Friday, September 27, 2013

Peterson's House


Restaurant Cuvee; the award winning wedding venue in the Hunter Valley, offers an elegant vineyard wedding in a spectacular, architecturally designed sandstone building.

Our picturesque estate provides you with a stylish backdrop for both your ceremony and reception.


Offering a gorgeous garden setting in Winter, to the Cherry Blossoms in Spring and through to the flourishing vineyards in Summer; you are guaranteed to find a location to help make your ceremony your own.

While your guests take in Peterson's Houses' beautiful outdoor sights over their famous bubbly, you and your wedding party have the opportunity to utilise the Peterson House surrounds for your memorable photographs.


Restaurant Cuvee, with its beautiful sandstone walls and sweeping views of the vineyard, provides an ideal backdrop for your Hunter Valley wedding reception. Whether it be a small intimate wedding, or a larger wedding of 140, the experienced staff at Peterson's House can tailor a package that will suit any dream.

The experienced Wedding Coordinator will assist you and your partner in planning all the details of your special day, helping it flow as seamlessly as possible. 

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Sneakaway Bush Weddings

Couples seeking seclusion and privacy for their big day need look no further than a Sneakaway Bush Wedding from Yeranda at Barrington Tops.

The property is offering special elopement packages to suit people of all ages and from all walks of life, from young couples who prefer to spend their money on their honeymoon or mortgage to second-time-around couples who want a memorable wedding without all the conventional fuss.

Packages start at $1200.00 and include accommodation for two nights, celebrant, witnesses and photographs. More extensive packages can be tailored to suit, with options that cater for just the happy couple or up to 10 people.
Visit Yeranda

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Get Ready For Your Big Day With Botanica Rainforest
Spa and Retreat…

Planning your wedding is exciting but it can also be exhausting, which is why Botanica Rainforest Spa & Retreat have designed pre and post wedding bridal packages. Their tailored packages make it easy to enjoy a unique hens party, relax and say a big ‘thank-you’ to your bridesmaids, parents or in-laws or just unwind in total privacy with the one you love before or after your big day!

Botanica Rainforest Day Spa…

Nestled in lush rainforest, surrounded by national park and panoramic views Botanica Rainforest Day Spa is just a short drive from Byron Bay. Enter an idyllic private retreat dedicated to relaxation and the nurturing influence of nature and enjoy the whole spa for your exclusive use.

Escape the Everyday…

Relax… Enjoy the elegant bath house, Finnish wood-heated sauna, hot spa and plunge pool with pure mountain spring water.

Indulge… Dream a little whilst their professional therapists help you shed your busy life with a range of treatments using exquisite botanically based skin care products. Choose from massage, sauna detox, anti-aging facials, luxury body wraps, naturopathic consultations and yoga.

Unwind… Stroll the exclusive valley walking tracks. Discover the delights of 

organic dining delivered by their in-house Italian chef. Or just take the time to 
listen to the silence.

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Custom Wedding Cakes from Newcastle Bakers

Celebration Cakes,
Choosing your wedding cake can be one of the most fun parts of planning your wedding. After all, it’s not every day you get to commission a specialist baker to come up with a magical showstopping creation just for you! Here are some tips and tricks to assist you when buying from Hunter Bride.

Thanks to modern baking techniques, it’s now possible to order almost any shape and style of cake you desire. That being said, the traditional tiered fruitcake with white icing is still popular.

But whatever your dream cake, you are likely to see portfolios full of beautiful creations to choose from when you visit suppliers of wedding cakes. Newcastle is home to some fabulous wedding bakers.

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Gathering ideas

Before you narrow down a shortlist of bakers, get inspired by gathering together pictures of cakes that appeal to you. In discussing ideas for wedding cakes, Newcastle specialist bakers usually find it helpful if you come armed with something you like to show them. They can also offer suggestions, and make recommendations depending on the style of wedding, and also the time of year. For example, creamy filling in a cake at a summer wedding being held outside is probably not a good idea!

Personalising your cake

Have you thought about a gorgeous wedding cake that includes highly personal references? What about a marzipan dog sitting by the bride and groom figures to represent a beloved pet? If both of you have a keen interest in common, you might create a quirky reference to it in the decoration. If you like scuba diving or dancing, for example, think tiny shoes or diving fins rather than traditional roses.

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Is tradition important?

This is really up to each couple. If tradition is important to you, you might ask a designer to copy the look of the cake your parents or grandparents had at their wedding. Or, you might want a cake that reflects your cultural background, such as a French croquembouche tower, or a Danish cornucopia cake.

Some couples like to keep a tier of the wedding cake for the first anniversary. Let your cake designer know if you want to do this, as you’ll need a fruitcake (just remember to store it according to the baker’s instructions, so you have the best chance of having something edible one year on).

Tiers and cupcakes

A wedding cake doesn’t have to be round, nor does it have to be tiered. A tower of individual cupcakes is a modern alternative, which allows for a number of different combinations in the flavour and presentation. This can be particularly helpful if you like several different cake samples, and you’re finding it hard to make up your mind!

Savour the flavour

Remember that the really fun part of finding your perfect wedding cake is the sampling! Make sure you taste examples from prospective bakers before you commit to an order. It’s also a good idea to discuss the full reception menu with your cake designer, to avoid clashing or competing tastes.

Lena's Cake Design,
Visit Hunter Bride.

Monday, June 10, 2013

5 Reasons to Say 'I Do' in the Hunter Valley

Image: Chris Elfes/Photography on Hermitage.
Serene beauty, breathtaking views ... there's no setting more romantic to begin your married life than the spectacular Hunter Valley. Still need convincing? Then read on with these 5 Reasons to Say 'I Do' in the Hunter Valley from Hunter Valley Wine Country Tourism.

A World of Wine 

180 years young. Australia's oldest and best-known wine region is soaked in history (but is certainly not a museum piece). The Hunter Valley is an exciting area offering an impressive, award-winning array of wine varieties and styles. You and your wedding guests will experience the superb flavours and quality responsible for the enviable reputation of the iconic Hunter Valley Semillon and Shiraz. 

Creative Cuisine

What better way to celebrate your marriage than with an unforgettable gourmet experience at your reception? Home to some of New South Wales's most acclaimed and passionate chefs, the Hunter Valley will scintillate the senses with culinary masterpieces created for your guests to relish. 

Setting the Scene 

The beautiful scenery of Australia's oldest wine-growing region, only a two-hour drive from Sydney, will enchant you and your guests. Each and every tum provides an effortlessly stylish backdrop for an unforgettable wedding - from the rolling hills of sun-soaked vines or
golden meadows in the cooler months, to the atmospheric historic buildings that are scattered throughout the area. The added bonus? Truly timeless snapshots of your day.

Much More than a Day 

With so many things to see and do, the Hunter Valley offers something special for
everyone. You could take a quiet wine-soaked wander through the vineyards, pamper your stress away at a day spa or get your adrenaline pumping with one of our exhilarating experiences. Your guests will be spoilt for choice and are sure to talk about your Hunter Valley wedding for years to come!

Everything for the Perfect Wedding 

Whether it's our celebrants crafting the perfect ceremony, our hair and make·up artists ensuring you look your best, or a horse and carriage transporting you to the altar, everything you need for your big day can be found in the Hunter Valley. What's more, our award-winning photographers and videographers will capture every special moment. You will be looked after by the most passionate and caring wedding professionals the region has to offer. every step of the way. 

Visit Hunter Valley Wine Country Tourism. 

Friday, June 7, 2013

Restaurant Cuvée at Peterson House - On Tour

Restaurant Cuvée at Peterson House, the award-winning wedding venue in the Hunter Valley, offers an elegant vineyard wedding in a spectacular, architecturally designed sandstone building. The picturesque estate provides you with a stylish backdrop for both your ceremony and reception.

Offering a gorgeous garden setting in winter, stunning cherry blossoms in spring and flourishing vineyards in summer, you are guaranteed to find a location to help make your ceremony your own.

With its beautiful sandstone walls and sweeping views of the vineyard, Restaurant Cuvée at Peterson House provides an ideal backdrop for your Hunter Valley wedding reception.

Catch Peterson House at these events around NSW, ACT and Qld over the next six - bringing their wine to you! 
  • Melbourne Good Food & Wine – Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre, June 7th to 10th.
  • Sydney Good Food & Wine – Sydney Convention & Exhibition Centre, June 28th. 
  • Bubbly Breakfast for Breast Cancer – Crowne Plaza, Hunter Valley, October 13th. 
  • Jazz in the Vines – Tyrrell’s, Broke Road, Pokolbin, October 26th.
  • Taste at the Bay – d’Albora Marinas, Teramby Road, November 2nd to 3rd.
  • Brisbane Good Food & Wine - Convention & Exhibition Centre, November 8th to 10th.

Visit Peterson House

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Hunter Valley Wine & Food Month - On Now

The Hunter Valley Wine and Food Month Experience is a month-long celebration of our Hunter Valley lifestyle through its wines and fresh local produce.

Where: Cnr Broke Road & McDonalds Road, Pokolbin 
When: Until Sunday, June 30th

Throughout the month of June, our winter warmers, will have guests cosying up by the fire for supreme indulgences while our Winemaker’s Table Series will allow dining up close and personal with iconic Hunter Valley winemakers and chefs. The Edible Experience will have guests creating their own magic in the kitchen and interacting with some of the best gastronomic names using delicious local produce.

And of course, no trip to the Hunter Valley would be complete without a visit to a local winery and sampling a few of the world-class wines from Australia's most historic family wine region.

This is only a taste of the many unique events that guests will be able to enjoy throughout the month... which will make staying for the weekend or longer in the Hunter Valley even more irresistible.

Book early to avoid disappointment.

Visit Hunter Valley Uncorked.

Monday, June 3, 2013

There's No Time Like Snow Time These School Holidays

The new and improved Snow Time in the Hunter Valley Gardens is on again these School Holidays. Bring along the whole family and enjoy a number of fabulous icy experiences in their brand new Marquee Area and Storybook Garden Play Zone over this fantastic 2 week event!

When: Saturday, 29th June to Sunday, 14th July
Where: Hunter Valley Gardens, Broke Road, Polkobin
Time: 9.00am to 9.00pm
Entry: Fees vary between a day entry or night entry, there is a family pass available with a discount to locals. See the Hunter Valley Gardens website for more information.

These activities are FREE after paid Garden entry, a great day out for the whole family:
  • Real ice skating rink, daily from 10.00am to 9.00pm.
  • Real ice toboggan.
  • Snow time play zone.
  • The snow ball challenge.
  • Snow board and alpine racers.
  • Live ice sculpting (specific dates.
  • Origami workshops (specific dates).
  • Husky racing demonstrations.
  • Roaming entertainment (see winter come to life around the gardens).
  • Face painting.
  • Treasure hunts.
  • Storybook Garden jumping castle.
  • Tasty food options with the Snow Time Cafe and Frosty's Food Court.

Visit the Hunter Valley Gardens.

Friday, May 31, 2013

10th Annual Coffs Coast Advocate
Brides & Grooms Wedding Expo

When: Sunday, 2nd June, 2013
Where: Bonville Golf Resort, North Bonville Road, Bonville
Time: From 10.00am to 2.00pm

Future Brides and Grooms will find all the inspiration and ideas they need for the wedding of a lifetime at the 10th Annual Coffs Coast Advocate Brides & Grooms Wedding Expo.

The Coffs Coast’s most comprehensive and premier wedding expo will be held undercover in the beautiful gardens of Bonville Golf Resort, 10 minutes south of Coffs Harbour just off Pine Creek Way (the old Pacific Highway), from 10am to 2pm on Sunday 2nd June 2013.

The highlight will be a glimpse of the hottest styles and range of bridal and formal menswear now available, showcased during a fashion parade on a central catwalk at 1pm, hosted by an MC.

It’s a wonderful opportunity for those organising their wedding to see co-ordinated outfits for the entire bridal party. They will see it all as it should look on the big day – from hairstyles to headpieces, flowers to favours, jewellery and accessories, to reception decor and much more.

Visit Bonville Golf Resort.

Monday, May 27, 2013

The Sebel Kirkton Park Hunter Valley Bridal Expo

Need inspiration & ideas to help you plan your dream wedding? Why not attend The Annual Sebel Bridal Expo?!

When: Saturday 29th June 2013
Where: 336 Oakey Creek Road, Pokolbin
Time: 10:00am - 4:00pm


Located on the picturesque grounds of The Sebel Kirkton Park Hunter Valley in Pokolbin, you will have the chance to view our 2 main function rooms dressed & decorated for weddings of various styles, multiple outdoor locations set for ceremonies, plus the opportunity to visualise your wedding photos set to a backdrop of the Brokenback Ranges and in amongst exquisite gardens! 

*PLUS* you could win a romantic weekend for two at the beautifully appointed Sebel Kirkton Park! including breakfast, 3 course dinner, picnic lunch on one day and scenic helicopter flight over the panoramic Pokolbin countryside.

RSVP on to be in the draw to win! Click to book

While you are there, you can also view over 20 suppliers from photographers to floral decorators, DJ's, formal wear, limousines, cakes, stationery, hair and make-up, videographers and more!

For further information, please call (02) 4998 7680 or email.

Friday, May 3, 2013

Christine's Church of the Two Grandfathers

An exciting venue is now available for local and destination weddings on the far north coast of NSW in Rous Mill, 10 minutes from the town centre of Alstonville, and 30 minutes inland from Byron Bay.

Church of the Two Grandfathers is an original and historic local church from 1897, which has been lovingly restored to enhance the original features whilst introducing 21st century facilities such as air conditioning and a PA system. The church re-opened as the nondenominational and secular Christine’s Church of the Two Grandfathers in February, and is available for bookings up to 12 months in advance.

This charming venue is the perfect backdrop for a romantic and unique wedding ceremony. Featuring established gardens, spacious boardwalk, sweeping circular drive for a glamorous entrance, original stained glass windows, original church bell and extensive lawns, all set against the background of macadamia trees, which remain a luscious green all year round. Comfortably fitting 80 seated guests with a capacity of up to 100, there is also room on the grounds to erect a large marquee for those who wish to remain on the picturesque & private estate for the entirety of their special occasion.

Christine’s Church of the Two Grandfathers is one of the only churches in the Byron Bay hinterland which is available for use for civil ceremonies.

The rural setting and private estate also enable the venue a level of flexibility not 
readily available elsewhere.

Friday, April 26, 2013

The Gum Ball Music Festival 2013 - Take the Family to Belford For a Day of Country Delights

The Hunter Valley is known for its extensive wedding industry but why not taste a slice of country art and produce while you're there! Visit The Gum Ball this weekend, until Sunday 28th.

The Gum Ball is a big slice of authentic country gold. A down to earth annual festival experience, designed for both young and old, located at Belford in the Hunter Valley (one hour from Newcastle, two hours from Sydney).

Considered by many as the ultimate laid back weekend away, the festival prides itself on offering the perfect hassle free blend. Expect great live music and art from around the globe, roaming performers and comedians, BYO, bush camping, delicious local produce, mini market, a full blown circus and beached pirate ship, with plenty of space for all to run around amongst the 100 acre pristine natural bushland site thanks to its exclusive limited capacity.

Visit The Gum Ball.

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Beautiful Custom Cake Design with Lena

Lena's Cake Design specialise in custom designed wedding cakes, cupcakes, sweet treats and edible wedding favours. All cakes are baked using top quality fresh ingredients, decorated with great passion, love and attention to detail.

Each cake is treated personally to ensure each cake is special and beautiful for your special day. The cakes not only look beautiful but also taste delicious! If you would like something special and beautiful for your wedding contact Lena's Cake Design and arrange a meeting today.

Lena's Cake Design is "the one" you are looking for; for the taste, the look, and great customer service.

Visit Lena's Cake Design.

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Hunter Valley Gardens' Autumn Playground this weekend!

Not only are the Hunter Valley Gardens an ideal northern NSW wedding location but this weekend it becomes an Autumn Playground for families until the 28th April!

Experience the Autumn Playground with a program of Lego and the ultimate roller skating rink! Grab a pair of roller or inline skates and zoom around the rink, or enter the Lego Play Zone. 

Littlies will enjoy building and creating, whilst older children can simply build or play against each other in a Lego board game, race each other to build a model in the speed zone or challenge themselves on the Nintendo DS Lego 
Starwars game.

 For more information, visit Hunter Valley Gardens.

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Cypress Lakes Resort

Cypress Lakes Resort understand that your wedding is one of the most important moments in your life and their aim is for you to take with you memories that will last a lifetime. At Grand Mercure Apartments, Cypress Lakes Resort, Hunter Valley, they believe in offering only the highest quality of communication, service and facilities for your special day, and it would be their pleasure to host your wedding.

Cypress Lakes Resort is nestled within the backdrop of the Brokenback Ranges set across 320 acres of mature bush land and gardens. The Resort features an 18-hole championship golf course, three swimming pools and is directly adjacent to The Golden Door – Elysia, encompassing Australia’s best spa.

Choose from a diverse range of beautiful backdrops to suit any wedding style, including the elegant ballroom, relaxed Lagoon Pool marquee or the warm and inviting oak-panelled Members Lounge.

Cypress Lakes Resort can arrange special group accommodation rates for your guests in luxuriously appointed one, two, three or four-bedroom villas, each featuring modern and spacious interiors, including ensuites, kitchen, lounge, dining and a large balcony with spectacular views across the golf course.

Whether you wish to celebrate with an intimate gathering of 40 or an elaborate party of 400, your dedicated wedding co-ordinator will work with you every step of the way to ensure you and your guests have a truly memorable experience with the wow factor it deserves... your life together starts right there at Cypress Lakes Resort.

Visit Cypress Lakes Resort.

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

MMG Photo & Cinema - Sydney, Newcastle, Hunter Valley

MMG Photo+Cinema are highly regarded in the wedding industry for their candid and modern style. With studios located in Sydney, Newcastle, the Hunter Valley and Dubbo, they’re always close by, whether it’s before, or after, your big day. 

This real life wedding of couple Stuart and Erin, shot in beautiful, iconic Sydney and surrounds, is some of their best work.

On the 18th of December, Stuart and Erin became one at the Shore School Chapel, overlooking the iconic Sydney Harbour. As Stuart was soon to be deployed with the Australian Defence Force, the two lovebirds made it official with a guard of Honour before departing to the stunning Bradley’s Head Ampitheatre to capture the 

moment forever.

Stuart’s red and white attire was a brilliant accompaniment to Erin’s ruby red shoes and soft red hair, but it was their personalities that stood out the most. They were a wonder to photograph, expressing the deepest and most tender affection, contrasted with a playful cheer that typifies their love for one another. It was only fitting that Bradley’s Head be the spot for a symbolic photo shoot with this magnificent duo.

The festivities continued at Sergeant’s Mess in Mosman, overlooking the dazzling waters of Chowder Bay. With a breathtaking view as the backdrop, this elegant and enchanting venue was beyond compare right down to the finest detail, just like Stuart and Erin. 

Photography by 
MMG Photo+Cinema.

Monday, February 18, 2013

Restaurant Cuvée at Peterson House

Restaurant Cuvée, the award-winning wedding venue in the Hunter Valley, offers an elegant vineyard wedding in a spectacular, architecturally designed sandstone building.

The picturesque estate provides you with a stylish backdrop for both your 
ceremony and reception.

Offering a gorgeous garden setting in winter, stunning cherry blossoms in spring and flourishing vineyards in summer, you are guaranteed to find a location to help make your ceremony your own.

With its beautiful sandstone walls and sweeping views of the vineyard, Restaurant Cuvée provides an ideal backdrop for your Hunter Valley wedding reception.

Visit Peterson House

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Milano's On The Lake

Visualise your wedding where you arrive by boat, have your ceremony in the park under the canopy provided by a magnificent ring of 80-year-old coral trees and watch the sunset at one of the most beautiful waterfront locations.

Located one and a half hours drive north from Sydney and 30 minutes south from Newcastle, Milano’s on the Lake fronts onto the channel connecting the beautiful Lake Macquarie to the sea. The water in the channel and under our decks is clear, clean and abundant with sea life, special underwater lighting illuminates the waters at night for your entertainment.

Milano’s is well known for the stunning photograph opportunities over the water with the sunset in the background. They specialise in both small, intimate weddings and larger celebrations of up to 130 seated guests (more for a cocktail style reception). The award-winning chefs at Milano’s on the Lake will work hard to provide a menu to match the superb, prime location, using fresh local produce whenever possible.

Friendly, professional staff at Milano's take pride in providing service to complement the casually elegant and relaxed atmosphere. They have a charming function room, which not only opens onto the waterfront but also the lovely park. The restaurant is accessible by boat and mooring can be reserved by booking ahead.

We invite you to wine, dine and relax on your special day in this breathtaking venue. Make it happen at Milano’s on the Lake!