Somerley House Wedding Sutton Forest | Natasha + Julius

As some of you guys may know, the wedding ‘off-season’ in the Southern Highlands is July until September – winter, obviously. During this period there are fewer weddings in Bowral quite simply because it’s cold and can get pretty miserable. This time of the year I tend to go overseas to warmer climates (I’m typing this in the midst of a humid Canadian summer), and blog some of my favourite weddings from the last season. And so, today I’m very happy to share this wonderful Somerley House wedding with you.

I have a real love affair with this Somerley House wedding. Venues like this are why I love living and working in the Southern Highlands. A grand old estate on large acreage; manicured gardens, wild forests, open paddocks; chickens, cats, dogs and even a few peacocks roaming the grounds. A wonderful ceremony spot beneath the trees; a very special hall for the reception (replete with candles + creaky wooden floorboards).

As you scroll through these images you’ll notice something quite special. Normally, it is left to a best man to deliver the wedding rings to the groom towards the end of a ceremony. Natasha and Julius opted to have no bridal party; instead, their rings were delivered not by a person, but by a rabbit. His name is Mr Kennedy; he’s big, fluffy, and extremely cute. He sat patiently at the front of the ceremony while his owners delivered their vows to each other, and when the time was right, he shined.

I hole-heartedly encourage the use of animals as ring bearers. The day that I photograph a wedding in which a cat is the ring-bearer – I feel that on that day, my life will be complete 🙂

If you’re organising a Somerley House wedding and you’re looking for a photographer, I’d love to hear from you.

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dress | the lover label 

florist  |  little bird bloom

catering  |  chef & I

hair + makeup  |  June-Rose 

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