Lucy + Angus

Lucy + Angus

Lucy got in touch with us shortly after her engagement in 2018.

We then spent the best part of a year pulling together her and Angus’ wedding at a private property in Ilford, country NSW. One of our favourite florists came on board, Lucy’s dress floored us, we got hit with a cold snap easily fixed with a mini whisky bar… a weekend of glamping, dancing, a much loved Hilux and homely hospitality. Get in touch if you’d like more behind the scenes information!

Stunning photos by WHSPR. STUDIO (@ona.janzen.whspr)

Producer + Stylist - Olivia Morgan (@oliviamorgan_productionandmgt)

Florist - Botanica Flora (@botanicaflora)

Lucy’s dress - Made with Love (@madewithlovebridal)

Makeup - The Beauty Room Mudgee (@thebeautyroommudgee)



FILM SHOOT: Orange Winter Fire Festival 2019

As part of the event management for Orange Winter Fire Festival we recently grabbed the ute, some favourite styling pieces from THE SHED MUDGEE, a few friends and some great local produce to style & produce this contact piece for Orange 360 to help launch a weekend celebrating food, wine, friends, family and all the great fun Winter can bring, in central NSW's Orange.

Excited to finally get a chance to drag Andrew Flakelar onto a project - a massive thanks to Andy for his enthusiasm, energy, professionalism and talent.

Directed by: Andrew Flakelar 
Director of Photography: Zachary Peel-McGregor 
Camera Assistant: Mitchell Tooley 
Colourist: Daniel Pardy at Vandal, Sydney
Producer and Stylist: Olivia Morgan

Music: Andy Nelson, from his new album Man on the Mountain

Shot on location at Canobolas Dance Hall, Orange

Props and styling: Olivia Morgan Production and Management

With thanks to:

Adagio Mills
Antonio’s Wine
Badlands Brewery
Bite Riot
Cumulus Vineyards
Fiona Schofield Millinery
Fresh Fodder
Montoro Wines
Nashdale Lane Wines
Orange Mountain Wines
Rikard Wines
Second Mouse Cheese
Small Acres Cyder
Split Milk Gelato
Strawhouse Wines
The Old Convent



Spiced Hot Apple Cider

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Spiced Hot Apple Cider

The lovely folk at Bite Riot apples and cherries sent me home from my last visit to Orange with a basket of windfall apples.

The fire is on, and I’m whipping up a batch of this spicey cider, while prepping Orange Winter Fire Festival (www.orangewinterfirefrestival.com.au)

Please let me know if you have a recipe to share!

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Ingredients:

8 cups of freshly squeezed apple juice

2 teaspoons of ground cinnamon or 2 sticks

1/8 teaspoon grated nutmeg

4 whole cloves

1 orange, cut into slices

Cinnamon sticks and whipped cream to garnish

How to:

Heat the cider, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, and orange slices in a 3-quart saucepan. Cook over medium heat for 5 minutes or until the mixture is hot, stirring occasionally.

Strain the cider into a heatproof pitcher or individual mugs. Garnish with cinnamon sticks and whipped cream, if desired.

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ULTIMATE CARE MUDGEE launch THE BEAUTY CHEF, ORGANIC NATION AND DERMFRAC

ULTIMATE CARE MUDGEE launch THE BEAUTY CHEF, ORGANIC NATION AND DERMFRAC

We recently helped Ultimate Care Mudgee exclusively launch The Beauty Chef, Organic Nation and Dermafrac in Mudgee.

We invited guests to one of Mudgee’s newest luxe rentals Haylock (www.stayontheparkmudgee.com.au) for an evening of treatments and samples of all the products, including a menu featuring The Beauty Chef.

Our menu of sips and treats is below - and all recipes can be found in Carla Oates book. Find the product at the salon - we love it!

All styling, props, serving equipment and glasses from #theshedmudgee.

All photos by Jenna Kensey.

Hydration Inner Beauty Boost shot (water + lime) 

Blueberry and Cinnamon Smoothie + Glow Inner Beauty Powder

Green minestrone - soup shots

 Raw cauliflower and lemon tabolui with grilled haloumi bowls

 Shared board of breads, lavosh and mix of:

raw beetroot and sprouted chickpea hummus

roasted pumpkin, chilli and tahini dip

minty broadbean, pea and yoghurt dip

 Chocolate Bliss Balls + Body Inner Beauty Powder

Behind the scenes: A Ride for a Cure photo shoot

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Behind the scenes: A Ride for a Cure photo shoot

We recently helped out the boys behind Ride for a Cure - who needed some fresh content to share with media, sponsors and on  social platforms. We called in very talented Abbie Melle Photography for a late afternoon shoot in NSW's Goulburn - and the results are really special.

The RIDE FOR A CURE STORY: Four talented boys from the bush are taking to Mongolia on horseback, to take on MS.


Brothers Jack, Ed and Rob Archibald, and their cousin Henry Bell will compete in the
eighth annual Mongol Derby, the world’s longest horse race. The equestrian endurance race extends 1000 km through the Mongolian Steppe and runs from the 5th August - 18th August, 2018.

The #bringinguscloser  and #kissgoodbyetoMS campaigns are about connecting people affected by MS with those involved in MS research, including scientists, students, nurses, fundraisers, volunteers, and more.

Ed Archibald says that by participating in the event, he and his team are working as part
of a global MS community to find ways to improve life with MS now and end MS forever.

“We’re going to ride across a country we've never been to, competing in an event
that very few people have even heard of, let alone can comprehend,” Ed says.

Their reason for participating and fundraising is personal.

“Our uncle, and Henry’s father Rob, suffers from Primary Progressive MS and is wheelchair bound. When Rob was younger, he dreamt of doing a safari on horseback. He is no longer able to fulfill this dream.

“Every day, Rob struggles with the simplest of tasks. Driving is impossible, brushing
his teeth is a chore. Despite this his determination and positivity are truly astounding. We are riding for him,” Ed explained. The team has set a high target for their challenge.

“We are aiming to raise $100,000 for MS Australia to help fund research projects trying to determine a cure for MS. That's $100 per km of the race,” Ed explained.

For more information or to donate, see arideforacure.com and on Instagram @rideforacure

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Land Rovers and Paddocks

With the help of The Flower Drum (insta: @theflowerdrum) we recently turned this vintage Land Rover into a mobile beer bar for a country wedding. Combing a bunch of our favourite things, it just makes us happy. 

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MY MUDGEE

MY MUDGEE

We get repeated texts and calls for Mudgee advice and must do's for weekends away and event ideas. Having called Mudgee home for a few years now, and having family live here for much longer, we're lucky enough to get an inside edge of what to see, do and take home on visits.

By no means a definitive list - the town is constantly growing, new businesses open, others change hands - but the below is where we can guarantee you'll be treated like family, take home something special or enjoy a typical Mudgee experience with the best it has to offer.

STAY

Trelawney Farm

Cawarra on the Park

Court Cottage - sweet little Air BNB property just on the market

The Oriental - great private house right next to the pub!

The Horatio 

Sierra Escape - if glamping and getting out of town is your thing

EAT + DRINK

The Zin House and Lowe Wines

The Cellar by Gilbert Wines

Robert Stein and Pipeclay Pumphouse

Logan Wines

Burrundulla Wines 

Our Chow (pop up cafe by Mudgee Catering Co) 

Eltons Eating + Drinking 

The Oriental - one of Mudgee's best pubs (ask for Des, Emma or Tim)

FARMERS MARKET PRODUCE (on the 3rd Saturday of each month)

Milnes of Mudgee - caramelised balsamic, pate mousse, spiced onion relish, dessert syrups

High Valley Cheese Co.  - great range of cheeses, big fan of the pesto feta

Hello Lovelies cordials - not just for kids. We mix vodka and gin for long afternoons on the verandah

WINES

that like to hide (ie. limited cellar door hours - these lovely people may even deliver if you say we sent you)

Manners Wine

Mongrel Wine

Yeates

COFFEE and SNACKS

Alby + Esthers Wine Bar and Coffee House

Outside the Square (ask for Dottie)

The yet to be named coffee spot of Emma and Mark! (at Lovejoy Village) on Perry Street

LIFESTYLE HAPPINESS

Katie Bee Yoga

Indra Beauty + Lashes

Ultimate Care Mudgee

EVENTS NOT TO MISS

Hats in the Garden at The Zin House (Mondays in January 2018)

Bligh Picnic Races, Mudgee Racecourse (May)

Mudgee Small Farms Field Days ( 13 + 14 July 2018)

Flavours of Mudgee (22 September 2018)

Rosby Wines Vintage Launches (dates TBC)

Sculptures in the Garden at Rosby Wines (October)

Burnbrae BlackTie (November)

STAY TUNED FOR MORE AS WE HEAR THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE!

GREAT CLIENTS 101! How to get the most out of your event team...

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GREAT CLIENTS 101! How to get the most out of your event team...

We love great events. We love great clients. When they go hand in hand dreams come true. We are often asked for a checklist of what to do in the lead up for events  - we have a lovely little template we can share if you'd like to get in touch!

BUT sometimes clients overlook how THEY personally can prepare for a big event, or bring their best self to the relationship with their event team. Like all relationships, your journey for your event and suppliers you choose is built on communication.

Here are some tips we feel may help in getting the very best out of your team of professional event suppliers. 

MANNERS: Please and thank you's. All day. Every day. Pre and post event. Verbal, written - it's all good!

REPLY TO QUOTES: We all know everyone shops around to make sure they find a supplier coming in on their budget and event ideas. Keep in mind many small (and big!) businesses devote hours of their time to replying to quote requests. Make sure you reply, even if you've decided to move forward with another supplier. (see Point 1 above)

KNOW AND SHARE YOUR BUDGET: Event professionals are there to help you achieve your event goals, within your budget. But, we aren't mind readers. Share your budget with your suppliers, and they can work with you to achieve appropriate plans to suit. 

SET REALISTIC GOALS: There's a Royal Wedding planned for 2018! Unfortunately you may not be able to keep up with 'those' Joneses. 

TREAT YOUR GUESTS LIKE FAMILY: Most of them probably are, anyway. Offer a drink on arrival, a spot for coats, easy options for parking, transport, accomodation and where necessary baby sitting options if kids aren't included in your celebrations. You know what - treat your event team and staff like family too. You'll get back so much more than you give.

LEAVE THE DIRTY LAUNDRY AT HOME: Personal events involve - guess what - people! Event professionals in the wedding / celebration space are quite often thrown in the deep end of all types of families. Keep in mind we TRY and do our best, but aren't hostage negoiators! Endeavour to iron out any underlying issues before the professionals arrive on site. Most event planners are very good at reading between the lines and navigating wedding day jitters and nerves but it can be difficult to be a buffer to say... a bride and an unhappy bridesmaid or offended sister-in-law.

BE PREPARED TO GET WHAT YOU PAY FOR: We love to cut the right corners! But, it can backfire if not thought through. Say you have 120 guests for your cocktail function, but only cater for 90. We find this is a pretty tough spot to put your caterer in - guests will think the caterer has been a little ungenerous, and once the food and drinks are all gone (especially on country properties out of town, or late at night) you'll find yourself with hungry and sometimes drunk guests. 

DON'T SAY: "My best friend does flowers (insert said talent - cakes, styling, singing, balloon animals) and wants to help!" While most personal event planners love incorporating family and friends into your planning, unless that person is an experienced professional it often adds more stress and pressure to your event team. Find a special way to include that VIP - your new mother-in-law's skills could be amazing for a bridal shower or baby christening. Make them feel included but leave the big jobs to your team of chosen and proven professionals.

IF YOU NEED A PERSONAL ASSISTANT, GET ONE: Event professionals often go above and beyond what they have offered to assist you with. But sometimes (eek!) clients take advantage of this. If you need someone to make sure you pack the right pair of knickers for your wedding weekend, look to your bridemaids, family and friends. And don't forget your knickers!

SPEND MONEY ON: SOUND! Many a wedding has been ruined when guests can't hear speeches.

For more tips and tricks feel free to drop us a line on how we can help with your next business or personal celebration.

 

 

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Bloody mary bars and wedding recovery brunches

Bloody mary bars and wedding recovery brunches

We love a weekend in the country celebrating a marriage with friends and family! We travelled recently to NSW's Young to style and serve a wedding recovery brunch on a private property for 60 guests - we turned our timber canoe into a DIY bar, with both bloody and virgin marys, Pimms and Aperol Spritz.

Bloody Marys are such a great choice for Summer, and in the upcoming months we think they'll feature even more at our events!

Whats your secret ingredient? We love this classic recipe from Good Food.

 

Ingredients   Ice  45ml vodka  20ml lemon juice  Dash of Tabasco sauce  5-10ml worcestershire sauce  Salt  Tomato juice  Stick of celery  Slice of lemon  Pepper (to taste)   Method   Build the drink in a tall, ice-filled glass with vodka, lemon juice, Tabasco, worcestershire sauce and salt. Top with tomato juice. Stir. Garnish with a stick of celery, a slice of lemon and some ground pepper on top.

Ingredients

Ice

45ml vodka

20ml lemon juice

Dash of Tabasco sauce

5-10ml worcestershire sauce

Salt

Tomato juice

Stick of celery

Slice of lemon

Pepper (to taste)

Method

Build the drink in a tall, ice-filled glass with vodka, lemon juice, Tabasco, worcestershire sauce and salt. Top with tomato juice. Stir. Garnish with a stick of celery, a slice of lemon and some ground pepper on top.

LADIES WHO LUNCH #GIRLBOSS

LADIES WHO LUNCH #GIRLBOSS

What a day!!

We celebrated all things #GIRLBOSS recently with a panel of brave, funny and story-telling girls over lunch at Mudgee's Craigmoor Pavilion. The second event in this series, it was a day full of laughs, new faces and catch ups with old friends. We can't wait to announce the details for the Spring event.

A big thank you to Jane Hayes (The Acquabrand), Kash O'Hara (The Style Doctor), Cass Spies (Twisted Yoghurt) and Steph Leathers (aje.)

And a juicy thanks to the girls who supported our goodie bags - author Summer Land, Your Lift Mudgee, Go Get Scrubbed, Edited + Co and Rachel from Natural Beauty Mudgee. Beautiful photos from Amelia Loneragan!

 

Christmas in Summer!

Christmas in Summer!

Nothing beats a hot Christmas by the pool! We recently styled and catered Rapid Plumbing and Gas' Christmas lunch and afternoon drinks in Mudgee.

Our vintage timber canoe was overflowing with Sydney rock oysters, tiger prawns, yabbies, seaweed salad and eschallot mignonette. Add in a couple of glazed hams, a lamb spit and clam shells of Coronas  - and you have a pretty happy little backyard party.

Thanks to Little Photo Co, for the shots!

Melissa Ambrosini!

Melissa Ambrosini!

We recently hosted a 'Ladies Who Lunch' event at Mudgee's the cellar by gilbert wines with one of our favourite wellness guru's, Melissa Ambrosini.

Named a 'self-help guru' by ELLE Magazine, Mel teaches women how to master their Inner Mean Girl, smash through limiting beliefs and ditch the self doubt so they can start truly living the life of their dreams.

Our guests were treated with a mini chat session with Mel, a copy of her book 'Mastering Your Mean Girl', local treats from The Wellness Room Mudgee and Kiera Underwood along with a special leather 2850 key tag we've had GGUP create for us.

We styled the room with bundles of local garden roses, handwritten menus and name cards and even cooked up some lavender lemonade from our own lemon tree!

A very big thank you to Melissa for coming to visit us in Mudgee! And to Little Photo Co for capturing the day for us!

 

Little Photo Co. Photography

Little Photo Co. Photography

There's many reasons Jenna from Little Photo Co is one of our favourite photographers. But mainly its that her style, warmth and generous personality shines through in her beautiful work - whether it's weddings, family portraits, bridal showers, landscapes and wanders down country lanes.

Have a little scroll through below, and follow Jenna at @littlephotoco. We love her! 

http://www.littlephotoco.net

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Thank you notes

Thank you (and please) will never go out of fashion. Full stop. Say it simply - or take some inspiration from below.  

Saying thank you is more than good manners. It is good spirituality. ~Alfred Painter

Gratitude turns what we have into enough. ~Author Unknown

Wouldn't it be an exhilarating tonic for the soul to take a moment to appreciate the simple, good things in life which are so bountiful...? ~Author unknown, c.1949

God gave you a gift of 86,400 seconds today. Have you used one to say "thank you?" ~William A. Ward

The Pilgrims made seven times more graves than huts. No Americans have been more impoverished than these who, nevertheless, set aside a day of thanksgiving. ~H.U. Westermayer

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Moroccan Wedding Blankets

Moroccan Wedding Blankets

Created by women of Northern Morocco the handcrafted textiles are woven in preparation for a wedding. The female relatives of the bride all work together to craft this piece, using the time to educate the bride of critical life lessons to start her new chapter as a wife. The vintage blankets are woven from sheep's wool, cotton and linen.

Once gifted to the bride, the wedding blanket serves not only as warmth and decoration in her home, but also to ward off evil and to bestow fertility and good luck upon the newlywed couple.

Peonies - the "Queen of Flowers"

With their lush shape and soft, romantic petals, it's no wonder peonies are an all-time favorite wedding flower of brides and florists alike. We love them for their huge blooms, and range of colours.

 

Oyster Bars

Oyster Bars

Oysters bars and baths are a huge trend from Summer 2015 that's still going strong heading back into the warmer months of 2016. Fill up an old wash tub, antique silver trays and goblets with the wide variety you can find at good seafood markets. We like Sydney Seafood Specialist's oyster bar at Harris Farm Markets, Drummoyne.