EVERY bride has thought it.
At some point in the wedding process the thought has crossed her mind that she could do this 'whole wedding thing' AS A LIVING! Thoughts of grandeur and glamour are conjured in-between fittings and meetings with photographers and florists - 'I could be a wedding planner' is the most common. Followed by, 'I could run a bridal shop', (imagine sourcing those dresses and shoes!! Overseas trips to European fashion houses are penciled into diaries and imaginary commercial real estate leases are signed) 'I could be a wedding photographer', 'I could be an exclusive wedding florist' and even thoughts of 'I could be the bomboniere queen' are toyed with.
Ahh we all think it ladies... Once the honeymoon is over and you head back to work to pay off the French Champagne and Jimmy Choos only a very small number of brides follow through with the dream.
Here in Daylesford we have a lovely local couple who made this dream come true. Jodi Flockhart & Damien Aylward were living in Melbourne above a fruit shop. Pursuing careers on stage and screen, (and dabbling in a little hospitality to pay the bills) each weekend they'd drive to their country block near Daylesford to their little container and dream of their perfect life in the country.
Jodi and Damien were married at Sault Restaurant 10+ years ago. Sault is a destination wedding venue/restaurant just out of Daylesford on a picturesque lake, with fragrant and beautiful established lavender rows and stunning sunset views. It wasn't long after their nuptials when the (then) owner of Sault casually dropped into conversation that he was selling the property. In one of those Hollywood moments Jodi and Damien decided to go for it! They were swept up in the romance of romance, and became the proud new owners of Sault.
They set about fine tuning the restaurant and property and making it a destination for couples to have their ceremony, photographs and reception all on site. They built a chapel/barn on the lake. Created with reclaimed materials and built with love by loads of other lovely locals - the chapel by the lake is seriously romantic, you walk down through rows of lavender into this private and intimate space, with picture windows framing beautiful views across the lake and property. *sigh* (Can we renew our vows please??)
The team in the kitchen are completely amazing too, headed up by super creative chef Santiago Nine-Fernandez, his team create some of the finest food in the biz.
It is currently peak wedding season here in Daylesford. Sault is booked out for weddings each weekend from November to March and beyond. And it's little wonder... when your event planner was married in the same location as you, and loves it as much as you do - they really understand what you're expecting from your big day.
We really hope you (we) are invited to a wedding at Sault sometime soon. But even if there are no invitations arriving in the mail anytime soon, (sigh) you can always pop over for dinner (Wednesday - Thursday: 6pm - 11pm), or Friday to Sunday for lunch: 11am - 3pm, or dinner: 6pm - 11pm). Local's night is each Wednesday from 6pm. Take in those 180 degree views of the forest, lake and lavender with a glass of something local and enjoy one of Santi's amazing dishes. (Sooooo good!)