In The Southern Highlands, tucked away behind a pine forest, a short drive east of Bowral, is the grand Milton Park Country House, an estate with impressive driveways and extensive grounds. It is amongst this setting that Mel and Seb’s magical wedding takes place.
Despite the scale of this 1900’s venue, there is a feeling of seclusion and intimacy. The Victorian garden with tulips, bluebells and daffodils were in bloom and it looks more like a European fairy tale then a corner of regional NSW. The day begins on a crisp spring morning, thin mist hanging around the feet of the sleepy cows and the garden is alive with colourful parrots darting between the statues and the hedges. The sun is streaming through the pine trees and before we have even begun photographing the preparations we knew this wedding was going to be something incredible.
Melissa and Sebastian both have a meticulous eye, the colours, tones and theme of every last detail complemented and reflected the elegant and rustic theme of their wedding. Handcrafted and loving touches appear throughout the day, the bonbonniere – homemade jams made from fruit grown on their parents orchard, the reception table centerpieces at ‘The Orangerie’ reception room – chopped from an old tree in Sebastian’s grandfather’s farm, then lovingly hand sanded and stained. This is one wedding that will stick in our minds for some time to come.