WE RUN ALL OUR VINEYARDS ORGANICLLY AND BIODYNAMICALLY DISCOVER

In Paxton’s home of McLaren Vale, South Australia, our vineyards are spread across a number of sites and soil types which we manage without compromise from planting to harvest. Our mission is to produce and showcase the region’s fruit quality, varietal expression and natural diversity, particularly with Shiraz, which is now well recognised as the region’s top performing variety.

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We call our approach “back to the future”. It involves combining traditional, hands-on management, integrated and complemented with modern technology. We choose to propagate vines from old pre-clonal selection vineyards to benefit from stock with a history of low-yield and high quality.

 

The vineyard site characteristics we target have soil profiles that allow us to perfectly control soil moisture content via irrigation, maximising fruit quality and intensity. We work with the concept of “terroir”, although we do not necessarily agree with the mystery that is often attached to the word. It can be complex but it is not magic. We consider “terroir” as the interaction between a vine, its environment and the impact of man’s management with the moisture balance of the soil being possibly the major influence.

Management techniques are varied to suit variety and style. Utilisation of techniques such as shoot thinning, leaf plucking and fruit thinning are employed to attain superior quality. Targeted crop levels for Shiraz are 6 – 8 Tonnes per hectare.

 

We continually strive to minimise inputs and, essentially, use only sulphur and copper on our red varieties. Trialling of bio-dynamics and non-chemical weed control is ongoing.

 

It is impossible to develop intimate knowledge of a vineyard in one or two years which is why our commitment to optimum quality is reflected by our long term staff and management.

The Region

 

McLaren Vale is considered one of the most unique and important wine growing regions in Australia today, as well as one of the most geologically diverse wine regions in the world. It is renowned for the production of super premium quality wines – particularly red wines. Its history dates back to the mid 1800’s and is world renown for the production of not just Australia’s top premium wines but also some of the best wines on a global platform. This South Australian region, just 40 kilometers south of Adelaide, is known as ‘Sea & Vines’ which perfectly describes the essence of its favourable geographic location in the Gulf of St Vincent; its unique terroir soils, the winds, temperate, and mediterranean climate. All of these unique factors are at the core of why the region’s vineyards produce such high quality premium grapes.

Landcross Farm

 

Everything old is new again! Following 3 years of extensive landscaping, building renovation and revegetation, historical Landcross Farm Homestead and Cellar Door was restored to its former beauty. It also received some new additions – a vineyard and the stunning Paxton Cellar Door.

More Information
  • ​Area: 1.7Ha
  • GI: McLaren Vale
  • Sub-region: Seaview
  • Varieties: Grenache, Tempranillo, Mataro

Thomas Block

 

The commanding and regal vineyard. Every vineyard has its story and this one is out of this world. Thomas Block is named after the previous owners, who incidentally, are the grand-parents of South Australian astronaut Andy Thomas. The low lying site where this vineyard sits is one of the coolest (cool as in climate not as in “cool dude”) McLaren Vale sites which produces fruit of exceptional natural balance and flavour. The flagship EJ block sits in the back left corner or Thomas Block Vineyard and were planted in the late 1800’s. The is one of the oldest surviving vineyards in the region and still on original rootstock.

More Information
  • Area: 28Ha
  • GI: McLaren Vale
  • Sub-region: McLaren Flat
  • Varieties: Shiraz, Cabernet Savignon, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Merlot, Tempranillo, Pinot Gris, Grenache
  • Clones: Various
  • Soil Types: Alluvial soils- clay/river stone predominant
  • Aspect: Flat ground
  • Elevation: 74-85m
  • Proximity to Coast: 9.5km
  • Average Vine Age: 30 years (some 100+)
  • Vine Training Method: Single cordon hand spur pruned
  • Average Yields: 3.5T/Acre Reds, 4T/Acre Whites
  • Specialist Care: Crop thinning, leaf removal, minimal irrigation, shoot thinning as required.
  • Harvest Date: March/April

Jones Block

 

This vineyard is named after the previous owner of the property – Doug Jones. A well-loved character who was the local McLaren Vale pharmacist, Doug also purchased a prime site and developed what has become one of the best known red variety vineyards in the region. The vines here are at least 35 years old. Today we carefully hand prune and thin them to ensures the low and uniform yield required for super premium Shiraz. Our Paxton Shiraz comes from this vineyard. Doug would be proud.

More Information
  • ​Area: 22Ha
  • GI: McLaren Vale
  • Sub-region: Seaview
  • Varieties: Shiraz, Cabernet Savignon, Nebbiolo
  • Clones: Various
  • Soil Types: Shallow red sandy loam over limestone, Sand over clay
  • Aspect: East and West facing slopes
  • Elevation: 976-108m
  • Proximity to Coast: 6.6km
  • Average Vine Age: 35-40 years
  • Vine Training Method: Single cordon hand spur pruned
  • Average Yields: 3T/Acre
  • Specialist Care: Crop thinning, leaf removal, minimal irrigation, shoot thinning as required.
  • Harvest Date: Early March

Maslin Beach

 

Apart from being a stone’s throw away from Australia’s first official nude beach, our Maslin Beach Vineyard boasts terrific shallow soil over limestone. Perfect for producing great Shiraz. We searched long and hard for a vineyard this close to the coast to find early ripening fruit, buffered from the hot days of summer by its close proximity to the sea.

More Information
  • Area: 3.5Ha
  • GI: Mclaren Vale
  • Sub-region: McLaren Vale
  • Varieties: Shiraz
  • Clones: Heritage
  • Soil Types: Shallow, red sandy loam over limestone
  • Aspect: North, South
  • Elevation: 40-45m
  • Proximity to Coast: 1KM
  • Average Vine Age: 15 years
  • Vine Training Method: Two cordon hand spur pruned
  • Average Yields: 3T/acre
  • Specialist Care: Crop thinning, leaf removal, minimal irrigation, shoot thinning as required
  • Harvest Date: Late February

Gateway Vineyard

 

We thought long and hard about a name for this vineyard. It’s sits at the entrance to the McLaren Vale township, atop a hill with spectacular views of the majestic Adelaide Hills, the tranquil Gulf of St Vincent and everything in between. Gateway just seemed perfect. The unusual amount of limestone rock in the ground in this vineyard (unusual for McLaren Vale) has seen it produce some very unique fruit.

More Information
  • ​Area: 55Ha
  • GI: McLaren Vale
  • Sub-region: Seaview

Quandong Farm

 

When is a Quandong Farm not a Quandong Farm? When it’s part of Paxton Vineyards.

Fully aware of the premium placed on land used for vineyards, David told the real estate agent he bought the land from that he intended to plant Quandong trees. As history has it, the Quandong trees have turned out to look suspiciously similar to Shiraz vines and the fruit they bear is just perfect for producing wine. How lucky is that?

More Information
  • ​GI: McLaren Vale
  • Sub-region: Seaview
  • Varieties: Shiraz 17.6Ha Grenache 0.52Ha, Shiraz: 1654 and Jones Block selection, Grenache: Old
  • Soil Types: Shallow loam over limestone
  • Aspect: West facing slope
  • Elevation: 70-100m
  • Proximity to Coast: 6.2km
  • Average Vine Age: Planted 1997
  • Vine Training Method: Shiraz: Hand spur prunes, Grenache: Bush vines
  • Average Yields: 3T/Acre, 7.4T/Ha
  • Specialist Care: Detailed hand pruning, shoot thinning, leaf plucking, foliage control, careful irrigation. Trialing bio-dynamic methods.
  • Harvest Date: Late February, early March
  • Harvest Baume: 14.5 Baume

19th Vineyard

 

With commanding views across St Vincent’s Gulf and the valley, there is no better place from which to cast your eye across McLaren Vale than 19th vineyard. Originally a golf course, the aptly named 19th vineyard is planted with a variety of Shiraz clones on predominantly deep sands which typically yield fruit in the more floral (think violets) spectrum than the powerful fruit-driven wines from the heavier soils. Another superior site which compliments the current suite of Paxton vineyards.

More Information
  • Area: 12Ha
  • GI: McLaren Vale
  • Sub-region: Seaview
  • Varieties: Shiraz, Grenache
  • Clones: Tahbilk, Thomas Block, Jones Block, Waechter, SAVI 17
  • Soil Types: Red clay loam over limestone, Deep sand over clay
  • Aspect: South and East facing slopes
  • Elevation: 90-124m
  • Proximity to Coast: 4.8km
  • Average Vine Age: Planted 1996 and 2005
  • Vine Training Method: Single cordon, spur pruned
  • Planting Density: 1667//Ha, 3330/Ha
  • Target Yields: 3T/Acre, 7.4T/Ha
  • Specialist Care: Detailed hand pruning, shoot thinning, leaf plucking, foliage control, careful irrigation.
  • Harvest Date: Mid March
  • Harvest Baume: 14.5 Baume

What will the 2022 vintage bring? 🧐

“Well, we've had quite unpredictable weather during flowering, a lot of rain and wind, so fruit set has not been the best in all of our vineyards. But that only means that crops will be a little lower than last year, so we might have to spend less energy on bunch thinning. The quality looks like it will be pretty good with beautiful green canopies that have only profited from the spring rains.
In Mclaren Vale, we have had a dry December - one of the driest on record, which has been conducive in eliminating any small amounts of mildew that had started in the rainy spring period.
Overall, everything is looking excellent out there, and I am looking forward to an exciting vintage and lots of new things to come at Paxton!”

-Ashleigh Seymour, Head Winemaker

#vintage2022 #mclarenvale #biodynamicwines #yield #organicwines #winemakers #southaustralia #harvest
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Looks like these ones got a little excited!

Veraison \ vé·ré·zon \ noun
: a stage in the ripening process of grapes, the short period during which the firm, green berries begin to soften, change colour and accumulate flavour 🍇

Soon. Very soon people #vintage2022

#tempranillo #véraison #harvest #mclarenvale #fleurieupeninsula #redwine #southaustralia #biodynamicwine #organicwine
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Say hello to a man with two business hats. Garry Stillwell, the singer/guitarist has performed and shone for over 15 years. You can find him across the Southern Vales humming his sets while he moonlights (or daylights in his case) running his window-washing business!

Garry knows how to read a room and has amassed a following playing laidback acoustic to lively performances that will make you want to dance. You can expect classic renditions from the '60s through today with covers from The Beatles, Creedence, Cold Chisel, INXS, David Bowie, Coldplay and many more.

It's well worth catching Garry in the act as he leaves every atmosphere (and piece of glass) a little bit sparklier than he found it ✨

See you this Friday from 5pm!

#garrystillwell #paxtonpopup #adelaidelivemusic #organicwine #biodynamicwine #mclarenvale #southaustralia #eventsadelaide #mclarenvalewine #southaustralia #fleurieupenisula
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Playing gigs in Mclaren Vale since he was 16 years old, Rhys Coventry is no stranger to the locals. His "acoustic chilled out folk" style only compliments his laid-back attitude. And as a local midcoast surfer, he knows how to keep a smile on his face when the weather gets stormy (back in November he happily played here in 20kph gusty winds!)

Rhys is now an established 21-year-old singer, songwriter and guitarist who plays his signature Coastal Folk tunes across the Fleurieu Peninsula. But as much as we love his music, his endearing nature has us booking him again and again!

Friday Night Knock-Off's
4-8 pm at Paxton Pop-Up
Music by @rhyscoventry Pizza by @doughballsau
We hope to see you there!

#fleurieupenisula #paxtonwines #mclarenvale #southaustralia #livemusicadelaide #rhyscoventry #doughballsau #organicwine #winebar #acousticmusic
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Does this man look familiar? You might have seen Mason Lloyde as a contestant on The Voice Australia 2020!

And lucky for us, he is playing at Paxton this Sunday.

Born in Broken Hill, NSW, Mason is a self-taught guitarist. Initially inspired by Elvis Presley, he went on to unearth his unique sound and elegant yet powerful raspy vocals. With an impressive vocal range and oozing charisma, it's not just us who are big fans of his music!

"So Dynamic" and "Such an elegant voice. Nothing like I've ever heard." -Kelly Rowland

"Phenomenal! Amazing Artistry and what a range" - Delta Goodrem

With excellent music, drinks, pizza and shady lawns, it is time for you and your friends to take advantage of this glorious weather in a Covid-Safe setting.

-FREE ENTRY
-Doors from 10am
-Music from 12pm
-Outside Event
-Social Distancing is easy to do on our spacious lawns
-Food by @doughballsau

#biodynamicwine #organicwine
#eventsadelaide #mclarenvale #adelaidemusic #southaustralia #fleurieupenisula #mclarenvalewine #livemusicsa #masonlloyde
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Wishing you a Merry Christmas from Ben, David and the team at Paxton. We hope your holidays are filled with loved ones, delicious food and, as always, excellent wine!

#merrychristmas #paxtonwines #mclarenvale #tistheseason
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// PHOTO CONTEST //
Do you want a cellar loaded with Paxton Wine in 2022?
Just 4 sleeps until Christmas, and we want to give away a mixed vintage case of MV Shiraz (12 bottles) to one of our lucky followers! It's easy to enter: submit a festive photo that includes a bottle of Paxton Wine alongside your holiday dinner and use the hashtag #festivepaxtonxmas. The image we love the most wins our flagship Shiraz valued at over $350!

Check out all the T&C's below.
The contest ends at 11:59 pm on Saturday, December 25! The winner will be announced via our stories on December 28, 2021.

To enter, all you need to do is:
-Follow our Instagram
-Like and share this post on your stories
-Post a photo and use the hashtag #FESTIVEPAXTONXMAS
-Images must include a bottle of PAXTON wine and a food pairing
-Images must be posted between 21/12/21 - 25/12/21
-Contest is available to Australian residents over the age of 18
-Free Shipping to anywhere in Australia
-Enter as many times as you like (we can't wait to see what you are pairing with Paxton wines this Christmas)!

#photocontest #festivepaxtonxmas #mclarenvalewine #freewine #giveaway #winepairing #foodpairing #mclarenvale #paxtonwine

Photo by @rewineoradea
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Dying soil changed the course of Paxton Wines; here's how.

In the early 2000s, after nearly 20 years of grape farming, it was becoming apparent to David Paxton that the soil in his vineyards was slowly dying. He needed to find another way to farm to ensure soil & vineyard health for the future, so off he went to his first conference on biodynamics in Victoria. Intrigued by Rudolf Steiner and his Biodynamic principles, he thought, 'let's give this a go!' And give it a go, he did.
Returning to Mclaren Vale, David then converted 40+ acres at his newly acquired vineyard site, Quandong Farm. After the first vintage, David was so impressed by the quality of the fruit, moisture retention, and improved quality of the soil that he converted his entire estate, six vineyards across 200 acres to become fully biodynamic completed in 2011.

Today all Paxton Wines are 100% fully certified Organic and Biodynamic. David is still Paxton's head viticulturist, and he keeps a watchful eye on his vines as they continue to thrive.

#mclarenvale #organicwine #mclarenvalewine #shiraz #paxtonwines #quandongfarmshiraz #fleurieupeninsula
#biodynamicwine
#fleurieupeninsula
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This time of year has been dubbed silly season for a reason. With Christmas parties, school holidays, working and vintage around the corner, silly is a bit of an understatement! So Paxton Staff and the Doughballs Team will be taking a few days to rest and recharge this holiday period.

Below is our Summer Holiday Hours. Thank you for all your continued support, and we hope you have a Merry relaxing Christmas!

@ Cellar Door
OPEN every day 10-5 pm
*December 25 CLOSED

@ The Pop Up Wine Bar & Doughballs Pizza
December 24 OPEN 4-8pm
December 25 CLOSED
December 26 OPEN 12-4pm (Doughballs Closed)
December 31 CLOSED
January 1 OPEN 12-4pm
January 2 OPEN 12-4pm

#mclarenvalewine #mclarenvale #mclarenvalecellardoor #supportlocalsa #doughballsau #organicwine #holidayhours #mclarenvalewinery #quandongfarmshiraz

Photo by @jewelchenowethphotography
Flowers and Decor by @vultureviolet.studio @stemhaus_ @memorylaneadelaide @whitemarquee
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#biodynamic

What will the 2022 vintage bring? 🧐

“Well, we've had quite unpredictable weather during flowering, a lot of rain and wind, so fruit set has not been the best in all of our vineyards. But that only means that crops will be a little lower than last year, so we might have to spend less energy on bunch thinning. The quality looks like it will be pretty good with beautiful green canopies that have only profited from the spring rains.
In Mclaren Vale, we have had a dry December - one of the driest on record, which has been conducive in eliminating any small amounts of mildew that had started in the rainy spring period.
Overall, everything is looking excellent out there, and I am looking forward to an exciting vintage and lots of new things to come at Paxton!”

-Ashleigh Seymour, Head Winemaker

#vintage2022 #mclarenvale #biodynamicwines #yield #organicwines #winemakers #southaustralia #harvest
...

73 1

Looks like these ones got a little excited!

Veraison \ vé·ré·zon \ noun
: a stage in the ripening process of grapes, the short period during which the firm, green berries begin to soften, change colour and accumulate flavour 🍇

Soon. Very soon people #vintage2022

#tempranillo #véraison #harvest #mclarenvale #fleurieupeninsula #redwine #southaustralia #biodynamicwine #organicwine
...

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Say hello to a man with two business hats. Garry Stillwell, the singer/guitarist has performed and shone for over 15 years. You can find him across the Southern Vales humming his sets while he moonlights (or daylights in his case) running his window-washing business!

Garry knows how to read a room and has amassed a following playing laidback acoustic to lively performances that will make you want to dance. You can expect classic renditions from the '60s through today with covers from The Beatles, Creedence, Cold Chisel, INXS, David Bowie, Coldplay and many more.

It's well worth catching Garry in the act as he leaves every atmosphere (and piece of glass) a little bit sparklier than he found it ✨

See you this Friday from 5pm!

#garrystillwell #paxtonpopup #adelaidelivemusic #organicwine #biodynamicwine #mclarenvale #southaustralia #eventsadelaide #mclarenvalewine #southaustralia #fleurieupenisula
...

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Playing gigs in Mclaren Vale since he was 16 years old, Rhys Coventry is no stranger to the locals. His "acoustic chilled out folk" style only compliments his laid-back attitude. And as a local midcoast surfer, he knows how to keep a smile on his face when the weather gets stormy (back in November he happily played here in 20kph gusty winds!)

Rhys is now an established 21-year-old singer, songwriter and guitarist who plays his signature Coastal Folk tunes across the Fleurieu Peninsula. But as much as we love his music, his endearing nature has us booking him again and again!

Friday Night Knock-Off's
4-8 pm at Paxton Pop-Up
Music by @rhyscoventry Pizza by @doughballsau
We hope to see you there!

#fleurieupenisula #paxtonwines #mclarenvale #southaustralia #livemusicadelaide #rhyscoventry #doughballsau #organicwine #winebar #acousticmusic
...

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Does this man look familiar? You might have seen Mason Lloyde as a contestant on The Voice Australia 2020!

And lucky for us, he is playing at Paxton this Sunday.

Born in Broken Hill, NSW, Mason is a self-taught guitarist. Initially inspired by Elvis Presley, he went on to unearth his unique sound and elegant yet powerful raspy vocals. With an impressive vocal range and oozing charisma, it's not just us who are big fans of his music!

"So Dynamic" and "Such an elegant voice. Nothing like I've ever heard." -Kelly Rowland

"Phenomenal! Amazing Artistry and what a range" - Delta Goodrem

With excellent music, drinks, pizza and shady lawns, it is time for you and your friends to take advantage of this glorious weather in a Covid-Safe setting.

-FREE ENTRY
-Doors from 10am
-Music from 12pm
-Outside Event
-Social Distancing is easy to do on our spacious lawns
-Food by @doughballsau

#biodynamicwine #organicwine
#eventsadelaide #mclarenvale #adelaidemusic #southaustralia #fleurieupenisula #mclarenvalewine #livemusicsa #masonlloyde
...

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Wishing you a Merry Christmas from Ben, David and the team at Paxton. We hope your holidays are filled with loved ones, delicious food and, as always, excellent wine!

#merrychristmas #paxtonwines #mclarenvale #tistheseason
...

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// PHOTO CONTEST //
Do you want a cellar loaded with Paxton Wine in 2022?
Just 4 sleeps until Christmas, and we want to give away a mixed vintage case of MV Shiraz (12 bottles) to one of our lucky followers! It's easy to enter: submit a festive photo that includes a bottle of Paxton Wine alongside your holiday dinner and use the hashtag #festivepaxtonxmas. The image we love the most wins our flagship Shiraz valued at over $350!

Check out all the T&C's below.
The contest ends at 11:59 pm on Saturday, December 25! The winner will be announced via our stories on December 28, 2021.

To enter, all you need to do is:
-Follow our Instagram
-Like and share this post on your stories
-Post a photo and use the hashtag #FESTIVEPAXTONXMAS
-Images must include a bottle of PAXTON wine and a food pairing
-Images must be posted between 21/12/21 - 25/12/21
-Contest is available to Australian residents over the age of 18
-Free Shipping to anywhere in Australia
-Enter as many times as you like (we can't wait to see what you are pairing with Paxton wines this Christmas)!

#photocontest #festivepaxtonxmas #mclarenvalewine #freewine #giveaway #winepairing #foodpairing #mclarenvale #paxtonwine

Photo by @rewineoradea
...

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Dying soil changed the course of Paxton Wines; here's how.

In the early 2000s, after nearly 20 years of grape farming, it was becoming apparent to David Paxton that the soil in his vineyards was slowly dying. He needed to find another way to farm to ensure soil & vineyard health for the future, so off he went to his first conference on biodynamics in Victoria. Intrigued by Rudolf Steiner and his Biodynamic principles, he thought, 'let's give this a go!' And give it a go, he did.
Returning to Mclaren Vale, David then converted 40+ acres at his newly acquired vineyard site, Quandong Farm. After the first vintage, David was so impressed by the quality of the fruit, moisture retention, and improved quality of the soil that he converted his entire estate, six vineyards across 200 acres to become fully biodynamic completed in 2011.

Today all Paxton Wines are 100% fully certified Organic and Biodynamic. David is still Paxton's head viticulturist, and he keeps a watchful eye on his vines as they continue to thrive.

#mclarenvale #organicwine #mclarenvalewine #shiraz #paxtonwines #quandongfarmshiraz #fleurieupeninsula
#biodynamicwine
#fleurieupeninsula
...

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This time of year has been dubbed silly season for a reason. With Christmas parties, school holidays, working and vintage around the corner, silly is a bit of an understatement! So Paxton Staff and the Doughballs Team will be taking a few days to rest and recharge this holiday period.

Below is our Summer Holiday Hours. Thank you for all your continued support, and we hope you have a Merry relaxing Christmas!

@ Cellar Door
OPEN every day 10-5 pm
*December 25 CLOSED

@ The Pop Up Wine Bar & Doughballs Pizza
December 24 OPEN 4-8pm
December 25 CLOSED
December 26 OPEN 12-4pm (Doughballs Closed)
December 31 CLOSED
January 1 OPEN 12-4pm
January 2 OPEN 12-4pm

#mclarenvalewine #mclarenvale #mclarenvalecellardoor #supportlocalsa #doughballsau #organicwine #holidayhours #mclarenvalewinery #quandongfarmshiraz

Photo by @jewelchenowethphotography
Flowers and Decor by @vultureviolet.studio @stemhaus_ @memorylaneadelaide @whitemarquee
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