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Best Day Ever Wedding Festival!

I love getting the chance to meet suppliers and see some of the new products that they have on offer so it was an absolute treat to attend the Best Day Ever Wedding Festival recently, held in the Convention Centre in picturesque Adelaide. Amazing info for all brides. Everything from wedding venues to caterers, to photo booths, to floral stylists, to hair and beauty, wedding invitations, wedding dresses and cake decorators were all showing their goodies. Here’s just a sneak peek at some of the sites and stay tuned – for an update on an exciting new supplier in February!

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LADYBIRD SNACKS

Lovin the ladybirds!!!
Cherry tomatoes and black olives make really cute lady birds.  Base is made up of sliced baguettes, cream cheese, smoked salmon and flat leafed parsley. Dots on body can be ground black pepper or cut pieces of olives and the eyes are dots of… cream cheese.
Ladybird snacks
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CATERERS THAT HAVE COOKED FOR ROYALTY

Professional in the Spotlight interview – Seasoned Catering

Today Wedding & Event Management Services  is featuring an interview with Ian Perry & Penny Stratford from the great new Limestone Coast business Seasoned Catering. With over 45 years of culinary expertise between them, this highly talented duo could be the perfect choice for your next wedding or event.

Ian – What makes you different from other caterers?

We like to tailor our menus to suit our client’s needs and will work in with the location of the event. We pride ourselves on being a versatile catering business that puts the client first. We like to visit the clients in their home to discuss their event and only work on one event on the day giving our clients absolute exclusivity.

Penny – How long have you been in business and in catering in general?

I have been in the catering industry since I was 17 years of age working part time while I was studying Business Management (Hospitality and Tourism) at University. Locally I have worked at The Gallery in Robe, with caterer Kirsty Mann and at the Naracoorte Caves. I have front of house experience gained by working at both the MCG in Melbourne and the Tennis Centre.

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Ian – can you make a specialised menu for your client e.g. what about a family recipe, organic menu?

Actually our first function was an all organic menu so we are very adaptable to our client’s dietary needs. We can also create and develop amazing menus to match our local wines also and have prior experience in this field by working closely with both Rymill & Hollick Wines and many Beefsteak & Burgundy groups. 

 Ian – What are some of your speciality dishes?

One of my speciality dishes that I am extremely proud of is my ‘Sugar cured ocean trout with fennel panacotta’ and one of my favourite desserts is ‘Chocolate Chestnut terrine with chocolate almond soil and Amaretto icecream’. I also love working with Pork belly and duck.

Pork BellyIan’s signature dish of twice cooked pork belly, roast carrot and carrot puree, apple salad, caraway crisp and apple glaze

Penny – Do you provide staff and what other services do you include?

We will provide the food, assist the client to source the best staff for service and will hire any crockery, cutlery or glassware. No request is too big!

Penny and Ian –  What is your most favorite location where you have catered/worked at?  

Penny: Catering for royalty at a polo match in Cirencester, England

Ian: Buckingham Palace where I was invited for a short term contract and had the pleasure of cooking for most of the royal family including Princess Beatrice as she was growing up. Also I worked in Bermuda at a private resort for three years which was the most fantastic location with great fishing and fresh local produce!

Chocolate and Macadamia BrownieSeasoned Catering’s Chocolate macadamia brownie with salted chocolate ganache

To eat is a necessity, but to create a memorable event based on fabulous food is an art.” I so agree with that quote!

Thanks Ian and Penny for sharing your time with me and I wish you continued success with your business for many years to come!

 

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REAL WEDDINGS – NAOMI AND JAMES – A FRENCH INSPIRED VINTAGE GARDEN WEDDING

A romantic proposal in France set the scene for this recent French inspired vintage garden wedding held in the lovely surrounds of Katnook Estate winery in Coonawarra. Naomi was the most amazing bride to work with and had such a great vision of how she wanted her dream wedding to look

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– from the miniature framed chalkboards written with French numbers  ‘une – quatre’ placed on the guest tables, to the vintage bottles, jars and vases saved over time showcasing beautiful David Austin roses,

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to the eco friendly succulent bombonieres “pour votre jardin”.

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Not forgetting the sweet tooth – a candy buffet was on offer

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and vintage display tables boasting not only an old Valentine typewriter which entertained guests when they had to type messages for the bride and groom but a memory tree showcasing old family photos and would you believe – bus tickets from a bygone era!

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This was one of the most stunning and spectacular weddings that Wedding & Event Management Services  has had the pleasure to work on and we were was thrilled to be a part of Naomi and James’ special day. There are more beautiful shots on our Facebook page photos gallery so continue the journey and click here!

NAOMI’S DREAM TEAM: Thank you to the wonderful  Jo Fincham Photography for some of these amazing photos, the bride’s stunning makeup was done by Andrea Rout (makeup artist), floral pedestal arrangements were designed by Di from Di’s Gifts and Flowers at Penola, the paddock to plate delicious menu was put together by The Barn Catering , the marquee and hire equipment was provided by Blue Lake Hire, and of course Wedding & Event Management Services for the setup and co-ordination. A big thank you to Roz Minion and Cheryl Clover for assisting me with this event. You guys are all amazing and a pleasure to work with.

And a huge thank you to Naomi and James and their families who I got to know and have a few laughs with on the day. Brian your building skills and home brew rock! I loved being a part of your special day.

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PLANNING AN AUTUMN WEDDING?

It amazes me how quickly this Summer has passed and already the beautiful Autumn tones of reds, golds and oranges are starting to peep through. This is a fantastic season to get married in with crisp fresh mornings and warm sunny days. If you are looking for some Autumn wedding ideas then look no further than this inspiration board I have put together.

Autumn wedding inspiration board

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TRADITIONALLY WHO PAYS FOR WHAT WHEN PLANNING A WEDDING??

A while ago I read this article about who pays for what at a wedding. This advice still does apply when you are planning a traditional wedding but remember there are so many variables – whether you have been living together for a long time and already have a family, if you have been married before, what religion you belong to and what the expectations are, your own financial situation and your parent’s and partner’s financial situations – the list is endless. So only use this as a guide and bear in mind that not everyone sticks to tradition.

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Category                                                  Traditionally, who pays?

Beauty
Bride’s Hair ………………………………….. Bride
Bride’s Makeup …………………………….. Bride
Bridesmaid’s Hair & Make-up …………….Bride

Bridal Party
Bridesmaids’ Dresses & Accessories …….Attendant
Flower girl’s Dresses & Accessories ………Bride
Groomsmen’s Suits & Accessories ……….Attendant
Pageboy Suit & Accessories ……………….Groom

Bride’s Attire
Bride’s Gown …………………………………Bride’s family
Bride’s Headpiece & Veil …………………..Bride’s family
Brides Shoes & Accessories ……………….Bride’s family

Ceremony
Celebrant or Officiant ……………………..Groom
Ceremony Decorations ……………………Groom
Ceremony Musician ………………………..Groom
Ceremony Venue …………………………..Groom

Flowers & Decoration
Bride’s Bouquet …………………………….Groom
Bridesmaids’ Bouquets ……………………Groom’s family
Ceremony Flowers ………………………….Groom’s family
Flower girl’s flowers …………………………Groom’s family
Groom’s Boutonniere ………………………Groom’s family
Groomsmen’s Boutonniere ……………….Groom’s family
Reception flowers & Centrepieces ……….Bride’s family

Gifts
Bridesmaids gifts …………………………..Bride
Groomsmen’s Gifts ………………………..Groom

Groom’s Attire
Groom’s shoes and Accessories ………….Groom’s family
Grooms Suit ………………………………….Groom’s family

Honeymoon & Travel
Spending Money ……………………………Bride & Groom
Honeymoon Travel & Accommodation ….Groom
Wedding Night Accommodation ………….Groom

Misc
Bomboniere ………………………………..Bride & Groom
Rehearsal Dinner ………………………….Groom

Wedding Photography & Videography
Extra Prints & Video Copy ………………..Bride & Groom
Photographer’s Fee ……………………….Bride’s family
Videographer’s Fee ……………………….Bride’s family

Wedding Reception
Beverages – Alcoholic & Softdrink ……….Bride’s family
Reception Meals ……………………………Bride’s family
Reception Music ……………………………Bride’s family
Reception Venue …………………………..Bride’s family
Wedding Cake ……………………………..Bride’s family

Wedding Rings
Bride’s Wedding Band ……………………Groom
Groom’s Wedding Band ………………….Bride

Wedding Stationery
Invitations & Reply cards …………………Bride’s family
Thank you notes & Placeholders ………..Bride’s family

Wedding Cars
Transportation ……………………………..Groom

Wedding Planning
Wedding Consultant ………………………Bride & Groom