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TRUE LOVE TALES Kylie & Tiphanee Kate & Phil Javane & Tyson Liz & Richard

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ACKNOWLEDGEMENT We acknowledge the traditional owners of the Blue Mountains, the Darug and Gundungurra peoples, where this magazine is created. We pay our respects to their elders, past and present.


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WELCOME

LONG LIVE

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In a year when Earth seemed to shift on its axis, we decided to produce a magazine that celebrates the one thing the world needs a whole lot more of – love. While Australia waits for leaders to lead by passing long-overdue legislation on marriage equality and giving all couples the same rights, we are committed to highlighting the fact that love is love. We are equally committed to showcasing our amazing corner of the country. The four of us grew up in other parts of New South Wales but were drawn to the allencompassing beauty of the Blue Mountains. We’ve found ‘home’, in much the same way our covergirls Kylie and Tiphanee describe since they made the great leap (see their True Love story on page 18). Along with the magnificence that surrounds us, what we particularly love about life in the mountains is the abundance of local talent and community spirit. In the process of putting our first issue together, we have been amazed by the generosity of those willing to share their stories and their creativity. Our sincere thanks goes to everyone who has contributed to bringing Blue Mountains Love to life.

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Illustration: Melanie Vugich.

Our magazine is for all lovers, and we want people from far and wide to know they are very welcome to come and celebrate their love in the Blue Mountains.


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PROFILES 74 The Mercurial Ms Moss Tara Moss on marriage, mountain life and corsets 80 A Stitch in Time Historical fashion plus making your own wedding gown 82 Love Shack WedShed’s founders on choosing the right venue

ON THE COVER

HOMEGROWN

Kylie Watson (left) and Tiphanee Athans. Photo: Jennifer Leahy, Silversalt Photography. Location: Katoomba. Story: Page 18.

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Kylie and Tiphanee Holding out for marriage equality Kate and Phil The romance of a vintage-rustic barn wedding Javane and Tyson Secret wedding in Wentworth Falls Liz and Richard Going steampunk in a church hall

Beauty Mountains-made products plus natural skincare tips Top Five Places to pop the question Hair & Makeup Local stylists show their flair for hair Flowers Beautiful cool-climate bouquets Groomed Upcycled menswear plus wet-shaving products Jewellery Estate pieces from Blue Mountains antique experts Cakes Deliciously different wedding cakes made with love


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REGULARS

WIN, SHOP & SAVE THE DATE

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Editor’s letter Welcome to our first issue Map Find your way around the region What’s On Diary of local events Inspiration Autumnal wedding style Escape Blue Mountains getaways for girls DIY Crafting an heirloom brooch bouquet Village People Discover Blackheath’s shops and attractions Bonbonierre Sweet wedding favours Wedding Planner Expertly plan your big day Farewell Rodney Croome on marriage equality

Competition Win a romantic Leura escape The Love Affair Save the date for our wedding market All in the Detail A directory of fabulous local suppliers Next Issue Spring/summer weddings Stockists


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WHAT’S ON

IRONFEST

LEURA HARVEST FESTIVAL

GET YOUR GATSBY ON

RUNNING WILD

AUTUMN BEAUTY

4 – 25 February

March & May

15 April

The Roaring 20s Festival attracts dapper gents and flashy flappers from far and wide to revel in a month of art deco-inspired activities. Headlined by the Charleston Challenge and Long Lunch at the Hydro Majestic Hotel, Medlow Bath, other events include the Carrington Hotel’s Great Deco Ball, traditional high teas, cocktails and speakeasies, jazz and blues performances and steam-train rides. roaring20s.com.au

Sporty types will be drawn to endurance events taking place during March and May. The Six Foot Track Marathon, held on Saturday 11 March, is a 45-kilometre trail stretching from Katoomba to Jenolan Caves. The Wilderness Society’s WildEndurance Team Challenge takes place over the weekend of 5-6 May to raise funds for the eco charity. On 18-21 May, Ultra-Trail Australia will include 100, 50 and 22-kilometre races held over five days. sixfoot.com wildendurance.org.au ultratrailaustralia.com.au

Fall in love with the magnificent autumn gardens, tree-lined streets and isolated beauty of Mount Wilson during the Mount Wilson Autumn Festival. Explore open gardens, perfect picnic spots and a village market selling arts, crafts and locally grown plants and produce. mtwilson.com.au

BLUES MOUNTAINS 17 – 19 March

Blue Mountains Music Festival is a three-day event hosting local and international folk, roots and blues artists in a variety of Katoomba venues. See and hear world-class musicians in an intimate and relaxed atmosphere that has been raved about by both performers and audiences. bmff.org.au 12

HEAVY METAL 21 – 23 April

Described as the festival where anything goes, Ironfest explores “the relationship between humans, metal and identity”. Join steampunks, time travellers and medieval knights at Lithgow Showground for jousting, historical re-enactments, blacksmithing, live music, comedy and general metal mayhem, with ‘Lost World’ as the theme. ironfest.net


YULEFEST

WINTER MAGIC

Photos (left to right): Ann Niddrie Photography, MacGregor Ross, The Carrington Hotel, Tim Mahony/The Mystery Guest.

FARE PLAY

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The Royal Botanic Gardens at Mt Tomah hosts TomahROMA, its annual autumn food and wine fair, on the first Saturday in May – there’s a plant market, garden tours and, of course, fine food and wine tastings. bluemountainsbotanicgarden.com.au

Katoomba takes centre stage for bibliophiles as part of Sydney Writer’s Festival during May. Writers, both local and international, will be ‘In Conversation’ at the Carrington Hotel, while Varuna, the National Writers’ House, will host workshops and talks. varuna.com.au

LOCALLY GROWN

PAINT THE TOWN PINK

Launched back in the 1980s, Winter Magic has grown into the largest not-for-profit community event in the country. Join throngs of revellers and community groups in a joyous ode to winter. Don’t miss the Grand Parade (starts around 11.30am), and be sure to dress up! wintermagic.com.au

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10 – 12 June

Celebrate community and eco-living at the annual Leura Harvest Festival, held in picturesque Leura Mall. With a focus on all things fresh, regional and sustainable, the festival features local artisan makers, growers and creatives, plus a pet chook show and cake-making competition. leuravillage.com.au

Kick up your heels over the Queen’s Birthday long weekend courtesy of Pink Mountains. There are balls, bushwalks, boogie and the annual BentART exhibition – the country’s largest celebration of Australian LGBTIQ visual artists. bentart.com.au pinkmountains.com.au

CLAUS FOR CELEBRATION June, July, August

Yulefest is a chance to celebrate Christmas in July by revelling in belowzero temperatures, roaring fires, mulled wine, turkey with all the trimmings and (hopefully) snow. Various venues across the mountains host Yulefest activities, including The Mountain Heritage, where the idea was born. mountainheritage.com.au

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BEAUTY

NATURE’S GIFTS TAKING CUES FROM THE NATURAL ENVIRONMENT, LOCAL BEAUTY BRANDS INVITE YOU TO PAMPER YOUR BODY AND NOURISH YOUR SKIN WITH THE FINEST INGREDIENTS.

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ABOUT FACE NATUROPATH AND CLÉMENCE ORGANICS FOUNDER BRIDGET CARMADY SHARES HER TOP SKINCARE TIPS FOR ACHIEVING NATURAL RADIANCE ON YOUR BIG DAY. Everyone wants to look their best on their wedding day, and these simple, holistic steps will help to prepare your skin.

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Make sure you’re fitting in 30 minutes of exercise most days. Moving your body helps to boost the skin’s collagen and elastin content, so it appears smoother and healthier. Overhaul your skincare regime. If there’s a product in the mix that’s not pulling its weight, now is the time to ditch it and switch to the good stuff – preferably organic skincare.

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Add probiotics such as kombucha, kefir and yoghurt to your daily diet. Probiotics have been shown to improve skin elasticity, reduce wrinkle depth and maintain the skin’s moisture content. Start using a gentle facial exfoliant every two to three days. This improves microcirculation, reduces the appearance of large pores and helps to fade pigmentation (try Clémence Organics 2 in 1: Face Scrub + Mask).

IN A NUTSHELL • EXERCISE • GO ORGANIC • TAKE PROBIOTICS • EXFOLIATE

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Bridget Carmady (BNat, BHSc Hons) is a Blue Mountains-based naturopath with an interest in skincare, particularly ageing, acne and dermatitis. Bridget is also owner and founder of organic skincare brand Clémence Organics. By creating luxurious organic skincare without compromise, the brand’s purpose is to empower consumers to make smart skincare choices based on the relationship between beauty, health and the environment. clemenceorganics.com 16

Reduce sugar in your diet and increase the amount of anti-inflammatory and antioxidant-rich foods found in the Mediterranean diet. This will reduce redness and calm any existing skin irritations. Stay out of the sun. UV radiation causes the most damage to your skin, so minimise your time in the sun to keep your complexion even.

Ensure you’re getting at least eight hours of sleep every night. Collagen is produced in our skin as we sleep, so if you’re not getting enough shut-eye, you’re not making collagen. Keep your skin hydrated by drinking at least two litres of water and herbal tea every day, and reduce the amount of caffeine and alcohol you consume. Skin hydration can be aided externally using skincare products containing hyaluronic acid, a natural ingredient that has a high water-binding capacity (try Clémence Organics Ultimate Face Cream). BML

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TRUE LOVE

Kylie Tiphanee AND

KATOOMBA

DENIED THE RIGHT TO MARRY LEGALLY, SYDNEY TREE-CHANGERS KYLIE WATSON AND TIPHANEE ATHANS HAVE EMBRACED THEIR BLUE MOUNTAINS ‘TRIBE’ WHILE THEY WAIT FOR JUSTICE TO PREVAIL.

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March 20, 2015 should have been the most precious day in the lives of Kylie Watson and Tiphanee Athans. ‘Save the date’ cards had been sent far and wide, a venue had been booked and wedding preparations were under way. But it was not to be. “We chose not to go ahead with the wedding because there isn’t marriage equality,” explains Tiphanee. “In reality, all that expense, time and effort, however beautiful, was just going to be for a party. We decided to wait until same-sex marriage is legal and do it properly.” Kylie echoes these sentiments: “We have friends who have had a commitment ceremony in Australia and then gone overseas to have the real thing, but that wasn’t an option for us. We feel that it’s not respectful to our brothers and sisters in the community, and it won’t be recognised here anyway.” Kylie and Tiphanee also felt it was unfair to expect family and friends to have to travel across the seas for their wedding. “It is important that our relationship is recognised and that we have the same rights as everyone else in Australia,” says Kylie. “A lot of people in our community may not choose to get married, but it is their right to be able to make that choice.” Family and friends were supportive of the couple’s decision. So for now, while our country’s leaders play political football with so many hearts and minds, the wedding is on hold, but the love story continues. 21


SLOW-BURNING ROMANCE A chance encounter in the corridors of a television studio propelled Kylie and Tiphanee into each other’s sphere, but it would be years before love blossomed between them.

As Tiphanee was leaving, Kylie kissed her goodnight and the penny finally dropped. They soon became inseparable and, after 12 months, moved in together. That was nearly five years ago, and they now call the Blue Mountains home after making the tree change in January 2016.

“I was doing some work in TV production and our paths crossed at Channel 7, where Kylie worked,” Tiphanee recalls. “We knew of each other but weren’t close. And then, a few years down the track, we reconnected as friends at a Women in Film networking event.”

“We arrived with all our furniture, sweating in summer clothes because it was a typically stifling hot day in the city, and it was freezing in Leura. We put the fire on that first night and literally let it burn until the end of winter, until we acclimatised,” says Kylie.

Kylie developed a “massive crush” and couldn’t stand to be around Tiphanee for fear of acting “weird”. “I fought the feelings for about eight months while friends tried to match-make, dropping hints that Tiph just didn’t pick up on because I didn’t have the confidence to be upfront with her,” says Kylie.

So, what prompted two successful businesswomen – former TV star and model Kylie is an interior designer at Belle Abode Interiors, and ex-TV producer Tiphanee is now a genealogist at Branches of Time – to relocate?

“Finally, I organised a romantic dinner with French Champagne and a house full of candles to set the mood. I told Tiphanee to make sure she arrived before sunset, because the sunset from my apartment overlooking Sydney harbour was beautiful. Of course, she was late and had no idea of my intentions,” Kylie remembers. 22

“We wanted to slow down, leave the frantic pace of Sydney behind and be with people who were more in alignment with us and our views,” Kylie recalls. “Sydney can be aggressive and pushy, and I’ve lived there all my life,” says Tiphanee, “It was a big change but I felt the Blue Mountains was still close enough to the city in case I wanted a fix of hectic.”


magnetic about this mountain – “There’s justassomething soon as you start heading up,

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After surviving their first winter, Kylie emerged from hibernation to embrace her mountain lifestyle by developing a newfound love of bushwalking. “I’ve always tried to keep close to nature, even in the city, but now I’m discovering beautiful, majestic places every week. I have absolutely fallen in love with the mountains,” she explains According to Kylie, Tiphanee hit the ground running, joining various community groups, hosting her own radio show and being elected Co-Convenor of Pink Mountains, the local peak body for the LGBTIQ community. “We found our tribe,” Tiphanee says matter-of-factly, adding that it was relatively easy. “It’s so diverse and open and accepting in the mountains that no matter what age you are, what religion you are and no matter what you do for work, people show respect for each other.” The couple both feel there is a common ethos here. “People seem more in tune with their essence. Many are following their passions and being creative. The majority aren’t stuck on the nine-to-five treadmill like many Sydneysiders,” Kylie explains. “Those choosing to live here tend to be grounded; the spirituality of the landscape has a profound nurturing affect. There’s no room for superficiality; the beauty and energy of the landscape is humbling.” Grounded they may be, but definitely not static. “There’s so much to do in the local LGBTIQ community that our calendar is more full now than when we were in Sydney,” says Tiphanee.

Being busy doesn’t equate to stress, though, because of the ease of participation and getting to events like the lesbian Stitch & Bitch sewing circle, Bush Lemons walking group and the mountain chapter of the Queer Screen Film Festival, where Tiphanee sits on the board. “You can afford to do more things recreationally because you have the luxury of time, and there’s greater opportunity to get involved,” says Tiphanee. Both women volunteer in varied fields including search and rescue, as part of LGBTIQ healthcare group ACON and with IDAHOT (International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia), and they plan to add animal welfare and refugee support to this impressive portfolio. “It’s really refreshing for me personally that I haven’t come across a lot of judgement or competition. There’s a genuine, authentic network that connects people here. Your success, or anyone’s success, is not a threat or intimidating. People have really interesting stories to tell and they are interested in your story, too,” says Kylie. “We can’t think of anywhere else we’d rather be right now,” she adds. “There’s just something magnetic about this mountain – as soon as you start heading up, your shoulders drop and you can breathe again.” BML 25


Moving to the Blue Mountains prompted career changes for both Kylie and Tiphanee:

I’m discovering beautiful, “majestic places every week. I have absolutely fallen in love

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Kylie is launching a new range of Blue Mountainsinspired soft furnishings, including scatter cushions and wall art, through her interior design business – Belle Abode Interiors. Kylie is working with local artisans and using natural, ethically manufactured fabrics and fibres to promote their goods and services. “I’ve been taking photos, drawing and designing, and am inspired to promote the region because there is so much inspiration here in nature,” she says. belleabodeinteriors.com.au Tiphanee says she fell into teaching family history at Nepean Community College through her client work at Branches of Time. She is currently working on exploring how constellation genealogy and dealing with generational dysfunction can be used in healing therapies. Tune in to Radio Blue Mountains 89.1 to hear Tiphanee ‘Talking with the Ancestors’. branchesoftime.net

Words: Jacqueline Forster. Photos: Jennifer Leahy, Silversalt Photography. Hair & Makeup: Paul Bedggood. Bridal gowns: Karen Willis Holmes, Sydney. Faux-fur wrap: Leura Vintage. Flower crown & flowers: The Little Flower Shop, Wentworth Falls. Hairpiece: Christine’s Millinery. Jewellery: Ainsley Fine Jewellery.

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TRUE LOVE

Kate Phil AND

HARTLEY VALE

THE ROMANCE OF TRAVEL AND TRADITION INSPIRED KATE AND PHIL’S RUSTIC WEDDING.

When stargazing lovers Kate Mirabito and Philip Shaw met at the end of high school in 2004, Phil swept Kate off her feet with his knowledge of the constellations. Ten years later, during a whirlwind European trip, it was Mozart at midnight that prompted Phil to pop the question. “We had been to a dinner performance and were walking back to our hotel, through the empty cobblestoned streets of Salzburg, when Phil proposed at the foot of the famous Residenzplatz Fountain,” Kate remembers. Of course, her answer was “Yes”. The couple, who live in the Sydney suburb of Gladesville, soon started planning their big day. “We knew we would marry somewhere other than Sydney but didn’t want our guests to have to travel excessively to attend. The Blue Mountains seemed a good fit – it’s perfect for a weekend away or a day trip from Sydney,” says Phil. “We discovered Collits Inn online and scheduled a visit. It was the first and only venue we saw, and we knew straight away it was exactly what we were after.”

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“Blown away” by the stunning rural location, picturesque Blue Mountains setting and native Australian flora, the pair booked the venue that very same day. Six months later, a quaint civil ceremony was held on the property’s grounds under a pair of shimmering eucalypts, with that beautiful mountain backdrop. After the nuptials, 95 guests gathered in the DIY-styled barn for a joyous celebration that lasted well into the night. Kate took inspiration from the barn – the centrepiece of the property – by keeping styling simple and personal. “I sourced vintage lace doilies from op shops that I sewed into bunting and hung between pillars in the barn. Mum crocheted 150 white-lace hearts that we strung amid fairy lights, creating a magical, romantic ceiling for our guests to dine under,” she says. “We also used the hearts as the backdrop to our vows, hanging them from the arbour under the gum trees.”

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The day before the wedding, both families gathered in the barn to help decorate. “Cheryl and Chris from Collits Inn were extremely accommodating, letting us take over the barn. It meant so much to us that we could have our families involved in the preparation,” Kate says. Handmade candles decorated each table and other Collits Inn props included old suitcases, bundles of books, vintage teacups, tree stumps and old farm machinery. “The hessian and lace tablecloths, flickering candles and soft baby’s breath helped create the perfect vintage theme in the rustic barn,” Kate recalls. Onsite catering by Collits Inn owner Chris Warren included locally sourced, seasonal produce. “It was a hearty, homecooked meal,” says Kate, “Each course was presented on self-serve platters, creating a truly convivial atmosphere.” In a nod to heritage, the seating plan was designed in the shape of Italy (where Kate’s father was born) and each table given the name of an Italian city Phil and Kate had visited during their travels. “Our bridal table, just for the two of us, was named Florence – our favourite city,” adds Kate.

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Kate’s dress had special meaning, too: “The first decision I made as soon as Phil and I were engaged was to wear Mum’s wedding dress. I never even considered the possibility of another option. I wore the dress exactly as my mum did 32 years prior, without any changes to the design or style. It only required minor alterations – refitting the bodice and replacing the original exposed zipper down the back with an invisible zipper and pearl buttons. Wearing the dress made the day even more special and created a bond between my mother and I that we will always have.” Kate’s bridal bouquet was decorated with heirlooms passed down from both families, including the original wax beads that had adorned Kate’s great-grandmother’s wedding headpiece, and a gold-and-diamond necklace that belonged to Phil’s great-grandmother, who was married in 1915. “I love that we had so many personal touches incorporated throughout the day that held importance to Phil and I, and our story,” says Kate. “During the reception, we took a moment to ourselves and stood back to watch our family and friends dancing and celebrating in the barn. We were miles from anywhere else – it was just us and our loved ones in our own little world in Hartley Vale.” BML

STYLE FILE CEREMONY & RECEPTION: Collits Inn, Hartley Vale CELEBRANT: Tina Marie Sheil from Love in the Mountains HAIR & MAKEUP: Tania Bowers from Weddings by Tania BRIDE: Mother’s original wedding dress BRIDESMAIDS: sheindress.com.au and own shoes GROOM & GROOMSMEN: Ferrari Formalwear & Bridal, Parramatta BRIDE’S SHOES: Kate’s own ankle boots, covered in gold glitter BRIDE’S RING: Martin & Stein, Queen Victoria Building, Sydney GROOM’S RING: Underwood Jewellers, Parramatta FLOWERS: Baby’s breath from Sydney Flower Market, in mix-and-match vases and jars CAKE: Giant cannoli cake from Pasticceria Via Reggio, Blacktown CATERING: Collits Inn STATIONERY & SIGNAGE: All made by Kate STYLING: Collits Inn props and DIY table settings and decorations TRANSPORT: Kate’s Grandfather’s 1959 Ford Zephyr Mark II and charter bus from Madjestic Tours, Lithgow GUEST ACCOMMODATION: The Imperial Hotel, Mount Victoria and Blue Hills Farm Retreat, Hartley

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TRUE LOVE

Javane AND Tyson

WENTWORTH FALLS

WHEN GUESTS ARRIVED TO CELEBRATE JAVANE AND TYSON’S ENGAGEMENT, THEY WERE IN FOR A WONDERFUL SURPRISE.

It was instant love for Javane Hiko and Tyson Tofaeono, who met at high school back in 2005. “Tyson was in the year below me and we met through mutual friends,” Javane recalls. “After two weeks of getting to know each other, we began dating.” Eleven years and two daughters later, Tyson proposed during a family outing to Wentworth Falls. “It was February 2016 and I was celebrating my 27th birthday with Tyson and our children, Tehya and Tahlia-Jane,” says Javane. “We did the four-hour walking circuit at Wentworth Falls and had a picnic at the base of the waterfall. At the end of our trek, Tyson produced my engagement ring – it’s safe to say it has been my most favourite birthday so far.” Even though the family lives in Cambridge Gardens, in the City of Penrith region, Javane and Tyson chose to celebrate their love in the Blue Mountains. “When planning any celebrations we would normally think of the city, but with the Blue Mountains practically on our doorstep it made sense to think about it as a location for our wedding,” Javane explains. 37


At the end of our trek, “Tyson produced my engagement ring – it’s safe to say it has been my most favourite

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After researching possible sites online and liaising with their celebrant, Tina Marie Sheil, the couple decided on Wentworth Falls Lake. “I love the natural beauty of the area, and the jetty on the lake is a bonus. With a drive time of just 55 minutes from Penrith, it was also easily accessible for our families,” Javane adds. Wanting to keep their wedding ceremony intimate, Javane and Tyson invited 19 immediate family members. Tehya and Tahlia-Jane were the bridesmaids, flower girls and ring bearers, while Javane’s mother Vanessa and Tyson’s mother Shona were witnesses. “We were married on the 13th of September, our anniversary,” says Javane. “It was a non-denominational ceremony conducted by our lovely celebrant on the jetty at the lake. The location was perfect and secluded, with a breathtaking vista that provided many photo opportunities. And we had the people that mean the most to us standing beside us, sharing our special day.” After the ceremony, the family headed to a holiday house in Katoomba. “It was a secluded, well-appointed house on the side of the mountain. There was no TV but we had a surplus of board games, and we spent our days exploring the local countryside and dining at local eateries,” says Javane. “It was a cosy start to married life for our family.” Four days later, Javane and Tyson arrived at the Henry Sports Club in Werrington County to join 90 friends and family members, who thought they were there to celebrate the couple’s engagement. “During the night we ran a slideshow, which incorporated our wedding day in the Blue Mountains,” says Javane. “Needless to say, everyone was shocked and happily surprised by our reveal – our engagement party then became our wedding reception.” DJ Phono played rhythm and blues, which got everyone onto the dance floor, and guests dined on cocktail appetisers and gourmet platters prepared by the club’s kitchen team. “We finished with a very decadent ‘Chocolate Explosion’ cake,” says Javane. “I love that it was all so stress-free.” BML

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CEREMONY: Wentworth Falls Lake RECEPTION: The Henry Sports Club, Werrington County CELEBRANT: Tina Marie Sheil from Love in the Mountains HAIR & MAKEUP: Malinita for Makeup BRIDE & BRIDESMAIDS: lightinthebox.com JEWELLERY: Lovisa, Penrith GROOM: Manpower Menswear, Penrith SHOES: Wanted Shoes, Parramatta RINGS: Prouds the Jewellers, Penrith FLOWERS: Silk-flower bouquet and matching boutonniére CAKE: Chocolate Explosion from Mrs C’s Cupcakes, Penrith CATERING: The Henry Sports Club MUSIC: DJ Phono TRANSPORT: 1965 Mustang, borrowed from Allan & Denise Spackman, Mustang Owners Club Australia Inc.

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Words: Lisa Doust. Photos: El Earl Photography and Denise Spackman.

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TRUE LOVE

Elizabeth AND Richard MUDGEE

LOCAL BUSINESSWOMAN AND ARTS IDENTITY, ELIZABETH WALTON, LITERALLY MOVED MOUNTAINS TO MARRY MUDGEE MAN, RICHARD LAWSON.

Reformed punk rocker turned olive grower Richard Lawson met his media-savvy, Sydney Conservatoriumtrained bride, Elizabeth (Liz) Walton, while reviving a folk festival. Mixing musical genres and career changes, their relationship blossomed with long rambling walks in Blue Mountains gardens and a shared love of drumming. It wasn’t long before they were planning an autumn wedding and looking for a suitable venue to exchange vows and celebrate their union. “The Catholic church wouldn’t have us as Richard was formerly divorced,” Liz explains. “So we turned to the Uniting Church, where we were teaching music in the church hall. “Reverend Graeme Gardiner [now located at Springwood Uniting Church with his wife, Reverend Leigh Gardiner] was an absolute godsend, pardon the pun. Neither of us is religious in a conventional sense, though spiritual practices are important to us both. Music, yoga, respect for the land and pagan traditions are closer to our hearts, and Reverend Graeme fully embraced this.” 43


The “eclectic” ceremony was staged with the practised hand of industry professionals incorporating pagan and ethnic elements. Master drummer Damion Stirling performed African drumming to bless the church, and a crystal circle was arranged before the altar for the couple to stand inside while taking their vows. After the ceremony, Richard’s students, a group of high school-aged boys in drumming corp uniform, drummed the guests into the hall, then formed a line in front of the wedding party’s table and held a drum roll. “The wedding party was waiting inside the hall, and during the drum roll we entered the room through a small door behind the wedding table,” says Liz.

“The dress was handmade in the US then restitched and fitted locally by Lorna McKenzie, from The Tailor’s Apprentice in Hazelbrook, as a wedding present. She also fitted and restitched Richard’s amazing coat,” Liz adds. Richard’s wool jacket was handmade by an American Civil War clothier in the US – it was tailored with Austrian knots on the sleeves to resemble the style of a Civil War bandleader. His red shirt was handmade in London, as was Brownie’s (the Best Man). Similarly, the bridesmaids’ dresses were tailored offshore and included corsetry and starched mini hoops.

The theatrics didn’t stop there. “Cloth, dress and formality are important to us, so we chose a steampunk theme for our wedding because of the amazing opportunity to wear such formal, dramatic, olde-worlde styles,” Liz explains.

Styling the church hall became a labour of love for Liz and her friends. “Because we were working at the church, teaching music several days a week, we had a lot of time to work on decorations,” she says. “We layered the ceiling with wire and kilometres of burgundy tulle embellished with handmade crystal chandelier drops, then added fairy lights. The ceiling took over a month to prepare.”

Liz’s dress was an 18th century-style ‘à la polonaise’ gown that featured a burgundy and ivory layer over a burgundy silk underlay. The fullness of the gown was created by matching corsetry, with long hoops that were handmade in Tasmania.

Josie, Liz’s daughter, made 1000 ruby coloured paper cranes, which were placed inside glass goblets on the tables for guests to take home. Mudgee-based artist Sam Paine painted the backdrop for the band as a wedding present.

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The 100 guests at the reception were treated to an evening of live music played by Bathurst band Sweet Jelly Rolls, a folky bluegrass duo “with a wicked sense of humour” that played in the courtyard during drinks, along with Squeeze Box Trio, a young quartet from the Penrith region who play gypsy swing, and Honey – Liz and Richard’s own band. “To finish the evening, all the drums from our music school upstairs at the church were brought down, and Rich, Damian and I kicked off the first drum set. Then all of the other musicians and guests joined in,” says Liz. “The live music continued back at our house well into Sunday afternoon.” Liz recalls the joy that bringing all of their friends and family from the Blue Mountains and Mudgee together gave her: “Walking into the hall when it was full of all our loved ones, after working on the room for so long, was just amazing – I hadn’t realised how beautiful it would look and how touching it would be to have all of our dear friends and family together in one space, sitting underneath the crystals and the soft lights. That they were there to welcome Rich and I being together was really what it was all about.” And Richard’s most memorable moment from the day? “My wife as she looked at me during the vows… Love!” BML

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A NOTE ON NAME CHANGES

CEREMONY & RECEPTION: Mudgee Uniting Church & Hall CELEBRANT: Reverend Graeme Gardiner (now at Springwood Uniting Church) HAIR: Gwenda Holt from The Head Gardener, Mudgee MAKEUP: Au naturale with a bit of lipstick BRIDE & BRIDESMAIDS: Imported from the US and London GROOM & GROOMSMEN: Imported from the US and London SHOES: Blackheath Family Shoe Store RINGS: Handmade by Pearson C R Jewellery, Gulgong FLOWERS Bridal party: Shiralee Archer By Appointment, Mudgee; Church hall: Elizabeth’s aunt Ann Purcell and mum Pam Walton CAKE: Retired chef Pamela Matheson made and decorated a magnificent carrot cake as a wedding present CATERING: Rachael McCarthy Catering MUSIC: Damion Stirling, Sweet Jelly Rolls, Squeeze Box Trio and Honey TRANSPORT: On foot, as the ceremony and reception were held at same venue DRINKS: Carrington Cellars, Katoomba STATIONERY: Invitations ordered online. Olde English place settings were handmade by Liz, who once worked as a calligrapher

Liz and Richard struggled with the notion of changing names after they married. “It seems archaic when your career and profile are well established,” says Liz. “Richard offered to change his name and, being musicians, we had a few hilarious road trips inventing new surnames, such as ‘Mr & Mrs 1812 Overture’ (to be played, rather than spoken). Mr & Mrs Bob Marley was another favourite. Our minister was very kind and understood the complexities entirely. “It’s a question of identity,” he told us during our preparation meetings. “You might spend the rest of your life figuring out how you want to respond to the idea of name changes.”


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POP THE QUESTION

Words: Jacqueline Forster. Photo: Ask Roz Blue Mountains.

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ELYSIAN ROCK, LEURA: The sweeping views over the Jamieson Valley make this our number-one place to sweep your loved one off their feet.

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WENTWORTH FALLS: Follow Javane and Tyson’s lead (see their True story Love on page 36) and head to the bottom of the three-tiered waterfall for a wet and wild marriage proposal.

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LANDSLIDE LOOKOUT, KATOOMBA: Not as dangerous as it sounds but this magical spot is sure to get hearts racing when your loved one says “Yes”. BML

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LOCAL STYLISTS HAVE BEEN WEAVING THEIR MAGIC TO CREATE INTRICATE BRAIDS, TOUSLED WAVES AND CHIC UP-DOS TO SUIT ALL HAIR LENGTHS. BEAUTIFUL FLOWER CROWNS AND HAIRPIECES ADD THE FINAL FLOURISH.

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THE HAIRLOOM HAIR & BEAUTY

Created by Erin Corscadden at The Hairloom Hair & Beauty, in Blackheath, this Art Deco-inspired up-do was finished with a Swarovski-crystal and pearl hair comb. Hairloom can tailor wedding packages to include hair and makeup, photography by Brigitte Grant, trials, pamper days with facials, massages and pedicures. Erin also offers a mobile service to help ensure your wedding day is stress-free. facebook.com/thehairloomsalon

WEDDINGS BY EUPHORIA

The elegant up-style for this vintage-inspired bride was finished with a beautiful hairpiece, while glamorous waves were chosen for her Maid of Honour. Offering hair and makeup packages that cover everything from vintage and boho to modern styling, Kellie Adler’s team at Weddings by Euphoria specialises in hair colouring and work with Youngblood Mineral Cosmetics. Catering to wedding parties of any size, the team can travel to you or you can relax in style at the private studio, where Champagne and strawberries are served. euphoriahair.com.au 50


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WEDDINGS BY TANIA

Tania Bowers of Weddings by Tania offers hair and makeup services ranging from retro-inspired to natural, loose and light styles. Through her experience working in advertising, television and the wedding industry, Tania finds making the modern bride beautiful involves bringing out their personality and not hiding them behind a mask of makeup. While different styles ensure the individuality of the girls in this bridal party, flowers are used to complement and bring the look together. weddingsbytania.com.au 51


FLOWERS

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DELICATE YET ROBUST, NATIVE AND COOL-CLIMATE BLOOMS APPEAR IN STRIKING SEASONAL COLOURS – FROM THE PALEST SHADES OF GREY AND GREEN TO DUSTY PINK, VINTAGE WHITE, ROMANTIC RED AND DEEP PURPLE.

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FLOWER EMPIRE | Cymbidium orchid, hellebores, hyacinth, ranunculus, sweet pea & white pieris.

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WILD BLUE STUDIO | Anemone, dusty miller, gum, gumnuts, roses & reindeer moss.

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THE LITTLE FLOWER SHOP | Red & white waratahs, paper daisies, flannel flowers, boronia, wax, leucadendrons, gum & gumnuts.

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SWEET WILLIAM FLORAL CREATIONS | Anemone, ranunculus, hellebores, white pieris & dusty miller.

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ZARA MAN slim-fit white shirt, GERALD AUSTIN ‘Black Watch’ tartan jacket and VERSACE black wool pants. Matched with green bow tie and a white-linen pocket square.

T. M. LEWIN blue shirt and ROGER DAVID dove-grey cotton suit. Matched with retro braces and a freshly picked flower.

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CLOTHES MAY MAKETH THE MAN BUT WHAT KEEPETH THE LATEST FASHION ACCESSORY, FACIAL HAIR, FROM COMING OVER ALL CAVE-DWELLER?

Of course, it’s nothing new. Men were preening and pimping their pompadours and goatees long before the metro-bushranger look was ever a thing. Styles may come and go but one thing is certain, good grooming never goes out of fashion. Con Kazantzidis from Lithgow’s Shave the Man, aka The Stray Whisker brand, says there’s a worldwide resurgence in men’s traditional grooming practices, including wet shaving – using a double-edged blade and old-style razor with real shave soap and a brush. “Many men are spending more time on themselves, and are being rewarded with a better shave and great-looking skin,” he explains. If that’s not enough incentive to go old school, Con says giving up disposable razors and cans of pressurised shave goo is a good move for the environment.

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Tim Maybury (second from left) with his groomsmen. Photo: Elleni Toumpas – Wedding Photography.

Con’s online store offers local and imported products to aid this trend. “We’re not about getting rid of beards, just about better grooming. Our motto is, ‘Shave it off or keep it nice’. We’ve helped guys get beyond the annoying itches and beard dandruff [yes, it’s a thing!] so they can achieve ultimate-hipster or bushranger status,” he says. WEDDING SESSIONS The idea of offering men’s wedding sessions came to Con when planning a farmer’s wedding. “Tim Maybury [the farmer] was already into traditional wet shaving and I had been speaking to him about the benefits, both financial and skin health, about 12 months prior to his big day,” he says. Tim became obsessed, devouring all 70 or so videos on the Shave the Man YouTube channel. “There was no hard sell – he was hooked,” says Con. “So, when he decided to propose to his now lovely wife Annah, he thought it would be great to have all ‘the blokes’ in the wedding party set up with a wet-shaving starter kit and a brief how-to session.” The sessions include two hours of information, hands-on training and a great swag to get blokes started in the world of traditional wet shaving. “We feel it’s best experienced

as a buck’s weekend or groomsmen ‘bonding’ experience. A week or so out is probably best, as they will have their technique honed for the wedding-day shave,” Con adds. BML

WHAT’S INCLUDED • A brief history of shaving through the ages, plus an explanation of what wet shaving is and why shaving is important. To shave or not to shave for your big day… that is the question. • A step-by-step tutorial on wet shaving. • Aftershave options, colognes, eau de toilettes and scent profiles. The goody bag includes a DOPP kit bag, EDWIN JAGGER Safety Razor, STRAY WHISKER 452/24 Synthetic Shaving Brush, EDWIN JAGGER or ST JAMES OF LONDON Shaving Cream, STRAY WHISKER After Balm and the option of OLD SCHOOL Aftershave Splash or Cologne. thestraywhisker.com.au 63


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NOTHING SAYS ‘I ADORE YOU’ QUITE LIKE AN EXQUISITELY CRAFTED PIECE OF ESTATE JEWELLERY. FEATURING EVERYTHING FROM DIAMONDS AND PEARLS TO CORAL, PRECIOUS STONES, ENAMEL AND HUMAN HAIR, THESE ONE-OF-A-KIND TREASURES WERE DESIGNED TO BE PASSED DOWN THROUGH THE GENERATIONS.

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PROFILE

THE MERCURIAL

Ms. Moss THE MOUNTAINS’ MOST BEGUILING AND MULTI-FACETED DENIZEN, TARA MOSS DEFIES LABELS TO CALL OUT INJUSTICE, EMPOWER THE MARGINALISED AND INDULGE HER PASSION FOR COSPLAY. HERE SHE DISCUSSES MOUNTAIN LIFE, MARRIAGE AND CORSETRY.

How long have you called the Blue Mountains home and what drew you here? I began visiting the Blue Mountains in the late 1990s and wrote much of my first two crime novels, Fetish and Split, at guesthouses in Katoomba and Leura. I married my husband, writer and poet Berndt Sellheim, in 2009 and we moved to the mountains the same year. We love it here and it’s the perfect writing hideaway. When and how did you become interested in Victoriana and mid-century fashion? I’m interested in history, with a specific focus on the Victorian era of 1837 to 1901 and the 1940s and 1950s during WWII, and the immediate post-war period that followed. These were dynamic times for social and cultural 75


change, inventions, sciences, textiles and design and the arts. These are the two periods that interest me most in terms of history, as well as objects, furniture, ephemera, costume and dress. It isn’t so easy to get about in Victorian garb these days, but I do enjoy steampunk cosplay as I can wear Victorian clothing but can also do things most Victorian women couldn’t do at the time. Part of the delight of playing with time periods is to subvert aspects of that history. In my usual, day-to-day dress I tend to wear mid-century vintage. It’s beautiful, sustainable, affordable and built to last. When and why did you start sewing lessons? I decided to learn to sew in early 2016, and started taking lessons with Lorna McKenzie from The Tailor’s Apprentice. I like her focus on historical garments and methods, and when my schedule allows it, I like to have one lesson with Lorna each week to stay on top of my learning. She has guided me through several sewing projects, including some of my cosplay. She is patient, positive and knowledgeable, and she shares my obsession with historical dress. I’m learning to sew in part to be able to mend and care for my vintage clothing, and I was recently announced as the Australian Sewing Guild’s Patron to promote sewing, mending and personalised ‘slow clothing’. There is a wonderful small-business aspect of the vintage and retro scene, with enthusiasts hunting down and salvaging beautiful things from the past, or sewing reproductions in their living rooms.

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How have corsets become more than an extension of your interest in historical or fantasy fashion? I have always been interested in corsets, but I didn’t wear them more than once or twice a year until recently. Just over a year ago I discovered by chance that wearing a corset for a few hours while writing relieved my back pain and headaches. I have scoliosis, so this kind of pain has been present throughout my life to one degree or another, and I have tried many types of treatments and physio. Now I wear a custom under-bust corset, fitted comfortably to my measurements, a few days a week, usually in the middle of the day or when commuting or carrying suitcases, and I do this in addition to my usual back exercises and stretches. I have been able to get rid of the painkillers almost completely. Corsets have really revolutionised my life in positive ways. You’ve adopted a couple of pseudonyms or alter egos – Victory Lamour and The Tight-laced Time Traveller. Can you tell us about them? The Tight-laced Time Traveller is my steamsona – a timetravelling writer and mum, Baroness Steele, about to fly in on her dirigible and save the world or report on despotic otherworldly regimes. She can handle herself and has been seen with a weapon or two, but ultimately believes the pen is mightier than the sword. Victory Lamour is my vintage pin-up persona, and my way of separating my journalism as Tara Moss from my vintage-focussed hobby, research and work. At victorylamour.com I write on vintage, beauty, body positivity, sustainable style and sewing. At taramoss.com I focus on human rights, women’s rights and representation, child safety, online abuse, my books and more. What’s the appeal of cosplay for you? When I was a kid we had a ‘tickle trunk’, as it was called, filled with makeshift costumes, so perhaps it’s in the genes. Dressing up is a wonderful form of play and one we enjoy as a family. Now that I have a daughter of my own I want her to enjoy that. The Blue Mountains community loves a good dress-up – do you join in the fun at local historical or community festivals? I judged the best-dressed competition at Lady Luck one year and we’ve attended Ironfest as a family three times. Community events of this quality are loads of fun. The whole town comes together with enthusiasts from around the country.


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What do you think of the notion that getting married is a form of cosplay?

What do you think are the most important aspects of a modern marriage? Respect, communication and dedication.

Cosplay can be widely interpreted, and all formal dressing and fashion can be a form of self-expression through clothing, a form of play, but of course the main and vital difference is that with cosplay you are role-playing, and with marriage it is real-life and legally binding. Describe your wedding day. I wore a red, custom-made Alex Perry dress and Berndt wore a tux and skull bowtie, and we were married in a rose garden. It was a beautiful day for us, surrounded by friends. My dress was like red roses.

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What’s your take on the marriage-equality debate, and why is it so hard for politicians to reconcile public opinion with legislation? I find it really frustrating that marriage equality is taking so long in Australia. Australians now overwhelmingly agree that marriage equality is overdue, with 70 per cent support for same-sex marriage in the general public. I don’t believe the personal opinions or religious beliefs of politicians should impact the rights for adult citizens to have equal access to marriage. They are meant to represent the people. Law-abiding, consenting adults should not be barred from marriage because of their sexual orientation. Those decisions should be up to the couple, not the state. It’s madness, and this is part of a long history of denying the LGBTIQ community the rights afforded to straight, cisgender people. BML


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Kicking goals Over the past year the Blue Mountains Regional Business Chamber has enjoyed a number of achievements, including: • Launching Pink Business • Delivering the 9th Annual Business Expo, with 45 exhibiting organisations • Producing the 10th Annual Business Awards program • Implementing an industry partnership with TAFE WSi Further information on the Chamber’s business development program is available at www.bmchamber.com.au, or call 0413 957 591.

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PROFILE

A STITCH IN YOU DON’T HAVE TO BE TARA MOSS TO INDULGE IN A LITTLE FANTASY DRESSING. LOCAL SEAMSTRESS LORNA MCKENZIE, FROM THE TAILOR’S APPRENTICE, CAN TEACH YOU HOW TO MAKE YOUR OWN HISTORICAL FASHION OR WEDDING DRESS. Lorna McKenzie is a time traveller. She doesn’t have a Tardis or some H.G. Wells-type contraption to propel her through the ages – although she’d love to give either a go. Rather, she is stitching up history one gown at a time. As a bespoke seamstress, Lorna teaches sewing using historical techniques, specialising in steampunk, vintage, ’20s, ’40s, WWII, Edwardian, Victorian and Regency styles. A love of historical sewing was cultivated in high school textile and design, and later in university English classes. “Learning the history of fashion at school really piqued my interest when I was a young girl, as did reading lots of 19th-century novels at uni,” Lorna recalls. And it seems sewing is in her blood. “My mother and grandmother were both dressmakers. Indeed, my mother kept our family afloat with dressmaking. I just adore fabric. I love taking a flat object and turning it into a 3D garment,” she says. The Internet brought Lorna closer to a world of people working with and enjoying historical fashion.“I found I could connect with groups all around the globe, like the Society for Creative Anachronists, Jane Austen revivalists and rockabilly girls right here in the Blue Mountains.” “The most fascinating thing about historical sewing is that when you make something in the style, of the period and the way a woman would have sewn back in the day, you are time travelling,” she says. 80

time And if she could actually time travel? “I’ve always loved the 19th century, so I would probably go back to the Regency period because it was a time of such ferment and change, particularly due to the French Revolution,” Lorna reveals. Mass beheadings aside, Lorna points out that fashion also got the chop, going from expensive court dresses made of silks and satins, with side paniers and high hair, to suddenly adopting the dress of a simple country maiden. “Mind you, I’d probably get marched to the guillotine for my outspokenness,” she adds. Another of Lorna’s passion projects has been the creation of WWI Australian Nurses Army Service uniforms. “I created the uniform patterns to ensure that the women who saved so many lives and helped many an ANZAC could be remembered by re-enactors during the Centenary of WWI,” she says. Lorna also accepts bridal commissions. “I do about two or three commissions for brides or bridesmaids a year [recently married Michele Lelly is pictured right with her daughter and bridesmaid, Ellora Tibbets],” she explains. “I prefer to work with a bride, or with a bride’s mother, to help them make the gown themselves. People often buy very expensive fabric and it makes them nervous to go it alone because they are not as skilled as they’d like to be. I do the complicated bits, and they get to make their own gown.” Handmade doesn’t mean cheap, though. “It costs as much as it would to buy an off-the-shelf gown but it is bespoke – it fits them perfectly, gives them a sense of achievement and ownership, and is exactly what they wanted.” BML thetailorsapprentice.com


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DESCRIBED AS ‘AIRBNB FOR WEDDING VENUES’, WEDSHED IS THE BRAINCHILD OF AMY PARFETT AND MELANY MCBRIDE, A COUPLE OF GALS DETERMINED TO PUT THE SOUL BACK INTO RECEPTION VENUES. THEY TOOK TIME OUT FROM SCOURING FARMYARDS AROUND THE COUNTRY TO TALK BARN APPEAL.

What led you to start WedShed? Amy We first realised that the process of finding unique and personal wedding venues was really tricky while searching online one night a few years ago for a newly engaged girlfriend. The same traditional, soulless venues kept cropping up, and after exhausting the most logical (and random) search terms and still digging up no gold, we felt deflated and discouraged. It sucked to be of no use to our friend and we could only imagine how frustrated she must have been. Mel We knew there had to be more amazing spaces out there, and that there must be plenty of venue owners who wanted an easier way to connect with couples. We don’t remember if it was the same night or another one (all we remember is there was wine involved, as with all good ideas) when we realised someone needed to bridge this gap for couples, and that it should be us. Fast-forward several years, and here we are. 83


What are the key ingredients for a great wedding venue? Amy We’ve learned through this journey that while choosing a wedding venue is hugely personal, there are a few things many of our favourite venues all have in common. These key ingredients include the flexibility to make the space what you want it to be – for example, to style it in a way that reflects your personal tastes and interests, the ability to work with vendors you love and a great view and connection with the surrounding landscape.

Mel Aside from the nostalgia of a shed, there’s generally more flexibility (the F-word – we drop it often, as you might have noticed). Farm sheds in particular generally won’t have specific ‘bump in and out’ times, as they’re on private properties with owners that can give you a more personal service. And given that most of our shed venues are set outside main cities, it means your wedding helps support local business by bringing tourism dollars to the surrounding region. That is a really good feeling, for us and our couples. What is special about getting married in the Blue Mountains?

Mel You know what they say about walking into a house and knowing if it could be a ‘home’? We think you also get that feeling when you’re looking at venues – some just get you excited. Go with your gut. What is particularly appealing about ‘sheds’?

Amy This will sound silly, but the mountains themselves are the most special thing to us about getting hitched here. The way they change colour throughout the day and the views they allow. Also, the lovely people who have made their livelihood in the Blue Mountains make it a warm and welcoming place to be married. BML

Amy There’s just something so exciting to us about taking a fairly basic structure and transforming it into something seriously beautiful that delights your guests. We’re suckers for a good blank canvas and there’s a certain Australiana romance to knowing you’re celebrating your big day in a space that once served as a farm workspace (or may still be serving, in fact).

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top tips

USE GOOGLE CREATIVELY. Try typing the name of the region you’re considering getting married in with the word ‘wedding’ next to it, and then head straight to the Google images tab. Often this will lead you to local photographers’ blogs, where you may find some lesser-known venues.

SET A TENTATIVE BUDGET. We use the word ‘tentative’ because we understand budget blow-out is a contagious condition that affects all couples, but this will help you to shortlist venues. DECIDE HOW HANDS-ON YOU WANT TO BE. Some venues – particularly the blank-canvas ones – require you to coordinate everything. This is awesome if you have a strong vision for how you want the day to look and can get organised. Other venues will have 84

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their own in-house wedding manager, who can help you out along the way. Note: don’t let the blank-canvas venues alarm you – you can always hire a wedding planner or coordinator to help you. IF YOU KNOW THE REGION YOU WANT TO GET MARRIED IN, CHECK OUT WHAT’S ON BEFORE SETTING THE DATE. You’ll want to avoid major events as there may be a shortage of accommodation for your guests. Check out lots of wedding blogs – and we might be able to help you out, too. We’ve got hundreds of unique properties around Australia that lend themselves perfectly to weddings. wedshed.com.au


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INSPIRATION

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FOR YOU

THE RUSSET TONES AND BROODING CALM OF LATE AUTUMN AT LEURA’S EVERGLADES HOUSE & GARDENS SET THE STAGE FOR THE TIMELESS ELEGANCE OF THIS STYLED SHOOT BY ANYA OSTAPENKO.

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Set over five hectares of European gardens, with magnificent bush views over the Jamieson valley, Leura’s Art Deco Everglades House & Gardens is a world-renowned National Trust property. The evocative winding paths, dry stone walls and seasonal English plantings are features that draw Anya Ostapenko to the Blue Mountains each autumn. “There’s a certain feeling of nature going to rest, of getting ready for winter, that reminds me of Europe and its distinctly defined four seasons,” says Anya, designer and stylist at Bride La Boheme in Sydney. Anya specifically styled the autumn shoot with sultry, redhaired model Jemma Hensen in mind. To complement Jemma’s piercing blue eyes, makeup artist Niki Simpson used copper and rust-toned eyeshadows, finishing with smoky chocolate-brown shadow along the upper and lower lashes. Barely there, peach-nude matte lipstick was patted 88

into the lips, with Niki creating soft, natural waves to frame Jemma’s face and complete the look. A feeling of bohemian romance is evoked in the delicate lace fabrics, softness and sheen of the modern yet timeless gowns from Sydney bridal boutiques White Meadow Bridal, Hope X Page and Georgia Young Couture. The gowns are complemented by Anya’s vintage and boho-inspired hair accessories, veils, capes and sashes, all of which are individually handcrafted at Bride La Boheme. Sydney floral artists, Boutierre Girls, also took their cue from autumnal foliage in the garden, incorporating Japanese maple leaves into Jemma’s bouquet. “The dreamy, moody feel of the shoot, combined with mottled shade and colour in the garden, make it nostalgic and everlasting,” adds Anya. BML


Photos: Bride La Boheme. Location: Everglades House & Gardens, Leura. Styling, Hair accessories, Veils, Cape: Bride La Boheme. Hair & Makeup: Niki Simpson Hair + Makeup. Bridal gowns: White Meadow Bridal, Hope X Page, Georgia Young Couture. Flowers: Boutierre Girls.

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LOOKING FOR THE ULTIMATE HEN’S PARTY VENUE? THEN GATHER YOUR GIRLFRIENDS AND BOOK IN WITH BLUE MOUNTAINS GIRLS GETAWAYS, WHICH HAS TRANSFORMED THE AVERAGE WEEKEND AWAY INTO AN OPPORTUNITY TO LUXURIATE IN STYLE.

Back in 2000, Nicky Vaux noticed a gaping hole in the Blue Mountains accommodation market. “I saw the need for a little more luxury in the self-contained market – no girl wants to wash her sheets when she gets home from a break, and driving home from a massage defeats the purpose,” she explains. By the end of that same year, Nicky launched Blue Mountains Girls Getaways. “We opened in Blackheath with one little cottage that had a studio for massages,” she says. “Within a year we expanded to include a second, larger house for bigger groups. Now we have two large properties in the Upper Mountains – Lavender Manor, in Blackheath, and Lavender Majestic, in Katoomba. We also have a property in Mollymook, on the south coast, for clients wanting a beach venue.”

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As the business has grown, so have the options for guests. Girls looking for the ultimate escape can now choose from a range of packages that include one-night stays, gourmet experiences, horseriding, winery visits and hen’s party weekends. Some of the packages on offer at Lavender Majestic even include a full-time butler. “This is a unique offering that allows our girls to enjoy a true break,” says Nicky. “Who doesn’t like being handed a robe as they exit the spa, or having their bed turned down in the evening? And who doesn’t like having a delicious breakfast cooked for them?” With a background in hospitality and catering at five-star Sydney and London hotels, along with training in beauty therapy, Nicky understands the importance of providing a beautiful environment and going above and beyond for guests – her aim is for her properties to be known as the very best girls’ getaway venues in Australia. “We are a small business that can adapt to the specific needs of our guests, and we like everyone to feel special,” she says. “Our beds are super comfy and our attention to detail brings delight – from our pre-arrival emails with tips on what to do in the area to the complementary umbrellas, everything has been thought about with love and care.”

According to Nicky, the feature that makes her properties so perfect for hen’s weekends and getting away from it all with your girlfriends is the exclusivity. “Our properties are private for the groups that book them and, as such, many of our girls check in, pop on their fluffy bathrobe and pretty much remain like that for the weekend,” she says. “They hang out, enjoy the spa, drink wine, relax in front of the fire and have a massage onsite.” Playing games also tends to be a popular activity. “It’s a way for guests to have a good giggle in the privacy of their own space,” Nicky adds. “Making a wedding gown out of toilet paper is one of the best games I’ve seen so far.” As Nicky says, just being able to enjoy the region’s natural beauty is a treat for guests who live in the city. “The Blue Mountains is a very special place – it’s not only magnificently beautiful and full of fabulous restaurants, cafés and boutiques but it has an energy, an intangible feeling, that makes you feel refreshed and rejuvenated,” she adds. “It’s a completely different feel to Sydney but its close proximity makes it the perfect short-break destination. Since girls rarely have a lot of time up their sleeves to escape, this is imperative.” BML

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THE EXTRAVAGANT ESCAPE: Available all year round (except on long weekends), this two-night weekend package is for 4-6 girls at Lavender Majestic and kicks off with a stretchlimousine ride from Sydney to the Blue Mountains, with Champagne included. During your stay, you will enjoy a delicious cooked breakfast each morning, an abundance of gifts, dinner at a local restaurant on Friday night, a three-course dinner onsite on Saturday night, a guided walk and a guided shopping tour in Leura. Your full-time butler will ensure all your needs are catered to. HEN’S WEEKEND ESCAPE: Designed for a minimum of 8 girls, this one-night package is held at Lavender Manor (on week nights only during winter). It includes a gift hamper on arrival, an onsite back massage or mini facial for each guest, plus chocolates and bath treats. 92

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SUMMER SERENDIPITY: Available from October to March, this two-night package is for 6-13 girls at Lavender Manor or 6-10 girls at Lavender Majestic. It includes a gift hamper on arrival, high tea at the Hydro Majestic, a back massage for each guest onsite, wine tasting and a cheese platter at Dryride Estate, and chocolates and bath treats. If you book in at Lavender Majestic, you will also have a full-time butler. OPTIONAL EXTRAS: Nicky can organise a range of activities for your hen’s weekend – choose from a ghost tour with Blue Mountains Mystery Tours, wine tasting at Dryridge Estate, horseriding, candle parties, psychic readings and an onsite shopping experience with Tickle & Delight, which specialises in intimate lifestyle products. bmgg.com.au


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LOCAL HOTSPOTS GOVETTS LEAP LOOKOUT in Blackheath is my favourite lookout. I can still remember the first time I went there some 25 years ago – it literally took my breath away. THIS LITTLE PIGGY WIGGY DELI, also in Blackheath, is a feast for the eyes and the tastebuds – it’s just pure delight. Owner Sharyn Bagios organises special events for us here and at her lifestyle store, Cabin & Co. DRYRIDGE ESTATE in Megalong Valley has to be one of the most picturesque cellar doors I have ever been to. Owner Emma MacMahon is a delightful host, and the wines and cheese platters are fabulous. Our Summer Serendipity Package includes a visit here. EUROKA HOMESTEAD offers a great horseriding tour that includes a visit to Dryridge Estate. It’s a very lovely way to explore Megalong Valley. BLUE MIST CAFÉ in Wentworth Falls is my favourite brekkie destination. Owner Alan Brown’s dry sense of humour gets you going for the day. AVALON RESTAURANT is our favourite restaurant in Katoomba – I adore the quirky fit-out and eclectic crockery, and the deliciously consistent food is so comforting.

Photos (from top): Dryridge Estate, Leura Cascades (courtesy Ask Roz Blue Mountains), Teddy Sinclair, This Little Piggy Wiggy Deli.

STATION BAR in Katoomba serves sensational wood-fired pizzas and awesome cocktails, and is a really fun night out. It’s walking distance to our Lavender Majestic venue, so our guests can enjoy as many cocktails as they like. LEURA CASCADES is great for walking. It’s not a big or challenging walk but it’s such a beautiful spot. SHOPPING IN LEURA & BLACKHEATH is a treat. Teddy Sinclair, Cat’s Meow and iKOU in Leura are favourites, as are Cabin & Co and Blackheath Boutique, in the heart of Blackheath. BLACKHEATH GROWERS’ MARKET, held on the second weekend of each month, is where you can meet many local farmers selling many delicious products. I love it! 93


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SOMETHING OLD NINA LIPSCOMBE SHOWS US HOW HER MOTHER AND GRANDMOTHER CREATED THIS VINTAGE BROOCH, BUTTON & FLORAL BOUQUET. MADE USING THE SAME JEWELLERY NINA AND HER SISTER DRESSED UP WITH AS CHILDREN, THE BEAUTIFUL POSY WAS BROUGHT ACROSS THE WORLD FOR THE BRIDE’S BIG DAY. LEVEL OF DIFFICULTY: EASY/MEDIUM

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Pull wire through button. Stop when the wire is roughly divided in half, then thread it back through the hole twice more. Now twist wire around itself, all the way to the end.


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VILLAGE PEOPLE

BLACKHEATH SITTING AT AN ALTITUDE OF 1065 METRES, BLACKHEATH IS CLOSE TO THE HIGHEST POINT IN THE REGION. THE INVIGORATING AIR, COLONIAL HISTORY, MAKE IT THE PERFECT PLACE TO EXPLORE ON A WINTER’S DAY.

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GLORIOUS GARDENS AND GREAT MIX OF CAFÉS, SHOPS AND GALLERIES


VICTORY THEATRE There’s something in the Blackheath air that draws creative folk from near and far. The village is home to an impressive number of artists – Rowen Matthews, Les Love, Ray Harrington, Leonie Lyall and Margaret Aalders all take their inspiration from the spectacular surrounds and are celebrated at local galleries. Fashion designer and artist Jenny Kee has long added her vibrancy to the village – her colourful mural can’t be missed as you enter Govetts Leap Road, and her signature waratah paintings are exhibited at Hat Hill Gallery. Creativity is also key to the success of local businesses. Set over two levels, Victory Theatre is a treasure trove – you’ll need a good hour to peruse the antique and vintage wares before taking a breather at the downstairs café.

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CABIN & CO Across the road is Cabin & Co, where you’ll find designer fashion pieces amid furniture and homewares, along with Ravir Boutique, where natural fibres reign. Blackheath Interiors & Homewares is down the road, and Keith Rowe and Kayo Yokoyama’s Glass Gallery is on the highway. There are outstanding dining experiences to be had at the award-winning Ashcrofts Bistro, Escarpment and Vesta – fresh, seasonal cuisine is served up at all three. Meet Me At Matt’s is a favourite lunch destination, while the Gardners Inn offers hearty pub fare with a side of history – it’s the oldest licensed hotel in the Blue Mountains. Perhaps most impressive is Blackheath’s natural beauty. Head straight for Govetts Leap Lookout to soak up the magnificence of the Grose Valley and refresh your spirit. BML

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BONBONNIERE

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THESE DAYS, WEDDING FAVOURS CAN BE AS PERSONAL, HANDCRAFTED OR EXTRAVAGANT AS YOU DESIRE – AND THERE’S NOT A SUGARED ALMOND IN SIGHT.

Bonbonniere, or wedding favours, have been a part of wedding tradition since the Middle Ages, when the act of giving ‘favours’ to wedding guests was seen as passing on luck and prosperity from the happy couple. Traditional bonbonniere (known as ‘bomboniera’ in Italy) included five sugared almonds encased in paper, lace, glass or silver packages. The almonds symbolised five time-honoured wishes: happiness, longevity, wealth, children and health. A modern bonbonniere may eschew almonds for chocolate, macarons, fairy floss or even Nutella. And there’s a growing trend to ditch sweets altogether and instead gift personalised Champagne, matchbooks, tea and coffee, seeds or plants, toasting glasses or candles… The possibilities are endless. Wedding favours are also being incorporated into table decoration and wedding themes. Decorated with handwritten cards, flowers and vintage teaspoons, these petite jars of artisan-crafted jam from Princess Pantry, Cathy Armstrong’s award-winning Blackheath label, make a sweet wedding favour. Plenty of love to spread here. BML 99


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Hartley Historic Site invites you to create your own wedding or commitment ceremony by choosing from a range of magnificent buildings, historic structures and outdoor settings. Among the village’s wellpreserved colonial buildings are churches, a courthouse and an old Post Office and hotel, with quaint 1890s houses, cottage gardens, heritage orchards and sweeping valley views adding to the charm.

Contact Hartley Visitor Centre on 02 6355 2117 or email: hartley@environment.nsw.gov.au

After celebrating your union at your chosen venue, spend a luxurious night in the deluxe St Bernard’s Presbytery, or the quaint Old Trahlee colonial cottage. Experiencing this magical village is the most romantic way to begin your life together. * A range of wedding packages are available, including accommodation at St Bernard’s Presbytery.

Photos: David Hill, Deep Hill Media.

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COMPETITION

WIN

A romantic getaway in the Blue Mountains! BL UE MO U N TA IN S LO VE A N D FA IRMO N T RES O RT A R E OFFER IN G O N E LU CK Y CO U P LE THE CHA N CE T O W IN A TWO - N IG HT BED A N D BREA K FA S T P A CK A G E . Nestled on the cusp of the dramatic Jamison Valley, in the World Heritagelisted Blue Mountains National Park, Fairmont Resort is ideal for romantic getaways, stunning weddings, iconic dining, family escapes and cuttingedge business retreats. Engage your senses completely and escape to a world of natural wonder. Tucked away and boasting sublime mountain views, a warm welcome awaits you via the unique selection of activities, restaurants and generous onsite facilities – it’s the perfect place to relax and rejuvenate. TO ENTER: Simply email your name, address and telephone number to competition@bluemountainslove.com.au, using the code words ‘romantic getaway’ in the subject line, and in 25 words or less tell us why you want to win a romantic Blue Mountains getaway! TERMS & CONDITIONS: Competition opens 9am AEDST 14 February 2017 and closes 6pm AEST 14 May 2017. One entry per person. Entries will be judged on creativity and the winner will be contacted by email and phone. The promoter of this competition is Blue Mountains Love, ABN 26 419 864 063, and Fairmont Resort Blue Mountains, Leura NSW 2780. For full terms and conditions, go to bluemountainslove.com. au/competition/termsandconditions


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Illustration: Melanie Vugich.

BLUE MOUNTAINS LOVE WEDDING MARKET AUGUST 2017 SHOWCASE YOUR BUSINESS AT OUR VERY FIRST WEDDING EXPO. To register your interest, visit bluemountainslove.com.au/loveaffair


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A TIMELESS LOVE

CYAN LOVES MAGENTA

Celebrate your timeless love with the ceremony of your dreams. Karen Brown, Civil Marriage Celebrant and Justice of the Peace, is LGBTIQ friendly and delighted to be part of your special day. As she says, love is love and all couples deserve the right to celebrate their relationship. Allow Karen to design a bespoke ceremony just for you.

Trained in graphic design and plant and wildlife illustration, Michelle Moore provides quirky illustrated wedding stationery and styling ideas via her design studio, Cyan Loves Magenta. Perfect for couples wanting a creative and personal touch, Michelle’s stationery can be tailored to suit your individual style. It all starts with a conversation, so arrange an appointment today.

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KINSHIP KITCHEN

VICTORIOUS INTERIORS

Renowned for serving up food with soul, Kinship Kitchen founder Cathy Armstrong focuses on fresh and seasonal ingredients sourced locally wherever possible. Drawing on over 30 years of experience, Cathy caters for events of all sizes and relies on her fine attention to detail and professional team to ensure every wedding booked with Kinship Kitchen is deliciously memorable.

Located in Mount Victoria, Victorious Interiors was recently opened by Gaile Donoghue and places the emphasis on country/French provincial design. New and vintage items include furniture, lamps, artwork, glassware, soaps, candles, chocolates, biscuits, jams and preserves. Gaile has a background in styling homes for presentation and is available for private consultations.

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MARMALADE THIEF

A CEREMONY BY DESIGN

Your big day is almost here. You’ve been dreaming of this moment ever since you were a little girl. You can picture it all... The dress. The cake. The smiling faces. The love of your life. Marmalade Thief will capture your unique elegance in a soft and mysterious light, bringing the most beautiful moments of your special day to life.

In over 20 years as a celebrant, Susan has created ceremonies reflecting the personal style of her couples and capturing the tone they wish for. A marriage starts in the heart and, straight or gay, the celebration of your commitment and the expression of your vows should be absolutely everything you desire.

marmaladethief.com

ceremonybydesign.com.au

HELLO DEER CAKERIE & BAKERIE

BIRCHES OF LEURA

Hello Deer Cakerie & Bakerie is a boutique cake and dessert company in the Lower Blue Mountains. Believing every occasion is magical, the Hello Deer team is passionate about delivering the bespoke cake of your dreams. Made from premium ingredients, all cakes are baked fresh and decorated on your special day, and complimentary consultations and tastings are all part of the service.

Acclaimed boutique nursery Birches of Leura offers beautiful plants and gifts for beautiful occasions. Design your own unique space by adding style with Tuscan, English, native Australian and contemporary plants. Or celebrate your wedding or commitment ceremony by planting a living expression of your love. Gift vouchers are also available.

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TRULY YOURS

DRYRIDGE ESTATE

Your vows and readings make your ceremony personal and intimate. Let Sue Jack from Truly Yours take care of all the legal requirements while you find the perfect location for your ceremony. In a park or at a lookout, somewhere that has fond memories or where you will create new memories. Your vows, your day, your way.

Surrounded by towering sandstone escarpments and offering some of the region’s most outstanding scenery, Dryridge Estate is a fabulous boutique vineyard nestled deep in Megalong Valley. The venue offers beautiful accommodation, an expansive clear-roof marquee, a stunning ceremony area, incredible wine and a range of options for weddings of all shapes and sizes.

trulyyours.com.au

dryridge.com.au

UNPLANNED BAKERY

PAUDHA HEALING

Passionate about adding a delicious element to any event, Unplanned Bakery makes to order and caters for intimate and large-scale celebrations. The boutique bakery specialises in 100% vegan cakes, sweets and baked delights – all made with quality ingredients. The ever-expanding range includes cakes, slices, scrolls, sweet loaves and cookies, plus savoury and gluten-free options.

Inspired by nature, each product in the Paudha Healing range is lovingly handmade in the Blue Mountains. Luscious face and body creams, oils, balms and mists are designed to nourish and invigorate the skin. With no parabens, petrochemicals or nasty ingredients, all products are safe and suitable for all skin types and everyday use.

unplannedbakery.com.au

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BLUE MOUNTAINS ESCAPES

CLOUDLANDS

Designed for those wanting to get away from it all, Blue Mountains Escapes offers a diverse selection of holiday rentals in Blackheath, Katoomba, Medlow Bath and Mount Victoria. Houses and cottages are available for small and large groups, and the dedicated staff are only too happy to assist with finding the perfect accommodation for your wedding guests.

Nestled on Katoomba’s escarpment, this historic property is a former writer’s retreat, with a beautiful garden and private access to scenic walks adding to the inspirational atmosphere. Ideal for wedding groups, Cloudlands features four sumptuous bedrooms, an open fire and a clawfoot bath. It’s also in close proximity to Echo Point Lookout and the vibrant village centre.

bluemountainsescapes.com.au

cloudlands.com.au

INSIDE OUT MAKEUP & BEAUTY STUDIO

VESTA

Working from her lovely private studio in Wentworth Falls, Kody-Leigh Brechney is a talented makeup artist and hair stylist with an absolute passion for bringing out the natural beauty in each of her clients. Also an internationally qualified beauty therapist, Kody-Leigh can help to ensure your skin is at its most radiant in time for your big day.

Set in the heart of enchanting Blackheath, Vesta is a Sydney Morning Herald Good Food Guide favourite thanks to its sublime menu of seasonal, rustic dishes – all slow-cooked in an historic woodfired Scotch oven. Offering an intimate dining room and cosy outdoor garden space, the restaurant’s distinctly romantic ambience makes it the perfect venue for celebrating your love.

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PATRICK HROMAS

JO BAYLISS

Looking for a unique wedding gift? Working from his leafy Springwood studio, Patrick can create beautiful and affordable oil paintings or drawings of couples in his surrealist style. Having trained as a visual artist at the Australian National University, Patrick has exhibited at the Parliament of New South Wales and his art is in collections from Sydney to Japan and Germany.

If you love the idea of wedding photos that are captured in a relaxed and natural way yet have a modern edge, give Jo Bayliss a call. Inspired by colour, light, texture and movement, Jo enjoys the collaborative process of working with couples and focuses on making sure every special moment from your day can be relived.

mtnsmade.com.au/listing/surrealist-artist

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AUSTRALIA PR

FEATHER YOUR ZEST

Drawing on her expertise in tourism and specialising in travel, food and lifestyle publicity for the Blue Mountains region, Australia PR founder Michelle Grima represents a range of local businesses of all shapes and sizes. If you want your brand to stand out from the crowd and attract media attention, contact Michelle for a consultation.

Matching her extensive knowledge of authentic vintage clothing and accessories with impeccable taste, Tracey Teernstra stocks a wide selection of special occasion dresses at two Blue Mountains locations – Victory Theatre Antiques Centre, in Blackheath, and Macarthur’s Arcade, in Katoomba. If you’re looking for something truly glamorous, Feather Your Zest is an essential destination.

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SPRING AND SUMMER IN THE BLUE MOUNTAINS IS A TIME OF GREAT BEAUTY; GARDENS ARE FILLED WITH LUSH NEW GROWTH AND A RIOT OF COLOUR FROM CHERRY BLOSSOM, TULIPS, WARATAHS AND WISTERIA. IT’S THE PERFECT TIME TO GET MARRIED IN THE MOUNTAINS! In our Spring/Summer 2017 issue: • Inspirational real weddings • Cool summer bridal gowns • Dreamy dessert buffet • Romantic escapes • DIY wedding tips

Illustration: Melanie Vugich.


STOCKISTS ACCOMMODATION Blue Hills Farm Retreat 02 6355 2179 bluehillsfarmretreat.com.au Blue Mountains Escapes 02 4787 8231 bluemountainsescapes.com.au Blue Mountains Girls Getaways 0412 884 061 bluemountainsgirlsgetaways.com.au Cloudlands 02 4782 7376 cloudlands.com.au Fairmont Resort Blue Mountains 02 4785 0000 Fairmont.com Euroka Homestead 02 9437 5677 eurokahomestead.com.au Mountain Whispers 1300 721 321 mountainwhisphers.com.au St Raphael @ Leura 1800 663 619 straphaelleura.com.au The Imperial Hotel 02 4787 1878 hotelimperial.com.au

BEAUTY Clémence Organics 02 4787 5177 clemenceorganics.com iKOU 02 4784 1777 ikou.com.au Paudha Healing paudhahealing.com Body & Being 02 4784 3498 bodyandbeing.com.au Mountains Apothecary 0417 248 422 facebook.com/mountainsapothecary The Natural Soap Emporium Thenaturalsoapemporium.com.au

BRIDAL WEAR Anglicare Katoomba 02 4782 9326 anglicare.org.au Bride La Boheme bridelaboheme.com.au Georgia Young Couture 0425 806 039 georgiayoungcouture.com 110

Hope X Page 0410 628 564 hopeandpage.com.au

Flower Empire 02 4739 0745 flowerempire.com.au

Victorious Interiors 0407 296 158 facebook.com/victoriousinteriors

Karen Willis Holmes 02 9519 3901 karenwillisholmes.com

Katoomba Fine Flowers 02 4782 3314 katoombafineflowers.com.au

Victory Theatre 02 4787 6002 victorytheatre.com.au

Light in the Box lightinthebox.com

Shiralee Archer shiraleearcher.com

White Meadow whitemeadow.com.au

Sweet William Floral Creations 0438 107 760 sweetwilliamfloral.com.au

Wyck 1300 544 512 wyck.com.au

CAKES Hello Deer Cakerie and Bakerie 0447 655 756 hellodeercakerieandbakerie.com Kinship Kitchen 0404 851 990 kinshipkitchen.com Mrs C’s Cupcakes 0434 111 769 mrscscupcakes.com Unplanned Bakery unplannedbakery.com.au

CATERING Mountain Bites Catering 1300 886 213 mountainbitescatering.com.au Rachael McCarthy Catering 0427 791 059 rachaelmccarthy.com.au

The Little Flower Shop 02 4757 3339 thelittleflowershop.com.au Wild Blue Studio 0403 590 552 wildbluestudio.com.au

FASHION Blackheath Family Shoe Store 02 4787 8263 Feather Your Zest 0416 083 842 facebook.com/featheryourzest Leura Vintage 02 4784 3333 leuravintage.com Ravir Boutique 02 4787 5045 ravir.com.au

CELEBRANTS/OFFICIANTS

SheinDress sheindressau.com

A Ceremony by Design Susan Artup – 0408 826 743 ceremonybydesign.com.au

Teddy Sinclair 02 4784 3154 teddysinclair.com

A Timeless Love Karen Brown – 0409 127 829 atimelesslove.com.au

The Tailor’s Apprentice 02 4701 9345 thetailorsapprentice.co

Love in the Mountains Tina Marie Sheil – 0400 550 919

Wanted Shoes 02 9891 4030 wantedshoes.com.au

FOOD & WINE Ashcrofts Bistro 02 4787 8297 ashcrofts.com Avalon Restaurant 02 4782 5532 avalonkatoomba.com.au Blackheath Growers Market blackcastleevents.com.au Blue Mist Café 02 4757 4841 facebook.com/blue-mist-cafe-wentworth-falls Carrington Cellars & Deli 02 4782 1111 thecarrington.com.au Dryridge Estate 0403 118 990 dryridge.com.au Escarpment 02 4787 7269 facebook.com/escarpmentblackheath Gardners Inn 02 4787 8347 gardnersinn.com Meet Me At Matt’s 0404 046 153 facebook.com/meetmeatmatts Princess Pantry 0404 851 990 princesspantry.com.au

HOMEWARES

Station Bar 02 4782 4782 stationbar.com.au

Truly Yours Sue Jack – 0418 411 683 trulyyours.com.au

Blackheath Interiors & Homewares 0424 834 202 blackheathinteriorsandhomewares.com.au

This Little Piggy Wiggy 0451 985 099 facebook.com/thislittlepiggywiggy

FLOWERS

Cabin & Co 0467 580 982 facebook.com/cabin-co

Vesta 02 4787 6899 vestablackheath.com.au

iKOU Home 02 4784 2880 ikou.com.au

GALLERIES & MUSEUMS

Reverend Graeme Gardiner springwood.unitingchurch.org.au

Birches of Leura 02 4784 3146 birchesofleura.com.au Boutierre Girls boutierregirls.com Floral Ink 0409 761 911 Floralink.com.au

The Cat’s Meow Interiors 02 4784 2640 leuramall.com

Bygone Beautys 02 4784 3117 bygonebeautys.com.au Keith Rowe & Kayo Yokoyama Glass Gallery 02 4787 7220 krglass.com


Hat Hill Gallery 02 4787 7033 hathillgallery.com.au

Weddings by Euphoria 02 4784 3801 euphoriahair.com.au

Denise Spackman 0414 453242 deelightful@live.com.au

Collits Inn 02 6355 0287 collitsinn.com

GROOMING

Weddings by Tania weddingsbytania.com.au

El Earl Photography 0401 972 754 elearlphotography.weebly.com

Escarpment Group 02 4780 1200 escarpmentgroup.com.au

Elleni Toumpas ellenitoumpas.com.au

Everglades House & Gardens 02 4784 1938 nationaltrust.org.au/places/everglades-housegardens

Corryne’s Natural Soaps 02 4784 3498 bodyandbeing.com.au Edwin Jagger 02 6351 3800 thestraywhisker.com.au Fine Accoutrements 02 6351 3800 thestraywhisker.com.au Phoenix Artisan Accoutrements 02 6351 3800 thestraywhisker.com.au The Mister Brand 0457 115 200 themisterbrand.com The Stray Whisker 02 6351 3800 thestraywhisker.com.au Weirdy Beardy 0406 680 169 weirdybeardy.com.au

JEWELLERY Ainsley Fine Jewellery 02 4784 2807 ainsleyjewellery.com.au Antique Vintage n Stuff 0429 001 646 antiquevintagenstuff Blackheath Jewellery 02 4787 6126 blackheathjewellery.com Lovisa 03 9831 1800 lovisa.com.au Martin & Stein 02 9267 6628 martinandstein.com.au Pearson C R Jewellery 02 6374 1844

HAIR & MAKEUP

Prouds the Jewellers 02 4732 1218 prouds.com.au

Inside Out Makeup & Beauty Studio 0400 770 542 facebook.com/insideoutmakeupstudio

Underwood Jewellers 02 9689 1022 underwoodjewellersaustralia.com.au

Malinita for Makeup facebook.com/malinita-for-makeup

MENSWEAR

Mountain Angel Salon 0410 487 711 mountainangelsalon.com.au Niki Simpson nikisimpson.com.au

Dappa Clothing 0429 567 250 Manpower Menswear 02 4722 3960

PHOTOGRAPHERS

Paul Bedggood 0414 701 178 paulbedggood.com

Ask Roz Blue Mountains 02 4759 2690 askroz.com.au

The Hairloom Hair & Beauty 02 4787 8658 facebook.com/thehairloomsalon

Berndt Sellheim berndtsellheim.com

The Head Gardener 02 6372 7649

Camille Walsh 0407 813 881 camillewalshphotography.com.au Cascade Lane cascadelandphotography.com

Jennifer Leahy, Silversalt Photography 0410 619 977 silversalt.com.au Jo Bayliss 0474 746 212 jobaylissweddings.com Marmalade Thief 0404 260 044 Marmaladethief.com Rachel Bilsborough rachelbilsborough.com Victor Zubakin flickr.com/photos/nikabuz

Hartley Historic Site 02 63552117 hartley@environment.nsw.gov.au Henry Sports Club 02 9623 2119 henrysportsclub.com.au Mountain Heritage 02 4782 2155 mountainheritage.com.au Mudgee Uniting Church & Hall mudgeerylstoneuniting.org.au

STATIONERY

Wedshed wedshed.com.au

Cyan Loves Magenta 0411 256 683 cyanlovesmagenta.com

Wildenstein Garden & Wedding Venue 02 4787 7529 wildenstein.com.au

Mount Vic & Me mountvicandme.com

Yester Grange Estate 02 4757 1110 yestergrange.com.au

TRANSPORT Blue Mountains Vintage Cadillacs 0455 352 976 bluemountainsvintagecadillacs.com.au Clipper Class 02 4780 0700 clipperclass.com.au Fantastic Aussie Tours 02 4780 0700 fantastic-aussie-tours.com.au

VENUES Allview Escape 02 4787 5391 allviewescape.com.au Bathurst Goldfields 02 6332 2022 bathurstgoldfields.com.au

COMPETITION (from page 16)

To win an In-Flight Essentials pack from Clémence Organics, simply email your name, address and phone number, with the code word ‘giveaway’ in the subject line, to: contact@bluemountainslove.com.au – and answer this question in 25 words or less: What is your favourite bridal beauty tip?

TERMS & CONDITIONS: Competition opens 9am AEDST February 14, 2017 and closes 6pm AEST May 14, 2017. One entry per person. Entries will be judged on creativity and the winner will be contacted by email and phone. The promoters of this competition are Blue Mountains Love magazine (ABN 26 419 864 063) and Clémence Organics. For full terms and conditions, visit bluemountainslove.com.au/clemence-competition/termsandconditions 111


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WHETHER YOU’RE DREAMING OF A BIG WEDDING OR AN INTIMATE

CEREMONY, IT HELPS TO HAVE A PLAN. SIMPLY HIGHLIGHT EVERYTHING THAT APPLIES, AND REMEMBER TO BREATHE.

12 MONTHS TO GO • Set your date • Set your budget • Decide on the type of wedding you want: style, size, location, time of day, etc. • Compile your guest list • Gather ideas for your ceremony and reception • If you’re going to need help, hire a wedding planner • Start researching ceremony and reception locations • Brides, start looking for your dream gown

10 MONTHS TO GO • Start thinking about your color palette and theme • Reserve your chosen ceremony and reception sites • Select the members of your bridal party • Reserve accommodation for out-of-town guests • Make appointments to try on wedding gowns/ tuxedos/suits • If wearing an heirloom gown, schedule alterations

8 MONTHS TO GO • Gather vendor referrals from friends and relatives • Interview celebrants/marriage officiants and confirm requirements for your marriage license • Order and mail ‘Save the Date’ cards • Start meeting with vendors – photographers, videographers, caterers, cake makers, florists, printers, bands and DJs • Finalise wedding theme and palette 112

6 MONTHS TO GO • Book baker and decide on your cake flavour and design • Book caterer • Book florist and decide on overall style for personal flowers, ceremony and reception décor • Book ceremony musicians and reception band or DJ • Book photographer and videographer • Finalise guest list and mailing addresses • Research invitation designs • Select your celebrant/officiant and discuss the ceremony service • Order your wedding dress and accessories • Book transportation for the bride, groom and bridal party • Reserve a hotel room for your wedding night

5 MONTHS TO GO • Select bridesmaids’ dresses and confirm that each bridesmaid has ordered her dress • Select outfits for flower girls and ring bearers • Provide bridal shower guest list to your Maid of Honour • Update registry lists for bridal shower • Research honeymoon destinations • Finalise invitation design and order wedding invitations • Check invitation proof • Reserve all rental items


4 MONTHS TO GO • Book honeymoon • Meet with hair stylists and makeup artists to discuss ideas • Create song playlists • Select first dance and other special dance songs • Schedule dance lessons • Order wedding rings • Reserve tuxedos for groom, dads and groomsmen • Draft wedding program information • Schedule rehearsal with celebrant/officiant and bridal party

3 MONTHS TO GO • Attend first dress fitting • Plan rehearsal dinner – book space and order invitations • Order or make wedding favours • Purchase guest book/vessel for guest notes • Research signature drink options • Book time off work for your honeymoon • Finalise flowers • Order wedding programs

2 MONTHS TO GO • Mail wedding invitations • Keep a record of RSVP cards you receive • Schedule a hair-and-makeup trial • Select gifts for attendants and parents • Have fun at your bridal shower • Write and mail bridal shower ‘Thank You’ notes • Start drafting your wedding vows • Schedule a tasting with your caterer and confirm reception menu

1 MONTH TO GO • Draft your seating chart • Review ceremony details with your celebrant/officiant • Distribute copies of selected readings and songs to your ceremony party • Apply for a marriage license • Send photo shot list to photographer and play list to band/DJ • Have fun at your bachelor/bachelorette parties • Write your wedding speech/toast • Prepare bride and groom emergency kits • Assemble guestroom gifts for out-of-town guests • Start breaking in your chosen shoes • Attend a hair and makeup trial • Schedule a haircut appointment for the groom • Find something old, new, borrowed and blue • Attend final dress fitting • Pick up your wedding rings • Send seating and place cards to calligrapher, or write/print them yourself

1 WEEK TO GO • Collect wedding dress and tuxedos • Give the caterer your final head count • Send reception location manager your final seating chart and drop off seating cards • Distribute day-of timeline and contact list to vendors and bridal party • Give ceremony and reception location managers a vendor contact sheet • Confirm beauty appointments • Confirm details with all vendors • Pack for honeymoon • Deliver guestroom gifts to hotel • Assign day-of responsibilities to attendants • Arrange for someone to send your wedding dress to a preservationist and return tuxedos to the rental store

DAY BEFORE • Attend rehearsal and rehearsal dinner • Drop all props (programs, candles etc) to ceremony site • Give attendants and parents ‘Thank You’ gifts • Have a manicure and pedicure

THE BIG DAY Enjoy every minute!

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“The overwhelming majority of Australians support marriage equality because they see the quality of love and commitment in a relationship does not depend on a couple’s gender. Hopefully our politicians will catch up very soon so same-sex couples can celebrate their love and commitment the same way as everyone else.”

Photo: Camille Walsh.

RODNEY CROOME, LONG-TIME MARRIAGE EQUALITY ADVOCATE


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