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Wandering through peaceful gardens has to be one of life’s great pleasures. Eden Gardens has been designed as a pleasure garden full of nooks and crannies, different ‘rooms’ with water gardens, an orangery and even a woodland garden – to name just a few of its many lovely features. What a perfect place for a wedding. Not only are you and your guests treated to peaceful surroundings in nature, there are many secret spaces to explore and enjoy. A garden which has been created with love and passion, that is lush and beautiful in every season – it really is a garden of Eden. Add to that a recently renovated restaurant offering beautifully fresh seasonal food from the garden and local growers and you have the complete package to make your wedding day a memorable occasion. Let’s meet Alina who heads the team that will look after you during your wedding planning journey.

Where is Eden Gardens situated?

Eden Gardens is located in Macquarie Park (NSW). Only 20 minutes North West of the CBD.

Please describe Eden Gardens.

Eden is a holistic lifestyle centre, with retail outlets for garden and homewares, hospitality, 1.2 hectares of display gardens with water features, manicured lawns and art sculptures and installations.

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Who designed the gardens? And how would you describe the style of the gardens?

Designed by Jon Shinkfield and our owner, Simon Ainsworth. Our gardens showcase a range of design styles in the seven exhibition beds. We have areas for entertainment, as well a secret areas for contemplation and a circular path via which to stroll and take in its pleasures.

What makes the Eden display gardens special?

Eden Gardens has taken a contemporary twist on this old style of garden, as well as including a green theatre, an orangery, bridal lawn, viewing tower, elaborate water gardens, grotto, native garden, forest and woodland garden. Perfect backdrops for wedding photography.

You have an extensive private art collection in the gardens. How does this add to the garden’s beauty?

Our art installations can certainly be a talking point, not to mention make for some great Instagram pics. We have a permanent art collection designed to enhance areas of the gardens. Then, every September, we launch “Eden Unearthed” which is a 6 month exhibition of outdoor art. We have found that the art has added surprises around each corner of the gardens, our customers don’t know what to expect next.

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Is the garden beautiful at all times of the year – what are the special features of the garden during each season?

Each season brings something new to see in the gardens. Autumn would be my favourite when the leaves start turning into stunning autumn red and yellow hues. Winter can also be colourful, with 30,000 tulips bulbs springing to life throughout the gardens. Summer is lovely and green with seasonal flowers and spring – being our most popular wedding month – where the Gardens naturally look their best for photography.

What is the significance of the Daffodil Garden?

One of our chosen charities is the Cancer Council of NSW. We have dedicated a beautiful garden for remembrance for those who have been touched by cancer and it honours those who support the charity.

What is your role at Eden Gardens and how do you assist bridal couples? What do you love about your role?

As Events Manager, I look after a dedicated team who work with our bridal couples to ensure their wedding is tailored to their individual style and to make it a great success.

What features around the gardens do you particularly love for weddings?

We have two beautiful red arbours, which in spring and summer are covered in green vines. Our tower on the Wedding Lawn is stunning during any season, with the Ivy climbing to the top it makes for amazing photo backdrops. The Lily Terrace features a serene pond, where the waterlilies come to life in the summer months.

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What times have been allowed for ceremonies in the garden?

Ceremonies can be booked at 10.30am or 3pm daily. We can also accommodate a 5pm ceremony if their Reception is also booked for the evening. Packages are based on 1.5 hours, with the option to offer catering for guests post-ceremony.

Where can they be held? Do you have indoor as well as the outdoor options?

We have a 200 seat outdoor Garden Theatre and a Wedding Lawn where we set up 50 white wedding chairs. We also include a wet weather back up location in the event of inclement weather. This gives many couples peace of mind, so they don’t need to worry about the weather on the day.

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Is the bridal couple allowed to have their reception in the garden? What do you provide for this?

We can offer amazing receptions, from cocktail parties under the stars to sit down dinners for up to 120 guests. The Theater Terrace is our main outdoor location and features the stunning Eden Tree fountain as the centrepiece.

Please describe the indoor areas you have available for the reception.

We have recently renovated our restaurant, and have installed, through our roof, garden installations and an outdoor undercover Garden Bar where we can seat up to 200 guests for dinner receptions.

When booking the wedding can a bridal couple be assured of wet weather options?

Yes, any outdoor location automatically includes a wet weather venue as well. As we don’t take multiple wedding bookings at the same time, we have the luxury of having back up locations in case of inclement weather. The BOM is our favourite website for weather forecasts and we try to make the decision the day prior to allow enough time for set up.

Would you give us a brief description of the wedding packages you offer?

Jasmine package – 5 hour all-inclusive package, based on a 2-course reception. Includes food, beverages, DJ, standard reception set up.

Rose package – 5 hour all-inclusive package, based on a 3-course reception. Includes food, beverages, DJ, standard reception set up.

Cocktail reception – 3 or 4 hours cocktail party reception

Ceremonies in the gardens – Venue and set up for ceremony in one of our garden locations

Photo-only package – up to 2 hours use of the Display Gardens for wedding photography.

We also can assist couples with marriage proposals, bridal showers and when the time comes, baby showers, naming days and christenings. Our venue is very versatile for any occasion.

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How would you describe your menu? Is the menu changed seasonally?

Where chef and growers come together to produce a magical creation of honest ingredients served as a dish of warmth, love and creativity, making memorable food. Our menu is seasonal, sustainable and focuses on the plants we grow in our garden.

What is the chef’s favourite dish and matching wine/beverage for upcoming summer weddings?

Miso salmon with mushroom, water chestnuts, edamame, pickled baby corn, radish salad with an Angove Studio Series Sauvignon Blanc.

What do you like to do to relax?

I live on the national park, so to like to ride or walk through the park. Or just get lost in a good book in my own garden at home.

Thank you Alina for sharing the story of Eden Gardens. What a beautiful venue with lots of garden spaces and features to enthral. To find out more about Eden Gardens visit the website.

Headshot courtesy of Alina Martin.

Image via Belle Balloons

Image via Belle Balloons

Your wedding day should definitely be all about you and your significant other, but is it so wrong to want to be on trend as well?

Styling your event and staying on point with your theme and decorations can take your wedding from memorable to fashionable in a heartbeat, and we think we may have found just the thing to do it.

Remember a couple of years ago when Kanye and Kim had a rose wall and then they were everywhere?

Well balloons are the new roses, people. Balloon installations seem to be everywhere at the moment – whether it’s Miley Cyrus running down the beach with a giant balloon branch in her new music video ‘Malibu’ or basically every slick event across Australia.

Balloon installations seem to be so hot right now.

Sarah Courtney created Belle Balloons two years ago, specialising in balloon décor/decorating for private and corporate events.

She’s done everything from extravagant first birthday parties to weddings and conventions, including installations with more than 500 balloons and installations over water.

She says wedding balloon installations are on the rise.

‘Last wedding season, we did quite a few and this season it is looking like it set to be our strongest growth area. They have been seen as a bit of a budget party item for a long time but recent trends and a change in the way they are being used has meant people are seeing their true potential.

We are trying to reinvent the wheel when it comes to the “old party balloon”.’

Sarah describes this as a ‘new style of balloon decorating’ which adds a touch of class to a wedding.

The best part? In comparison to flowers, balloons are relatively cheap.

‘Balloons as a product are very affordable,’ Sarah says. ‘You will have to pay for a skilled balloon artist to create your installation but with a lower priced starting product, you will find that the cost of a large balloon installation will be way below that of other mediums. Whether it be a simple over-sized balloon with a beautiful tassel, light up balloons floating over water or a stunning overhead hanging installation, balloons are now the new affordable way to decorate.’

Image via Belle Balloons

Image via Belle Balloons

She added that combining balloons and flowers is also trending in wedding circles.

So if you’re thinking about having a wow-factor at your wedding, and not sure what that might be, it’s time to consider balloons.

As Sarah says, ‘It’s something different. Everyone is looking for a way to add that personal touch to their big day and balloons can do that.’

Image via Belle Balloons

Image via Belle Balloons

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Poppies for Grace

Ms Zigzag says: I’ve been curious about balloon installations for months! They’re such fun. Thanks Mr Houndstooth and Belle Balloons for the piece. 

We love nothing more than when some of the best in the wedding business put their creative minds together for a styled shoot that is a feast for the eyes! Ana from Your Private Chef tells me that “this was a creative collaboration with some amazing suppliers that I love working with.”

This glorious shoot was inspired by “a regal renaissance wedding” shot in the famous Dandenong Mountains. Let’s see what these creative cats got up to in the mountains that day!

Your Private Chef showcased the new season cold grazing tables (antipasto, sliders & bagels, oriental inspiration and The High Tea) prettily presented on rustic wooden planks supported by small ladders.

Your Private Chef also shot a version of their three course dining menu. Let’s sit down and eat!

And now for the after dinner treats – cheese towers, the trendy and towering “drip cakes”, doughnut walls, little macarons and more.

Can we take a moment for the incredible florals that make the food look even more enticing and tempting! This is my kind of foodie-meets-floral wonderland.


Behind the scenes! A shoot like this doesn’t come together without loads of hard work, creativity and coordination.

Ms Zigzag says: Thanks to Ana from Your Private Chef and all the vendors (see below) for sharing this wonderful renaissance-inspired shoot with us. Gawking at these gorgeous pics reminds me why I love weddings as much as I do. I’m constantly in awe of all the talented vendors that bring each wedding and styled shoot to life! 

About Your Private Chef: Your Private Chef is a unique personal chef service offering an intimate and fully tailored food experience at private dinner parties, special events, corporate events, as well as weekly home food deliveries.

Photographer: Immerse Photography / Venue: Mont Du Soleil / Catering: Your Private Chef / Sweet Treats: Regnier Cakes / Flowers: Naomi Rose