Perfect paella please! By Liz Rogers

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Authentic and delicious Spanish paella is what you’ll get at Peninsula Paellas. Bringing the flavours of his birth country Spain and fresh Peninsula fare together in perfect paella harmony, owner Juan creates tasty gluten-free paellas bursting with free-range chicken, locally caught seafood and the freshest herbs and spices.

Catering for 20 or 150, Peninsula Paellas is the uniquely perfect solution to your catering challenges. Peninsula Paellas brings all the cooking equipment, the utensils and ingredients and cleans up after you’ve indulged in terrific flavour-full sensations. Ideal for all kinds of celebrations, Peninsula Paellas is a great way of providing wedding guests with something different. Just imagine the aroma of paella cooking onsite while you and your guests celebrate. And just imagine not having to lift a finger on your special day.

Book now. It’s time to paella — perfectly.

PENINSULA PAELLAS
M: 0415 793 331
W: peninsula-paellas.com.au
FB: peninsulapaella
INSTA: peninsulapaellas

 

Leave it all to the professionals

The Mornington Peninsula is Victoria’s ultimate wedding destination.  Whether you wish to say your vows on a stunning cliff top overlooking crystal clear waters, or if you prefer an intimate country estate, Mornington Peninsula Weddings can handle it all, from attire to accommodation, celebrants to catering. 

Mornington Peninsula Weddings is a not-for-profit organisation of industry professionals all working together to achieve the same outcome - a dream wedding for each unique couple.  One couple said: “Organising our wedding on the Mornington Peninsula from interstate really means you invest a lot of faith in someone to do their job, and everyone we dealt with from Mornington Peninsula Weddings exceeded our expectations! They were all professional, reliable and easy-going.  Nothing was too much to ask.”

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MPW’s members have a wealth of knowledge about the wedding industry and are reliable, professional and passionate about the Peninsula as a premium wedding destination.  So for your and your bridal party’s wedding attire, accommodation, hair and make-up, photographers, celebrants to suit every couple’s personality, catering, flowers, live music or DJs, nothing is left to chance.  MPW even has wedding planners, so you can just kick back and let it all be organised for you from the very beginning! 

Follow MPW on Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest for all your wedding inspiration, and go to peninsulaweddings.com.au to find out more.   

MORNINGTON PENINSULA WEDDINGS
W: peninsulaweddings.com.au

 

Romance on Ocean in Sorrento By Liz Rogers

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It never really went away at Marlene Miller Antiques — romance, that is. Marlene explains.

“It is lovely to see the young men coming in to choose a ring for their partner as a surprise. They are so romantic, and they are really taking the time to choose something uniquely special for their partner. They are also paying attention to aesthetics and craftsmanship. It’s very refreshing.”

Marlene has been collecting antiques for more than 30 years. Her keen eye is personified in her eclectic range of wedding and engagement rings. There’s something for everyone inside this lovely store.

Marlene Miller Antiques is open seven days a week from 10am until 5pm (closed Christmas Day and Good Friday), so drop by to find the perfect ‘for ever’ ring for your love, whether it be a piece of history or a marvelously made modern design. 

MARLENE MILLER ANTIQUES
A: 128 Ocean Beach Rd, Sorrento
T: 5984 1762
M: 0438 537 757
E: [email protected]

 

Special venue for your special day

With its stunning setting, magnificent function rooms and wonderful staff, Functions By The Bay is a dream venue for your special day.

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This new state-of-the-art facility offers a sophisticated, warm and intimate atmosphere for you and your guests to enjoy. Right in the heart of Frankston, with the beach and parklands just a short stroll away, Functions By The Bay enjoys superb views of Port Phillip Bay and beyond and is perfect for weddings of all sizes.

There are two modern function rooms — one seating 120 guests and the other up to 200 — so whether your wedding is a small, intimate affair or a full-on celebration, you’ll be easily accommodated. Each has a bar stocked with an extensive range of beverages, including world-class Peninsula wines, and a variety of catering options available means all your guests will be able to indulge in superb food no matter what their dietary requirements.

And if you mention Mornington Peninsula Magazine when booking your wedding at Functions By The Bay, you’ll receive free room hire — this offer is valid until September 24.

The staff at Functions By The Bay have a well-earned reputation for outstanding service and attention to detail, and their dedication to delivering the wedding of your dreams will ensure that your day is remembered for all the right reasons.  

FUNCTIONS BY THE BAY (Frankston Football Club)
A: Cnr Plowman Place and Young St, Frankston
T: 9783 7888

For the love of flowers By Liz Rogers

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The professional team of florists at Flowergirls & Co know there’s nothing quite like a wedding to get the heart fluttering. Days full of memory-making, love and laughter. To complement your special day, this boutique wedding service delivers personal one-to-one assistance, including a 60-minute consultation with detailed proposal and images, and provides flawless floral arrangements that declare “I love you”.

Owners Danielle and Michael have more than 60 years of experience in the floristry industry between them, while Danielle’s interior-decorating capabilities means her sense of aesthetics delivers beautiful creative solutions to suit everyone’s style. Flowergirls & Co knows your wedding day needs to be wonder-filled with wonderful flowers, whether you’re after a bouquet, table centrepiece, outdoor floral arrangement or dramatic and aromatic aisle adornment. That’s why they spend so much time designing and creating them.

Flowergirls & Co is a dynamic group of talented individuals who specialise in supplying beautifully inspiring blooms. Flowergirls & Co combines café, coffee and flowers for a simply dreamy experience. 

Get in touch today.

FLOWERGIRLS & CO
A: 66 Main St, Mornington
T: 5977 0057
W: flowergirlsandco.com
FB: flowergirlsandco
INSTA: flowergirlsandco

The diamond wedding experts

In the time that Avedis Jewellery has been trading, it has become renowned for both its modern, chic designs and its non-compromising attention to detail when it comes to diamond engagement and wedding rings.

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When you visit the store, you are immediately drawn to the vast selection of classic, contemporary and modern styles on offer. Every ring has been created using only the highest-quality GIA-certified and ethically sourced diamonds set into exquisitely hand-crafted pieces of refined luxury.

Also offering personal consultations, at Avedis Jewellery you are invited to sit and discuss your design vision with expert jewellers who can guide you through the selection process to make the ring that perfectly reflects your unique expression and style.

Trading hours are Monday-Wednesday 10am-5.30pm, Thursday-Friday 10am-9pm, Saturday 10am-5pm and Sunday 11am-5pm.

AVEDIS JEWELLERY
A: Shop 26, Karingal Hub Shopping Centre, Karingal
T: 9789 2388

Making romantic memories at The Boathouse

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Looking for an intimate, boutique location to celebrate your special day?  Then look no further than The Boathouse Restaurant in Frankston.  Nestled on the banks of the meandering Kananook Creek and surrounded by lush gardens, The Boathouse Restaurant can accommodate all aspects of your wedding day from ceremony to reception.

An icon in the area, the restaurant offers a charming eclectic interior with floor-to-ceiling french doors to take in the view and is perfect for small to medium-size functions with seating for up to 80 guests or a cocktail-style event for up to 140 guests.

The gorgeous garden setting boasts a quaint gazebo which is perfect for both ceremony and registry signing.  Guests can then move to the deck and jetty for pre-dinner drinks and canapes while watching the sunset, before heading into the restaurant for a scrumptious meal.  Alternatively, you can make use of both inside and outside for a more informal cocktail reception.

“We have a number of function packages available with some delicious menu options to choose from,” says The Boathouse owner Cameron Taylor. “Our functions staff will ensure your guests are well looked after from the moment they enter the venue to the moment they leave.”

Whatever the occasion, The Boathouse is the ideal wedding venue and a romantic place ready for many memorable moments. For more details, contact The Boathouse Functions Co-ordinator via email at [email protected] or phone 9770 5330.

 

THE BOATHOUSE RESTAURANT

A: 366 Nepean Highway, Frankston

T: 9770 5330

W: theboathouserestaurant.com.au

FB/INSTA: @theboathousefrankston

 

Leave it all to the professionals

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The Mornington Peninsula is Victoria’s ultimate wedding destination.  Whether you wish to say your vows on a stunning cliff top overlooking crystal clear waters, or if you prefer an intimate country estate, Mornington Peninsula Weddings can handle it all, from attire to accommodation, celebrants to catering. 

Mornington Peninsula Weddings is a not-for-profit organisation of industry professionals all working together to achieve the same outcome - a dream wedding for each unique couple.  One couple said: “Organising our wedding on the Mornington Peninsula from interstate really means you invest a lot of faith in someone to do their job, and everyone we dealt with from Mornington Peninsula Weddings exceeded our expectations! They were all professional, reliable and easy-going.  Nothing was too much to ask.”

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MPW’s members have a wealth of knowledge about the wedding industry and are reliable, professional and passionate about the Peninsula as a premium wedding destination.  So for your and your bridal party’s wedding attire, accommodation, hair and make-up, photographers, celebrants to suit every couple’s personality, catering, flowers, live music or DJs, nothing is left to chance.  MPW even has wedding planners, so you can just kick back and let it all be organised for you from the very beginning! 

Follow MPW on Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest for all your wedding inspiration, and go to peninsulaweddings.com.au to find out more.   

 

MORNINGTON PENINSULA WEDDINGS

W: peninsulaweddings.com.au

 

It’s all about you

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“If the bride and groom feel at ease throughout the ceremony, and the guests are enjoying themselves, then I have done the job I promised.”

So says Ken, who runs It’s Your Day Ceremonies with his wife, Barbie – yes, really. “Please, no Ken and Barbie jokes,” he laughs. It’s perhaps not surprising that “a touch of humour” throughout the ceremony is a given.

“I have always loved meeting people and conveying their story, which is why I love being a celebrant,” Ken says. “I have a relaxed manner and can easily relate to people.”

It’s all about you at It’s Your Day Ceremonies, so let Ken and Barbie make your day special.

 

IT’S YOUR DAY CEREMONIES

A: Mornington

T: 0416 808 448

E: [email protected]

W: itsyourdayceremonies.com.au

 

Country meets Coast weddings

The Hickinbotham family, iconic for their role in pioneering cool climate wines, have opened up the winery to those seeking a ‘country meets coast’ wedding vibe.

Set on 15 acres of vines, surrounded by gum trees, woodlands and a wildlife reserve - the property boasts the most versatile ceremonies and receptions of its kind on the Peninsula.    

It’s the perfect venue for marquee, tipi or food truck weddings or you can make use of the existing restaurant for smaller seated or larger cocktail weddings.

Functions and Weddings at Hickinbotham are managed by Event & Flavour, planners who bring more than 18 years of industry experience to your event.

Phone 0400 688 916 or visit the website
www.eventandflavour.com.au/hickinbotham

Hair’s to a gorgeous style

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Make-up: Melissa Maier 

Hair: Lorna Evans 

Long hair styling educator Lorna Evans has been in the industry for over 30 years and specialises in bespoke bridal hairdressing. We asked her what you should expect from your bridal hairdresser. 

Getting your hair just right involves putting a lot of trust in your stylist.  This should start with a face shape and lifestyle consultation to work out a plan that suits you.  Ideally, your hair trial should be pre-booked for two to four weeks before the big day.

Bridal styling is very creative, even for the simplest looks, so choose a stylist who has both the passion and skill for styling. 

Be prepared for your trial. Set up a folder on your phone with all the looks you like, along with a picture of your dress.

Finally, what’s hot in bridal hair fashion this season:

Accessories are big - tiaras, chains, charms, and loads of fresh flowers, including baby’s breath.

Braids are very much the thing and are best worn loose. Look at rope, fishtail and knot braids. 

Hair down and even half up-half down is super popular, but preparation for a lasting curl is extremely important.

To see the work I teach to stylists, visit www.lornaevanseducation.com.au 

For all wedding party inquiries, call me direct on 0413 488 570 or email [email protected] 

 

ZUMAY
A: 8 Blake St, Mornington
T: 5977 0711
W: zumay.com.au

Expo showcases all things weddings 
by Liz Rogers

Win the wedding of your dreams this month at one of the most picturesque wedding venues in Victoria.

The iconic Portsea Hotel is an award-winning wedding reception venue offering exceptional food, service and unparalleled ambience. Be in the running for the prize of your life by visiting the 2017 Portsea Hotel Wedding Expo on Sunday, August 13, where bridal dreams become reality. This exciting event showcases all things weddings and offers complimentary canapés and champagne upon (free) entry, as well as giveaways and door prizes. Chat with more than 30 Peninsula suppliers, including celebrants, photographers, cake makers, stylists and florists, in an intimate and relaxed environment while soaking up the perfectly Portsea atmosphere. View a wedding ‘set up’ replicating ceremony and reception possibilities. There’s also a free show bag for every couple.

The Portsea Hotel has two tastefully appointed reception areas that can accommodate both seated and cocktail receptions. The Portsea Deck on the second level is an exclusive alfresco function area overlooking the bay and is ideal for intimate weddings.  It can seat 80 people comfortably and up to 110 for a cocktail event. The Nepean Room is perfect for larger weddings and can accommodate up to 300. It also has an extensive terrace which encircles the room, a private bar, dance floor and stage for live entertainment.

Log on to www.portseahotel.com.au/weddings to register for your chance to win an amazing wedding and follow the Portsea Hotel Instagram page portseaweddings for updates and listings of suppliers who will be attending.

The Portsea Hotel Wedding Expo is open from 11am ‘til 2pm.

PORTSEA HOTEL
3746 Point Nepean Rd, Portsea
T: 5984 2213
W:  www.portseahotel.com.au/weddings-contact/

Golf club aces reception award

If you’re on course to tie the knot but are still a fair way from settling on a venue for your reception, look no further than the Mercure Portsea Golf Club.

The club recently took out the title of Best Club Reception in Victoria at the 2017 Australian Bridal Industry awards.  Not only that, it was also a finalist in the Function Coordinator category.

As a fairly new venue, the club was honoured to pick up the award, thanking all the brides and grooms who voted for it.  “We couldn’t have done it without such an amazing team that ensures our weddings run smoothly and provides a wonderful service,” a club spokesman said.

The Mercure Portsea Golf Club’s modern clubhouse has 24 boutique-style accommodation rooms, while the breathtaking main reception room has facilities to cater for up to 200 guests.  The club can also host ceremonies on the beautiful lawn area or on the balcony overlooking Port Phillip Bay.

So contact the events team on 5981 6141 or visit [email protected] for more information on what the club can offer for your wedding at this beautiful venue. 

 

MERCURE PORTSEA GOLF CLUB
A: 46 London Bridge Rd Portsea
T: 5981 6100
W: mercureportsea.com.au

Event magic at Pier 10 
by Liz Rogers

Pier 10 is the home of sparkling wines, icy cold beers and bocce, but did you realise this premium winery, restaurant and cellar door does functions like no one else on the Peninsula?

Event artistry is what you get when booking a special function at Pier 10. Picture your cocktail or engagement party under perfect skies as you watch the ever-changing views over the vineyards - or be mesmerised by a magical wedding that’s second to none.  Manager Stuart and his wife were wed at Pier10, so it must be good!

Pier 10 is a family owned and operated establishment that has recently been updated and consolidated from two kitchens to one, servicing both the restaurant and cellar door. Superior estate wines set the tone for any event or weekend get-together where fresh and delicious food combine with family, fun and relaxation.

Call today to make your wedding event magic or visit the Pier 10 Restaurant, which is open Thursdays-Sundays for lunch and Friday and Saturday evenings for dinner; the cellar door on Thursdays-Sundays for wine sales and tastings; or the cellar cafe on Saturdays and Sundays for lunch.

PIER 10 RESTAURANT AND CELLAR DOOR
A: 10 Shoreham Rd, Shoreham
T: 5989 8848 (restaurant)
W: pier10wine.com.au

Love among the moonahs 
by Liz Rogers

The team at Peppers Moonah Links Resort in Fingal are experts at making your wedding day a sensational celebration that everyone will remember for years to come.

This naturally stunning resort caters for the most intimate of gatherings right through to lavish affairs for up to 120 guests, and the experienced wedding team promises to make your celebration as breathtaking as the scenery in which it is set.

The ceremony lawn has a magnificent vista across the open golf course which sets the scene for romance, commitment and festivities. Imagine marvelling at the moonah trees and the rolling dunes while saying your vows!

Not far away is a wonderful selection of reception venues and accommodation sites for you to choose from. The permanent executive marquee overlooks the golf course and seats 120 guests banquet-style, while the Boobialla, Lomandra and Marginata executive lodges have elevated views of the dunes. Each contemporary building contains 12 accommodation rooms (with balconies or patios) plus a private function room ideal for a reception of up to 80 guests. Glass walls allow the natural beauty of the region to be viewed extensively.

It’s all about you at Peppers Moonah Links Resort where everything wedding is catered for. Think amazing on-site photos and ceremonies, luxurious accommodation, and access to all the wonderful adventures the Peninsula offers.

Various wedding packages are available for your perusal and all include a fabulous three-course menu option plus an extensive wine and beverage list. 

PEPPERS MOONAH LINKS RESORT
A: Peter Thomson Drive, Fingal
T:  HYPERLINK "javascript:void(0)" \o "Call via Hangouts" 1300 987 600
Wedding Coordinator: 5988 2016
W: peppers.com.au/Moonah

Latest looks at Main Street Eyecare By Liz Rogers

Listen to this: Kay has just returned from the Optical Distributors & Manufacturers Association of Australia fair in Sydney, so now’s the time to step inside Main Street Eyecare where the latest looks are all on show. 

Cutting-edge design, colours and creative frames are what you’ll find inside this eclectic eye-wear store. Think the latest designs and prints from Jono Hennessey, fashionable French eye-ware company Volte-Face and the hottest looks from Kaleos (Barcelona) to name a few.

Kay’s eagle eye means there’s always a fresh and funky design to choose from. Sabine–be from Orléans represents French innovation, art and style, while Danish-designed lightweight luxury comes from the high-end eye-wear company nine. Titanium eye-wear brand Lindberg completes her luxury-laden selection of new designs which are ideal for beautiful brides and glamorous grooms. Pair these incredible pieces of art with your most gorgeous get-up for any special occasion and be as individual as only you can be – after all, eye-wear is the best accessory because it can change how you look and feel within a split second. 

Happy transformation!

 

MAIN STREET EYECARE

A: 57 Main St, Mornington

T: 5975 3235

Bridal beauty By Liz Rogers

Keira Jean Bridal is Mornington’s newest bridal boutique, stocking a wide range of elegant wedding dresses and designer couture inspired by fashion trends from around the world.

Keira Jean Bridal is proud to be the only Australian stockist of globally renowned Israeli fashion and wedding dress designer Pnina Tornai from the hit television series Say Yes to the Dress. It also stocks Chantel Lauren one-of-a-kind hand-painted coloured gowns and skirts that ensure you stand out from the crowd on your special day. The Australian designer Erin Clares’ collection offers exquisite lace and silk designs. 

Be beguiled by Keira Jean Bridal’s gorgeous range of magnificent bridal gowns. The staff can’t wait to discuss your wedding day plans and to find the perfect dress fit for an amazing and completely memorable occasion. The sample sale is on now, so save up to 60 per cent on designer sample gowns until the end of August. 

Visit the Facebook and Instagram pages to see how.

 

KEIRA JEAN BRIDAL 

A: 1/49 Mornington-Tyabb Rd, Mornington

T:  5909 8449

W:  HYPERLINK "http://www.keirajeanbridal.com.au" keirajeanbridal.com.au

FB: @keira jeanbridal

Insta: Keira Jean Bridal

Gown designs for beautiful brides

Director Irene Laskaris is a southeast Melbourne-based wedding designer/creator.

After completing her formal fashion design training in Greece, Irene’s success began in 1987 when she started creating beautiful couture gowns at Pronovias, before moving with her family to Australia in 2010.

Over this time, Irene considers it a true privilege to be a part of a bride’s special day and has enjoyed providing a bespoke and intimate service by working from her home to create the perfect dress for her client’s wedding or special event without the price tag.

Irene has helped brides turn their vision into reality with a custom-made design that features both quality and the perfect fit.

For an appointment, contact Sonia on 0448 445 656.

 

Creating memories

As an experienced celebrant, Di Kleinert brings to your ceremony the impact of life changes that are about to take place in your lives, emotionally and socially.  “In doing so, together we create an inclusive and meaningful ceremony,” Di says. “The elements of the storytelling and the capturing of memories are just a small part of my client-centred focus.”

DI KLEINERT
A: Blairgowrie
T: 5988 9522
M: 0417 156 882
W: kleinert.id.au