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Lovelocked: Lit Up at Lightspace

by | Event Reviews, Wisdom

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There was no doubt about it – walking into the Lovelocked wedding fair this year was all about love, design, and inspiration! The set up was incredible, matching that of the industrial venue Lightspace (a firm favourite of mine in Brisbane).

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Image by Anthea & Lyndon Photography and Video. Ceremony styled by Styled Events.

Shaun & T-J from Lemon Tree Film House said “we wanted to be a part of Lovelocked because we love what it stands for… originality… this is exactly what we strive for with our work. Every single vendor is CRAZY passionate about what they do. Who wouldn’t want to be a part of that?”

If you’re not familiar with Lovelocked, then let me tell you that it is a fresh new bridal fair alternative. Lovelocked holds a ceremony on the day (this time with real-life couple Steph and Pasha) and has talented vendors that participate in every stage and detail.

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Image by Mr Chevron

Of the ceremony, Callie Marshall from Florido Weddings said “my favourite part of the day was getting to know Steph and Pasha. I met them before the Lovelocked event and it was like watching one of my couples walk down the aisle, including all the excitement and (a little bit of) nerves.”

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Image by Florido Weddings

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Image by Florido Weddings

Zen Catering was Lovelocked’s exclusive caterer and I couldn’t have heard better reviews about their impeccable food! I spoke with Monica who said “our favourite moment of the day was the groom’s face when his gorgeous bride, Steph, walked down the aisle. Most people look at the bride, but to see the love in Pasha’s eyes after already being married for nine years was truly beautiful”.

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Image by Florido Weddings

Lauren Veling from Velbella was particularly excited about doing the hair and makeup for the ceremony as well as the hair for the fashion parade. After chatting with Lauren, I found out that Velbella also offer hen’s night packages which can include hair and airbrush makeup tutorials, makeovers, and pamper sessions.

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Image by Florido Weddings

Our own Ms Polka had a tablescape styled after her “Industrial Botanical Bash” inspiration board. Nicole from Beautiful Weddings said “we teamed our timber trestle table with green industrial style chairs. Tall dark timber candle holders graced the table with beautiful coloured floral arrangements from Brisbane Market Flowers. Gold tea light holders ran the length of the table surrounded by moss. We also supplied a seating chart frame and the talented Laura at Cartamodello Papeterie supplied the timber seating plan and menus”.

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Table styled by Beautiful Weddings / Brisbane Market Flowers \ Cartamodello Papeterie
Image by Nicole Barralet Photography

Nicole let me know that Beautiful Weddings have a unique offering for couples – “the chance to go into our styling studio and have a hands on experience by doing table mock ups with us until they are completely satisfied with the overall look, style and feel”.

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Table styled by Beautiful Weddings / Brisbane Market Flowers \ Cartamodello Papeterie
Image by Anthea & Lyndon Photography and Video

I was certainly blown away by the gorgeous tablescapes as was Ellen Powell from Blushing Confetti. “My favourite part of the day was after everyone had set up, sitting back, sipping champagne (of course) and looking around in awe at all the amazing setups. Blushing Confetti creates simple designs with a statement element to make an impact on your guests.”

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Table styled by Style le Aisle / Blushing Confetti / Stalks & Stems  | Image by Mr Chevron

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Table styled by Style le Aisle / Blushing Confetti / Stalks & Stems
Image by Anthea & Lyndon Photography and Video

Specialising in destination weddings across Australia and overseas, Anthea & Lyndon from Anthea & Lyndon Photography and Video, offer couples both photography and videography in one place. “We specialise in full day coverage because we like to tell a story from the beginning to the end.”

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Table styled by Style le Aisle / Blushing Confetti / Stalks & Stems
Image by Anthea & Lyndon Photography and Video

When asked about her favourite part of Lovelocked, Debbie Thomas from Vellum Studios said she particularly enjoys “talking to fab couples who are planning their big day”. Vellum Studios have bountiful experience as photographers (over 10 years and 350 weddings to date), and they truly believe “when it’s a once in a lifetime event, experience really counts.”

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Table styled by Styled Events / Butterfly Lounge / Urban Weddings / Cake Chic | Image by Mr Chevron

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Table styled by Styled Events / Butterfly Lounge / Urban Weddings / Cake Chic
Images by Anthea & Lyndon Photography and Video

Sarra Tyler from Keep Me Scented gifted each couple with a soy tealight candle in their Lovelocked gift bags. Not only do they smell amazing, but their soy candles are available to purchase online (in a selection of scents and sizes), and they ship anywhere in Australia!

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Image by Anthea & Lyndon Photography and Video

I also caught up with familiar face, Greg Fields from AVIdeas. Greg recently contributed to our post on wedding lighting, and his display of gorgeous geometric hanging lights caught my eye. “Our all time favourite is to work in partnership with other vendors to see a wedding or event such as Lovelocked come to life.”

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Image by Anthea & Lyndon Photography and Video

I bumped into Lachlan Huddy from Surrealtime Media when he was looking for someone to twirl a ribbon. I obliged and found out that Surrealtime Media offer slow-motion photo booths. In his words, “we set up [everything] and get you and your guests to cut loose while we capture the action in super slow-motion video.”

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Image by Anthea & Lyndon Photography and Video

Overall I think the success of Lovelocked certainly lies within its quality vendors and unique experience – something every couple wants to have part of their own big day! Congrats to Tessa and the team who put together Lovelocked.

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

by | Food & Catering Wisdom, Wisdom

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Ms Herringbone
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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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info@djplus.com.au
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Vendors Favourites DJ plus Vendors Favourites DJ Plus! Entertainment

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.

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