Real Wedding: Natalie & Matthew

Natalie and Matthew’s beautiful Australian wedding is a perfect example of how a classic wedding look can still be unique and totally reflective of your personalities. 60 guests joined them at their June wedding at the Longworth House in Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia.

Says Natalie, “The venue was kind of a hidden gem in the city – if you didn’t know it was there you could walk straight past it. We didn’t need to go far for photos and the different levels of the building allowed us to have the ceremony in one room which had a baroque feel to it, and then we all moved to the front lounge for drinks and canapes. For dinner we moved upstairs to a simple, light-filled room with amazing chandeliers from the ceiling.

The look of our wedding was something a bit vintage Hollywood, but modern at the same time. There was no theme, just all the things we love – we had old Jazz playing during canapes and the wedding rings and invitations had a French feel, to them.”

From Natalie: The whole day was divine, but the ceremony was my favorite part of the whole day. Our readings, ‘The Owl and the Pussy Cat’ by Edward Lear and lyrics from ‘Dance Me to the End of Love’ by Leonard Cohen were just perfect, and the candlelit room created a wonderful ambiance. It was a very special moment and I couldn’t take my eyes off my man!

Natalie suggests choose a venue that has the look you want, and avoid having to do lots of extra decorating. “Keep it simple,” she says. “Always step back and think, Do I really need this? We barely added anything to the dinner room other than fresh flowers to the tables.”

Guests went home with boxes of Hunter Valley chocolates.

Many happy wishes, Natalie and Matthew! Thank you to San Francisco based photographer Zoe Lonergan for sharing these lovely photos of the day.








Vendor Credits

Photography: Zoe Lonergan /  Venue: Longworth House in Newcastle, NSW, Australia / Bride’s dress / shoes: Melanie Ford / Panache / Groom’s suit: Rundle Tailoring / Chocolates: Hunter Valley Chocolate Co.


  • a thousand mason jars says:

    wow, that dress is gorgeous AND sexy mamacita! : ) beautiful venue…

  • Rebecca O says:

    I love their wedding. Stunning. And her dress is amazing. :)

  • Robyn says:

    Her dress is awesome! Love to see brides go for non-traditonal attire.

  • April says:

    Beautiful couple – beautiful wedding! And that dress! LOVE short dresses. I'm so happy to see a venue featured with minimal decor. I love the clean yet elegant look of this wedding. Loads of blogs feature very heavily decorated event spaces with tons of picky details which can look over-done. So it's lovely to see an example of decor done with restraint. Three cheers!

  • Odd Sundays says:

    how simply beautiful is this wedding? i hope my wedding will be as amazing. and go 'non-traditional' wedding dresses indeed. congrats on another inspirational wedding post. thanks!

  • Out of SPACE -- out of TIME says:

    very elegant wedding and such a darling bride

  • Marissa says:

    I am so in love with her dress! This is such a gorgeous wedding.

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