It was a reasonably overcast day for Brooke and Cohen’s wedding at the Golding Winery in Lobethal, but luckily the rain held off just enough so that we got their ceremony and their glamour photos done before the end of their reception at the Stangate house in Stirling. really the planning that went into Brooke and Cohen’s day couldn’t be more perfect for the weather, having their ceremony reasonably early so that their lunch time reception was hardly affected due to the foresight of the shrewd purchase of a fleet of white awnings that covered the entire congregating for their reception.
The day started as it usually does with the preparation photos at the couple’s house where Cohen and his boys were getting ready. The atmosphere was very relaxed with Cohen fussing over table lists, and the different novelty socks each other were wearing 🙂 The trickiest part was putting on their suspenders, which none of the boys had ever worn before 🙂
Brooke and her bridal party were being prepared at a delightful little bed and breakfast called Billy’s Cottage in Hahndorf, complete with a beautiful room with an open fireplace and lush green garden, which provided for a lovely backdrop for their preparation photos :). The girls preparation wasnt running as smoothly as the boys, having crept over their planned departure time by about 20 minutes before I head off to the Golding Winery, but it all worked out fine in the end!
Golding Winery Wedding Ceremony
The Golding Winery is a beautifully situated winery in Lobethal, featuring sweeping vineyards along a sloping hill that can be backdropped with a wonderful sunset on non-cloudy days, it’s grounds also feature a beautiful curated garden and sweeping driveway lined with trees and a large pond. The wedding ceremony location is just off the front of the cellar door, which is a large grassed area, framed with foliage from hedges and other plants. There was a large plastic awning in place for Brooke and Cohen’s wedding due to the threat of rain, and the congregation was covered with umbrellas, but thankfully they weren’t needed. brooke and Cohen had organised two white doors to backdrop their ceremony which framed them as they were saying their vows with each other. It was a lovely spot and the emotions were certainly showing from within the congregation ranks! 🙂
Once the group photo was taken care of, on the driveway in front of their ceremony location using my drone, and the mandatory family photos we first made use of the wonderful Golding Winery grounds, before heading down the road for a photo under the gum tree awning, before heading to the Stangate House gardens before their lunch-time reception was due to start.
Stangate House Wedding Reception
As I said before, everyone was thankful for the last-minute purchase of white awnings to cover the entire reception as towards the end of their reception, the heavens opened and did not stop for the rest of the night. That being said however, several very intense games of jenga were being had and the guests were treated to the stunning Stangate gardens for a good few hours before that happened. 🙂
Thanks so much to Brooke and Cohen for having me as their wedding photographer, I hope they enjoy their photos and much as I enjoyed being part of their day!