Edwina Bartholemew has described Samantha Armytage as like a big sister in a heartfelt tribute to her on her final day on the Sunrise couch.
The presenter has also given a glimpse into the idyllic home life of her colleague who married businessman Richard Lavender on New Years Eve.
Bartholemew told how she had taken her daughter Molly to see the couple and their dog Banjo at their NSW country retreat a few weeks before Armytage announced her departure from the show.
We ate BBQ chook while Molly fed Banjo scotch finger biscuits on the floor, she wrote on Instagram.
Sam was so incredibly happy (not about the biscuits, Banjos on a diet). She was just so incredibly content with life.
After a turbulent year and the loss of her beautiful Mum, it was just so wonderful to see.
Armytage, 44, said a teary goodbye to her colleagues this morning, including David Koch and Natalie Barr.
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Edwina Bartholemew shared a picture from her wedding alongside Samantha Armytage. Credit: Instagram/edwina_b
Bartholemew said she would be missed, but left with all of our love and best wishes.
Go well. Sleep well. Thanks for your friendship (and all the clothes I stole from your wardrobe over the years).
You have been like a big sister to me and I know the next chapter will be even better than the last xx, she wrote.
Armytage gave her final farewell while joined by her husband, dog, sister Georgie and niece Lucia, who beamed in via Facetime from London.
Lavender revealed how the couple had met.
One of Sams old school friends was staying with me and I was cooking breakfast, he said. She asked if she could give me a hand and I said she could get me Sams phone number. And here we are.
The pair married in an inmate ceremony at the businessmans 40 hectare property in the Southern Highlands in NSW on New Years Eve.