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The Paleo Wedding at Fraser Suites, Perth – Interview with Pete Evans

by | Food & Catering Wisdom, Wisdom


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Fraser Suites Perth weddings Pete Evans The Paleo Wedding at Fraser Suites, Perth Interview with Pete Evans

Recently I had the opportunity to sit down with celebrity chef Pete Evans, and pick his brain about his new partnership with Fraser Suites in Perth and his fresh approach to their wedding and events menu.

The My Kitchen Rules judge and paleo chef has taken up the role of consultant chef and chief menu designer across all aspects of dining at the gorgeous hotel, designing a range of new menus officially launched on 29 June at its inaugural Wedding Showcase. I was lucky enough to attend this lovely event, which saw Evans presenting some of his signature dishes from the menu live for the guests, and also taste some of the new menu before its launch. Some of the largest and freshest kind prawns I’ve ever had the delight to eat!

“The menus are about well sourced food from the land and sea simply prepared for maximum nourishment” said Pete Evans.

The range of menus will feature seasonal, organic and local produce where possible, with raw food and paleo menu options also on offer.

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I asked Evans how his relationship with Fraser Suites Perth came about, and it was a remarkably natural merger: Evans had stayed at Frasers during the filming of My Kitchen Rules, had admired the property and approached management himself to discuss the possibility of working with them on their menus.

“A year later and here we are with a finished menu”.

Evans’ first business was a catering business, and it was, he admits “his baby”.  Whether it be a Wedding, special events or a corporate launch – he believes that the food should be memorable, and compliment the quality of the event. He wanted to create a menu that “satisfied” guests, but also drew on his health coach background to bring an alternative healthy option menu for couples wanting something different for their big day. Whether that be a paleo menu, or a raw vegan spread – Fraser Suites can now offer this, in a world class setting.

Some of the old favourites are represented in the menu, but with a raw or paleo twist. The Raw Cheesecake for example (with no cheese or dairy) and the Chocolate Mousse (raw cacao and avocado) would look and taste pretty familiar to most folk, but are a great testament to the process of trail and error to re-create popular items and presenting a healthy option without alienating guests.

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As a cheeky end to our chat, since I knew that Evans and his lovely fiance Nicola Robinson were recently engaged, I asked about his thoughts for their wedding, and how he would be incorporating his paleo lifestyle into the event.

“Neither of us is very traditional… I think we’ll be catching our own meal, somewhere around the world.”

Well I think that sounds just brilliant.

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Vendor’s Favourites – DJ Plus! Entertainment

by | Vendor's Favourite, Wisdom

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1. Tumbling Waters Retreat – perched on the edge of an escarpment at Stanwell Tops, just a short drive south of Sydney, it provides a magical setting for intimate dream weddings. With stunning ocean views and lush garden it is perfect for ceremony, reception, photographs and accommodation. Photo by DJ:Plus! Entertainment

2.  Ooh–Aah Wedding Invitations – offers a unique couture service of tailoring and investing design time with couples to create a magical introduction to their wedding day. With a selection of high quality papers, rich velvets and suedes; luxurious ribbons and decorative patterns, coupled with specialty printing, such as foil stamping and embossing, they truly personalise your invitations. Photo by Blumenthal Photography

3. Ooh La La Lolly BarsWho doesn’t love a Candy Buffet at a wedding and Ooh La La Lolly Bars certainly creates some of the best I have seen….and tasted! Each candy buffet is individually designed and created to suit the couple’s theme, styling the design according to the colours and venue, to create an edible work of art. Photo by Ooh La La Lolly Bars

4. Vesna Grasso Floral Designer – Vesna is renowned for setting standard and trends with her unique, signature floral designs and takes a very personal approach by interviewing every bride, and then seeing each wedding through until it’s conclusion. As testament to Vesna’s ability, she was specifically selected to assist Karen Tran on her recent visit to Australia to create floral arrangements using 8000 of the world’s best flowers. Vesna can certainly make a wedding look amazing! Photo by Vesna Grasso Floral Designer

5. Decorations By Jelena – These lovely ladies treat every wedding as if it was their own and they customise each wedding so that it reflects the personalities and individual style of the couple. They like to think of themselves as ‘decorating fairies’ and can transform any space into a warm and welcoming location for your wedding. Photo by Decorations By Jelena

6. Due to the fact that I am a hopeless romantic, I love LOVE, everything about weddings and am very passionate about DJ Plus! Entertainment, creating special moments that engage the guests and draws them into each couple’s unique love story. Wedding receptions are about celebrating life, love and marriage. They are an opportunity to come together, have a wonderful time, party and have fun! Those that are the most memorable and fun, include a series of events that happen in a sequence and that are presented in a manner that will keep everyone entertained the entire time. Sprinkle a little LOVE into each of those events and you have one of the best weddings….ever! It is ALL about the love! Photo by Instinctive Images

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Ms Gingham says: A great collection of vendor’s favourites to give us some great ideas!

DJ:Plus! Entertainment’s philosophy focuses on quality NOT quantity. Your event is unique and should be treated as such. I can assist with planning the proper flow of events and in selecting the perfect music for your event based on your ideas and personal preferences. You will then be able to relax and enjoy every moment knowing that all these details have been taken care of. This will result in a memorable celebration that will reflect your own style, enjoyable to all who attend.

What Would They Know? Kara Melick & Team from Soda Films

by | Cinematography Wisdom, What Would They Know?, Wisdom


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Soda Films What Would They Know? Kara Melick & Team from Soda Films

Why have a film made of your wedding day? Those stolen looks, those tender gestures that you thought no-one but you had noticed, the speeches, all recorded in a moving image, captures the essence of your day as eloquently as being there. There’s such a different feeling to seeing your day on film – that ‘fly on the wall’ aspect where nothing was missed and everything was noticed, no matter how small. Antoine, Kara, Hannah, Marcus, Doug, Jaime, Craig, Shane and Chloe are the dynamic team that make up Soda Films. They make beautiful films of your wedding day, honouring the momentous occasion that it is.

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How long has Soda Films been in existence?

Soda Films has been operating for over a decade now – and still loving it!

What is your film making philosophy or style?

Our philosophy is what sets us apart. Our aim on the day is to remain in the background to allow the couple and their guests to feel comfortable and relaxed. With this in mind, we don’t direct the couple at all, allowing the photographer to direct the action while we shoot alongside them. This is how we get such beautiful, natural footage. We also try to keep our equipment to a minimum, it is a wedding after all, not a film shoot!!

Do you feel you have a recognisable style?

Natural and emotive is how we would describe our style. On the day we capture our footage unobtrusively and we are always on the lookout for those special moments, from the look on the parents’ face when they first see their daughter in her dress, to the first kiss as husband and wife, to the crazy antics on the dance floor- they are all great moments to capture on film.

Each cinematographer has their own personal style, but what comes across through all of our footage is sincerity and authenticity.

What skills do you each individually bring to the business?

Antoine, our fearless leader brings us coffee in the morning! He is also a master at our Arthouse style!

Kara the Studio Manager sets everyone at ease and makes sure everything runs smoothly!

Hannah our Production Manager juggles amazing edits with keeping jobs on track!

Marcus constantly strives for perfection in both filming and editing and demands it from the rest of the team!

Doug is super cool and calm under pressure, keeping everyone grounded!

Jaime has a strong background in events and corporate video, bringing a different set of ideas to the crew!

Craig is an amazing story teller and works exclusively on our premium Le Cinema projects, and an all round nice guy!

Shane is super creative. He is also the jokester in the team J

Chloe is a master with the steady cam! She may be small but she knows her business!

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Why is investing in a wedding video equally as important an investment, as investing in wedding photographs?

If for nothing else, to have your vows recorded and to hear the emotion in each other’s voices as you say them is reason enough! This is something that photography can’t provide.

We feel honored to know that we will be providing our clients with a beautiful memory to keep and share with their family, friends and one day, with their own children.

You are wedding destination specialists. Is there some ‘healthy discussion’ as to who goes, when a lovely destination wedding is booked?

Absolutely! Kara (Studio Manager) hasn’t yet figured a way to get herself over to a destination wedding, but she is working on it!

As well as your Australian office, you now have a European office. What is the best approach for a bridal couple to make to you, if planning a European destination wedding from Australia?

Yes, our Europe studio is going from strength to strength! Marcus is now based in Europe and covers wedding throughout the continent. Our Managing Director also spends time there filming for the European season.

It is as easy as getting in touch with the studio here and we can arrange everything for the day. The benefit being, you can still have Soda cover your day without the costs of international travel.

If a couple based in Europe wishes to engage your services, how do they get in touch with your European representative?

For couples based in Europe, it is best to contact Marcus direct at

Do you offer packages? What is your most popular package, and what does this include?

We have packages that start at as little as $1500 but our most popular packages are between $3500 and $4500. Typically the package includes a short film as well as the complete footage from the day. We are always happy to work with couples to customize a package to suit.

What are some favourite destinations you have visited in the course of your work?

In Australia, Byron Bay for its stunning beaches and rainforest hinterland, and the Southern Highlands for its changing seasons. Overseas, the list is endless!! Taormina, Sicily and Bagnols, France were real standouts J

How does the team celebrate the end of a working week?

In this business, there is no end of the working week!! When we can, we love to get together for a bite to eat and a drink nearby in Double Bay, sometimes ending in an epic karaoke session… good times!

Thank you Kara and the team from Soda Films for sharing your thoughts. To find out more about Soda Films visit the website.

Videos and images courtesy of Soda Films.

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