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Lara Hotz

Just one glimpse of this Lara Hotz wedding and I was immediately floored. With the romantic styling of She Designs at Tocal Homestead paired with how lovely Cindy and Robert look together, this wedding blew me away. The venue is the epitome of a beautiful Australian farm, and Cindy and Robert chose to play upon its strengths by incorporating lush greenery and ivory-colored blooms around the ceremony area and in the reception barn. The addition of copper laced into their table centerpieces was just brilliant. See for yourself how everything came together to be such a romantic setting.

botanical Australian barn wedding - photo by Lara Hotz Photography http://ruffledblog.com/botanical-australian-barn-wedding

From the bride, Cindy: As the reception was in a barn, we loved the natural wood structure of the barn and wanted the décor to reflect the natural materials of the venue. We also wanted the décor to have a wonderfully lush greenery feel to it so that it would feel like there was an element of the outside inside. The beautiful grounds of Tocal Homestead was also an inspiration. It was so difficult to pick any specific theme. We wanted it to be beautifully green and being held in a barn, it was natural that the theme would lean towards a rustic barn theme. We also had a “tiki” bar area at the heritage barn site for the guests to have some nibbles and drinks in between the ceremony and entering the reception barn. The tiki bar was a nod to our Hawaii engagement and we had Kona beers which we loved when visiting the Kona Brewing Company on Big Island (which only arrived into Australia the day before the wedding!) in our “beer bath”. The bar was also littered with fresh mint, lemons, limes and artichokes for a farmers markets feel.

wedding dresses - photo by Lara Hotz Photography http://ruffledblog.com/botanical-australian-barn-wedding

soft bridal bouquet - photo by Lara Hotz Photography http://ruffledblog.com/botanical-australian-barn-wedding

wedding shoes - photo by Lara Hotz Photography http://ruffledblog.com/botanical-australian-barn-wedding

bouquet with king protea - photo by Lara Hotz Photography http://ruffledblog.com/botanical-australian-barn-wedding

bridesmaid shirts - photo by Lara Hotz Photography http://ruffledblog.com/botanical-australian-barn-wedding

bridesmaid bouquet with protea - photo by Lara Hotz Photography http://ruffledblog.com/botanical-australian-barn-wedding

bridesmaid portrait - photo by Lara Hotz Photography http://ruffledblog.com/botanical-australian-barn-wedding

bridal portrait - photo by Lara Hotz Photography http://ruffledblog.com/botanical-australian-barn-wedding

wedding party - photo by Lara Hotz Photography http://ruffledblog.com/botanical-australian-barn-wedding

We wanted the wedding to be a big party and it was certainly that. We were lucky to have the most amazing vendors who knew exactly what we wanted and who fit our style perfectly. Apart from the day itself, one of the best parts of the wedding was booking out the cosy bed & breakfast at Paterson and having all the bridal party and their partners stay there on the night before the wedding as well as the wedding night. Having a dinner together also allowed everyone to get to know each other so by the time the day came, everyone knew each other enough to muck around and it made for the best day and night!

black bridesmaid dresses - photo by Lara Hotz Photography http://ruffledblog.com/botanical-australian-barn-wedding

botanical Australian barn wedding - photo by Lara Hotz Photography http://ruffledblog.com/botanical-australian-barn-wedding

wedding ceremony setup - photo by Lara Hotz Photography http://ruffledblog.com/botanical-australian-barn-wedding

ceremony backdrop - photo by Lara Hotz Photography http://ruffledblog.com/botanical-australian-barn-wedding

wedding ceremony - photo by Lara Hotz Photography http://ruffledblog.com/botanical-australian-barn-wedding

bridesmaids during ceremony - photo by Lara Hotz Photography http://ruffledblog.com/botanical-australian-barn-wedding

wedding ceremony - photo by Lara Hotz Photography http://ruffledblog.com/botanical-australian-barn-wedding

ceremony kiss - photo by Lara Hotz Photography http://ruffledblog.com/botanical-australian-barn-wedding

ceremony recessional - photo by Lara Hotz Photography http://ruffledblog.com/botanical-australian-barn-wedding

The Chinese tea ceremony was held right before the main ceremony and was a lovely way to acknowledge our parents, grandparents and uncles and aunts. The ceremony then went off with a few slip ups with the vows and Rob’s father was extremely nervous to be acting as celebrant that day, but it made for many laughs and the whole ceremony was more light hearted and fun because of it. The guests then headed off to the heritage barn where there was a grazing table and punch station. We added a “tiki” stand with a beer bath full of Kona beers from Hawaii to reference our Hawaiian engagement. We had some time to mingle with the guests before heading off to take some photos with our bridal party while the guests then headed to the reception barn for dinner, more drinks and merriment!

botanical Australian barn wedding - photo by Lara Hotz Photography http://ruffledblog.com/botanical-australian-barn-wedding

botanical Australian barn wedding - photo by Lara Hotz Photography http://ruffledblog.com/botanical-australian-barn-wedding

beer sign - photo by Lara Hotz Photography http://ruffledblog.com/botanical-australian-barn-wedding

fruit display - photo by Lara Hotz Photography http://ruffledblog.com/botanical-australian-barn-wedding

beer table - photo by Lara Hotz Photography http://ruffledblog.com/botanical-australian-barn-wedding

chalkboard wedding sign - photo by Lara Hotz Photography http://ruffledblog.com/botanical-australian-barn-wedding

dancing sign - photo by Lara Hotz Photography http://ruffledblog.com/botanical-australian-barn-wedding

industrial garden reception - photo by Lara Hotz Photography http://ruffledblog.com/botanical-australian-barn-wedding

Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? 1) Choose the vendors that you want, not that you think you should have. 2) You may start to think that this day is about only you two and start to become stubborn just for the sake of being stubborn. You may not want to listen to what anyone else has to say (e.g. your mother!) but don’t be too stubborn just for the sake of it. If it is not hurting anyone and does not bother you too much, what is the harm in listening, and say, inviting an extra couple of guests on her side? It will not matter at the end of the day. On the day: 3) Eat as much as possible, it will still be less than you think you will have! 4) Don’t stress too much about not speaking to every single person. They understand that you are being pulled in 100 different directions.

chalkboard seating chart - photo by Lara Hotz Photography http://ruffledblog.com/botanical-australian-barn-wedding

wedding greenery - photo by Lara Hotz Photography http://ruffledblog.com/botanical-australian-barn-wedding

industrial garden reception - photo by Lara Hotz Photography http://ruffledblog.com/botanical-australian-barn-wedding

copper tablescape - photo by Lara Hotz Photography http://ruffledblog.com/botanical-australian-barn-wedding

romantic wedding with metallic details - photo by Lara Hotz Photography http://ruffledblog.com/botanical-australian-barn-wedding

simple place setting - photo by Lara Hotz Photography http://ruffledblog.com/botanical-australian-barn-wedding

indoor garden reception - photo by Lara Hotz Photography http://ruffledblog.com/botanical-australian-barn-wedding

woodland inspired reception - photo by Lara Hotz Photography http://ruffledblog.com/botanical-australian-barn-wedding

botanical reception - photo by Lara Hotz Photography http://ruffledblog.com/botanical-australian-barn-wedding

colorful wedding cake - photo by Lara Hotz Photography http://ruffledblog.com/botanical-australian-barn-wedding

wedding games - photo by Lara Hotz Photography http://ruffledblog.com/botanical-australian-barn-wedding

pop up wedding film - photo by Lara Hotz Photography http://ruffledblog.com/botanical-australian-barn-wedding

botanical Australian barn wedding - photo by Lara Hotz Photography http://ruffledblog.com/botanical-australian-barn-wedding

wedding dancing - photo by Lara Hotz Photography http://ruffledblog.com/botanical-australian-barn-wedding

View all images from this wedding in the gallery

Wedding Vendors

Photography

Lara Hotz

Event Planning

Sprout Catering

Event Styling

She Designs

Floral Design (Ceremony and Reception)

She Florals

Floral Design (Bouquets, Flower Crown, Flower Pins)

Merrin Grace Floral Design

Venue

Tocal Homestead, NSW

Wedding Dress

Alexander McQueen

Wedding Shoes

Chloe

Makeup

The Bridal Makeup Co.

Bridesmaid Dresses

Zimmermann

Bride and Bridesmaids Getting Ready Shirts

Marieclaire St. John

Men's Attire

T.M. Lewin

Groom's Shoes

Church's

Engagement Ring

Martin & Stein

Bride's Wedding Band

Anna Sheffield

Groom's Wedding Band

Grew & Co.

Catering and Drinks

Sprout Catering

Wedding Cake

unbirthday

Cake Topper

Soymilk Wedding (Image illustration), Funky Laser (Topper)

Rentals

She Designs

Seating Chart and Welcome Sign

Ashdown & Bee

Surprise Pop-Up Book Film

Soymilk Wedding

Stationery

Garance Dore "Let's Celebrate"

Invitation Stamp

Papersushi

1 comments
  • brakell @ basic invite

    I love this style of this wedding! The bridesmaid dresses are amazing.