{Love Birds} Nikki and Chris forever together

‘You’re the one, the only one, the only one that’s just right just for me
but all the same, you know I, you know I’m, I’m just a fool
I’m a fool for you, I’m a fool, I’m a fool for you’

– Fool for you – John Butler Trio


I am so incredibly lucky to see many weddings come across my desk and while they are all very beautiful, every now and then one just takes your breath away… Nikki and Chris’ wedding did just that. It was a day of romance,  love and of fun.

The love birds: Nikki Waldron, 29 Early Childhood Educator and Chris McCulloch, 33 Team Leader at Central Tablelands Local Land Services.

Ceremony & Reception: The “vinegrove” in Mudgee


Theme: Vintage Chic

The Dress: Rachel Gilbert “Tessina Gown” in dusty pink  from Danielle Louise in Orange


Groom & wedding party attire: Rembrandt Navy suits with Ivory shirts from Bent Threads in Bathurst

Hair/makeup: “Vintage Glamourish” Hair by a family friend and makeup from Bella Medi Spa Mudgee

Decorations: Lamps, birdcages, light breezy chiffon, hessian, lounges everywhere, Chandeliers

Food: Gourmet canapes from Local Mudgee company Whisk Gourmet

Cake: Naked Cake with fresh flowers from Family Friend Lucy Baranowski


Drinks: The standard beer wine ciders

Photographer: Philippa Enid Photography

Rings: Beautiful white gold round cut ring with a diamond wedding band for Nikki and just a plain comfort wedder in white gold for Chris

couple 2

Music: Acoustic Guitar by good friend Andrew Nelson who played John Butler song “fool for You” as Nikki walked down the aisle and acoustic music throughout reception from another good friend Lou Goryl. Then the tunes slipped into some old favourites via the ipod!


Special moments: Nikki says the moment that Chris sang Black magic woman by Santana to her in front of all of their guests was a moment that she will remember for the rest of her life.

The wedding was a beautiful family affair, Nikki spent the night before the wedding with her Nanna and says it was lovely to have our siblings as our bridesmaids and groomsmen. Plus enjoying the day with heir cheeky two year old son!


Guests: 100

Cost: More than a small family car 🙂

Stockists: Ceremony/Reception: The Vinegrove Mudgee | Dress: Danielle Louise | Menwear: Bent Thread Menswear | Makeup: Bella Medi Spa | Food: Whisk Gourmet | Photography: Philippa Enid Photography |

{Design} Sweet dreams of kitchen splashbacks

I am desperately in need of a renovated kitchen (read: My kitchen is apricot. That is all you need to know. Apricot I tell you! I am not really sure when apricot was EVER a good idea stupid person that built my house) but as I live with my daily hatred of the kitchen usually quietly and unknown to the world today I let out a little squeal. I saw the splashback I want NEED.

Say hello to the ‘Mudgee Panel’ from the brilliant team at Pressed Tin Panels. This people, is what my kitchen reno dreams are made of:

Mudgee powdercoat

Just as a public service announcement if anyone gets this, or worse still already has this in their house I do not want to know.. well until I also have it in my home!

Let us introduce you to Matt Boylan-Smith

The Central Nest loves talented locals. Particularly REALLY talented locals.

Recently we were lucky enough to speak with Matt Boylan-Smith about music, plucking and wishing he had started five years earlier. Studio B&W

Hi Matt, thanks for chatting with the Central Nest. Please tell us a little about yourself

I am a 27 year old musician. I grew up in the Blue Mountains and Bathurst and originally come from Victoria.

Music has always been a part of me. When young, I would always be singing and watching music but was generally too shy to sing in front of people. I qualified to get into the Australian youth choir but my voice broke so I didn’t really sing until after my teenage years.

How would you describe your sound?

My sound is a mixture of folky roots, with finger plucking sometimes overlaid with frisky strumming. When writing, I usually work on the melody and lyrics around the actual guitar on its own and build the song from there.

What comes out is a pretty honest and raw sound, which is great as I like to sound in the studio how I do at my gigs.

How long have they been performing? How did you get started?:

I’ve been performing for about five years live. I started not long before that. I’ve always sung but am still relatively new to guitar. I started when I walked past a second hand music store and laid eyes on my Maton guitar. I outlaid a fair sum of my money but it has paid me back a million-fold.

What is your favourite thing about performing?

Performing is a great outlet, something I appreciate more as I do it more often. I enjoy telling my story and communicating it through music.

My favourite places to perform would be the Church Bar in Bathurst and Logan Vineyard in Mudgee.

Do you have a least favourite part of the job?

I would generally say the kms on the road alone, but this is also a good time for introspect. I guess the fact that I perform whilst my friends are out enjoying their time off from their jobs is my least favourite part.

What has been your career highlight?:

There have been better known and more storied performers, but opening up for Ash Gunwald would be my highlight so far. Apart from being an incredible performer, he was also honest and upfront and gave great advice when I was probably a little bit nervous sharing the stage with him!

What advice would you give the 16 year old version of yourself?

Pick up the guitar and start playing! Don’t wait another 5 years.

What would you say to the up-and-comers in the music industry?

Work hard, do the time, be smart and take opportunities when they come, as long as they fit with what you are doing. And stick to your brand. If you’re writing and performing a softer laid back show, don’t always do pub shows. Find an audience that appreciates your style and grow that way.MATTBOYLANSMITH 1

Where can people find you?

My website is www.mattboylansmith.com
On Facebook at www.facebook.com/mattboylansmithmusic
On Youtube at www.youtube.com/user/mattboylo

We thank Matt for taking the time to chat with us. We love his sound and look forward to watching him perform for many years to come. Make sure you get out and support this very talented local.