Peppers Craigieburn

Wedding Ceremony & Reception | 7 December 2013 | Haley & Aaron | Peppers Craigieburn, Bowral, Southern Highlands

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It was the perfect weather for Haley and Aaron’s morning wedding ceremony and lunchtime reception at Peppers Craigieburn, Bowral, in The Southern Highlands. The sun was beaming down on these two lovers as they exchanged vows, committed to marriage and promised to love each other for all time.

Haley and Aaron met 6 years earlier through mutual friend Stephanie – who today was one of the bridesmaids. They began spending time together, got to know one another better and eventually started dating after 6 months.  They have been through a lot together and their relationship has had its share of ups and downs throughout the years, they have always managed to work through them together and come out stronger at the other end. They are each others anchor in a stormy sea. They are awesome, honest and down to earth people, they laugh easily, love openly, cherish each other deeply and are so much fun to be around! They are also both very hard workers, they are both very passionate about their family and providing a stable environment for Jayden. They enjoy the outdoors and spend most of their free time outside.

Needless to say it was a beautiful wedding full of love and lots of fun!!…and even though there was the odd hiccup, they took it all in their stride and were determined to have the time of their lives regardless. A delightful time was had by all as they enjoyed their meal, mingling, chatting, the speeches, dancing and celebrating this special day with Haley and Aaron.

Haley and Aaron’s relationship is built on a foundation of love, honesty and respect. They are equals and are united in achieving their goals. Haley and Aaron, I am completely honoured that you allowed me the great privilege to be a part of your fantastic day and that I got the opportunity to; get to know you better, meet your family and friends, see happy smiles and silly faces, but most of all, the abundance of love! Have a wonderful delayed honeymoon next year and may love, laughter and music continue to fill your lives forever!!!


I promise to share with you a relationship of love, honesty and commitment. I will stand by you through all of our tomorrows respecting you as a person and your individuality. I promise to live with you and laugh with you; to stand by your side and sleep in your arms; to always bring out the best in you and to be the most that I can be. This is my promise for our life together. ~ Haley

You are the only woman I want to share my life with, and I promise to encourage you in your successes and support you when you stumble or have doubt; I promise to work with you and walk along side you, to create a life and family full of joy, fun and meaning. This is my solemn and binding vow. ~ Aaron

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Photography and Video by DJ:Plus! Entertainment

Songs selected by Bride and Groom;

Bridesmaid Processional: “Bitter Sweet Symphony” by The Verve performed by Clear Strings

Brides Processional: “Teardrop” by Massive Attack

Wedding Party Entry: “Feel The Love” by Rudimental

Bride & Groom Entry: “Hot N Cold” by Katy Perry (Custom Edit)

Cake Cutting Song: “Truly Madly Deeply” by Savage Garden

First Dance: “I Won’t Give Up” by Jason Mraz

Bouquet Toss: “Milkshake” by Kelis

Garter Toss: “Blurred Lines” by Robin Thicke Feat T.I. & Pharrell

Farewell Dance: “The Time (Dirty Bit)” by Black Eyed Peas

Final Farewell Song: “Time Of Your Life” by Green Day


Other Wedding Professionals

Celebrant: Caro Kennewell

String Quartet: Clear Strings

Photographer: Marions Photographics

Videographer: Eagle Eye Productions

Floral Designer: Poppy’s Of Thirroul

Cake Designer: I Do Cakes Mittagong – (02) 4872 2328


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Wedding Reception | 9 February 2013 | Kate & Matt | Peppers Craigieburn, Bowral, Southern Highlands

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Kate and Matt’s wedding day was filled with love, family, laughter, a few raindrops, some happy tears and lots of fun. Matt started off as Kate’s personal trainer and whilst there were feelings from almost the beginning, they managed to keep them contained. Eventually these feelings became so strong, that they gave in to them and went out on their first date. Fast forward to 9 February 2013 and St Francis Xavier’s Catholic Church in Berrima, where these two beautiful people made lifelong promises, exchanged vows, were married and became one.

Following the ceremony, guests made their way to the stunning Peppers Craigieburn on the outskirts of Bowral for the reception. Whilst Kate, Matt and their wedding party had photographs taken around the property, the guests relaxed in Montfort’s Bar & Terrace enjoying the relaxed ambience and some friendly chatter whilst being served refreshments and canapes.

Family and friends then made their way into the Carrington Room and moments later the proud parents, the members of the wedding party and Kate and Matt were welcomed by lots of applause. A brief welcome speech from Matt before the Craigieburn staff served a beautiful entree. What I found was really lovely about Kate and Matt’s reception was that everyone was so just genuinely happy for them and very comfortable with each other; right from the beginning there were guests roaming from table to table and chatting and there were those that danced, shimmied or swayed to the background music as they socialised and made their way around the room. This really set the tone of the reception early in the evening and it prevailed for the duration of the reception.

Next it was time for the first of the speeches, first from Kate’s dad, Domenic and then Matt’s dad, Jeffrey. Both spoke of how elated they were that Kate and Matt had found each other and were now married. Beautiful speeches from two dad’s who kept their emotions at bay, but you could see and feel just how proud and happy they were. This was followed by a fun game and the delicious main meal.

Speeches from Maid of Honour, Rebecca and Best Man, Ben, dessert and then a speech from Kate. It was such a lovely speech; it contained elements of Kate and Matt love story, it contained humour, emotion, tears of joy and was full of LOVE. Kate finished her speech with some heartfelt words to Matt and concluded with a verse which she felt came close to describing her feelings for him:  “If I dropped a tear into the ocean, only when someone finds it will I stop loving you.” After a brief moment we proceeded with the cutting of cake – with a difference. Kate and Matt wanted to include all their family and friends so with a roll of ribbon each, Matt on one side of room, Kate on the other, they walked the ribbon to each table and then met at the cake. They then tied the ribbons to the cake knife. So as they cut the cake, each table was in essence, cutting the cake with them. Beautiful.

Their first dance was next. This was the moment that they had told me over twelve months earlier, at our very first meeting, was most important to them about their wedding reception. Well they were totally in the moment, oblivious to everything around them. It was as if they were the only two in the room. As the music for the first dance ended and Kate and Matt morphed back to reality, they were joined by their parents and the wedding party, then the remainder of the guests and party time began!!. It was such fun, guests tarantella-ed, gangnam-ed, macarena-ed, danced and partied the night away. Before we knew it it was time to wrap things up. Bouquet toss, farewell circle, a very special father daughter dance and Kate and Matt then departed to start their new married life.

Kate and Matt, thank you for your trust in me. It was such a privilege and honour to have been a part of your day. I enjoyed myself immensely. I loved hearing your love story, planning the details and making it happen. I loved getting to know you both and seeing the deep love, affection and respect you have for each other. I loved that you both love your families dearly. I loved so many things. I believe your wedding day was everything you dreamed it would be. Having got to know you, I know you will nurture the love you share and it will continue to grow. I wish you all the happiness in the world. May love, laughter and music continue to fill your lives forever!!

Maid of Honour Rebbecca

Best Man Ben

Special Cake Cutting including Guests

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Photography and Video by DJ:Plus! Entertainment



Songs selected by Bride and Groom;

Parents Of The Bride Entry: “Ti Amo”(Dance Mix) by Umberto Tozzi

Parents Of The Groom Entry: “Forever” by Chris Brown

Jnr Groomsman, Jnr Flower Girl & Flower Girl Entry: “Party Rock Anthem” by LMFAO

Bridesmaid & Groomsman Entry: “Yeah x3” by Chris Brown

Maid Of Honour & Best Man Entry: “Throw Your Hands Up (Danza Kuduro)” by Pitbull & Qwote

Bride & Groom Entry: “When Love Takes Over” by David Guetta Feat. Kelly Rowland

Cake Cutting Song: “Smile” by Uncle Kracker

Bridal Waltz/First Dance: “A Thousand Years” by Christina Perri

Father Daughter Dance: “18 Yellow Roses” by Bobby Darin

Bouquet Toss: “Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It)” by Beyonce

Farewell Circle/Cirle Of Love: “I’m All Yours” by Jay Sean Feat. Pitbull, ” Count On Me” by Bruno Mars, “Come Away With Me” by Norah Jones

Final Farewell Song: “Sunchyme” by Dario G


Other Wedding Professionals>

Photographer: Weddings By Wayne

Floral Designer: Affair With George

Cake Designer: I Do Cakes – Bev Brown  Phone: 0408 211 896


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Professional Photos of Sam & Marty’s Wedding (Samantha & Martin) | Peppers Craigieburn, Bowral, Southern Highlands

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On 22 October last year I was extremely honoured to be a part of Sam and Marty’s amazing wedding day at Peppers Craigieburn, in Bowral, Southern Highlands. I loved and enjoyed every single moment of their day and it was so very beautifully captured by one of Sydney’s most talented photographers, Matt Johnson. Matt’s wedding work has been featured in numerous wedding magazines and blogs including Style Me Pretty, Wedding, 100 Layer Cake, Wedding Style Guide and The Knot.

Matt kindly promised to provide some of his images from the wonderful day for me to share on this Blog. Well you cannot imagine my excitement when he made available so many beautiful images that it was a tough job to narrow it down and just select a handful, so I apologise in advance for the vast number of photos in this post. No wait…I don’t, they need to be seen. Thank you very much Matt, your work is truly exceptional – the photographs transported me back and allowed me to relive Sam and Marty’s magnificent wedding all over again!! Enjoy this fabulous pictorial of Sam and Marty’s wedding.