One amazing part of our already amazing job is that we get to play in some of the most incredible venues in the most beautiful parts of NSW. Every single venue we’ve played has been so lovely and unique, but there are a few that have really blown us away. Here’s our top 5 favourite venues in NSW so far!
(Suggested drinking game: take a drink whenever I use the words “stunning” “incredible” “amazing” and “beautiful”, because someone needs a thesaurus.)
5. Bilpin Resort, Bilpin NSW
We played at Bilpin resort in November 2018, for Christie + Rodrigo’s beautiful spring wedding. As soon as you enter you’re hit with this incredible view across the property and over the forest. Christie + Rodrigo’s ceremony was held down in the pine forest, which would have been striking even without the unbelievable decoration that Christie put together. It was honestly like entering a magic hidden world. The trees surrounding the ceremony area were so tall I literally couldn’t fit the top of them in my photos, no matter how severe a crunch I got myself into. During cocktail hour we played on the viewing platform near the top of the property, and the view was just breathtaking. The reception venue was so rustic and pretty, and the verandah was amazing for some much needed breathers between dances. Bilpin resort is only an hour and a half from Sydney but driving along Bells Line of Road we felt like we’d been transported to the Byron Hinterlands, so beautiful.
4. Crooked River Wines, Gerringong NSW
In April 2018 we kicked off a two month bender of weddings, booked out every weekend until June. It was a hectic time, but lucky for us we got to kick it off with the wedding of two complete legends, Sammy + Troy. We got to meet up with them for coffee a couple of months before the big day, so by the time it rolled around we were basically best mates. We played, DJ’d and MC’d Sammy + Troy’s beautiful wedding at Crooked River Wines. We were greeted by Crooked River’s amazing staff who were so incredibly helpful. The view from the reception venue across the hills was absolutely stunning, we only wish we didn’t have to play in front of it because it definitely stole the show. My personal favourite touch was the absolutely massive tasting table, and it’s honestly a testament to my professionalism that I was able to sit next to that thing and not sneak some cured meats when nobody was looking, did myself proud.
Crooked River is also a full blown winery so you can always just pop in for a cheeky glass and grab some to take home!
3. Moby Dick’s, Whale Beach NSW
We’ve been lucky enough to play at Moby Dick’s twice now, and it really is an exceptional venue. As a North Shore girl I’ve spent my fair share of time in the Northern Beaches, but I’d never heard of this place until I started playing weddings with James. Moby Dicks is a venue especially for weddings and special events. It has a really lovely chilled out beach vibe while still staying classy and tasteful. The entire back wall of the reception room is a giant glass window, showing off incredible, uninterrupted ocean views. The staff are so lovely and attentive, and we’ve always been made to feel so welcome and looked after. You might only be just outside of Sydney, but it really feels like you’re celebrating in a tiny coastal beach town worlds away from the city.
2. Hazelhurst Cafe, Gymea NSW
I actually had the pleasure of attending a vow renewal at Hazelhurst Gardens a few years before I even met James, so I already knew it was a beautiful setting. When we arrived to play for Nicolette + Matt’s wedding in March 2018, however, I was completely blown away with the lengths the staff had gone to with the aesthetics of the cafe itself. The manager was a total legend and she was all over this event, down to the smallest detail. We performed for Nicolette + Matt’s ceremony and cocktail hour and then moved inside to DJ later in the evening. The gardens themselves are obviously gorgeous, and the interior of the cafe was honestly an Instagram dream. Food is always a highlight for me (…and perhaps even more so for James), and Hazelhurst cafe turned…it…out. They had a giant paella on the go during canapes, and then had little mini meals firing out of the kitchen throughout party time. I thought this was an absolute revelation, because seriously, who doesn’t need a tiny fish and chips or baby burger when they’re five beers and a nutbush down. I actually went rogue for a little while and left James to DJ alone because I had to get photos of the incredible details around the place.
Mali Brae Farm, Moss Vale NSW
I’ve saved my absolute favourite for last here, because I am an utter fiend for Mali Brae Farm. Honestly. I can’t even begin. Even setting aside for a moment the fact that it’s a completely stunning property and venue all around, there’s just something magical about Mali Brae that gripped me from the moment we pulled up for Allana + Guy’s wedding in May 2018. The 90 acre heritage property is tucked into the Southern Highlands and is scattered with beautiful old restored buildings, some of which are available as accomodation. The reception venue is a converted hay shed with the most amazing fireplace and beautiful wooden beams. James could seriously not get me to shut up about this place. Possibly my favourite part of the property (which we only BARELY got to explore) is the ruins, which you can see upon entering. The owners, Greg and Shelley, have lovingly and painstakingly restored the property and all of its buildings, and they were both so lovely and involved with the whole wedding process, really going out of their way to make sure we had everything we needed. The day we received our second enquiry for Mali Brae I almost had kittens at the prospect of going back, and at present we have three more booked! I honestly can’t speak highly enough about this place. I don’t know why it has touched me in such an intense way but I can’t urge you enough to go check it out for yourself if you’re planning your big day!!
…and then book us…so I can go back again because I am…obsessed.
By Rosie Jackson
Almost all the photos posted here are my own with the exception of several photos from Moby Dicks, which I got from their website!