Samantha Armytage reveals adorable wedding day detail

Sarah Carty
·Lifestyle Editor
·3-min read

Sunrise host Samantha Armytage has revealed an adorable detail about her intimate wedding to Richard Lavender on New Year’s Eve. 

The TV star, 44, and her businessman beau said ‘I do’ in front of a small number of guests on his 40-hectare Southern Highlands, NSW, property. 

Samantha Armytage and Richard Lavender
Samantha Armytage married Richard Lavender on New Year’s Eve. Photo: Getty Images

Taking to her Instagram stories last night, the host replied to a fan who was also getting married and asking for advice. 

While Sam said she's "not a wedding planner" she did give some great suggestions to the fan and also revealed a photo of her adorable dog, Banjo, acting as best man on the day. 

"Have the people you love there (the ones who aren't in lockdown) the true friends," she wrote. 

"Keep it simple. Good quality Champagne, good quality food, good music (find a fabulous 14-year-old who can arrange a kick-ass playlist) and most importantly good quality husband."

Samantha Armytage Instagram
The TV host gave some nuggets of advice to one follower. Photo: Instagram/Samantha Armytage

Sam, who wore a Carla Zampatti long-sleeved white dress for her wedding, told her fan to "wear whatever you bloody like". 

"Above all, love and be loved on the day," she finished. 

In another photo from her wedding, Samantha revealed her beloved dog Banjo had acted as a best man for her on the day. 

Sam returned to the Sunrise desk in January, where she revealed they planned their nuptials in just three days.

"Three days before we decided we'd do it for New Year's Eve," she said.

"We did it, we got it done, it was a little bit stressful for me but Rich was very relaxed.

"It was dad, my dad, we were all sitting around, at Christmas time as you do, having a champagne and beer on the verandah, and dad said because of COVID and everyone's in lockdown…dad said ‘just do it, for god’s sake, just do it,’ so we did it!”

“It was nice, there was 12 of us there, we organised it in three days and it was fun.”

Samantha Armytage and Richard Lavender on their engagement day
The couple got engaged in June 2020. Photo: Instagram/Samantha Armytage

She was also introduced on her first day back on the show by her new name, Samantha Lavender.

Sam took to her Instagram account on her wedding day to upload a stunning photo of her and her new husband.

“11.58am on a Thursday. How lucky are we?” she captioned the snap.

Samantha Armytage and Richard Lavender attend Golden Eagle Day at Rosehill Gardens on October 31, 2020 in Sydney, Australia.
The couple married in the Southern Highlands. Photo: Getty Images

She looked stunning in a custom cocktail dress from Australian designer Carla Zampatti with a white bow in her hair.

Sam first announced the couple’s engagement on June 21, 2020, by sharing a photo of herself with her hubby-to-be Richard to her Instagram, her left-hand ring finger sparkling with a solitaire diamond ring.

Back in September, Sam told The Daily Telegraph that she hads shelved all plans for the big day, as the changing coronavirus rules made it ‘impossible’ to plan the day the couple wanted.

“Because we want to have a party with more than 20 people, we have sort of put it on hold,” she told the newspaper.

“We will get married but put the planning on hold because there is no point until we can actually make a proper plan in booking anything,” she continued. “So no plans yet but we will get there.”

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