James and Lydia

James and Lydia's stunning summer wedding was held on a beautiful warm afternoon in the paddock. Our florist Bec created an arbour dripping with roses and flowers and their ceremony was followed by drinks and lawn games in the paddock. The barn was bedecked with flowers, including babies breath 'bunting' and king protea and foliage centrepieces, while the barn entrance was arrayed with oak leaves. It looked like a magical wonderland! Photos by Justine McArthur

Lee and Sarah

Lee and Sarah had an amazing party for their nearest and dearest. It was a small enough wedding to make use of the Farm Cafe space, but as wedding photographers themselves they were keen to have the use of the entire Collingwood Children's Farm grounds for their celebration and photos. We set up the bar and barn in the grounds below, not to mention one of the most beautiful pinatas we ever did see!

Photos by Justine McArthur

Pro Tips About Wedding Photography - 2

In the second of the two-part series we talk to one of our favourite wedding photographers Timothy Marriage about how to go about choosing a photographer, what you should expect and how much it costs. After the wedding is all over, the photos are the main tangible remaining memory. Plus you will spend most of the day with your photographer, so its important to make sure you 'click' (no pun intended!). Tim is great fun and also super organised and responsive - take it from us, that's a winning combination!

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Margaret Fulton's Chocolate Truffles

These truffles are super easy and can be made well in advance - perfect for Christmas gifts! Pop into a cute jar or lolly bag and they are ready to go, just store in the fridge between when you make them and when you want to give them. They're fun to make with little ones (you can leave out the alcohol if you're doing this!), although expect plenty of chocolatey little hands and a dusting of cocoa over the entire kitchen.

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Pro Tips About Wedding Photography - 1

Photography: its a seemingly magical craft whereby simple little moments are turned into stunning timeless images, all through the intangible combination of a camera and the human behind it. To help demystify the whole process a little, we've asked one of our fave wedding photographers, Timothy Marriage (!) for his pro tips on everything from how to improve the lighting in your bathroom to keeping your photographer happy! Check out more of Tim's amazing work on his website.

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Roxy and Rohan

Roxy and Rohan's wedding was filled with unique personal touches. From the 'round the world' theme to reflect their own extensive time travelling together, to the inclusion of their daschund both in person at the ceremony (wearing his blue bow tie) and in sugar form on their cake at the reception, this was a wedding that truly represented the personality of the couple. 

Photography by Timothy Marriage, photos used here with kind permission.

 

Courtney and Matt

These two lovebirds had an incredible wedding, from the ceremony under the shady oak complete with live music to the incredible TipiKata set up in the paddock. They celebrated under the stars with an outdoor bar and dancefloor to the glow of our festoon maypole. Heaps of fun!

 

Photos provided by Kitty Wursthorn and Timothy Marriage.

Stephanie and Shane

Steph and Shane's beautiful wedding was held under the oak tree on a rainy day - they took the rain in their stride and with some umbrellas for the guests and bridal party and the shelter of the tree, their ceremony was held outdoors as they had planned. 

Guests then were treated to test tube shots on arrival and danced the night away in the cafe.

Madeline and Lachlan at Mountain Goat

Madeline and Lachlan got married and celebrated in the same awesome venue: Mountain Goat Brewery in Richmond. Their ceremony took place in front of a giant light-up love heart - afterwards, the space turned into the dancefloor!

 

Photography by Jason Vandermeer, used here with kind permission.

Healthy Roast Pumpkin & Chickpea Salad with Dukkah and Tahini Yoghurt Dressing

Fans of our Super Salad will know we love our healthy meals in a bowl. This recipe is great for a quick and healthy lunch that is also full of flavour, and most importantly uses ingredients you probably already have in the fridge.

Quantities for this recipe are all approximate, the other beauty of this recipe is that its very forgiving, and suits those of us with a 'bucket chemist' approach to cooking. Feel free to vary it based on the number you're feeding, what you have on hand or just personal taste.

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Pirate Biscuits - AKA Homemade Choc Wheatens

These are the ultimate go-to biscuit - incredibly easy, relatively good for you, and perfect with a cup of tea. Better yet, in un-chocolated form they are a classic plain biscuit that are ideal for kids playing pirate ships who want some authentic-looking (but undoubtedly better tasting) snacks.

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Nanna's Maltese Ricotta Cheese Pie

Flaky pastry. Warm cheesy filling flavoured with fresh herbs. Sounds good right? This traditional Maltese dish is one of the most comforting winter warming dishes we're super excited to have on special in the cafe this season.

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Ten Minute Mandarine Loaf Recipe

This mandarine loaf is hands down one of the simplest, most delicious cakes around. The honey plus the lack of eggs or butter makes it less 'cakey', giving a sticky, slightly chewy texture.

The perfect afternoon tea morsel fresh out of the oven, its also great a day or two later toasted, and its easily made in about 10 minutes plus cooking time.

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Erin and Leon at Newport Substation

Erin and Leon's wedding was held at Newport Substation, with its soaring ceiling, floor to ceiling windows and beautiful old red brick walls. As they are committed to living a waste-free life, any leftover food was composted, drinks were served on tap to save on bottles and the styling was made up of items that could be reused or recycled. It was wonderful to be a part of making a waste-free wedding as beautiful as Leon and Erin's.

Jacinta and Will at Their Family Property

Held at the family's private property, Will and Jacinta's wedding was elegantly styled with plenty of fresh green foliage, white flowers and copper tones. Long tables for guests to sit and enjoy the meal, a great dancefloor, break out space with oak barrels and candle light and outdoor seating areas made use of the incredible spaces.