Samantha Armytage shares first photo from intimate wedding

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Sam Armytage has shared a gorgeous first photo from her intimate wedding to Richard Lavender on New Year’s Eve.

The Sunrise host, 44, and her businessman beau said ‘I do’ in front of a small number of guests on his 40-hectare Southern Highlands, NSW, property, with some of the stunning scenery on display in the sweet snap taken by photographer Abbie Melle.

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Samantha and Richard share a wedding photo. Photo: Instagram/Abbie Melle

“11.58am on a Thursday. How lucky are we?” Samantha captioned the photo, showing the newlyweds holding hands and smiling at each other, while walking through a field.

Photos published by the Daily Mail, show Samantha at her small ceremony, wearing a custom cocktail dress from Australian designer Carla Zampatti.

The couple and their nearest and dearest then headed to a local restaurant to celebrate. Sam later shared a second photo - a selfie - with her new hubby to wish her followers a Happy New Year.

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'Happy New Year from the Lav's.' Photo: Instagram/sam armytage

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.

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Later, during a chat on The Kyle and Jackie O Show, Sam revealed the pair had delayed sharing the exciting news, as they were waiting on the arrival of her bespoke engagement ring — which she helped design.

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The pair got engaged in June 2020. Photo: Getty

“He [Richard] choose the diamond, and I gave him a little bit of help with the design — because, you know Jackie, a girl wants what a girl wants!” she said.

The notoriously private TV personality confirmed in November 2019 she was dating equestrian businessman Richard, whom she met at a friend’s party at Easter, 2018.

She told Who Magazine that her new boyfriend, who is substantially older than her at 61, was both a “decent” and “very honest” man.

“His eyes were the first thing I saw,” Sam said. “We both enjoy horses, skiing, architecture, art...that’s really important to have a lot in common. And so far, so good.”

The pair first sparked engagement rumours back in September 2019, when they were spotted at luxe jeweller Jan Logan after returning from a romantic getaway in Queensland’s Whitsunday Islands.

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