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Winter Warmers – The Brisbane Club

by | Food & Catering Wisdom, Wisdom


The Brisbane Club
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Winter in sunny Queensland may not be as brisk as the southern states, but as the days get shorter and colder, we also look for some inspiration for our stunning brides and handsome grooms.

One thing we do notice at the Brisbane Club, is the desire for delicious comfort foods. Our couples begin to favour the mouth watering pork belly, beef fillet and lamb rack, over the Huon smoked salmon and market fresh fish. Hosting your wedding at the Brisbane Club not only provides access to our Members Dining Room for your elegant reception, but includes the Club Lounge for pre-dinner drinks and canapes and the use of our President’s Room as a Bridal Retreat. With a wonderful winter menu focusing on seasonal fresh produce, what could be better?


Images by Nick Evans Photography

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Ms Chinoiserie Says: Such a delicious winter menu – just perfect for cooler nights!

About The Brisbane Club: Our professional wedding coordinator strives to take care of even the smallest detail to ensure your day is perfect. At The Brisbane Club, our combination of sumptuous comfort and refined modern elegance ensures your wedding will leave a life long impression.

Our Favourite Winter Wedding Flowers – The Gathering Florist

by | Flower Wisdom, Wisdom


The Gathering Florist
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Winter is a magical time of year for a wedding. The theme  “just picked from the garden” style has been popular with brides throughout 2016, and this gorgeous trend doesn’t look like it’s going anywhere for the next year or so!

Wintertime calls for foliage and branches. Some of our favourites include curly willow, ivy berry, eucalyptus (it smells great) silver suede and viburnum. They’re all seasonal and will add dimension to even the simplest arrangements.  Winter offers beautiful blooms and to keep with the “picked from the garden” theme we recommend you use varieties of winter blooms such as sweet pea, garden roses and tulips.

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When it comes to colour for your winter blooms there really isn’t one ‘most popular’ colour palette – all of them are amazing! Deep tones of pink, red and burgundy look perfect for those winter weddings and definitely sets the mood for a dramatic, romantic, whimsical winter celebrations. Alternatively, soft colours of white and cream look stunning with touches of peach and pale pink.

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All images by Daniel Brannan

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Ms Chinoiserie Says: I love seeing beautiful eucalyptus used in stunning floral decorations – its scent is so wonderful!

About The Gathering Florist: As a Melbourne and Geelong based floral studio, we create whimsical and romantic flower arrangements and installations for weddings. Flowers are our life! If you imagine it, we can bring it to life.

Behind The Door With….Event Artillery

by | Behind The Door With ..., Wisdom


Amelia Waddell Of Make Your Day Wedding Styling
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It’s amazing how something as simple as a change of chair can transform a wedding’s style. It can turn a slightly dated function space or rustic warehouse into an exciting, luxurious wedding fit for a stylish, modern couple. This week on ‘Behind the Door With…’ I’m visiting a business that knows just how to do amazing furniture transformations, Event Artillery. Located in Malaga, Western Australia, Events Artillery burst onto the events scene in October last year and have fast become one of Perth’s most stylish event hire companies.


Owner Natalie tells me the business first came about when she wanted to hire some gold Napoleon chairs for her own wedding. “We couldn’t find them anywhere so we decided to import them ourselves”, says Natalie. “As I have a background in marketing and events, I had this idea in the back of my mind that I could hire them out after the wedding to other brides and a little while later Event Artillery was born.”



Natalie tells me about how fast everything came together once they found their warehouse showroom in Malaga. “It was a crazy couple of weeks, we had hardly any time to clean the warehouse and paint the floors before giant shipping containers of furniture started arriving!”


The warehouse is multipurpose with a downstairs area to store the furniture and an upstairs showroom. Natalie chose to keep things natural and neutral so that different furniture pieces can stand out and come into their own in the space. It also makes a fantastic place for a photo shoot with its big light windows.


The chairs range from classic white Bentwoods to cool cooper Highline chairs and I love the pastel mint sofas!

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The showroom is open by appointment only and Natalie tells me its perfect for clients to really touch and feel the furniture and of course try sitting in it. “Lots of people come in worried that the Highline chairs might be uncomfortable so it’s important that they can actually sit in them and realise how comfy they are” she tells me. It’s also a great place for clients to play around with different styles and mix and match pieces to create their own perfect look.


As usual I’m curious to know about any particular challenges Natalie has faced or any crazy stories she has. “I never expected that I would one day learn to drive a forklift” she laughs. “We deliver and set up the furniture so it can really get quite physical.” Natalie has also become somewhat of an interior designer as it is so important to follow interior trends when she is sourcing new furniture. I love seeing how business owners become so multi talented!


Images by Event Artillery and Stefan Gosatti

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Ms Chinoiserie Says: Congratulations on your well deserved success; loving the very glam Highline chairs!

About Amelia Waddell of Make Your Day Wedding Styling: I’m a wedding stylist and proud store owner who loves to chat weddings with everyone and anyone! I love to talk shop with other business owners (particularly over some chocolate cake!) and am the first to try and have a sticky beak behind the scenes of any event. My free time is spent ‘investigating’ new cafes, stores and events. Make Your Day Wedding Styling is my creative outlet and I love nothing more than that ten minutes just before the guests enter the wedding reception, it feels like a special sort of magic!

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