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

Photography: Jessica Rohloff  Make-up: Melissa Maier  Hair: Lorna Evans 

Photography: Jessica Rohloff 

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

Look gorgeous, feel great

Every girl wants to look gorgeous on her wedding day, right?  Well, Viktoria at Cosmetic Injectables Victoria can help. 

Viktoria, an aesthetic cosmetic practitioner, is a fully qualified, registered and insured aesthetic cosmetic injector whose drive for perfection and eye for symmetry means you’ll be 100 per cent satisfied with your treatment and looking fabulous as you walk down the aisle.

Viktoria offers anti-ageing, anti-wrinkle treatments,
plasma lifting (PRP) facials, dermal fillers, lip augmentation, liquid face lifts and permanent double chin removals –
in fact, everything you need to be a beautiful blushing bride.  

Visit the Facebook page @cosmetinjectablesvictoria fora full portfolio. 

COSMETIC INJECTABLES VICTORIA

M: 0450 927 511

FB: cosmetinjectablesvictoria

Arrive in style with your personalised couture look

At premier award-winning salon @ Splash Of Red, Michelle and her talented creative hair styling team - together with salon beautician Tracey – will give you a personalised couture look for your special day.

Your couture look will come together with the highest-quality Bodyography make-up and premium hair care products Shu Uemura and Goldwell.  And for the men in your wedding party, @Splash Of Red’s specialist is highly trained in guys’ cuts, fades and shades.

@ Splash Of Red also offers out-of-salon bridal packages, so relax in the bridal lounge and let Michelle and her team create the look you desire. 

With cosmetic tattooing, a make-up artist, spa therapy and new state-of-the-art painless ILP and skin treatment, @Splash Of Red really is the one-stop salon for all your hairdressing, beauty and boutique cosmetic tattooing needs.

@ SPLASH OF RED
A: 1/17 Main St, Mornington
T: 5975 2227
W: atsplashofred.com.au/

Wedding bliss at Alatonero By Liz Rogers

All you need to have the perfect wedding is “you, me and the sea”. And the most picturesque Greek-inspired setting is right opposite the beach!

For those of you who haven’t been to Alatonero, the newest offering from the hospitality professionals from Stillwater restaurant and Freshwater catering, I’ll let you in on a secret: you’re missing out. This salt stirred and shaken haven for weddings, special events and casual delicious dining is the absolute bomb! It’s like your favourite Greek island eatery has been transported to the Peninsula and then been given a modern mastery twist.

Whether it’s a lavish sit-down event, cocktail reception or a gourmet barbecue, Alatonero knows how to make your wedding day one to remember. Have your ceremony on one of the Pen’s beautiful beach-side locations or on-site, and then enjoy your reception in a space that oozes coastal charm and sophistication. There’s a quality sound system, experienced friendly staff, plus a superb menu that delivers on taste and texture. There’s also a range of packages (including beverages) to suit all styles.

Alatonero has a 220-guest capacity for cocktail events and 100 for sit-down (with the option of increasing to 140 with the use of the marquee on the lawn). This makes it ideal for parties and corporate events too. Book now for a Father’s Day lunch on September 3, the Melbourne Cup extravaganza on November 7 and your end-of-year event or Christmas celebration.  

Open for lunch and dinner Wednesday to Sunday, with a ‘happy hour’ on Wednesday and Sunday from 4-6pm. 

Bliss!

ALATONERO
A: 671 Point Nepean Rd, McCrae
T: 5981 1202
W: alatonero.com.au

Romance is back at Marlene Miller’s 
by Liz Rogers

“It is lovely to see the young men coming in to choose a ring for their partner as a surprise. They are so romantic,” says Marlene Miller, Sorrento’s eagle-eyed provider of antique and contemporary jewellery on Ocean Beach Rd. 

“They are taking the time to choose and paying attention to aesthetics and craftsmanship. It’s refreshing,” she continues.

And you know what else is refreshing? Having someone who knows jewellery like the back of their hand help you select that special something.

Marlene Miller has been part of the antique world for about 30 years. Her keen eye is personified in her eclectic range of fine jewellery, which includes Gold Rush brooches, necklaces and of course wedding and engagement rings.

Marlene Miller Antiques is open seven days a week from 10am (ish) until 5pm (closed Christmas and Good Friday).  Visit Marlene in-store to select your piece of history or a marvellously made modern design today.

MARLENE MILLER ANTIQUES
A: 128 Ocean Beach Rd, Sorrento
T: 5984 1762
M: 0438 537 757

A low chignon for squares and volume for rounds:  Know your face shape to look your breathtaking best 

A bride’s checklist is extensive to say the very least.  The dress is fun, the venue is crucial, and the flowers take consideration, but nothing transforms a woman into the most ravishing bride more than an incredible hairstyle matched seamlessly with stunning colour in a style to suit her face shape.

Internationally awarded long hair stylist and educator Lorna Evans, who owns Zumay Hair Salon at 8 Blake St, Mornington, offers wise advice. “I think that hair colour and style should be a permanent part of the wedding essential to-do list.   Almost every bride has a look in mind as soon as they say ‘yes’!  Visiting a senior stylist for a consultation about your face shape, desired look and desired colour should be done right away.”

A low chignon for squares and plenty of volume for round:  there are six standard face shapes and so much to consider.  Zumay’s hairstylists are highly trained to both recognise a client’s face shape and determine which hairstyle will look best.

“We often have women come in to request a style that they’ve seen in a magazine,” says Lorna.  “At Zumay we believe in educating our clients so that they make informed decisions.  No-one likes unexpected surprises on their wedding day, so we will explain why a certain style does or does not suit your face.”

Colouring hair is a science and it is crucial to be on the same page as your colourist.  Senior stylists are trained to analyse your hair and determine whether it can be coloured in one sitting or if it needs more time.  Starting your colour process well before your wedding ensures you are stress free and only need touch ups in the busy weeks leading into the big day. 

“Colouring your hair to compliment your wedding day style has breathtaking results,” raves Lorna.  “Imagine a French twist that sweeps down the face, with fishtail braids woven through and warmly highlighted with perfect symmetry?  You’ve gone from having a gorgeous up do to becoming an absolute work of art”. 

ZUMAY HAIR SALON

A: 8 Blake St, Mornington

T: 5977 0711

W: zumay.com.au

Designer has a passion for fashion

The Scarlett Stitch is an Australian fashion label owned by Kerri Tropea, a designer and dress maker who’s passionate about fashion and creating beautiful couture gowns to make women feel fabulous, glamorous and empowered.

A graduate of the Melbourne School of Fashion, Kerri’s many talents include couture, gown design, garment construction and pattern making.  Her creative flair and passion is truly ignited by the fashion industry and the creation and beauty of creating couture wedding gowns, and she also loves the fun and glamour of evening and red carpet couture creations.

 

THE SCARLETT STITCH
T: 0425 759 821
W: thescarlettstitch.com.au

The Boathouse has your special day covered

Looking for an intimate, boutique location to celebrate your special day?  Then look no further than the iconic 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, all in the one place.

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 before moving inside for a more formal reception or alternatively utilise both inside and outside for a more informal cocktail-style reception.

Comfortably classy, yet relaxed and contemporary - The Boathouse is Frankston’s favourite restaurant and has earned itself a reputation for quality food and friendly service since its re-invention in 2011.  The swish renovation to the classic building, coupled with the gorgeous rear garden flowing to the creek, make it an ideal wedding venue and a romantic place ready for memorable moments.

The venue regularly caters for sit down weddings for up to 70 and cocktail-style functions for up to 140. For more information or to arrange a time to inspect the venue, contact Cameron on 9770 5330.

View functions packages at www.theboathouserestaurant.com.au

Follow The Boathouse on Facebook and Instagram @theboathousefrankston

Exclusive resort in Portsea by Liz Rogers

Are you looking for a romantic, secluded resort to have your wedding? 

Portsea Village Resort’s lush garden surrounds, set behind privacy walls, will have you and your guests feeling fabulously exclusive and special.

Portsea Village Resort prides itself on providing an oasis for brides, grooms, families and friends. Why not invite those closest to you to stay the weekend in one of the resort’s 24 fully self-contained apartments?

The team at Portsea Village Resort can arrange a BBQ, cocktails or dinner the night before nuptials. Choose between the luscious lawn (poolside) or beautiful Portsea beach (think the historical Portsea Pier) for your ceremony. Enjoy pre-dinner drinks and cocktails within the resort before your wedding reception in the resort’s licensed restaurant, terrace and gardens.

You and your family can continue the celebrations and reunions by enjoying the swimming pools, spas, tennis court and other resort facilities. Catch up with family and friends for breakfast, brunch or lunch the following day at the resort’s restaurant and gardens.

The staff at Portsea Village Resort specialise in providing wonderful wedding escape packages for bridal parties, family and friends.

Book your wedding celebration at Portsea Village Resort and create life long memories for you and your family – in private.

PORTSEA VILLAGE RESORT
A: 3765 Point Nepean Road, Portsea
T: 5984 8484
W: portseavillageresort.com
E: [email protected]