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, www.celebrationcakes.com.au
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, www.lenascakedesign.com.au
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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.