If you want to take your friends and family a world away in the upper mountains, take them up through Bell to Mt Victoria –The Victoria and Albert is a renowned venue preserved in a charming time-warp, Closeburn House is smaller and more intimate with beautiful gardens and The Manor House is quite majestic: it even snowed here one day while I was conducting a “Jane Austen”- themed ceremony! Mt Wilson also falls into this category. Here the air is crisp and the vegetation ferny and lush, a total contrast to the Aussie bush along the way – in these shadows it can be chilly all year round. Mt Wilson avoids the commercial, popular world and guesthouses with English gardens abound.

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Cathedral of Ferns Mt Wilson

The Cathedral of Ferns Mt Wilson

And of gardens, almost as far away is the Mt Tomah Botanic Garden. Of course this is a public space and you have to share it, but there are enough private corners available for weddings here – I’ve done many weddings at Mt Tomah, from the manicured garden at the top, to the “beach” half-way down, and to the gazebo right at the bottom, to which you are conveyed by groundsmen in a little bus.

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Mount Tomah Botanical Gardens

Mount Tomah Botanical Gardens

Further down the mountain you will find Loxley on Bellbird Hill at Kurrajong – that’s a gorgeous property with views across the plains towards the city – it has accommodation, superb restaurant and designated wedding terrace – even an in-house violinist: it is the perfect one-stop wedding experience.[/fusion_builder_column][/fusion_builder_row][/fusion_builder_container]