Sun-Soaked Country Wedding with Spring Florals – Bendooley Estate


Maddie + Sean’s country wedding was the perfect combination of an intimate ceremony on their families property, to a classy yet cosy reception in the Book Barn at Bendooley Estate. Dripping with gorgeous florals (that arch!), soft candle light, romantic aesthetics and a lot of laughs and tears, the wedding was captured so beautifully by Hannah Blackmore Photography.

When they got engaged they were both living in a small country town in Northern NSW so relied heavily on magazines like ours to help their search for wedding details. “We ended up choosing Bendooley Estate for our reception as both our families live down South (Bowral and Young) so it was a great weekender wedding location. It meant a lot to me to be able to have the ceremony at home with the reception just down the road at Bendooley. It was so comforting and relaxing getting ready in my bedroom and it seems so fun that we can go and stand where we stood when we were married for as long as that property is in my family!”

Maddie + Sean wanted to create an old world feel, really emphasising the books around them. They envisioned romantic mood lighting, whiskey, and book-related stationary. “I explored online for a while to find the perfect stationary theme of the penguin classic motif to tie in with our surroundings, so everyones seating name tags were lovely bookmarks!”

Now, the florals. What can we say? We’re suckers for floral arches. Maddie said, “Our favourite detail was definitely the stunning floral arch that was created as a gift for us by 2 of my mother’s best friends (Ally and Cath, who I’ve known my whole life). They both did all the florals at the house for the ceremony but the archway literally took my breath away. We were planning on getting married under it but the gale force winds pushed our plans under the verandah. The winds died down just after the ceremony (of course!) which meant that we were still able to use it for photos.” The DIY florals were tied wonderfully with Alicia’s bouquets from Form over Function. With a stunning vision, Alicia brought about a masterpiece in those bouquets! 

Enjoy the story of their day!


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