Kat & Stuart's Black Tie Country Romance wedding, Warialda

Kat and Stuart turned Coolootai Station’s garden into a wonderland at Easter with their black-tie gala wedding.

Months of planning and weeks of gardening and decorating hinged on one thing – the weather on the day!  The ceremony was being held in the garden and the reception on the tennis courts.

Everyone woke up on the day to storm clouds!  For the most part the rain held off.  There were a couple of showers as guests started arriving and it was still sprinkling as Kat walked from the cottage over to the garden.  There was even a few flashes of lightening!

But, then the clouds parted and the sky opened up to a beautiful sunset as guests began their dinner under the twinkling fairy lights over the tennis court.

Kat looked classic and elegant in a white v-neck gown with an A-line skirt.  Her bridesmaids wore a shad of maroon which suited the complexion of each of the girls!  Their bouquets were made by one of Kat's friends on the morning of the wedding with white roses fro the flower markets and eucalyptus leaves and other embellishments picked from the garden.  

I must admit I held back a few tears as Kat’s father walked her down the aisle.  He had been recovering from a stroke but was determined to make it all the way down the aisle to give away his daughter to Stuart.  There were very few dry eyes in that garden!

After the ceremony we headed up to the back of the farm for the bridal party shots.  The view over the valley looking north gave us some amazing shots.  We even utilised a gnarled old tree which had a fantastic curved branch for some pics. 

Despite the weather, the pictures were amazing, mostly because we didn’t have to worry about the harsh sunlight that I sometimes encounter in mid-afternoon weddings.  The cloud cover gave me even lighting to work with!