It was a hot and sticky day when Tim packed a surprise picnic hoping to propose to Caitlin at one of their favourite spots in Newcastle. Upon arrival, Caitlin, convinced she just might die from the unbearable weather, decided sunbathing with her shirt over her head seemed like a great way to beat the heat.

“Eventually she sat up, and when she saw the ring she burst into tears – the surprise had worked! After getting over the initial shock, Caitlin commented ‘if only we had a picnic, this would be perfect’ – that’s when my butterflies stopped and I couldn’t stop smiling – success!”

Deciding on a “romantic boho secret garden” theme, this pair wanted a whimsical day with lots of vintage brass vessels and candlesticks, wood, and tonnes of flowers and greenery. That’s when they found Summerlees, an elegant estate south of Sydney, AKA their dream venue.

“When we visited Summerlees, we both just fell in love with the charm and history and feel of the place and we knew immediately it was the one for us,” explains Caitlin, who rocked a stylish look by Makeup By Megan and an Inbal Dror gown and veil.

“As soon as I came out of the change room, the dress just blew us all away. My maid of honour and I had a few tears, a cuddle and a glass of champagne – I definitely had my dream dress moment.”

Captured by Thomas Stewart Photography, this day was made possible by a crew of capable vendors including Piccolo and Poppi and Caked By Carissa with flower girl fashion by Tutu Du Monde – and the couple couldn’t be more grateful.

“All of the vendors we chose were absolutely fantastic and went above and beyond for us on the day and in the lead up to the wedding. I honestly feel like I had the best wedding dream team a girl could ask for! ”

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CREDITS Photos Thomas Stewart Photography // Bridal gown and veil Inbal Dror // Hair piece Maria Elena and accessories Exquisite Jewels for Hire // Robes Peter Alexander // Garter Bride La Boheme // Shoes Badgley Mischka // Hair Grace Roby Hair // Makeup Makeup by Megan // Rings Diamond Emporium and Matthews Jewellers // Bridesmaid dresses ASOS and Nordstrom // Bridesmaid shoes Tony Bianco // Bridesmaid gifts Mimco, T2 Tea, OPI and Typo // Groom and groomsmen suits Brent Wilson // Shirt Brooksfield // Tie / Bow tie Ben Sherman and ASOS // Shoes The Iconic // Socks Happy Socks // Barber / grooming The Alibi Room // Flower girls Tutu du Monde and Myer // Event planner / Stylist Piccolo and Poppi // Stationery Cake Ink and My Creative Space // Ceremony and reception Summerlees Estate, NSW // Catering Art Kitchen // Cake and cake topper Caked by Carissa // Wedding favours Peters of Kensington // Prop and furniture hire The Wedding Designer, South Coast Party Hire and Heart and Timber // Photo Booth Amusing Foto Booths // Entertainment XYDJ // Dance Choreography Dance Events // Celebrant Sarah Oluk // Transport 05 Club.