Waldara: A working farm wedding experience

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Since opening in 2008, Waldara has served as a beloved working farm, offering families a quiet place for retreat—an escape that embraces fresh air, home-cooked meals and quality family time. Located in Oberon NSW, two-and-a-half hours’ drive from Sydney, the venue is run by a close-knit family who have invested a lot of time and energy into crafting a breathtaking oasis, and because of their efforts, have decided to open the place up as a secluded wedding venue.

Part of the strength and authenticity of Waldara comes from its family dynamic. Ron and Nikki are at the heart of the venue, heavily dedicated to revitalising the site for this new wedding venture. They are accompanied by their daughter, Ellie, and Amie, who act as the venue managers and main liaisons with brides and grooms. “We are new to the wedding business and are enjoying learning more about the industry. Our strength is in our intimate knowledge and love of the property, allowing us to make sure the farm works perfectly for your special day,” says Ellie.

Waldara is a blank canvas wedding venue. It is home to two stunning accommodation sites and a purpose-built reception hall, all surrounded by a plethora of inviting natural grounds to host the perfect outdoor ceremony. Think rolling green hills, paddocks dotted with happily grazing animals, lakes and dams, gumtrees, and roses–all engulfed by the sounds of nature.

The on-site buildings complement these earthen surrounds, carefully crafted with large pitched roofs, lots of windows to allow for natural light, open plan communal spaces and rustic wooden details, creating an inviting and homely vibe throughout the venue. Waldara combines rustic elegance and luxury with the joy and warmth of family and friends, all set against a stunning, natural Australian landscape.

They go the extra mile to make your day memorable. The team are so passionate about weddings, and love assisting clients to their full capacity, whether it be helping them set up, or taking them on site tours; they are willing to go above and beyond. “It is an honour to be a part of something as special as your wedding, and we are so excited to think that Waldara will forever be the place where your new journey began,” says Ellie.

While being fully committed to assisting couples, the team at Waldara also allow them the freedom to create their own bespoke wedding. Styling and decoration isn’t supplied, but they do have an extensive list of local suppliers on-hand, including caterers, florists, stylists, props and furniture hire, makeup artists and photographers. “Whatever your style or vision for your day, Waldara allows you to create a total wedding experience that takes advantage of all the property has to offer. Our versatile venue gives you the freedom to create your own personalised and truly memorable wedding celebration, one you and your guests will treasure forever,” explains Ellie.

Waldara is driven by the desire to become one of the best destination wedding venues in New South Wales. The team have plans in place to transform their shearing shed into a beautiful wet weather venue, creating more options for couples to hold their ceremony or reception. As for the not-too-distant future, they are keen to build relationships with the best vendors, caterers and suppliers so that they can provide amazing weddings for couples. “We are so excited for more couples and guests to enjoy Waldara and spread the word!”

Carly Tia
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