Sarah & Luke’s Mindaribba House Wedding

Words by Hannah Pronesti / Images by Lara Hotz
December 9, 2015

We love a workplace love affair so Sarah and Luke’s story is right up our alley. “We met at work in Brisbane and at first Luke played it cool, mysterious even… although my version is that Luke was just being really awkward!” Sarah tells us, before adding, “Everything changed, however, after the office Christmas party…” With Lara Hotz and Light Noise Films along for the ride, they tied the knot at Mindaribba House in the Hunter Valley.

Sarah’s Gatsby-esque dress started as a swatch of ivory lace with an embellished triangle design. The sample had just arrived in Yulia Mc Couture’s studio and as Sarah described her vision, the designer practically leapt off her seat to retrieve the fabric. “We spent about nine months designing and making the dress,” Sarah tells us, “drawing on elements from dresses I’d tried on and liked and then moulded them to my body-shape.”

The Gatsby era was also echoed in the theme and styling of the day, with a rustic country twist. Sarah and Luke discovered Mindaribba House – an 18th century estate in the Hunter Valley – and fell in love. “It’s not only gorgeous, the property has so much character. We wanted a space that would be casual yet elegant and Mindaribba was all of those things.” After the ceremony guests sipped on French champagne, gin, vodka and whiskey and much dancing ensued – and there’s no wonder with a liquor line-up like that!

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Ever the organized bride, Sarah compiled mood boards on the aesthetic she envisaged, working with stylist Jenna (from The Wedding Designers) to bring her vision to life, "We picked out vintage pieces, added glitz and then topped it off with natural organic elements."
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Deep burgundy and green foliage bouquets by Rosehip Flowers complimented the moody theme.
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Mindaribba House wedding, Hunter Valley / Photography by Lara Hotz
Mindaribba House wedding, Hunter Valley / Photography by Lara Hotz
vintage lawn games
vintage lawn games
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Mindaribba House wedding, Hunter Valley / Photography by Lara Hotz
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Jazz Fever played light, New-York style jazz during the canapés, then after speeches the dance floor kicked off with an array of popular jazz songs and swing music.
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“Bev and Rolf of Bev’s Catering were friendly, warm and total professionals.” Sarah tells us. "They took the time to understand our wedding and made a huge effort to create the perfect menu for our cocktail style wedding, going above and beyond to cater to my family's fussy Italian tastes!”
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This sentimental pair made a ‘mixed-tape’ of their favourite songs that were going to be played on the day and burnt it onto a vintage record-looking CD. “We wanted to give everyone something to re-live the day by,” they tell us.
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Thrilled with their stunning photos, the pair couldn’t speak more highly of Lara Hotz and her camera magic, “She ensured we took advantage of every opportunity the surroundings afforded us, to the point that we actually changed the run sheet just so we could get some pictures as the sun was setting.”
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Credits

Images Lara Hotz | Bride's Dress Yulia Mc Couture | Bride's Shoes Brian Atwood | Bridesmaid's Dresses Reformation | Groom's Suit Harrolds | Rings Gregory Jewellers | Hair Renee Sayed | Makeup Renee Sayed | Ceremony Venue Mindaribba House | Celebrant Sarah Tolmie | Reception Venue Mindaribba House | Flowers Rosehip Flowers | Catering Bev's Catering | Stationery/Invitations Print On Wood | Bow Tie Tom Ford | Stylist The Wedding Designer | Videographer Light Noise Films |


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Keegan Cronin 4 years ago

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