Thursday, February 28, 2013

Real Life Wedding at Restaurant Two

Are you looking for a wedding experience that reflects your love of great food and wine in an elegant and distinctive venue? From the moment you walk into Restaurant Two, you and your guests will love the beautiful floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the botanical gardens, with river glimpses. 

The wonderful couple featured in the above images, Jackquie and Jie, shared their magical wedding ceremony at Restaurant Two on November 3, 2012. Their cocktail reception was held in the stylish, modern function room. The images were taken by Milque Photography and the stunning florals for the day were arranged by Stem design.

Restaurant Two provides a fine dining wedding experience, with modern Australian food, excellent wine and silver service. The kitchen team at 
Restaurant Two offer reduced a la carte three course menus for your guests to order from on your wedding day, not alternate drop. Your personalised menu is selected by you from our monthly menu with the assistance of executive chef David Pugh, so you can select your favourite dishes to share with your guests on your wedding day. It’s more like a dinner party with 90 of your closest friends!

After dinner, you and your loved ones will head downstairs to dance the night away on the dance floor while the team keep the drinks flowing all night long. Whatever your plans for your special day, the team at 
Restaurant Two work with you to ensure that you can prioritise what’s important to you. 

Visit Restaurant Two

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Elle Limousines

For a sophisticated and comfortable ride to the church or to your hotel room as man and wife, you can't beat the classic elegance of a stretch limo.

Elle Limousines has been operating since 1995 and is a local, family-owned and operated business catering for weddings, airport transfers, special cccasions and business transport. Elle Limousines offers the latest Holden Caprice and Ford LTD, Stretch Limousines and Sedans. All our cars are immaculately presented, comfortable and well appointed.

Special features include: professional and friendly chauffeurs, a­­­ccredited limousine service, any hour drop-off and pick-up, most limousines are equipped with DVD and CD players, competitive rates, complimentary champagne and formally dressed chauffeurs.

Visit Elle Limousines.

Monday, February 18, 2013

A Whole Latté Love!!

February is officially Romance Month in Brisbane and to kick start courtships, Merlo has released the Top 5 First Date coffees. Coffee dates are safe, non-committal and allow both parties to reconnaissance the other, with the ability to walk away after 30 minutes, or continue the rendezvous to another cup! So take note, the Top 5 Date Coffees include:
  • Mezzo mezzo: for lovers of milk & espresso equally, this 50/50 mix of the two will have you buzzing
  • Cappuccino: Perfect for your icebreaker fact – the name cappuccino means ‘little hood’ in Italian and was derived from the Capuchin monk due to the brown colour of their cloaks & their hood!
  • Short Macchiato: for a lift of caffeine with stain of milk … also doubles as rocket fuel to run if the date isn’t quite panning out as you hoped!
  • Mocha: For those with a sweet-tooth, get in the mood with the combination of life’s 2 great loves: coffee and chocolate
  • Long Black in a Merlo Keepcup: Earn brownie (or “greenie”) points from your date as you display your environmentally-conscious thinking by using a Merlo Keepcup for your long black. Every refill saves you 50c (if couldn’t already wipe the grin off your face). Available for $12 RRP from any Merlo store or online.
Love can be blind, but great coffee is certainly not. Visit any Bar Merlo or Torrefazione for your next coffee date this February.

Visit Merlo.

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Romance Blossoms in the Heart of Brisbane

A romantic pre-Valentine’s Day surprise proposal delighted onlookers in Brisbane’s King George Square yesterday. The event was the culmination of a competition held by B105 FM to find a man confident enough to propose in a very public way. That man proved to be Barry-John Freeme (B. J.) who, helped by his sister, arranged for Carla De Vincenzo, his unsuspecting partner, to arrive in the square at 12 noon yesterday, St. Valentine’s Day eve.

Disguised as a busker, B. J. stood behind an astonished Carla as she was first flash mobbed by thirty B105 staff members lip synching to Bruno Mars’ ‘Marry You’, followed by a marching pipe band and an exuberant cheer squad.

But the surprises were far from over. Announcing a ‘breaking story’, Channel 7’s Brisbane news anchor Bill McDonald appeared on the square’s giant TV screen to introduce a pre-recorded speech by B. J.

The romance factor escalated dramatically as B. J. told Carla just how much he loved her and wanted to share his life with her. Completely amazed, Carla then turned to find that the ‘busker’ had shed his disguise and dropped to one knee in front of the enraptured crowd who cheered loudly when an emotional Carla said "yes".

To mark the occasion, B. J. presented Carla with a $10,000 diamond engagement ring donated by Argyle Jewellers.

The couple’s love story began some eighteen months ago when they met through an online dating site. The chemistry was instant and they very quickly became inseparable. Although they had discussed the possibility of marriage, the bride-to-be confessed that she had absolutely no idea that a proposal was on the horizon.

In a funny twist, Carla said that she had known about the B105 competition and was disappointed when B. J. had apparently shown no interest in entering.

The pair are talking of a wedding in one of the most romantic countries in the world, Italy. Stay tuned as we follow this couple on their amazing journey from engagement to marriage. And don't forget to take a look at the photos from this special event below.

B.J. Getting ready in his 'busker' disguise
Carla watches on as the marching band play

Out pops B.J. from under his clever disguise!

She saud YES!

The very happy couple
The stunning ring by Argyle jewellers
Photography/Story by Amanda McWhinnie.

Spring Food & Wine - Brisbane's Hidden Treasure

Spring Food and Wine invites brides and grooms-to-be to discover their ‘secret garden’ in the heart of the CBD, offering a private and enchanted space that can be tailored to match each unique vision of the perfect wedding.

Spring is situated in a quiet nook of the CBD, just up the road from Eagle Street Pier and minutes from the picturesque Botanic Gardens. With a location that is central and convenient yet pleasantly tucked away, Spring Food & Wine is Brisbane’s hidden treasure and the ideal venue for a beautiful wedding party among family and friends.

Spring offers several customisable packages and a myriad of options to make each couple’s dream ceremony and reception a reality. An all-encompassing wedding service will help to bring your fairy-tale wedding to life and ensure everything runs smoothly, from the ceremony to the reception and even accommodation for the newlyweds and guests.

Each package includes a dedicated Wedding Co-ordinator to assist with planning your ceremony and reception; an on-site restaurant and banquet team to ensure everything runs smoothly on the day; a complete styling package and catering package tailored to your taste; bridal party access to the bridal retreat on arrival for private pre-drinks and canapés; plus all of the extra touches such as cake and gift tables, table linen and dressings and even a gorgeous rustic bird cage to use as a wishing well.

With an array of gorgeous styling packages, delicious cuisine options to suit every taste and a professional team dedicated to creating your perfect celebration, Spring Food and Wine is one of Brisbane’s most unique, beautiful and stylish wedding venues.

Visit Spring Food and Wine.

Friday, February 8, 2013

Bond University Function Centre

With sandstone arches, lakeside settings and landscaped grounds, Bond University’s Function Centre is the ideal venue for your special ocassion.

The distinctively shaped lake is the focal point of the campus, providing spectacular reflections by day and night, with an amphitheatre for outdoor concerts and other activities.

Bond University Function Centre is 60 minutes from Brisbane, 20 minutes from Coolangatta airport, 15 minutes from Surfers Paradise and five minutes from the beautiful beaches at Burleigh. Our fully licensed stylish University Club and Princeton Ballroom, both with sweeping views across Lake Orr and its fountain, offer complete wedding packages to suit your needs.

Whether it’s a cocktail style function you are after or a more traditional sit down dinner, they are able to assist with seating for up to 320 people. Outdoor ceremony sites are also available with stunning views and fabulous photo opportunities.

The talented and professional staff will work with you to ensure the special day you have always dreamt of becomes the perfect day you’ll remember forever.