My cousin, Liss, is getting married to the love of her life, Andrew, and we are truly grateful to be part of their special day.

Karina and I thought we would make the most of it by having an extra-long weekend and taking Friday/Monday off work. I found this cosy little cottage in Mt Tomah on Airbnb not too far away from the wedding reception. We packed up our things on Friday morning and set off on our weekend adventure!

After a few hours on the road and we arrived at Huntington Cottage, a beautiful little getaway amongst the tall trees and abundant wildlife. After unpacking the car and getting settled in, it was apparent the amount of love that went into ensuring our stay was nothing short of amazing. There was a breakfast platter with bacon, sausages and eggs plus a heap of other goodies. To our surprise, there was also a homemade apple pie in the fridge!

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With a wood fire ready to go, we lit it up and got cosy on the couch with a Jack Daniels in hand. What a way to end the day!

Earlier in the week, I had people telling me it was likely to snow on the weekend and whataya know, I woke to Karina telling me it snowed overnight.

I had a shower and got dressed so I could go outside and see it for myself. 5 mins later and it started snowing. It was truly magical. The only time I’ve seen snow is when I was about 10 years old. To be out in nature and the snow slowly dropping on you is a wonderful experience.

After playing in the snow, we got ready for the wedding. Our Airbnb was only 5 mins from the chapel hill retreat, so I drove there and upon arrival… holy moly it was freezing!

The ceremony was simply beautiful, a little chapel with stunning flower arrangements surrounded by candles. The words shared by Liss and Andrew had me smiling from ear to ear. Such a beautiful couple and we wish them all the very best in their new lives together.

Following the ceremony, we moved on to the reception where we had a chance to catch up with the family. It had been quite some years between seeing some of the family so it was great to hear they are doing well.

All up we had a fantastic time, great people, great food = a great night. I literally thought my ears were going to snap off as we left though. It was freezing cold! The coldest I have ever been in my life.

After a good sleep in on Sunday, we got up and had some breakfast and went out exploring for the day. Blue Mountains Botanic Gardens is nestled among breathtaking gardens and stunning views as far as the eye can see. If you are visiting the Blue Mountains, the Botanic Gardens are a must-see!

It is such a beautiful part of NSW, it would have been nice to have a few more days to explore the other side of the mountains and visit places like Katoomba that we didn’t get to visit on our first trip to the Blue Mountains back in 2014. Seeing as we are only a couple of hours away, we will surely organise another trip out there to explore more.