May 6, 2016

Real Events: The Social Cookbook


Last month, we stepped out of the world of weddings and back into the world of special events...

Clemenger & Strongbow travelled to Orange for a very special event in the Bite Riot orchard, & delightful Canobolas Hall.

Masterchef winner, Brent Owens treated guests to a 15-course feast, including oysters, mussels, lamb cutlets, pulled pork and an array of decadent desserts.

We were lucky enough to assist with the styling and set up of the event, while Sophie Hansen from Local is Lovely, and Bernadette Blackburn from Oak Ridge worked their magic alongside Brent in the kitchen.

Let's all feast among the apple trees from now on - it's definitely the way forward for this little lady...

For more details check out the tag #thesocialcookbook on Instagram.

Apr 15, 2016

Real Wedding: Briony & Lachlan





Briony and Lachlan - one of the sweetest couples I've ever met...

They were wed on a family property just outside Bathurst, in the village of Limekiln. It was my favourite kind of wedding - outdoors, on a family property, with great people. These guys did so well to embrace the challenges of a non-traditional space and all the little details you have to think of to make it happen. 

Briony & Lachlan brought us in to put the final touches on their set up, add a few special pieces from our collection, and run the event from go to whoa...

The ceremony was held under a big old gum tree, followed by drinks and canapes in the middle of the paddock. The reception took place in the cleared out shearing shed, where guests were treated to a Brazilian Barbeque, followed by dancing under the stars to Haylee & the Comets. And check out the giant teepee built by the family! 

What made this night was the people. Briony and Lachlan are just the kind of people you want to hang out with. They ooze positivity and fun, I don't think I saw the smiles leave their face all night and even the next day! They were high on life, surrounded by their nearest and dearest, and it was one of the funnest wedding's we've been part of.

Wishing you guys buckets of love and laughter - married life will shine on you, I'm sure of it x

Photos: by no other than the one and only Seth Buchanan

Mar 15, 2016

Venue Spotlight: WedShed


We're super excited to be listed as a vendor on the ever fabulous WedShed .

If you are looking to host a non-traditional wedding, in a non-traditional space and haven't found the right venue yet then you need to visit this website. Now.

We specialise in making non-traditional spaces special. We love to style spaces like farm sheds, tennis courts, vineyards, old mansions, gardens, industrial warehouses, showgrounds, racetracks, sheds and empty paddocks. Navigating spaces you wouldn't normally host big events in is what we do best.

We also offer a DIY service where we can come on-site for a few hours to talk out logistics and ideas if you're planning to set up your own wedding!

So our partnership with WedShed makes super straight sense. If you need us to work up an idea or help with plans for your out of the ordinary wedding - do drop us a line - it will be fun, we promise.

Jan 29, 2016

Real Wedding: Lisa & Scott




We love to work in the Southern Highlands - it gives me a good excuse to go back to my old stomping ground! This stunning wedding gave us the chance to create a romantic setting for Lisa & Scott at Peppers Craigieburn in Bowral...

This elegant homestead was built in 1887 and totally set the scene for the very romantic wedding of Lisa & Scotty. The property oozes period grandeur, with lacework iron verandahs, a grand staircase at the entrance, and a secret rose garden. 

The wedding ceremony was held in the gardens, followed by drinks and games on the lawn. With the reception, and party continuing in the Carrington Room and terrace. We had loads of fun dressing all the spaces in soft pink chiffon, candlelight, custom signage, family heirlooms, and vintage furniture.

We were chuffed to work alongside the clever Ash from Clementine Posy on florals, and Zoe Morley on photography.

Many best wishes to Lisa & Scotty - it was a privilege to be part of your romantic country wedding xo

Pics: all stellar shots from Zoe Morley Photography

Jan 22, 2016

Cake Topper: Mutual Weirdness Forever


"We are all a little weird and life is a little weird, and when we find someone whose weirdness is compatible with ours, we join up with them and fall in mutual weirdness and call it love..." - Dr Seuss

Love. 

Our Mutual Weirdness Forever cake topper is the perfect detail for couple's who like to celebrate and embrace their uniqueness.

Available now via our Etsy shop!

Photo: spotted here at the Baldwin's wedding & captured by Kelsey Manning aka Lion-Haired Girl

Jan 19, 2016

Real Wedding: Margie & Scott



The beautiful wedding of Margie & Scott is one of our old time favourites. I had totally overlooked sharing these stunning photos from Magnus Agren Photography of this big day... But here are a few highlights in all their glory!

Margie & Scott were married out on a family property in Canowindra. With a massive tennis court, a spectacular garden, and views for miles out into the countryside it was a setting destined for great things.

Margie was a dream to work with, she totally trusted us with her big day and the finishing touches. While Scott was incredibly handy and crafted loads of beautiful features including uplights into the big gum trees, timber candleholders, ceremony arbor, rustic bar and cable reel tables.

Margie & Scott let us work our styling and floral magic in the paddock, garden, and tennis court marquee. We played with stunning neutral Australian natives and eclectic gum across the arbor, tables, and all the bridal party trimmings. We were also lucky to coordinate the wedding on the day to ensure everything ran smoothly, and minimise the 'to do list' for the family. With the exception of the surprise flash dance which was meticulously planned in secret by Margie & Scott's family & friends...

Thanks guys for letting us play on your property, and for being such beautiful people to work with - it was fun! xo