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Is the sudden drop in temperature causing havoc on your creative abilities?
Are you finding it near impossible to decide on your upcoming events vision / theme or colour palette?
We’ve trawled the Internet for some recent Events, Shows and the like that are taking place somewhere else exotic, right now – nothing like a bit of escapism, right?
It’s not often you get to work with such a dynamic and beautiful duo such as Dom + Sunny.
Our initial meeting with bride-to-be Dom started in no unordinary circumstances – over Skype. Dom was in Shanghai (at the time), and we were in Berry scouting an event space for a new business client. In this digital age – Skype is fast becoming a trend that is undoubtably a sign of our times.
Planning a destination wedding alongside twenty one vendors is no easy task…
Alongside Dom, we certainly relished the opportunity as theirs was set to be held in Swifts Mansion. Described as the late-Victorian castellated Gothic Revival mansion located in the suburb of Darling Point. Built in 1875. Quite simply put – This was one venue we just couldn’t wait to work in.
For the full gallery and link to the spectacular wedding of Dom and Sunny please head to WHITE Magazine / Dom and Sunny Issue # 32
Below is a snippet from the pages which featured this utterly gorgeous wedding day.
Introducing the TEAM behind it all …
Entertainment – Furnace and the Fundamentals
Lighting + AV – Norwest Productions
Cutlery – Gold Wedding Hire
Catering Equipment – Andre’s Hire
Cake + Afternoon Tea – Kashaya
Catering – Dominic Choy
Styling – She Designs
Photo booth – Photo Booth Guys
Flowers – Botanica
Photography – Lara Hotz
Videography – La Lune Cinema
Marquee – White Umbrella
Transport – Murrays
Staff – Clifford Wallace
Celebrant – Chris Simond
Pyrotechnics – Howard’s Fireworks
Event Management – White Rabbit Projects
Yours truly received an exclusive invitation from Manly’s sexiest and newest venue aka Beachside Dojo. The request was to get our creative hats on as part of their ‘Styling Sessions’ which highlights local Stylists and their interpretation of the fab venue. Our task was to style a WHITE RABBIT PROJECTS flavoured faux wedding.
Of course we responded in kind with our trademark enthusiasm. See what we got up to below. We hope you like!
Styling and Design WHITE RABBIT PROJECTS
Venue Beachside Dojo
As a little girl I can fondly remember every year in November my Father and I would head to David Jones on Elizabeth Street (Sydney) to buy my Mother a Birthday Gift or Voucher (depending on his patience levels that day).
Ascending to Level 7 or “Seventh Heaven” as I recall it being referred to back then was one of the most exhilirating and fondest memories of my childhood and possibly here lies the very same reason I have this overwhelming sense of nostalgia every time I return.
This week. White Rabbit Projects was so very fortunate to attend Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel Bridal Showcase – ‘ The Best in David Jones ‘ Australian and International Bridal Designers.
Level 7 was literally transported to one of our favourite harbour side venues for the lunchtime soiree at Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel. Being and Event Planner and Stylist White Rabbit Projects can appreciate the hours spent and masterminds that made this event possible. Kate Waterhouse and Terry Biviano played fabulous MC’s and walked guests through the 18 looks from David Jones Bridal Salon. Oscar De La Renta, Carolina Herrera, Monique Lhuillier, Steven Khalil, Temperley, Rachel Gilbert, Lisa Gowing, Mariana Hardwick and Karen Willis Holmes. Each look stylishly put together as the next. Of course it would be difficult to expect anything less from Sydney’s most talked about venue and and department store. A match made in, well heaven really!
On Sunday 12th October, Brides-to-Be can view the collection at Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel’s Bridal Showcase. We hear Brides-to-Be will be treated to a flute of Moët & Chandon champagne and get to meet with the best brands and suppliers in the industry. Oh my.
To find out more regarding the Bridal Boutique at Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel, visit http://watsonsbayboutiquehotel.com.au
There are those of us who love surprises and those who simply do not.
Enter Katie and Chris. Making their ‘Happy Day’ one giant surprise was all part of the thrill and we were super excited to say that we have now accomplished our very first surprise wedding. Tick!
Here’s how it all unfolded. Guests received their invitations in the mail in the traditional format. Not a hint of doubt was looming. All dutifully RSVP’d prompt and were left none the wiser.
Now, there was a small but intimate ceremony held for Katie and Chris’s nearest and dearest earlier on in the day. All whom played a roll in formatting their grand plan. It was later that evening when in an orderly fashion the ‘Engagement’ party guests started to descend upon the Cell Block Theatre in Darlinghurst. True to this quintessential story, the uncanniest thing of all is that Chris’s Grandparents were married in this same venue many years prior. A complete coincidence which made this event even more special.
With the giant letters spelling out “Just Married” at the Cell Block Theatre entrance; guests were a tad bit puzzled. With no site of the Bride nor Groom, guests one by one started to catch on that this was no ordinary engagement party.
It came time to welcome the guests inside the venue and to announce the newly coined Mr and Mrs into the venue. Waiting backstage with Katie and Chris in between brief encounters of rain and all that excitement was possibly the most memorable moments of the entire event. Of course they were eager to see their guests and vice versa. You can just imagine the excitement and elation once their surprise was officially announced and they could finally share their news with the entire room.
But the surprises weren’t over yet. Their was to be even more excitement and intrigue surrounding the day. A secret that both bride and the team at White Rabbit Projects kept from the groom (yes, you read that correct) for the months prior. The anxiety surrounding this monumental SKY high surprise was possibly quite more than we could of handled but boy were we up for the challenge.
Chris aka our dear Groom is/was and has always been a huge fan of You Am I Frontman Tim Rogers. Those brides who ponder painfully on what to gift their soon to be husband with on their wedding day – you simply can’t ever compete with what Katie did next.
Once Chris had concluded his speech he was about to embark on his first dance with his wife. Not before Katie quickly took over the mic and announced a Mr Tim Rogers himself onto the stage. Chris was positively blown away when Tim proceeded to sing his favourite ballads and topping it off by serenading their first dance song.
The day was quite unconventional from beginning to end which of course thrilled us to no end. We were so lucky to be part of Katie and Chris’s day.
Our advice to anyone planning their ‘Happy Day’. Make it just that. One big ball of happiness. Your way!
[Photography Elise Hassey]
The team proceeded to unveil its usual box of tricks – on display an opulent table-scape, terrarium place settings, floral garland headpieces modelled on waitresses, flower gifting station and even a french market basket filled with The Grounds of Alexandria jams and coffee beans – no detail was amiss.
The guest of honour and reason for said occasion was to launch none other than the Holden SUV range – and what a setting for the revved up beauties it was. With Sydney’s mediaratti in attendance the setting was superb.
Capturing the hearts of the ‘almost all female guest list’, Melissa Doyle was fabulous as MC and presented a candid recant to guests of her childhood adventures in her Father’s SUV. Holden presented the pros of their new SUV range and even those childless attendees were sold on its safety benefits!
The peace de resistance – a beautiful feast-style brunch presented on a bevy of quaint props and vessels included rhubarb porridge in terracotta pots, smashed avocado and chilli on rustic chopping blocks and Jack Hanna aka famed Grounds Barrista and Co-Director was busy brewing behind-the-scenes producing guests with a caffeine fix that would see the remainder of their day seem like a walk in the park.
Images by Esteban La Tessa
What does WHITE RABBIT PROJECTS love more than planning luxurious events that send our clients into a spin of WOW? That would be word of a new venue that we can eat, drink and of course play in? You can come along for the ride if you like.
Enter Paddington’s latest shiny diamond. This one you can count on is not for the hipster-gazing kind – she goes by the name of Print Room.
Taking over one revamped heritage building in the oh-so-quaint and tree-lined Glenmore Road, and with the help of cosmetic gurus at Alexander and Co. Architects – one does get the hint that a makeover won’t be required until quite some time.
Enjoy that welcome sense of arrival and be welcomed by a central barman whilst he pours highball cocktails to the sultry tones of Nina Simone, French Lycée (Munich) and Bac a l’aureat (Paris) trained Chef Misha Laurent (Bondi Trattoria, Brio on Bronte, The Blue Oyster, The Leura Garage) will cook up a storm in the kitchen.
Hop to it dear friend, it’s your time to shine, shine, shine!
For further media information, please contact Palina Antonova at The Trish Nicol Agency on + 61 2 9356 2711 or email@example.com
Supercars, Moet and Chandon, Polo all positioned on one of Sydney’s finest lush green aspects… Welcome to Sydney Gold Cup 2013.
Taking place from 10am onwards on Sunday 20th October Corporate packages are currently available – our friends at Sydney Polo Club have hinted that tickets are selling fast which doesn’t surprise us in the slightest.
Tickets range from $25 (General Admission) to $220 (VIP Grandstand Admission) and judging by the nothing to sneeze about big-name sponsors (Moet & Chandon and Ferrari Maserati Sydney to name a few) the day promises to be totally ‘Gatsby-worthy!’.
For more information head to www.sydneypolo.com to secure a place today.
Can’t decide on whether to spend money on hiring a wedding planner or stylist? Hire a wedding engineer instead!
Did you know that no two zebras have the same stripes? In an effort to dispell all myths surrounding the role of a wedding planner and a stylist we’ve endeavoured to present our case in the simplest way possible – because let’s face it. We all know how exponentially confusing not to mention overwhelming it can be to plan a wedding.
It’s all about you on the day
The most important role of a wedding planner should be geared towards pleasing you on the day. We often refer to it as being your eyes and ears on the ground. Whilst you think you might be able to plan a wedding on your own, you can most certainly not produce your wedding on the day. It’s physically impossible. For instance, your wedding planner will chase your hair and makeup artist or DJ if they are not on time, they will ensure that place cards are set-up on the tables before guests arrive and make any last minute changes if there are drop-outs on the day. If it rains, it is the wedding planners role to kick in plan b. and notify all suppliers of next steps and greet you with an umbrella at the reception. The wedding planner will also chase down the bridal party when it is time to cease photos and be announced into the reception venue so as to not compromise the quality of food being served. Other duties are to ensure that the venue hold up their end of the bargain and that the bathrooms are being kept clean and that guests drinks are being topped up. Being on the ball and ahead of everyone else and having the experience to spy problems before they arise is what makes your wedding planner invaluable.
The Planner versus the Stylist
Often the misconception is that a stylist is a wedding planner. We will be the first to communicate that the cost of a wedding is not something to be sneezed at. Budget often restricts you from having the help you really need. Hiring one supplier over the other and expecting them to do the job that is not in their domain can be dicey territory. When shopping around for a Wedding Planner or a Stylist, a lot of companies will provide both and do it with sheer aplomb. Be sure to do your research and see what their strengths are. Is it in the planning or styling? A planner in most cases will be upfront with their creative capabilities and this is by far the best approach to take. You need someone that sees your vision and can see it come to fruition both logistically and aesthetically speaking.
A birds eye view
This is the second most important role of your wedding planner. Depending on the size and nature of your wedding and the complexity surrounding the set-up etc… there can be as many as 20+ suppliers involved in your wedding day. Your wedding planner is instrumental in marrying you up with the very best suppliers that are suited to your personality and style. From photographers, venue location, celebrant, hire equipment, menus, running order for the day, transportation, invitations, accommodation, wedding registry, seating plan…the list is endless.
Having an all encompassing understanding of every last detail surrounding your wedding day is what keeps the process smooth and complimentary. Enter your wedding planner.
Case study #1. Emma and James are getting married on a farm with no power or running water. Everything needs to bought in on site. We are talking generators, toilets, catering marquee, marquee, kitchen equipment, flowers, rigging points, chairs, tables, cutlery, dance floor, power, av + sound, lighting and more. Through multiple site inspections and production meetings to uncover the logistical side of your wedding, the wedding planner produces the master running sheet and floor plan (cad drawings if necessary). He/She is the number one person who understands that the placement of each supplier and their arrival and bump-out times are crucial to the success of the day. Unless a clear assessment by the wedding planner is established very early on in the peace then suppliers will find it very difficult to get the right information they require to implement their role in the day. Who do they call if not your wedding planner? YOU. This is when you start to feel overwhelmed and completely absorbed by the day. Don’t quit your full-time gig, enlist a wedding planner and in the words of one of my clients – “Help to shield you from all those nitty gritty details”.
To cut a long story short – who wants to look back and recall the sheer stress surrounding your wedding day. Not you that’s who. Although wedding planners are still very new to Australia, its hard to get your head around what we do. Hopefully this article has aided in getting you familiar with our role and responsibilities.
When in doubt – contact us today for a free appraisal to ascertain what path you should go down and how to best maximise your money and time!