The perfect 10« Back to list2nd July, 2012
Its a dream come true for real weddings to have become part of such a wonderful industry and for our 10th anniversary we looked forward to celebrating with our advertisers, many of whom have been working with us since the inception of the magazine.
As the private elevator whooshed silently to the 55th floor of the Rialto, the sense of expectation and excitement built, floor by floor, until we reached our exclusive destination - a private room which had been set to resemble an intimate dinner party.
The stratospheric heights of Vue De Monde offered an extraordinary backdrop of the Melbourne skyline and the breathtaking views were complimented with an abundance of hydrangeas set in black wooden vases, created by floral stylist, Fleur.
Two long tables set with oversized calligraphied place cards, created by papyrus design, made a bold and stylish statement on the table. Each one featured my favourite quote from Sir Richard Branson, who was the inspiration for launching the magazine.
We watched the sun set and enjoyed French champagne and canapés, before sitting down to an exceptional four course dinner. And oh, how we dined! Vue de Monde's contemporary and original food arrived artfully arranged and deliciously decadent.
The gentle buzz of the room built over the evening, as clients laughed and mingled with each other, made new connections and reminisced about the beautiful weddings they'd helped create together. It was a night to remember!
The following week, even hot and humid weather couldn't dampen our spirits, which were raised in anticipation of our black tie event at the iconic Bathers Pavilion, which sits elegantly on beautiful Balmoral Beach in Sydney. Beachside glamour was the order of the day with floral stylist Rachel from Lavande Design artfully creating the breathtaking event space.
Guests mingled on the terrace overlooking the ocean or in the art gallery space, enjoying Champagne and canapés, before making their way into the dining room gently lit by hundreds of candles. The room twinkled as the soft candlelight bounced off the silvery walls, highlighting the beautiful centrepieces of hydrangea, David Austin roses and lisianthus.
Photographers mingled with caterers, floral stylists chatted to gown designers before Georgina Garrity from Waterford Wedgwood Royal Doulton, gave a touching speech celebrating the ‘Real Weddings' journey over the last ten years.
Many people commented how lovely it was to be on the other side of an event as a guest rather than a supplier, and there was a general ‘joie de vive' party atmosphere in the air. And the dancing, oh, the dancing!
Our favourite DJ, Nick Rutherford, had flown to Sydney especially to ‘spin the decks' for our party...and party we did! The dance floor was packed for hours as the wedding industry let their hair down.
And as guests made their way home in the early hours of the morning, they carried with them a copy of Bathers' Pavilion owner and chef, Serge Densarau's, cookbook... a perfectly fitting gift for a room full of ‘foodies' who evidently love a party as much as we do!
Simon James, simonjames.com.au
Vue De Monde, vudemonde.com.au
flowers & floral decorations:
papyrus design, papyrusdesign.com
Wills Quills, willsquills.com.au
kirsten dressed by:
Tiffany & Co
flowers & floral decorations:
Wills Quills, willsquills.com.au,