Friday, February 25, 2011

Jonah's Whale Beach

Jonah’s Whale Beach is one of Australia’s most stunning ocean retreats and the only Relais & Chateaux hotel in Sydney - the most prestigious hotel association in the world. Located on Sydney’s Northern Beaches, Jonah’s is a 50 minute drive from the city or an amazing fifteen minute seaplane flight.

The perfect beachside escape, Jonah’s offers an acclaimed restaurant, eleven Ocean Retreat rooms including 'Jonah's Private', a secluded residence.

Jonah’s Restaurant offers modern Australian cuisine with a significant French influence, finding and using the best and freshest local produce that will ensure Jonah's diners are impressed about the food as they are about the view.

Luxurious and discreet, Jonah’s prides itself on its friendly and casual atmosphere and outstanding first class service.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Gorgeous Cake

A peachy orange with a splash of chocolate… We just love how the colour combination and the bursting blooms give this elegant cake a fun edge…

Thursday, February 17, 2011



Chocolate brown is an ever-popular wedding colour theme and we just love the Pressed Chocolate range from Papier D'Amour. The striking combination of chocolate brown with either white or cream is sophisticated and elegant and is well suited to a range of wedding styles (vintage, formal…use your imagination!)

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Greenhouse by Joost in Sydney


Joost Bakker's Greenhouse is the unique concept of a temporary restaurant that is self sufficient. The building is productive and alive – the roof-top garden acts as a filter, the soil made from composted organic waste and bio-char.  Located on the Museum of Contemporay Art side of Sydney's Circular Quay, the Greenhouse is a temporary restaurant and bar that promotes sustainable construction techniques and operational processes. Read on below for more details about the Greenhouse operates…

The Greenhouse will be operating in Sydney for the next 8 weeks - then it will go on a world tour so make sure you visit this unique establishment before it leaves!  

About Greenhouse
I have designed the restaurant in reverse. I’ve started at the end and worked back. My dream has always been to build a restaurant that creates no waste and now I believe I can achieve it!” – Joost

Suppliers will only be able to supply fresh produce in returnable Chep crates. Like in Perth, fresh milk will be delivered from the farm straight to us in returnable stainless steel buckets with which we will make our own butter, yoghurt and mozzarella cheese. In Perth we stone grind almost 1 tonne of wheat every week and I anticipate we will use more here in Sydney.

A local wheat grower will provide us with wheat direct from the farm every week, we cut the thread on the bags in such a way that they can be returned and re-used. We will use our Flour Mill to grind the wheat into fresh flour to make bread, pastries, pasta and wood fired pizza. Oats will also be rolled fresh.

All our waste from the kitchen will be organic. This organic waste will be composted on site using a JoraForm in-vessel composter. This will grind and produce 10 litres of compost for every 100 litres of waste. Our  compost will be required to maintain the roof top garden. In Perth this year we have added almost 6000 litres of compost to our roof top garden (that’s 60,000 litres of waste we have composted!) Our cutlery is made from plantation timber and will be composted in the JoraForm, even the baking paper we source from Finland is unbleached and can be processed through the composter.

The rooftop garden is planted in Chep liquid bins that are traditionally used for transporting olive oil. The rooftop bar serves wine from returnable kegs or barrels. The beer will only be available on tap. I have also been working with Mitch from Hepburn Springs Mineral Water. Greenhouse Sydney will be the first to use carbonated water derived straight from the aquifer into kegs. This pure Australian carbonated water will be used to make our own Tonic, Soda and Cola. The house pours of Gin, Rum, Vodka and Whiskey are also Australian made and owned. Mark Douglass (glass artist) will transform the empty bottles into beer glasses as he does now for Greenhouse Perth.

The staff t-shirts designed in collaboration with Space-craft and Joost, re-printed using natural dyes, are overruns of political and business t-shirts salvaged by the Salvation Army. The Greenhouse Sydney interior walls will be completely clad in MgO board (magnesium oxide board).  Joost has developed MgO board impregnated with Bio-Char so that The Greenhouse can store carbon within its walls! The Greenhouse steel framed walls are filled with straw and its doors and windows recyclable steel framed.

The toilets are Australian made Caroma Dorf, with the sink above the cistern using water from the hand wash to fill the next flush!  Waterless urinals are used and the kitchen and bathroom floors are lined with natural linoleum.

Joost has designed & made chairs out of old aluminium irrigation pipes. They are incredibly light & have been named Squirt Chair! The leather used for the seats are off-cuts from a saddle makers in Ballarat (Victoria’s last tannery).  Lights have been made from willow trees and rolls of old fencing wire.

About the 'Productive' Building Process
The Greenhouse Sydney Harbour uses the Productive Building system developed by Joost Bakker. This system includes concepts outlined below.
  • Use recycled and/or recyclable materials
  • Built to be easily dismantled and recycled
  • No use of chemical or harmful treatments on surfaces and in materials
  • Minimise ecological footprint through careful consideration of sourced materials, their lifecycle, and the buildings operation and maintenance
  • Encourage a new perspective on building and the function of buildings as a productive place that can harvest food, water and energy, and can improve the local environment for people and animals rather than exploiting it
  • Building can be made, transported and assembled quickly and efficiently minimizing the transport of materials, keeping costs low, allowing unskilled labour to assemble
  • Building design is flexible and adaptable to variety of environments and applications and can use all locally sourced materials. 

The Productive Building method
  • Steel frame is made from roll formed 1 mm steel coil, processed through a Framecad roll-forming machine and screwed together on site with galvanized steel screws
  • Steel frame firstly clad in plywood for structural integrity and to create a thermal barrier
  • Wall and roof cavities filled with straw bales sourced from local grain farmers. The frame is designed to fit these straw bales tightly and lock them in place
  • External cladding of corrugated iron covered with a vertical wall garden made from steel mesh and terracotta plant pots
  • Internal fit out, installation of windows and doors and creation of rooftop garden

Monday, February 14, 2011

Sassy Boutique


After a bridesmaid dress in Sydney? Stocking a range of fabulous designers, including Alex Perry, Tony Bowls and Rachel Gilbert, Sassy Boutique has everything from formal dresses to cocktail dresses in a variety of colours and styles…

Friday, February 11, 2011


For a simple yet oh-so-elegant wedding invitation, we just love the Boudoir collection by Jhoosh Design. And what's more, the boudoir design can be customised to suit any colour scheme… Perfect!

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Hatmaker, Hatmaker…


Jonathan Miller from Hatmaker, one of Sydney's leading bridal millinery boutiques, truly is gifted when it comes to creating exquisite handmade headpieces and veils. Using a range of high quality materials and fabrics and adding extra special details such as hand-made flowers, hand-beaded Swarovski crystal slides and structured feather creations, Hatmaker will make anything your heart desires.  

Visit Hatmaker

Friday, February 4, 2011

Yummy Bomboniere…

There's nothing better than surprising your guests with a yummy sweet treat as for your wedding bomboniere. Made from vanilla bean cookie dough and with completely customisable icing, these too-cute cake cookies from Polka Dot are a fabulous bomboniere idea… 

Visit Polka Dot Cookies to order online or to view the full range…

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Superb Styling: Nightingales

Creating the perfect wedding is all about the little details, and Nightingales offers a complete wedding planning service to ensure your wedding is everything you always hoped it to be. From flower arrangements to decorations, Nightingales is Australia's leading wedding stylist. Nightingales offers an exclusive level of quality and service, creating the perfect atmosphere for any wedding through their enviable eye for colour, co-ordination and style.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Dunbar House's Facelift…

Dunbar House, a historic mansion built in the 1830s and located on the shores of Watsons Bay, in Sydney’s Eastern Suburbs, is currently undergoing a multi-million dollar restoration that will see it re-open in February 2011 as one of Sydney’s most impressive new wedding venues.

Having recently changed ownership, Dunbar House, one of Australia’s oldest standing buildings, is now owned and operated by The Tea Room Group, proprietor of acclaimed Sydney wedding venues The Tea Room QVB, The Tea Room Gunners’ Barracks and Sergeants’ Mess. With a reputation for transforming historic Sydney buildings into world-class wedding venues, this new addition to The Tea Room stable is set to offer the finest wedding experience in the Eastern Suburbs.

Offering a breathtaking backdrop to any wedding, the interior of the revitalised Dunbar House will consist of an elegant colour palette of greys and silvers, beautiful lower wood wall paneling, William Morris wallpaper, Catherine Martin carpets and hand crafted crystal chandeliers. Meanwhile, the exterior of the building will be restored to its former glory with an elegant sandstone colour palette.

Breakfast, lunch and evening weddings are available from Monday to Sunday catering for up to 120 seated and 160 for a cocktail style reception. For those who want the ease of having the ceremony and reception at one location, civil ceremonies can be held on-site on the Lower Lawn in Robertson Park under the grand fig tree with the magnificent backdrop of Sydney Harbour. In the case of wet weather, ceremonies will take place in the indoor ceremony room, which offers stunning views of the harbour.

Following the ceremony, guests can enjoy pre-reception drinks and canapés on the stunning outdoor Harbour Terrace overlooking the view, while the bridal party can make a swift escape to the bridal suite for a quick refreshment and touch-up, before making a grand entrance in the main dining room which also boasts breathtaking views of Watsons Bay and the city skyline.

Guests can look forward to mouthwatering cuisine as Head Chef Keith Murray, who trained in Michelin Star Award-winning restaurants in Ireland and has spent eight years as Head Chef at The Tea Room QVB, puts together outstanding food and wine menus to suit individual budgets and requirements.

According to Manuel Spinola, founder and director of The Tea Room Group, the revitalised Dunbar House will fill a long-standing gap in Sydney’s Eastern Suburbs for a world-class wedding venue. “Having entered the market almost 14 years ago when we opened The Tea Room QVB, we feel we have a really solid grasp of what the market is looking for in a wedding venue, and we wanted to be able to offer that in the Eastern Suburbs,” said Spinola.

“Dunbar House is a remarkable building filled with a rich history, but it really was in dire need of some T.L.C. We saw a unique opportunity to restore Dunbar House to its former glory, by transforming it into one of the city’s most prestigious and beautiful wedding venues so that people can enjoy it for years to come,” he said.

Dunbar House is located at 9 Marine Parade, Watsons Bay and is currently taking bookings for February 2011 onwards. Ample street parking is available within a short walking distance of the venue, and with Watsons Bay Wharf just a stone’s throw from the venue, guests can also arrive and depart in style via charter vessel or ferry. For more information visit or call 02 9337 1226.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Shangri-La Hotel Sydney

Boasting stunning views of Sydney’s spectacular Harbour, the Sydney Harbour Bridge and the world-famous Opera House and renowned for its high level of hospitality, the Shangri-La Hotel Sydney is a truly memorable venue for your special day…

Visit Shangri-La Hotel Sydney to view more details about available wedding packages