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Hayley and Sam's romantic Hunter Valley wedding

Posted on 03 Apr, 2017
Hayley and Sam's romantic Hunter Valley wedding


How did you meet your partner? I first met Sam at a youth camp.

How long have you been together? 1 ½ years

Do you have a proposal story? Do I ever! It was my 21st birthday and little did I know what he had in mind. Unbeknownst to me, he had asked my dad if he could marry me and was secretly planning a trip to Paris. It was the day after my birthday party and we were heading down to Sydney to have dinner with my sister in law and her husband, Kelly and Paul. After dinner, I thought we were heading back to Kelly and Paul’s however, Paul pulled into the international airport in Sydney! I was in the back seat with Sam and he gave me an envelope and told me to open it, in the confusion I didn’t understand what I was reading but in my hand was the itinerary for our flights to Paris! Somehow he had managed to organise my leave from work and my luggage all without me suspecting a thing. We had been in Paris for a week when he asked if I would like to go shopping and buy an outfit for dinner. Sam had mentioned to me on the way, that we may be able to see the Eiffel Tower from the restaurant, little did I know till we arrived that he had a reservation at 58 Tour Eiffel. After our main meal we went out onto the balcony to look at the view. Sam asked me to turn around to take a picture, I wondered why he wanted to take a photo of the back of me and when I turned around he was on one knee holding my ring. He asked me to marry him and obviously, I said YES!

The Wedding

What was your wedding date? 17th December 2016

Ceremony Location? Hunter Valley Gardens, Pokolbin

What made you choose there? We wanted an outside ceremony and the gardens were perfect for this.

How did you find it? I have visited the gardens previously and knew that they held weddings there.

Reception Location? Pokolbin Hall

What made you choose there? It was close to the ceremony and perfect size hall for the number of guests.

How did you find it? Word of mouth

How was the weather on the day? The weather was very hot for the ceremony but luckily had cooled off by the time of the reception.

Was there a reason you decided to get married on this date? We started dating on the 17th, got engaged on the 17th so when the 17th of December was on a Saturday we chose that date. This also suited family who were travelling from overseas and our work commitments.

Bridal Party

Bridesmaids – who/relationship? Brie Nugent- Childhood friend

Groomsmen – who/relationship? Adin Sermon- Good Friend

Wedding Gown (the most important part!)

Hayley looked stunning in our BESPOKE 'Selena' gown. 

What made you decide to come into Karen Willis Holmes? On my sister in laws recommendation

Where have you seen our gowns (if at all) before? Instagram

How many gowns did you try? Approximately 30 dresses

Where did you purchase your gown from (which store or stockist)? Karen Willis Holmes Paddington

What did you especially like about your gown? EVERYTHING! I absolutely loved the skirt layers and the lace bodice.


Who is your bridesmaid dress supplier? A formal dress shop in Newcastle

Where did you get the groom and groomsmen’s suits? RDX Roger David

What accessories did you choose to finish your gown and also for those in your bridal party? We had matching ties and pocket squares for the men. Sam’s was ivory and Adin’s was dark blue which tied in with the bridesmaids dress. Brie and myself kept things simple, I just wore drop earrings and Brie wore round studs and a bangle.

Where did you get your shoes from? Wittner

Did you wear a veil/headpiece? Where did you get this from? My veil was from Karen Willis Holmes, it was a gift from Sam’s family. I also had a small flower arrangement in my hair.


What advice would you give brides organizing their wedding? Write a list of photo’s that you want the photographer to take and be specific. Appreciate every moment of the day and don’t sweat the small stuff!

What advice would you give brides searching for their wedding gown? You only get one day to wear a fabulous gown so don’t hold back on choosing the one that you absolutely love.

Something Old? I borrowed an antique brooch from a friend that I attached to my bouquet. This was my ‘something old, something borrowed and something blue’

Something New? My gown and everything else.


Photographer – Jimmy Raper

Florist – Kelly Wright - Doctor Dahlia

Videographer – Ben Linsley - Family friend

First Dance – More than Words by Extreme

MC – Ben Kernahan – Sam’s housemate

Celebrant – Pastor Mark Hall – Revival Fellowship

Stationery – Lakemac Printing

Menu - Caterforce

Cake – Helen Brown – family friend

Hair  and Make-Up – Fuse Gallery Hair Skin & Body

Wedding Bands – Baunat – Belgium

Styling  –  Affections Wedding and Event Hire