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Choose Tamburlaine Organic Wines for an Eco-Friendly Wedding Venue

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Tamburlaine Organic Wines

Tamburlaine Organic Wines

Many people are choosing to minimise the impact of their lifestyle on the planet, and when it comes to your wedding, it’s perfectly possible to hold a stunning event based on a sustainable philosophy. In this post, we showcase Tambourlaine Organic Wines, and its restaurant venue, the Tambourlaine Lodge. It’s a perfect place for an eco-friendly wedding to remember!

Sustainable credentials

As well as being Australia’s largest organic wine producer, with some award-winning wines under its belt, Tambourlaine is a carbon-neutral winery.

First established in 1966, the winery was bought in 1985 by a small group led by current Managing Director and Chief Winemaker, Mark Davidson, and proudly publishes its environmental policy. Tambourlaine is committed to ensuring its environmental impact is minimised.

The management actively works to prevent pollution, and incorporates sustainable water and energy management, including recycling and minimising waste into the winery’s working practices.

Award-winning Tambourlaine

In 2012, Tambourlaine was a state finalist in three categories in the Australian Bridal Industry Awards, for the sixth consecutive year. The awards are based on bridal couples’ votes on the quality of service, and value for money delivered by venues. Tambourlaine was also the only Hunter Valley wedding venue to reach the top 20 in the 2011 National Designer of Dreams award.

Perfection and attention to detail

With over 10 years of experience planning and delivering award-winning weddings, you can be confident that the people at Tambourlaine know how to turn your wedding ideas into a day perfectly tailored to your wishes. They make a particular point of getting the details exactly right, down to the smallest bow and the fold of every napkin. The aim is that you don’t have to worry about a thing except making sure the photographer gets your best side!

A spectacular lakeside setting

The homestead-style Lodge is designed to be close to nature with wide, shady verandahs supplemented by a delightful deck extending out over the lake. The Lodge provides a blend of indoor comfort with a natural outdoor atmosphere, and enables guests to move in and out freely. There’s no need to worry about other visitors to the winery either, as the private Lodge grounds are reserved for the exclusive use of the wedding guests.

Flexible layout

The main reception room can be decorated in a number of ways, including full or part ceiling drapes for a marquee effect, and tiny lights to simulate stars in the night sky. There is room for plenty of tables as well as a generous polished wood dance floor on which to boogie the night away.

The lake plays its part as night falls, and the central fountain is dramatically lit to heighten the romantic atmosphere. A display of fireworks creates a stunning note with which to herald your departure on honeymoon.

Go green at Tambourlaine Lodge

If you’re looking to hold a wedding with a green heart, Tambourlaine Lodge might be just the place, with its beautiful natural setting, excellent service, and environmental credentials. Making an appointment to visit Tambourlaine Lodge is simple with Hunter Bride, just click on Tambourlaine Organic Wines. Booking a sustainable, environmentally friendly wedding couldn’t be easier.

Why not take along some girlfriends and spend an afternoon sampling the fine food and wines at Tambourlaine? Wedding planning was never so relaxed!

Sustainable Venues for a Hunter Valley Restaurant Wedding

Posted in Hunter Valley Weddings, Wedding Reception Venues by HUNTER BRIDE

Living a sustainable lifestyle and caring for our planet is increasingly important to lots of people. While there are many wonderful wedding venues in the Hunter Valley, in this article, we highlight a couple of winery restaurants that offer an elegant wedding and fine dining experience built on a sustainable philosophy.

Having a sustainable Hunter Valley restaurant wedding doesn’t mean compromising on the event either – you can rest assured you’ll be working with experts in the art of celebration. These venues are able to accommodate your desires, whether you want a simple affair or a more lavish formal event.

The Tambourlaine Lodge

The Tambourlaine Lodge at Tambourlaine Organic Wines offers individually tailored packages.

Romance in the vineyards

The Tambourlaine Lodge sits in a spectacular lakeside setting, and features an outdoor deck that’s perfect if you need extra reception space, or simply want to have cocktails outside.

Inside, there is plenty of space, and the layout can easily accommodate a number of round tables for guests, as well as a top table for the wedding party, and still leave plenty of room for dancing on the polished wood floor.

The ceiling can be fully or partly draped to achieve a marquee effect, and once darkness falls, the lake fountain and deck are romantically lit as the dancing gets underway. Fireworks over the lake can also be organised for a spectacular finale.

Photo opportunities abound

Outside you can walk down a real red carpet to your wedding ceremony, or tread a carpet of rose petals. The landscaped grounds create an elegant backdrop for photos, and you can even arrive by helicopter!

Go green!

Tamburlaine is a great choice if sustainability is important to you and your partner. Tamburlaine is a carbon-neutral winery, and Australia’s largest organic wine producer.

Tambourlaine Lodge

Tambourlaine Lodge at Tambourlaine Organic Wines

The Margan Hunter Valley winery

Margan winery is the place to go for stylish yet unstuffy celebrations. Friendly, professional service showcases quality wines complemented by an award-winning dining experience.

An idyllic location

Margan winery is in the pretty village of Broke, and stunning views of the Brokenback mountain range make for spectacular wedding photographs.

Flexible event planning

Margan can accommodate large or intimate weddings with equal ease. There are two beautiful outdoor ceremony locations to choose from, and your reception can be held in the stylish Margan Restaurant or in the larger Barrel Room, aptly named for the rows of casks lining its walls.

Five stars all round

The award-winning Margan Restaurant is acclaimed for its food, which is equalled by the quality of the winery’s equally award-winning wines.

Local and sustainable

Margan takes its environmental commitments seriously. This includes a huge organic kitchen garden which supplies 90% of the produce used in the restaurant. The company advocates low-food and resource mileage, which means always buying local and buying environmentally friendly products where possible.  In addition, used cooking oil from the kitchen is recycled to fuel the winery’s tractors!

Margan Hunter Valley Wine Restaurant

Margan Hunter Valley Wine Restaurant

Check out some venues

It’s simple to choose a venue for a Hunter Valley restaurant wedding, just look at the list of tempting options in our Hunter Bride directory.

Investigating potential restaurant venues is super easy too. All you have to do is grab a friend and make a reservation. Just remember that you might need to fit in an extra gym session afterwards!

Why you should book Restaurant Cuvee Peterson House for your Wedding

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Restaurant Cuvee, Peterson House

Restaurant Cuvee, Peterson House

Are you getting married in the Hunter Valley? Lucky you! Although planning a wedding is a big project, you’ll be spoiled for choice when it comes to choosing a wedding venue in this fabulous location. However, perhaps we can make life a little easier by recommending one of our favourite Hunter Valley wedding venues – Restaurant Cuvee at Peterson House.

Restaurant Cuvee Peterson House

Multi-award winning Restaurant Cuvee is an integral part of the Peterson House estate. It is beautifully sited amidst landscaped lawns and cottage gardens, which set off its charming sandstone walls and airy ceilings with exposed timber beams. Lanterns strung amongst the trees increase the inviting, intimate atmosphere as twilight falls.

The venue is ideal for an elegant, stylish wedding, with stunning views from the deck over rows of manicured vines for you and your guests to enjoy. The gardens are a treat for the senses too, whatever the season. Should you be getting married in spring, you’ll find the spectacular cherry blossoms are definitely a highlight. With so many settings and backdrops to pose against, your photographer should have little difficulty in creating wedding photographs that will bring a smile to your face every time you look at them in years to come.

Ceremony and reception

Restaurant Cuvee can handle both ceremony and reception for you, and you may have the choice of an outdoor ceremony as well, depending of course on the weather. The venue can accommodate small, intimate weddings and larger celebrations of up to 140 guests.

Dedicated wedding co-ordinator

This iconic venue has its own wedding co-ordinator to help take the strain out of organising your day, and make sure you enjoy a seamless, highly personalised event.

Nothing is left to chance, not even the weather, as there’s always a Plan B, just in case the ceremony needs to move location – which means you can relax, knowing you’re in safe hands.

With so much experience to call on, your co-ordinator knows just who to go to whatever you need, although Restaurant Cuvee can provide themed decorations, chair covers and even a red carpet!

Celebrations with sparkle

Peterson House specialises in producing the finest sparkling wines, so you won’t be short of a bubble or two at this venue! The vision of producing traditionally made sparkling wine grew out of the founder’s desire to celebrate the birth of his first grandchild and the whole ethos of Peterson House is one of celebration, making it just perfect for weddings!

Red, white and blush

The word ‘cuvee’ is a winemaker’s term referring to the way grape varieties and vintages are blended to produce first class wines. Peterson House produces a great range of sparkling wines, including some unusual sparkling whites. You’ll find they have Pinot Noir Chardonnay blends as well as sparkling Shiraz, Cabernet, Merlot and Chambourcin wines.


Naturally the Restaurant Cuvee celebration menus are designed to showcase and complement Peterson House’s wine offer. Featuring fresh, seasonal produce and modern Australian cuisine, the venue recently won Restaurant Wedding Caterer 2012 for northern NSW.

Let’s get started!

Now that you have an idea of what’s on offer, it’s time to find out more about Restaurant Cuvee Peterson House. We’re sure you’ll have a wedding to remember!

Discover Stylish Newcastle Wedding Venues

Posted in Newcastle Weddings, Wedding Reception Venues by HUNTER BRIDE

Caves Beachside

Caves Beachside

Newcastle wedding venues range from the gorgeous to the stunning, and no wonder. Newcastle has reinvented itself as a centre for culture and the arts, and its stylish wedding venues reflect the new ambience.

As the second largest city in NSW, Newcastle’s growing popularity has seen it embrace a number of wonderful restaurants, too.

Newcastle makes the perfect venue for a wedding, whether you’re looking for a traditional waterside venue, or a contemporary restaurant.

A beach wedding

Getting married on one of Newcastle’s stunning surf beaches is sure to be both romantic, and result in some truly memorable photos. Just imagine yourself framed by stunning vistas of endless blue sky and aquamarine sea. The foaming white surf will, of course, complement your bridal outfit to perfection too!

A waterside wedding

Newcastle is known for its laid back and welcoming vibe, but if a beach wedding is just a bit too laid back for you, then why not combine the best of both worlds with a venue located at the water’s edge?

Venues with sparkling sea views are always popular, so be prepared to book well in advance. If you simply must have a particular venue and it’s all booked out, you may have to consider changing the date of your wedding and we’re sure you won’t want to do that. It makes good sense therefore to decide on your venue before finalising the wedding date.

Multi-site or single venue?

Really, it’s up to you. There are no rules dictating that you should have your wedding in one place, and reception in another, and many Newcastle wedding venues can handle both ceremony and reception with ease.

The main advantage of a single venue is that it tends to simplify the day’s logistics. For instance there’s no risk of traffic jams after the ceremony, caused by everyone dashing off to the reception, and no risk of Aunty Flo getting lost and turning up late.

On the other hand, if you have your heart set on getting married in a church or another faith-based setting, then typically you will require a separate reception venue. Fortunately Newcastle’s many options mean you won’t have to travel far and (added bonus!) parking is generally easy to find.

One distinct advantage of even a short journey between venues is that it offers you and your new husband the opportunity of a few minutes on your own to relax before you launch into the next emotional wave at the reception.

A restaurant reception venue

Holding your reception at a restaurant is a fantastic way to take advantage of one of Newcastle’s many fine cuisine offerings. You may also be able to book the whole restaurant for added privacy, just like the celebrities do!

Some points to check with any restaurant include:

– Many couples want the reception to include dancing, does the restaurant have suitable space?

– What are the options for music? Is there space and facilities for a live band or a DJ?

– Can the restaurant lay on any entertainment and if not, will they let you organise your own?

– What are the menu options and can you sample the food before booking?

– Who organises a microphone for speeches if required?

When you’re ready to begin

We’ve made it easy to find Newcastle wedding venues with our directory listings. With so much information beautifully contained in a single directory, it’s our mission to help make choosing a place to get married and hold your reception fun and easy.

Hold a Fairytale Wedding at Awaba House

Posted in Lake Macquarie Weddings, Wedding Reception Venues, Wedding Suppliers by HUNTER BRIDE

Awaba House

Awaba House; Photo by Cupid’s Corner Wedding & Event Hire

Are you looking to organise a beachfront wedding in the Lake Macquarie area? You may want to consider the fabulous deco-style Awaba House. Holding your wedding at Awaba House offers you a number of options for creating a highly distinctive event that you and your guests will enjoy and remember for years to come.


Charming, comfortable and sophisticated, Awaba House nestles amid 15 acres of landscaped parkland on the waterfront by Lake Macquarie. It is an authentic 1920s art deco building, complemented by an intriguing roof, stylish portico and leadlight style windows. In other words, if you hold your wedding here you can look forward to some stunning wedding photographs.

This exclusive waterfront location includes a deep-water jetty, if guests want to access the venue by boat. Or why not consider arriving for your wedding by boat instead of a limousine? That’s sure to start your wedding off in style!

With acres of manicured parkland, including some awesome Port Jackson fig trees surrounding the house, you can choose to hold an outdoor wedding and indoor reception, or any combination of the two. The grounds also contain an art gallery and a sculpture garden, offering plenty of opportunities for innovative photography and for guests to amuse themselves while you are having your photographs taken.

The indoor function room is an elegant glass conservatory with the unique touch of a silk-lined ceiling, for a truly luxurious feel. It also offers unobscured views of the lake and gardens.


Awaba House can accommodate wedding parties of up to 80 for a sit down meal, and provides a varied cocktail-style menu for larger weddings.

Awaba House is known for superb food and exceptional service, delivered with faultless professionalism by staff members who work hard to create the perfect atmosphere of celebration for every event.


Recognised as one of the original estates that were established around Lake Macquarie’s prime acres, Awaba House has been owned by several families over its history, and its fortunes have waxed and waned through the years.

The name ‘Awaba’ means ‘flat or plain surface’. It is the name given to Lake Macquarie by the indigenous people of the area. Europeans settled the land from Teralba to Bolton Point between 1822 and 1842, as recorded by a land grant of 500 acres to James Mitchell.

On his death, the property passed to his daughter and son-in-law, Margaret and William Quigley, who built the original Awaba House in 1878. This was located close to the present house, but the Quigleys did not enjoy it for long, as William died in a horse accident and his wife lost her life after fire gutted the house in 1886.

However the very next year William’s brother Daniel Quigley rebuilt, and his family occupied the property until 1913. Records show that one Thomas Braye of Newcastle took over the property and 15 acres immediately around it, forming the estate as it is today. The Braye family owned the property until 1958, during which time they tore down the second Awaba House, building the third and current building in 1927. While the previous buildings may have been rather rough and ready, this third building was elegantly designed by a local architect to reflect the art deco style and tastes of the 1920s, resulting in a charming building full of history and style.

In 1958, the property was taken over by the Hospitals Commission and was occupied by a succession of tenants. Awaba House eventually became in danger of neglect before being rescued by Lake Macquarie City Council, which bought the property outright in 1993, operating it as the city’s art gallery. Now, Awaba House has been reincarnated as the restaurant and venue space that we see today.

Holding your wedding at Awaba House

If you’re ready to take the next step and organise your wedding at Awaba House, all you need to do is click on our listings for wedding venues. We’re confident you won’t be disappointed in the beautiful setting and the service. Awaba House is the ideal wedding venue, full of romance, and a rich history that will be sure to intrigue your guests on the day.

Wedding Reception Venues: Newcastle Highlights

Posted in Newcastle Weddings, Wedding Reception Venues by HUNTER BRIDE

Waterfront Venues Newcastle

Waterfront Venues Newcastle

Choosing a reception venue is one of the biggest decisions you make when planning your wedding, and research is vital. The first step is to come up with some likely options, and contact them to find out what they offer. Do a quick visit, to get a general sense of the property. You can then narrow down your choices to a shortlist, ready for more in-depth research, or meetings.

When it comes to wedding reception venues, Newcastle has plenty of possibilities. A reception by the water is always a popular option. Or you might take advantage of Newcastle’s thriving culinary credentials, and enjoy a reception at one of the city’s newest fine dining establishments.

Style of reception

In choosing your reception venue, you’ll no doubt take into account the style of reception – formal meal, cocktail affair, perhaps dinner and dancing. You may be guided by the style of venue when you find somewhere you love, or you may have a full reception planned in your head before you even start your venue search.

Another option is to hold your reception at a restaurant, rather than at a dedicated reception venue. In either case, you’ll need to ensure the venue is suitable. Will the room size fit the anticipated number of guests? Is there a dance floor or space for dancing? Does the venue provide entertainment – or will you be able to bring along the string quartet or swing band you had in mind? Before phoning or visiting possible venues, create a list of all the relevant details – date, time, number of guests et cetera.

A meal to remember

Newcastle is a buzzing city with a laidback atmosphere, and a reputation for being welcoming. Newcastle has had something of a resurgence in popularity in recent years, which has seen an influx of fine dining restaurants – so there’s plenty of opportunity to discover wonderful cuisine.

Whether it’s a sit-down affair, or a casual cocktail function, food is part and parcel of most weddings. If you’ve found a venue that looks right, discuss the menu options. In most cases, you’ll be able to choose from a few suggested menus to tailor something for the occasion. When you send out your invitations, query if any of your guests are vegetarian, or if they have any food intolerances. Most restaurants and reception venues will be able to assist with a meal to suit. Do make a point to sample the food before booking.

Location, location, location

The location of your ceremony will obviously impact where you hold the reception. It makes sense to choose something in close proximity, with parking and good transport options (certainly easy to find in Newcastle).

Some reception venues may permit you to marry on site. If you’re interested, be sure to discuss this option early. It’s also a good idea to get in early for venues with ocean views, as they tend to book up quickly at peak times.

Other considerations

In deciding on a reception venue, there are other considerations, apart from location, style and menu options, that factor into your decision. As a guide, you’ll want to be very clear on:

– Total price and inclusions. Check if the venue is licenced only, or if you may bring alcohol.

– The start and finish time.

– If you have exclusive use of the space, particularly if the venue is a restaurant.

– Decorations – are any provided? Can you bring your own?

– Access times and options for you to deliver cake, and to decorate.

– Entertainment – can you bring entertainers? What equipment is provided; when can they have access to set up?

– Is there a microphone for speeches?

– Is there dimmable lighting?

Where to begin

The internet is a wonderful resource for wedding planning, and it can save you valuable time – and energy! If the reception is the next item on your wedding to-do list, Hunter Bride can help. Our directory listings of wedding reception venues, Newcastle, are an excellent place to start your search for the perfect wedding venue.

Waterfront Venues Newcastle

Posted in Lake Macquarie Weddings, Newcastle Weddings, Wedding Reception Venues, Wedding Suppliers by HUNTER BRIDE

North of Sydney, New South Wales has some amazing places for brides and grooms looking for a special waterfront wedding.

Newcastle and Lake Macquarie are among those places and both offer some breath-taking areas that will help make your wedding day even more perfect than you imagined.

Newcastle is the second largest city in New South Wales so it’s no surprise that there are so many gorgeous places for you to choose from when searching for that right wedding venue.

Once known as primarily an industrial area, Newcastle has grown into a city of art and culture. The local artists, and there are many, have plenty of places to draw inspiration from. Surrounded by eye-catching surf beaches and dense bushwalking tracks, Newcastle can be a visual delight. A wedding on one of these beaches is very romantic and always impresses bridal parties and guests on the day.

Lake Macquarie offers a different type of waterfront. As the lake spans over 170kms, there is plenty of space along the foreshore to find the perfect location for your day. If you don’t want to hold your ceremony at the same place as your reception, you can find ample amounts of parkland and scenic areas along the waters edge to have a wedding with unparalleled views of the water. The photo opportunities are endless.

As they are both by the water, Newcastle and Lake Macquarie are perfect locations for a wedding with sparkling views. So if it is waterfront you desire for your wedding, then you should check out Waterfront Venues Newcastle.

Waterfront Venues Newcastle is a collection of some of the best wedding venues Newcastle has to offer. All of the venues can host not only the reception but the ceremony too. As they have more than 30-years experience in the restaurant, banquet and catering business, you can relax knowing your wedding is in good hands.

No matter which place you choose, you will have a coordinator dedicated to that venue that will help you. With assistance on the food and wine selection, as well as flowers, lighting and music, you will be able to just relax and enjoy the moment!

Choose from one of three gorgeous locations and venues:

Dixon Park Surf Lifesaving Club

Dixon Park Beach is the perfect place for a beachfront ceremony, followed shortly after by a reception that is just a stone’s throw away. Dixon Park Surf Lifesaving Club is the ultimate waterfront destination in Newcastle with its uninterrupted views of the sand and the surf. Treat your guests to a spectacular view up the coastline to Port Stephens and down south to Redhead Beach on the large verandah. Inside, there is room for dinner and drinks and of course space to dance the night away.

Dixon Park Surf Lifesaving Club

Dixon Park Surf Lifesaving Club

Awaba House

If you are looking for a wedding venue that is nothing but pure class and elegance, then look no further than Awaba House. This amazing venue is set amongst 15 acres of parkland that is right on the waterfront of Lake Macquarie. No two weddings at Awaba House are the same as you get to choose where to hold the ceremony from several locations on the grounds. The reception will be held in the Awaba House function room where there is a glass conservatory with a silk lined ceiling, giving it a stunning and romantic marquee feel. Even your arrival will be impressive if you choose to make use of the deep-water jetty and arrive by boat.

Awaba House

Awaba House

Caves Beachside

Just 30 minutes south of Newcastle, the new Caves Beachside Resort is positioned to look over the unspoiled shoreline of Caves Beach in Lake Macquarie. With three function areas within the resort, Caves Beachside can accommodate large weddings, or more intimate ones. Wedding guests can stay in the same location as the wedding meaning you will get an entire weekend of quality time with your guests instead of trying to see them all just on the wedding night. With the amazing view and the new facilities, your wedding will be the talk of the town for months after the event.

Caves Beachside

Caves Beachside

A Wedding Reception to Remember in the Gorgeous Hunter Valley

Posted in Hunter Valley Weddings, Wedding Reception Venues by HUNTER BRIDE

Hunter Valley Wedding Venues

A Wedding Reception to Remember

Will it be a restaurant among the vines, or a marquee under the stars overlooking lush grassy hills? How about an English garden brimming with beautiful flowers? Now that you have the ceremony sorted (you did remember to do that didn’t you?) it’s time to find the perfect spot to dine, dance and create a wedding reception you and your guests will remember.

There is an abundance of reception venues in the Hunter Valley that can cater to weddings of any size, from intimate gatherings to bigger than Ben Hur extended family affairs. You may have an idea of the sort of place you’re after, or not a clue as to where to start. Don’t panic – start by browsing our Hunter Valley wedding venues directory and magazines for inspiration and ask around for recommendations. Do you want live music and a dance floor? Are you looking for glamorous and ritzy or casual and comfortable?

When you know a little more about what you want, short list some venues that look promising or have been recommended, make some calls and arrange a time to view them for yourselves.

You will need to have some basic information on hand: the estimated number of guests, date or dates you are looking to marry, and preferred time of day for the reception. If you know where the ceremony is being held, it makes sense to choose a venue in close proximity. Ask questions about access to the venue for set-up and about what is, and isn’t included in the price.

Then it’s just a case of deciding which venue best meets your needs, the size of your party, and your own personal style. You might opt for a dedicated reception venue, any of the many fine dining restaurants in the region, or even an accommodation option that provides areas for wedding receptions. Wherever you choose, you can look forward to some beautiful food, delicious wines, and perhaps some dancing to finish off the big night.

Wedding Venue: Hunter Valley Gardens

Posted in Hunter Valley Weddings, Wedding Ceremony, Wedding Reception Venues, Wedding Suppliers by HUNTER BRIDE

The Lakes Walk Rotunda Hunter Valley Gardens

The Lakes Walk Rotunda

A trip to the Hunter Valley Gardens is enough to make me want to get married all over again. Walking through the manicured lawns, there are many romantic spots for the perfect garden ceremony and even places to erect a marquee for a true garden wedding.

Ceremony Locations at Hunter Valley Gardens

There are five different garden locations, all with their own unique points of difference.

For a larger, more formal wedding there is the European Formal Garden. The background is amazing with water features along with hundreds of roses. The area is tiered and has plenty of room for guest chairs.

Within the Hunter Valley Gardens is a 10metre waterfall. If you choose to be married in the Sunken Garden this waterfall will be the backdrop to the ceremony.

Alternatively, you can be married at the top of the waterfall with scenic garden views.

If your wedding is slightly smaller, for 70 or less guests, the Oriental Garden is a special area. There is an Oriental Pagoda built over water, which is magical for a ceremony that is a little bit different. One half of the view is the water you are standing over and the other half is the gardens.

There is also a new wedding location at Hunter Valley Gardens and this is the Lakes Walk Rotunda. The elegant white structure, sitting on the waters edge and surrounded by giant weeping willows, looks like it is straight from a scene in a movie.

For those not looking for a garden ceremony, or even as a wet weather backup plan, the Hunter Valley Gardens also has a special chapel onsite created specifically for weddings. It is a non-denominational chapel so anyone can be married here with their own celebrant or priest. The chapel seats up to 150 guests on hand crafted pews and the large glass windows overlook the Brokenback Mountains and surrounding gardens.

Chinese Moongate, Hunter Valley Gardens

Reception Options at Hunter Valley Gardens

For the reception you can be indoors or out. As mentioned before you can choose to erect a marquee in the European Formal Gardens or the Sunken Garden. You could also try something new and opt for an open-air reception.

Alternatively there is the gorgeous Garden Terrace, a room with amazing views over the Oriental Garden. The minimum number of guests is 50, but the venue can hold up to 150 guests for a cocktail style reception.

The largest reception choice is The Barrel Room at Tempus Two Winery. This venue has a guest minimum of 70 and can hold up to 200 people cocktail style.

Offers and Guarantees from Hunter Valley Gardens

It’s not often you will be given guarantees from entertainment venues, but the folks at Hunter Valley Gardens want you to enjoy your special day without worry. Besides the wet weather back up option of moving your garden ceremony indoors to the chapel, you will also have a wet weather guarantee with your photos. This means if it rains on your wedding day, you and your photographer will be invited back another day so you can take your photos free of charge.

There is currently a Winter wedding special running where if you have your wedding in June, July or August you will receive your ceremony for free.

As part of any package you will also have a dedicated wedding coordinator who will not only assist you with your ceremony planning but will also be there on the day to help things run smoothly.

A buggy and wedding host will also be available to drive the bridal party around the grounds for photos for up to 2 hours.

So when looking for a special venue for your Hunter Valley wedding, make sure you drop by the Hunter Valley Gardens for a complimentary site inspection.

Check the Hunter Valley Gardens listing for further details.

Peterson’s Champagne House

Posted in Hunter Valley Weddings, Wedding Ceremony, Wedding Reception Venues, Wedding Suppliers by HUNTER BRIDE

Peterson's Champagne HouseFor those dreaming of a romantic wedding reception, look no further than Peterson’s Champagne House in Pokolbin. From the bubbles to the view, this place is the picture of romance, all the way down to the story of how it came to be. Local Hunter Valley winemaker, Ian Peterson, created the house after the champagne he had made to honour the birth of his first granddaughter was so successful. It is stories like this, mixed with the beauty of the house and the surrounding grounds that make Peterson’s Champagne House an ideal place for a wedding.

Inside the building is Restaurant Cuvee, an amazing venue with exposed wooden beams and ironwork throughout, and with a view of the vineyards and the cottage gardens. The restaurant is open to the public for both breakfast and lunch and is well worth a visit next time you are in the Hunter region. The breakfast specialty of course, is a champagne breakfast complete with all the trimmings, including some chocolates to finish off. For dinner, a private appointment can be made for group bookings.

For wedding planning, you can hold your ceremony on the grounds of the venue. Surrounding the house are vineyards, cottage gardens, a pond and jetty with hills as a backdrop.

The large verandah’s make an ideal place for your guests to enjoy drinks and canapés whilst you and your bridal party have photos taken in the gardens. In Spring you can have beautiful photos taken in among the Cherry Blossoms. But no matter what the season, the building and surrounding gardens are a beautiful setting for any type of wedding.

Peterson’s Champagne House can cater for up to 100 guests, seated comfortably and formally within Restaurant Cuvee. There are also packages available for a more intimate wedding with just your closest friends and family. Contact Naomi Pridue, the Weddings and Events Manager, to discuss the wedding package for your specific needs. Naomi, and Peterson’s House, understands that each wedding is a special and important event, and that each bride-to-be has a different idea of what will make her day perfect.

Peterson’s are currently offering special mid-week and winter wedding packages, visit the website today for more information.

So if you’re planning a wedding that is big or small, in summer or in winter, give Peterson’s Champagne House a visit. While you are there try stopping for a bite to eat and enjoy the delicious surrounds. And always remember the Peterson’s motto – Life’s Flat without Bubbles.