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Photography: Bayleigh Vedelago



Montarna McDonald, the founder of PR firm The Audience Agency, met lawyer Nick Pitt through mutual friends in 2013. 

Montarna chose a dress from well known Israeli designer, Inbal Dror. Which featured a big bow and princess silhouette. The wedding venue for both the ceremony and reception was Redleaf, Wollombi. Redleaf, Wollombi is a romantic escape located in the Hunter Valley (2 hours from Sydney). 

Tell us.. how did you meet and what was the proposal like?’

“Nick and I met via mutual friends in 2013 and he proposed on Friday 27th October 2017. He tricked me in to thinking I was heading to Sean’s Panorama at Bondi for his belated birthday celebration. When I arrived Nick had taken over the private room with flowers, candles and him down on one knee. He had also invited both of our parents, so once I’d said yes they joined us to celebrate our engagement. It was so well-planned and caught me completely off guard!”

What advice would you give to other couples leading up to their big day?

“Stay calm, keep it simple and remind yourself to keep everything in perspective.”

You’re engaged! Now what? How did you go about planning the big day? Budget? First steps to take… 

“The first thing I did was find a wedding planner – as I run my own business, I needed someone to lead the wedding project. It seriously saved me time and sanity in the run up to the big day. Once I locked in Georgie our planner we confirmed our budget, started looking at venues and locked in a date.”

What was your beauty and fitness prep leading up to the wedding?

“I really ramped things up on the skincare front three months out from the wedding. I used the Rationale Essential 6 regimen and continued with my usual skincare routine – cleansing using a sensitive skin serum, moisturising and using sunscreen. I booked monthly facial appointments at Rationale and started going for fortnightly light treatment sessions at The Parlour Room. I started mixing The Beauty Chef’s collagen serum into my water daily and also using a teaspoon of their Glow Powder into my porridge, helping my skin and my gut. And I got on board with self-care Sundays early on, taking time before the start of the week to soak in a bath and pamper my skin with a face mask.

I also committed to KX Pilates and tried to fit in 3-4 classes a week after the office – so hard to tear myself away from emails but it had to be done! I discovered infrared saunas at La Porte Space and loved my weekly sessions.”


What was the most expensive thing other than the venue that you had to pay for? 

“The catering – Nick and I are total food lovers so we wanted to serve an incredible feast that reflected our tastes.”

How’d you go about stick to a budget? 

“I run a communications and events agency so luckily I’m experienced in creating budgets – and sticking to them! We kept track of all costs at each stage and also agreed on a contingency budget for last minute additions.”

“I chose a wedding dress from Israeli designer Inbal Dror – it was everything I thought I wouldn’t wear!”

Ceremony song?

“Flower of Scotland played live by three bagpipers – a little nod to my family’s Scottish heritage.”

First dance song?

“Just Can’t Stop Loving You, Michael Jackson.”


“None, it was the best day of my life.”


Redleaf, Wollombi


Redleaf, Wollombi


Wedding Planner:

Georgie Duddy from After The Rock


Cook & Waiter


Photographer / Videographer:

Bayleigh Vedelago / The Moon and Back





MJ Hurney


Cook & Waiter



Inbal Dror via Helen Rodriguez



Jimmy Choo



Paris Georgia



Robert Clerc


Nicks – Tiffany & Co / Mon – Robert Clerc


Mia Hawkswell


Mia Hawkswell


Rutherford Entertainment


P Johnson Tailors