Kristine + Shamus’ Southern Highlands Wedding

Oh, a Southern Highlands wedding… You don’t get much better!

It’s something about the natural serenity in the rolling hills, pine trees, fresh air, and honesty of the winding roads throughout that make a southern highlands wedding day something really special. I’d say that there are increasing numbers of brides’ and grooms’ desiring a unique experience, something more than just a party. You and your partner are searching for an extra something in the way of an interesting venue to make your wedding day more memorable. You also desire an experience for your guests that will be unforgettable. You want to ensure that your family and friends remember you day in the sunshine. Unfortunately, you can’t get this in many places within the Sydney basin, so the need to travel out of Sydney down the Old Hume Highway might be on the cards.

Allow me to introduce to you Kristine and Shamus – a charming couple who chose the historic town of Berrima to host their Southern Highlands wedding. In late 2016, I came down to Eschalot to photograph Kristine and Shamus’s post-nuptial celebratory gathering.

Berrima is a historic township in the Southern Highlands of New South Wales. The town is located on the Old Hume Highway, around 2 hours south of Sydney, near Borwal and Moss Vale. I think that a lot of travellers come to the region to visit the likes of Berry, and actually bypass this hidden gem that is slightly more inland from the coast. Berrima was established in the 1830’s, and is the best preserved example of a Georgian village on the Australian mainland. The vast majority of buildings demonstrate beautiful sandstone block construction and exposed wooden beam architecture. Eschalot, a fine dining restaurant in Berrima, features beautiful Australian cuisine with dining by candlelight. This combination of delicious food, beautiful historic buildings, and the charming atmosphere of the Southern Highlands facilitated an amazing Southern Highlands wedding day experience for Kristine and Shamus’ guests. I was lucky enough to join them on their celebratory evening – lucky me!

This venue is STUNNING! Eschalot is intimate, quaint and cosy. I must confess that the very low levels of ambient light presented a real challenge – probably one of the most difficult wedding venues to photograph. The guest experience, however, was something that you can’t really replicate – and totally worth it for the Kristine and Shamus.

If you’re having a wedding on the NSW South Coast, or perhaps up in the Highlands, I’d love to chat with you. Drop me a line, here.

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