Samantha + Simon: A Book Barn Wedding


We love when we receive darling photos that provide a fantastic basis for us to get our heads around the wedding and how it worked, especially Samantha and Simon’s, of which took place at Bendooley Estate in the summer. (It went off without a hitch!) They actually had their eyes on David and Shobana from The Robertsons Photography, long before the wedding. “We watched them blossom in their careers as fellow Canberra locals, and after a portrait session for our engagement, we had no doubt they would be the ones to capture our day.”

The photos showed us a wedding among the greenery of the gardens; some coupe shots that saw the epitome of golden hour, followed by a reception in some kind of fantastic library space, with high timber ceilings and books lining the shelves (truly, a dream come true). Subsequently, Sam and Simon both said they have a deeply fond love of literature, and a typical weekend for them involves browsing second hand bookstores for new treasures. “The atmosphere of rows upon rows of antiquarian collections found us completely in love with Bendooley Estate.” (We’re right behind you there, Sam and Simon!)

The second and possibly the best part we love to receive from couples is hearing about their love story, (Tune in ladies and gents.) Turns out Simon and Samantha’s proposal was not only romantic and visually speccy, but was particularly significant because of Simon’s childhood, actually growing up in Nepal. “He was eager to share the culture and country he adores, so, over a few months in 2013-14, we planned our own adventures trekking into the Annapurna regions of the Himalayas. Annapurna Base Camp was our first trek together; a peaceful and majestic part of the world that takes you through picturesque villages, bamboo forests and high altitude to a breathless amphitheater of pure mountain beauty. We were alone on our first morning at 4600 meters, surrounded by prayer flags and a Himalayan horizon, when Simon proposed. There is something truly magical about the immensity of the mountains – for us, nowhere could have been more symbolic for our engagement.”

When the two decided to tie the knot, they worked hard to create a space that was personal, and full of carefully created fine details, inspired by the Bendooley’s charming Book barn. “I am an artistic soul, and contributing to these things fulfilled pleasure as much as budget. He hand-painted signage; the flower girl crowns; the cake and macarons; the reception installation; the confetti bags. The months leading up to the wedding were completely devoted to projects that together, brought our magical day to fruition.”


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