Samantha Armytage tied the knot with millionaire businessman Richard Lavender on New Year’s Eve, at his sprawling country property in Bowral, NSW.

And on Saturday, it was reported that the quaint ceremony was kept under wraps until the ‘eleventh hour’ – and none of Sam’s Sunrise co-hosts attended her big day.

The Sydney Morning Herald‘s Private Sydney reports that the show’s executive producer Michael Pell was not in attendance, and neither was her close pal and co-host David ‘Kochie’ Koch.

Secret: On Saturday, it was reported that Samantha Armytage and Richard Lavender's quaint ceremony held at his sprawling country property in Bowral was kept under wraps until the 'eleventh hour, 'with none of her Sunrise co-hosts getting an invite. Pictured on their wedding day

Secret: On Saturday, it was reported that Samantha Armytage and Richard Lavender's quaint ceremony held at his sprawling country property in Bowral was kept under wraps until the 'eleventh hour, 'with none of her Sunrise co-hosts getting an invite. Pictured on their wedding day

Secret: On Saturday, it was reported that Samantha Armytage and Richard Lavender’s quaint ceremony held at his sprawling country property in Bowral was kept under wraps until the ‘eleventh hour, ‘with none of her Sunrise co-hosts getting an invite. Pictured on their wedding day

One pal that did get an invite, however, was socialite Skye Leckie, who helped match the couple together in 2019. 

While not confirmed, it’s believed the guest list was so small due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. 

Daily Mail Australia have contacted a representative for Sam for further comment. 

The news comes after the Channel Seven breakfast program – which she has co-hosted since 2013 – failed to mention the nuptials. 

Nothing: The news comes after the Channel Seven breakfast show failed to mention the nuptials on their show, which she has co-hosted since 2013. Pictured with David 'Kochie' Koch

Nothing: The news comes after the Channel Seven breakfast show failed to mention the nuptials on their show, which she has co-hosted since 2013. Pictured with David 'Kochie' Koch

Nothing: The news comes after the Channel Seven breakfast show failed to mention the nuptials on their show, which she has co-hosted since 2013. Pictured with David ‘Kochie’ Koch

No mention: Fans were no doubt left disappointed by the lack of coverage, which was fronted by fill-in hosts Mark Beretta (right), Edwina Bartholomew (left) and Angie Asimus (centre)

No mention: Fans were no doubt left disappointed by the lack of coverage, which was fronted by fill-in hosts Mark Beretta (right), Edwina Bartholomew (left) and Angie Asimus (centre)

No mention: Fans were no doubt left disappointed by the lack of coverage, which was fronted by fill-in hosts Mark Beretta (right), Edwina Bartholomew (left) and Angie Asimus (centre)

There wasn’t a segment dedicated to the wedding on Friday’s program, which was fronted by fill-in hosts Mark Beretta and Edwina Bartholomew.

Viewers who had tuned in hoping for exclusive coverage of the wedding were no doubt left disappointed when it wasn’t featured.

They may have to wait another week, or until Sam returns to the news desk alongside co-anchor David ‘Kochie’ Koch for the start of the 2021 ratings year.

Sam, 44, and Richard, 61, tied the knot at his 40-hectare property in the picturesque Southern Highlands on Thursday.

The happy couple: Sam and Richard, 61, tied the knot at his 40-hectare property in the picturesque Southern Highlands in NSW

The happy couple: Sam and Richard, 61, tied the knot at his 40-hectare property in the picturesque Southern Highlands in NSW

The happy couple: Sam and Richard, 61, tied the knot at his 40-hectare property in the picturesque Southern Highlands in NSW

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

The venue features a picturesque and rustic setting, a gorgeous outdoor courtyard, and even a helicopter landing site. 

The intimate ceremony only featured a small number of guests due to the Covid-19 pandemic, with Richard’s daughters, Sasha and Grace, believed to be in attendance.

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

Put a ring on it: The 44-year-old Sunrise host only announced her engagement to Richard in late June, with the couple walking down the aisle just six months later

Put a ring on it: The 44-year-old Sunrise host only announced her engagement to Richard in late June, with the couple walking down the aisle just six months later

Put a ring on it: The 44-year-old Sunrise host only announced her engagement to Richard in late June, with the couple walking down the aisle just six months later

A source told Daily Mail Australia of the nuptials: ‘Champagne was flowing, and at one point they had several waiters attending to their every need.

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

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

The newlyweds had arrived at the reception in a local taxi. 

The popular host only announced her engagement to Richard in late June, with the couple walking down the aisle just six months later. 

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

This post first appeared on Dailymail.co.uk

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