I’ve made my love for this wonderful venue very plain. I really don’t need another Stables Bendooley Estate Wedding on my blog, but I just loved this one so much that I feel it needs to be on my blog. Plus, looking through these images and remembering how much fun I had with Emily and Tom brings me many happy memories, so I can’t help but share this wedding with you.
Michelle was also with me at this wedding to shoot a film. If you scroll right to the bottom of this post, you can watch her film.
An epic Stables Bendooley Estate Wedding
It was a lovely temperate autumn day when I arrived at Nattai Lodge in Mittagong. That’s the house where Emily and her bridesmaids were getting ready (see shots below). I really loved shooting at this lovely house; lots of white walls, ivy growing everywhere, and lovely window light filtering into the rooms. My friend Michelle Cato was there when I arrived; she was crafting her magic on the girls, doing both hair and makeup. I love working with a talented HMUA like Michelle – it makes my job so much easier!
I adored Emily’s dress, which was a Pronovias, from Marry Me Bridal in Mosman. I’ve actually shot quite a few of their dresses over the last few years. The lovely bouquet you see below was by my friend Alicia at Form Over Function events, as was the reception florals and styling.
Tom got ready in the bridal room for this Stables Bendooley Estate wedding. We were lucky enough to have some wonderful soft sunlight for the ceremony, which continued to later in the day for our portraits. Sue Jackman officiated the ceremony; if you’re looking for a celebrant, get in touch with her, she’s amazing. Music during the ceremony was by Clear Strings.
I just adore the grounds of The Stables; there’s a surprising number of places you can use for portraits. We made our way around the grounds, strolling and taking photos in the afternoon light. There was no wind, so I was also able to shoot some portraits with my drone.
Some words from Emily, the bride
I asked Emily and Tom what their favourite moments from their Stables Bendooley Estate wedding day were. Here’s what they said:
Emily: ‘When Tom and I took 5 minutes together during the reception and just watched all our guests dancing, having fun and realising all our loved ones and favourite people were all in the same room.’
Tom: ‘Making Em both laugh and cry during the vows.’
I also asked them if they had any advice for couples planning their wedding: ‘Plan early! The more jobs and decisions you can knock over earlier on in the piece, the smoother and less stressful it will be as it gets closer to the day. Last minute jobs and changes are also more manageable.’
Are you planning a Stables Bendooley Estate Wedding?
If you’re planning a Stables Bendooley Estate wedding, you might also want to look at Mark and Danny’s wedding here. Alternatively, if you’re getting married at the Book Barn, you might want to look at Tish and Jared’s wedding here.