We met 9 years to the day on our wedding day, so the date was a significant one for us. We wanted a wedding where all our friends and family could come together in one place for one event, so our ceremony and reception were both held on the beautiful grounds at Briars Country Lodge outside Bowral NSW. Our family and bridal party all stayed on site in their accommodation, and our guests mingled at their heritage pub after the ceremony while we had a ball taking photos with Hilary and Nicola!

The weather wasn’t looking good for our outdoor ceremony, but a break in the rain was perfectly timed and we moved into the stunning gazebo to play it safe. We wanted to personalise the day as much as possible, so the celebrant was a high school teacher of Samuel’s, Mallory’s hair was done by the same hairdresser she’s been seeing since she was 5, and our reception guests played a round of pub trivia between courses, just like we did on the night we met! We danced the night away to a playlist of our favourite songs thanks to our incredible DJ John, and Hilary and Nicola’s photo booth kept our guests entertained late into the evening.

It really was the happiest day of our lives, and by far the best party we’ve ever been to!

Samuel’s Vows

Mallory, you are my person.
You are kind, generous, loyal, considerate and passionate.
You are the other half of my brain.
You know what I’m thinking or what’s best for me, even before I do.
You challenge me, make me laugh, and bring me safety every day we are together.
You make me a better version of me, and I promise to repay you with the same love and support you provide me.

Today I promise to be the other half of your brain.
I promise to put your needs before mine, encourage you to fulfill your every dream, and help you through life’s challenges.
I promise to laugh with you, and sometimes at you, and make time for us to share stories and adventures together.

Today I promise to be your teammate, your biggest fan, your partner in crime and your best friend.
You are my person, and I love you.
I am overjoyed to make this a thing, now and forever.

Mallory’s Vows

Samuel, you are my person.
You are the other half of my brain, my heart and my soul.
You are my funny half, my kind half, my supportive and passionate half.
You are the person that I trust with everything that I am, the person who loves me even in my loudest and most argumentative moments.
You never make me feel anything less than completely and utterly loved.

Today, I promise to do the same for you.
I promise to be your contrary half, your sentimental half, your persistent and encouraging half.
I promise to be the person you trust with everything that you are, the person who loves you even in your most stubborn and frustrated moments.
I promise to never let you feel anything less than loved by every part of my being.
I promise that our lives together will be full of love, laughter and learning.

You are my best friend, my other half, and the love of my life.
You are my person, and I love you. I am overjoyed to make this a thing, now and forever.

Ceremony venue… Briars Country Lodge
Flowers and reception Styling… Visually Creative
Stationary… Minted
Celebrant… Richard Bollen
Band… XYDJ

Suit… Oscar Hunt 
Tie… The Tie Bar
Rings… Ronald Crisp
Shoes… Windsor Smith

Hair … Nicky Cassidy from Cassidy’s Of Harbord
Robes… Le Rose
Dress… Perfect Day Bridal
Shoes… Forever New
Makeup Jess from Ethix Makeup Beauty and Styling