Ellen & Carlos | Redleaf, Hunter Valley

“If you are looking for a wedding photographer, STOP. You’ve found the best in the business. Sonja is an absolute delight to work with and I could not recommend her highly enough. On the day, her energy is warm and excited but not overbearing (nothing worse than a bossy photographer!) and the images she creates are nothing short of breath-taking. Thank you Sonja for being so fantastic!”

Ellen & Carlos



Ellen and Carlos’ wedding was a total dream. Redleaf, the venue they chose for their big day is beyond words. Described as an Italian style villa retreat, the venue is everything a wedding needs – beautiful grounds filled with roses and lavender, lots of privacy and a stunning interior to get ready in.

Both Ellen and Carlos got ready inside the property – the villa is huge and the whole wedding party and family can get ready in the one place. The ceremony was held outside in front of the villa’s intricately carved wooden doors which were adorned with lush white florals. The guests were then treated to an outdoor cocktail hour while I sneaked off for photos with the newlyweds and their wedding party to the beautiful lavender field. The reception was held in a large open air marquee surrounded by festoon lights. Before night fell, we sneaked off again for some photos with smoke bombs. This was my first time shooting with smoke bombs and the effect was amazing!

Looking back at the images now, every frame takes me right back to this warm spring day and I can still see the sun setting over the hills in the Hunter as guests partied away under the big marquee.

If you’re considering getting married at Redleaf, all I can say is go for it and lock this place in. You will feel like you’re miles away, you’ll be surrounded by so much beauty and you will be able to make the day exactly how you want it.

And finally, Ellen and Carlos, thank you for inviting me to a part of your beautiful wedding. I had a wonderful time and won’t forget this day for many years to come. x






Venue | Redleaf, Wollombi Hunter Valley

Event Planner & Coordinator | Solstice Events

Florals | The Ivy League

Dress | Lillian Khalouf

Shoes | Christian Louboutin

Suits | Suave Bespoke

Hair & Makeup | Natalie Arcuri Artistry

Catering | Fennel & Co. Catering

Marquee & Lighting | KataLane Event Hire

Entertainment | Cut A Rug DJ

Barber | Jacob Ray Martin, The Orrible Barber


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