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Ringing in the New Year as a Mrs! Samantha Armytage marries Richard Lavender in an intimate ceremony on the Southern Highlands

Introducing Mr and Mrs Lavender.

By Bella Brennan
As the sun sets on 2020, Samantha Armytage is seeing out the turbulent year by marrying the love of her life.
The Sunrise star wed partner Richard Lavender in a small and intimate ceremony in front of a select group of immediate family on Richard's sprawling 40-hectare property in the stunning Southern Highlands region of Bowral in NSW on Thursday.
In photos obtained by the Daily Mail Australia, Sam stuns in a mod-inspired white bridal dress, reportedly by Australian designer Carla Zampatti, which features long sleeves and a sleek silhouette.
She wore her blonde tresses in a modern half-up, half-down style and accessorised her look with a chic white ribbon.
Meanwhile the groom, who runs his own equestrian business, cut a dapper figure in a classic suit and tie combo.
At the small reception lunch, Sam's father Mac reportedly sat at the head of the table while other guests included Sam's brother Charlie and Richard's daughters Sasha and Grace, the Daily Telegraph reports.
In a sweet touch, Sam's Labrador Banjo was also in attendance at the wedding ceremony, which took place at 12pm.
Ringing in the New Year as husband and wife! A huge congrats to Samantha Armytage and Richard Lavender, who have officially tied the knot. (Image: Getty)
According to news.com.au, the bridal party headed to nearby Centennial Vineyards Restaurant for their wedding reception. The outlet also claims Sam and Richard always wanted a low-key and small affair, which has worked out for the best as Sydney faces a second COVID-19 outbreak.
Sam and former farmer Richard, 61, are said to have met at socialite Skye Leckie's 60th birthday party in April last year.
Since the pair started dating, their romance has gone from strength to strength.
In September last year, Sam was introduced to Richard's daughters Grace and Sasha over an intimate family lunch for his 60th birthday celebrations.
Richard had been dating casually since he split from his wife around two years ago, but Sam is the first serious relationship he's had.
Speaking to Who magazine on her blossoming romance, Sam said one of the things she liked the most about her partner was the fact that he had "no idea" who she was when they first met.
The happy couple hit it off after meeting at mutual friend Skye Leckie's 60th birthday party in April last year. (Image: Getty)
However, after several weeks of getting to know each other, Sam confessed that she finally encouraged Richard to watch Sunrise – just so he could find out what she did for a living.
The journalist announced her engagement back in June, posting two loved-up snaps on her socials, showing off her gorgeous new diamond sparkler.
"What a year..." Sam captioned the photos, which appear to be taken in the NSW Southern Highlands, where both Sam and Richard own multimillion dollar properties.
Appearing on Sunrise for the first time after the news broke, Sam shared all the gorgeous details of the proposal live on-air.
The journalist explained the proposal was a very thoughtful albeit understated affair on her Southern Highlands property in NSW.
"We just had a little bonfire on the weekend in the paddock, it was all very low-key. Like Rich and I, very low-key," she said.
Sam later added: "We'd been picking weeds in the paddock and he said, 'Darling, do you want to marry me?'
"It was very sweet, very romantic. He's just a very charming, lovely fellow."
"He's just a very charming, lovely fellow," Sam says of her husband. (Image: Getty)
"I've always dated dangerous guys, maybe — but I don't need that now," she told Sunday Life in 2014.
"The types of blokes who ask me out are overly confident types, always good looking and sometimes footballers — the badly behaved ones."
Sam's fairytale wedding comes after a heartbreaking period for the star, who lost her beloved mother Elizabeth "Libby" Armytage following a long-term battle with an autoimmune disease in November.
"My parents love him. Both our families get on very well – it's a very happy union," Sam revealed before her mother died.
A huge congratulations to Sam and Richard, wishing you a lifetime of happiness.
The pair tied the knot in front of a small group of loved ones on Richard's stunning Southern Highland's property. (Image: Getty)

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