Weddings at Poachers Pantry provide access to the homestead lawn, which is a perfect spot for an outdoor twilight ceremony under a magnificent golden elm tree, followed by canapés while guests mingle in the early evening light. The old Smokehouse Cafe is a unique reception area with a relaxed, country atmosphere. For larger weddings they have a beautiful marquee available.

Poachers Pantry is a family owned business located just outside of Canberra. In 1991 the grazing property was converted into a country smokehouse, and now also manages a cool climate winery, cellar door and shop, cafe, function and wedding venue in the original weatherboard farmhouse. Photographs can be taken in the paddocks and Wily Trout vineyard, along the rows of poplar trees, on the Homestead lawn and in the cafe gardens.

Wendy and Bevan’s spring time wedding was a cocktail style reception. By choosing to have canapés rather than a formal sit down meal, their family and friends were able to spend more time with each other instead of being seated throughout the night. If you’re after a casual and fun wedding, then a cocktail style evening might be something to consider. Lawn games and a photo booth helped keep Wendy and Bevan’s guests entertained!

We always say that there is no right or wrong way to celebrate your wedding, and that you should make the day yours and focus on what’s most important to you. One of our favourite moments of the entire day is when the groom sees his bride for the first time. Wendy and Bevan chose to have their first look as a private moment together before the ceremony, and we were there to capture it. We also love it when couples prefer to keep things traditional and see each other for the first time at the ceremony. As with every other part of your wedding, our advice is to keep it true to you and celebrate how you’d like.

Flowers/Styling: Lilygrace Flowers
Venue: Poachers Pantry
Cake: Sweet Bones Bakery
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