Advertisers in the current edition of Blue Mountains Love are featured here.
Foy’s Folly Located in the picturesque Megalong Valley, with the soaring Blue Mountains escarpment as a backdrop, Foy’s Folly is a stylish, contemporary barn-style home offering luxury self-contained accommodation. Featuring breathtaking views from every window and a private and tranquil setting, relax and get away from it all in your own exclusive retreat.
Mountain Whispers Mountain Whispers is a collection of five multi award-winning luxury properties, totally self-contained and private, ideally situated within the world heritage Blue Mountains villages of Leura and Katoomba. Each property has been lovingly restored to reflect the grandeur of days gone by. Modern luxuries in every property ensure your complete comfort. Central heating, air conditioning, heated bathroom floors and toasty fireplaces. When you stay in a Mountain Whispers property, you’ll feel totally pampered and at ease – everything has been thought of, so all you need to do is relax and enjoy your Blue Mountains getaway…away from it all. Mountain Whispers – a place where memories are made.
Native Spirit A sacred space to learn and practice the transformative power of conscious breath. Experience profound insight and clarity from crystal mandala sessions and be supported by the loving and healing qualities of our hand-made products using organic, locally sourced ingredients.
Paudha Healing Inspired by nature, each product in the Paudha Healing range is lovingly handmade in the Blue Mountains. Luscious face and body creams, oils, balms and mists are designed to nourish and invigorate the skin. With no parabens, petrochemicals or nasty ingredients, all products are safe and suitable for all skin types and everyday use.
BRIDALWEAR & ACCESSORIES
Daniel Learmont Courture Working between his Blue Mountains home and his Darlinghurst studio Daniel Learmont creates bespoke bridal couture and red carpet designs that evoke old school glamour with meticulous attention to detail.
Penrith Bridal Centre Penrith Bridal Centre has been catering to the needs of brides and grooms for over 30 years. The boutique showcases an exquisite range of over 300 bridal gowns of superb quality – chosen from the best Australian and international designers. They also offer a Couture service which allows brides to design their own gown.
Australia PR Drawing on her expertise in tourism and specialising in travel, food and lifestyle publicity for the Blue Mountains region, Australia PR founder Michelle Grima represents a range of local businesses of all shapes and sizes. If you want your brand to stand out from the crowd and attract media attention, contact Michelle for a consultation.
Bendigo Bank – Katoomba & Upper Blue Mountains The coming together of many families for the benefit of the whole community ia what banking means to the team at Bendigo Bank. Located at 117 Katoomba Street Katoomba, Bendigo Bank offers all standard loan and insurance products but with one huge difference – the bulk of profits are returned to the community and $350,000 in sponsorships has been donated to date.
Digital Age Lawyers Katherine Hawes, founder of Digital Age Lawyers, is committed to empowering businesses to protect their assets in the digital age. With the experience of working with big firms but with the heart of a small firm, Katherine and her team will put their collective legal knowledge to work for you to help you grow your business, take the best-calculated risks and receive the biggest rewards.
Women With Altitude Women with Altitude is a dynamic, flourishing community for professional women to connect, develop and promote their business or organisation. We create a fun and supportive environment at all of our events, with a focus on collaboration and partnership to create more success for everyone. We value authenticity and believe that women have a great capacity to help and support each other when they stop judging and competing. Our network is full of warm and friendly faces, come along and check out something a little different.
BEVERAGES, CAKES & CATERING
Hello Deer Cakerie & Bakerie Hello Deer Cakerie & Bakerie is a boutique cake and dessert company in the Lower Blue Mountains. Believing every occasion is magical, the Hello Deer team is passionate about delivering the bespoke cake of your dreams. Made from premium ingredients, all cakes are baked fresh and decorated on your special day, and complimentary consultations and tastings are all part of the service.
Hillbilly Cider A crushed cider using Bilpin, Blue Mountains apples and pears, made the simple way. Just apples with altitude and a bit of good old Hillbilly magic.
Sample the Hillbilly range at The Cider Shed, Shields Orchard, 2270 Bells line of road, Bilpin.
Open Friday 12pm to 5pm, Saturday & Sunday 11am to 5pm.
Ceremony by design True to your relationship… this is the hallmark of Susan’s approach to helping you celebrate your commitment. With over 20 years’ experience, Susan has done it all – complex traditional rituals, ‘short and sweet’ legalities, alternative ceremonies… all reflecting the personal style of her couples and capturing the tone they wish for. A marriage starts in the heart and straight or gay, the celebration of your commitment and the expression of your vows should be everything you’ve dreamed of. It would be Susan’s privilege to honour your relationship by conducting your ceremony.
Languages spoken: French, German, Indonesian (overseas couples a specialty).
Janice Celebrant Based in Penrith at the foot of the Blue Mountains, Janice Bradley offers a high standard of professional experience and attention to detail to ensure you dreams, wishes and hopes are fulfilled on your special day. Janice has a passion for working with couples to create individual, meaningful ceremonies, and was proud to marry the first same-sex couple in Australia, in December 2017, after they were granted a shortening of notice time by the prescribed authorities.
Rockstar Rockstar is recognised for excellent customer service and a fabulous sense of fun. The eclectic mix of fabrics and styles comes directly from owner Ali’s background in Fine Arts and her love of textiles. Ali’s ‘dare to be different’ attitude ensures a diverse range of footwear, clothing, and accessories with labels including Totem, Pygmees, Vigorella, Lounge, Noa Noa, Fly London and many more. Rockstar is also FOR SALE.
The Little Flower Shop Creating beautiful flowers for all occasions – specialising in weddings and events. Located in Wentworth Falls, Blue Mountains NSW. Servicing all areas in the Blue Mountains and beyond.
Wilde Ivy Located in the heart of Katoomba’s shopping precinct, Wilde Ivy combines stunning floral arrangements with a gorgeous selection of gifts, making it the perfect destination for all special occasions. Gift and gourmet hampers tailored to your individual needs are also available, and delivery is available throughout the Blue Mountains and in Lithgow six days a week.
Leura Whisk As an award-winning business with a focus on quality, Leura Whisk presents a fine selection of cooking, kitchenware and entertaining essentials. Add a touch of passion to your table with Casa Bugatti Italian cutlery, choose an unexpected gift for the experienced home chef or select something functional for those who simply enjoy wining and dining with loved ones.
Leura Fine Woodwork Gallery Love, passion, commitment and beauty all come together at Leura Fine Woodwork Gallery, which showcases a collection of finely crafted Australian-made items – all created by master craftspeople and designed for everyday use. Pictured is an exquisite mantel clock by victorian designer/maker Will Matthysen – it’s a fine example of beautful pieces that are as individual as you.
HAIR AND MAKEUP
Mountain Angel Salon Located in Katoomba, Mountain Angel Salon is owned by expert stylist Michelle Robards. Specialising in cutting and colouring, as well as wedding hair and makeup, Michelle creates looks to suit each client’s unique personality. For the striking up-do above, captured by Wren Melody Photography, Michelle enhanced Bronwyn’s already fun coloured hair with braiding and flowers.
Paul Bedggood Hair & Make-up Artist Paulie has been a Hair and Makeup for the past 20 years and has worked in the magazine/print and film industry for the last 17 years. “…I like to bring a good energy to set and have fun with my crew, whilst creating the magic…” Based in the Blue Mountains – specialising in Weddings & special occasions.
Birches of Leura Acclaimed boutique nursery, offers beautiful plants and gifts for beautiful occasions. Design your own unique space with style with Tuscan, English, native Australian and contemporary plants. Or celebrate your wedding or commitment ceremony by planting a living expression of your love. Gift vouchers also available.
What’s the Occasion Located in the Blue Mountains, What’s the Occasion hire premium vintage fine bone china English tea sets, mismatched dinnerware, silver plated cutlery, glassware, cake stands, vases and lots more vintage props and styling pieces for your wedding, garden party, bridal or baby shower or any special occasion.
MENSWEAR & GROOMING
Lord Carrington’s Parlour Inspired by the traditional barber shops of yesteryear, Lord Carrington’s Parlour is located in the historic Carrington Hotel Katoomba where owner and head barber, Max Steel, combines the finest products and traditional techniques to take care of all your grooming needs. Whether it’s for your wedding, your regular trim or a once-off pampering experience, ‘the Parlour’ has you covered.
MaleOverhaul MaleOverhaul is your mobile Barber and Massage Therapy service, serving the Upper Blue Mountains since 2011. The Signature Weddings Service includes 30-minute chair massages to relax and refresh, followed by stylish haircuts and beard trims to reveal your groomsmens’ handsome best and provide a uniform look for your precious wedding photos.
MOVE TO THE MOUNTAINS
Umi Real Estate UMI represents a refreshing approach to buying and selling real estate in the upper Blue Mountains. UMI is an independent agency that offers appropriate, customised marketing solutions for selling your home.
Captured by Dee Dedicated to capturing ‘real-life moments’, Captured By Dee focuses on the honest, relaxed and candid moments that take place during your special day to ensure each photo is truly from the heart. Based in the Lower Mountains, Denise has been an integral part of many local celebrations. As she says, “Whatever occasion is important to you will become important to me.”
tel. 0414 453 242
Cascade Lane Photography I love taking photos and preserving special moments in a beautiful way. I would love to hang out with you and do some visual storytelling, recording a normal day in your life or special times like pregnancy, new babies, celebrations, outings… Anything that is meaningful to you.
Jeff Davies Photographer Jeff Davies is a professional wedding and social-documentary photographer based in the beautiful Blue Mountains. His style of photography is informal and he loves capturing those little moments that occur throughout your wedding day; moments that tell your story and create memories that you will cherish for a lifetime.
Brigitte Grant Photography Brigitte is a portrait photographic artist based in Medlow Bath, Blue Mountains. She grew up in the French Pacific Islands hence her appreciation for colours and natural settings. Brigitte loves how photography allows her to capture a special scene, or a unique moment, and she uses natural settings with the stunning backdrop of the Blue Mountains to capture moody and poetic photographs.
Silversalt Weddings Capturing the true essence of your day through creative & heartfelt wedding photography. If you are planning a celebration that reflects your world and want your individual style to shine through the photographs of that day… we may be a great match. Blue Mountains, Sydney, Kurrajong, Central West and beyond.
Tim Williams Beautiful people. Creativity. Genuine stories. All perfect explanations for why Tim Williams loves photography. Learning from others and being humbled by their journeys is an extraordinary experience he gains behind the lens. If you love Tim’s work he’d love to hear from you and get the chance to capture your adventure and tell your story, wherever in the world that may be.
Joshua Witheford Photography Josh believes he has “the best job in the whole world”. His days are spent making lifelong friends, laughing, celebrating and sharing in moments that people want to remember forever. Each week he is adopted into a new family and gets to be a part of all of the craziness that comes along with planning one of the most important days in a person’s life. Based in Penrith, NSW at the foot of the Blue Mountains, Joshua works with couples all over the country from the Hunter Valley, Mudgee, the NSW South Coast, Illawarra, Sydney’s eastern beaches, CBD, northern beaches, western Sydney and his beloved home area of Penrith and the Blue Mountains.
Mount Vic and Me Would you like something totally unique for your big day? A special way to say thank you to your guests or bridesmaids? Kara finds inspiration in illustrations, photographs, found objects, favourite things, a hint of Australiana and the nostalgia of the Blue Mountains to create fun and quirky greeting cards, tea towels, wedding stationery, original art and earrings for her range. Personalised invitations and tea towels are a favourite – just contact her for more information.
THINGS TO DO
Blue Mountains Cultural Centre Opened 17 November 2012, the Blue Mountains Cultural Centre features the Blue Mountains City Art Gallery and World Heritage Exhibition which is devoted to education about the distinctive environment, history and culture of the Blue Mountains region. The Cultural Centre is co-located with the new Katoomba Library. The Cultural Centre showcases innovative, diverse, distinctive and creative cultural programs for enjoyment by residents of, and visitors to, the Blue Mountains.
Blue Mountains Vintage Cadillacs If you are looking for that final piece to your wedding puzzle and want to make a grand entrance on your special day; if you want to tour the mountains in elegant style, take in High Tea at the Hydro or enjoy a luxurious picnic in pristine surrounds, we have the transport for you. Please contact us for availability and pricing.
VENUES and ACCOMMODATION
Blue Mountains Botanic Gardens Only an hour from Penrith and 40 minutes from Katoomba is one of the most stunning locations in the mountains. Romantic cool climate garden with five specially selected wedding sites. Ceremony, reception and/or photos and Jungle Lodge accommodation available on site. Call to arrange a site visit, T: 02 4567 3000.
The Carrington Hotel There are few places that can match the romance, elegance and charm of The Carrington Hotel – which is why the hotel has been attracting lovers for well over a century. With it’s timeless appeal and elegant decor, The Carrington Hotel is a truly unique and beautiful wedding venue. Whether you have a clear idea of what you desire, or need guidance on planning and theming your wedding, contact the experienced Sales and Events staff for a personalised quote for holding your special day at The Carrington Hotel.
Blue Mountains Accommodation Australia at Cloudlands Katoomba offers An Elegant and Spacious Romantic Mountain Lodge. Historic self contained Blue Mountains accommodation at Cloudlands Katoomba near the Three Sisters and Leura attractions, is a great location nestled in an acre of escarpment garden with private access to scenic walks. You’ll love your stay at Cloudlands – The TOTAL Blue Mountains experience for all seasons and reasons.
Dryridge Estate Surrounded by towering sandstone escarpments and offering some of the region’s most outstanding scenery, Dryridge Estate is a fabulous boutique vineyard nestled deep in Megalong Valley. The venue offers beautiful accommodation, an expansive clear-roof marquee, a stunning ceremony area, incredible wine and a range of options for weddings of all shapes and sizes.
Escarpment Group Perched on the edge of the magnificent Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area and Wine Country – Hunter Valley is the Escarpment Group collection of distinctive properties encapsulating heritage, indulgence and character at its very best. Each of the five are remarkable to the Blue Mountain and Hunter Valley – Lilianfels Resort and Spa, Echoes Boutique Hotel & Restaurant, The Hydro Majestic Hotel, Parklands Country Gardens & Lodges and the Convent Hunter Valley is steeped in history and surrounded by dramatic landscapes and breathtaking views.
Fairmont Resort Blue Mountains Fairmont Resort Blue Mountains, MGallery by Sofitel is set in the natural splendour of the World Heritage-listed Blue Mountains National Park. Awe-inspiring views, an abundance of picturesque surroundings, and elegant function spaces truly reveal the beauty and intimacy of love. Just the setting for your wedding ceremony, photography and reception. Experience your dream wedding in the Blue Mountains and leave the details to their dedicated events team to ensure your every desire is fulfilled on your special day.
Lithgow Workmen’s Club Lithgow Workmen’s Club offers a beautiful Tuscan themed garden and a selection of function rooms, catering to both intimate occasions and more lavish events. They can offer Complete Reception Packages or a Menu tailored to your needs. Award winning 4 Star Accommodation available onsite, offering exquisite interiors and a range of rooms styles all with modern features.
Mountain Heritage Views above the rest… The Mountain Heritage has been lovingly restored over the years to create a venue which is warm, welcoming and grand – offering an atmosphere of absolute romance for your special day.
Mountain Whispers Mountain Whispers is a collection of four multi award-winning luxury properties, totally self-contained and private, ideally situated within the world heritage Blue Mountains villages of Leura and Katoomba. Each property has been lovingly restored to reflect the grandeur of days gone by. Modern luxuries in every property ensure your complete comfort. Central heating, air conditioning, heated bathroom floors and toasty fireplaces. When you stay in a Mountain Whispers property, you’ll feel totally pampered and at ease – everything has been thought of, so all you need to do is relax and enjoy your Blue Mountains getaway…away from it all. Mountain Whispers – a place where memories are made.
Norman Lindsay Gallery & Lindsay’s Cafe Elegant weddings, celebrations and special events are held in the grounds of this historic National Trust property centrally located at Faulconbridge.
Yester Grange Yester Grange is the Blue Mountains premier venue for couples seeking a truly unique wedding reception venue. Nestled in 20 acres of totally private parkland gardens at the top of Wentworth Falls waterfall, the rolling expanse of green lawn reaches from the magnificent Victorian mansion, to touch the thousands of hectares of World Heritage Listed Blue Mountains Wilderness that lies beyond.
Windwood Events Windwood Events specialises in wedding day coordination, and set-up and pack-down services, offering personalised support to ensure every detail you have planned comes to life, without a hitch. Let Windwood coordinators sweat the big and small stuff so you can relax and enjoy your special day with family and friends. Photo by Snippets Photography.
Photography credit: Kara Cooper.