“If You Got Any More Beautiful The Sun Would Leave Its Place And Come For You” - THE CHASE BY RUPI KAUR
That may well sum up how you feel about your beloved, but it also describes what it’s like to marry here in the Daylesford Macedon region.
People are over boring weddings of bridal formality and dribbling with official proceedings and speeches. Love isn’t like that. It’s about passion, lust and laughter. Shouldn’t a wedding reflect that? Truckloads of couples take the plunge in this place. They do so in paddocks with roses rambling through fences. They do so in intimate bluestone churches hidden on dirt roads and feast with mates at tables heavy with flowers and regional produce. They do it in venues with views that are as vast and beautiful as the decades of love together that are soon to come for them both.
There’s nothing traditional about getting married in this place. It’s really about picking a venue (or a paddock) that represents physically who you guys are as a couple. Sharing platters of regional food packed with the seasonal produce you adore; with bowers of local flowers that casually smatter beauty everywhere and doing it all with the people who know you both to the core.
Here are a few of our magnificent wedding venues.
Baringo Food & Wine Co - Gisborne
Bellinzona - Hepburn Springs
Cammeray Waters - Woodend
Camp David Farm - Spring Hill
Churchill - Taradale
Cleveland Winery - Lancefield
Cosmopolitan Hotel - Trentham
Daylesford Holiday Park - Daylesford
Dudley Boutique Hotel - Hepburn Springs
Eagle Dream Lodge - Yandoit
Glen Erin at Lancefield - Lancefield
Hanging Rock Reserve - Woodend
Hepburn Pavilion - Hepburn Springs
Lake House - Daylesford
Lancemore Hill - Lancefield
Lawson Lodge Country Estate - Macedon
Macedon Ranges Hotel & Spa - Macedon
Mimosa Glen - Tooborac
Mount Macedon Winery - Mt Macedon
Peppers Mineral Springs Hotel - Hepburn Springs
Quirindi Stables - Newlyn North
RACV Goldfields Resort - Creswick
Roombas @ Mt Aitken - Gisborne South
Sault - Sailors Falls
Scrub Hill 1986 - Newlyn
St Agnes Homestead - Kyneton
St Claire Country House - Trentham East
The Burrow Event Space - Denver
The Convent – Daylesford
The Grande Hotel - Hepburn Springs
Couples are bringing their own wedding style to the Daylesford Macedon region, as locals convert charming properties to cater for bespoke events beyond the big smoke.
by Natalie Dowling
When they were dating, Alice and Elijah Slatter would take road trips, to picnic between the Elms at Jubilee Lake in Daylesford.
“I’d joked to a friend that two enormous rows of trees would be perfect for an aisle one day. When the time came, and we discovered The Burrow on instagram, Elijah and I realised that it was perfect for our big day.”
The relaxed and natural space enticed the couple straight away. “Looking outside of the city wasn’t even a question for us,” says Alice.
“Our marriage was witnessed by and shared with the people we love, in forest surrounds that shouted our names.”
It’s an authenticity trend that has not gone unnoticed by brand stylist and event manager, Ally Lawlor. Yet she and builder husband Brad, were frustrated trying to find their own wedding venue. They’ve since combined forces with his parents, Deirdre and Brendon, to transform the family’s 30 year old winery at Denver into The Burrow, a contemporary barn-style space with bushland ceremony nooks.
Around 70% of bookings are made by Melbourne-based couples who are drawn by the freedom to make the space what they want it to be for their special celebration.