PETER ROWLAND CATERING

We are featuring some of the best wedding suppliers in our region. Take a look at Peter Rowland Catering at Mt Duneed Estate for delicious fare at a stunning venue.

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Peter Rowland Catering at Mt Duneed Estate can tailor any wedding experience from large numbers down to very small group weddings. With a beautiful backdrop of vines and olive trees, Mt Duneed Estate is the perfect location for a couple’s festivities.
Up to 400 people can dine and dance the night away in the Barrel Hall which is the original winery and has industrial charm with accents of the barrels and vats.
Guests can also enjoy a reception in the more formal and intimate Vineyard Room which overlooks the front of the estate’s vineyard and the rolling Barrabool Hills.
The garden bar serves as the perfect place for pre-reception drinks, while the olive grove serves as the ultimate secluded ceremony spot. However, the options are endless, with the Peter Rowland team happy to work with the bride and groom to tailor their nuptials.

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The food is created by executive chef, Daniel Duve, who loves a challenge and can work to any food preference or dietary requirement. Couples can choose to have a menu tasting at Mt Duneed Estate prior to their festivities, allowing them to select their delicious menu for on their special day.
For those couples that are looking for an extra touch of fun, the team at Peter Rowland can also recommend and assist with accommodating lolly and whiskey bars, photobooths or blackboard calligraphy.
When it comes to wedding planning, brides and grooms can also get advice on our local suppliers and even special rates for accommodation, to ensure a perfectly seamless big day.

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REAL WEDDING

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RUCHIRA + GAJAN

DATE TO REMEMBER
Ruchira Kanahara and Gajan Karunanandan followed their Hindu union in Melbourne on March 26, 2016 with a traditional Buddhist wedding at The Pier in Geelong the next day. “Walking down the aisle was a surreal moment, thinking ‘Oh gosh this is actually my wedding’,” Ruchira says. The bride wore a saree for the ceremony and changed into a different glimmering gown for the reception. The waterfront venue was decorated in gold and purple hues with Tiffany chairs. “I love the way Gajan takes care of situations and most of all the way he takes care of me,” she says. “He has a good heart.”

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MAKE IT MEMORABLE

Photography: Enchanted Wedding Photography

Photography: Enchanted Wedding Photography

How do you make your wedding stick out in everyone’s minds for years to come? Think outside the box to create an event they will never forget

Your wedding day is no doubt one of the most memorable days of your life.
But how to do you make it one of the most memorable days of your guests’ lives?

Go digital
Create a website for your guests to visit to see all of the details of the upcoming nuptials. The beauty of this is you can make it extra personal by adding elements you cannot in hard copy such as a gallery of photos and music. You can also update the page whenever you like if things change along the way. Something like this will really stick in people’s minds in the lead up to the big day.

Location, location, location
Choose a unique wedding location to keep your guests talking for years to come. Love nature? Get married at a plantation or on a property instead of a venue. It will require a lot of work, bringing in everything you need on-site, however, the pay-off is something very unique. Just make sure you get the relevant permission first!

Photography: Rebecca Smith Photography

Photography: Rebecca Smith Photography

Get the guests involved
What better way to make your guests feel like they are a part of your special day than by actually getting them to become an integral part of your festivities?
Newtown couple Caroline and Chris involved their guests with a ‘guess who’ style pass-the-parcel game – a great way to get everyone mingling to have a fun night together.

Sweet somethings
With epic food creations taking over social media, you know something sweet and interesting will keep your guests talking long after the reception is over.
A cocktail slushie machine or an ice cream sundae bar could be what puts your festivities at the forefront of people’s minds.
Treat the coffee lovers to barista made coffee or, perhaps, even an espresso martini.

Photography: Nikole Ramsay

Photography: Nikole Ramsay

Make it a family affair
Give your day a sentimental touch most people can relate to and ensure your family is front and centre for your celebrations to make it a memorable event that tugs at the heartstrings.
Ask a family member who might not traditionally have a role in the ceremony, like your grandparents, to be involved.
Revamp your mother or grandmother’s wedding dress or say ‘I do’ in the same place your parents did.
Cate and Dan asked Dan’s 12-year-old brother and 13-year-old sister to MC their festivities, which was a hit with the guests.

A memorable surprise
Sometimes what makes your wedding stand out is something out of the blue and out of your control.
Catherine and Joel’s friends performed a hand written rap for them on their big day.
If you are going to be in a wedding sometime soon, consider crafting a creative surprise for your close friend or family member.

Photography: Enchanted Wedding Photography

Photography: Enchanted Wedding Photography

Get creative
Wedding favours can come in all different shapes and sizes. Are you crafty? Do you enjoy a bit of DIY? Make your own custom presents for your guests to ensure they receive something meaningful and memorable.

Photography: Brown Paper Parcel

Photography: Brown Paper Parcel

Extra treat
Planning a day of celebration that you know you will not want to end when the bar announces last call? Keep the party going.
Set up a ‘recovery day’ style brunch or barbecue the day after your wedding to reminisce on a wonderful celebration. A two-day event is bound to stick in people’s minds for a long time.


Whatever you decide to do to make your wedding stand out above the rest – make sure it is something that sticks in your memory as the best day ever.

EPICUREAN ELEGANCE

Photography: Stefani Driscoll

Photography: Stefani Driscoll

POST-WEDDING FEAST
A dinner party at dusk full of laughter and storytelling is the dream setting for a wedding feast, according to Belinda Austin of Moorabool Valley wine producer Austins & Co.
“The perfect wedding indulgence is good food, wine and cocktails,” she says. “Besides the overall atmosphere on the day, the food and wine is usually what people talk about afterwards.”
Belinda explores the idea of pre-wedding celebrations, overnight glamping and casual post-occasion recovery banquets in this styled shoot on her rural property.
“I love the warm sunlight that shines through the trees at dusk,” she says. “It is all about elegance and indulgence within a rustic bush setting and enjoying great food and wine with friends.”

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Venue, wine: Austins & Co.
Styling: Weddings of Desire
Catering: Annie’s Kitchen
Stationery: Colour & Skulls
Tent: Twilight Glamping
Roses: Soho Rose Farm
Place settings: Provincial Home Living
Photography: Stefani Driscoll
Furniture hire: Pepper Sprout Hire

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REAL WEDDING

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LAUREN + MATT

DATE TO REMEMBER
Lauren Broughton and Matthew Foss were so humbled by the words of affection and approval at their wedding that the precious speeches remain their favourite memories of November 21, 2015. “Everyone remembers the vibe of the day, how much they laughed or smiled and how two families came together and melded into one,” Matt says.
With a shared love of the outdoors, Lauren fittingly proposed to Matt after a long day of snowboarding in New Zealand. “We are each other’s best friend, we can talk for hours or sit in silence and still feel comfortable in the moment,” he says

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JACK RABBIT VINEYARD

We are profiling some of the most picturesque wedding venues across the region. This week we feature Jack Rabbit Vineyard on the Bellarine.

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The Jack Rabbit Vineyard team takes pride in offering a brilliant and diverse range of function options to guarantee your day is special and memorable in every possible way.
A jewel of the Bellarine wine region and located just half an hour from Geelong, Jack Rabbit Vineyard is surrounded by vines, rolling lawns and 180 degree bay views. Couples can expect to take advantage of unrivalled panoramic views, sublime photo opportunities, feast on fine contemporary cuisine and sip sophisticated cool climate wines in an engaging, intimate atmosphere.

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The vineyard’s highly experienced, welcoming and dedicated staff are always at a couple’s disposal to ensure their special event goes off without a hitch and is a truly special day to remember.
Jack Rabbit Vineyard offers the choice of two spectacular but quite distinctive reception venues; the Jack Rabbit Vineyard Restaurant and the House of Jack Rabbit.
To organise a viewing of one or both venues, tour the vineyard and discover the many wedding ceremony locations, please call the functions manager on 03 5251 2223 on extension 3 or email functions@jackrabbitvineyard.com.au
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GREEN LIGHT TO HAPPINESS

Working with plants and the people you love makes it easy to help others, writes STEPHANIE AZZOPARDI

SISTER-IN-LAWS Katie Heane and Katy Bartlett say they are in the business of making people happy. The pair, who are the women behind greenery hire business Olive Green Plant and Prop, say they are having just as much fun themselves. Katie launched the business in 2014.
“My whole family are keen gardeners – my mum especially,” Katie says. “I’ve been collecting plants forever.”
The plant collection became so big that Katie had the idea to turn her passion into a business.
She says it was her mother who fostered her love for indoor plants, which is evident in the Olive Green collection.
The mother of two’s love of growing even transcended to her family, as she named her little girl Olive, now three, after her favourite type of tree. The business was subsequently named after her daughter.
Katy, who has a background in visual merchandising and interior design, joined the business about eight months ago. She was a perfect fit.
“Sometimes I feel like saying to the client, ‘isn’t she good?’ ” Katie laughs.


The business hires styled greenery out to weddings, but also supplies to corporate clients, including display homes, offices and libraries. The duo spend their time consulting with clients, making up proposals, doing fit-outs and fortnightly maintenance on plants with their long-term clients.
As well as providing a visual experience for clients, the women at Olive Green Plant and Prop aim to use their plant and design knowledge to enhance spaces in other ways. They have put together “power pots”, a pot including a mixture of up to five different plants that have strong air purifying qualities. The duo works to ensure that installations not only work for the client visually, but also for the plants.
“It’s about working with the environment, looking at the lighting and what the plant needs,” Katy says.
On the weekends, especially during weddings season, the pair is constantly on the go.
“Greenery is starting to be a bit more included in a bride’s budget,” Katie says.
“It’s more environmentally friendly,” Katy adds. “Flowers don’t last.
“Plants last a lifetime.”


The duo says their business is a labour of love and one that extends to their family.
“Every single member of our family helps in some way,” says Katie.
Even Olive likes to potter around the garden, watering plants.
“We’re fortunate to have such supportive families – and retired dads,” Katy laughs.
The pair, who are both in their 30s, love working so closely together.
“All we do is laugh,” Katy says. “It’s so much fun, and we balance each other out.
“We’ve turned into crazy plant ladies!”
A beautiful array of plants sit in and around the Barwon Heads potting shed. Picture Jay Town.
The pair work from their potting shed, a quaint little white shed built at the back of Katie’s Barwon Heads home.
It is full to the brim. Hanging from the ceiling, lining the walls, packing out shelves, there is greenery of all kinds everywhere. The business partners admit the shelves should have been built bigger.
This is where the magic happens, where the plants are planted and nurtured and where the women put together their custom designs for clients.
“We’re in the business of making people happy,” Katie says.

Email Olive Green Plant and Prop on hello@olive-green.net for more information.

REAL WEDDING

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FIONA + DARCY

DATE TO REMEMBER
Fiona Gregoriou was blessed by her grandfather before marrying Darcy Brown at the first Greek Orthodox Church built in East Melbourne. “It is a Greek tradition and was very emotional and very beautiful,” she remembers of February 12, 2016. The bride, wearing a custom-made dress, was flanked by brother Alex at the ceremony. “He was the greatest brides-man anyone had ever seen,” she says. Towards the end of the love-filled celebration, the newlyweds and 135 guests joined in smashing plates and dancing. “We are complete opposite personalities but seem to be a perfect mix,” Fiona says.

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TAKE ME THERE

Photography: Free The Bird

Photography: Free The Bird

Making an entrance doesn’t just have to be about what you are wearing. Cruise your way through the occasion by hiring a standout set of wheels

From a sleek sports car to a retro kombi, a horse-drawn carriage to a vintage classic, every couple wants to make an impressive entrance on their wedding day.
The bride stepping out of the bridal vehicle is one of the most memorable moments of any wedding. It’s when guests – and the groom – catch their first glimpse of the bride, making it one of the most visually important aspects of the day.
So when it comes to choosing your wedding transport, there are several important aesthetic and practical factors to consider.
It’s one part of the wedding planning process that the bride and groom can decide on together and Deb Grant, who runs Greater City Classics, says couples should opt for a vehicle which reflects their personalities.

Photography: Enchanted Wedding Photography

Photography: Enchanted Wedding Photography

“It’s going to be a memory that lasts a lifetime,” she says.
“So the choice of car has to be something they’re going to truly love.”
The choice of wedding vehicle should also tie in with the tone and formality of the rest of the day. A traditional white wedding is well suited to a classic car, while more relaxed affairs can be reflected in the use of a more contemporary vehicle.
Before you decide on a particular car, couples should also consider the size of their bridal party.
“It depends whether they want the whole wedding party to travel in the car, or whether the bride and groom want to arrive separately,” Deb explains.
“They need to be able to fit everybody in and they also have to be comfortable.”
Reliability is paramount so couples should do their research. Ask friends and family for recommendations, and take into account customer reviews.

Photography: Patrick Britt Photography

Photography: Patrick Britt Photography

Communication is also important. Couples should discuss all aspects of their wedding car requirements prior to booking. Details such as duration and distance should be decided upon in advance, and communication should stay open right up until the big day.
“Building a rapport with the clients is what I really like,” Deb says.
“I will send an email a day or two before the wedding just to confirm all the details and on the wedding day I’ll text when the car has left, to let them know it’s on its way.
“It makes clients feel comfortable which is so important.”
Some wedding car companies also provide additional extras, so find out what is included in your package.
“We try to make sure our clients don’t have to worry about a thing,” Deb says.
“We have little sprayers to keep flowers fresh on a hot day and a bridal SOS kit. We always have bottled water, as well as other complimentary drinks.
“It’s a special day and it should be enjoyed with nothing to worry about.”

Photography: Lauren Alyce Photography

Photography: Lauren Alyce Photography

REAL WEDDING

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STEPHANIE + STEEL

DATE TO REMEMBER
Medical student Stephanie Dawson tied the knot with her university sweetheart Steel Scott at his charming family residence, Corio Villa, on Eastern Beach. The pair, who both work at Geelong hospital, took a relaxed approach to the big event, which perfectly fell into place on January 9, 2016 in front of 108 guests. “I think the more relaxed the process is the more fun you will have on the day,” says Stephanie, who accepted her doctor partner’s proposal in Paris. “Standing together in front of our favourite people and each marrying our single most favourite person in the world was so special.”

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