Every time I have a Bendooley Estate wedding coming up I get so excited. It has to be one of the most amazing venues around. Not only are you spoilt for choice with amazing backdrops, but the food here is amazing! Now add in a loveable, awesome duo (Lewis and Jess) and you know that you are in for one heck of an amazing day.
Another great thing about Bendooley Estate is not only is there more than enough places for photos, but everyone can get ready on site as well. My first stop was to hang out with the girls in one of the new houses that have been recently finished. I walked in and didn’t just notice how beautiful the house was, but how chilled out everything was. Jess and her girls were enjoying some bubbles, some chit chat and a few tasty sandwiches (a very important part of the pre-wedding routine). Jess’ choice of dress, accessories and flowers were absolute perfection.
Over at the boys house, pretty much the same deal. The lads having a few cold beers, giving each other some crap and just having a laugh. I hung out with them for a while and before we knew it, it was time to get dressed and head over to the ceremony. The guys all looked sharp in their suits, had a few issues with ties and flowers but in the end they were ready to rock and roll.
The ceremony took place with a backdrop of a huge pine tree and the Bendooley dam, not a bad spot at all. All their nearest and dearest were there to watch them get married. The ceremony was awesome; intimate, beautiful but at the same time fun with lots of laughs. Lewis got a little roasted but it was all in good spirits and he laughed it off.
I mentioned before how awesome Bendooley Estate is for weddings, scenery galore! I could spend hours shooting here as you are just spoilt for choice. We started in the fields with some beautiful long grass, headed to the dam, sat under the tree and then finished off at the incredibly ivy covered homestead. I reckon we only used about 30% of the spots, but to take photos at all the spots on offer you’d need 3 hours!
Looking for a reception venue that’s got charm and a little different? The Berkelouw Book Barn is for you! Books line the walls, beautiful exposed beams above your head, a huge fireplace and loads of room for dance floor antics. Lewis and Jess set it up perfectly with nice greenery on the three long tables, some candle centrepieces and one of my favourite wedding bands tucked in the corner.
The speeches were great and had the perfect mix of heartfelt and humour. There were a lot of laughs and I might of spotted a tear or two. We snuck outside for some sunset photos in the vineyard. Unfortunately the sun was hiding behind clouds but we still got some lovely shots.
Then the dance floor opened and it went wild. The White Tree band rocked it as always and the floor was pumping all night! I don’t think I have ever seen a room full of people where everyone is smiling and dancing their hearts out. Seriously this was the perfect way to end an epic wedding!
Congrats Mr & Mrs Steele, you are two absolute legends and threw one heck of a Bendooley Estate Wedding!
Venue Bendooley Estate // Dress Mariana Hardwick // Make Up The Make Up Society // Hair Nourish Me Beautiful // Suit Hugo Boss // Flowers Redbud // Celebrant Alison Pickel // Music White Tree Band
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