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Lauren + Ben // Silos Estate Berry Wedding Photography, Southern Highlands Wedding Photographer

Venue: Silos Estate, Berry
Planner + Stylist: Windwood Events
Florist: Flowers on the Mill
Bridal Gown: Pronovias
Hair: Jessica Hillard – Willow Hair Spa
Makeup: Tamara Lee Makeup Artist
Hire: Shoalhaven Party Hire + Heart + Timber
Foliage Backdrop: Lavish Cakes
Celebrant: Cathryn Philpott
Cake: Lavish Cakes
Entertainment: XYDJ + Lombardo Entertainment

Tell us a little about your day…

Like they always say something will go wrong, & it did….but we had such a wonderful team of vendors that it was still the single most amazing day of our lives. It was incredibly windy at our venue which none of us in the bridal party knew about because not far from the venue where we were getting ready it was a normal day. It wasn’t until the boys arrived that they became aware of it & Ben gave the ok to move the ceremony location to a more protected area on the property. Of course everyone was a little nervous that I wouldn’t be happy with it when I arrived. We had been trying to plan for possible rain on the day; extreme winds wasn’t something we gave any thought to. I was told of the change just as we were leaving for the venue so I wasn’t walking into it completely shocked. The journey to the venue was longer than expected due an accident that had occurred right at the entrance so tension was a high for everyone by the time the girls arrived. I lost my veil to the winds just as I was to walk down the aisle; I knew then moving the ceremony was undoubtedly the right choice. Although we were all outside in the winds for a few hours we hope it didn’t dampen the day for our guests. We were all very grateful when the time came to enter the reception. We were all spoilt with delicious food & drinks from Silos Restaurant, Ben even decided his wedding was a great night to take up drinking wine. We danced & drank (way too much of course). Ben & I honestly could have stayed all night. Getting to spend a night partying with all your favorite people is almost a once in a lifetime thing, & those memories, some a little blurrier than others, will be cherished forever.

What was your fave part or moment from your day?

I seriously thought I would be one of those people that thinks lets just get the ceremony over & onto the party, but we truly loved the ceremony. We only met with one celebrant, Cath from Coastal Ceremonies but she was the perfect choice for us. We’re so pleased we took the time to write our own vows; they were so special & we still talk about them now, they aren’t just forgotten after they’re said. For me (Lauren) I also loved entering the reception & seeing it set up in all its beauty. I spent so much time….SO MUCH TIME …sourcing, planning & thinking about things that no one would ever notice like table widths, then making sure tablecloths would sit to the desired length and dimmer switches to ensure the perfect amount of light. So when I first saw it with all our wonderful family & friends there it was a bit of a teary moment for me. Although I worked out the design & sourcing of the items it was all brought to life thanks to the fantastic people at Windwood Events, Flowers on the Mill & SP Events. Without them & the restaurant staff it wouldn’t have been anywhere near as beautiful as it was.

Do you have any words of wisdom or tips for future couples?

Write your own vows & practice saying them out loud. You would be surprised how emotional you can get when you actually say it out loud instead in your head. If they don’t already offer this as part of their package, ask your celebrant to look over both of your vows to ensure they’re similar in length & fit together in their style. Our celebrant included this & it certainly put us at ease knowing that Cath would let us know if one person was going to include all humorous vows while the other was being super romantic.

We would love to hear about your experience with Figtree Wedding Photography

I first discovered Figtree on instagram & straight away thought “I must have them”. I loved their light & style in the pictures and even though I wasn’t actively searching for a photographer I knew they were what I wanted. Being that there is a relatively substantial amount of distance between us sense started to kick in when I thought about the possible cost of hiring them. I knew I had to look for other options. I decided I would keep an eye out on insta for similar styles with a local photographer. Every time I thought I found something similar I would be so excited thinking it could be another option until read the caption & saw Figtree were the photographers. This happened on at least 4 occasions when I finally gave in to the travel costs & said “we’re having them”. Upon contacting them I found they had 1 date available in the 2 month period I was looking at, so I found a venue with the same availability & locked them both in. I certainly did not regret it at any point from there on. Our photographers Alice & Alice were both amazing & we’re so thankful they travelled down to Berry to give us the most beautiful wedding pictures that we will treasure forever. It’s not just the pictures though, everyone we dealt with throughout the whole process were super friendly & helpful, we didn’t have any issues at any step of the way.

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