If you’re after something unique, intimate and distinctive for your wedding, set amongst picturesque rolling paddocks, then this could be just what you’re after, explains Sam Entwisle.
You specialise in weddings and events; how did you get started?
My partner and I were married at Wallamba Downs in September 2017. Following this, we did some research and launched our business with an Open Day last April. We were thrilled with over 100 people passing through the gates.
You had your own wedding on the property; did this inspire you to start the business?
Absolutely it did. We had not thought about a wedding and event business prior to our wedding. But after several guests encouraged us to share the stunning location and relaxed, rustic vibe, we decided to do some research.
Wallamba Downs is located on an 168 acre property; tell us a bit about it?
My parents own the property and have done for just over a decade. They are house proud and hardworking, putting all their spare time into maintaining the property and cottage gardens. It is pristine! Wallamba Downs is a working cattle farm situated 20 minutes inland from Forster/Tuncurry on the NSW Mid North Coast. The property offers a combination of rolling paddocks with immaculate riverflats that flow into the Wallamba River. Tree covered hills surround the property, with Talawahl mountain appearing in the distance. The main farm house gardens complement the rustic surrounds. The PERFECT place for a wedding.
You’re a relatively new business; what have been some of the challenges you’ve faced?
Beginning any business has its challenges. From designing a website to gaining approval from local council – these are just two of the behind the scenes hurdles that needed to be completed before we could further promote the business and offer the location to the public.
You’re a busy mum of two. How do you juggle work and family life?
I have a wonderful support network. My husband and parents are second to none. I am infinitely grateful, as they have allowed me time to turn my passions into a reality. Most office work is completed during the early hours of the morning or evening when the girls are in bed.
You have a close knit family; do they play an intricate part?
Every single one of them. Having a close knit family unit makes discussing business plans and ideas an easy, open avenue. Being a family owned and operated business keeps us honest with each other, and the support we can offer is invaluable.
Every bride would have their own unique style; how do you cater for this?
We have varying wedding packages which cater for everyone. Whether laidback or fussy, we have a package to suit. We are flexible and understand that each couple’s special day is unique and may require a different approach.
It must be a privilege to be part of someone’s special day. Is there a wedding that stands out?
Recently we held a small, intricate elopement for a close family friend of ours. I was honoured to be part of it and help make the day as special as it was. It was a pleasant contrast to our own wedding, where we had a lively party atmosphere with over 100 guests.
What’s the craziest request you’ve had from a bride or groom?
Ha! We get all sorts of requests and will never say NO! We have had a couple toy with the idea of a Star Wars themed country wedding – which is a slightly strange mix, but I’m all for it. It keeps my job interesting, that’s for sure.
What’s been the most challenging or extraordinary wedding you’ve done to date?
To be honest, my own wedding was by far the most challenging and extraordinary for me. I was on both sides of the wedding scene; the organising side and the spotlight side on the day. I feel this has helped equip me with the tools to make anyone’s wedding day a success. I’ve been there, I know what it feels like, and I can relate to the mixed emotions that couples go through when organising a wedding. I’m here now offering my services and the location of Wallamba Downs to make YOUR day EXTRAORDINARY!
Interview: Bronwyn Davis.