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.
Friday, November 25th 2016
Of all of the curated luxuries we can attach to the wedding day, the true jewels of the occasion are the things that transcend it. They’re the things that last well after a carefully planned day, becoming the building blocks of a lifetime. They’re the sub-modalities at play, that elevate an occasion from a gathering that takes its place in your memory, to an experience that makes its home in your heart.
More than ever the greatest luxury of all, is the symphonic beauty of the uncluttered. It’s having the base to create, the space to breathe, to dream, to believe, to contemplate, to start every moment anew. The space for sensory silence instead of the inspiration-muting effects of the deafening sensory overload the world hits us with every day. It’s this highly elusive space that we scour the planet for, because we know that these are the pockets where the magic happens. The spaces that allow us to step in and bring to fruition the dreams of the soul that are welcomed by the quiet mind. It is this definition of metaphysical luxury, The Avalon On The Beach offers, and completely excels at.
Situated on Sydney’s far northern beaches, it is a crystal in the crown of this iconic stretch of coastline. Offering an uninterrupted connection with the sea owing to it's sweeping 180 degree aspect on the sands of Avalon Beach, and flooded with natural light, it’s easy to forget that you’re indoors. Overlooking palomino sands of reincarnated shells, giving way to a sea of aqua so distinct, the hue itself could be more accurately named 'avalon blue', it is a wedding and reception venue of arresting natural beauty.
Driving north from the city, the moment you begin the coastal meander around the well known Bilgola Bends, the weight of the world falls to the sea below and you immediately feel like you’re on holidays. Avalon awaits on the other side, and is a vibrant village of food, fashion, and curiosities, with a distinctly French flavour that your visiting guests will love to explore. The windows of The Avalon On The Beach are the eyes to the soul of the locale. Perched directly on the sand, with a summer-all-year-round vibe, and an ocean breeze that becomes you, it is the perfect blank space to style your dreams.
We recently road-tested the space ourselves, creating our own mood-board and bringing it to life within this idyllic seaside venue. We were struck by it’s shape-shifting ability to follow any brief, allowing a styling paint-by-numbers, cushioning any décor decision with the finest canvas and palette to work with (and that view!).
The Avalon On The Beach, embodies the kind of completely unbridled limitlessness, that steps far beyond the wedding day. It is a physical space of stunning beauty, but more importantly, it inspires that metaphysical space, the one that carries forward love, depth and freedom into a marriage, creating indelible memories that aren’t just remembered, but felt.
Need To Know
Avalon Beach, NSW 2107
Spaces & Capacity
The Clubroom caters to both sit down functions for up to 110 guests or cocktail weddings for up to 180 guests.
You can host the ultimate ocean-side wedding for up to 250 people spanning across the restaurant, bar and Clubroom.
Formal Dining Events
3 plated packages offered. Alternate serve menu + additional inclusions including: cocktails on arrival, grazing station, champagne to toast etc.
Cocktail Style Events
3 canape packages offered including substantials, grazing station, 5 hour beverage package.
Choice of 3 beverage packages.
Explore The Avalon on the Beach via their website and on The LANE, and see two different styling moodboards we've dreamt up to suit this space (one of which we brought to life in our latest tablescape shoot here)
OCEAN ALLURE STYLING
MOOD: Inspired by the mesmerising fluidity of the ocean and the glimmering dappled light on the surface of the water, a balance of delicate lightness and effortlessly chic elegance.
DECOR: The tablescape is a serene palette of layered whites and iridescent textures evocative of the luminescent ocean in the glistening sunlight. Movement is created with dramatic drapes of billowy table linen. The glassware is handshaped and the organically shaped tableware contrasts with structural black elements in the way of matte black flatware and wire seating to add a sense of grounding to the organic feel of the tablescape. An overflowing eruption of andromeda and white phalaenopsis orchids spills over the tablescape reminiscent of intriguingly complex ecosystems.
STATIONARY: Handpenned calligraphy place cards on raw edged textural handmade card.
DRESS: For bridal parties, chic slender slip dresses paired with imperfectly undone knotted hair and a statement drop earring.
NATURAL TEXTURES STYLING
MOOD: Natural, effortless, raw simplicity…
DECOR: Long exposed whitewashed timber tables are sparsely styled with weathered driftwood, bleached of all its colour intertwined amongst long tapered flickering candles. Laid with mother of pearl handled flatware alongside hand thrown plates of pale in dusty, muted neutrals and irregular shaped glass tumblers, sitting quietly on muslin linen placemats, the tables finished with sun, exposed white wooden chairs.
STATIONARY: Menu design inspired by the movement of the ocean, faint gradient water-washed brush work adds to the relaxed, calm feel of the tablescape.
DRESS: Ethereal floaty, silhouettes in a palette of muted neutrals.. Tousled hair, styled half up lends itself to the overall romantic effortlessness..
Wednesday, November 2nd 2016
We tick a little differently to generations before us. Travel is ingrained. We loathe the quotidian. We’re hungry for adventure, and we’ll take it wherever we can find it. In art, in love, in career, in reckless abandon, any ignition of spirit. We fall in love so easily. With people, places, things, people we haven’t met, places we haven’t been yet, with possibility, potential, and the vastness of the space before us, ready and waiting for us to decorate the world with our essence. We’re entitled to dream, to become what we are, and we know it. So those travels take us far and wide, to the ends of the earth, we drag our souls up mountains, hike them through forests, put them on buses with crazy drivers, make them dance all night then show them sunrises over oceans with strangers, all so along the way they may find and bind themselves to that which makes them sing, and in turn we learn who we are and how to live.
Once we’ve tasted the freedom that creates the space for these discoveries we can’t be told about or taught in books, life gifts us a brand new set of glasses... blinking through the new lens of panoramic perspective, wherever we are in the world we can’t help but feel a pull towards what we know. To what runs deep within us, to start points and beginnings, to moments, people and places that have helped shape who we are, to that platform we first poised ourselves to swan dive from; home. And if you call Sydney home, there is no city in the world that throws her sparkling cerulean arms open wider or more spectacularly than the harbour city, when your flight begins its familiar descent into Kingsford Smith.
If there was a venue that could capture that feeling of returning home, and the familiar beauty of decending over Sydney's inky waterways through painterly morning light, it’s Aqua Dining. Striking the balance between personal style and sentimentality, a jewel in the crown of the world renowned stretch of Sydney Harbour, Aqua Dining stylishly offers it all. Boasting unrivalled sweeping views of the iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge and Opera House, it sits next to Luna Park nestled above the sequined aquamarine shallows of the North Sydney Olympic Swimming Pool, falling to the deep sapphire waters of the harbour. This prime-positioned venue abounds with possibilities for those seeking a chic, picturesque waterside celebration encompassing the quintessence of Sydney.
The entrance is located on street level and is a clever and perplexing pathway to the beauty you feel sure that awaits. Enticing with peeks of the cityscape in the background, the anticipation builds moving through the glass sliding doors to the dimly lit foyer that leads down a tunnel-like staircase, where guests are greeted alongside a softly lit, and understated marble bar. Winding beyond, the narrow passage unexpectedly opens up to an expansive, light filled room, over-scaled glass windows and doors framing the grandiose 270-degree water views. Noteworthy is the immense scale of the Harbour Bridge. Palpable in its sheer majesty, it overcomes you in a way that speaks deeply to you no matter how many times you’ve laid eyes upon her iron.
With strong architectural lines, flooded with natural light, the minimalist space is a coastal wedding styling dream. Lending itself to a luxurious sunset cocktail celebration for up to 150 guests, or a formal sit down affair for up to 120 guests. The dining area is a blank canvas to create a sophisticated reception that is understated and infinitely classic in style. Infinity tables of crisp white linen, elegantly stemmed wine glasses and amber hued water glasses, paired with natural beech dining chairs organically style the space. Flowing seamlessly onto the balcony, the ghost style chairs add that barely there feel, creating an added element of openness. While the view of Luna Park and the lights of the ferris wheel as night falls, create a mesmerising backdrop evoking childhood memories of carefree summers past.
And Aqua Dining doesn’t just rely on his enviable location. The culinary offerings designed by Head Chef and Co-owner Davide Rebeccato follow a seasonal menu inspired by the breathtaking geography and local Australian produce. Catering for exclusive events, this contemporary Italian restaurant reflects the ultimate fusion of au courant Sydney dining. With floor to ceiling windows offering uninterrupted views of the surroundings, it is the idyllic location to watch the sky come alive with hibiscus hues as the eventide rolls in, and the city opens her twinkling eyes creating liquid metals that dance over the water. An outdoor sunken terrace provides the perfect space for entertainment and to dance the night away beneath the glimmering lights of the cityscape.
The overall feel of the venue is sophisticated and intimate, yet relaxed and welcoming. Perhaps a little play on that theme of who we are and who we go off to become, and the oscillation of that growth as we evolve through life. Changing lenses, changing perspectives. That people, places and things acquire meaning when we consciously ascribe it, and sometimes when we don’t. The idea that home is a multi-dimensional concept, sometimes where we left it and sometimes what we make it. Speaking from the heart to the heart, Aqua Dining encompasses all of the elements in a venue that make a wedding purely wonderful and enduringly memorable. It’s one of those venues that feels like home, because it is.
Need To Know
Corner Paul and Northcliff Streets, Milsons Point NSW, 2061
Spaces & Capacity
Aqua Dining can accommodate up to 120 guests for a formal dining event or up to 150 guests for a cocktail style event.
The Semi Private Area is located at the harbour end of the main dining room and is separated from other diners by a drop down screen. This space can seat up to 46 guests for a sit down style lunch or dinner.
Formal Dining Events
3 course menu is offered that allows your guests to have the luxury of selecting their main meal from a reduced a la carte menu of your choice.
Cocktail Style Events
For cocktail style events, a premium menu of canapés and susbstantials is offered.
The beverage packages showcase an extensive wine list, featuring award-winning wines that serve to complement the menu.
Semi Private Dining
Aqua Dining offers 3 and 4 course menus. Degustation menus can be tailored on request.
For guest numbers of: 12 - 19 guests place an order from a selection of 2 dishes for each course
For guest numbers of: 20 - 46 guests are offered a set or alternate serve menu
Available priced per head.