Spring Weddings | The Best Time to Say I Do

Here at Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel, we’re of the opinion that pretty much any day is a nice day for a white wedding, although if you were to ask us for our favourite month we would have to say September.  Why, you ask?

Here’s are our top reasons to say I Do in September!

 

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Spring has Sprung

September bridges the gap between the steamy summer heat and the bitter winds of August, the days get longer and layers slowly start peeling away.

Planning a wedding for spring means you can have your wedding cake and eat it too – the weather strikes the perfect balance for you to rock that bandeaux style wedding dress and worry about shivering in your photos!

The moderate weather also means you and your beau have a world of choice when it comes to deciding the time of your reception and ceremony. Ask about our Lunch Time Reception offer to take full advantage of the September sunshine.

Stop and smell the flowers

Choosing flowers for your bouquets should always lend toward seasonality, and being able to choose from the pops of colour that spring has to offer is an even bigger bonus.

Be sure to look out for;

Sweet Peas, freesias, frangipanis, tulips, amaryllis, flannel flowers + waratahs (go on, be bold!)

September floral offerings strike the perfect balance of more traditional offerings, with the bold and beautiful colours of the new season.

Cocktail Hour

Warmer weather most certainly calls for a cooler drink. Choose from Vodka, Tequila, Gin or Whisky and your guests will be treated to premium spirits served by your own personal bartender for three hours. The perfect option for your guests to be able to enjoy a refreshing gin and tonic as they take in a picturesque sunset over the water.

Ask one of our wedding coordinators more about wedding packages perfect for your September wedding!

Wedding Stylist Interview: Meagan Berkhout x The Style Palette

This September we collaborated with Meagan Berkhout, from The Style Palette, for a Watsons Bay Sunset Style Session.

The Style Palette is a boutique styling studio based in Sydney who work to tell a story, set a mood and create beautiful environments. 

We had the chance to sit down with Meagan and ask her a few questions about herself, her inspiration and her trend predictions for this Spring. 

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Tell us a bit about yourself and how you got started in the industry

I am a hopeless romantic at heart. My interest and love for interiors, gardens and architecture, as well as art, antiques and quality craftsmanship all play a vital role and strongly encourage my design process. I like combining a certain modesty with great elegance, because to me this feels timeless.

After a decade of working in the events industry, I established The Style Palette as my own business. I had finally found my niche when I merged my love of interiors and creating beautiful spaces, with all my knowledge and experience from the events industry.

I was styling my way around town, blissfully happy doing what I truly love.

What was your inspiration for this Style Session shoot?

When it comes to any styled wedding shoot, I always like to develop a story because it helps me visualize the couple, and what their wedding day would look like.

The story behind this shoot reflects a stylish, social and fun-loving couple celebrating their wedding day at Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel.

The happy couple are fashion-forward people, who appreciate design and like to do things in their own unique way.

They spend most of their year chasing summer months and are attracted to the islands off the Caribbean, particularly Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic and The Bahamas.

The overall style of the shoot pays tribute to these islands, and is a modern take on the British Colonial style.

Your favourite piece in this shoot?

I absolutely love the Chinoiserie green plates by Jasper Conran from Wedgwood.

The flowers by Poho were also stunning. I decided to go with a larger-scale arrangement for the dining table, which challenges the typical low-lying centerpiece. It plays on scale and creates a sense of grandeur.

What are your trend predictions for Spring?

Cleaner, more considered tables and spaces seem to be more prominent now and are a refreshing change.

I also feel brides are getting more and more courageous with their wedding day palettes.

Why limit yourself to whites and greens, when there is a whole world of colour out there

Where do you look for inspiration for shoots?

Anywhere and everywhere!

Interiors, gardens, architecture and art always inspire me.

Even down to the colour of a shell can sometimes help guide a colour palette!

Check out all the images from the Style Session photo shoot here. 

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Vendors involved in the Style Session:

Creative Direction & Styling – The Style Palette / @thestylepalettestudio / http://www.thestylepalette.co 

Photographer – Bear Deer Fox / @beardeerfox / https://beardeerfox.com 

Hair & Make Up – Gather & Stitch Beauty / @gatherandstitch_beauty / http://www.gatherandstitch.com/beauty/

Flowers – Poho / @pohoflowers / http://poho.com.au

Gown – Mira Mandic / @miramandic / http://www.miramandic.com.au

Suit – Woody Roo / @woody_roo / http://www.woodyroo.com 

Models – @joshbyron @annikahallinan of Bella Management / @bellamanagement/ http://www.bellamanagement.com.au

Diamonds & Fine Jewellery – Bond Street Jewellers / @bondstreetjewellers / http://www.bondstreetjewellers.com.au

Plates – Jasper Conran for Wedgwood / @wedgwoodau /  www.wedgwood.com.au 

Crystal stemware – Waterford Crystal / @waterfordcrystalaustralia / www.waterfordcrystal.com.au 

Silver Flatware – Royal Doulton / @royaldoulton / www.royaldoulton.com.au

Calligraphy – Written by Hand / @written_by_hand / http://www.writtenbyhand.com.au

Jump into our Kids Sports Day these School Holidays

These spring school holidays we are all about keeping active, embracing the warmer weather and having fun!

Leap Frog Action Sports and Games will be holding an array of fun activities and games for our Sports Days taking place on both Fridays of the school holidays!

With games and activities including parachute games, all-time favourites including sack races and tug-o-war and a mix of team games, kids will spend the morning buzzing with energy and making new friends!

Book in now and don’t miss out on the fun | Fri 30th Sept + Fri 7th Oct

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Be sure to bring a bottle of water, and dress in sports shoes and comfy clothes.

We asked Adele, the owner of Leap Frog Action Sports and Games, why it is important for kids to stay active and how they incorporate this mantra into their Sports Days.

Being active will help build strong bones and muscles, burn energy and develop important gross motor skills. It is also a great way to socialize and make new friends. The key is to make it FUN! Learning and play are always more memorable and successful when fun. We strive to the make each event fun and exciting as children are more likely to continue their active lifestyle later in life if physical activity and sport is fun and enjoyable at a young age.

By combining an array of activities throughout the morning including Earth Ball Games – with their giant 1.8m ball, all-time favourite games  such as relays (egg and spoon, sack, baton running races), Tug-o-war, poison ball and team games such as rob the nest – kids will stay engaged and most importantly have fun!

Spend the morning with Leap Frog and then join us after in Beach Club for $5 Kids meals and face painting

Spring School Holidays have arrived at Watsons Bay

These spring school holidays we’ve got an epic line up of activities to keep the little ones occupied with 2 weeks of jam packed events and fun times, every weekday!

With less than one week to go, make sure you book in now and don’t miss out on all the fun!

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Taking place on both Tuesdays of the holidays, our Sushi Making classes are a great opportunity for kids to become more confident in the kitchen, and the end result will be eaten in minutes. Kids will get hands-on with our chefs and learn to make their favourite sushi rolls and feel like budding chefs.  These classes are selling quickly so book now to keep little hands busy!

Tiny dancers will learn to bust a move in our consistently popular dance classes. Jess from The Jess Academy is back these holidays and will join us on Top Deck on Wednesdays to dance the morning away with Zumba, drama activities and fun-filled fitness games with the kids. Kids will have a morning filled with team-building interactive activities and get their little bodies moving.

Leap Frog Action Sports and Games will be holding an array of fun activities and games for our Sports Days taking place Friday 30th  September and Friday 7th October.  From activities including parachute games, tug-o-war and sack races, kids will spend the morning buzzing with energy and making new friends!

For the budding Picasso’s, Face Painting and Crafts take place Monday and Thursday’s. Join our resident face-painter in Beach Club from 12-3pm and unleash the creative side.

Mum and Dad, you’re free to come along and watch, or kick back and relax in the Beach Club with a coffee or a cold one!

Book in now and join in the fun!

What We’re Loving This Spring| Bombay Sapphire Gin Garden takes over Watsons Bay Beach Club

This spring, the Bombay Sapphire Gin Garden is taking over Watsons Bay Beach Club every Saturday in celebration of the warmer weather, fresh seafood and the premium gins handpicked botanicals.

Enjoy a delicious range of Bombay Sapphire tonic twists and premium Star of Bombay Gin & Tonics, as well as fresh oysters dressed with Bombay Sapphire granita and botanicals. Fresh Oysters + Bombay Sapphire Gin – We can’t think of a better combination on a beautiful sunny afternoon in Beach Club!bombay-banner

We have two different but equally as delicious gin & tonic twists on offer – Strawberry & cracked pepper and Grapefruit & thyme. Both built over ice in a wine glass and topped with tonic and garnish – these two cocktails are refreshing, delicious and very Instagram friendly! Infusing gin with fresh fruit creates an exciting flavour sensation and puts a new twist on the classic G&T.

For those who can’t part from the classic Gin & Tonic, we will also be serving the traditional G&T made with the premium Star of Bombay gin, whose quality and botanical infusion adds a new dimension. This classic will be served over ice with an orange twist, adding a citrus edge, thoroughly enjoyed by all.

An exciting addition to the Bombay Sapphire Gin Garden will be the freshly shucked oysters on offer as part of a Gin & Oyster deal. The fresh oysters will come with a tonic twist granita garnish. Gin and oysters are a perfect pairing.

Check out this recipe for the strawberry & black pepper twist – try it at home or head into Beach Club for the ultimate taste test this October:

 In a chilled wine glass, add Bombay Sapphire, sliced strawberries and freshly cracked black pepper

Stir to infuse the flavours

Add ice, top with tonic, and give it another stir

Garnish with strawberry and cracked pepper

Head on down to the Beach Club and join us for a cheeky Gin & fresh oyster this spring with Bombay Sapphire!

 

Namaste x Morning Yoga | October Long Weekend

Reinvigorate your soul with FREE morning yoga on our Top Deck thanks to ClassPass and INYoga.

MONDAY 3rd OCT | 9AM – 10AM

Recover from the long weekend with a rejuvenating class lead by professional teachers from the InYoga Studio in Surry Hills. Whether you are a beginner or an advanced yogi – everyone is welcome to join us on Top Deck for a refreshing morning session.

We have partnered with ClassPass whose main mantra is – ‘Stay active, live happy’, which we think is a great motto to live by!

InYoga will have instructors running the morning session. Their studio was created for people to connect with like-minded others, enriching their knowledge and experience of yoga both on and off the mat. Their vision is to guide you through an organic, evolutionary, living process of yoga to awaken your full potential. REGISTER NOW | LIMITED SPOTS AVAILABLE.

Stick around after the morning session and enjoy a delicious breakfast in Beach Club, with a number of healthy options available from house-made granola with yoghurt or our healthy breakfast bowl. Wash it all down with a  freshly cracked coconut, delicious brewed coffee, made by our house baristas or a freshly squeezed mixed juice. We look forward to seeing you there!

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Be Inspired x In Conversation with Jessica Sepel | October Long Weekend

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Join us this October long weekend for a morning of inspiration, health and nutrition with Jessica Sepel from JSHealth.

SAT 1ST OCT | 9:30AM-11:30AM

In Conversation with Jessica Sepel will dive into Jessica’s journey of self exploration and her discovery of the dangers of chronic dieting and over-exercising. The session includes breakfast, a take home gift bag, and a look into Jessica’s journey followed by a Q&A session | TICKETS ON SALE NOW!

Jessica Sepel is a social media powerhouse in the health, nutrition and fitness world. With over 117k followers on her Instagram, over 37k on her Facebook and a huge following on her website and blog – Jess’s impact on today’s youth and older generation are huge. Her approach to health and fitness has influenced thousands. “I believe in fuelling and nourishing my body with real, whole foods. That means clean, unprocessed foods that are as close to their natural state as possible”.

This type of eating will be reflected in the October Long Weekend breakfast. Guests will be treated to fresh juice followed by our healthy and nutritious breakfast bowl, consisting of hummus, heirloom tomato, dukkah egg, quinoa, raw carrot, sprouts and kale, all in their wholesome and  nutritious state.

Throughout the morning guests will learn, from Jess, how to eat with a deep sense of peace and enjoyment by choosing nourishing foods that suit their individual needs. Together, we’ll explore a more gentle approach in taking care of your beautifully unique body in a refreshing morning session.

Book in now and enjoy a morning of health this October long weekend.

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Watsons Spring Social Degustation x Wine Ambassador Darren Jahn Interview

On Sunday we hosted the first of our Spring Social Degustations in our Sunset Room. Guests were treated to a 5 course menu with canapés on arrival and paired Robert Oatley wines.

Wine ambassador Darren Jahn, from Robert Oatley wines hosted the afternoon, taking guests through the finest wines from Robert Oatley and the matching dishes curated by our Executive Chef, John Pye.

It was a beautiful afternoon enjoyed by all and we are doing it all again this Friday night – 23rd September!

Book in now and join us for our final delicious spring degustation dinner. 

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We had the chance to sit down with wine ambassador, Darren Jahn, and ask him a few questions about the wines being showcased at the event, his favourite dishes on the degustation menu and his highlights working with the Oatley family.

Tell us a bit about yourself and how you got started in the industry

I’ve been in wine since I was a teenager! Yes, well before I was of legal age. Growing up in Perth and enjoying my formative wine years in Margaret River, I have a definite leaning to the wines of the west, especially Margaret River Chardonnay, however in the last decade working with the Oatley family I discovered Mudgee, its wines and the terrific town, so I’m a big fan of the Central West too. I live in Sydney and travel the country promoting our wines – yes, it’s a dream job!

What is your favourite dish on the degustation menu?

All of them! I’m a seafood and dessert fan so this menu covers all bases for me. It was fun matching the wines and I’m looking forward to putting my taste buds to the test and to receiving feedback from the guests.

What do you enjoy most about degustation dining and wine pairings?

Dego dining is the best – small serves of lots of different tastes with usually an interesting array of wines. Put simply, it’s great fun.

What is your personal favourite type of wine to drink? What would you typically pair this with?

Come on! That’s like asking a mother if she has a favourite child. My favourites are Champagne, Riesling, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Chianti, not in that order, but if serving over a meal, that would be the order I’d work with. Riesling and oysters and duck and pinot are my two favourite, easy wine and food matches.

What have been your highlights working with Robert Oatley Wines?

Discovering Mudgee first and foremost – I fell in love with the town and bought a beautiful historic cottage that I run as a self cater B&B and head out there often to stay myself. Working with our talented winemaking team provides constant rewards – we’ve a wide array of terrific wines that are winning countless awards – source of a great deal of pride.

Love Rosé Brunch Party | October Long Weekend

 

Party like a scene queen and Rosé All Day at our lavish pink drink appreciation brunch

Join us on Sunday October 2nd for our Love Rosé Brunch Party and get ready to dance as the sun goes down and celebrate the long weekend the right way.

From 11:30am – until late, our Sunset Room will turn into a Rosé spectacular.

$65pp | includes glass of rosé on arrival + a delicious brunch – TICKETS ON SALE NOW!

With a stellar line-up of DJ’s, a delicious shared brunch menu + rosé treats – this is one not to be missed! Start the morning with a glass of rosé and brunching delights including trout rillettes, maple glazed bacon and egg sliders with chilli jam & warm Rosé Jam donuts and then dance the afternoon away to beats from everyone’s favourite local DJ’s.

Well-known Eastern Suburbs DJ’s will be spinning everyone’s favourite beats throughout the afternoon.

The Line-Up includes:

DJ Hesse, DJ Cloudrider, DJ Dotch and DJ Lomas.

We’ve got Rosé Everything

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Rosé in the form of a slushie! – YES PLEASE! This summer drink is one of our absolute FAVOURITES and what better way to celebrate the long weekend that with 3 machines pumping out this delicious cocktail! Frosé for all!

Rosé All Day Buckets

Upgrade to our Rosé All Day buckets – best for 8 people – and enjoy delicious bottles of Rosé + Rosé cocktails + a Magnum to share amongst your group! With a selection of wines from @quattrowines there will be something for everyone’s palette.

Rosé Gummies

Who didn’t love gummy bears as a child?  We’ve created our own ‘adults only’ gummies with the lavish pink drink.  Edible rosé – why not?

Rosé Jam Donuts!

Our head chef has taken Jam Donuts to the next level – take a step back Nutella Donuts and make way for our delicious oozing Rosé filled donuts. Rosé and donuts – is there anything better?

Follow us on Instagram @watsonsbayboutiquehotel for sneak peaks of the upcoming party – including DJ interviews, slushie testing and dessert creations!

BOOK IN NOW AND PARTY WITH US THIS OCTOBER LONG WEEKEND!

Roll into the school holidays at Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel

No plans to entertain the little ones this school holidays? En-roll (see what we did there?) the kids into our sushi making classes!

Sushi rolls are a firm favourite among kids, and with good reason. These perfectly sized bites  are easy for smaller tots to hold and opportunities to hide veggies for a healthy hit are endless.

Parent of a picky eater? Sushi classes might be the antidote to broadening pint-sized palettes, as kids who participate in the preparation of their food are much more likely to proudly dig into the finished product.

Here are our top tips for rolling your own sushi at home like a pro – step back, Tetsuya…

Let the rice cool down

Gluggy, shapeless nori rolls are often the result of improperly cooled rice. Work with rice that has completely cooled, and have a bowl of water ready to rinse sticky hands! Cooking the rice the night before and cooling in the fridge overnight is a handy hack.

Get Creative

Fillings for sushi are as limited as your imagination! Fillings such as cucumber, avocado and carrot are popular (and healthy) flavor combinations with younger sushi masters. Pre-prepared teriyaki chicken slices are a good option for those not ready for raw fish

Less is more

As tempting as it may be, overstuffing your sushi roll will lead to a delicious mess of your hard work. Keep it simple, and only use a few slices of each ingredient.

Book in now one of our Sushi Classes these Spring School Holidays – The perfect activity to keep the kids entertained!

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