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TRUE LOVE TALES Carrie & Brian Rowena & Matt Barry & Ian Tash & Sam Ella & Neven

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EDITORIAL

CONTRIBUTORS

Editor

Lisa Doust

Features Editor

Jacqueline Forster

Art Director

Lisa Reidy

Advertising Sales Manager Zoe Wood PRE-PRESS

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EDITORIAL ENQUIRIES lisa@justpressed.com.au ADVERTISING ENQUIRIES contact@bluemountainslove.com.au bluemountainslove.com.au @bluemountainslove

Blue Mountains Love magazine is a proud supporter of marriage equality and is published in the beautiful Blue Mountains by Just Pressed – ABN 26 419 864 063, 6 Clissold Street Katoomba NSW 2780.

Blue Mountains Love is printed in Australia on an environmentally responsible paper manufactured under the environmental system ISO 14001, using Elemental Chlorine Free (ECF) pulp sourced from sustainable forests.

ACKNOWLEDGEMENT We acknowledge the traditional custodians of the Blue Mountains, the Darug and Gundungurra peoples, where this magazine is created. We pay our respects to their elders, past and present. 6

Renée Tilley discovered her love of herbs and their healing properties when studying for her Bachelor of Health Science (Naturopathy). Renée started experimenting and creating natural skincare products, and established Paudhã Healing in 2015. Her ever-growing range is lovingly handmade in the Blue Mountains using locally sourced and Australia Certified Organic ingredients where possible. Check out Renée’s summer skincare tips on page 18.

There is very little Stephen Harris doesn’t know about quality menswear. Having trained in retail on London’s famous Savile Row, he now trades in upcycled menswear under the name Dappa Clothing (you can peruse his wellstocked stall at Katoomba Antique Centre). Stephen joined us at Avalon Restaurant to style Ian & Barry’s True Love story – see page 38.

Growing up in the beautiful islands of Tahiti, Brigitte Grant began learning the art of photography as a teenager. Since moving to Australia back in 1986, she has spent her time focusing on the vast beauty of the Blue Mountains and capturing special moments at weddings and fashion shoots. Brigitte photographed our Inspiration story, on page 88, and captured local couple Barry & Ian, on page 38.


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Weddings of Distinction

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Spring in the Blue Mountains is nothing short of spectacular – local gardens burst with colour, blue skies abound as the days grow longer, vibrant street festivals bring the community together and couples come up with wonderful ways to celebrate their love. Our cover stars are a perfect example. Carrie & Brian are an adventurous Singaporean couple who travelled to the upper mountains to honour their engagement with a fabulous photo shoot (see their True Love story on page 20). We also had the pleasure of interviewing four other couples, all of whom have a passion for the region and were willing to share their thoughts on everything from finding the perfect venue and calling on family and friends for help to the value of including cultural references in wedding ceremonies and why marriage equality is so vitally important.

Thank you so much to everyone for helping Blue Mountains Love to take flight – it’s so exhilarating to be able to showcase all of the creativity that takes place across the region. And please keep those magical wedding photos coming our way! Lisa & Jacqueline xx 8

Illustration: Melanie Vugich.

In addition, we met with several talented local artisans and had the opportunity to collaborate with Blue Mountains photographers, hair and makeup artists, bridal-gown designers, stylists and models (see our Inspiration story on page 88).


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Tash and Sam A nature-inspired Mount Wilson wedding Ella and Neven A chic cross-cultural ceremony

PROFILES ON THE COVER Carrie and Brian Ng staged a dramatic shoot while holidaying in the Blue Mountains before returning home to Singapore for a traditional Chinese wedding ceremony. Photo: Zoe Morley Photography. Story: Page 20

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Carrie and Brian Cliffhanger of a wedding shoot Rowena and Matt Blooming beautiful orchard nuptials Ian and Barry Celebrating 22 years of love

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Made with love Bespoke bridalwear for same-sex couples Wild at heart Botanical art wedding momentos

HOMEGROWN 16 Gifted Squad goals 18 Beauty Get your glow on with natural skincare advice High five 56 Blue Mountains churches Hair & Make-up 58 Timeless locks and looks 64 Flowers Rose-inspired petal perfection


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68 Groomed Hot trends in hair plus choosing the right suit 74 Stationery Save the date with hand-illustrated cards 76 Jewellery Unearthing ethical gold and gems

108 History Unrequited love and dressmaking 120 Wedding planner Expertly plan your big day 122 Farewell One couple’s heartfelt vows

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8 Editor’s letter Spring in the mountains 12 Map Find your way around the region 14 What’s On Diary of local events 88 Inspiration A whimsical garden afternoon tea 98 Escape Luxurious regional getaways 103 DIY Go it alone or call the professionals? 106 Village People Discover Kurrajong’s charms

110 Competition Win your wedding photos! 112 All in the detail A directory of fabulous local suppliers 117 Next issue Autumn/Winter 2018 118 Stockists

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WHAT’S ON

LADY LUCK FESTIVAL

LEURA GARDENS FESTIVAL

WORD UP

WARATAH DREAMING

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Set in the pretty village of St. Albans, in the Hawkesbury region, the St. Albans Writers’ Festival showcases writers, books and writing of all styles, genres and forms. Now in its third year, the festival’s unique and intimate setting allows visitors to meet writers and get involved in thought-provoking discussion. stalbanswritersfestival.com.au

Designed to celebrate our state’s floral emblem and inspire a love of waratahs in their natural habitat, Wild About Waratahs is held at Mount Tomah Botanic Gardens and features horticultural displays, art exhibitions, waratah walks and workshops on growing the king of native flowers. mounttomahbotanicgarden.com.au

IT WAS ALL YELLOW 9 – 10 & 16 –17 September

Daffodils at Rydal celebrates the arrival of spring in all its glory with mass flowerings of Wordsworth’s favourite bulbs in and around the picturesque little town. A host of happy locals will be on hand to provide food and beverages, or you can bring a picnic. The $10 entry fee allows you in to all the private gardens. Swooning is free. facebook.com/DaffodilsAtRydal 14

FOR THE LOVE OF LEURA 30 September – 8 October

Get set to tiptoe through the tulips in some of Leura’s most beautiful private gardens during the 53rd annual Leura Gardens Festival. Over two weeks, privately owned gardens open to the public to raise funds for Katoomba Hospital. The final weekend of the festival coincides with the Leura Village Fair, where over 130 market stalls are set among the cherry blossoms in Leura Mall and extend into Megalong Street Carpark.

There’s literally something for everyone at this popular event. leuragardensfestival.com.au leuravillage.com.au/Fairs

WINE & DINE 21 October

Spectacular Mayfield Garden, in Oberon, makes a glorious setting for the National Cool Climate Wine & Food Festival, which celebrates the finest food, wine, beer and cider from across the region. Sign up for wine tutorials and cooking demonstrations, or satisfy your sartorial side with the popular Fashion in the Gardens competition. mayfieldgarden.com.au


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Hartley Historic Village is brought to life at Back to Hartley, a vibrant community event that honours heritage and raises funds for local charities. View the impressive display of vintage cars and motorbikes, take a selfguided tour of the Courthouse and convict cells, talk to local artisans and indigenous artists, and enjoy the live music and good old-fashioned vibes. nationalparks.nsw.gov.au

Swing-cats, rockabilly rebels, greasers and boogie-woogie mamas gather in the grounds of the Carrington Hotel in Katoomba for the annual Lady Luck Festival – a carnival of fab ’50s culture, customs, music, fashion and cars. Don’t miss the vintage hair-doing, hot rod and classic car show, and swing dance-off. thecarrington.com.au/whats-onevents/lady-luck-festival

Indulge your thespian leanings at the annual Leura Shakespeare Festival, held in the atmospheric grounds of Everglades Historic House & Gardens, Leura. Award-winning Sydney troupe Sport for Jove showcases its unique take on the bard’s celebrated works (and that of other great playwrights) to a picnicking crowd under a starry summer’s night sky. A magical and romantic event. sportforjove.com.au/theatre-festival/ the-leura-shakespeare-festival

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The feast of flowers continues in Blackheath with the annual Rhododendron Festival. There’s a street parade, art exhibition, wood-chopping competitions, food and fun for all the family, including the crowning of the Rhododendron Princess. blackheath-nsw.com/Rhododendron_ Festival.html

SAVOUR THE SLOW LIFE January

Presented by Slow Food Blue Mountains, the Summer Harvest Festival aims to educate and entertain guests with a range of events related to the use, preparation and consumption of food. The program includes workshops, long lunches and tastings across the mountains, with the renowned Chook Tour providing the final flourish. sfbm.com.au

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SQUAD GOALS SPOIL YOUR BRIDE TRIBE WITH LUXURIOUS PAMPER PACKS, FRAGRANT CANDLES AND ALL THE PRETTY THINGS.

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SWEET DREAMS Papinelle sleepwear and under garments are frilly, fun and functional. Carefully designed to relieve stress and promote sound sleep, the Sleep Therapy range of bed and bath products includes Sleep Mist, Sleep Oil Pulse Point, Tub Tea and the Sleep Mist and Sleep Mask gift set. French-style knickers feature signature floral prints, satin bows and frilled hems – what more could a bridesmaid want? Available from Papinelle’s Leura store. papinelle.com.au

CALMING INFLUENCE Handpoured right here in the Blue Mountains, Calmare Soy Candles are made from all-natural soy wax, with some of the delicious fragrance options including Champagne & Strawberries, Black Rose & Oud, Coconut Lime and Ambered Sandalwood. We love that gift boxes are available and the range extends to bath salts, tealights, wax melts and the divinely aromatic Luxury Diffuser Set. We also love that calmare is the Italian word for calm. Available at several stores in the Blue Mountains, or you can purchase online at calmaresoycandles.com

FROM THE SOURCE La Source is the latest range of restorative and nurturing products from Crabtree & Evelyn. Mineralenriched marine blends each contain green seaweed extract, a natural ingredient found throughout the British Isles and known to be rich in antioxidants, delivering specific and targeted benefits to help restore and maintain suppleness and vitality. A pamper pack containing Exfoliating Body Scrub, Revitalising Mineral Soak and Ultra-Moisturising Body Cream is sure to provide hours of bathtime bliss for your besties. Available from Gifts-n-Things Leura. giftsnthingsleura.com.au

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IT’S A WRAP Kate Twaddelle, Creative Director of The Fusion Movement, designed these simple kimono-style wraps to embrace the Japanese tradition of wabi-sabi – celebrating the beauty of imperfection. The Enrobe range of bride and bridesmaid robes is made of luxury premium-grade satin and comes in nine contemporary colours. Individually wrapped and beautifully packaged, they come ready to gift and you can even add some subtle embroidery to unite your bride tribe. Order online at enrobe.com.au 17


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GLOW ON If you’re planning to be married in the warmer months, now is the time to start prepping your skin. Renée Tilley, creator of award-winning beauty brand Paudhã Healing, shares four tips that will have your whole body radiating with good health in the lead-up to your big day.

1. TASTE THE GOODNESS Eating a diet filled with fresh fruit and veggies and rich in essential nutrients such as Vitamins C and E will help to boost the antioxidant levels in your body, which aid in reducing the damage caused by free-radicals. Vitamin C also plays an important role in the production of collagen, which provides elasticity to the skin and helps fight the signs of ageing. Choose foods such as citrus fruits, red capsicum, green leafy vegetables, almonds, sunflower seeds and sweet potato (also use Paudhã Healing Hydrating Face & Body Cream for extra hydration).

lymphatic system to improve circulation and blood flow, which aids in detoxification. It may also reduce the appearance of cellulite and can help to relieve stress and rejuvenate the mind, leaving you feeling energised. If time permits, try dry brushing for a few minutes each day. Use an eco-friendly body brush and start at your feet, brushing in circular movements up towards your heart. Continue until you have covered your whole body. Shower as normal then finish by rubbing a natural body oil into your skin – jojoba and apricot oils will both leave your skin feeling silky smooth.

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We all know sweating is a natural and healthy bodily function – it’s the body’s way of keeping us cool, especially important during those warmer months. Most people will opt for an antiperspirant but many commercial options clog your pores, leading to a build-up of toxins and often resulting in body odour. To help release any toxins, try exfoliating under your arms for two to three days before making the switch to a natural, aluminium-free deodorant (try Paudhã Healing Natural Deodorant Paste – it features a citrus blend and is designed for men and women).

3. BRUSH YOUR BODY

Without a good cleanser, your moisturiser won’t be able to do its job properly. Traditional cleansers can leave your skin feeling dry and tight, as they strip the skin of the natural oils needed to moisturise and protect. Your skin then overcompensates by producing more oil, leaving you with tight, dry skin followed by an oily build up, and the cycle continues. Using a natural-oil cleanser will help to remove any dirt, makeup and impurities while balancing your skin’s natural oil production. Choose a cleanser featuring oils such as sweet almond and camellia, both known for their cleansing properties (try Paudhã Healing Clean & Balance Cleansing Oil). BML

Dry body brushing is a simple practice with multiple benefits – it removes dead skin cells and stimulates the

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TRUE LOVE

Carrie AND Brian BLACKHEATH

CARRIE AND BRIAN NG OPTED FOR A REAL CLIFFHANGER OF AN ENGAGEMENT SHOOT ON THEIR TRIP TO THE BLUE MOUNTAINS.

When adrenalin junkies Carrie and Brian came to the Blue Mountains in 2016, they managed to tick off a bucket-list wish and their engagement shoot with effortless poise. The Singaporean pair, who met at a college outdoor interest group and have been together since they were aged 19, are passionate rock climbers who travel the world seeking adventure. “We love rock climbing and to be in the outdoors. Every year we travel to beautiful national parks or places close to nature to hike or rock climb,” explains Brian. “In 2015, we made our way to Yosemite National Park in California and did a three-day hike to Half Dome and Cloud Rest, where I proposed to Carrie. The Blue Mountains is a well-known climbing area in Australia and it became one of the climbing crags on our joint bucket list.”

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Both born and raised in sunny Singapore, the healthcare and social-welfare professionals already had a connection to Australia and the mountains. “Brian had been to the Blue Mountains as a kid and remembered its beauty,” says Carrie. “Based on this, we decided we would fly to Australia to climb and to have our engagement photos taken.” Logistically, this could have been a nightmare but the intrepid pair had everything worked out in advance. “We found a trek that led to the top of the cliff, so we didn’t have to climb in our wedding outfits,” Carrie recalls.

Brian climbed in outdoor attire, then changed into a suit after getting up over the top of the cliff. He then tied himself back onto the rope and lowered his body off the edge for the money shot. Photographer Zoe Morley, who captured the action, says she was pre-warned of what was expected of her. “When Brian first emailed me, he asked me whether I liked adventure and the outdoors. I guess I shouldn’t have been too surprised when Carrie and Brian hooked me up to the side of a cliff and made me rock climb up it to get the shots they wanted,” she laughs. “I can’t say I have ever done an engagement shoot quite like that before.”

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Having travelled to the Blue Mountains with a large group of friends, the couple says they spent most of their twoweek trip climbing and visiting towns in the area. “On rest days we went to weekend markets in Leura, Lawson and Wentworth Falls, sipped coffee in Blackheath and Leura cafés, and visited some antique shops,” says Brian. The group stayed together in a large mountain villa they found on Airbnb and were lucky to have a yoga instructor among them. “While waiting for our laundry to be done, we cleared out the living room and made it our yoga studio,” says Brian. “Then, after a tiring day of rock climbing, we’d spend our evenings tasting local wines while putting steak on the grill.” On their return to Singapore, Carrie and Brian celebrated their love with a traditional Chinese wedding ceremony in the company of family and friends. They won’t be settling down any time soon, however – the now husband and wife are already hoping to include the Blue Mountains in their future adventures. “We love Australia for the pace of life and the abundance of good wine and fresh produce,” says Brian. “We would love to be back in the Blueys one day.” BML

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CARRIE White Dress from lulus.com and Ombre dress from theoryofseven.com, worn with heels from pedroshoes.com. Carrie did her own hair and makeup

We love Australia for the pace of life and the abundance of good wine and fresh produce. We would love to be back in the Blueys one day.

BRIAN Jacket and pants tailor-made in Bangkok, Thailand, worn with shirt, bow tie and lapel pin from benjaminbarker.co, and shoes from whyandco.com ENGAGEMENT RING AND WEDDING BANDS Jannpaul, Singapore FLOWERS The Little Flower Shop, Wentworth Falls & Leura ACCOMMODATION IN THE BLUE MOUNTAINS Nagual Retreat in Leura and Ben Boar in Katoomba ADVENTURE CLOTHING & EQUIPMENT CARRIE Patagonia top and backpack, Nike pants and Evolv shoes BRIAN Patagonia jacket, Prana pants, Macpac backpack and Salewa shoes

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Rowena AND Matt

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AN APPLE ORCHARD IN FULL BLOOM PROVED AN UNEXPECTED BUT PERFECT SETTING FOR THE SPRINGTIME NUPTIALS OF SYDNEY PAIR ROWENA AND MATT.

Choosing a wedding venue can be difficult and hungry work. So when Rowena Doig and Matt Davy stumbled into Logan Brae Orchards during their venue hunt looking for food, they not only satisfied their appetites but also found the perfect spot to tie the knot. “We were out looking for wedding venues one Saturday with a family friend who lives in Blackheath and got hungry, so we stopped off at Logan Brae to grab an apple pie,” explains Matt. The beauty of the orchard and its stunning escarpment views completely won them over. That very day they booked in a date with the property’s owner, Sam Edwards.

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The Woollahra couple, who met through mutual friends while holidaying in Byron Bay, had wanted a country wedding but realised the logistics of getting vendors and guests to travel great distances was beyond them, especially with their young baby in tow. The Blue Mountains proved closer to home and offered easier access for their friends and family travelling from overseas (Matt originally hails from the south coast of England). Vows were exchanged in a small and personal ceremony conducted under the blossom-laden bows of the apple trees. Guests held white parasols and the natural beauty of the orchard setting did the rest. “Every aspect of the day was styled by us,” says Rowena, who made her own flower crown and the pretty bridesmaids bouquets. “Although many grand plans fell short, it was simple and sweet nevertheless.”

Vows were exchanged in a small and personal ceremony conducted under the blossomladen bows of the apple trees. Guests held white parasols and the natural beauty of the setting did the rest. Rowena’s dreamy boho-style gown, from sustainable fashion label The Reformation, was finished off with brown suede lace-up boots. Her bridesmaids wore floral Tigerlily dresses. The couple’s good friend, wedding photographer Robert Meredith, summed up the mood of the celebration: “This was a day shorn of all stuffiness and tradition. Row, Matt and their bridal party spent a very chilled morning getting ready together, making the bouquets and sipping Pimm’s before making the short drive to Logan Brae.” 32


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After some time spent time wandering the grounds and posing for a few relaxed portraits, the couple joined their guests for speeches as the sun set over the mountains.

Six-month-old baby Niamh featured front and centre, held in Matt’s arms throughout the ceremony – it’s a memory Rowena and Matt say they’ll cherish forever. Post ceremony, after some time spent time wandering the grounds and posing for a few relaxed portraits, the couple joined their guests for speeches as the sun set over the mountains. The festivities concluded with everyone dancing the night away to Sydney’s Press Club Band inside the intimate confines of the tipi. “We loved that our closest friends and family from Sydney and London were able to be there to share the day with us,” Rowena remembers fondly. BML 35


STYLE FILE CEREMONY & RECEPTION Logan Brae Orchards, Blackheath CELEBRANT Alison Collins, Follow That Dream HAIR & MAKEUP Rowena did her own makeup and let her hair hang loose BRIDE Dress from thereformation.com, worn with Rowena’s own boots BRIDESMAIDS tigerlilyswimwear.com.au GROOM Matt and his groomsmen wore their own clothing FLOWERS Rowena made her flower crown and the bridesmaids flowers CAKE Made by Rowena’s mum CATERING Brazilian Barbeque Catering MUSIC Press Club Band, Sydney TIPI KataLane, Brookvale PHOTOS Robert Meredith

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Ian AND Barry KATOOMBA

EARLIER THIS YEAR, LEURA LOCALS BARRY JARROTT AND IAN FITCH CELEBRATED 22 YEARS AS A COUPLE. WE HAD A CHAT TO THE DYNAMIC PAIR AS THEY CLINKED GLASSES AND REFLECTED ON THEIR ENDURING LOVE AT KATOOMBA’S AVALON RESTAURANT. When Barry Jarrott met Ian Fitch in Sydney back in 1995, he was fobbed off twice before refusing to take no for an answer. “We were at the Imperial Hotel, in Erskineville, and we finally had a drink together,” Barry recalls. “I invited him for dinner at my place and we’ve been together ever since. I blame lamb.” Ian admits that it didn’t exactly appear to be love at first sight. “Barry had three goes at introducing himself, and the first two times it looked like I was dismissing him with completely true but not very believable responses,” he says. “The third time was apparently my last chance. Lucky for me, I gave him the right answer.” After spending seven years together in the city, where Barry was establishing his landscaping business and Ian was working in IT for a major insurance company, they decided to relocate. “Barry woke up one morning and said he didn’t want to live in the city any more. This was a complete shock to me as he’d always been so urbane and there had been no hint that this complete change of outlook might be coming,” says Ian. 38


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For Barry, the desire for change had started to emerge after the 9/11 attacks on the US. “I also lost one of my closest friends in the 2002 Bali bombings and was growing increasingly unsettled,” he says. “I felt the world was going mad and I really wanted to live somewhere beautiful. I was also seeking more space for my expanding business.” The regional city of Albury, Barry’s home town, was suggested but Ian wasn’t sold. “I decided that I couldn’t live in the country. The Blue Mountains then came up as the default compromise – there was enough space for it to be ‘not the city’ but it was close enough to Sydney to be able to commute for work and visit for leisure,” he says. “It was also affordable.”

Ian co-owns Wyck Luxury Candles and spends his days hand-making candles from sustainable waxes and essential oils with his business partner, Robyn Vidler. Barry’s landscaping business, Arcadian Aspects, is responsible for the design of many local gardens and the maintenance of the lush garden beds that line Leura Mall. “To me, Leura is one of the most beautiful places on Earth,” says Barry. “I love the way that it operates like a country town but has an urban sophistication. Our community is very supportive when called upon but we all have busy lives, so have no interest in living in each other’s pockets.”

a sense of escaping “ There’s to something a bit more ‘real’, where people are more open and friendly. As a result, the atmosphere encourages you to focus on the more important things, like each other.

Leura, in the upper mountains, became the frontrunner and the couple continues to live happily in this vibrant village with their Labrador cross, Freya. They both also own and operate small businesses in the mountains.

As well as enjoying the strong sense of community in the village, Ian particularly likes the fact that Leura is “extremely diverse and extremely accepting” of anyone and everyone. “There’s a sense of taking a step back from the pressure of city life; of escaping to something a bit more ‘real’, where people are more open and friendly. As a result, the atmosphere encourages you to focus on the more important things, like each other,” he elaborates. “Generally speaking, no-one cares where you come from or what your background is. They accept you for who you are now,” adds Ian. “And being queer is largely irrelevant – I’ve always considered myself to be part of the Blue Mountains community as a whole, rather than part of some narrower LGBTIQ subset thereof.” 40


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it comes down to it, “weWhen are quite different, so I think the whole yin/yang thing plays a role. But we also share a set of fundamental principles – we respect, promote and applaud each other’s sense of decency.

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On the subject of acceptance, both men say they strongly support marriage equality, despite not wanting to marry each other. “As a gay man, my right to marry has no effect or impact on anyone else. There is no valid argument against it, yet to deny anyone the basic human right of equality has the potential to do great harm to a person’s emotional wellbeing,” says Ian. “If you’re told that you’re different and that you can’t participate in the ‘normal’ processes and rights of passage within your society, you can be pretty sure it will have some effect on how you think about yourself, whether overtly or subconsciously.” Barry agrees: “I don’t want to get married but I would like the option to say, ‘No, it doesn’t suit me’. Marriage equality would make our commitment to who we choose to love as valid as anyone else’s.” Having been together for over two decades, Ian and Barry believe there are several factors that help to keep their relationship on solid ground. “When it comes down to it, we are quite different, so I think the whole yin/yang thing plays a role,” Barry explains.

“But we also share a set of fundamental principles – we respect, promote and applaud each other’s sense of decency.” A compatible sense of humour also helps. “Being able to laugh riotously at the same things would have to be one of the most important factors contributing to the longevity of our relationship,” Barry adds. “And probably most importantly, my heart still misses a beat whenever Ian walks into a room.” Ian feels the same way: “Laughing together and laughing often is vital. Also, it certainly helps that he’s still hot – even after all these years!” BML

BEHIND THE SCENES Stephen Harris, owner of Dappa Clothing, brought along a rack of clothes from his extensive upcycled range of clothes and accessories for our shoot. While photographer Brigitte Grant was setting up, Stephen, Barry and Ian had fun mixing and matching outfits. In the background, Dylan and the team at Avalon Restaurant created cocktails and kept the wine glasses filled. Cheers to everyone involved!

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Tash AND Sam

MOUNT WILSON

SPRINGTIME IN THE MOUNTAINS INSPIRED TASH AND SAM TO EXCHANGE THEIR VOWS IN THE GREAT OUTDOORS.

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On a crisp October morning exactly a year before their big day, Tash Petzel and Sam Margetic were enjoying a bushwalk in Springwood when they noticed the most beautiful wild flowers starting to pepper the landscape.

Having looked around the region, the couple decided Dennarque Estate, in Mount Wilson, was the perfect spot to celebrate their love. “If you’ve never been to Mount Wilson or visited Dennarque Estate, you absolutely must take a morning off to explore it,” says Tash. “The gardens, the colours, the climate, the attention to detail… It’s like stepping into a dream.” Once the venue had been chosen, the wedding planning began in earnest. “We were engaged in July 2015. Sam and I love architecture and big builds, and he proposed to me at the top of Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur – it was stunning,” explains Tash, who first met her future husband during a work dinner at the Lord Roberts Hotel, in Sydney. 46

The gardens, “ the colours, the climate, the attention to detail… It’s like stepping into a dream.

“We knew we both wanted an outdoor wedding, with the landscape serving as the décor, and that bushwalk kicked off our search for a Blue Mountains garden venue,” recalls Tash.


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Not long after they became engaged, Tash accepted the offer of a seven-month internship in New Zealand while Sam remained at their home in Sydney before relocating to Springwood. Consequently, most of their wedding arrangements were made with them living in separate countries.

STYLE FILE CEREMONY & RECEPTION Dennarque Estate, Mount Wilson CELEBRANT Minister Rod Thompson (of Springwood Presbyterian Church) HAIR & MAKEUP Tania Bowers of Weddings by Tania

The pair says they were fortunate to have had a significant amount of help from their families and friends. “Honestly, we couldn’t have done it without them,” says Sam. “It was amazing how they were able to pull the day together for us and make it so special.”

BRIDE ‘Rosalind’ gown from bhldn.com, worn with Wittner shoes and borrowed earrings

By the time the 8th of October 2016 came around, Tash and Sam were more than ready to exchange vows in front of their guests. Set outdoors in Dennarque Estate’s glorious grounds, the ceremony was conducted by Minister Rod Thompson, of Springwood Presbyterian Church. Sydney musician Hannah Matysek added further beauty and atmosphere to the ceremony with her velvety vocals.

BRIDE’S RING Purchased by Sam in London

“The grounds are so generous that we were able to move our 90 guests into a completely different garden setting from where the ceremony was held,” says Sam. “This helped us to break the official and celebratory parts of the day.”

BRIDESMAIDS asos.com GROOM & GROOMSMEN Suits and ties from Van Heusen, Liverpool. Worn with own shoes GROOM’S RING Wamada Jewellery, Haymarket FLOWERS Arranged by Jaimee Poole using wildflowers picked locally (and legally) mixed with white and peach roses from ALDI Katoomba BONBONIERRE Five sugared almonds, representing health, wealth, happiness, fertility and long life. Made by Tash and her Mum, Maureen Petzel CAKE A sponge cake made by Maureen Petzel CATERING One Pot Catering, Rosebery MUSIC Hannah Matysek Music performed during the ceremony and jukebox tunes were played at the reception STATIONERY Designed by Tash and Sam, printed by Vistaprint

Sublime spring weather and a number of personal touches helped to make the couple’s day magical – the flowers were arranged by their dear friend, Jaimee Poole; their fathers, Henryk Petzel and Gus Margetic, both gave heartfelt speeches; Tash’s mum Maureen made the wedding cake and helped Tash to make sugared-almond bonbonierre; and Tash wore earrings borrowed from her sister, Elizabeth.

PHOTOS Carlie Dalitz, Cascade Lane Storytelling Photography

There was one completely unexpected but truly memorable moment, however. “The temperature dropped suddenly from 24 to 15 degrees celsius and a surreal white mist began slow-rolling up the garden toward the reception,” Tash explains. “I grabbed Sam’s hand and we stepped away to watch it for a few moments. It was as though the elements themselves had arrived to wish us well.” BML

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Tash says there were countless things she loved about her wedding day: “Marrying my best friend, celebrating with friends and family, our Dads’ speeches, the beautiful venue, the garden games we set up for everyone to play and the trifecta – great food, great wine and great music.”


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TRUE LOVE

Ella AND Neven

BLACKHEATH

TRADITIONAL TOUCHES AND SPECTACULAR SURROUNDS GUARANTEED ELLA AND NEVEN’S WEDDING DAY WAS AS UNIQUE AS THEIR COMBINED CULTURAL HERITAGE.

From the second Sydney couple Ella Brinch and Neven Basic decided to marry, they started thinking about ways they could blend in customs from the various countries represented by their immediate family members. “My Mum is Australian and my Dad is from Norway,” explains Ella, a freelance violist who regularly works with the Sydney Symphony and Opera Australia orchestras, as well as being a founding member of the chamber group, Ensemble Vinifera. “There is also a Scottish connection – my mother’s father was from there.”

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Neven, a professional golfer who plays on the international circuit, wanted to honour his Croatian family. He also wanted to marry Ella before the end of December 2016, as their work commitments meant he would be travelling soon after, while Ella remained in Sydney to perform.

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With less than three months to organise their wedding, Ella and Neven decided on the perfect location – the Blue Mountains. “We thought the stunning views would be the ideal way to represent Australia, and it also meant my two aunties, who both live in the mountains, could be involved in the planning,” Ella adds. Fortunately for Ella, her aunties know something about style – Janet James is a former magazine editor who now specialises in interior design, and her sister Judith Langley is co-owner of Leura Whisk, a popular kitchenware store on Leura Mall. “The brief was ‘small, simple, contemporary and nonreligious’,” recalls Janet, who was assigned the role of wedding planner and relied on Judith for backup. “Ella and Neven wanted to invite around 20 guests and loved the idea of a garden wedding. As soon as Judith and I saw Allview Escape, we knew it was the right venue.” Set on 20 acres in Blackheath, Allview Escape is a romantic retreat perched on top of the Grose Valley escarpment. It offers spectacular views and rambling gardens complete with visiting kangaroos. There are also two self-contained cottages on the property – ‘Malie’s House’ has five bedrooms and ‘Isabella’ has four bedrooms. This meant the couple’s family members would literally be able to walk from their accommodation to the ceremony.

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Allview Escape was promptly booked, along with a range of local service providers Janet had sourced. After just eight weeks of planning, Ella and Neven were married on 10 December 2016. “We had a civil ceremony conducted by Susan Artup of A Ceremony by Design,” says Ella. Staying true to their original vision of celebrating culture and tradition, Ella included a traditional Celtic wedding vow in the pair’s wedding ceremony to reflect her Scottish heritage. Acknowledging that rosemary is traditionally used at Croatian wedding ceremonies to ward off evil, Neven requested that a bowl of the fragrant herb be placed on the table where the wedding certificate was signed. Rosemary was also included in the beautiful table centerpieces, which were arranged by local florist Olivia Meredith, owner of The Little Flower Shop, using a selection of herbs, kale and leaves she handpicked from First Farm Organics, in Kanimbla Valley.


Made by Blue Mountains paper artist James Gordon, the exquisite handcrafted bouquet featured eucalypts, flannel flowers and pink peonies.

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Ella’s mum, Sandra Brinch, baked kransekake, a traditional Norwegian celebration cake made from almond meal, icing sugar and egg white. Twenty rings were placed in the cake to signify the number of years Ella and Neven have known each other. (The pair first met at school, dated for over two years then parted ways. Their flame was rekindled in 2011, when they reconnected on Facebook and Neven offered to fly Ella to Japan, where he was playing in a golf tournament.)

As guests sat down to savour the delicious meal prepared by Red Pepper Catering, Ella’s parents handed out IKEA throws to keep everyone cosy as they enjoyed the great outdoor setting. After the wedding, the throws were donated to the Blue Mountains Refugee Support Group. This kind gesture seems to perfectly reflect the love and generosity that allowed Ella and Neven make their wedding-day dreams come true.

Neven’s grandfather supplied the rakija (Croatian fruit brandy), which was presented on a pewter plate that had been handmade by Ella’s great uncle on her father’s side. To further acknowledge Ella’s male forebears, her dad Johan wore the top hat and shoes his own father had worn at his wedding in Norway, back in 1937.

“The ceremony was lovely – it was very personal and really tailored to suit us and the atmosphere we wanted. The weather was amazing, the views were absolutely spectacular, the food and wine were delicious and the accommodation was perfect,” says Neven, adding that there was even a little red wine spilled during the evening, which signifies good luck in his homeland.

Even Ella’s wedding bouquet held special significance. Made by Blue Mountains paper artist James Gordon, the exquisite handcrafted bouquet featured eucalypts, flannel flowers and pink peonies, which have been Ella’s favourite flowers since she first saw them in her grandmother’s Norwegian garden. James also crafted the beautiful cake decorations and place cards.

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According to Ella, the wedding would not have gone ahead without the help of her wonderful aunts. “And it certainly would not have been as beautiful,” she adds. “Getting married in the Blue Mountains was the best decision we made.” BML


STYLE FILE CEREMONY & RECEPTION Allview Escape, Blackheath CELEBRANT Susan Artup of A Ceremony by Design HAIR Lisa Le Raux at Le Raux Hair Studio, Leura BRIDE Zimmermann dress worn with a pearl necklace owned by Ella’s grandmother that was wrapped around her wrist, and pearl earrings Ella’s dad had given to her a few years ago GROOM H+CO suit, M.J. Bale shirt, Ron Bennett tie and Aquila shoes BRIDE’S RING Hardy Brothers white-gold band set with diamonds GROOM’S RING Hardy Brothers tungsten band EVENT PLANNING, DESIGN & STYLING Janet James Design, Leura BOUQUET, CAKE DECORATIONS AND PLACE CARDS Designed, handmade and painted by James Gordon HERB CENTERPIECES Arranged by The Little Flower Shop, Wentworth Falls, using Japanese herbs, kale and leaves handpicked from First Farm Organics, Kanimbla Valley TABLECLOTHS & NAPKINS L&M Home ‘Moss Blush’ linen SHOT GLASSES potterybarn.com.au FLAMELESS CANDLES Real Safe Candles, flamelesscandles.com.au CAKE Kransekake (traditional Norwegian celebration cake) made by Ella’s Mum, Sandra Brinch CATERING Redpepper Catering, Lawson ACCOMMODATION Ella and Neven stayed at Seasons of Mist, Blackheath. Wedding guests stayed at Allview Escape, Blackheath PHOTOS Jennifer Leahy, Silversalt Weddings

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CHURCHES THERE ARE MANY HISTORIC PLACES OF WORSHIP IN THE MOUNTAINS THAT ARE STILL IN USE TODAY. HERE ARE A FEW OF OUR FAVOURITES. 1 EBENEZER UNITING CHURCH, EBENEZER: Constructed from sandstone in 1809, the country’s oldest surviving church was regularly used for wedding scenes in Seven Network’s popular TV show, A Country Practice. Set amid bushland, this picturesque piece of history sits on the banks of the Hawkesbury River. 2 ST BERNARD’S CHURCH, HARTLEY HISTORIC SITE: A beautifully preserved example of colonial sandstone architecture, St Bernard’s is flooded with light and has served as the perfect backdrop for countless weddings. It’s available for Catholic ceremonies, and services for other denominations are welcome. 3 ST JOHN THE EVANGELIST CHURCH, WALLERAWANG: Built in 1880, this imposing Victorian Gothic-style church is 56

available for services of all faiths. It features arched sandstone windows with stained glass, gargoyles and a high square-shaped bell tower topped with battlements and pinnacles. 4 ST JOSEPH’S CATHOLIC CHURCH, MEGALONG VALLEY: A dirt path leads to this modest weatherboard church, which was established in 1902 and is nestled deep in the valley. The rural setting adds to its infinite charm. 5 ST GEORGE’S ANGLICAN CHURCH, MOUNT WILSON (above): Standing reverently among a congregation of fern trees in a prominent position in the village, this strikingly beautiful church was consecrated in 1916. It sits on a large block and is surrounded by exotic cool-climate plants that add to its romantic vibe. BML

Words: Lisa Doust. Photo: Bev Woodman, Woodman Photography.

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Photos: Ona Janzen, Whisper Weddings. TIMELESS STYLE Classic elegance was the order of the day for Paul Bedggood’s bridal client. The normally outdoorsy Lou cast aside her rock-climbing gear for a glammed-up, romantic look. “I went with a timeless hairstyle for Lou by weaving all her hair to the back and leaving some soft bits out around her face,” explains Paul. Bold, sexy and smoky Nars black eyeshadow made Lou’s pale-blue eyes really pop, while golden champagne highlights added sparkle and softened and blended out the dark eye shadow. On Lou’s skin Paul used Chanel Vitalumier for its silky, weightless feel and luminous finish. Nars blush in a peachy tone with Chanel highlighter enhanced her skin’s radiance under lights. An earthy pink pop on the lips and a great lash fitting, with individual lashes, finished the glamorous style. “Lou loved her look and felt girly and gorgeous from head to toe,” Paul recalls. “We all had a ball on the morning of her wedding with a few cheeky drinkies, music, lots of laughs and a good chat. Bringing joy and beauty to people’s lives is what has kept my passion going for hair and makeup over the last 24 years,” he says. “Their joy brings me joy!” paulbedggood.com.au 60


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Photo: Jeff Davies Photographer. MODERN-DAY MARILYN Hollywood glamour with a hint of rebel defined Joannah’s wedding-day style. This modern-day Marilyn rocked makeup by Aimee Cox of Kohl Brow Studio in Lithgow. “While most brides go for a simple, natural look on their big day, Joannah wanted something quite unique and special,” says Aimee. Using some of her favourite products – Arbonne and Youngblood Mineral Cosmetics – Aimee created a flawless base for Joannah’s movie-star look. A fully qualified beauty therapist and make-up artist with nine years of experience, Aimee has recently decided to focus on eyebrow transformations while still offering bridal and special-occasion makeup. Joannah’s Hollywood hair was coloured and styled by the team at Euphoria Hair & Beauty in Leura. Max Steel, aka Max the Barberian, started with an all-over scalp bleach to take Joannah’s hair right back to white blonde, then used ‘Antique Rose’ from Evo Hair’s Fabuloso Pro range to achieve the perfect shade of pink. Max has just opened Lord Carrington’s Parlour, upstairs at The Carrington Hotel, which is a traditional old-school barbershop. While this means he won’t be mixing colours any more, he has plans to offer special wedding packages for gents and their groomsmen. Using a vintage technique with a roller set to produce soft waves, stylist and salon owner Kellie Adler created the perfect do for Joannah’s vintage-inspired wedding day. Kellie is also opening a new salon in Wentworth Falls in August 2017. facebook.com/Kohlbrowstudio facebook.com/euphoriahairbykellieadler facebook.com/lordcarringtonsparlour 62


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Heads up TIM MILLER, GUN SHEARER AT TOUGH GRIND BARBERS IN LITHGOW, IS DEDICATED TO HELPING GUYS LOOK THEIR FINEST AT ALL TIMES. HERE HE DISCUSSES GROOMING TRENDS AND GETTING PREPPED FOR YOUR BIG DAY.

When is the best time to get a haircut before your wedding – the day before or one or two weeks out? This hangs entirely on what style of cut you are wanting to sport on the day. Short and tight fades or tapers need to be fresh, on the day or the week of. Natural, longer cuts can be done a week to three weeks before, as long as your edges and neckline can be clean and tidy on the day. I personally believe the phrase ‘a haircut looks better after two weeks’ to be somewhat of an old wives’ tale. If you have a good barber, it can be done on the day. I had a faded slick-back on my wedding day and had it done on the morning. Bro flow, buzz cut, extreme side part or classic fade – what’s hot right now? While fades and tapers, some right down to the skin, have come back in a big way over the last three to five years, I’m starting to see and have had requests for a lot of longer and more natural traditional men’s cuts. There’s an increase in the request for scissor cuts, which require a length longer than you can obtain with clippers. I think we’ll soon start to see a lot more of the ’80s bro flow, ’90s undercuts and centre parts making their way back in. As we all know, fashion is cyclical. 68


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What about facial hair – are beards still big? I believe beards are beginning to get shorter, and may well be on their way out. Short beards, stubble and clean shaves are coming back in. Having said this, there is still a huge cult following for tamed and untamed beards, and some will sport a beard regardless of changing trends. I read a statistic released last year that said Sydney is having its largest saturation of beards since the 1970s… I think our fastmoving, fashion-conscious society hears that and decides to go against the grain, straying away from what may be deemed to be ‘mainstream’. What services do you offer at Tough Grind, in general and for wedding parties? We offer the full range of traditional barbering services – from buzz cuts, style cuts and beard grooming right through to full-face shaves. We finish all men’s cuts with a hot lather and razor shave around the perimeters of the haircut. Wedding parties can book in advance, so we can ensure that we reserve enough time and space to get everyone seen to on the day. We also have quality coffee onsite and, depending on a party’s needs and wants, can arrange catering. BML

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TIM’S TOP TIPS FOR GROOMS • Knowing how to style your own hair and beard on the day is essential. This is certainly something we are passionate about educating men on. • Having the right product that is suited to your hair type and styling requirements is also a must. on’t over-do it or over-thin it n the lead up to your big day, experiment with what you are comfortable with rather than showing up to the barbers on the day and asking for a drastic change in style that you may need to take time developing. • Take a leaf out of the bridal book – go to your barber for a trial a couple of months out from the day. facebook.com/toughgrindbarbers


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Suited AS A CO-OWNER AND HOST OF OSCAR HUNT TAILORS, JULIAN LICHTENSTEIN ASSISTS GROOMS IN

WALKING THE AISLE IN STYLE. WE ASKED HIM TO REVEAL WHAT’S HOT AND WHAT’S NOT RIGHT NOW.

What are the most popular looks for grooms at the moment?

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Dinner suits and three-piece suits are currently being favoured, as they both achieve the same desired effect: reaching a higher level of formality.

We are a made-to-measure men’s tailoring house and have showrooms in both Sydney and Melbourne. We offer a high level of service and custom-make garments for any and every occasion – our clients have access to over 3500 luxurious fabrics from the world’s finest fabric mills and a premium range of men’s accessories. Our fitters work closely with clients to determine the type of suit they’re after and will then suggest appropriate cloths, designs and tailoring techniques based on complexion, silhouette and reason the suit is required.

What about accessories – what’s in and what’s definitely out? Suspenders (or braces) have definitely been popular – they practically break up the material of a white shirt and are also a unique way to accessorise a look. They look great on trousers that have side adjusters instead of belt loops.

Tell us your top tips for choosing a wedding suit. Coloured laces are definitely out and socks are something I feel people have taken a half a step back from. A few years ago the trend in socks was to have the wildest patterns and vivid colours to pop at any periphery. Today, people are still emphasising sock selection, however it’s demure colours coupled with a few other elements, such as cuffed trousers and a tasselled loafer or a pair of double monk shoes.

It depends on the venue and the type of vibe and atmosphere you’re trying to create. Ultimately, though, you should choose the fabric and look you’ve always envisaged getting married in. You’ll feel special in it and will, in turn, present at your best – and you’ll have fun wearing it. As a safeguard, our fitters help to ensure our clients won’t regret any decisions they end up making. oscarhunt.com.au 73


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OWL & THISTLE DESIGN Located in Katoomba, Owl & Thistle Design is run by graphic designer and illustrator Kathryn Beaton, who studied a Bachelor of Visual Arts, majoring in Print Media, and also holds a Diploma of Graphic Design. Kathryn specialises in wedding stationery – invitations, place cards and welcome signs – as well as laser-cut wooden designs and jewellery. “I love reflecting the uniqueness of each individual couple. Invitations often set the tone for what kind of ceremony it’s going to be, so I strive to reflect that in all my designs,” says the talented designer, who also loves creating sustainable and recycled designs with a community focus. facebook.com/owlandthistledesign 75


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Rare Gem THERE’S STILL GOLD IN THEM THAR HILLS,

AND BATHURST GOLDSMITH JOHN FOX USES IT TO CRAFT UNIQUE AND TIMELESS PIECES.

As conscious consumers, we like our food to be locally grown, sustainably farmed and fair trade, but what about our jewellery? With child labour, conflict diamonds and environmental havoc just some of the well-documented and dire consequences of the international gold and gemstone trade, it’s refreshing to find ethical Australian jewellery sourced and handmade right here in our region. Bathurst goldsmith and manufacturing jeweller John Fox teams with local fossickers, gem cutters and lapidary clubs to unearth regional gold and gemstones for his bespoke creations. The one-time saddler and avionics technician turned his crafty hands to jewellery making many years ago, after he came under the influence of master carver and sculptor Hape Kiddle. “I’ve always been very good with my hands and developed an interest in jewellery when my friend Hape taught me how to carve bone and make basic pieces,” recalls John, who operates under the name Fox Artistic Creations. Time at Fairfield TAFE in Melbourne learning jewellery manufacturing further steered his career path, but it is John’s innate ability and artistic sensibilities that shine through in his work. “As a child I was very curious about how things worked and I’ve always had the ability to be able to look at something, dissect it in my head and know how it goes back together,” he explains. 77


Intent on keeping traditional artisan skills alive, John eschews the modern trend for mass production. “The jewellery industry is moving towards designing things on CAD [Computer-Aided Design], using 3D printers and sending it off to get cast, and a lot of traditional skills are disappearing,” he says.

Now a retreat for artists and day-trippers, Hill End is almost a ghost town but gold is still being found in and around its undulating hills and spent tailings. “Whenever council runs a grader over a dirt road in Hill End, you can bet there’ll be someone following it with a metal detector picking up something,” laughs John.

While John admits technology is a valuable tool (he recently purchased a laser welder to assist with repairs), he insists computers can never replace hand skills that have been passed down over thousands of years: “It takes over half a lifespan of doing things with your hands to hone those skills. Knowing how to use and control your tools, and being comfortable with all the elements – fire, air, earth and water – all come into it when you are forging out any sort of metal.”

Gemstones are also in great supply across the region, with John revealing that Oberon is a major source of spinel, zircon and sapphires. “The sapphires vary in colour between brilliant blue and green,” he says. “Native Dog Creek, near Black Springs, is known for its green sapphires.”

And when the metal you are working comes from just down the road, it also becomes personal. John sources the majority of his materials locally, including gold from fossickers, panners and re-sellers in Hill End, hub of the 1880s New South Wales gold rush. At the height of the boom, the picturesque little town, located on the outskirts of Bathurst, was home to over 10,000 fortune seekers.

According to John, Australia is “awash with sapphires” – though not all of them are gem quality: “Practised fossickers can hold a stone up to the light and see how clear it is. Quality stones are very clean with minimal inclusions. The all-important thing is getting light in and out of a stone to make it sparkle in jewellery.”

need the longevity “thatWequality craftsmanship provides because personal items that are passed down tell our story and provide a link to our ancestors, and to the makers of the piece.

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John is well aware of the unethical practices of the international jewel trade. “I’m very conscious of the conditions which a lot of stones are mined in. If I am going to work with diamonds, for example, I will rarely use anything other than Australian argyle diamonds. We certainly have enough beautiful stones in Australia not to need to go overseas,” he explains. “It is important for people to source local products and not ship things half-way round the world or make things from components that are mined on the other side of the world,” says John emphatically. “We need to get back to doing things on a local level. I’m just trying to do my bit.”

“Being able to inherit something from your mother or grandmother because it was made properly and has lasted is very important,” he adds. “We need the longevity that quality craftsmanship provides because personal items that are passed down tell our story and provide a link to our ancestors, and to the makers of the piece.” Creatively, John says he is inspired by natural form, referencing shapes used in the past by renowned Danish silversmith Georg Jensen and one of his most famous designers, Swedish master jeweller Vivianna Torun Bülow-Hübe, known professionally as Torun.

This includes remodelling existing jewellery by reusing stones and materials to make new and unique pieces, and upholding high standards of quality craftsmanship so Fox Artistic Creations pieces will be treasured as heirlooms.

“Great designers influence others far beyond their own lifespan,” says John. “Timelessness, not fashion, is important to me and those eternal shapes of nature are wonderful inspiration. I like to be able to create unusual and spectacular one-offs – individual pieces for individuals, not mass production for the masses.”

“If a customer wants to commission a piece, I try to get as much of their input as possible because that way they really own the piece – not just physically but because they’ve had a hand in its design. It’s not like just walking into a shop and buying something; they have helped create a piece of art that they can pass down to their kids with real sentimental significance,” John elaborates.

Most days John can be found in his workshop, located in the back garden of his Bathurst home and open by appointment only. His beautiful work is also waiting to be discovered at Bathurst Regional Art Gallery and Tablelands Artists Co-operative Gallery. BML foxartisticcreations.com

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COSPLAY ENTHUSIAST CHANI HUGHES IS THE ARTISAN BEHIND SELKIE COUTURE, A BESPOKE BRIDALWEAR BUSINESS SPECIALISING IN COMPLEMENTARY WEDDING DRESSES FOR SAME-SEX COUPLES. SHE SPOKE WITH BLUE MOUNTAINS LOVE ABOUT HER PASSION FOR MAKING.

Tell us a little about your background? I’ve lived in the Blue Mountains nearly my whole life and couldn’t imagine living anywhere else. I’m in my final year of a Bachelor of Theatre and Performance Degree at the University of New England, which feels both exciting and terrifying. In between uni I’ve worked with theatre companies and trained as a belly dancer, performing as a soloist at various events throughout the mountains and in Sydney as my dancing alter-ego, Selkie. I’ve also been making clothes and costumes for many years, hence Selkie Couture. How did you get into dressmaking? When I was little, I hand-sewed clothes for my toys. Mum put together a small sewing kit for me, gave me pieces of fabric and showed me the first steps to using a sewing machine. As I got older, I graduated to a sewing machine and made clothes for myself and family members and friends, and I began to work on costumes.

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Why does cosplay appeal to you?

What prompted you to make complementary wedding dresses for same-sex couples?

I’ve loved dressing up ever since I was little. Throughout high school I made costumes for themed parties, and when others outgrew ‘dressing up’ I started making more elaborate costumes and looking for more opportunities to create and wear my designs. I started attending comic conventions, which validated my work, and am now part of the cosplay community – people who make costumes and dress up as their favourite characters from various pop cultures. I take commissions for costumes and create steampunk accessories for Afternoonified, in Katoomba.

I was incredibly touched when my close friend Amanda got engaged to her now wife, Cassie, and asked if I would make their wedding dresses. They told me how hard it was to find wedding dresses for a same-sex marriage that weren’t identical or completely different. They wanted complementary dresses but also wanted to reflect their own personalities. I realised that other couples must also experience this and decided to specialise in gowns that complemented each other through style and fabric choices.

What bridal services do you offer at Selkie Couture?

What are your hopes for the future?

I design and custom-make dresses and accessories, specialising in creating complementary wedding dresses for same-sex couples. As a costume designer I’m interested in the alternative market – steampunk and fantasy based wedding gowns – as well as traditional. I work closely with clients to design and create their dream dresses and include consultations throughout the creative process to ensure the design stays on track with what the clients want, whether that’s a dress that is more casual and can be worn again, a highly elaborate gown with hand beading and long veils and trains, or a dress to fit to a specific theme or concept.

I would love to have more opportunities to make dresses for same-sex couples, along with dresses for those in the alternative fashion scene, and I hope my business progresses to a point where I may be able to take on apprentices and teach others. I designed dresses for two lovely ladies who had to fly to another country to be able to officially call each other ‘wife’ – I have seen how important it is to both of them to be recognised as a married couple, and how deeply they love one another. They have as much right as any of us do to get married, and I hope soon other same-sex couples will be legally allowed to marry in their own country. BML

What are you working on now?

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I’m working on a few projects. One is my own design for Belle’s yellow ball gown from Beauty and the Beast, which I’ll be showcasing at a comic convention in September. I’m planning on hand-beading the dress, along with a lot of other fine detail, so that will be one of my most elaborate costumes yet. When I finish university, it’s my aim to branch into costume design for theatre, along with working on my wedding-dress designs.

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HIT US WITH YOUR BEST SHOT! CALLING ALL BLUE MOUNTAINS WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHERS… WOULD YOU LIKE TO HAVE YOUR WORK FEATURED IN BLUE MOUNTAINS LOVE MAGAZINE?

Jennifer Leahy of Silversalt Weddings shooting our launch issue cover, ably assisted in this instance by hair and makeup maestro Paul Bedggood.

We are looking for innovative, arty, cutting-edge skills to showcase the finest local wedding photographers in a special pictorial feature to appear in our Autumn/ Winter 2018 issue (on sale 14 February 2018). It’s a great way to give brides- and grooms-to-be the chance to see your work and to show the world what a talented bunch you are. If you have great wedding photos ready to go, please send no more than three low-res images with a brief biography and your contact details to contact@bluemountainslove.com.au by 30 September 2017 So come on, hit us with your best shot… Fire away! (apologies for the earworm) 83


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BRIDES, YOU CAN FIND THIS JILL OF ALL TRADES IN HER STUDIO DABBLING IN THE ART OF ECO-DYEING FOR HER NEW LABEL, WILD BOTANIK. HERE TANIA TELLS US ABOUT HER MANY LOVES.

Artist, designer, hair stylist, eco-warrior – which label suits you best? This totally depends on what time of the day you ask me! I think nowadays I’m really happy to be all those things and don’t feel like I need to be one or another. I can switch modes fairly easily. Tell us a little bit about your background. I was a musician/songwriter from my late teens into my 20s and really discovered the world through that medium. I travelled and made friends touring as part of the small-ish indie rock scene of the late 1990s and early 2000s. When music didn’t pay the bills, I started working in Chicago for an artist/designer who helped shape the way I looked at things and encouraged my love of textiles. Together we re-worked garments we found in vintage stores and flea markets in New York and Paris, and I assisted her at fashion shows. It was a mix of high- and low-brow design that worked in perfect harmony. Later on, my husband Joe, who’s a photographer, suggested I get into hair and makeup, so I crossed over into set work and began collaborating with photographers. 85


How did your career path change when you moved to the Blue Mountains? When Joe, our daughter Frida and I came to the mountains just under three years ago, I knew I would have to change industries slightly. I found that weddings were a big thing here and it was easy enough to transfer my skills in hair and makeup from on-set to working with brides, and it was much more satisfying. I switched to using organic hair products when I realised the harsh chemicals used in traditional salons were damaging – and just not for me. What is eco-dyeing, and how did you get into it? Eco-dyeing is a craft, and a science, whereby cloth is steamed and boiled with mordants fi atives to e tract natural colour from ora and fauna. I decided to get into eco-dyeing soon after we started living up here. I had put away a lot of my crafty things and was establishing myself as an organic hairdresser when I discovered a book by India Flint, a pioneer of ecodyeing using native botanicals. I was learning all about the chemical reactions in dyeing hair and much of the theory was the same, so thought ’d give it a go. Under my label Wild Botanik, I now work with beautiful lue ountains ora and local stylists and orists to ma e hand-dyed ribbons, scarves, table runners, curtains and clothing – or whatever can be made from fabric. One of my favourite things to do is offer brides a sil scarf made from their bouquet. t’s a great eepsa e of their wedding day. What do you see yourself doing in five years’ time? ll really now is things will shift again and again. ’d be happy to eep doing what ’m doing – hairdressing, wedding hair and make-up, and eco-dyeing, with hopefully a new folk record thrown into the mix. BML

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This page: Hannah wears Leanne Hamilton Couture ‘Peta’ cerise silk dupion pleated skirt with wide waistband and cream silk dupion bodice with French hand-appliquéd guipure lace and corset back closure. Hannah’s classic waves are shiny and full of body, with subtle makeup enhancing her naturally translucent skin. Shimmer highlighter was used on both models’ faces and hair to provide a slightly magical glow. Opposite: Denya’s bohemian hairstyle is wild with braids and messy curls. Her dramatic makeup highlights her sultry features. 91


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Opposite (from left to right): Denya wears Leanne Hamilton Couture ‘Diamond Mist’, featuring 10 layers of the palest mint French soft tulle, cut into a full circle skirt silhouette. The nude and ivory lace bodice has a deep V-neckline and button back closure, and features hand-cut and appliquéd French hand-beaded lace with sequins, seed beads and crystals. Talle wears two-piece upcycled black suit and white shirt from Dappa Clothing, with upcycled Dolce & Gabbana tie from Mrs Peel. Hannah wears Leanne Hamilton Couture ‘Gia’ latte silk dupion longline bodice with heavy French baroque-style guipure lace and illusion sleeves with hand-appliquéd lace detail. The full and gathered courtlength skirt has soft tulle layers.

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STYLE FILE VENUE Everglades Historic House & Garden, Leura BRIDAL GOWNS & ACCESSORIES Leanne Hamilton Couture, Bathurst MENSWEAR Dappa Menswear, Katoomba MEN’S ACCESSORIES Mrs Peel, Leura MODELS Denya May, Hannah Rose and Talle HAIR & MAKEUP Michelle Robards from Mountain Angel Salon, Katoomba CAKES & DESSERTS Hello Deerie Cakerie Bakerie and Unplanned Bakery CHOCOLATES Josophan’s Fine Chocolates, Leura BEVERAGES Hillbilly Cider ‘Vintage Apple Cider’ PHOTOS Brigitte Grant Photography PROPS The Golden Dandelion

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MOUNTAIN WHISPERS COLLECTION When Lorraine Allanson first visited the Blue Mountains with her husband some 20 years ago, she was greatly disappointed with the standard of accommodation on offer. Seeking romance and luxury, the Sydney acquisitions professional was met with drab, dowdy rooms and outdated services. So, when the opportunity came to purchase property in the mountains, Lorraine decided to create her own boutique accommodation and achieve that level of decadence discerning travellers were looking for. Lorraine now heads up the Mountain Whispers (MW) Collection – a mini-empire of luxury properties in Leura and Katoomba. Not afraid to roll up her sleeves and get stuck in, Lorraine renovated the properties herself, restoring original features and redecorating with lavish colour palettes and furnishings, in keeping with tradition. 99


“The best accommodation has to be warm and inviting,” she explains. “I work with all the senses when I’m decorating so that when guests walk into my properties, they smell lovely, there’s mood lighting, the fire is on and the layers of textures and colour all work to evoke a state of calm and relaxation; a luxury getaway from the hubbub of the city.” Perfect for accommodating wedding parties, the MW Collection boasts five period properties. Whether you’re a fan of Downton Abbey or F. Scott Fitzgerald, your tastes are catered for.

It’s this level of customer service, along with luxury fittings, four-poster beds, spa baths, quality linen, well-equipped kitchens, privacy and manicured gardens, that make for truly memorable stays.

Lorraine’s first passion project, the Edwardian property Varenna, was built in 1906 and is set on 1800 square metres of landscaped gardens just minutes from Leura Mall. A pair of classic Federation-style weatherboard cottages – Strawberry Patch and the elegantly restored Leura Rose – soon followed. Lorraine completed her collection with The Gatsby, Art Deco-inspired accommodation situated just a stroll away from the Three Sisters and Katoomba township, and deLorraine – a 1930s property complete with Hollywood-style glamour and amazing views. According to Lorraine, it’s the little things – attention to detail and personal touches – that set Mountain Whispers properties apart from other local accommodation. Her nurturing nature has helped form lasting relationships with guests. It’s this level of customer service, along with luxury fittings, four-poster beds, spa baths, quality linen, well-equipped kitchens, privacy and manicured gardens, that make for truly memorable stays.

Repeat customers can vouch for that. Birthdays, anniversaries, girls’ getaways, babymoons, respite for cancer patients and many a marriage proposal have been celebrated at Mountain Whispers. Complimentary flowers, candles, wine, chocolates and delicious breakfast provisions pamper guests, while indulgent extras such as a private massage therapist and inhouse chef mean some guests never want to leave the comfort of the fireside, even to take in the local attractions. mountainwhispers.com.au

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BISHOP’S COURT ESTATE Located just minutes from the heart of Bathurst, Bishop’s Court Estate is bursting with style and splendour. Scenically set on a hilltop acreage overlooking the oldest township in Central New South Wales, this grand Victorian-style mansion dates back to 1870 and has been gloriously refurbished by owner Christine Le Fevre – a former interior designer with a passion for outstanding service and an incredible eye for detail. “When I first pulled up in front of Bishop’s Court one morning in 2001, it was love at first sight,” recalls Christine, who had decided to create her very own boutique haven outside of Sydney after working for high-end hotels around the globe. “I was completely romanced by the property’s grandeur – the high ceilings, beautiful big rooms and the adjoining 100-year-old chapel.”

“When people go away they want to enjoy indulgences that they don’t have every day of the week, like afternoon tea or pre-dinner drinks,” she explains. “I am a passionate foodie and love to share the Central West’s gourmet treasures.”

Words: Lisa Doust. Photos: Courtesy of Bishop’s Court Estate.

To ensure her guests get to really discover the region’s wonders, Christine has forged strong relationships with the best local chefs, providores, winemakers, beauty therapists and retailers. “We call them our ‘Experience Partners’,” says Christine. “The idea is that your experience of Bathurst will be heightened because you’ll be treated as welcome friends by each of our partners.” Christine’s decade-long love affair with the property is evident at every turn – from the rich colours and fine linen chosen for each of the six elegant guestrooms to the luxe products in the marble bathrooms and the understated European antiques throughout. Then there are the added extras that keep guests returning again and again… Bowls overflowing with quality chocolates, barista-quality coffee and home-made biscuits, aperitifs served in the library, an outstanding made-to-order breakfast menu and dinner options that showcase the finest local produce. As Christine says, luxury is a given at Bishop’s Court Estate, and romance, revitalisation and relaxation are guaranteed.

Bishop’s Court offers mid-week and weekend packages, plus cooking classes and a range of celebratory functions. “We welcome all couples and have hosted many wonderful weddings and anniversary parties in our fabulous chapel – it looks amazing when the candles are lit and the table is fully decorated,” says Christine. “The great thing about our location is that Bathurst is less than three hours away from Sydney but provides a true taste of country life,” Christine adds. “We have everything you need for an absolutely unforgettable getaway!” BML bishopscourtestate.com.au 101


ELLIE & EDâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S WEDDING VENUE Waldara Farm, Edith PROPS, STYLING & EVENT DESIGN Penny Lane Studio FLOWERS Floral Ink PHOTO Penny Lane Studio


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DIY VS STYLIST YOUR PINTEREST BOARDS ARE BRIMMING WITH INSPIRATIONAL IMAGES, YOU FOLLOW INSTAGRAM’S FINEST DESIGNERS AND YOU’RE TALENTED WITH A HOT GLUE GUN, SO HOW HARD CAN IT BE TO STYLE YOUR OWN WEDDING? NICOLE BULL, WEDDING DESIGNER AT PENNY LANE STUDIOS, SHARES INSIDER KNOWLEDGE TO HELP YOU DECIDE WHETHER TO GO IT ALONE OR CALL IN THE PROFESSIONALS.

When I cut my teeth in the events industry some 20 years ago, the only ‘stylist’ at any wedding was the hair and makeup person. Fast-forward to 2017, and the traditional roles of wedding decorator and florist have given way to a new collection of highly skilled suppliers, including the wedding stylist. While hiring a wedding stylist may be a luxury for some couples and a no-brainer for others, when considering whether or not to DIY it pays to take a giant step back and look at your overall vision for the celebration, the provisions for set-up and your personal priorities on the day.

BEING BUDGET WISE Cost might be an obvious reason for going down the DIY path, but it’s important to look at the pros and cons, and whether you will realistically have the time to nail it. I’m frequently being contacted by panicked brides who had

every intention of styling their own wedding, but soon became overwhelmed by all the other tasks associated with getting married. Depending on the size of your wedding, it’s often the case that the benefits of DIY will be outweighed by the time and money savings associated with engaging an experienced stylist in the early stages of your planning. A stylist will be able to tell you where your styling budget is best spent. And, as well as having an inventory of props at hand, a savvy stylist can also share tricks of the trade to ensure you get the most out of your budget. Hiring props is cheaper than buying them. And while you might not need a stylist on the day, hiring props from an established stylist or event-hire business, and engaging their pre-wedding advice with regards to design, set-up and packdown, will also help ensure your special day is problem-free. 103


YOU WANT TO EXPRESS YOURSELF

I’ve seen countless brides coming to my studio to collect their prop-hire orders who are completely exhausted after visiting the flower markets in the early hours – and they still have to decorate their venue, tick additional things off the seemingly endless checklist and appear radiant as they get set to marry the love of their life the following day. My advice is to either phone a friend or two, or engage a professional who can see your vision and is willing to share the load. Taking a slightly less ‘hands-on’ creative role in your wedding will leave you with more time to enjoy the beauty session with your bridal party on your big day and ensure you look and feel amazing when you walk down the aisle.

Let’s not sugar-coat it – styling a wedding involves a lot of lifting, lugging, unpacking and tidying up. And you have to do it all again in reverse once the celebrations are over.

Have you been dreaming of styling your wedding since your pre-teen days? If you’re a natural-born stylist, my advice is to go for it! I love to encourage clients who want to DIY. Some clients want to do everything, including the invitations, flowers and reception styling, but it’s often easier to focus on one aspect of the design and outsource the rest.

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If you like the idea of going to the day spa to sip champagne with your bridesmaids while the boys play a round of golf, or you’re planning to enjoy a fun afternoon of rehearsals before a family dinner, I have three words for you – book a stylist!

A few years ago a groom called me and said: “Nicole, we haven’t a creative bone in either of our bodies and the venue we booked has ugly walls. Can you help us, PLEASE?” As it turns out, Mitch didn’t know there were people like me, but after a short phone call and a face-to-face consult, Mitch and his fiancé left my studio feeling like they had handed over the hardest part of the wedding – the decorating.

Wedding stylists are worth their weight in gold when it comes to getting down and dirty for the set-up and packdown of events. Let’s not sugar-coat it – styling a wedding involves a lot of lifting, lugging, unpacking and tidying up. And you have to do it all again in reverse once the celebrations are over. The majority of my clients want to spend the time immediately before their wedding connecting with their guests. After all, weddings give you a rare opportunity to have all the people you love together in one place to celebrate your good fortune. And after the day you will likely want to do nothing more than hide under the covers and savour your newly wedded bliss. 104

As their stylist, I was able to take the reins in preparing a design and executing the styling to ensure their wedding looked amazing (and to take the focus away from the ugly walls), while making sure their big day reflected who they both were as a couple.


YOUR WEDDING IS BIGGER THAN BEN HUR! ou’ve boo ed the best photographer, you’re wearing the designer couture gown and you’ve gone all out on the venue, the food and the ca e – it’s all about blowing your guests away. And the icing on the cake will be seeing your wedding on the pages of a glossy wedding magazine or blog. Some people really want to ensure their day is the most memorable event ever for everyone involved. If you and your betrothed want to make an everlasting impression, ’m all for it ut it goes without saying that outstanding styling is essential.

f you’re a designer familiar with decorating ama ing spaces, then it’s important to engage a stylist who shares your vision and ma es you feel per cent confident in their ability. Take the time to carefully research your chosen stylist and have an honest chat about your vision and your budget. Building trust is imperative – it will allow you to let go and give your chosen expert the freedom to use their s ills, nowledge and creative power to fulfil your wildest wedding dreams. BML

SOPHIE & MATT’S WEDDING VENUE Chapel Hill Resort, Berambing STYLING By the bride, Sophie PROPS Penny Lane Studio FLOWERS Jessica Grace Flowers PHOTOS Zoe Morley Photography

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SMALL BUT PERFECTLY FORMED, KURRAJONG SITS TO THE WEST OF THE HAWKESBURY RIVER, ON THE SLOPES OF THE BLUE MOUNTAINS. TAKE YOUR TIME EXPLORING THE FABULOUS SHOPS, SAMPLING LOCAL FARE AND SOAKING UP THE SUBLIME VIEWS.


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Settled back in 1790, Kurrajong is the Aboriginal name for ‘shade tree’ and is home to just over 3000 residents – all of whom appear to be energised by the beautiful surrounds, pure air and hypnotic call of the extremely vocal bellbirds. You can quite literally spend all day dipping in and out of the fine cafés and shops on the Old Bells Line of Road. Bidwillii Design is a good starting point – it’s filled with unique homewares and foodie goods crafted by local artisans. The store is attached to Sassafrass Creek Café, a fully licenced venue that presents jazz in the front courtyard on Sundays and houses a vibrant art gallery.

Seasons of Kurrajong has an outstanding lunch menu – homemade tarts are bursting with summer ingredients and the views are glorious. Across the road you’ll find The Deli La Na, ideal for picnic fare and takeaway treats. Also pop in to Carey & Co., which delivers a cleverly curated mix of designer fashion, jewellery, beauty products and gifts. For a truly divine experience, head to the historic St Stephen’s Anglican Church, set on Grose Vale Road and boasting the township’s finest vantage point. If the church is closed, don’t hesitate to knock on the door of the adjoining cottage – Senior Pastor Shaun McGregor lives here and will be only too happy to show you around. BML

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Dressmaker REMINISCENT OF DELIA FALCONER’S POIGNANT NOVEL, THE SERVICE OF CLOUDS, THE STORY OF MISS PAGE – DRESSMAKER TO THE BLUE MOUNTAINS – IS ONE OF UNREQUITED LOVE AND DUTY, PLAYED OUT ON THE PRE- AND POST-WAR STREETS OF KATOOMBA.

In 2010, all that remained of the life and work of Violet Florence Page was contained in a couple of battered old cardboard suitcases destined for the tip. Inside were crumpled handmade frocks and paper patterns from the 1920s to 1950s, personal papers, a faded photograph of Violet and letters written to a young soldier apparently lost during World War II. Peter Staton of Hazelbrook Cottage Antiques had purchased the cases as part of a deceased estate and, knowing of her work as a local seamstress and her love of vintage and local history, gave them to Lorna McKenzie of The Tailor’s Apprentice. Thrilled by the fortuitous find, Lorna curated the contents of the cases, creating the Miss Page Collection of dress patterns and piecing together Violet’s story. 108


ESTELLE WEDDING GOWN FROM THE MISS PAGE COLLECTION, AVAILABLE ON ETSY FROM THE TAILOR’S APPRENTICE. MODEL: LILLIAN STARR. Born in Sydney’s Rockdale back in 1910, Violet moved to the Blue Mountains in the 1940s and lived in Katoomba with her beloved dad, Fred Page. She worked as a waitress at the Paragon Café, where pay was a pittance. She hated the job, finding “needed laughter” with her fellow waitresses Iris and Thelma, with whom she formed lifelong friendships. To supplement her wages, Violet turned her creative hobbies of sewing and painting into a successful dressmaking business, designing and handcrafting ball and tea gowns, and dresses for brides, housewives and babies. But it is through Violet’s funny and frank letters, written every Thursday night to Private Kenneth James Grimison – her young soldier, who had been sent to fight in Malaya – that Lorna learned of the outcome of their doomed relationship.

Words: Lorna McKenzie and Jacqueline Forster.

Most of Violet’s letters, signed “lots of love”, were returned to sender by the Australian Defence Force. Private Grimison had been captured by the Japanese with the ill-fated 2/29th battalion Australian 8th Division, upon the fall of Singapore on February 15, 1942. As a prisoner of war, Ken was sent to Changi Jail for more than three-and-a-half “hell” years of torture and deprivation then worked on the infamous Thai-Burma railway, before being returned to Changi. Violet received this last letter from him, scribbled in pencil and dated Changi Jail, September 18, 1945.

Dear Violet, I expect you gave up hope of ever hearing of me again. I received one letter from you after the capitulation, written June 1942. Being cut off from the outside world for over three-and-a-half years, all we know as yet [is] the war is over and freedom has come to us at last. I have lost a lot of weight, three stone in two months. The Thailand-Burma railway was a bad show. Feeling okay apart from a touch of beriberi. Malaria I had 29 times. We expect to be sailing home very soon. PS. You’ve probably forgotten who I am by now. Ken

Ken returned to his hometown of Deniliquin, in the Riverina region of New South Wales, where he eventually married and built a transport business. When Lorna tracked down his sister, Molly McDonnell, who turned 92 when this story came to light, she said Ken had hoped to marry a girl from Katoomba on his return from the war, but that she wasn’t at the dockside when he arrived. He believed she had married someone else and was heartbroken. It is unknown if Violet ever waited at the docks for Ken. She continued her dressmaking in the mountains, sewing many bridal gowns but never her own. BML 109


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such as the Fuji X system, which are lighter and less obtrusive, has allowed Jeff to get up close and personal as an observer at weddings and celebrations to capture those spontaneous moments. “I have noticed over the last few years that what my clients really love are those informal ‘as they happen’ moments; moments that I really love to capture,” he says. With this in mind, Jeff is offering one lucky couple a complete

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WHAT YOU’LL RECEIVE • Photographer Jeff Davies will spend a minimum of eight hours at your Blue Mountains wedding • All images taken on the day (approximately 600-800) edited and delivered at full resolution

wedding photo package valued at $2350, following your day as it unfolds and documenting real events as they happen. Jeff also co-runs a community give-back social-media page within

CONGRATULATIONS TO LAST ISSUE’S WINNERS Fairmont Resort’s Romantic Getaway Won by Natalie Krikowa of Tempe, NSW Clémence Organics In-Flight Essential Pack Won by Mary Carboni of Marrickville, NSW

the mountains, which allows him to cover a broad variety of events, such as live gigs and festivals, as well as social documentary. facebook.com/Jeffweddings TO ENTER: Simply email your name, address, phone number and your 2018 wedding date and venue (if already booked) to competition@bluemountainslove.com.au with ‘Wedding Photo Competition’ in the subject line, and answer the following question in 30 words or less: What makes the Blue Mountains such a special place to get married?

This competition is open to all Australian residents and opens AEDT 9am on 14 August 2017 and closes AEDST 5pm on 24 November 2017. Only one entry per couple. For full terms and conditions, see bluemountainslove. com.au/competition/winyourweddingphotos 111


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MOUNTAIN ANGEL SALON

DRYRIDGE ESTATE

Located in Katoomba, Mountain Angel Salon is owned by expert stylist Michelle Robards. Specialising in cutting and colouring, as well as wedding hair and makeup, Michelle creates looks to suit each client’s unique personality. For the striking up-do above, captured by Wren Melody Photography, Michelle enhanced Bronwyn’s already fun coloured hair with braiding and flowers.

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.

mountainangelsalon.com.au

dryridge.com.au

KATOOMBA VINTAGE EMPORIUM

ALLVIEW ESCAPE

You can literally spend hours perusing this fabulous treasure trove, which is set over two levels in the old Katoomba Post Office. The comprehensive collection of wares includes antiques, retro furniture, vintage china, bric-a-brac, linen, memorabilia and fine art. There’s also a gorgeous selection of vintage clothes, jewellery and bags – you may even unearth the perfect wedding dress!

Offering spectacular views over the Grose Valley and across to the Sydney skyline, Allview Escape is an idyllic destination for weddings, honeymoons and special events for up to 200 guests. Nestled on 20 acres in Blackheath, this glorious property features immaculately landscaped gardens and two luxury cottages that can comfortably accommodate 20 people. It’s a slice of paradise!

@katoombaemporium

allviewescape.com.au


CLOUDLANDS

LEURA FINE WOODWORK GALLERY

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.

Love, passion, commitment and beauty all come together at Leura Fine Woodwork Gallery, which showcases a collection of finely crafted Australianmade items – all created by master craftspeople and designed for everyday use. Pictured is an exquisite mantel clock by Victorian designer/maker Will Matthysen – it’s a fine example of beautiful pieces that are as individual as you.

cloudlands.com.au

finewoodwork.com.au

LEURA WHISK

A CEREMONY BY DESIGN

As an award-winning business with a focus on quality, Leura Whisk presents a fine selection of cooking, kitchenware and entertaining essentials. Add a touch of passion to your table with Casa Bugatti Italian cutlery, choose an unexpected gift for the experienced home chef or select something functional for those who simply enjoy wining and dining with loved ones.

In over 20 years as a celebrant, Susan Artup 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.

leurawhisk.com.au

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AUSTRALIA PR

UNPLANNED BAKERY

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.

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 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; all made with quality ingredients. The ever-expanding range includes cakes, slices, scrolls, sweet loaves and cookies, plus savoury and gluten-free options.

australiapr.com.au

unplannedbakery.com.au

HELLO DEER CAKERIE & BAKERIE

PAUDHA HEALING

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.

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.

hellodeercakerie.com

paudhahealing.com


BENDIGO BANK â&#x20AC;&#x201C; KATOOMBA & UPPER BLUE MOUNTAINS

BLUE MOUNTAINS ESCAPES

The coming together of many families for the benefit of the whole community is what banking means to the team at Bendigo Bank. Located at 117 Katoomba Street, Katoomba, Bendigo Bank offers all standard loan and insurance products but with one huge difference â&#x20AC;&#x201C; the bulk of profits are returned to the community and $350,000 in sponsorships has been donated to date.

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.

bendigobank.com.au/community/our-branches/ katoomba-upper-blue-mountains

bluemountainsescapes.com.au

A TIMELESS LOVE

BIRCHES OF LEURA

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.

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.

atimelesslove.com.au

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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

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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.

Design your own wedding story...


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FALLING IN

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Autumn sees the Blue Mountains turning to gold before the

mist rolls in, the cool weather settles and the region becomes a magical winter wonderland, complete with the occasional snowfall. It’s a magical time of year to celebrate your love!

Illustration: Melanie Vugich.

• Inspirational real weddings • Make your own wedding ring • Ethical bridal bouquets • Meet paper artist James Gordon • Create your ideal fragrance • Flick through the pages of One Enchanted Evening, the new book from Charlotte Smith

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STOCKISTS ACCOMMODATION

BUSINESS SERVICES

CHURCHES

FLOWERS

Ben Boar airbnb.com.au

Arcadian Aspects Barry Jarrott – 0411 396 140 arcadianaspects.com.au

Ebenezer Uniting Church 02 4579 9235 ebenezerchurch.org.au

Blue Mountains Floral Designs 0410 765 386 bluemountainsfloraldesigns.com

Australia PR Michelle Grima – 0416 114 911 australiapr.com.au

St Bernard’s Church 02 6355 2117 environment.nsw.gov.au

Floral Ink 0409 761 911 floralink.com.au

Bendigo Bank – Katoomba & Upper Mountains 02 4782 1144 bendigobank.com.au/community/ our-branches/ katoomba-upper-blue-mountains

St John the Evangelist Church environment.nsw.gov.au

James Gordon – Paper Artist 0449 893 441 jamesgordon.com.au

Bishop’s Court Estate 02 6332 4447 bishopscourtestate.com.au Blue Mountains Escapes 02 4787 8231 bluemountainsescapes.com.au Cloudlands 02 4782 7376 cloudlands.com.au Fairmont Resort Blue Mountains 02 4785 0000 Fairmont.com Mountain Whispers 1300 721 321 mountainwhispers.com.au Nagual Retreat airbnb.com.au Seasons of Mist 0406 430 889 mistsaccommodation.com.au

BEAUTY Clémence Organics 02 4787 5177 clemenceorganics.com Gifts-n-Things Leura 02 4784 3832 giftsnthingsleura.com.au

UMI Real Estate Karen Lister – 0414 470 230 amirealestate.com.au Women with Altitude 1300 036 615 womenwithaltitude Zoe Wood Creative 0406 617 265 zoewoodcreative.com

CAKES & CHOCOLATES Hello Deer Cakerie and Bakerie 0447 655 756 hellodeercakerieandbakerie.com Josophan’s Fine Chocolates 02 4784 2031 josophans.com.au Unplanned Bakery 0431 980 741 unplannedbakery.com.au

CATERING

Living with Essential Oils 0408 445 385 livingwithessentialoils.com.au

One Pot Catering 02 9317 4062 onepotcatering.net.au

Native Spirit 0425 233 128 nativespirit.com.au

Red Pepper Catering 02 4704 9494 redpeppercatering.net

Papinelle 02 4784 1195 papinelle.com.au

CELEBRANTS/OFFICIANTS

Paudhã Healing paudhahealing.com

BRIDAL WEAR BHLDN bhldn.com Leanne Hamilton Couture 02 6334 4840 leannehamiltoncouture.com Penrith Bridal Centre 02 4731 2308 penrithbridalcentre.com Selkie Couture facebook.com/SelkieCouture Theory of Seven theoryofseven.com 118

A Ceremony by Design Susan Artup – 0408 826 743 ceremonybydesign.com.au A Timeless Love Karen Brown – 0409 127 829 atimelesslove.com.au

St Joseph’s Catholic Church 02 4787 8540 St George’s Anglican Church 02 4756 2121 mtwilson.com.au St Stephen’s Anglican Church 02 4573 2183 kurrajonganglicanchurch.org.au

Jessica Grace Flowers 0424 628 784 facebook.com/jessicagraceflowers The Little Flower Shop 02 4757 3339 thelittleflowershop.com.au

EVENT DESIGN

Vanessa Pringle Floral Designs 02 6331 1030 vanessapringlefloraldesigns.com.au

Janet James Design 0414 643 867 @janetjamesdesign

Wild Blue Studio 0403 590 552 wildbluestudio.com.au

Penny Lane Studio Nicole Bull – 0414 637 565 pennylanestudio.com.au

FOOD & WINE

The Golden Dandelion Jessica Langley – 0405 804 784 @thegoldendandelionevents

FASHION & ACCESSORIES ASOS asos.com Enrobe by The Fusion Movement 0437 818 289 enrobe.com.au Lulu’s Fashion Lounge lulus.com Mrs Peel 02 4784 3065 mrspeel.com.au The Reformation thereformation.com Tigerlily tigerlilyswimwear.com.au

Follow That Dream Alison Collins – 1300 559 188 followthatdream.com.au

Wild Botanik 0449 776 614 wildbotanik.com

Minister Rod Thompson springwoodpresbyterianchurches.org.au

Wittner Shoes wittner.com.au

Reverend Graeme Gardiner springwood.unitingchurch.org.au

Zimmermann zimmermannwear.com

Avalon Restaurant 02 4782 5532 avalonkatoomba.com.au Dryridge Estate 0403 118 990 dryridge.com.au Hillbilly Cider 02 4567 2662 hillbillycider.com.au Lyttleton Stores 02 4759 3478 lyttletonstores.com.au Sassafrass Creek Café 02 4573 0988 sassafrasscreek.com.au Seasons of Kurrajong 02 4573 1797 facebook.com/pg/Seasons-of-Kurrajong The Deli La Na 02 4573 0900 facebook.com/pg/thedelilana

GALLERIES & ANTIQUES Bathurst Regional Art Gallery 02 6333 6555 bathurstart.com.au Katoomba Vintage Emporium 02 4782 6996 @katoombaemporium Leura Fine Woodwork Gallery 02 4784 1768 finewoodwork.com.au


Platform Gallery 0414 771 439 platformgallery.co Tablelands Artists Co-operative Gallery 0490 332 699 tartsgallery.com

GRAPHIC DESIGN & ILLUSTRATION Lisa Reidy 0404 099 452 lisareidy.com.au Melanie Vugich – Artist 0425 174 422 melanievugich.com

HOMEWARES

MUSIC

Bidwillii Design 02 4573 0966 facebook.com/bidwilliidesign

Hannah Matysek Music 0422 395 259 hannahmatysek.com

Calmare Soy Candles calmaresoycandles.com

Press Club Band 0434 577 231 pressclubband.com.au

Mount Vic and Me 0400 342 331 mountvicandme.com

PHOTOGRAPHERS

Owl & Thistle Design 0403 184 307 facebook.com/owlandthistledesign

Carey & Co. 02 4573 1920 careyco.com.au L&M Home lmhome.com.au Leura Whisk 02 4784 3412 leurawhisk.com.au

Amy Kate Photography amykateonline.com Brigitte Grant Photography brigittegrantphotography.com.au Cascade Lane Storytelling Photography Carlie Dalitz – 0431 102 610 cascadelandphotography.com

KataLane 02 8095 9368 katalane.com.au

STATIONERY

Vistaprint vistaprint.com.au Winterwoods winterwoods.com.au

Mount Vic and Me Kara Cooper – 0400 342 331 mountvicandme.com

Pottery Barn potterybarn.com.au

GROOMING

Real Safe Candles flamelesscandles.com.au

CloudFace Photography Dean Dampney – 0419 686 940 southcoastwedding.com.au

Blue Mountains Vintage Cadillacs 0455 352 976 bluemountainsvintagecadillacs.com.au

Wyck Luxury Candles 1300 544 512 wyck.com.au

Jane Dempster 0418 276 686 janedempster.com

VENUES

JEWELLERY

Jeff Davies Photographer 0450 782 820 facebook.com/Jeffweddings

Lord Carrington’s Parlour Max Steel – 0420 406 437 facebook.com/lordcarringtonsparlour The Stray Whisker 02 6351 3800 thestraywhisker.com.au Tough Grind Barbers 0401 296 280 facebook.com/pg/toughgrindbarbers

HAIR & MAKEUP

Fox Artistic Creations 0498 888 808 foxartisticcreations.com Hardy Brothers hardybrothers.com.au

Kohl Brow Studio Aimee Cox – 0404 035 836 facebook.com/Kohlbrowstudio

Wamada Jewellery 02 9281 8182 bremont.com

Euphoria Hair & Makeup Kellie Adler – 02 4784 3801 euphoriahair.com.au

MENSWEAR & ACCESSORIES

Le Raux Hair Studio Lisa Le Raux – 02 4784 3232 facebook.com/Le-Raux-Hair-Studio Mountain Angel Salon Michelle Robards – 0410 487 711 mountainangelsalon.com.au Paul Bedggood 0414 701 178 paulbedggood.com Weddings by Tania Tania Bowers – 0449 776 614 weddingsbytania.com.au

HEADPIECES Gian Designs 0400 612 028 @gian_designs

Aquila aquila.com.au Benjamin Barker benjaminbarker.co Dappa Clothing 0429 567 250 H+Co 02 9235 0701 handco.com.au M.J. Bale mjbale.com

Joe Wigdahl 0410 721 244 joewigdahl.com Kings & Thieves Benjamin & Carisse Urquhart kingsandthiev.es Robert Meredith Photography 0466 381 235 robertmeredithblog.com Silversalt Weddings Jennifer Leahy – 0410 619 977 silversalt.com.au

Blue Mountains Botanic Garden 02 4567 3000 bluemountainsbotanicgarden.com.au Chapel Hill Retreat 02 4567 2156 chapelhillretreat.com.au Dennarque Estate 0427 965 696 dennarque.com Everglades Historic House & Gardens 02 4784 1938 nationaltrust.org.au/places/ everglades-house-gardens Hartley Historic Site 02 6355 2117 environment.nsw.gov.au

Whisper Photography Ona Janzen – 0432 143 182 onajanzen.com.au

Logan Brae Orchards 0400 002 452 loganbrae.com.au

Woodman Photography woodmanphotography.net

Mountain Heritage 02 4782 2155 mountainheritage.com.au

Wren Melody Photography 0425 202 799 @wrenmelodyphotography

Ron Bennett ronbennett.com.au

Zoe Morley Photography 0435 368 366 zoemorleyphotography.com

W.H.Y & Co whyandco.com

Allview Escape 02 4787 5391 allviewescape.com.au

Tim Williams Photography timwilliamsphotography.com.au

Oscar Hunt Tailors 02 8999 5081 oscarhunt.com.au

Van Heusen vanheusen.com.au

TRANSPORT

PLANT & MARQUEE HIRE Birches of Leura 02 4784 3146 birchesofleura.com

The Carrington Hotel 02 4782 1111 carrington.com.au Waldara Farm 0475 981 571 waldara.com.au Yester Grange Estate 02 4757 1110 yestergrange.com.au

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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 120

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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“In front of our family and friends today I promise you these things: To always have your back and be on your team. To treat you with kindness and compassion, respect and generosity. To listen to you wholeheartedly and communicate fully and fearlessly.

To have fun, smile and laugh whenever we can. To always say I love you before we go to sleep And to love you without hesitation or reservation, all the days of our lives.”

Vows written by Amelia & Sandy Brinkman. Married 12 November 2016.

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Photo: Jeff Davies Photographer. Location: Allview Escape, Blackheath.

To encourage you to lean on me when you need, and trust you to hold me through life’s challenges.


As elegant now as they were then... The cars that brides love and photographers adore.

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Umi Real Estate Karen Lister consistently matches Mountain homes to new owners with expertise and understanding, ensuring the best possible results at the best possible time.

karen@umirealestate.com.au â&#x20AC;˘ umirealestate.com.au â&#x20AC;˘ 0414 470 230

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