This was only my second time to Orange – the first time only lasted a couple of hours. I’ve seen too little of too much of NSW so it’s always wonderful to be able to make a journey inland to see more of our beautiful State, with the promise of love confirmed, good food and drink, and a wedding at Racine Restaurant, a fabulous spot for a celebration just outside of Orange.

The town had recent rainfall and was looking green and enticing, the traffic is irrelevant (why do we all crowd into Sydney?!) and the countryside is productive, rolling, beautiful, soothing.

Nick and Kate had lived and worked in Sydney, and they’d met while working in an inner city bar. A mutual attraction (the best kind) has become love and pulled them back to Nick’s hometown of Orange where they now live and work.

A truly beautiful country Saturday morning dawned and wedding preparations were in full swing, underway with the uncertainty of what precisely should be done because it’s not like every day, the certainty of the schedule that needs to be met, the hair and make-up underway, Kate and her bridesmaids enjoying champagne, deliveries and drop offs, a little one to feed, friends to talk to about last minute decisions or changes ; the unheralded quiet moments of the day. It’s different and the same.

Wedding dress hanging in treebrides wedding shoes and bouquetThe flower girl and her headdressbride and her daughterHugging her wedding dresskate, our bride, with her bridesmaidsKate putting on her shoes and earringsThe love of a daughter on her wedding dayDrinking champagne with her bridesmaidsGetting the flower girl dressedKate reading a note sent to her from Nick on their wedding dayKate writing a note for NickThe bride leaving for her wedding ceremonyNick reading a note from Kate

Nick and Kate decided to meet prior to the ceremony. A first look. Time to revel in the happiness and celebration of the day, and slowly entwine in solitude, together, breaking tradition. There’s that realisation that most wedding days are spent in the company of family and friends, so it’s lovely to steal the quiet moments as a couple. Because soon enough the day will be a whirlwind of people, voices, action, ooh’s and aah’s and hugs.

Nick awaiting his bride who's about to surprise himKate about to surprise Nick before their wedding ceremonyNick and Kate have a first lookWedding photography at LaColline VineyardWedding photos in OrangeWedding party at LaColline VineyardNick and Kate with their bridal party at La CollineWedding day fun at LaColline VineyardWedding day photos at La CollineNick and Kate, Bride and Groom

Kate’s son walked with her down the aisle to Nick past the empty chair at the front. Nick, Kate and her sister would place flowers, during the ceremony, on the chair, in recognition of those they love.

Kate, our bride, being escorted by her best friendsbridesmaids walking down the aisleWalking his mum down the aisleA kiss for Mum as she's about to be marriedView of wedding at La CollineA reading during the wedding ceremony at La CollineWedding Ceremony at La CollineWedding Ceremony photos at La Colline in OrangeSigning the wedding register at La CollineJust married at La CollineHappily married at La Collinecelebrations with loved onesenjoying the wedding with friendsBig group photo with friends at La CollinePhotos of bridal party at La Colline vineyardBride and Groom running through the view at La CollineLove at La Colline Vineyardbride and groom at La Colline Vineyardwedding at Racine Restaurant

The reception was held inside, the guests sitting at the long tables, enjoying all that was on offer, the food and drink of course, the amazing canapés, music, speeches and the emotions of what it all meant.

Racine has been a regular part of Kate and Nick’s dating ritual. They knew it would have to play a major role for their wedding day. If you know of it it really needs to be on a “must visit” list. The food and drink are fabulous. The venue itself is beautiful with scenery that goes on and on, it’s incredibly relaxing, and it all lingers in the mind for a long time. A wedding at Racine Restaurant is a feast of the senses.

wedding table decorations at Racine RestaurantWedding cake at Racine Restaurant for Nick and KateSocks and cufflinksThe first dance at Racine RestaurantLaughter during the wedding receptionWedding reception fun at Racine Restaurant La Colline Vineyardswedding guests at Racine Restaurantdating at Racine restaurantfarewell wedding arch at Racine RestaurantRacine Restaurant, La Colline Winery

After the lunchtime reception Nick and Kate refreshed themselves with coffees at their favourite local before meeting up with their guests at the Washington & Co Whiskey Saloon back in town, where pizzas and the bar kept the guests going.

Country weddings are amazing. Orange. I want to go back.

Walking through the streets of OrangeNeed some coffee after the wedding, walking through the streets of OrangeWalking through Orange looking for coffeeGoing for coffee after the weddingKate and Nick admiring their wedding ringsBride and Groom at LaColline Vineyard

If you’ve found the one, the love of your life, and you are now planning your wedding (and especially a country wedding at Racine Restaurant LaColline Vineyard) and want beautiful photography to remember this special day then it’s time to talk to Sarah or myself. We take compelling, elegant and timeless stills. We capture the most valuable images in the world. Yours.

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