Sneak Peeks: Eloise and Ryan's Esca Bimbadgen, Hunter Valley Wedding
Bimbadgen Estate in the Hunter Valley has always had a special place in my heart. After sampling their fantastic produce during a wine tour I signed up as a member and enjoyed receiving their care parcels for several years. I also saw one of my Motown heros Lionel Richie perform there back in 2011. So I was especially excited to return to Bimbadgen to shoot my first wedding at their restaurant, Esca.
Eloise and Ryan are a gorgeous, affectionate couple and it was clearly evident that they always place others before themselves, especially when it comes to kids. Now, there are definitely benefits of having kid-free weddings, but if I’m honest I love having kids around. They inject a sense of fun, innocence and curiosity and they are more often than not the stars of the dance floor! And for Eloise and Ryan having kids present was a no brainer as Ryan has three handsome boys of his own, two of whom had reading and ring-bearing roles during the ceremony. All up there were eight kids who were treated to a table of their own and provided with the coolest goody bags I could imagine. Seriously, I would have freaked if I was given a Bugatti Lego kit when I was their age.
It was also special to have Eloise’s grandpa there. A fine gentleman who by all accounts has led an astonishing life and is still going strong at 96.