I was lucky enough to be chosen as Kirstyn and Tom’s wedding photographer on the first of February 2014. I say lucky as this was one of the easiest weddings I have ever covered. The bride and groom were absolutely stunning both aesthetically and how they presented themselves to those around them. It was a true pleasure to have covered it. Their ceremony was held at Nepenthe winery, in Balhannah, and their reception was held in the Stirling Hotel, in Stirling.
Tom and this two groomsmen prepared themselves at Kirstyn and Tom’s home in Sheidow Park. A fun little theme they had going at this wedding were the groom’s pocket watches which feature in quite a few group groomsmen shots throughout this showcase. Little touches like this always make your wedding day that much more personal and fun. The aura was that of a relaxed atmosphere which allowed for some great playful shenanigans and beautiful photos.
Kirstyn got ready in a room at the Stirling Hotel, which was also the venue for their wedding reception, which was neat as I got access to the wonderful little details Kirstyn organised before the ‘main event’ so to speak. The Stirling Hotel rooms had some amazing architecture available which lent itself well to some wonderful dreamy-style wedding photographs.
Nepenthe Winery Wedding Ceremony
Nepenthe winery is a relatively new winery, having been founded in 1994, it’s rolling hills full of vineyards provides an astounding backdrop to a wedding ceremony. Nepenthe winery has a little open grassed area right in front of the cellar door where the ceremony took place, in the shadow of a gigantic gum tree. After exploring a little more, there is also a lovely little duck pond at the foot of one of the vineyard hills which allowed for great photos both at the pond and walking down through the rows of vines.
Nepenthe Winery has two plots of land in the Adelaide hills, but the one in Balhannah is the one they rent out for wedding ceremonies. The property was carefully selected for a plantation of grape varieties such as Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc, as well as interesting varieties such as Zinfandel and Pinot Gris. Since starting to produce award winning wines in 1996, Nepenthe winery has become a bit of a staple in the wine industry, and it’s credentials as a winery wedding venue is second to none.
The Stirling Hotel Reception
The Stirling Hotel boasts a wonderful private outdoor area attached to an indoor bar and cocktail area idea for canape-based wedding receptions. Food and desired amenities are tailor suited to clients tso you can personalise your wedding reception any way you wish.
I’d like to thank Kirstyn and Tom for their wonderful hospitality during their wedding day and I feel privaledged to have covered their wedding. I hope you guys enjoy your photos as much as I enjoyed taking them.