Social Scene May 2012
I think … no, I KNOW … I’m in total denial that we’re almost halfway through the year! I seriously haven’t gotten over Christmas and am still gobbling chocolate Easter eggs at an illegal pace, and May is here! Really, May! Already? I bemoan the change of season every year, farewell to fashion, the sun kissed bikini and Havaianas and a begrudging nod and dreary return to jeans and scratchy woollies. The only saviour for this gloomy time of year is the acceptable increase in hot chocolate consumption and the delicious fashion for the feet! Let the festival of the boot begin!
Yasmin Rumjahn and Tyerell Allen were married at a ceremony at Emerald Downs Golf Course (developed by the groom’s late grandfather, Todd Roods) in mid March, with a reception to follow in the waterfront function rooms at Rydges. The bride looked radiant in an off the shoulder ivory Charlie Brown gown and was attended by best friend, Grace Lee. Tyerell was attended by his older brother Ryan. The bride changed into another stunning floor length Charlie Brown red gown for the reception and set to work to party with their 75 guests, enjoying a four-course feast and a wedding cake designed and made by the bride. Guests were given miniature jars of Ricardoes strawberry jam in keeping with the red theme. The couple filled the event with personal touches, with Tyerell designing stationery and invitations, flowers and decorations. Guests travelled from San Francisco, New Zealand and Sydney to celebrate on the coast. The couple ended the night with some fun fancy dress shots with their guests and jetted off to Hawaii for their honeymoon. Aloha, Yasmin and Tyerell!
Raffaella Galli-Hurdwell from Bluebird and Blossom recently held a fab website launch at her boutique in the Garrison Building. This place is one of my favourite haunts, filled with wonderful treats including Samantha Wills Jewellery (a personal fave), beautiful leather goods (including my beloved boots!) and one off fashion pieces. You can check out all of Raffi’s treasures at www.bluebirdandblossom.com.au
Tess Worthing and Coby Meehan were married on a gorgeous sunny day in late March in Smithtown, followed by a relaxed reception for 90 guests at Hat Head Surf Club. Tess, who works in PR for local government and Coby in the hardware industry, met as children while rowing surf boats together in Hat Head.
The pair went on their separate ways and didn’t see each other again until uni was over and they were both working in hospitality back in the Macleay. It was serendipitous that the couple crossed paths again, fell in love and celebrated their wedding, all where it first began in Hat Head. Tess and Coby’s love of nature meant they chose a tree theme for their wedding, which was highlighted by their bonbonniere of timber coasters cut and oiled by Coby using timber from his family farm, a wedding tree guest book, where all of their guests recorded their fingerprint and name, a gorgeous timber branch cake stand and stunning local flannel flowers from Stuarts Point. All invitations and place cards were printed on recycled paper.
Guests enjoyed canapés in the gardens of the surf club followed by a main course from SilverSpoon Catering, and their wedding cake with vanilla bean ice-cream and berries. Congrats to a really lovely couple – wishing you every happiness in your life together.
The delightful Briannah Berne celebrated her 13th birthday with a fabulous party on April 21 at Zebu, with a High Tea Party for 13 of her closest girlfriends. The girls enjoyed mini cupcakes, finger sandwiches, decadent chocolate caramel tarts and scrummy hot chocolates. The event was organised by Mum Kylie Berne, with the girls all attending in the best party frocks! Happy birthday Miss Briannah!
Speaking of High Teas – I stepped back in time and had a delightful experience at Tea and Treasures with hosts John and Trish!
Creative couple Fiona Joy Hawkins and Bas Gross celebrated their wedding on Saturday 21 April with a cocktail celebration at their stunning home set on a hillside in Kendall. Fiona and Bas chose a Casablanca Nightclub feel for their event, with theming in black, white and red. The 130 guests enjoyed a musical and culinary feast, with as many as 5 different artists performing throughout the evening and over 14 different bite size morsels of SilverSpoon delicacies with little noodle boxes of yumminess to finish. Fiona designed a fabulous 200 piece cupcake wedding cake also made by Lauren from SilverSpoon, including hazelnut fudge, banana banofi and my personal favourite, red velvet cupcakes. The eclectic and beautifully attired guests tangoed the night away, with many guests including artists, performers, sculptors and writers all in attendance to celebrate with the happy couple. Bas, a vintage car enthusiast, restored a stunning old Bristol that whisked the couple away immediately after their ceremony. Congratulations to a hugely talented and much loved couple!
Happy birthday to my beloved mother-in-law, Pam Foye, who recently celebrated her 60th birthday with the event we now refer to as the ‘Festival of Pam’! The almost week long celebration was co-ordinated by my co-conspirator Terry Foye, who organised a covert mission to execute a cocktail event at Zebu for 30 guests complete with delicious chocolate truffle cake from Burkhardts Bakery, followed by a surprise getaway to South West Rocks on the Saturday to follow and a dinner for 20 guests at the Seabreeze Hotel.
All the guests made a weekend of it, with the surprise being partially blown by Pam looking out the window at the exact moment I stepped out of my highly conspicuous van with a giant and supremely delicious chocolate birthday cheesecake! Cover blown and party started! South West Rocks proved as always to be heaven on a stick! Happy birthday, Pammy!
Slice of Haven festival is set to hit the shores of the Camden Haven on Sunday 27 May. This is one of my favourite local fests, celebrating great food, wine, beer and of course, CUPCAKES! Some may think I have the pram for transporting a much loved little one from stall to stall – it is really to stash obscene amounts of cupcakes into every pouch and crevice! Have wheels and sugar addiction – will travel! ‘til next month!
This story was published in issue 78 of Port Macquarie Focus