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Kate and Pino Curcio’s summer wedding in the beautiful grounds of Bowral’s Biota was a gourmet feast for the senses. Photographer Milton Gan’s pictures share a peek into their special day.

Based in Sydney’s Paddington, Kate and Pino have both always loved the Southern Highlands. So when it came to planning their February 2016 wedding, “We were after something close to Sydney so it was easy to travel to, but also something unique that created a relaxed atmosphere and enabled a short getaway for our guests,” says Kate. “The atmosphere in Bowral is instantly relaxing, and being out of the city we found that this created a special long weekend with our family and friends. We opted for a Friday wedding to enable our guests to enjoy a weekend away and planned day-after events to enjoy more of the Highlands together.”

As both are lovers of great food, Biota proved to be the perfect venue for their nuptials – much to the delight of their guests. “We were all excited for the food, local wines and produce,” says Kate. “The celebrations kicked off with classic Pimm’s pails[Nikki, not sure what pails are?MP] and champagne cocktails with elderflower from the Biota garden.” They also enjoyed delicious canapes, and an “impressive produce table to start, full of cold meats, cheeses, salads, vegetables and Biota breads”.

For the main event, guests tucked into meats including suckling pig and enjoyed outdoor tandoor oven offerings of chorizo, chicken and blood sausage. There was also a seafood/raw bar including prawns, oysters and sashimi; and desserts including local cheeses, chocolate truffles, lemon meringue, and chocolate and caramel mousse. “The Centennial Vineyards wines selected by Biota were equally fantastic,” adds Kate.

Kate and Pino clicked with Biota’s approach immediately. “The option to have their amazing food flowing throughout the night, with guests able to interact with the chefs and make their own selections, captured the personalised atmosphere we were looking for,” says Kate. “It was important to us that our wedding felt like a beautiful garden dinner party, as opposed to a formal wedding set-up. The Biota grounds and garden, and [the] informal venue layout, enabled us to host our ceremony onsite under the tree by the pond, then begin celebrations in the garden, with guests flowing freely through the courtyard and indoor areas throughout the night. It was perfect!”

Of course, it wasn’t all about the food and wine. Kate’s favourite moment of the day?

“The ceremony under the beautiful flower-wrapped tree by the pond was definitely a highlight. Seeing each other for the first time down the aisle, and with all of our favourite people watching on from the lawn and veranda… Magic!”


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