Ebony & Heath’s Intimate Hunter Valley Wedding

Words by Hannah Pronesti / Images by Kait Barker
October 10, 2016

Shot by Kait Barker at Belltrees in the Upper Hunter Valley, Heath and Ebony’s nuptials were sweet and simple. Understated and intimate, the pair tied the knot ‘neath the trees, where their guests gathered on authentic church pews taken from the Belltree’s Chapel, circa 1880.

With the natural beauty of Barrington Tops ranges as backdrop, the couple kept the styling and decoration pared-back but personal. “Finding a location that reflected us was really important,” says Ebony. “Heath loves antiques and the stories behind old architecture and buildings, and I grew up on a farm so I’m a lover of Australian landscapes. When we found Belltrees, it was beyond perfect with its heritage buildings and rolling hills – it was truly magical!”

With just 16 guests, Ebony and Heath’s wedding was by no means big, but that’s just the way they wanted it. “Initially we spoke about a large wedding, but it became too overwhelming for us,” says Ebony. “I couldn’t even picture us there and felt anxious just thinking about it! As soon as we decided to semi-elope and run away with our closest of family and friends everything just fell into place.”

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Intimate Hunter Valley wedding – photography by Kait Barker
Intimate Hunter Valley wedding - photography by Kait Barker
Heath donned a dark navy suit from Roger David, but his glorious beard was of course his statement accessory.
Bo & Luca wedding dress
Samantha Wills wedding accessories
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Bo & Luca always bring the goods and they had Ebony looking every bit the whimsical boho bride. She paired her intricately beaded two-piece gown with Samantha Wills jewels and loose waves by Jess James Hair & Makeup.
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Intimate Hunter Valley wedding – photography by Kait Barker
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After receiving some floristry lessons from Hello Blossom Bouquets, Ebony put her new handiwork to the test, coming up with a combination of white and pale pink garden roses, freesias, spray roses, carnations, lisianthus, tuberoses and greenery for her bouquet. We think she might have missed her calling!
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Without a bridal party tagging along, Heath and Ebony got to spend a some quality time together during their shoot with Kait Barker, and those moments wandering the property were some of their favourite. “Heath and I loved this quiet time as husband and wife before heading back for the partying!" Says Ebony. "I would definitely recommend trying to take some time to enjoy your day just with your husband because it does go so fast."
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Swan Fine Foods were responsible for creating the menu and according to the couple, everyone was impressed. “The food was really important to us as we are both food lovers. We had a beautiful antipasto station, canapes and shared platters for mains.” YUM!
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Credits

Images Kait Barker | Bride's Dress Bo & Luca | Bride's Shoes Tony Bianco | Groom's Suit Roger David | Groom's Shoes R.M. Williams | Rings Cort Jewellery | Accessories Samantha Wills | Hair Jess James Hair & Makeup | Makeup Chic Artistry | Ceremony Venue Belltrees | Reception Venue Belltrees | Flowers Sourced by Hello Blossom Bouquets | Catering Swan Fine Foods | Stationery/Invitations The Whistle Press Stationary Co. | Prop Hire Ivory Lane |


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Chantal Routhier Photography 3 years ago

Beautiful wedding !

Alison 3 years ago

Stunning Wedding! Congratulations to the bride and groom!

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