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Escape to the Greek Islands

When your job is to organise events & weddings for other people, it’s safe to say that when it comes to planning your own special day, every single detail would be covered.  This is certainly true in the case of our good friend Chloe who is a senior Event Planner with The Style Co. and who recently celebrated her magnificent wedding with partner James.  Mr Collins and the team were excited to be involved in this mammoth event, helping to organise the day’s proceedings to make sure it was simply unforgettable.  

p549008338-4-420x500 With the nature of her job to locate the best wedding venues across Victoria for her clients, Chloe had the advantage of knowing these spots inside out and had some clear favourites in her mind.  The loved up couple opted for one of Tommy Collins’s exclusive venues, Mantons Creek Estate in Red Hill, with it’s picturesque backdrop and ample event space to cater for the 180 attending guests, it was the perfect choice.

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From the outset, Chloe & James had a vision for this day and a theme they wanted to follow – quite simply, they wanted to encapsulate a Mediterranean getaway (paying special homage to their respective Greek & Maltese heritage) for all their guests.  This vision was certainly carried throughout all aspects of their wedding; from the shared sit-down service of food with succulent meats, fish & lots of fresh tomato style sides & canapés, to the exquisite styling & floristry laid on by Chloe’s comrades over at The Style Co.  The talented team at Dann Events provided all the unique furniture & settings for the day which consisted of various lounges, cocktail bars & ‘chilled out’ seating areas.

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The hard-working crew at The Style Co. worked tirelessly throughout the day to create Chloe’s depiction of a Greek Island scenic backdrop.  Huge drapes of flowing muslin were hung above the outdoor seating arrangements, which worked seamlessly alongside the rural property’s abundance of fragrant olive trees, and rows of ripe vines.  The marquee was a mammoth ‘peg & pole’ style structure (12m x 18m) which sat to the side of the main house of the property and was eloquently styled inside with cascading floral installations and bright popping table blooms.  Guests were treated to a selection of cocktails & canapés on arrival by the bow-tied Tommy Collins crew, before heading into the marquee for a sit-down shared Mediterranean Feast (following our ethical approach to sustainability, head chef Quinn had sourced all local produce & ingredients to create these edible delights).

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As the evening progressed and the sun set over the lush vineyard, the over-head festoon lighting and vibrant dance floor came into play.  With everyone enjoying the Greek festivities of traditional dancing, Mr Collins and his team ensured that every need was catered for, with a fully stocked scotch & cocktail bar and opulent dessert station, accompanied by roving espresso martinis.  And in keeping with the Greek style theme, just as the night was wrapping up, the TC chef’s rolled out succulent chicken souvlaki’s for the journey home.

All the meticulous planning that went into the day’s events was certainly worth it, with Chloe & James’s wedding well and truly earning a spot in Mr Collins’s Wedding Album.

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Chloe & James’s Menu

24 – 01 – 2015

Canapés

Compressed lime scented watermelon, haloumi

Air dried cherry tomato tart, ricotta, dehydrated black olive, parmesan crisp

Tuna tataki, creme fraiche, French breakfast radish, black garlic

Otway Pork kromeski, apple puree

Entree (shared)

Marinated and grilled Quail, grapes, walnuts, chive

Roasted Bug Tails, fennel puree, orange, dill, fennel pollen

Tempura zucchini flowers, Mt Zero faro, mint, peas

Main (shared)

Slow roasted Gippsland beef sirloin, green beans, Yarra Valley Persian feta

Crispy skin Cone Bay Barramundi, grilled local asparagus, fregola

White cut chicken breast, crumbed chicken sausage, celeriac puree, broccoli couscous, currants, pine nuts, crispy chicken skin

12 hour slow roasted Flinders Island Lamb shoulder, green beans, Yarra Valley Persian feta

Sides

Red Hill heirloom tamatoes, black olive oil, Shaw River buffalo mozzarella

Charred fig, rocket, walnut

Triple cooked Rye potatoes, rosemary, sea-salt

Dessert Station

Passionfruit, vanilla meringue, raspberries, cream

Pistachio, white chocolate, strawberry, basil

Loukoumades, honey, walnut

Peanut butter cheesecake, chocolate cookie

Ouzo flavoured blood orange tartlets

Supper

Mini Souvlaki’s, marinated chicken, chips, mustard aioli, onion, parsley

OCCASION:      C H L O E  &  J A M E S’ S  W E D D I N G

VENUE:         M A N T O N S  C R E E K  W I N E R Y

STYLING & FLOWERS:        T H E  S T Y L E  C O .

PHOTOGRAPHY:        E R I N  &  T A R A   (B  &  W)

                                         H I K A R I   P H O T O G R A P H Y  (C O L O U R)

MARQUEE:       T H E  M A R Q U E E  P E O P L E

FURNITURE:       D A N N  E V E N T S

CATERING:       T O M M Y  C O L L I N S

BRIDAL DRESS:        S T E V E N  K H A L I L

GROOM’S SUIT:        O S C A R  H U N T

April 17, 2015 × 0 comments

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The Bride in the Bush

What do you get when you take an AFL player, a National Netball player and the Victorian bushland on New Years Eve?  The answer is simply….one of the most incredibly fun weddings that we’ve been lucky enough to be a part of!
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When Shae & Mitch approached us to cater for their wedding last New Year’s Eve, we were more than a little excited!  The sports mad couple were living in Perth WA both playing for their respective teams, but wished to have their special day here in Mitch’s home of Victoria.  Growing up in rural farmlands outside of Ballarat, Mitch’s family home with it’s surrounding picturesque landscape, seemed to be a fitting venue for this super relaxed, fun couple.
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The theme set for the big day, was a ‘hippy styled music festival’ with the simple intention of everyone being able to be relaxed and happy.  And the talented team over at Sooti Events certainly ensured that this brief was carried out throughout the day with their stunning styling, theming & signage.  When it came to the eclectic furniture and food props, the consummate professionals at Place Settings made sure everything was in perfect keeping with the designed brief.  In keeping with the unique design of the day, the bride & groom pulled off an ‘effortlessly chic’ style, in both their outfits.  Shae radiated beauty in a stunning bridal dress by Pallas Couture, whilst Mitch & his groomsmen were decked out in custom made suits with matching country-style hats by Past Present The Label.
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Given the relaxed nature of the New Year’s Eve wedding, Shae & Mitch opted to steer away from a sit-down service style of food, and to go with roving canapés, followed by a selection of Food Stations.  With a Mexican Taco Bar, Pizzeria and Fish & Chip Station all set up for the excited guests to ensure that everyone was catered for, there was certainly no one going hungry!
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With a rustic bush landscape, stunning bright florals, specially designed Tipi Tents, custom-made Food Stations and the one of the happiest wedding crowds ever, Shae & Mitch most certainly made this day, one to remember!
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Shae & Mitch Menu

31 – 12 – 14

Canapés

Tomato, parmesan, ricotta, black olive, basil

Crumbed scallop & prawn boudin

Lamb belly, crushed peas, mint oil

 

Substantial Canapés

Falafel, pickled cabbage, chilli tahini yoghurt

Crispy buttermilk chicken burger, Kansas City BBQ aioli

 

Food Stations

The Chippie

Beer battered market fish

Pomme Frites

Mountain pepper squid, lemon myrtle aioli

Malt vinegar, tartare, lemon

Pickled onions

 

Taco Bar

Soft shell beef tacos

Corn & black turtle bean salsa

Habanero sauce, chipotle relish

With sides

 

Pizzeria

Fior di latte, napoli, soppressa, red capsicum, basil

Buffalo mozzarella, napoli, San Danielle, basil

Fior di latte, pumpkin, gorgonzola, pine nuts, rocket, vincotto

 

Supper

Collins Wagyu beef burger, beechwood smoked bacon, cheddar, relish

Rosemary salted fries in cones

 

OCCASION:       S H A E  &  M I T C H ‘ S  W E D D I N G

VENUE:         P R I V A T E  P R O P E R T Y  B A L L A R A T

STYLING:      S O O T I  E V E N T S

FLOWERS:      B A D L A N D S  &  C O.

PHOTOGRAPHY:       S H E  T A K E S  P I C T U R E S  H E  M A K E S  F I L M S

TIPI HIRE:      T I P I K A T A

CATERING:       T O M M Y  C O L L I N S

April 7, 2015 × 0 comments

Mr. C

MKR Launch Dinner

It is one of the highest rating and most talked about shows on television here in Australia, with it’s two trusted chef/presenters at the helm, Manu Feildel & Pete Evans, My Kitchen Rules is never short of culinary entertainment!  So it’s only natural that we were very excited here at Tommy Collins HQ to be working alongside the show for their official launch of the 2015 series.

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The chosen venue for the much anticipated launch dinner, was an uber cool, open plan large warehouse on the edge of the CBD, in Cremorne.  The size & layout of the venue was perfect for accommodating a sit-down dinner for 150 guests, which actually consisted of a mammoth ‘snake’ style table configuration, weaving across the entire floor, allowing all the guests to see one another.  It’s fair to say that this was a rather impressive setting for guests to see as they made their entrance into the stylish warehouse.

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The talented ladies over at Style Co. were behind the stunning seating arrangement, florals and design on the evening, with some show-stopping signage & installations on display – with the stylish furniture & various pieces being provided by the hard working team at Dann Events.

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Guests were treated to an array of delicious canapés and cocktails on arrival, before being seated for the shared banquette mains, desserts & cheese.  The unique table setting and designed menu allowed for an interactive dining experience and certainly made, for an unforgettable evening!

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MKR Launch Dinner

27 – 01 – 15

Canapes

Watermelon, fetta, lime

Beetroot macaron, goats cheese, horseradish

Nero Crisp, salmon, creme cheese, pickled onion

Pork kromeski, textures of apple puree

Fork Only

Confit Ora King Salmon, celery, radish

Masterstock braised beef short ribs, charred corn, spring onion salad

Main (shared banquette)

White cut chicken breast, crumbed chicken sausage, celeriac puree, broccoli couscous, currants, pine nuts

12 hour Slow roast Flinders Island lamb shoulder, quinoa, pomegranate, tomato, Persian fetta


Sides

Heirloom tomatoes, black olive oil, Shaw River buffalo mozzarella, basil 

Leafy green salad, citrus, buttermilk dressing

Thrice cooked chips, rosemary, sea salt


Dessert

Passionfruit, vanilla meringue, raspberries, cream

Pistachio, white chocolate, strawberry, basil

Selection of local & imported cheeses, with quince, lavosh & berries


Cocktail (on arrival)

Silver Mercedes – vodka, lemon sorbet, agave, topped with champagne, garnished with rose petals

 

 

 

 

March 6, 2015 × 0 comments

Mr. C

Jeep Portsea Polo 2015

Mr Collins and his trendy clad team were excited to be working alongside those dapper dudes at Amuk clothing last month with the Jeep Portsea Polo 2015.  The weatherman was kind, with the rain holding off for the anticipated day and by all accounts, it was a cracker day!

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This was Tommy Collins 3rd year in a row collaborating with the retail group and we were very excited to create another show-stopping event for all involved.  The dusty grass landscape nestled within the popular coastal town was transformed within a few short days – with a huge polo field in the centre, surrounded by numerous marquees.  Mr Collins & Amuk took over a colossal 6 marquee structure (provided and set up by the hard working team over at ‘Harry The Hirer’), close to the centre of the field.

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The chosen theme for this year was ‘A New York Minute’, celebrating all things from the ‘Big Apple’, from food & cocktails to the clothing chosen for Mr & Mrs Collins.  The vibrant marquee was decked out with funky furniture including oversized Chesterfield armchairs (delivered by our friends at Slide Productions) which certainly had the ‘wow’ factor!  
And no event would be complete without some chic designs & styling –  this task was taken care of by the creative gals over at The Style.Co, who used huge floral ceiling installations and props to tie in with the uber-cool NYC theme.

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As the guests arrived, they were treated to an array of canapés, delicious cocktails and a refreshing King Valley Rosato (D.O.C Wines) which we had installed through a tap on the main bar.  With Mr Collins and his stylish team of gurus offering up a bountiful menu of ‘dapper dude food’ including NYC themed burgers & fried chicken, throughout the day, it’s safe to say that no one was going hungry!

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With a pop up Oyster Bar, Cocktail Station, renowned Melbourne DJ’s Khanh Ong & Matt Caminiti spinning the decks, and a plethora of giant inflatable swans & flamingos for you to rest upon, the Amuk Portsea Polo marquee, was most definitely the place to be seen!   

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Amuk Portsea Polo Menu
10 – 01 – 15

Canapés

Panipuri, sweet potato, asian salad, Thai coconut consume

Pretzel bags, maple bacon / Chinese 5 spice

Smoked chicken breast ‘sandwich’

Substantial

‘Manhattan Slice’, extra large margherita, basil, parmesan chilli

Fried Chicken, ‘Brooklyn BBQ’ sauce

‘Queens Hot Dog’, cheese, relish, hot mustard aioli, sauerkraut 

‘The Bronx Burger’, smokey maple bacon, cheddar, pickle, Dijon, fries

Dessert

‘Staten Island Chocolate Brownie’, soft serve ice-cream, choc fudge, wafer

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Doughnuts

Cocktails

Lemon sorbet rose Collins

Long Island Iced Tea

Little Drippa Espresso Martini jars

 

February 13, 2015 × 0 comments

Mr. C

Sydney Harbour, Sydney Weather…. Melbourne Style!

When our good friends Andy & Kat announced they were getting married in Sydney, we jumped at the chance to cater for them.  The chosen venue was Andy’s family property in Bilpin in the stunning Blue Mountains.  However, when everything was booked & organised, with only 10 days out, disaster struck.  Severe bush fires struck the beautiful natural land with devastating effect.  Although the family estate was untouched, the couple made the decision to pull the pin altogether for safety reasons.  

With only 10 days to go until the big day, they searched desperately for a new retreat to host their 180 guests.  The couple, with the help of friends, family & Mr Collins, tackled the almost impossible task of moving the entire wedding, when they managed to secure Newmarket Stables for the festivities, with the breathtaking Strickland House in Vaucluse, hosting the ceremony.

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Sydney turned on the weather for the beautiful couple, with the sun splitting the skies over the immaculate harbour landscape.  You couldn’t have wished for a more perfect backdrop and the beaming guests certainly agreed.  Once the stunning bride & groom had sealed their vows with a kiss, it was time to celebrate, with fruit cocktails, boutique beers & a selection of canapés served by Mr Collins & his dapper gents.

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The party then moved onto Newmarket Stables where another decadent setting was waiting.  The stables had been completely transformed into a unique, stylish event space, with bright floral blooms and Kat’s signature Dreams in Colour home-wares setting the stage.  The roving canapé service began outside in the late afternoon sun inside a quirky fenced off stable area complete with hay bails as seating and wine barrels for bar tops.  Jugs of fruity Pimms & gin fizz cocktails, swished in glasses as the elated guests watched the sun go down.

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Everyone was then ushered inside into the mammoth main stable yard (affectionately known as ‘The Big Barn’) which had seen a complete design transformation, with 3 long tables set in the middle for dinning & a custom made oak bar staged at the rear entrance.  Every inch of wall space was adorned by picture bunting featuring photos of Johnny Walker’s leading man Andy & home-wares queen, Kat with every one of their guests taken over the years – this personal touch further added to just how special & unique this day was.

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As guests were seated, a banquet style mains feast was served under festoon lighting hung from the wooden rafters, as acoustic musicians played in the background.  Once the speeches had concluded, it was time for Mr Collins to really shine!  He rolled out an old wine barrel onto the dance floor, stood it upright and proceeded to place the Tommy Collins signature ‘Cheese Wedding Cake’.  Standing at an impressive 70cms tall, with delicately styled foliage & fruit,  this cake was most definitely a show stopper! 

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Now that everyone was suitably stuffed, the music pumped up & Johnny Walker poured, the party was in full swing!  So after a rocky start to their dream day, we can safely say that Andy & Kat’s Sydney nuptials turned out to be quite simply, the ‘Interstate Wedding of The Year’!  


Mr. C

 

OCCASION:      A N D Y  &  K A T ‘ S   W E D D I N G

VENUE:       N E W M A R K E T  S T A B L E S

STYLING:    D R E A M S  I N  C O L O U R

CATERING:   T O M M Y  C O L L I N S

 

February 10, 2015 × 0 comments