Sam Armytage wedding: Sunrise host marries Richard Lavender in Southern Highlands

Samantha Armytage has married her millionaire fiancé Richard Lavender.

The Sunrise host, 44, and the equestrian businessman, 61, tied the knot at his 40-hectare property in the picturesque Southern Highlands in NSW on New Year’s Eve. 

The pair married at his home around midday, and then moved to a luncheon at the Centennial Vineyards Restaurant in Bowral. 

Here comes the bride! Sunrise host Samantha Armytage has married her millionaire fiancé Richard Lavender in an intimate Southern Highlands wedding on New Year's Eve

Here comes the bride! Sunrise host Samantha Armytage has married her millionaire fiancé Richard Lavender in an intimate Southern Highlands wedding on New Year's Eve

Here comes the bride! Sunrise host Samantha Armytage has married her millionaire fiancé Richard Lavender in an intimate Southern Highlands wedding on New Year’s Eve

The TV star looked elegant for the nuptials in a white long sleeve dress and a matching ribbon in her hair. 

She opted for minimal make-up for the big day, enhancing her eyes with a sweep of brown shadow and adding a touch of bronzer on her already sun-kissed skin. 

She had her hair styled in a half up half down ‘do and had a navy blazer draped over her shoulders as she arrived at the restaurant. 

The bride wore white: The TV star looked elegant for the nuptials in a white long sleeve dress and a matching ribbon in her hair

The bride wore white: The TV star looked elegant for the nuptials in a white long sleeve dress and a matching ribbon in her hair

The bride wore white: The TV star looked elegant for the nuptials in a white long sleeve dress and a matching ribbon in her hair

Pretty: In her hands she carried a stunning bouquet of white flowers, matching perfectly with her ribbon and Richard's flower in his lapel

Pretty: In her hands she carried a stunning bouquet of white flowers, matching perfectly with her ribbon and Richard's flower in his lapel

Pretty: In her hands she carried a stunning bouquet of white flowers, matching perfectly with her ribbon and Richard’s flower in his lapel

Just married: Sam and her new husband appeared loved-up as they waltzed over to the lunch venue to join their pals, who arrived separately

Just married: Sam and her new husband appeared loved-up as they waltzed over to the lunch venue to join their pals, who arrived separately

Just married: Sam and her new husband appeared loved-up as they waltzed over to the lunch venue to join their pals, who arrived separately 

In her hands she carried a stunning bouquet of white flowers, matching perfectly with her ribbon and Richard’s flower in his lapel. 

He looked dapper in a charcoal suit and blue tie, and was in high spirits as he walked with his new wife to dine with guests at the luxury venue. 

Once inside, Sam removed her navy blazer to unveil her figure-hugging frock as she she sat down beside her new husband for the celebratory meal. 

It’s said to have been an intimate ceremony with a ‘small number of guests’ due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, with Richard’s daughters Sasha and Grace and Sam’s beloved dog Banjo believed to be in attendance. 

Picturesque: The happy couple tied the knot at Richard's 40-hectare property in the beautiful Southern Highlands (pictured)

Picturesque: The happy couple tied the knot at Richard's 40-hectare property in the beautiful Southern Highlands (pictured)

Picturesque: The happy couple tied the knot at Richard’s 40-hectare property in the beautiful Southern Highlands (pictured)

Gorgeous: The happy couple were certainly lucky with the weather, as it appeared to stay dry as they took pictures to commemorate the big day

Gorgeous: The happy couple were certainly lucky with the weather, as it appeared to stay dry as they took pictures to commemorate the big day

Gorgeous: The happy couple were certainly lucky with the weather, as it appeared to stay dry as they took pictures to commemorate the big day

Huge: The sprawling property is where Richard first proposed to the TV star back in June

Huge: The sprawling property is where Richard first proposed to the TV star back in June

Huge: The sprawling property is where Richard first proposed to the TV star back in June

Natural beauty: Sam opted for minimal make-up for the big day, enhancing her eyes with a sweep of brown shadow and a touch of bronzer on her already sun-kissed skin

Natural beauty: Sam opted for minimal make-up for the big day, enhancing her eyes with a sweep of brown shadow and a touch of bronzer on her already sun-kissed skin

Natural beauty: Sam opted for minimal make-up for the big day, enhancing her eyes with a sweep of brown shadow and a touch of bronzer on her already sun-kissed skin 

Big entrance: Sam stepped out of the taxi next to her husband

Big entrance: Sam stepped out of the taxi next to her husband

Big entrance: Sam stepped out of the taxi next to her husband

Big entrance: Sam stepped out of the taxi next to her husband

Big entrance: Sam stepped out of the taxi next to her husband 

Sleek: Richard looked dapper in a grey suit and blue tie, and was in high spirits as he walked with his new wife to dine at the luxury venue

Sleek: Richard looked dapper in a grey suit and blue tie, and was in high spirits as he walked with his new wife to dine at the luxury venue

Sleek: Richard looked dapper in a grey suit and blue tie, and was in high spirits as he walked with his new wife to dine at the luxury venue

Beautiful: Once inside, Sam removed her navy blazer to unveil her figure-hugging frock as she she sat down beside her new husband

Beautiful: Once inside, Sam removed her navy blazer to unveil her figure-hugging frock as she she sat down beside her new husband

Beautiful: Once inside, Sam removed her navy blazer to unveil her figure-hugging frock as she she sat down beside her new husband

Sam’s father Mac sat at the head of the table at the luncheon, while her younger brother Charlie sat nearby.   

Her dress of choice was by designer Carla Zampatti, who she is known to wear on a regular basis. 

Of the event, a source told Daily Mail Australia: ‘Champagne was flowing, and at one point they had several (five) waiters attending to their every needs.

‘However, they didn’t get any VIP treatment and while they were away from other guests, they were amount sitting among locals and tourists.’

A local from Burradoo said it was ‘pretty much a “slap-on” lunch’, and Sam looked relaxed while she ‘rubbed Richard’s back, chatting to guests.’

The newlyweds had arrived to their venue in a local taxi. 

Family: Sam's father Mac sat at the head of the table at the luncheon, while her younger brother Charlie sat nearby

Family: Sam's father Mac sat at the head of the table at the luncheon, while her younger brother Charlie sat nearby

Family: Sam’s father Mac sat at the head of the table at the luncheon, while her younger brother Charlie sat nearby

All smiles: The limited number of guests appeared in high spirits as they sat with the newlyweds, with Sam seen putting a supportive hand on her new husband's back

All smiles: The limited number of guests appeared in high spirits as they sat with the newlyweds, with Sam seen putting a supportive hand on her new husband's back

All smiles: The limited number of guests appeared in high spirits as they sat with the newlyweds, with Sam seen putting a supportive hand on her new husband’s back

Intimate: It was reportedly a small ceremony with a 'small number of guests' only, with Richard's daughters and Sam's beloved dog Banjo believed to be in attendance

Intimate: It was reportedly a small ceremony with a 'small number of guests' only, with Richard's daughters and Sam's beloved dog Banjo believed to be in attendance

Intimate: It was reportedly a small ceremony with a ‘small number of guests’ only, with Richard’s daughters and Sam’s beloved dog Banjo believed to be in attendance

Quite the ride: The newlyweds had arrived to their venue in a local taxi

Quite the ride: The newlyweds had arrived to their venue in a local taxi

Quite the ride: The newlyweds had arrived to their venue in a local taxi

Inside Sam and Richard’s lavish wedding reception venue 

Sam and Richard’s chosen reception venue, the Centennial Vineyards Restaurant in Bowral, features a picturesque and rustic setting, a gorgeous outdoor courtyard, and even a helicopter landing site. 

According to a local wedding photographer, Jack Chauvel Photography, ‘most premium wedding venues in the Southern Highlands region charge $160 per pax.’ 

Centennial Vineyards offers a decadent and unique menu, created for each wedding by owner chef Robin Murray. 

Luxury: Sam and Richard's chosen reception venue, the Centennial Vineyards Restaurant, features a picturesque and rustic setting, a gorgeous outdoor courtyard, and even a helicopter landing site

Luxury: Sam and Richard's chosen reception venue, the Centennial Vineyards Restaurant, features a picturesque and rustic setting, a gorgeous outdoor courtyard, and even a helicopter landing site

Luxury: Sam and Richard’s chosen reception venue, the Centennial Vineyards Restaurant, features a picturesque and rustic setting, a gorgeous outdoor courtyard, and even a helicopter landing site

Some of the tasty food includes dukkah crusted barramundi, sage crumbed pork cutlets, and aged rib eye steaks.

Dessert includes apple and rhubarb crumble, affogato and a cheese plate.

Weddings can be held in the stunning Italian-style courtyard or in a private room. Particular costs are quoted to couples upon application.

Pictures from previous weddings at the venue show a stunning and elaborate set up, with rows of tables spread out in front of a fireplace and with a chandelier hanging from the ceiling.

Newlyweds can choose to hang elaborate floral displays from the ceilings and line the tables with gorgeous bouquets.

However, it seems that Sam and Richard opted to dine in the main area in the restaurant, and not in a private room.   

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A flurry of Sam’s famous friends congratulated the happy couple at the time, including Sunrise weatherman Sam Mac.

‘Sam!!! Richard!!! Well bloody done! So great to see some happy news! @banjoarmytage for ring bearer duties, calling it early x,’ he wrote. 

Sunrise presenter Edwina Bartholomew added: ‘Well, this is hands down the best thing to happen this year,’ while former Studio 10 host Jessica Rowe added: ‘Oh HOORAY!!!!!!! So happy for you beautiful girl & that is one very lucky fella!!’

Sam and Richard, who have been reportedly dating since last April, officially confirmed their romance in November last year. 

Happiness: Sam and Richard, who have been reportedly dating since last April, officially confirmed their romance in November last year

Happiness: Sam and Richard, who have been reportedly dating since last April, officially confirmed their romance in November last year

Happiness: Sam and Richard, who have been reportedly dating since last April, officially confirmed their romance in November last year

They attended their first public event together as a couple in early October at the Royal Randwick Racecourse.

Richard has previously admitted that he fell for Sam the very first time he laid eyes on her.

Speaking to the Daily Telegraph at the Everest Carnival Fashion Lunch in Sydney in October, the millionaire businessman was not shy in admitting his feelings.

‘It was immediate. This sounds really stupid but I thought, “gee whiz, I like that girl” from the moment I first saw her,’ he said.

'It was immediate': Richard has previously admitted that he fell for Sam the very first time he laid eyes on her

'It was immediate': Richard has previously admitted that he fell for Sam the very first time he laid eyes on her

‘It was immediate’: Richard has previously admitted that he fell for Sam the very first time he laid eyes on her

Richard went on to say that he had no idea Sam was a television star, and felt comfortable with her right way.

‘I had no idea what she did or anything like that, which was probably a plus. You know when you meet someone and you feel comfortable,’ he said.

Sam told the paper the pair were ‘very lucky they met’ because they have a lot in common – especially enjoying horse racing. 

‘Whether we are watching the races at home or we are at the track, we really both very much enjoy the races and everything that goes with that,’ she said. 

Before finding love with Richard, Sam dated Sydney hotelier Peter De Angelis and Paul O’Brien. 

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