style and sense of glamour at their Noosa wedding.Laura and Jacob married with just 24 guests a few days from their eight year anniversary . After a week of rain, the sun came out five minutes before the ceremony was to begin.

Laura retells how she met her husband. “Jacob and I have been together for 8 years now. We meet through friends at a party. We traveled overseas in May 2009 for a holiday where I had to beg Jacob to go hot air ballooning over Tuscany, Italy. Five minutes into the balloon trip he took the camera off me so he could get my attention and propose, which I had no idea about (6 months earlier I found a personal loan bank statement but Jacob assured me it was a bank error and he would call them to sort it out). I was clueless and after asking if the ring was fake (it was very sparkly) and if he was serious, I said of course ‘yes’.”

Photos today are by Studio Sixty Photography who captured today’s wedding so beautifully- elegant, stylish and a little bit glamorous.

Laura and Jacob held their wedding at The Plantation, Cooroy “ Our location for the wedding was The Plantation, Cooroy. Once this was booked I went with a simple theme to go with the Plantation idea, using trees and white, green, tan and black colours. All the planning I did myself, I love the stationary Poppies for Grace and purchased online their gift cards, swing tags and postcards with recycled kraft paper and a tree print on the front. I designed the rest of the invite by hand and printed directions amongst other things for our guests.”

Laura wore the most amazing pair of shoes. “As a wedding gift Jacob bought me a pair of the most amazing Miu Miu heels. I had been dying to wear them for the wedding but because the ground was so moist from all the rain I wouldn’t have been able to walk on the grass (in the trial run I just sunk into it). I didn’t have a bouquet so I decided that day to carry them down to the ceremony with me and go bare foot.”

Laura bought a Paloma’s Nest Ring Bowl to carry the rings.

Laura wore a stunning Willow gown. “My dress was purchased on a Sydney shopping trip with my best friend and mum, from my favorite label/designer Willow. Jacob gave me as my wedding gift, a pair of amazing Miu Miu heels and my headpiece was from Alannah Hill.”

Jacob wore a suit from Filippa K.

Laura says “I walked down to the ceremony to ‘Breathe Me’ by Sia.”

The ceremony held special moments. Laura says, “I loved writing our ‘special words’ and hearing them for the first time during the ceremony, why we chose to marry each other.”

Of their wedding day, Laura remarks, “It was everything we wanted and hoped for and was very us.”

Even the blackboard had a personal touch. Laura says “I wanted a vintage blackboard to display the menu and after some time searching antique stores with no luck, I came across an antique painters tressel which Jacob made into a blackboard for us. Our favorite candles are Diptyque and keeping with the tree theme we purchased 6 with fragrances like new mown lawn, oak, honey suckle and black currant.” Additional decorations were mason jars, tissue paper pom poms and blooms bought through a flower wholesaler (a friend of a friend).

Laura sourced a lot of the decorations for the wedding on Etsy. “Ribbons, candles, tissue paper pom poms, plush pears, ring plate, and vintage Ball jars. became my favorite site as I found this designer who handmade home décor items (La Pomme). I requested what I was after and she made the pears with the words Live, Laugh, Love for our bombonierre which was placed on each bread plate.

I used the tree print swing tags as name cards and attached to the wine glasses on each place setting. I also used them on champagne glasses with ‘cheers’ on each tag for the toast at the end of the ceremony.”

Laura and Jacob danced together to ‘Stand by Me’ by Ben E King. “We never really had a song which was ours and I have always loved the words.”

Congratulations Laura and Jacob! Thank you for allowing us to share your wedding day on Polka Dot Bride! Thank you also to Studio Sixty Photography for today’s images!

Photos by Studio Sixty Photography

Win An Imbue Weddings Styling Package Worth $750

by | Bride, Competitions


It’s a joy of mine to watch businesses grow and flourish and as I’ve been working with Imbue Weddings for the past few years I have seen their style grow and evolve. They design some amazing weddings and creations. Their keen eye pulls every element of a wedding together and keeps it cohesive – so useful if you’re wanting help or are completely overwhelmed! .

I’m such a big fan of Kristy’s gorgeous styling talents (her seasonal look books are always beautifully done). From Hamptons styling with blues and whites, to fresh spring blooms and dark autumn richness, they are appealing to any bride.

As with all evolution, Imbue Weddings are in for a change. With such a big demand for their styling services, as of March this year Imbue Weddings will be solely focusing on their wedding styling service.

To celebrate, Imbue Weddings are giving one lucky Polka Dot Bride couple a wedding styling package including Bridal Party Flowers to the value of $500 (including a hand tied bridal bouquet, bridesmaid’s posies and boutonnieres), plus Styling Decor Pieces from the Imbue Weddings range to the value of $250.

To win an Imbue Weddings styling package worth $750, including bridal party flowers to the value of $500 (including a hand tied bridal bouquet, bridesmaids posies and boutonnieres) and Styling Decor Pieces from the Imbue Weddings range to the value of $250. Simply leave a comment on this post. Tell us your ideas and wedding style – including your chosen colour palette.

The winner will be chosen by Imbue Weddings and will be informed by Polka Dot Bride by email and announced on the Polka Dot Bride site. The prize is only available to South East QLD residents who are getting married next year – 2012.This prize is not redeemable for cash and cannot be substituted for any other Imbue Weddings product. All other costs associated with redeeming the prize are the responsibility of the winner. The prize must be redeemed in the 12 month period from 1st January 2012 to 31st December 2012. If no contact is made within that twelve months, the prize will become null and void. Entrants must be aged 18 or older. This competition is a game of skill; no chance enters into deciding the winner. No late entries will be considered. This Competition closes on 30th March 2011 at 5.00 pm (Australian Eastern Standard time).

Claire and Steve’s Colourful Canberra Wedding

by | Australia - ACT, Bride, Inspired Weddings,


Claire and Steve

I have the loveliest wedding for you this afternoon- it involves the most beautiful bouquets of colour, dancing in the grass to a romantic tune or two, cupcakes and two people very much in love. It’s the kind of wedding where you want to pull up a chair, pour yourself some champagne and join the guests in the dappled light of the lush, green trees.

Claire explains how she and Steven met and the magical story of how Steven proposed. “I don’t believe in Fairy tales.”- Famous last words.

Steven and I met at Church, he was a Canberra boy with charisma and I was a uni student far from home. Slowly we became close friends, enjoying each other’s company and listening to each other’s stories. I had an epiphany moment when I realised that Steven’s friendship was developing into something so much more and I was concerned- How could I date such a good friend? What would happen if things didn’t work out? The stakes were high.

Caution was thrown to the wind and we started dating- we both knew (secretly) that there was no one else for us – this was the true companion we had both been searching for. Steven bought an engagement ring in September of 2009 but didn’t propose till January of 2010 because he was plotting and scheming a surprise proposal for his “Princess”. When I was doing my Internship in Primary Teaching, Steven took me to the Cliffs at Moruya Heads for a weekend, he bought me a trinket ring at the markets and on the way home as I was falling asleep he told me one day he would take me back there and ask me to marry him. Blissfully I fell asleep and his promise disappeared into memories.

He never forgot.

Before I started my new job he suggested a weekend at the beach (Moruya Heads) at his stepfather’s house. He was so excited and couldn’t stop smiling driving down The Clyde. I even asked if he had had something to drink, he said it was just Red bull that was making him hyper; Yeah right!

We retraced our steps and I remember wondering why Steven was carrying a backpack! (Turned out the ring’s case was too big to fit in his pocket.)We had lunch at the cliffs and while I admired the view, Steven slipped out the ring and got down on one knee. I lost the plot. I just remember squealing and asking “Are you for real?” to which he replied “Is that a yes?”- I’m pretty sure the crash tackle hug, the shower of kisses and the victory dance answered his question. We waited till the school year was over and were happily married on the 11th of December 2010.”

Photos today are by David Robertson who captures a wedding with such raw beauty and emotion- he’s kept the fun, colourful details while still getting to the core of the wedding – the love.

One of Claire’s favourite moments was getting ready. “ We did our own make up which although was chaotic it was a buzz of excitement that I will never forget where all the women connected no matter what age.”

Claire wore a gown from Brides Of Manuka and carried a colourful bouquet from Design A Bunch. Her bridesmaids wore gowns from Mr K.

Claire and Steven were married at the Gold Creek Chapel. Claire says “It was beautiful, quaint and simple with elegance and allowed us to open a wing and add additional seating. “

Claire walked down the aisle to “Deciphering Me” by Brooke Fraser.

Claire and Steven are very supported by their church community. Claire loved having their pastor marry them and their church worship band ( C3 Belconnen Worship team) playing during the ceremony.

Claire and Steven held a beautiful outdoor, afternoon reception. Claire says “The Reception was at Red Brow Gardens and although it was a sunny day the leafy trees made a soft canopy for guests to wander under without burning. The large spring fed lake was a beautiful backdrop and summer flowers were natural decorations. I didn’t need to make place settings as the gardens provided an unparalleled opportunity for guests to mingle and have a nibble from passing by waiters. There is one picture that is different – we stopped on the way at Wattle Park to recreate a picture of where my parents were married – once again our photographer (David Robertson) was amazing!!”

The first dance was unexpected “It was impromptu, to our favourite song “Collide” by Howie Day and everyone joined in, turning the first dance into a celebration of bringing families and friends together.”

Claire says “Steven’s brother (Matthew Gardiner)  is a very talented up and coming pastry chef and he made the cupcake wedding cakes”

Congratulations on your marriage Claire and Steve! Thank you for sharing it with us on Polka Dot Bride! Thank you also to David Robertson for sharing today’s photographs.

Photos by David Robertson

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