If you name a wedding or event space in or around Sydney, there’s a fair chance that at Honey Lane, we’ve worked there.
Beautiful beachside venues. Tick. Formal hotel venues. For sure. Delightful urban warehouses. Yep, we’ve created events there too.
So when a new venue opens and we get invited to check it out, well, cue the excitement in the studio!
Our Senior Planner and Stylist Jordan was lucky enough to visit the Bimbadgen Palmers Lane property in the Hunter Valley.
Here are her thoughts...
Our adventure began bright and early in the Sydney CBD where we boarded the bus for the Hunter Valley. Think the excitement levels of a school excursion with discussions of high-end silk pillow cases instead of high school crushes.
Once we’d made it through the gridlocked Sydney traffic, we were on the open road and the bus trip gave us the perfect opportunity to hear more about the new wedding and event space we were about to visit.
Set amongst the rolling hills of the Hunter Valley, the Bimbadgen winery has been in operation since the late 1960s and is made up of their McDonalds Road vineyard and the property we would be visiting, Palmers Lane.
Known for its award-winning Semillon and Shiraz, Bimbadgen has expanded in recent years to host large-scale events. The annual ‘A Day on the Green’ concert series proves hugely popular from November through to April, attracting big name artists such as The Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Kylie Minogue and Rob Thomas to name a few.
Which is how the new Palmers Lane wedding and event space came about.
Demand from couples wanting to get married in the beautiful grounds of Bimbadgen was high (it’s not difficult to see why) but with A Day on the Green ruling out a number of weekends in peak season, it made sense to develop a new space at Palmers Lane.
Two hours and one screening of ’27 Dresses’ later, our bus squeezed through the sandstone gates of the Palmers Lane and we were able to see for ourselves why the region is so popular with tourists and couples alike.
From a stylist and planner’s point of view, the benefits of the Palmers Lane venue were immediately clear. The privacy, the stunning scenery and the versatility of the venue all racked up brownie points straight away. More on that later.
First up, lunch!
After sampling the sparkling Bimbadgen wine on arrival we settled down to an incredible three course meal including beetroot cured kingfish and locally-sourced venison, topped off with a fig and lavender tart and matching wines. The knowledge and experience of the hospitality team was clear and the chef and General Manager were only too happy to answer our questions about the various wines they produce and why they paired so well with each dish.
After lunch we had a chance to wander the grounds and quiz their team further about the events set up.
One of the stand out benefits of the venue is that it offers a number of different ceremony and reception space options so couples can truly put their own mark on their day. Whether it’s nestled amongst the vines, down by the expansive lake or up on the hill at sunset, all the ceremony location options make the most of the venue’s unique scenery.
The venue’s purpose-built barn space can accommodate 130 people seated for a reception dinner and with its high ceilings and exposed beams, it has the refined rustic aesthetic down pat. There’s also the opportunity to have your reception dinner on the lawn adjoining the barn, perfect for a smaller celebration under the stars.
For the couple keen to make the ultimate wedding entrance, locally operated Hunter Valley Helicopters can deliver you straight to the front doors of the barn, accompanied by the sound of your impressed guests gasping with delight no doubt!
Ever the wedding professional, it was imperative for me to sample this experience and I can tell you, Palmers Lane is as stunning from the air as it is from the ground.
With ceremony and reception spaces in the one location, Bimbadgen Palmers Lane offers a seamless transition for couples wanting to get the formalities wrapped up and head straight into their celebrations. The converted barn is ideal for creating a refined rustic aesthetic with the venue’s long tables adding to the sense of intimate communal dining.
Located just a couple of hours from Sydney, Bimbadgen Palmers Lane is well worth adding to the list for couples seeking a stunning ‘away from the city’ wedding experience.
Photography – Bryce Noone Photography
Venue –Bimbadgen Winery
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