The planning has started in earnest. We have a date: 27th August 2010.
Over this long weekend, the Beau and I went for a drive to the Hunter Valley to look at our short-listed venues for the wedding.
The places we looked at were:
The Beau likes the Convent and I like Margan.
The Beau turned into a gushing bride the moment we walked into the convent. It's very shabby chic/French country. I do like it - just not as much as Margan. The convent does have an
outdoor reception option - where we could sit under a trellis of Wisteria with long tables. It also has a wet-weather option of a beautiful breakfast room with French doors looking onto gardens and said terrace. We are going to be married in the morning and have a wedding brunch.
The ceremony can take place next to a lake, which has willows around it. The Beau also think it could be nice that it may be haunted!
It kind of reminds me of school - where the was a convent - which I did sleep in once! It smells the same, everyone whispers and you can hear everybody walking around. I also think that the upkeep is not that wonderful - I saw beer bottles around the house and the verandah hadn't been swept. Inside all looked ok.
I forgot to the camera but here are some photos:
Here is one of the rooms - upstairs though - so for some of our guests.
This is the breakfast room which would be the wet-weather option. I really don't like the chairs and their covers though. I feel it's too "done".
Margan winery is in Broke - which is out of the centre of the commercial area for wineries.
Margan is also a bit unusual - it is quite new so it doesn't have all the history associsated with some of the other places we saw but all inside is modern and clean. I thought that I would have like to go for something a bit older in style but I like the fact the the modern decoration and design means that it isn't "geared" towards weddings.
We are able to have an outside ceremony at Margan, with the mountain range behind us. We can also have the reception on the verandah which is great because it is still a possibility when it's raining. We actually had lunch on the verandah and it was raining but it was so quiet and beautiful. The verandah overlooks their own chicken run and veggie garden at a distance. On the lawn in between we could have croquet and boules set-up.
The wedding planner was a dream and she didn't think that anything was too hard or impossible - she even said I could bring my antique linens to dress the tables!
Here is view to the mountain ranges through the vineyards.
Here is one of the ceremony options - the courtyard.
This is a picture of the verandah were we would have our tables for the reception.
This is the area that the verandah looks out onto. It is not usually this yellow. It is also an option for the ceremony.
Here is another picture of the courtyard but from the other side - the entrance.