Friday, June 16th 2017
We find ourselves drawn to spaces we can build on. We are entranced by the blank canvas, venues where our imaginations run wild, plans that evolve from the magic of good bones and beautiful foundations. We have an innate urge to evolve and innovate, to create without limitations and dream without boundaries. We look for spaces that are inherently flexible, where floorplans, menus and styles can be molded and changed, adapted to fit the aesthetics, mood and purpose of each event.
Hidden in a leafy oasis in the heart of Sydney’s CBD, Trippas White Group’s Botanic Gardens Restaurant stands like the treehouse of our dreams. Enveloped by the palms and blooms of the Botanic Gardens, we recently spent a morning inside the space, losing ourselves in its lush panoramas and glimpses of the harbor beyond…
Stepping into the space, the world seems to slip away: the cacophony of the city’s orchestra is silenced, replaced by a tranquil soundtrack of quiet birdsong and water that moves as if dancing. Epitomizing seclusion and blissful immersion, the venue transports you into a world of your own, a paradise where time lingers and outside chaos segues into a slow serenity.
Perfectly positioned for ceremonies held in the gardens, convenience is essential to the venue’s ethos. The restaurant will cater for ceremonies on the lawn, guests able to sip cocktails and graze on canapés while the bridal party depart for photos. Wander up to the restaurant itself and expect a space with ceilings that disappear into the sky. Vines hang from white wood and eucalypt sits atop a statement concrete fireplace. Every element works effortlessly with its surrounds, a harmony of nature and construct that we didn’t want to leave.
Come nightfall, the gardens close to the public and the restaurant evolves from sunlit emporium to star-filled Elysium. From then, the world becomes entirely your own, a private playground for you and your closest friends and family. Nights spent here are reminiscent of nothing else, an intoxicatingly different side to a city we know so well.
Here, we found ourselves dreaming of dining outdoors, the restaurant’s glass perimeter retracted to reveal clear skies and perfumed air. We’re picturing infinity tables that snake along the deck, cutlery brushed in hues of gold and bronze, linens draped to reflect the softness of the lawns below. The food hits the table as edible art, plates garnished and flourished with sprigs and flowers so as to create an edible garden, a sensory delight as sight and taste collide.
This is a space that lets you be, a venue not limited by overwhelming design or constricting aesthetics. Here, simplicity rules, styling choices effortlessly dissolving the line between inside and out. At the heart of the restaurant is fluidity, a symbiosis between garden and venue, where there is beauty in the basics and nature reigns supreme.
Need to know
Botanic Gardens Restaurant, Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney, 2000.
Enter the gardens through Mrs Macquarie Rd, Henry Lawson gate. Vehicle access for vendors available between 8-10am and 4pm onwards.
Spaces and Capacity
Tables can be set up inside the restaurant or on the veranda.
Lawn locations for ceremonies are available on request (to be booked through the Royal Botanic Gardens).
The venue fits guest numbers of up to:
110 banquet sit down with dance floor
130 banquet sit down without dance floor
Multiple floor plans and tables are available subject to numbers
Select from a set menu or create a bespoke offering from scratch. The restaurant can cater for everything from styled grazing stations to degustation.
After ceremony drinks and canapés on the lawns are available on request.
Close proximity to the CBD and public transport
Buggy transport for bride and groom
Moments from the glimmering harbor foreshore.
For more information and all booking enquiries, head to the Botanic Gardens Restaurant website.
Monday, April 3rd 2017
"I longed for real silence
the kind you can’t find
but stumble upon
in some cabin
on a lake without a moon,
where you hear the cigarette burn
and the candles flicker
and your mind dances alive
to the symphonies in the black"
Searching for space for conscious introspection, we’re dreaming of time spent in nature to find hidden inner truths and forgotten musings. Dedicate yourself to the process and find a simple and complete escape - an isolated patch of paradise and a temporary home to connect with the natural world and find your balance. Disengage from technological distractions and go off the grid, embracing the allure of seclusion and secret wanderings.
Perfect for pre-wedding reflections or spiritually inspired bachelorette parties, we’ve put together a list of dream campsites designed for pure seclusion. Be romanced by awe-inspiring mountains, desert landscapes and star-filled skies, by deep silences punctuated only by shifting sand and restless seas.
Surrounded by natural grandeur, melt into the landscape with inconspicuous tents in tonal palettes. Think organic shapes and soft textures, structures with billowing awnings and bamboo finishes, or luxe hammocks artfully suspended amongst the trees.
Friday, January 13th 2017
When it comes to planning events, sometimes you can tick all of the logistical boxes, you can style a space to perfection, guests filter into your meticulously planned occasion… but the vibe isn’t quite there. As event stylists, the goal isn’t ever to impress guests with elaborate decor, it’s always about creating atmosphere. And it starts with the venue.
High on our list of waterfront spaces that lend to effortless cocktail celebrations is Sydney’s Poolside at Andrew (Boy) Charlton. Events aside, it’s a destination you’ll find us frequenting on any sun drenched Sunday morning, or for afternoon cocktails on their stunning outdoor terrace. Poolside is the kind of transportive space that completely shifts your mood, the moment you step through the entrance.
Enveloped by water, perched on the edge of Sydney Harbour and overlooking the iconic Andrew (Boy) Charlton Pool, Poolside is our dream space for languid dining and cocktail events. Beautifully infused with modern decor, Poolside evokes a mood of effortless Summer elegance, so effortlessly chic it barely requires styling. An open aired terrace is scattered informally with cocktail furniture, black and white striped umbrellas shadow contemporary wireframe chairs (finally a venue that provides decor you would actually choose to hire!), and tables are accented with organically shaped, hand painted ceramics. Inside, floor-to-ceiling glass windows provide unobstructed views over Sydney Harbour and Woolloomooloo Bay, perfect for wet weather, or as a winter venue for those wanting oceanic inspired celebrations without being exposed to the elements.
Inspired by the venue's relaxed summer mood, Poolside has us dreaming up chic cocktail celebrations accented with luxe tropical decor achieved with foliage. Think simple, structural arrangements like singular bismarckia fronds angularly placed in vases. Combine layers of greenery (we love muted or deep green tones) in contrasting textures and shapes. Keep your focus on exquisite canapés, beautifully presented and suffused with flavours evocative of exotic travels. Think fresh seafood, oyster and sashimi bars, artfully arranged salads styled with edible blooms, entrees perfumed with flavours of citrus, mango and coconut, all paired with signature summer cocktails. For cocktail events, Poolside also offers chef stations where they can cook and serve a signature menu on the outdoor terrace, adding beautifully to a mood of relaxed summer elegance.
Need to Know:
Location: Sydney (on the fringe of the Royal Botanical Gardens, overlooking Woolloomooloo Bay)
Very close proximity for ceremonies held in the Botanic Gardens
Spaces & Capacity: An open aired terrace and restaurant inside with a capacity for 55 guests seated, and 110 guests cocktail.
- Exquisite selection of canapés for cocktail receptions
- 3 course plated menu for seated receptions with seasonally designed menus
- Chef stations can be set up on the outdoor terrace as a signature menu option (oyster & sashimi bar, grazing tables, paella a la valenciana, mexicana grill)
- Arrive by water taxi or private charter
- Direct loading access for deliveries & onsite security
- In house entertainment system, wireless handheld mic
For more info and all booking enquiries visit the Poolside website.