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Thursday, July 17, 2014

Wedding Time

Mayor Clr Juliet Arkwright launched the ‘Wedding Time’ on Thursday 10 July at Bradman Oval Centre Bowral, proudly announcing that the Southern Highlands is set to become the premier wedding destination in New South Wales. ‘Wedding Time’ is the initiative of Destination Southern Highlands and it will see the inaugural Southern Highlands Wedding Fair at the iconic Bradman Oval Centre in Bowral on Saturday 10 January 2015 from 10 AM to 3 PM. This exciting event will showcase wedding venues and suppliers to let everybody see what Southern Highlands has to offer and The Bride’s Diary® is one of the sponsors.

Destination Southern Highlands teamed up with event specialists ‘Manage My Event’ to organize this spectacular wedding fair and beautiful Bradman Oval is the perfect location for this event with scenic countryside backdrop and large cricket pitch. There will be about 100 exhibitors, live entertainment, fun activities for children and great prizes to be won. In order to celebrate the Wedding Time, many venues will offer great accommodation packages, so why not stay for two days and spend a wonderful weekend! Tickets for the fair are priced at $10 for adults, $8 for pensioners and children under 15 years of age can enter for free.

Visit Southern Highlands Wedding Fair to register or buy tickets. 

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Real Life Wedding: Suzie & Joe

Joe and Suzie first met in 2003 when they were 16 at a party through a mutual friend. Although they didn’t go to the same schools I guess you could say we are ‘high school sweethearts’. Over the years they have been through everything together – final years of school, travelling Europe and working in England, starting new and exciting careers, a short break-up, moving in together, and after 8 years Joe decided to pop the question.

Joe proposed on their 8 year anniversary and had planned an epic proposal which required Suzie to follow a series of letters leading her to Bowral, NSW. Each letter sent her to a different location; Mount Ainslie in Canberra, where she collected her best friend who drove her around that day, Peppers Manor House in Moss Vale where they stayed that night, a day spa in Bowral for an afternoon of pampering, one letter revealed a new dress in the cupboard but eventually Suzie was lead to Fitzroy Falls where he had set up his own platform on the main viewing deck complete with champagne, a walkie talkie and the final letter. After reading the final letter their song from when they were 17 began playing over the walkie talkie and he walked up behind Suzie, asked her to turn around and he got on one knee and proposed and of course she said yes!

When Suzie & Joe first got engaged and started discussing the wedding they knew we wanted to keep things simple but still beautiful and classy.

"Joe and I wanted to be nice and relaxed on the day of our wedding so I organised a champagne breakfast for the bridesmaids and I and the boys went and played golf for the first half of the day." 

"When we arrived at the ceremony there were two things that were completely unexpected – wind and flies. The wind was bearable, although my dad had to tuck part of my veil under his arm to stop it from attacking the guests as I walked down the aisle. The flies were hilarious. I’ve never seen so many flies!! But the good thing was we were able to make a joke out of it, even having the photographer take a group photo of us with all the guests ‘swatting’ the flies."

"The reception was perfection – the food was amazing, the speeches were fantastic and heart felt, our dances went surprisingly well and it was so fun standing back and watching everyone having such a great time. So many people told me to make sure Joe and I had some time alone because more often than not the bride and groom get the end of the night and have barely seen eachother. This was the complete opposite for Joe and I. We had several moments outside alone, enjoying a glass of champagne, or having a quiet cuddle and soaking up the moment. It truly was a magical day."

Photography: Jonathan Miller
Reception Venue: Centennial Vineyards
Wedding Rings: Briolette, Michael Hill
Bridal Gown: Marry Me Bridal
Bridal Shoes: Novo
Bridesmaids’ Gowns:
Groom's Suit: Mr Charles Menswear
Florist: Botany & Co,
Transport: HCHC

Thursday, February 13, 2014

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Thursday, January 16, 2014

Wedding Open Day at Solar Springs Retreat

Solar Springs Retreat, located at Bundanoon in the picturesque New South Wales Southern Highlands, will host their first ever Wedding Open Day from 11:00am to 3:00pm on Sunday 2 February. This is a unique opportunity to experience Solar Springs' very special brand of wedding day magic.

You are invited to enjoy champagne and canapés whilst exploring the venue and gardens, 
which will be beautifully themed for a wedding. Solar Springs' historic rotunda will be decorated for an intimate outdoor ceremony, and stunning bridal table settings will be on display in the dining room. 

A range of guest rooms will also be open for viewing. Solar Springs offers accommodation for up to 40 guests, with other accommodation options available nearby. Their dining room features stunning views and seats up to 80 guests. A marquee can be erected to accommodate larger weddings.


Specialist local suppliers will be exhibiting on the day, giving you the opportunity to arrange every facet of your wedding: from the celebrant, to stunning hair and makeup, music, glorious floral bouquets and decadent cakes. You can also meet with Solar Springs Wedding Coordinator Fiona Razavet and Sue Collier to discuss your requirements.

Hatted French chef, François Razavet has created an inspired menu, and is happy to help you select delectable offerings for you canapé, lunch or dinner reception.

To RSVP or for further information, email Fiona or call Solar Springs Retreat on (02) 4883 6027. 

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Friday, December 13, 2013

Southern Highlands Wine Time

WINE TIME ... it's an exciting new festival for the Southern Highlands.

Destination Southern Highlands in conjunction with Southern Highlands Food & Wine will launch this exciting festival on the 26 February 2014. Designed to showcase the Highlands as a key food and wine destination, the festival will run until 23 March 2014. 

WINE TIME commences with the Dan Murphy Australian Highlands Wine Show on 26 and 27 February (the third annual national wine show for wines produced from grapes grown in Australia at an altitude of over 500 meters), and the inaugural Australian Cider Awards, a new national competition for Australian ciders, on 28 February, 

On 9 March, the Southern Highlands will welcome Australia’s leading wine and travel writers for Wine & Wickets. Hosted by the Bradman International Cricket Hall of Fame, the event will be played at Bradman Oval. 

And guaranteed to become hugely popular, the Australian Highlands Wine Show Top 40 Public Tasting will take centre stage at Bowral Memorial Hall on  Saturday 15 March. This event will include tastings of all the Dan Murphy Australian Highland Wine Show award winners, plus the chance to meet the wine makers and sample delicious canapés featuring local produce.

Other exciting events and displays are in the pipeline, and special accommodation packages will be available for visitors wanting to stay for a weekend or longer. 

For more WINE TIME information visit Destination Southern Highlands, email them or call 02 4871 2888. 

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