by Louise Manning
12th March 2020
Flying high! From the moment we met Ken and Molly we knew we were going to love planning this wedding. They are the true definition of fun, family happiness and long time lovers.
We met some 8 months before their wedding and helped book almost all their suppliers, including this talented line up… The Verandah Restaurant - their venue, Kerryn Lee - makeup, Azure Mysterious - the talent behind the camera, Everlast Video Productions, Jason Thomas - making their marriage official, Belflora - floral arrangements, The Event Master - furniture, Hunter Valley Helicopters, Final Touch Bridal - the gorgeous bridal gown, Mad Cow Entertainment - brought the fun, Michael Hill Jewellers – the rings, Your First Dance Co - dance lessons, Skysight Images - drone photography and of course, Hunter Events NSW as their planner, designer, stylist, coordinator and MC. This awesome group delivered a flawless wedding from head to toe, with absolutely no hiccups along the way.
The day started very early, since it was a lunch time wedding, and bump in was in full swing as we prepped and styled the venue. Before long, Jason arrived, and we were set for the ceremony amongst the beautiful, full foliage vineyards. The ceremony was beautiful and romantic. It was also entertaining as the gorgeous flower girls weren’t too keen on cooperating fully. I also loved the fact that Molly’s mum organised a sign language interpreter so she could feel engaged in the ceremony and speeches… it was such a beautiful gesture. Before long the ceremony was over and the guests made their way down to the reception in the rustic barrel room.
Meanwhile, the bridal party enjoyed photos in the vines followed by a (surprise to the guests) helicopter joy flight for the couple. We discovered that on his wedding day for the first time ever in his life, Ken would leave the ground. He had never before flown in an aeroplane, hot air balloon or helicopter, and Molly decided that their wedding day was a perfect opportunity - either to give him the fright of his life or an excitement that he had, until now, been missing out on. Luckily they were in the talented hands of Bob from Hunter Valley Helicopters, and they enjoyed a 10 min flight around the Hunter Valley before landing to make a spectacular entrance at their reception … and Ken loved it!
Before long we were ready to kick off formalities, and as their MC, we organised a few speeches, followed by delicious food, followed by more speeches. The speeches were very moving, and it was clear to us all how loved Ken and Molly are by both families. After the speeches, Ken and Molly played the wedding shoe game. It was extremely entertaining when they only agreed on an answer to very few of the questions… it was hilarious and we were all intrigued. Next came the first dance. It was flawless, thanks to the teaching skill of Anne from YFDC, and mid song all their guests joined in. As the major formalities were done there was some expectation that the couple would get on the Mad cow – bucking bull! Now, this isn’t something you see every day… a stunning bride in her beautiful wedding gown, on the back of a bucking bull … it was an entertainment highlight for everyone. Of course, Molly was followed by Ken who gave that mechanical bull a run for its money. Before long, the day’s celebration drew to a close and it was time to say their goodbyes. It was such a beautiful day!
Ken and Molly have since announced they are expecting a baby, and we are so excited for them and the new exciting journey they are about to embark on. It was such an honour to be so involved in this stunning wedding and we couldn’t be happier for Mrs & Mrs Darlington.