Its official, we're hitched!
We enjoyed our first few days as Mr & Mrs Scott on an indulgent mini-moon in Yallingup, exploring one of my favourite parts of the world, the Margaret River wine region.
Our guests gave us a grand send off from our wedding reception, forming an arc for us to duck through and showering us in confetti as we left. We both had our bags packed and grabbed them on our way to the car that was waiting for us. We spent our first night as husband & wife staying at the Rendevouz Grand Hotel on the beach. The following day, we stuffed the car full of donuts to snack on (R.I.P wedding diet) and made the 3 hour drive to the beautiful Cape Lodge.
This is the second year in a row we've made our way down south during the colder months, and its perfect snuggling weather. Nearly every winery you visit has a wood fire place. Cape Lodge was absolute luxury, and reminds me of something you'd be more likely to find in the Hamptons.
Upon arrival in our suite, we were greeted with a bottle of champagne on ice, an amazing little strawberry vanilla shortcake and a sweet love heart made from fresh rose petals on the bed.
We spent our first day trail riding out at Jester's Flat. I've ridden horses throughout my life and only recently stopped taking riding lessons, but Reece hasn't been riding since he was a little boy. It has been on my bucket lost for us to go on a ride together,. While it was a pretty slow pace, the ride was great. My horse was particularly grumpy and ended up bucking to kick another rider that got too close to us, so I was thankful i already had a little experience under my belt. Post ride, we booked ourselves in for a rather indulgent couples massage back at the lodge.
The resident farm dog Griff (from working dog rescue Victoria) took a real shine to us, and us to him.
That evening, we had a dinner booked at the Cape Lodge restaurant. I was so tired from my ongoing sleep debt and our ride that I considered bailing on our booking, but I am so glad we decided to go.
Cape Lodge is well known for its food. We'd already sampled the harvest platter in-room the night before, and eaten the single best cut of beef we'd ever experienced, so our expectations were high and the food did not disappoint!
I forgot to pack my actual camera and my phone does not do the above dish justice. This was my entree; roasted quail with hazelnut cream, quince and pomegranate. I followed this with a soft and mouthwatering beetroot and smoked cheddar risotto. Both combinations hit it out of the park!
Cape Lodge chef, Micheal Elfwing, is super passionate about high quality and local ingredients, which you all know is kind of my jam. Everything we tasted from his menu absolutely blew our minds. The staff were very patient with me as I quizzed them on where each ingredient came from and how it was prepared. We ended up purchasing his book and look forward to trying to re-create some of his signature dishes at home.
Inspired by our culinary adventures the night before, we spent our last full day touring the region, hunting and collecting local artisan food wares.
We managed to score a delicious little picking, with charcuterie, cheese, nuts, baked goods & pickles/spreads. - which were devoured on the final night of our little getaway.
We both love the Margaret River region and certainly want to spend a few years living there and really getting to know what the area has to offer (I'd love to take Micheal Elfwings classes one day). Our mini honeymoon was the absolutely perfect end the what felt like a dream of a week.
I'll be posting a sneak peek at pour wedding day shortly, so watch this space!