Adam & Antonio’s intimate family wedding at their home Little Hill Farm in Bridgetown

I feel so privileged to have witnessed this wonderful and intimate family wedding between two long time lovers. Adam & Antonio have been together for 25 years, and last Sunday tied the knot in front of just 50 family members and friends.

The weather wasn’t kind at the beginning of the day, but pulled itself together just in time for a shots around the farm and then beautiful ceremony with celebrant Pat Stieg. I have done many weddings with Pat, and it became news to me that this was to be her last. What a momentous occasion to finish on. Chase the dog was the best man, sporting a dashing tuxedo. He was also the ring bearer. Luckily everything went according to plan.

After the ceremony, the boys rang the bell, once for each of the 25 years which they have been together. We then took a few family shots and then they got on with the party. Ronan from The Mulberry Tree cooked up a delightful feast of mouth watering canapés, followed by barramundi and steak in front of everyone. And as it had been Pat’s last wedding, she rang the bell to announce that dinner was ready.

I think that these pics reflect the day as a whole. There was a lot of love & laughter, and everyone was in fine form when I left. I’m sure that the party would have continued well into the night.

Congratulations boys! Wishing you many more wonderful years together.

 

A bit about Little Hill Farm…

Have you ever visited a place so beautiful, so peaceful, so perfect that you never wanted to leave? Welcome to the warm South-West community of Bridgetown and Little Hill Farm.

Little Hill Farm is our home, our business and our source of pride, constant excitement and pleasure. It is where we manage our fruit and nut orchards, our gardens – both kitchen and ornamental and sustain our (outrageous) passion for fresh produce, the outdoors, gardening, (home) cooking and entertainment.

Our ultimate goal when you are a guest at Little Hill Farm, is to provide you with a place to relax, unwind and take in the beauty of the location … whether it is, sitting on the veranda of your studio accommodation with a glass of red or white – watching the activities of the local fauna or mother nature’s majestic beauty, meandering the grounds admiring the various gardens and trees or even enjoying a meal prepared by Antonio.

At Little Hill Farm you can keep to yourself or interact with ourselves or other fellow guests … it is entirely up to you.

And the boys…

We are two country boys at heart, who have lived and worked in rural communities on and off for much of our lives. We love the outdoors, fishing, growing food crops, gardening, cooking and entertaining.

We have always had a dream that when it was time to retire, we would move to a rural setting, potter in a garden, grow a few veggies as well as the odd fruit tree and take life at a slower pace, so we could appreciate the changing seasons, mother nature and the outdoors.

Although we were nowhere near retirement age, in 2014 we thought it was time to at least begin looking for a potential site. Our thinking was … find a small parcel of rural land, maybe renovate an existing farm house or build something new and then gradually over a number of years plant a few trees, create a few gardens and eventually move into the property permanently. The plan was meant to occur over a 10 to 15 year period but what happened was far from our intentions – we found Little Hill Farm and our world was turned upside-down.

We have been visiting Bridgetown for many years, partly because Adam’s godparents live in the town but also because we have always admired the high rolling hills of Bridgetown which are so different to the red, flat, open spaces one sees across much of Australia. We also knew that the cold temperatures in the region, meant you could grow many trees and plants that are simply not possible in other parts of the state.

It was a crisp but sunny July afternoon and we stumbled upon Little Hill Farm completely by accident. It was pretty much love at first sight, the location was ideal, close to town and beside the Blackwood River with breathtaking, panoramic views of the Blackwood Valley. There was an established orchard with a wide array of fruit and nut trees which were all of production age and it was clear that the previous owners had already spent some 15 years establishing some formal and informal garden areas.

Seeing the property made us realise … even if we found our potential retirement property and commenced to execute our plan immediately, it would take at least 15 years of hard, back breaking work to reach a point similar to the property before us

We knew in our hearts, that In 5 years, let alone 10 or 15 years time our bodies wouldn’t be able to undertake the heavy labour required to bring a blank canvas to life … especially as we wanted so much, much more than was currently before us.

As we drove back to Perth, all we kept saying to each other was – we’re both too young to retire.

It was when we got back to Perth and the familiar surrounds of our lovingly restored Federation home of some 10 years in the CBD location of Hyde Park, that the real fun began. We determined that the farm was too good an opportunity to let pass and we needed to adapt our long term retirement plan.

It was ridiculous to think that two relatively young men could retire completely and simply become country gentlemen of leisure for the next 30, 40 or 50 years – besides being very boring, it would no doubt be soul destroying for both of us. Accordingly we created a sustainable, economic business plan and began our journey into what has become Little Hill Farm.

 

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