Kathryn & Michael's Stanwell Tops Wedding - Tumbling Waters Retreat
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Kathryn & Michael’s Stanwell Tops Wedding – Tumbling Waters Retreat

Secluded relaxed wedding venue for small weddings

I have a lot of favourite wedding venues in and around Sydney but this was my first Stanwell Tops Wedding at Tumbling Waters Retreat. I can honestly say that this venue is in my Top Five! Tumbling Waters Retreat has relaxed bush surrounds with a stunning view over Stanwell Beach. Having such an affectionate and committed couple to photograph made it even better!

I don’t think I have ever cried when the bride was walking down the aisle. I’ve sobbed during speeches/vows but when the bagpiper led the bridal party toward the aisle, the waterworks started! I have Scottish heritage and those bagpipes evoked some strong emotions and I loved every second of it! There were a lot of Scottish relatives at the wedding and I could see they were loving it too! This wedding was certainly emotional and it wasn’t just because of the bagpipes. It was the third wedding in 20 months for the Baker family and the last of their boys to be married.

Guests came from all over the world including Canada, UK and Sweden. There was so much joy and happiness from everyone, especially Michael as he had tears of joy for half of the day! I always love a groom who is not afraid to show his feelings. It was very heartwarming to see how close the Bakers are.

Stanwell Tops Wedding at Tumbling Waters Retreat – All the Details

Wedding dress: Babushka Ballerina / Bridesmaid dress: Aje / Bride’s shoes: Wittner / Bridesmaid shoes: Siren / Flowers: Luca Luna / Hair Artist: Elise from Mane and Tales / Make-up Artist: Tiarne from The Makeup Society / Engagement ring: purchased from a small Jeweller in Briançon France (name unknown) / Wedding rings: Natalie Marie Jewellery / Jewellery/Accessories: Swarovski earrings and bracelet / Celebrant/Minister: Amy Watson / Venue: Tumbling Waters / Music: Mournwillow / Groom’s suit: Roger David / Groom’s shoes: RM Williams / Stationery: Family friend / Cake: Family Friend / Homemade Scottish Tablet by family friend / Scottish Bagpiper: Red Beard Music

And if you are curious about how the lovely and emotional Michael proposed, Kathryn explains it below.

“It was Christmas Day. Michael and I were working in a ski resort in Serre Chevalier, Southern French Alps. I was a chalet host and Michael was a ski guide. On Christmas day, he arranged for other chalet hosts to get me to the top of Yret Mountain. He was guiding that morning and had 20 guests with him. By the time I got to the top, Michael asked everyone for a group photo. Afterwards, Michael said there was just one thing left to do, he proposed. Our manager Ben, and two colleagues Sammie and KC sneakily brought up a bottle of Verve and glasses, we had a toast on the mountain. For the rest of the day, the guests gave us a round of applause every time we entered the room together.”

A big thanks to my assistant Bree for helping me on this wedding.

Scottish Bagpiper at this Stanwell Tops Wedding welcomes the bride down the aisle

Ceremony view from afar at the bushy backdrop at this Stanwell Tops Wedding

Rainy day wedding at this Stanwell Tops Wedding can still look magical!

Couple snuggles by the sandstone pool house at this Stanwell Tops Wedding

Stanwell Tops Wedding venue at night during 'Blue House and the trees are lit up

Big group hug after an emotional family speech at this Stanwell Tops wedding

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