Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Gibraltar Hotel Bowral

Gibraltar Hotel Bowral offers the perfect location for your Southern Highlands weddingGibraltar Hotel Bowral is committed to facilitating daunting tasks and enchanting you through their unique wedding venues and comprehensive Weddings Collection.

Gibraltar Hotel Bowral, the benchmark of sophistication in Bowral luxury accommodation is the newest reception venue incorporating unforgettable Highlands sunsets, multiple wedding ceremony venues, unique garden wedding locations, deluxe accommodation, Bowral Day Spa and a recently redesigned golf course, Gibraltar Country Club.

The Southern Highlands is a quintessential wedding destination and Gibraltar Hotel Bowral is a masterpiece of architectural balance and eclectic interior design certain to complement the essence of your wedding ceremony or your unforgettable wedding reception.

As a preamble to your wedding day, the hotel’s 76 luxurious rooms provide the ideal setting for an intimate gathering of family and friends. All guest rooms comprise views and 40 sq. metres vibrant and modern furnishings and unique finishes redefining concepts and style.

The specialised Events Team at Gibraltar Hotel Bowral is committed to helping you create your own memorable event and the best of romantic weddings; a truly magical Southern Highlands wedding day or weekend.

Monday, August 30, 2010

Sugar Daddy's Cake Design

With more than a decade of experience,
Sugar Daddy's Cake Design have been designing beautiful cakes, cupcakes and cookies for all occasions. Sugar Daddy's Cake Design have more than 30 delicious flavours, and deliver to most areas.

Stocking a full range of sugar art supplies, Sugar Daddy's Cake Design offer private tuition, perfect for the bride considering creating her own cake. 

Sugar Daddy's Cake Design also host intimate bridal showers and hen's parties where you work alongside  sugar artists to create amazing cupcakes and cookies. 

Open 7 days; call to make an appointment for a consultation or a cake tasting. 

Friday, August 27, 2010

Profile: Simone from TaleChasers Photography

As part of a new feature on The Bride's Diary Blog, we will be introducing you to individuals who work in the wedding industry... giving you an insight into who they are and why they love weddings!

This week we have been speaking with the energetic and passionates Simone from TaleChasers Photography, based in the Southern Highlands. Simone told us about her passion for capturing stories and personalities through her photography, her past life as a police officer and her future plans...

• Tell us a little about your business…

TaleChasers Photography specialises in weddings, portraits for couples, families, children, pregnancy, pets, portfolios etc. Our business aim is to help make your wedding fairytale come true. Our photography is beautiful, our service is personal, our value is fantastic and our enthusiasm for your wedding day is genuine.

• What is your role in the business and why are you passionate about it?

I am the owner, administrator and photographer which means everything about my company is close to my heart. I really enjoy being around people and love the fact that people are so comfortable around me that I am able to photograph them really being themselves. I named my company TaleChasers because of the stories I like to see forming about personalities as I shoot.

• How long have you been working in the industry? 

I have been in business in the Southern Highlands since 2006, prior to that I contracted as a wedding photographer to studios in Sydney but as a contractor I always felt as though I wasn’t able to give my clients the level of personal service that satisfied me, so going into business for myself seemed the next logical step…and where better than the gorgeous Highlands to set up shop!

• What are some of your past business experiences?

I have been so lucky to have met so many great couples as their wedding photographer. I have really connected with all of them I guess because I have kept my business practices so personal that in the end we really feel like friends. I have always been open to the artistic, creative visions of others too and have many very talented friends so when couples come to me with original ideas about their wedding day plans, I encourage them and share their enthusiasm, this helps keep the passion in my business burning.

• What is one of your favourite recollections from your business? 

Every wedding leaves me with some great memories but I have to love the country wedding couple who when their caterers called to say they were running an hour late, rather than panic or throw tanties, instead cheered and sang out simultaneously “Let’s go to the pub!”. We shared a couple of Bundies and a lot of laughs that day.

• Tell us a bit about your family and home life…

Life is good. I am married to a wonderful man and am a mum of one and a half (with my second child due in December this year). Being a mum is the most challenging and rewarding role I have ever undertaken and my son is delightful. I have always loved being around children and the joyfulness they bring.

• How do you enjoy spending your spare time?

What spare time? No seriously, I love spending time with my family. I grew up in a wonderful environment and happily my parents, siblings, cousins etc are still my closest friends. They’re all a little crazy and lots of fun. I also love being around animals and teaching my son the joys of our great outdoors.

• What is your most memorable life experience?

Apart from getting married and becoming a parent, my most memorable time is when I was a serving Police Officer. Stationed in the Sydney suburbs, it was always an adventure. It was great, at the start of every shift you would wonder what was ahead, one minute patrolling and sharing a laugh with your partner, next minute in high speed pursuit of a vehicle, jumping fences after fleeing offenders, rescuing people from all sorts of perilous situations or being confronted with violence, grief, or the downright weird and wonderful. It was certainly a time in my life full of emotion and excitement and has prepared me for just about anything that can happen in this crazy, wonderful world of ours.

• What are your plans for the future? 

Having another baby won’t slow me down for too long. I have an incredible support network who know how much my work means to me and will help ensure I have the time (and energy) to carry on. I absolutely love my work so it can only continue onward and upward from here. So many more great people to meet…
TaleChasers Photography offers personal, fun service, beautiful photography and some great value package deals to suit just about everyone. For all the details contact simone via enquiries@talechasers.com.au or visit www.talechasers.com.au

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

The Briars

The Briars offers you a relaxed and elegant atmosphere at a superb venue for your special day in the Southern Highlands. The lake side gazebo and conservatory offer the perfect setting for your ceremony and reception.

The Briars wedding packages are designed with everything to make your day complete and memorable. These packages can be tailored to suit your every need and budget. Whether it's a cocktail party or a complete formal occasion with all the trimmings – what's your style?

Not forgetting those dearest to you, The Briars offer 4 star Accommodation and the Historic Inn Bar & Restaurant for a pre toast to the happy couple. Everything is on site so you and your guests will never have to leave!

Visit The Briars

Monday, August 23, 2010

Absolutely Flowers

Absolutely Flowers is a husband and wife team who have been proudly serving the Southern Highlands area since 1994. They are committed to offering only the finest floral arrangements, backed by reliable and friendly service. Absolutely Flowers can create floral arrangements for your entire wedding from your bridal bouquet through to ceremony and reception arrangements. Their past clients have been more than happy with their service, as shown by the testimonials below...

"We were blown away by the flowers and everyone commented on how lovely everything was. Thank you once again for all your assistance in making our wedding day one that we will never forget." - Julie and Scott

"Thank you so much for the wonderful flowers on our wedding day, my bouquet was exactly what i had pictured and the table settings were just gorgeous. I was so happy with everything - you are an incredibly talented florist!" - Alecia

Visit www.abflower.com.au to view more of their stunning floral arrangements.