Hi Charlene & Leonie!
Yes, it will be great to have someone to bounch ideas off Leonie - we chose the weekend we did because of school holidays too... means we can go away on our honeymoon and not interrupt my son's schooling too much, and also means we can get my partner's girls to be involved in the wedding too - we figure they'll all have to have a few days off, but at the end of a term they're not missing a lot of work - although not sure whether I should say that to a teacher
... it will also be exactly 2 years since we got engaged, and 4 1/2 years since we officially got together - so the date is kind of special to us as well!
As for colour schemes, I'm thinking either black and red or black and gold - haven't quite made my mind up yet... and knowing me it will change every 2 weeks until I absolutely have to make a decision!!
As for the Leichhardt, I cant speak for their reception service yet, but in terms of their service so far I'd highly reccommend them. Michael - who is the food and beverage manager - couldn't have been more accommodating - he made us feel like he was genuinely interested in us and our wedding, and basically (doing his job I guess) really sold the place - if we do go with them I'm going to get all the inclusions in writing - he was a bit sketchy on what was actually included in their package - but our experience there is by far the most positive one we've had - it took us almost 45mins to have a look through, talk to him, ask questions etc - as opposed to the 10-15 mins max we've had at other places... highly recommended just on their ability to relate to us as real people planning a wedding!