Chartered Accountant Jane and her other half Kyle, a Security Guard, knew they wanted to marry away from the hustle and bustle of where they lived in Sydney. The heritage listed homestead, gardens and working berry farm of Montrose made an ideal destination for the pair who hosted a vintage ceremony and reception for their friends and family.
Wedding date: November 4th 2016
Wedding location: Sutton Forest, NSW
Number of guests: 96
Bridal Party: One maid of honour, one bridesmaid, one best man, one groomsman and four flower girls
Ceremony time: 3:30pm – 4pm
Reception time: 6pm -11pm
How did you two meet?
We met online.
Tell us about the proposal…
Kyle took me on a picnic at Centennial Park, where we had our very first date. He also first presented me with a refurbished bike that I have been wanting forever. We actually featured the bike in the wedding as guests entered the ceremony area, and it had a basket full of rose petals for throwing. So we had a bike ride, a picnic and then he popped the question.
Why did you choose Montrose House & Berry Farm in Sutton Forrest as your destination for your wedding?
As soon as I saw the trees on the front lawn where we had our ceremony, the location was a must have! I also wanted a venue where we didn’t have to go anywhere. I stayed there the night before, got ready there, had the ceremony and reception there and stayed the wedding night as well. It was much less stressful when I knew I didn’t have to worry about traffic, transport etc.
What advice would you give others thinking of planning their wedding at Montrose House & Berry Farm?
Try and keep the decorations simple as the venue requires minimal additions. It is so beautiful and too much would detract from what is already there.
Did you have an itinerary planned for your guests on days either side of the wedding?
As we had family and friends coming from as far as Darwin and Tasmania, we had the wedding on Friday so we could have another BBQ on the Saturday. That way we had more time in a less formal manner to chill and relax with our family and friends.
How challenging was the planning of your big day?
My sisters and mum were a great help, especially Kylie, my older sister. We are both organised people, so I kept everything on track with an excel budget to track costing, and who was paid when, so closer to the wedding, I knew who was owed money. My sister also assisted with a run-sheet, which was for the final two weeks prior to the wedding. This kept us on track of all the errands that needed to be done all the way up to the wedding day.
Where did the majority of your guests stay?
They mostly stayed in Bowral at Peppers, as well as at various B&B’s in Exeter, Bundanoon and Sutton Forrest.
What did you like about having a destination wedding?
There was no hustle and bustle, like I would imagine there would be if it was in a city. It was relaxed, chilled and absolutely beautiful.
What would you say your wedding theme was?
Simplicity, vintage, native and natural.
What would you tell other couples thinking of having a destination wedding?
I really liked having it on the Friday, so you can make a long weekend of the event, especially if you are like us and have a lot of guests travelling from all over the country. It also gives people the chance to have a relaxing time after the wedding, rather than just the formality of the wedding day.
Any last advice?
With the venue, you do have to provide your own lnen and glassware. It is quite expensive to hire, so I would recommend purchasing your goods and then selling them. I got the glassware from Ikea ($1 per glass, compared to $2 to hire) and linens from Kmart (napkins $1 rather than $2 each and tablecloths $15 rather than $20)!
Photography: Mark Jay Photography
Ceremony: Montrose House and Berry Farm
Reception: Montrose House and Berry Farm
Wedding Rings: Michael Hill
Bride’s gown: Martina Liana
Bride’s shoes: Shoes of Prey
Bride’s Hair accessory: Fashions by Farina
Makeup artist: Emma McGill
Bridesmaid dresses: Alice McCall
Bridesmaids shoes: Betts
Bridesmaid accessories: Target
Grooms suit: Blaq
Grooms shoes: Blaq
Grooms socks: Country Road
Grooms pocket square: Blaq
Flower girl dresses: Hand made by mother of the bride
Event planner: Sister - Kylie Monteleone
Celebrant: Maureen Thorpe
Flowers: The Fernery Co
Catering: Chef in Your Kitchen
Entertainment: Steve Crocker
Furniture Hire: Chair covers from Mikhaila Aubrey