Love, Desire & Riches – The Fashion of Weddings

If you’re looking for an afternoon out with your bridesmaids or close family members, why not visit the Love, Desire & Riches – The Fashion of Weddings exhibition at Rippon Lea House and Gardens.

A collection of over fifty famous and rarely seen wedding gowns from the world over, the collection spans over 200 years of fashion, including pieces from world-leading designers, plus a mini-retrospective of leading Australian designers showcasing their fashion career.

Celebrity gowns include dresses for Jennifer Hawkins (Maticevski) and Kyly Clarke (Alex Perry) as well as film and television pieces worn by Kylie Minogue (as Charlene in Neighbours) and Kate Winslet, Gwyneth Paltrow and Meryl Streep.

The exhibition is also a wonderful way to see the gorgeous Rippon Lea House and Gardens.

Open daily from 10am – 4pm and closing on 30 September 2014, visit for more information or here for bookings.

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Real Wedding – I most certainly do

Today we are sharing the beautiful wedding of Jayne and Adam, who were married at Stones of the Yarra Valley in Victoria.

“Timing is everything,” Jayne Butler said about meeting her now husband, Adam Cook. After a number of missed encounters the couple were eventually introduced through mutual friends and, 8 years later during a surprise weekend away, Adam proposed to Jayne atop a mountain in Dunkeld. “He even managed to sneak a bottle of Champagne and two flutes into his backpack!” Jayne laughed.

As an event manager, Jayne thought planning her own wedding would be a breeze. “I was wrong. I second guessed everything we did,” Jayne explained, “But after changing my mind about absolutely everything I was extremely happy with the look and feel of our wedding day.”

Jayne’s wedding styling included a colour scheme of silver, white, bronze and duck egg blue. For more details from this lovely wedding and to see Jayne’s Style Guide, visit

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Jayne looked gorgeous in her strapless gown with its sweetheart neckline and fishtail silhouette. The bodice incorporated sequin and beaded detail with a deep-V button down back.

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Adam decided to adlib his “I do” with “I most certainly do” and this soon
became the catchphrase of the day.

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Jayne and Adam’s bridal table was located in the centre of the room. A lush floral and foliage arrangement complete with hanging garlands was suspended above.

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Photography by Kristen Cook

Chateau Yering Wedding Expo

Once the place for many a Victorian weekend party, Chateau Yering is now a gracious 5 star hotel.
Located on a 250-acre estate, only 50-minutes drive from Melbourne, Chateau Yering is situated in the heart of the Yarra Valley, Victoria’s celebrated wine region.

On Sunday 21st September 2014, the annual Chateau Yering Wedding Expo is on from 11.00am – 3.00pm. Enjoy a complimentary glass of sparkling wine and canapés as you wander through the heritage property, and meet with Chateau Yering’s recommended Wedding Suppliers and Wedding Coordinators.

Entry is free, and for further information contact the Events Department on 03 9237 3333 or at


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Top Wedding Catering Tips

Adam Pope, CEO and founder of Australian leader Fabulous Catering, has catered his fair share of weddings. He has put his knowledge and expertise to good use and supplied his top tips for brides and grooms when planning the sweet and savoury delights for their big day.

Choose your venue first

With so many factors going into planning your wedding, it’s wise to sit down and plan out a timeline of what needs to be done and when. When doing so, make sure you plan to organise your venue before your food.

This is something that a lot of betrothed couples overlook, but is incredibly important. That’s because the type of venue you choose greatly affects your catering requirements. For instance, many commercial venues have their own exclusive catering and you won’t be able to go outside of that.

As such, it’s equally important to make sure you don’t lock yourself down a venue that will mean you have to suffer in the food department – even the most beautiful views aren’t worth a poor menu selection!

Think about your style of food

Sit Down Wedding

There are many different options you can go with for your wedding catering, meaning there’s a style to suit every couple. Here are a couple of things to consider when choosing your style of menu:

  • Sit Down Menus – this is a historically popular catering option for weddings, largely because it is a more traditional style to go with. It suits a more formal occasion, however it can have its disadvantages. In particular, it means guests are stuck with one option (or two if they can manage to bribe the person sitting next to them to swap dishes with them). Something that our team at Fabulous Catering have moved more towards is creating several main dishes that are placed in the centre of the tables in European style, allowing guests to have a bit more flexibility in their options while still adhering to that formal, sit down style.
  • Cocktail Stand Up Style - This is a great option for those wanting to promote an atmosphere when guests can stand up and mingle, without having to feel tied to their seats. It also means people can enjoy a great variety of food, while eating as much or little as they prefer. It really is one of the most ideal options when it comes to versatility, as long as you don’t mind your wedding stemming more towards the casual side.
  • Buffet - The buffet could be seen as a great combination of a sit down menu and a cocktail style event. People have more options to choose from, and can determine portions for themselves, while also having the option to sit down in a formal setting.

Whatever style you choose, make sure your caterer allows you to sample the food before the big day. If they say they can’t provide samples, then they are not worth hiring; it’s as simple as that!

Think about the timing of your food

You want everything in your wedding to work like clockwork, and the same goes for when your food arrives. It’s essential that everything from the main food being served to the cake being cut is timed perfectly, in line with speeches, your first dance, and everything else you’re planning to do at your reception.

Getting all of this right is as simple as communicating with your caterer! By making sure they know what’s going on, you should be able to enjoy seamless (and delicious) serving of food.

There are a lot of tastes to cater for…

Obviously the wedding is all about the happy couple, but there are also a lot of guests who you want to make sure enjoy your special day. From a catering perspective, that translates to a lot of hungry mouths, all with different palates.

When selecting a caterer, make sure you go with someone that is able to offer a diverse range of menu items. A great menu will include a mix of seafood, meat-based items, vegetarian options, different cuisines, and more. Your caterer should also be well-versed in creating options for people with dietary requirements, so no tummy is left grumbling.

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Want more tips? Check out Fabulous Catering’s other wedding catering tips here!

Real Wedding – Pure Radiance

Today on the blog we are sharing Melissa and Simon’s elegant wedding, featured in Issue 25. After meeting in the picturesque city of Prague whilst backpacking through Europe in 2009, the pair shared a romantic dinner in a cobblestoned street lined with lanterns, and decided to keep travelling the world, together.

With gorgeous sunshine, roses on show and the vines beautifully green, Melissa and Simon’s winery wedding was a day that they didn’t want to end. Held at The stunning Stillwater at Crittenden Estate, Mongington Peninsula, overlooking the lake and vineyards, the couple decided to keep their décor simple with classic flowers and decorations.

For more details from this elegant wedding and to see Melissa’s Style Guide, visit

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Photography by Milk Photography

The Langham, Melbourne – Bridal Showcase

If you are currently looking for a wedding venue, our friends at Langham Melbourne are soon hosting their Bridal Showcase.
On Monday 1 September, 6.30pm until 8.30pm
At The Langham, Melbourne in Southbank, Victoria

Each room will display an array of all-inclusive centerpieces, chair covers, sashes and table linens complemented by intricate stationery. Together with their preferred suppliers, The Langham, Melbourne Bridal Showcase will provide a hub of knowledge for engaged couples looking for helpful advice.

Interested couples must register prior to 25th of August to or by calling 03 8696 8709.



Real Wedding – Byron Bay Cheer

Today on the blog we are sharing Rebekah and Tristan’s colourful Byron Bay wedding, from Issue 25. After meeting at a BBQ through a mutual friend, the pair promptly packed their bags and embarked on a round-the-world trip. The first of many overseas adventures as a couple, Rebekah said it was highly fitting that Tristan proposed during a trip to Vietnam. “He gave me the tickets and travel guide for Christmas and a month later, we were on a private boat sailing through Ha Long Bay, where he asked me to marry him!” she said.
For more details from this cheerful wedding held at Byron Beach Cafe, and to see Rebekah’s Style Guide, visit

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Photography by Sugarblush

Visit the Winter Wedding Showcase at The Abbotsford Convent

If you are in wedding planning mode this winter, be sure to visit the Winter Wedding Showcase at The Abbotsford Convent.

Canapés and bubbles will be served while you peruse the gorgeous Rosina Function Space and courtyard, Heritage Gardens, Good Shepherd Chapel and chat with the team about creating your perfect wedding day.

Some of their favourite wedding suppliers, stylists, florists, musicians and photographers will also be on hand to help you visualise your day.

Held on Saturday 16th August 2014 from 11am – 3pm.

Entry is free, but please RSVP by 11th August to


Peninsula Hotels opens in Paris

We are very excited to share, on this Wanderlust Wednesday, that Peninsula Hotels has opened their first hotel in Europe! The much anticipated Peninsula Paris, on Avenue Kleber in the 16th arrondissement, is close to the famed Champs Elysees and the Arc de Triomphe.
An historic 19th century classic French style building, the hotel has been lovingly restored to its original glory featuring 200 elegant rooms, 34 suites and includes an indoor outdoor rooftop restaurant, bar and terrace serving contemporary French cuisine with stunning 360 degree views across Paris.
For more information visit or call 1800 116 888 (Australia)


Hyatt Australia’s launch event for the new ‘Hyatt Weddings’ digital magazine

The Real Weddings team were fortunate enough to attend the launch of Hyatt Australia’s ‘Hyatt Weddings’ digital magazine and app, at a beautiful cocktail event on a chilly Melbourne afternoon.

Held at the stunning Park Hyatt Melbourne, the team were treated to a delightful array of canapés and cocktails and introduced to the new annual digital magazine; showcasing all the best in bridal fashion, styling, food, and honeymoons.

To celebrate the launch, you can go into the draw win a trip for two to Phuket, Thailand with 5 night’s accommodation at Hyatt Regency Phuket Resort (valued at AUD $5,000), simply by sharing your wedding proposal story. The most unique proposal will win!

Simply visit for more details and to enter the competition.


Beautiful brides outside the Park Hyatt Melbourne

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Delicious cocktails and canapés



Stunning floral arangemtnts


The Hyatt app


The Real Weddings Team


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#hyattweddings – thanks for hosting the Real Weddings Team!