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Podcast: Australian Wedding Masters Series: Hire Me SA.

Meet the South Australia’s number ONE wedding and event hire HIRE ME SA.

Wedding-Hire-Me-SA-01aVoted #1 Wedding_Hire for the ABIA Awards 2015, HIRE ME SA is a team of experts in all things Wedding & Events.  No matter how small or large, elaborate, or even the DIY hires – they strive to be the best value for money without compromising quality.

When starting HIRE ME SA, Natalina had a vision to become the best value hire company in SA without compromising on quality, service, and variety.  With this brief in mind, she quickly got to work. Bringing her passion and enthusiasm for the industry, she never looked back!

Sharing with us her insight into a day in the life of an Event Planner, whilst also offering tips and tricks to handle your special day!

Be sure to check out the HIRE ME SA Team for all your Wedding Hire and Event needs.

Check out her website at: HIRE ME SA

Find her on Facebook at: HIRE ME  SA

Find her on Twitter at: @hiremesa

Find her on Instagram at: #hiremesa

Find her on Pinterest at: HIRE ME SA


Podcast: Australian Wedding Masters Series: Jason Wong

Meet the photographing legend Jason Wong from JasonWongPhotography (JWP).

jason-wong2Bridal couples who want their capture the unique moments that make their wedding reception truly once in a lifetime trust Jason Wong.

Whatever your story may be, JWP will help you remember in YOUR own style with flexibility throughout every step of the way, because to them, your final satisfied expression is their biggest achievement!

Jason sees his role as the bride’s memory in motion on the day – alert and scanning the event for those unique moments and capturing the on film to be enjoyed for all time.

His down to earth manner and attention to the little things that to others go un noticed have led to him being awarded the ABIA Best Wedding Photographer in SA in 2015.

Check out his website at: JasonWongPhotography

Find more on Facebook at: JasonWongPhotography


Podcast: Australian Wedding Masters Series: Crystal Terreu

Meet the elegant Hair & Make up Stylist Crystal Terreu from La Pictura.

Crystal-TerreuHairdressing for over 15 years Crystal Terreu has built her career on creating signature styles that are always recognisable and trending.

Her indisputable success in both the fashion and wedding industry is a testament to her passion for turning runway trends into wearable looks for her devoted clientele; from red carpet ready and bridal to everyday luscious locks.

Crystal thrives on knowledge, studying & always researching & re-inventing creations always keeping up to date with the latest trends, going from simple to extraordinary with ease.

This go getter has set quite a high standard amongst some of the most talented & prestigious Adelaide has to offer.

Crystal Terreu oozes soul making her both personal and approachable.

Her philosophy is quite simple.
Have a kind heart fierce mind & free spirit & loving. What I do is not a job. I live, love & breathe my passion

Check out her website at: La Pictura

Find her on Facebook at: La Pictura

Find her on Instagram at: Award Winning Hair



Podcast: Australian Wedding Masters Series: Maria Abacan

Meet our photobooth guru, Maria Abacan, Co-Founder and Director at The Booth Box.

Maria-The_Booth_BoxSince launching mid 2012, the team at The Booth Box have successfully hired their photobooth services to just over 800 events in Melbourne.

They’ve produced their own line of photobooths and have assisted many businesses start up in the industry.

The success of their events largely focuses on providing outstanding customer service, from the moment an inquiry is made until the moment the event has finished.

“We understand the time and efforts placed on each event and we try and be the easiest and professional company for the bride/groom to work with, each year we improve our services and gather reviews from all our clients all on the basis to try and improve the service we deliver.” – Maria Abacan.

Check out her website at: The Booth Box

Find more on Facebook at: TheBoothBox

Find more on Instagram at: theboothbox



Podcast: Australian Wedding Series: Cindy Westphalen

Meet our wedding master of this week, Cindy Westphalen.

cindy-westphalenCindy Westphalen launched Cindy’s Classic Gourmet in 1989, and has successfully established herself as a quality, multi-award-winning brand offering complete wedding catering and planning services in Adelaide and around Australia.

It is Cindy’s genuine passion and dedication to each unique wedding day dream that has seen clients return to Cindy to cater their birthdays, anniversaries, and in turn their children’s engagements and weddings.

Being named Australia’s Number 1 Independent Caterer in 2015 and 2016 is down to Cindy’s care and attention to detail, her highly skilled and professionally presented kitchen and waiting teams, and her personal investment in making your event a success, and exceeding the expectations of you and your guests for taste, presentation, flexibility and service.

Check out her website at: Cindy’s Classic Gourmet

Find her on Facebook at: cindysclassicgourmet

Find her on Instagram at: cindysclassicgourmet


Podcast: Australian Wedding Masters Series: Matt Bradshaw

Meet our wedding master of this week, Matt Bradshaw.

Matt Bradshaw is a singer-songwriter producer-performer now living in Melbourne, Australia.

Over the last sixteen years, he has played literally thousands of shows spanning China, the UAE, SE Asia, Europe, the USA and Australia.Matt Bradshaw

In the studio, Matt has ten CD releases to his credit both as a solo artists and with other acts (including two international releases), he has a publishing contract with Sony Asia for songs written in Mandarin, and as a live performer, has appeared on television and stage as a lead and backing vocalist, guitarist, keyboard player, bass player and actor.

He has written film scores [“RockStar”, for Tropfest] and TV show themes [“Get Ace”, a cartoon show with worldwide syndication, just entering its second season], he has worked with a number ex-Australian Idol performers [Dan O’Connor, Matt Chadwick, Guy Sebastian, Ricki-Lee] following their TV appearances, he is currently the Musical Director for Dracula’s Theatre Restaurants [ongoing for more than a decade] and performs live some six-to-eight (or more!) times a week, and in April he completed the orchestrations for an Arena Spectacular version of the movie Hairspray, starring Simon Burke, Christine Anu and Tim Campbell. All this in addition his regular touring commitments, corporate events and of course, weddings.

Matt has worked with and/or as support act for: John Foreman, KISS, Guy Sebastian, Collective Soul, Ricki-Lee, America, Mark Seymour, UB40, Daryl Braithwaite, BoneyM, Jon Stevens, James Brown, Matt Hetherington, Limahl, INXS, Creed and Human Nature to name but a few.

Of all the events of which Matt is a part, weddings are his favourite, and to get to be a fundamental part of a couple’s most special of days is an honour he doesn’t take lightly. The planning of a wedding can be a high-pressure affair, but with his personable style, attention to detail and wealth of experience, you can be assured that once you’ve enlisted Matt’s services, there is nothing you need worry about. Except perhaps your speeches. :-)

“Hi Matt, thanks so much again for helping make our day so very special. Leanne and I had a great day and the feedback we have had has been amazing including how much everyone enjoyed your music. The day turned out exactly as we had hoped and if were to it again we would not change a thing. Awesome job thanks!” – Leanne and Peter Van Summeren – wedding @ Patterson River Country Club 2016.

“We are so excited that you guys have gone to such great lengths to get here. We really really appreciate it so much. Thank you so much, you absolutely made our night.” – Lauren and Nick Avery – wedding @ St Helens, Tasmania 2016.

Check out his Agency at: Space Between Notes

Check out his website at: Matt Bradshaw

Find him on Facebook at: MattyBBradshaw


Podcast: Australian Wedding Masters Series: Celebrant Camille

CamilleMeet our wedding master of the week, Celebrant Camille Abbott.

Personalised, fun, modern and relevant wedding ceremonies are Camille’s speciality and she loves what she does. With over 7 years experience, she is an award-winning, Huff Post blogging, full-time civil celebrant based in Australia.

Her no nonsense and practical approach is the credo underpinning Bridechilla Club; for couples who want their wedding to be special, but not at the expense of going crazy, broke or sending their friends and family running for cover.

You can test the Bridechilla Quiz HERE: Are you a Bridechilla?

Check out her website at: Ceremonies by Camille

Find her on Facebook at: camilleabbottMC

Find her on Instagram at: Bridechilla Club

Find them on Pinterest at: Bridechilla Club


Podcast: Australian Wedding Masters Series: Celebrant Julie

Julie_Byrne_Fb03Meet our wedding master of the week, Celebrant Julie Byrne.

As a Melbourne and Yarra Valley marriage celebrant who will conduct her 500th wedding this year, Julie has been described as relaxed, fun and casual, yet highly professional.

She offers a step by step approach to planning your ceremony and delivers it on the day with laughs and enthusiasm.

Many couples contact her after the wedding to say the ceremony was their favourite part of the day, and to mention how many guests commented it was the best ceremony they had seen!

Check out her website at:

Find her on Facebook at: celebrantjulie

Find her on Instagram at: @juliebyrne.celebrant



Podcast: Australian Wedding Masters Series: DJ Ben

L&G-25_BenMeet our weeding master of the week, DJ Ben.

For the bridal couples who want their wedding reception to be FUN, you can’t look past Ben from DJ Ben Events. Ben has worked as a DJ for almost 23 years and focuses his current role as being a wedding host…planning & running the entire night with and for his clients.

His upbeat, friendly and at times whacky sense of fun is often included through interactive games and segments designed to actively include the wedding guests and tailored towards each wedding couple. He also has an impressive history of 11 years on radio, 2000 individual club nights and interstate and overseas wedding bookings.

DJ Ben was awarded the ABIA Best Wedding MC in SA in 2015 and continuously delivers wedding receptions filled with laughter, music and interaction to around 45 couples each year.

Check out his website at:

Find him on Facebook at: DJBenEvents



Podcast: Australian Wedding Masters Series: Shaun Scott

Meet our wedding master of the week, Shaun Scott.Shaun

With nearly a decade of experience in the entertainment industry and his current role as principal DJ at the state’s highest rated multi-supplier or wedding DJs, Shaun draws on a diverse range of experience in the wedding and event industries.

With nearly a decade of experience in the entertainment industry and his current role as principal DJ at the state’s highest rated multi-supplier or wedding DJs, Shaun draws on a diverse range of experience in the wedding and event industries.

Shaun Scott

He is know by many brides as the person who made THE difference on their wedding day, combining sensitivity with attention to detail to create a once in lifetime experience.

He is know by many brides as the person who made THE difference on their wedding day, combining sensitivity with attention to detail to create a once in lifetime experience.

Check out his website at:

Find him on Facebook at: Griffin Alliance


Featured on #1 wedding celebrant in Adelaide

Check out my interview with Celebrant Camille Abbott, about how to choose a great wedding DJ and other insider tips to save you time and money while planning your big day.

She was voted #1 wedding celebrant in SA at this years ABIA awards!
Check it out  HERE

There is also a BONUS just to keep you reading until the end of the interview; Camille has created a FREE 10-page ebook: ‘Wedding Ceremony Music Guide’.It includes:

1) the sections of a civil ceremony that need music,
2) the different kinds of songs that work and why,
3) how many songs you’ll need to choose for each section AND
4) a list of over 300 tunes to help you plan!

Its quite good – check it out!   HERE


Mount Lofty House

A popular Adelaide wedding venue get’s a makeover

Wedding DJ, David Bartholomeusz from Griffin Alliance, reviews Mt Lofty House so brides and engaged couples can consider it as a reception venue for their special day.

Mount Lofty House: Coach House

As promised, I’m reviewing the new Coach House room at Mount Lofty House. For those of you who haven’t considered Mt Lofty House for your wedding, this is for you.

MtLH-02Mt Lofty House has completely changed over the last 3 years. The Mercure Group have taken it over and converted what was an already excellent venue into just something absolutely fantastic, so this space is completely new.

A lot of you probably don’t know this space even exists – it’s called the Coach House. It’s done beautifully and has employed very good-looking staff (for all you ladies!). This is a small intimate room which is a great venue for a cocktail function. They’ve got about 100 down for cocktails tonight for the wedding and I’ve shown you the room but this is what you really want to see!

Stunning views of Adelaide for your wedding reception venue

MtLH-04The view just outside of the Coach House room will blow your mind! Guests are spoilt with beautiful views of the gardens and the Adelaide hills from a beautiful little deck. And there are even a few little lawn games for guests. Everyone is contained in a beautiful little space, so this is just a perfect venue for bride’s who love a garden setting.

Any new brides that are considering Mt Lofty House, the Coach House area is a great choice if you’re looking for an intimate venue overlooking the gorgeous hills of Adelaide. There are also 3 other spaces that you could have your wedding in that will accommodate anything fro 30 people for a sit-down wedding, right through to about 150 people.

MtLH-06The Coach House is just one of the great spaces up at Mt Lofty House, so don’t be afraid to come and check out to find the perfect wedding reception venue for you!

And of course, the Griffin Alliance team can arrange all of your entertainment. Talk to our team of wedding DJ’s today on 0417 819 553.

National Wine Centre

Hey there, it’s David Bartholomeusz here from Griffin Alliance DJs, once again.  Hey, how are you going? I’m just at the National Wine Centre.  I just want to show you around outside before we go in, in case you’re considering this venue for your wedding reception.

NWC-250315aYou can see this beautiful outdoor area where everyone gets together beforehand, absolutely fantastic!  And then, you get the view right in to the Botanic Gardens as well.  So, it’s a beautiful outdoor space where people can come and gather beforehand.  Now the thing I really like most about the National Wine Centre and why I think it’s worth checking out is because there’s a lot of different spaces so you have got a lot of different options in terms of what you can do here.  I’m DJing in this small room over here called the Vine’s room, which, for up to 50 people is absolutely fine and they’re having a beautiful cocktail party.  In here, you’ve got the grand ballroom and it’s just absolutely massive.  So, there’s also two other rooms that you can use as well.  So you’ve got a really a big range of option from a very small intimate group to a huge, massive wedding as well.  So, whatever is your group size, it’s really worth coming in here and having a chat with the team.  They’re very professional.  Misty is the person I’m working with tonight and she’s been absolutely fantastic and so organized.

NWC-250315bSo, I’ll just run you around in to the Vine’s room so you can check that out and have a look what they have done with the place.  Probably, the number one drawback for this venue, I would say it’s that it’s a little bit clinical, so, if you want to have a real country feel to the music and the setting and that sort of stuff then some other venues are really good for that.  So, you know, that’s not you’re not going get a vintage wedding for your day out this venue but in terms of having a great time, this venue is absolutely ideal. The other thing that I’ll point out a huge pro of this venue is their production team and their operations team are just absolutely spot on because they do a large number of events.  So, you kind of get almost an international hotel level of service.  So, to sum up this venue and like I said, no matter what your wedding size, this venue has got a room for you.  This is David Bartholomeusz from Griffin Alliance DJs. Hope it’s useful for you.

Longview Vineyard

Hey David Bartholomeusz from Griffin Alliance DJs here.  I’m just showing you the area for the ceremony at Longview Winery.  Really, really awesome here.  As you can see out over here, lots of socializing out over the vineyard, absolutely beautiful.  There’s a bar up there.  And this is a beautiful big tree here which I wouldn’t normally make a fuss over a tree but it’s just this beautiful, a striking distance.  So, if you want a real country to your wedding plus elegance, certainly for your ceremony, that’s how you walk down the aisle.

Hey, how are you going?  Dave Bartholomeusz here from Griffin Alliance DJs.  I just thought I’d show you a little bit about Longview Winery, just the pros and cons of this venue.

LV_hero-300So, as you can see, really, really beautiful and I think it was really, really hard to set things up. Probably the biggest pro of this venue I think is it got a huge amount of country character.  So you can basically do the venue up as nice as you want but it doesn’t have to be ostentatious.  So, you can get a real feel of elegance but without a huge amount of ostentatiousness I guess.  I really want to show you the outside area but it’s windy today.  It’s not usually super windy up here so that’s a bit of a surprise but it’s a beautiful balcony up here and then stretching out to the lawns.  I’ll put some pictures of the lawn areas set up for the ceremony, as you can see that. Beautiful venue, it’s very well worth checking it out if you’re thinking of getting married up here. David Bartholomeusz from Griffin Alliance DJs at Longview Winery.  If you want to know about it then give me a call on your domino and tell you what I know.

Gomersal Winery in the Barossa Valley Review

Hi, it’s DJ Dave here, just reporting in from Gomersal Winery.  Just in case you’re thinking about having your reception here, just to give you a bit of an idea of what the place is like.

Gomersal1So, I’ll just talk a little bit about the pros and cons of the venue.  I’m not really here to tell whether it’s good or bad because as you’ve probably already know, it’s not about a venue is good or bad, it’s about whether it’s right for you.  So, I have to say I’ve not seen this venue done up this nicely, it’s just absolutely fantastic and it’s a real credit to the team here and that’s probably my number one pro for Gomersal Winery as a wedding reception venue.  It’s that Gaby and her team are just 100% supportive with doing what you want to do.  Last time I was here, I saw this venue done complete differently but it’s just absolutely fantastic!

gomersalProbably the biggest con, I would say for this venue, is the sound restrictions.  It’s not to say, do not come here, absolutely not!  The sound level is pretty good but it’s not high, high so, if you want to have a crazy, crazy party with lots and lots of loud music, this is probably not your best choice.  They would love you to be able to turn the music up really loud but they’ve got neighbors that just force you to lower the music

Gomersal2So, just gonna come over here and show you the cake because whoever made this cake just needs 10,000 gold medals.  Look at that, chocolate on the one side and there’s the traditional wedding cake on the other.  It’s just so phenomenal!

So, sound aside, there is probably one other factor to consider, it’s a pro or con and you can actually see it and not see it today, which is, this venue needs a fair bit done to it to look awesome, so, that might be a con but as you can see , if you’re willing to put in the effort, having a venue like this is an absolute pro because  you can do with exactly the way you want and once again that‘s where Gaby and the team come in, They are so supportive of allowing you to be creative and just do whatever you like with this venue.

So that’s Gomersal Winery, reviewed for its suitability as a wedding reception venue.  Thank you for checking it out.