Lindemans Estate Hunter Valley Weddings – I’ve been going through the To Be Blogged archives looking for weddings I’d like to share. One of the memorable weddings of 2019 was that of Steph and Corey in Ben Ann, Hunter Valley.
Formerly known as the Lindeman Estate, Ben Ian Pokolbin is a vineyard in the Hunter Valley wine region. Ben Ian is located 2 hours from Sydney and approximately 50 minutes west of Newcastle. Ben Ian is a beautiful hilltop property with east and west views, which is great from a photographers perspective (as you can maximize morning, afternoon and afternoon light).
Lindemans Estate Hunter Valley Weddings
Steph and Corey are getting ready nearby. I met Corey and his groomsmen at the Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley while Steph and her bridesmaids got ready at Cypress Lakes Resort. From Steph’s room, Ben Ian could be seen in the distance, as could the giant fig tree under which their ceremony would take place.
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We arrived in Ben An around 2pm for the wedding ceremony. From the fig tree, guests have a wonderful 360° view of the vineyard and the surrounding landscape. Steph and Corey’s ceremony was beautiful, filled with heartfelt messages and vows. Guests enjoyed canapés with the couple under the fig tree until it was time to return to Ben Ann for a drink.
Ben Ian (formerly Lindeman Estate) was purchased by the McGuigan and Patterson families, returning the estate to its historic Hunter Valley roots. Beginning in 1843, the Lindemann family began growing vines on their estate Kevara and began exporting internationally in 1858.
Today, the cellar door hosts a variety of events, and the space is perfect for large crowds (Steph and Corey had about 200 people!).
As the guests made their way to the reception, we snapped some portraits with their bridal party under the fig trees as well as along the ridge that separated Ben Ian from the neighboring property. We shot among pine trees, state trails and houses. We also took a walk up the hill shooting vines, shooting some evening frames with industrial equipment on the back of the cellar door.
Sarah & Ray
One of the great things about Ben Ian’s wedding is that the whole day can be in one place. There are so many varieties in Ben Ian that you don’t need to travel anywhere for a portrait.
The most memorable aspect for me of Steph and Corey’s Ben Ian wedding is that the reception venue is essentially a blank canvas. Steph and Corey’s florist arrived early in the morning to prepare the hall for the reception. I have never seen so many flowers packed from one delivery van. The process was so involved, I showed up to capture the flowers and staff in the dressing room before the bride got ready, and then shoot the pre-ceremony frame after the task was complete. As you can see in the pictures below – a massive change.
Steph and Corey also ordered a beautiful Queensberry album of their wedding photos. I delivered the album a few months after their wedding. Wrapped in royal blue leather, the album will be treasured by their new family for years to come.
If you would like more information about wedding photography in the Hunter Valley, or your Ben Ian wedding, feel free to contact us here.
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The Hunter Valley is just two hours from Sydney and is one of the most popular wedding locations in New South Wales. And with good reason. The scenery is breathtaking with hills and vineyards as far as the eye can see. It also has the best food and wine in the country. There is plenty of accommodation available, from private homes to resorts, making it perfect for a destination wedding. And it has the best wedding venues in Australia.
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There are plenty of wedding venues in the Hunter Valley, and more and more seem to be popping up all the time. I’m not listing all the venues here, I’m just listing my favorite wedding venues that I think do an amazing job for their couples.
Circa 1876 is a lovely rustic restaurant which is part of The Convent Escarpment Group. I’ve lost count of how many weddings I’ve done there, but it’s a lot. And if you choose this place, you are guaranteed a beautiful wedding.
Onsite accommodation, beautiful outdoor event space, great photo locations, beautiful restaurant with wonderful staff. It has everything you need for a perfect wedding. It can accommodate 150 guests.
Enzo Weddings is located in the Hunter Valley Ironbark Hill Vineyard and is one of my favorite wedding venues. I have shot this location many times. I would describe it as modern rustic elegance. And I highly recommend it.
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There is on-site accommodation, a beautiful air-conditioned chapel and reception areas overlooking the vineyards. And there are 30 acres of land, so there are plenty of photo spots. The staff is amazing and it can accommodate up to 150 guests.
Adams Peak is one of the best places in the Hunter Valley and certainly one of the most popular.
This is a family business and they are a pleasure to deal with. It has great views of the Hunter, on-site lodging, and multiple ceremony and reception venues.
One of the best features for couples is that you book the place for the entire weekend. It can accommodate 160 guests.
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There is an intimate sandstone chapel among the vines called Peppers Creek Chapel. The side of the chapel also opens up so more people can easily see and get a beautiful breeze through the ceremony.
This reception room is no more rustic than the barrel room at Peppers Creek. which can accommodate 180 guests.
Mandariba House is family owned and operated, located on the banks of the Patterson River. If you book it for your wedding, you have the entire property to yourself.
Every year they invest money in the place to improve it. They recently built an Indian tent out of polished concrete. So now you have two options for your reception room and now you have a wet weather backup option for your ceremony.
Amazing Hunter Valley Wedding Venues
Onsite accommodation, multiple location options for your event, great photo locations as the property is so large. You really can’t go wrong with Mandariba House.
Wallalong House is run by the same owners as Mandariba House and they do an equally good job here.
You could spend a whole day on this amazing property from start to finish. The historic home has on-site accommodations. The ceremony is usually held between two large fig trees with a village background. And the reception takes place in a permanent Indian tent. It can accommodate 150 guests.
Vanden Valley Estate is a working winery where you can host your wedding. This is a very large property with accommodation on site. There are also hundreds of kangaroos!
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There are three options for a wedding ceremony. The barrel room also makes a great backup location for a wet weather event. The reception is being held in the Cricketers Pavilion overlooking the Cricket Oval. It can accommodate 120 guests.
Bistro Molines is a beautiful restaurant located in Talavera Grove Vineyard. It has won numerous Chef’s Choice awards and is one of the best restaurants in the Hunter Valley.
It is located on a picturesque hill in Mountview with some of the best views of the Hunter.
There is a small house on site where you can get ready. And there are rows and rows of vineyards, so it’s great for photography. It can accommodate 90 guests.
Mr. And Mrs. Stahl
Morgan Wines & Restaurant has the best mountain views in the Hunter Valley and one of the best barrel rooms of all Hunter wedding venues.
It is perhaps best known for its incredible wines that win numerous awards every year. But getting married is a beautiful possession. Lots of land, vineyards, sheep and alpacas around. There is no accommodation on site but there are many properties around the Berwick and Pokolbin areas.
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