Peppers Craigieburn

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


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


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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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


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.

Wedding Ceremony & Reception | 22 October 2011 | Samantha & Martin | Peppers Craigieburn, Bowral, Southern Highlands


Sometimes the best friendships turn into something more….an everlasting love! This sums up Samantha and Martin (Sam and Marty) perfectly. Sam and Marty are a beautiful couple who possess a warm, genuine and caring nature….they absolutely adore each other, are lots of fun and whilst they are in many ways not alike, they complement each other perfectly!!

Sam and Marty selected Peppers Craigieburn for both the ceremony and reception. This stunning rural property nestled on the outskirts of Bowral was an impeccable choice for this wonderful celebration.

Given that Sam had actually not been well and had other bad news in the fortnight leading up to the wedding, it was only just that it was such a perfect day – brilliant location, fantastic weather and the dark clouds that had decided to make an appearance and threaten to ruin Sam and Marty’s ceremony, eventually were swayed by the love that this couple share and resolved to roll on by.

The guests had gathered and at the allotted time, the bridesmaids commenced their walk down the Craigieburn steps to the ceremony area. All eyes were on Sam as she appeared at the top of the steps, with her father, Mark. Looking both beautiful and stunning, Sam made her way to Marty, who was feeling just a little nervous.

It was a beautiful ceremony, officiated by Julie Lawton, it was full of love, fun and sentiment. I loved the way Sam changed the vows by adding the word “absolute/ly” in a couple of significant spots – dare I say it, absolutely beautiful.  Before we knew it Sam and Marty were united in marriage. They spent a little time mingling with their guests before setting off around the Peppers Craigieburn grounds for photographs.

“I love you
You are my absolute best friend
Today I give myself to you in marriage
I promise to encourage and inspire you,
to laugh with you,
and to comfort you in times of sorrow and struggle
I promise to absolutely love you
in good times and bad
When life seems easy
And when it seems hard,
When our love is simple,
And when it is an effort
I promise to cherish you,
And to always hold you in the highest regard
These things I give to you today,
And all the days of our lives”


Whilst the photographs were being taken, guests adjourned to Montfords Bar and enjoyed pre-dinner drinks.

A short time later the wedding party entered the reception to rapturous applause. A short welcome and thank you from Marty before a delicious entrée was served. A very heartfelt speech by Sam’s dad, also recounted a little story about how Marty was introduced to the family. Next we heard from Marty’s grandfather, Keith, who is affectionately known as “Pop”. Keith went on to speak about how proud he and “Nan” were of Marty and how very pleased they both were to welcome Sam into the family.

Loved the little heart with Martin 4 Sam at Sam’s setting on the Wedding Table – So Sweet!

The Lolly Buffet, which proved to be extremely popular!!!

Following a tantalising main meal, it was time for the cutting of the cake and the rest of the speeches. Bestman Kenny and Maid of Honour, Katie along with Bridesmaid, Mikala have been friends with Sam and Marty since pre-school or kindergarten and their speeches were both heartfelt and amusing. Kenny spoke first and recounted some amusing stories from when he and Marty were growing up. Katie and Mikala spoke of Sam, their close friendship and all her great qualities. Then just before Marty made his speech, there was a special surprise – a message from Mikala’s husband, Shelby in Canada (Shelby was meant to be at the wedding, but due to a change in job was, sadly unable to attend). Marty, is a person of few words, but he thanked everyone for coming and then turned his attention to Sam, and expressed how amazing she had made his life and how more amazing it would be now that they were married.

Sam and Marty then made their way on to the dance floor for the first, of a lifetime of dances, as a married couple. The love between them was beautiful and it was a magical moment. Joined by the wedding party and guests they continued to dance the night away.

There were lots of things to love about Sam and Marty and their wedding day; I loved that they just wanted to get start the next chapter of their lives together surrounded by their close family and friends, I love that they were true to themselves throughout their day and focussed on enjoying the day and having fun together regardless of whatever was thrown their way in the lead up, I loved their ceremony, I loved that they gave me the privilege to be a part of their special day and witness their love first hand. Sam and Marty, Thank you for your trust and faith in me. But most of all, thank you for touching my heart, by being your sweet lovely selves. May love, laughter and music fill your lives forever.

Songs selected by Bride and Groom;

Bridesmaids Processional: “Kissing” by Bliss

Brides Processional: “Kissing” by Bliss

Register Signing: “The Wedding Song by Angus & Julia Stone, “All Is Love” by Karen O & The Kids

Recessional: “If Tonight Was My Last” by Laura Izibor

Wedding Party Entry: “Soul Meets Body” by Death Cab For Cutie

Bride & Groom Entry: “Romeo & Juliet” by The Killers

Cake Cutting Song: “Ice Cream” by Sarah Mclachan

Bridal Waltz/First Dance: “Paperweight” by Joshua Radin & Schuyler Fisk

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

Garter Toss: “Sharp Dressed Man” by ZZ Top

Final Farewell Song: “Heartbeats” by Jose Gonzalez

Other Wedding Professionals

Celebrant: Julie Lawton

Photographer: Matt Johnson Weddings

Floral Design: Lyndal Kennedy Floral Designs

Cake Design: Cupcakes For Poppy

Lolly Bar: Ooh La La Lolly Bars

Fun On The Dancefloor

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Matt Johnson, the photographer at Sam and Marty’s wedding has kindly provided some of his amazing professional images of the wonderful day. These photographs can be found on this blog at: Sam & Marty by Matt Johnson Weddings

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