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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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