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So the date of 23rd of November 2013 will forever be my anniversary. It was a magical day, something both Christine and I had been looking forward to for so long, 3 years to be exact! Getting married is something that I never thought I would do. Why? I don’t know, it is just something that had never crossed my mind before I met Christine.
Our Margaret River wedding was held at the beautiful Xanadu Winery. The winery boasts a list of awards that would rival your weekly shopping list, amongst them, Australia’s Best Wine for 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon in the category of Best Mature Dry Red. Not into award winning reds? Not to panic as their Chardonnay also is award winning!
(Make sure you read on to find out how you can win a bottle of Xanadu Chardonnay)
To accompany the wine, the restaurant is also an award winning dining experience which has a focus on local and fresh produce from the Margaret River region.
We didn’t know of Xanadu’s successes before we showed up to meet the function manager. We instantly fell in love with the place, the stone walls, the green grass and the trees overlapping the walk way makes it an unbelievable location for any wedding.
The day couldn’t have gone any better. They say if it rains on your wedding day that it is good luck, well to a bride it isn’t and thankfully the rain held off long enough for us to be married in front of our closest family and friends. But I can say, I have never been that nervous in my entire life.Sure I was marrying the woman I had been engaged to for the last 3 years but it was the build up! 3 years waiting for one day can do that to the bravest of men! Not to worry, a few glasses of white will cure those nerves or at least I thought they would.
We wanted to involve our daughters as much as possible, as you probably know, they mean more than the world itself to us! They looked stunning as Christine’s little flower girls, throwing flowers from a local florist.
It was important for us to try and organise as much as possible from local suppliers as we were travelling from Canberra. Christine did a great job of finding the best products and everything looked beautiful. My favourite part though, the lawn games!
Accompanying the giant scrabble board, we also hired a giant game of Jenga, totem tennis and bocce balls to entertain our guests whilst we departed for photos with the bridal party. This was one of the many highlights of our wedding according to our guests who were entertained by the fabulous Xanadu staff in their pristine gardens. How many times have you been to a wedding where you are standing around waiting for the bridal party to finish photos?!?Finishing our photos, it was time to party. Everyone was seated and waiting for us and our great friend, who was MC, was keeping everyone entertained along with our DJ. The atmosphere was electric and everyone was buzzing (probably because of the quality of booze!). The quality of the food was that of an award winning restaurant and it exceeded our, and our guests, expectations. The wait staff were exceptional with keeping the drinks full all night and bringing the food out in a timely manner so we could all relax and enjoy the rest of the night.
All in all, it was the time of our lives but it wouldn’t have been the same without our wonderful friends and family. A special mention to all of the wonderful people who helped us with their products/services (you can find a detailed list at the bottom of this post). Would I recommend Xanadu winery for your wedding? HELL YES!!! Want to know more about getting married at Xanadu? You can contact Sarah (Hospitality and Tourism Manager) here!
Want to win a bottle of Xanadu Chardonnay? Simply enter below!
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Who did we use:
Xanadu Winery: Sarah Beresford
Raw Nature Photography: Claire Walker
Bespoke Flowers: Tracey Finney
Vintage Dreams: Katie (Lawn Games)
DJ Damo: Damien