Choosing Wine for your Wedding

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 Photo credit : Tomek Photography

 

When we were planning our wedding I could not get over how many decisions there were to be made! It seemed as though I had chosen everything and then I’d take a breath and there’d be another very important question with the success of our wedding apparently depending on my answer! Luckily choosing the wine for our wedding was simple because of my day job as Mrs Wine Please. And today via the lovely team at Love Cherish Adore I’m able to share some of my knowledge to help make this task much easier for you!

When the venue asks you “And which wine will you be serving?” You just need to tell them the following… A simple and suitable selection for your wedding should include one Champagne or sparkling wine, two white wines and two red wines.

Bubbles

Champagne from France is always best, but it is also expensive. If serving French Champagne is not a priority for you that’s perfectly fine – there are plenty of other bubbles for your guest to raise and toast to your happily-ever-after. In particular there are lots of fabulous Australian sparkling wines available and I highly recommend the sparkling wines from Tasmania. Alternatively you could choose a Prosecco from Italy as a delicious alternative.

Red + White

During the reception both white and red wines should be served continuously. White wines will be more popular if it is hot weather and red wines if it’s cooler. A fresh, crisp white wine such as a Pinot Gris/Pinot Grigio or Sauvignon Blanc will always be popular. If you’re only serving one white wine, this is the wine that we’d recommend because they’re very versatile with food and an excellent aperitif. A second more intense white wine such as Viognier, Chardonnay or Riesling will complement lots of different dishes and impress the guests who prefer something a little fancier.

It’s most important to serve two red wines. A lighter style such as a Pinot Noir, Sangiovese or Tempranillo and a heavier style such as a Shiraz or Cabernet Sauvignon. The lighter wines won’t overpower your carefully chosen dishes and are particularly important in cocktail receptions where smaller lighter dishes are served. The bigger reds such as the Shiraz or Cabernet will be a good match for red meat dishes, cheese platters and late night conversations about how fabulous your wedding has been!

We highly recommend you taste each wine before you decide to make sure that you’re happy with your choices. If you’re not a wine fan then involve one of the bridal party or a close friend who is a wine lover. This is one wedding task that won’t be hard to recruit for!

If you need any further advice on choosing wines for your wedding, please don’t hesitate to contact me at hello@wineplease.com.au

Happy Planning!
Mrs WP x

Love on the Fleurieu

Now this wedding is something else.  I know as I was there but that’s a story for another time.

Photographed by Emme Jade Photography, the sweet union of Nick and Kelly took place this January with a ceremony at Wirra Resort Golf Club which provided a spectacular backdrop over towards the gulf followed by an evening reception at Leonards Mill. Bride Kelly shares some insight into her magical day…..

 The Engagement

Nick proposed to me on a beautiful beach at Dunsbrough, WA. We were on holidays at the time and Nick just couldn’t seem to relax! Little did I know the wet windy weather we were experiencing kept foiling his plans for an outdoors proposal. He eventually went and bought a pop up tent so that we could sit on the beach and have a picnic. After eating our lunch and cracking a bottle of champagne, Nick got down on one knee and proposed which made me the happiest girl in the world.

Nick had already chosen a beautiful ring however  it was a few sizes too big initially. I was sitting up on the rocks admiring it while Nick threw in a line to calm himself down. Next thing I knew as I tipped my hand forward to get a closer look at the side of the ring it came flying off and fell down between two boulders. I went into total panic however luckily as Nick had his fishing rod, we managed to hook it on the end of the rod and retrieve it after a few nervous minutes!!

 The Wedding

Since alot of our guests would be travelling to attend our wedding, we wanted to hold it somewhere where our guests could all stay together and make a weekend out of it if they wanted to. Futhermore as Nick and I both work in agriculture and love the ocean,  we wanted to have it somewhere rural and coastal so the Fleurieu seemed like the perfect place which is also where I grew up before moving to Victoria.

As far as styling I got most of the ideas from Pinterest and online and on the day we felt that the beautiful flowers from Blooming Bridal really brought the whole thing together.

Like the majority of couples we had a budget that we wanted to stick to so that made us prioritise what was important to us.  We wanted a photographer that we were comfortable with and could have fun with and who was also not going to be ‘in our face’ on the day, rather capturing the story of the day as they unfolded.

We also wanted our guests to be ‘fed and watered’ and really liked the fact that Leonard’s Mill showcased local produce.

Favourite Moment

The whole day was so much fun however I particularly loved sharing our personalised vows we wrote to each other and entering the reception venue, seeing the smiling faces of our beautiful family and friends and the claps and cheers as we were introduced as Mr and Mrs Slattery was overwhelming and completely uplifting.

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Photography: Emme Jade Photography

Ceremony Location and guest accomodation: Wirrina Resort

Flowers: Blooming Bridal

Entertainment: Paul Smith Entertainment

Cake: Frangipani Cakes

Reception: Leonards Mill

 

Seaside Decadence with The Queens Quarters

Earlier this month I had the pleasure in participating in a shoot with an exciting new vendor The Queens Quarters who will be exhibiting at the wedding fair in Norwood on 12th April.

Founder and owner Katie Arena has been sourcing high quality furniture, vintage china and props for over 2 years now which has resulted in an inventory like non other.

During a recent meeting we chatted about putting together a shoot with the inspiration behind it coming from their vast china collection.  The table runner of tea pots, jugs and tea cups in addition to bright fresh blooms made the table literally sing.

A number of walkers along the beach came to admire this most decadent set up which was most definitely fit for any queen and her quarters!

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Styling: The Queens Quarters

Photography: Susie Styler Photography

A Creative DIY Wedding at Al Ru

When you look though wedding photographs and get a true sense for who a couple are and their personalities then you know it’s a really good one.

The wedding of Zoe and Mika, shot by awesome duo Willow & French is just that.  Incorporating lots of DIY elements, this is a delightfully cheerful wedding with full of fun bygone era touches.

I absolutely love the yellow which sings through this whole wedding just perfectly from the ’50’s inspired polka dot Bridesmaids dresses and the flowers which were arranged by the Brides family. The Bride’s birdcage veil, handmade brooch bouquet and cute shoes also complimented this whole sweet theme.

This wedding is full of heart and soul with the backdrop of beautiful AL Ru Farm sealing the deal!

Thank you for sharing Sandy and Simone from Willow & French Photography.

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Photography: Willow & French

Dress: Etsy (seller Lace Marry)

Venue: Al Ru Farm

Hair: Renee Jacobs

Make up : Luminous by Danielle

Rings: Everettbrookes Jewellers

Dj: Chris Thompson from Griffin Alliance

Celebrant : Emily Davis from One Perfect Day Ceremonies

The Vintage Bride + Le Pink Petite Patisserie

As you drive out of the CBD on the Payneham Road, you will find two of the cutest boutique outlets on the left hand side.  With their walls painted in pink, you just can’t fail to notice The Vintage Bride Boutique and Le Pink Petite Patisserie.

What’s so gorgeous about these pretty little shops, is that the owners of these boutique and unique businesses are also really good friends.

A couple of weeks ago I stopped by to say hello to Jenna and René…..

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[Image above courtesy of The Vintage Bride Boutique]

The Vintage Bride Boutique

Run by Rene Gallagher, this Bridal boutique is utterly magical since it’s full of beautiful vintage gowns and accessories,  all of which have their beautiful and unique story. The range of gowns available runs through every decade encompassing many different styles and fabrics too.  What’s also great is Rene’s ability to remodel and tweak a gown to make it 100% perfect for its second Bride. I also love the fact that these gowns are totally on of a kind so you won’t find another Bride wearing the same design.

There’s also a range of handmade accessories available that Rene herself has designed and made from headpieces to belts, using upcycled material so nothing is wasted.

René really goes out of her way to make her Brides feel really special and understands that buying your dream gown is a huge part of your wedding planning. There’s also new stock arriving all the time too so well worth more than one visit.

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Le Pink Petite Patisserie

Just next door, Le Pink Petite Patisserie really is like something out of Paris offering delicate works of art that you could stare at all day before devouring them.  A truly visual and delicious feast of the eyes and tastebuds.

Owner Jenna not only caters for her patisserie clients but also for Brides to be looking for an exquisite wedding or engagement cake plus also all the petit fours, desserts and macarons your heart desires.

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With both of these gorgeous places next door to each other, it’s an ideal spot to bring your Bridesmaids and entourage, to try on your dream dress and then pop next door for a welcoming spot of tea and something sweet as a treat! Wedding planning perfection.

 

f: https://www.facebook.com/Lepinkpetitepatisserie                      w:  www.thevintagebrideboutique.com

71 Payneham Road, Adelaide                                                                  69 Payneham Road, Adelaide

t: (08) 8362 0008                                                                                      t: 0402 710 055

 

Love Cherish Adore Your Business

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On the 20th May ’15, I’m excited to announce that LCA will be hosting a creative business workshop titled Love Cherish Adore Your Business, afterall, your business deserves to be loved cherished and adored!

This workshop has been work in progress for some time and with the help of Rene Gallagher from The Vintage Bride Boutique and the girls from Market & Style Co, I’m so excited about it actually coming to life.

Like many small businesses, LCA was created for me as a Wife and Mum to be able to be creatively fulfilled within the pockets of time that being that Wife and Mum allows me to be. I don’t consider myself any different from all of the creative small businesses in SA, Australia and the world who do the same. To love what they do.

I’ve worked in the wedding industry for well over 5 years now (prior to that I had a 10 year career in commercial banking) and during this time I’ve learnt alot and made many mistakes. One thing I have learnt over this time is the importance of  keeping your enterprise moving forward along with a strong visual marketing strategy. There are many ways to do this without breaking the bank which this workshop will help you to do.

The biggest difference of all from when I first began working in the wedding industry to now is the growing importance of social media and your business presentation both online and in retail, fairs and markets..

You can be the best at what you do but how you present it to your audience both online and in the real world can be make or break. Fact.

The workshop to be held at The Props Department will cover the following:

  • Social Media –  An introduction into why you should do it, how to do it well and how to save time doing it.
  • Branding – Give your business an identity and keep it consistent.
  • Photography – Some tips on why it’s important and some tips on how to do your own
  • Expo and market presentation – Wow your audience with some kick ass visual merchandising

The day will be fun, informative and motivational suiting any type of creative business within the wedding industry, retail or market scene.

Cost: $150.00 including light lunch

The Props Dept 12 Logan St Adelaide 10am – 3pm

For expressions of interest, please e mail or call Susie on 0415 409334

LCA Loves ♥ Grand Cru Estate

I had the absolute pleasure of visiting Grand Cru Estate recently which is a hidden gem of a venue in the Barossa/Eden Valley.

Set on 300 acres, this historic estate dates back to 1890 and was built by Peter Seppelt himself using handpicked stone from within the property.

Grand Cru has so much to offer couples looking for a private setting for their wedding with secluded courtyards, established and beautifully maintained gardens, a lake which is the perfect ceremony location plus a reception function room and a new addition of homestead accomodation.

Perhaps the most notable selling point of this venue is how welcome you’re made to feel. Nothing within reason is too much trouble at all.

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The homestead which has recently been renovated, provides luxury accomodation and a unique opportunity for a Bride to get ready with her Bridesmaids and a place to stay after the wedding. Home from home, it provides thoughtful little touches to complete your wedding weekend.

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Privacy is high on the agenda at Grand Cru with both big and small weddings being catered for.  Infact, a recent couple held their wedding at sunrise with picnic baskets full of dreamy breakfast treats. How very unique and amazing is that?!

The team from GrandCru will be exhibiting at the Angaston Fair on 3rd May 2015.  Angaston Town Hall 10.30am- 3.30pm  $5 entry.

w: www.peterseppeltwines.com.au

 

 

LCA Loves ♥ Marybank Functions

Today I had the pleasure of driving over to Rostrevor, a beautiful suburb on the Eastern edge of Adelaide at the bottom of the foothills to meet with Brie from Marybank Functions, one of LCA’s fabulous exhibitors this coming April at Norwood Town Hall.

When I got out of the car at Marybank I immediately felt relaxed with the countryside feel and happy birds chirping away. Given this venue’s proximity to Adelaide Metro that’s an amazing selling point.

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I was warmly welcomed by Brie, the owner of the venue who began to tell me its amazing story  which I have to say makes it even more special and unique. You see the venue which dates back over 170 years has been in Brie’s family the whole time.  Brie’s Parents live in a homestead within the land and so does Brie and her Husband Billy and their children in a separate property within the acreage. Whilst chatting we looked through some awesome photos available of the estate dating back through the generations.

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As a wedding venue, Marybank offers everything you’d need for a ceremony and or small reception with the barn available for a sit down meal or cocktail style function.  The gardens are perfectly maintained and manicured for your ceremony and the barn totally oozes rustic chic.  It was a hot day when I visited but the barn was a beautiful cool temperature.  For cooler days there’s a gorgeous wood burner available which would create the most wonderful warm atmosphere.

There’s also the B&B above the barn which has been beautifully styled and the perfect place to get ready before the ceremony and rest after your wedding day. I can totally imagine waking up in this tranquil place, having breakfast on the balcony and admiring the views….

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There’s also plenty of jaw dropping views from the vineyard over across to Adelaide along with Black Hill flanking behind.  Marybank is a wedding photographers dream……

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If you’re looking for a private and secluded venue that offers amazing photo backdrops and rustic charm then Marybank needs to be at the top of your list.

Come and meet with Brie to chat through your wedding reception ideas at our next wedding fair on 12th April 2015, Norwood Town Hall 10.30am – 3.30pm

w: www.marybank.com.au

 

 

LCA Loves ♥ Looking Glass Garden

At the top of a couple’s tick list for a perfect ceremony location is privacy and secluded gardens can be often hard to find.  It’s also refreshing to come across some thing new to the wedding scene that isn’t yet well known.

At the top of a hill at Marino with stunning sea views in Adelaide is a stunning lush green, rustic and quirky garden offering pockets of places and nooks to explore with a myriad of photo opportunities.  Welcome to the Looking Glass Garden.

This garden has been known to the organisation Open Gardens Australia for some time and has hosted many open days and will continue to do so.  It is also however a boutique wedding and event venue offering something very new and exciting.

Perfect as a place to host a ceremony, it’s also large enough to host a small wedding reception for up to around 50 people with catering options also available along with entertainment.

Local business Brighton Pianos have often delivered baby grand pianos to the garden to set the scene. Now that’s my personal idea of wedding perfection (little known fact that I can play the piano!)

The garden is set within the owner Loris’ home which is a 3 story property with different level balconies  providing stunning views across the bay and is home from home for a Bride looking to get ready at the property.  Loris has previously provided breakfast or lunch for Brides on the private balcony of the guest room which is a tranquil space to get ready before the ceremony.

The decking and arbour in situ provide the perfect aisle and after the cermony while photographs are being taken there’s plenty of places for guests to explore and mingle.  With the previous owners of the property being French there’s even an authentic petanque area for lawn games. After this, guests can stay for a cocktail style reception and enjoy the ambience of the garden as the sun sets and the garden transforms with candles and soft lighting. So very unique and romantic, this garden is a must if you’re looking for a different kind of wedding venue.

www.lookingglassgarden.com.au/weddings

www.brightonpianos.com.au

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LCA Loves ♥ Dominique Felicity Photography

I’m delighted to introduce you today to Dominique Felicity Photography, a wedding,  travel and lifestyle photographer here in Australia with a passion for destination weddings which is kind of handy since she travels in her own bus.

Dominique started photography at 18, originally dabbling in fashion and portraiture before falling in love with the art of journalism and capturing the world.

‘I love to photograph the sweet little moments, from putting on your wedding gown, to walking down the aisle to your very first kiss married, I want to be there to capture it and keep this timeless memory for you. I always endeavour to create ethereal, journalistic images filled with light and love. Destination weddings are a specialty of mine, intertwined with my love of travel and capturing beauty. Travelling in a bus means my services rarely need to include accommodation and my passport is always ready to go’

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You can find her work over one her website www.dominiquefelicityphotography or check out facebook for updates

f: www.facebook.com/felcityphotography

LCA Loves ♥ Magpie Springs

Are you a looking for a quirky, rustic inspired, non wedding factory wedding or event venue?  Then Magpie Springs is the place for you.

Nestled halfway between Adelaide and Victor Harbour and just 5 minutes from Willunga, this gem of a winery is owned by accomplished artist Avril who has been transforming this 80 acre venue into a diverse winery offering probably the most wedding photography backdrops I’ve ever seen in one place.

I visited today with Jenna from By The Oaktree whose style has perfect synergy with this most gorgeous and diverse venue.

There’s so many places for a ceremony to take place with 360 degree beautiful surroundings. Even in the height of Summer as it is as I type, the gardens were green, lush and vibrant.

Due to the nature of the location and climate of the venue, a marquee is a must and there are options as to where this can be placed, in all cases offering the most gorgeous rustic inspired setting.

I’m looking forward to visiting this venue again soon to sample their wine and indulge in taking some more photos.

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w: www.magpiesprings.com.au

 

LCA Loves ♥ The Hills Vintage Event Co.

It’s always exciting when a new vendor is established particularly in the field of styling. It takes passion and patience to gather the props and pieces needed to offer this kind of service which Danielle has managed to do beautifully.

I met with Danielle recently for a mini shoot to highlight some of her inventory and we were blessed to have the most perfect day for it!

As her business name suggests, The Hills Vintage Event Co has a vintage and rustic feel about it which is so inkeeping with so many venues in SA and the inventory that I’ve seen to date looks great. My favourite being the peacock chairs.

You can come and meet with Danielle on both 12th April at Norwood Town Hall and 3rd May at Angaston Town Hall – 10.30am – 3,30pm.

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f: https://www.facebook.com/TheHillsVintageEventCompany

e: thehillsvintageeventco@gmail.com

t: 0408 850686