Thursday, March 31, 2011

Vanes Evans Bridal Couture

Vanesa Evans offers brides, that like to make a statement, the opportunity to create the perfect gown and accessories for their wedding day. Your bridal gown will be unique and will reflect your taste and personality. A couture gown, custom made for you means that you’ll look great and feel comfortable. Vanesa designs gowns for the entire bridal party. Flower girls, bridesmaids and mothers of the bride and groom are welcome to have their gowns made to measure. 

The studio has ranges of fabric swatches for you to select from and a variety of trims and laces that can be used for gowns. Complete your look with hand-crafted accessories including veils, tiaras and handbags. Beautiful jewellery in sterling silver with Swarovski crystals and pearls can be crafted into unique pieces, just for you. Call Vanesa to arrange an appointment.

Visit Vanesa Evans Bridal Couture

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Berg Photography

Mark Berg, Director/Head or Berg Photography has become one of the most sort after Wedding photographers in NSW. Mark works mainly in his hometown of Wollongong and has travelled to New York, New Zealand and all over Australia to photograph weddings.

Berg Photography style has been described as funky and modern with ‘fun’ the key element. Mark brings out the best in his clients to create genuine and natural images – the real you. He also utilises the beautiful surrounds of the south coast to complement your images with breath taking scenic shots.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Lagoon Seafood Restaurant

Illawarra’s premier dining experience, located by the sea, The Lagoon's features a world class à la carte menu. Enjoy the freshest seafood including king prawns, local lobsters, Queensland mud crabs, Sydney rock oysters, local fish and scampi from the deep oceans of Western Australian, and the finest grain fed beef and poultry.

The Lagoon's executive chef has revamped their award winning à la carte menu. They have kept all the old favourites, and introduced some new dishes including Live Kangaroo Island Marron. Marron is a fresh water crustacean native to Australia; their flavour is subtle, sweet and slightly nutty. They look like baby lobsters, come and pick some out of our tank today.

The ever popular Winter Lunch Special Menu is back!!  Starting in April, Monday to Friday lunch you will be able to sample the best The Lagoon has to offer for a fraction of the price. $29.50 – Main & Dessert
$34.50 – Entrée & Main
$39.50 – Entrée, Main & Dessert

The Lagoon is perfect for your wedding reception with breath taking views. You can have your wedding ceremony right on the beach, enjoy pre dinner drinks and canapés by the water and then make your way to the reception. With a team of dedicated wedding co-ordinators and award winning chefs The Lagoon will deliver an unsurpassed standard of service in relaxed surroundings. Four Private Rooms catering 30 to 300 people. Packages can start from $75 per person.

Open 7 Days for Lunch & Dinner.

Monday, March 28, 2011

Shady Fig

Shady Fig is a special place. A shop dedicated to eclectic and exquisite things, here you will find the most perfectly-conceived mix of fresh flowers, home and gift products you could ask for. 

Owner Michelle Collison has filled the shop with a hand-picked range of clever, sweet, unique, quirky, exquisite little gifts and fresh flowers that will lift your heart. Wandering through the shop is like peering into Mary Poppins' magical carpet bag – it's filled with things you've never seen before.

"I've gone out on a limb here because the shop is very 'me', but I always felt that there would be people who would like what I like and I believe you have to believe in your own style," says Michelle.

Everything in Shady Fig is tactile, textured and aromatic. Walking through the door is a sensory experience; the scents are ambrosial – a heady mix of soaps, candles and masses of fresh flowers and the atmosphere is creative. You'll find familiar home products such as the beautiful Est body products, cushions, vases and selected designer pieces, alongside more intriguing ornamental objects such as trays of lotus pods or Japanese fishing floats.

There are adorable gifts for children including books, creative games, tool kits, baking kits, hand-made soft toys and clothes. There are stylish gardening products, exquisite stationary and selected jewellery and art. Wherever possible, Michelle has aimed to source and support locally made products.

Shady Fig also sells fresh flowers and selected plants and Michelle (a floral artist whose business Organique Flowers is well known in Sydney) creates customised floral works. But Shady Fig is not just a florist shop: it is a garden of delights.

Visit Shady Fig

Friday, March 25, 2011

The Butterfactory

With rural surroundings and the relaxing atmosphere of the Grand Gallery, Sun Room, bar and landscaped gardens, The Butterfactory Restaurant specialises in creating happy and relaxed day of celebration, from your ceremony in the gardens 'till you dance the night away. 

Your chosen menu is prepared in our award winning kitchen by the team of experienced and creative chefs. The Butterfactory use estate and locally grown produce and pride ourselves on only using the freshest ingridients.

Located just a short distance from crystal clear waters and white sands of Jervis Bay, every detail of your wedding will be expertly arranged by The Butterfactory's dedicated event magaer and served by their professional staff. Fully air-conditioned and boasting an extensive wine list, The Butterfactory can seat 150 guests in the comfortable atmosphere of the Grand Gallery.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

The Sebel Harbourside Kiama

The Sebel Harbourside Kiama is the perfect harbourside wedding venue to start your lives together. Overlooking beautiful Kiama Harbour, offering an ideal backdrop for a romantic wedding reception, splendid banquet, inspired wedding photography and of course, an idyllic south coast honeymoon.

From a garden ceremony in an intimate outdoor setting to an elegant reception for 80 guests in the heritage listed 1871 infants school building, the personalised service and outstanding facilities, will ensure your wedding reception is one of your lifetime highlights.

They specialise on romantic, intimate wedding receptions, created and designed especially for you. From the moment you arrive, The Sebel Harbourside Kiama's dedicated and experienced wedding co-ordinator will ensure that your wedding day will be one to remember. They will ensure that the smallest details are attended to for a truly memorable South Coast wedding reception.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Bella Day Spa At Bellachara

Bella Day Spa is a truly indulgent NSW south coast day spa for men & women. The Spa at Bellachara is located on the top floor of the hotel overlooking the central pool, the hinterland and back to the ocean.
Rejuvenate your mind, body & soul…
Immerse yourself within the gorgeous surrounds in NSW, let your mind drift away, enjoy nourishing treatments and personal attention. And, once you’re feeling refreshed, relax over a glass of champagne or speciality tea in the stunning private lounge.

The five spacious treatment rooms, two of which are double, a dedicated spa pedicure room and luxurious private lounge with the balcony overlooking the hotel have all been designed and decorated to offer a beautiful, indulgent experience for Bellachara's guests.

Time to relax...
Bella Day Spa invite you to arrive up to 30 minutes early so that you can relax in the lounge and enjoy complimentary refreshments prior to your treatment. They also welcome you to stay and relax after your treatment.

Opening times…
Monday, Wednesday & Thursday 10am - 6pm 
Friday 10am - 8pm 
Saturday 8am - 6pm 
Sunday 10am - 4pm 

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Moments to Remember


Moments to Remember is extremely passionate about creating beautiful and inspiring stationery for the events that are most important in all of our lives. Be it your engagement, your wedding, or your precious baby’s Christening day, Moments To Remember invitations are designed to create a sense of excitement and anticipation among your guests.

Whether you choose traditional elegance, stylish contemporary, vintage chic, or a theme such as coastal, photographic or beautiful florals, Moments To Remember have or will create a design to suit. Their inspiration is to capture the true meaning of you and to present this to your guests through an exquisite design that will have them looking forward to sharing your special day with you.

Visit Moments To Remember

Monday, March 21, 2011


When it comes to choosing a reception centre you can’t overlook the venues reputation and there’s no doubt that The Portofino International has a reputation as one of the best function centres in the region. The Portofino is a award winning Function Centre at the South Coast Restaurant and Catering Awards for Excellence.

Portofino will always be the first class venue that everyone has known it to be, and has established an impeccable reputation for many years, and will be able to offer first class service and food that our customers have come to expect.

Located in the Heart of Wollongong, we are less than an hours drive from Southern Sydney, Campbelltown and the Highlands.

Friday, March 18, 2011

Merimbula Wharf


The Wharf Restaurant is the ultimate waterfront restaurant in Merimbula with spectacular views that make any occasion a memorable experience. It is a Heritage Building with a combination of a traditional wharf architecture and a modern interior.

The Wharf Restaurant Merimbula is a modern dining restaurant. They cater for any function: weddings, seminars, Christmas celebrations, parties and conferences, with the function and dining room holding up to 30 guests. 

The Merimbula restaurant holds up to 110 guests and they can assist with any arrangements from flowers to music,wedding entertainment and wedding planning. 

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Ela Photography

We just love this gorgeous photograph by wedding, location and events photographer, Pamela Aurino…

Pamela photographs in and around the Illawarra, Central Coast and Sydney region. Her photographic services include, location glamour shoots, single, couple, family portraits, model portfolios, formals, weddings, infants, birthday parties, baby showers, corporate events, pre-formal photo shoots, engagement parties, bachelor/ette parties, charity functions and many more.

Visit Ela Photography or her blog

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Coolangatta Estate

Coolangatta Estate is a truly flexible venue that can cater for most tastes, styles and budgets. Let the experienced and friendly team at Coolangatta Estate help you create your dream wedding and make your special day everything you deserve. Coolangatta Estate has the facilities and expertise to host both your wedding and reception on site. 

The 130ha Estate has all the facilities required to cater for the needs of your guests, including 35 rooms, golf course, restaurant, cellar door, tennis court and a solar-heated pool. Guests can enjoy the sites and beaches of nearby Shoalhaven Heads, Berry, Gerringong, Kangaroo Valley and Kiama. 

The Ceremony
For the ceremony, the Historic Chapel can hold 60 (seated) to 100 (standing) guests. Several locations are suitable for an outdoor garden wedding, such as in the shade of the large Moreton Bay fig trees, which overlook Coolangatta’s sweeping vineyard countryside.

The sprawling vineyards, sweeping mountains and nearby coastline, provide stunning views and are the ideal backdrop for the most spectacular wedding photos imaginable.
The Reception
Coolangatta Estate has a choice of 4 venues to create your ideal reception: 

The Crows Nest – The fully air-conditioned Crows Nest is a licensed venue, which can comfortably seat up to 200 of your guests. Private lounge, bar and open fire place. 

The Garden Marquee – The Garden Marquee is the ideal venue for a small reception of no more than 50 persons; with breathtaking coastal views.

The Great Hall – Built in 1832, the Great Hall is the venue for a reception in a truly unique, historical setting. Private bar and lounge area. 

Alexanders Restaurant – For a more contemporary reception, Alexanders’ Restaurant can seat up to 80 of your guests. Fully air-conditioned & licensed with spectacular views.

2011 Winter Wedding Special (June, July & August)
10% discount on food & accommodation
Offer needs to be mentioned at time of enquiry

Visit Coolangatta Estate

Tuesday, March 15, 2011


An invitation is a gift of love, allowing your guests to share the most special day in your lives. Your wedding invitations sets the tone and atmosphere your guests will come to expect. Using sophisticated techniques, modern approaches and attention to detail, NVITA will help you create the right first impression. From simple and elegant to lavish creations, NVITA uses photographic, graphic art and hand detailing. A range of bomboniere, bridal accessories and hiring services are also available at the Fairy Meadow showroom by appointment.


Monday, March 14, 2011


Nestled in the historic mining village of Kembla Heights, Ruby's Country Style Cuisine first traded as the village store and Post Office to a thriving community of coal miners and their families in the late 1800s.

Courtyard Ceremony 
Many couples have exchanged vows in the private enclave of our picturesque sandstone courtyard. With a cool country feel and the convenience of all amenities we are honored to provide our services for your ceremony with the benefit that your reception venue is only a few steps away.

Restaurant Weddings 
Nestled on the escarpment, Ruby's is a romantic cottage circa 1892. Authentically restored, smaller weddings for up to 60 guests can be accommodated in this space. It features the warmth of antique dressers, Baltic pine walls and tallow wood floors.

Marquee Weddings 
Large celebrations, up to 120 guests, are catered in the marquee which sits within the courtyard and garden. This creates an enjoyable alfresco dining experience in any season.

Visit Ruby's 

Friday, March 11, 2011



This romantic Georgian Manor House is a photographer's dream. Three acres of landscaped gardens, ceremonial rotunda, rural setting with mountain backdrop yet 5 minutes from South Coast beaches. Ravensthorpe is perfectly located within easy reach of Sydney, Canberra and the Southern Highlands.

Yours for the weekend with a secluded Bridal Cottage and accommodation for four couples in the main building. Ravensthorpe has a state of the art Marquee catering to a maximum of 150 guests. Outstanding food and flexible packages.

Visit Ravensthorpe

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Duck Duck Goose Catering

Based on the South Coast of NSW, Duck Duck Goose Catering draws fresh produce from our own vegetable gardens and orchards. Their chickens and pigs are free-range, their pastry, bread, butter and icecream are handmade. Their dedicated team will ensure that your wedding, party or event is a memorable one no matter how large or small.

Modern weddings are a celebration of integrity and passion which makes Duck Duck Goose the perfect choice for catering your wedding. Whether you choose a barefoot ceremony on the white sands of Jervis Bay, a stylishly casual gourmet barbecue, or a dreamy afternoon idyll under the trees, Duck Duck Goose has a catering package to suit you, your budget and your location. They are extremely committed to using local produce and serving it with inspiration.

From satisfyingly delicious finger food to a simple, varied buffet, to a full food and table service package, you can rely on the experienced team at Duck Duck Goose to take the stress out of your special day. They can arrange the hiring of everything from crockery and cutlery to glassware and linen, as well as catering to any special dietary requirements. 

Visit Duck Duck Goose Catering to discuss your catering needs.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Bush Bank

Bush Bank is an idyllic and private venue that is just perfect for an intimate ceremony or a romantic wedding reception, providing opportunities for romantic and creative photography.
Bush Bank can tailor a special package that is highly personalised and will ensure that your big day is a truly remarkable and unforgettable wedding.

Whether big or small, casual or formal, your wedding at Bush Bank will be serene, stunning and certainly unique because we take the time to understand and to listen carefully so we can create for you exactly what you want.

Bush Bank is 'the' venue for a garden ceremony set under the canopy of huge Moreton Bay fig trees with a back drop of rolling green valleys and panoramic ocean views. The tranquil ambiance of the historic blue stone cottage provides a wonderful reception or indoor ceremony area.

For viewing and to discuss creating a package that meets your special requirements, please contact Sonya p. 02 4232 4676 or visit Bush Bank

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Wedding Open Day


The Sebel Harbourside Kiama invites you to join them on Sunday 13 March 2011, between 10am - 4pm, to experience first hand their heritage rooms beautifully set for your wedding day.

Meet with their experienced wedding co-ordinators and preferred suppliers to discuss every requirement for your special day.

To register your interest in attending, email or phone 02 4230 7500

Monday, March 7, 2011

Delaney's Cakes


Since 1989, executive pastry chef and owner Paul Delaney has been proud to offer custom made creations. Together with his creative team at Delaney's, each cake is designed to suit a particular individual, couple or event. Delaney's Cakes enjoys a reputation for providing excellent service and product to their many happy and satisfied clients within the Illawarra area.

Visit Delaney's Cakes

Friday, March 4, 2011

Abode Flowers

Flowers are in integral part of your wedding. They have to perfect and reflect the colour, theme and style of your wedding. We just love this gorgeous floral creation by Abode Flowers. The soft pinks and whites create a beautiful bouquet perfect for any wedding! 

Visit Abode Flowers

Thursday, March 3, 2011

She Designs Events

Styling the most stunning wedding ceremonies and receptions doesn't necessarily have to be extravagantly expensive, and She Designs Events, one of the Illawarra's favourite event stylists offers surprisingly affordable packages. Whether you desire a styled ceremony, a simple centre-piece or a lavish wedding event, call She Designs Events to arrange a free consultation.