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!

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Hello Naomi Creative Cakes, Cupcakes and Cookies

Hello Naomi creates custom made cakes, cupcakes and cookies with a unique attention to detail, colour and design. 

Many brides aim to match their wedding cake with a specific theme or colour palette chosen for their decorations and reception styling. 

We love this idea of matching an image and theme from a couple's wedding invitations for the design of their wedding cake. This particular cake (by Hello Naomi) was designed to match the lace pattern of the bride's dress and this gorgeous invitation by better together paper co

Hello Naomi is located in Newcastle, and they service Sydney, the Central Coast and Hunter Valley areas. 

Cake by hello naomi
Invitation set by better together paper co.

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Byron Bay

Australia’s easternmost coastal town, Byron Bay is said to be a melting pot of surf culture, alternative philosophies and hedonistic indulgence.

Here are Tourism Australia's Top Five ways to experience Byron's magic:

1. With sand between your toes
  • Surf Wategos and Main Beach, or popular surf break The Pass
  • Today visitors come to Byron’s beaches for meditation, massage, hang gliding, walks and sheltered swimming as much as tubular waves
  • Kayak with dolphins from Main Beach 
  • Snorkel or scuba dive at Julian Rocks Marine Park
  • Horse-riding and beach fishing on Seven Mile Beach, near Lennox Head
  • Wind along the peninsula on the Cape Byron Walking Track 
  • See the sunrise turn the Cape Byron lighthouse pink.
2. With good food
  • Buy exotic fruit from the famous monthly Byron Bay Community Markets
  • Stop at a roadside stall for coffee, avocadoes and macadamias
  • Enjoy everything from sinful breakfasts to fresh juices and gelato in Byron’s thriving cafés 
  • Dine on carefully-prepared organic fare at award-winning restaurants and luxury 
  • Sit down to a leisurely lunch of local seafood
3. With your pulse racing
  • Soar like a bird over the Cape Byron Lighthouse and Wategos Beach on a tandem hanglide. 
  • Float over the beaches and subtropical countryside in a hot air balloon 
  • Freefall above it on a skydive
  • Learn to surf from Main Beach
  • Four wheel drive through the rainbow-fractured waterfalls and rainforest of Byron’s hinterland. 
  • Swing from a high-flying trapeze Byron’s Circus Arts Trapeeze School 
  • Horse ride in the hills of Bangalow
4. With nature all around
  • Walk the Cape Byron Track, and be one of the first people in Australia to see the sunrise Wind through the thick rainforests, rare coastal vegetation and windswept cliffs of the Cape Byron Headland Reserve
  • Watch humpback whales migrate along the coast between May and November and spot turtles, rays, dolphins and harmless sharks in the clear water 
  • Hike to the rim of an ancient volcano and take in views of Gondwanan forest and farmland in Mount Warning National Park
  • In Nightcap National Park, you can walk to the base of Minyon Falls and meet nocturnal animals on a night vision bushwalk
5. In deep, relaxing bliss
  • Find inner peace at a meditation retreat or lying on an unspoilt beach. 
  • Unwind with yoga, pilates, acupuncture, reflexology, aromatherapy, massage, reiki and day spa treatments at one of Byron’s many rainforest-fringed retreats. 
  • Get an astrology, tarot or psychic reading or sit with a visiting guru. 
It’s all part of the magical Byron experience!