The best things in life are sweet

We are very excited to tell you about a local Laidley business who may come in handy for your wedding at Branell Homestead. Baked by Brooke creates delicious masterpieces, with each cake individually designed. One thing we admire is that all of the ingredients are locally sourced and the batter is made from scratch (not a packet mix in sight)! We have been lucky enough to steal a few moments with Brooke to find out more about her business. She has also offered some great tips when choosing your wedding cake, so grab a cuppa (or an ice cold drink in this weather!) and have a read below…

 

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Tell us a little about your business… Baked By Brooke is my home-based business, baking all things sweet, decadent and delicious! I truly enjoy turning the simplest of ingredients into something that makes you say “mmm, yum”, before you know the words have even come out of your mouth. My specialties are mudcakes and cupcakes, made using good old-fashioned recipes – some of which have been in my family for years. I bake with locally sourced ingredients whenever possible and the eggs I use come from the happiest, most free-range chickens you will ever find, from a farm close by in Gatton.

When did you decide cakes were your passion? Baking is something I enjoyed from the time I was old enough to lick the beaters in my Mum’s kitchen! Growing up, there would always be home baked afternoon teas waiting for my siblings and I after school. Mum taught me how to bake in primary school and I’ve adored it ever since! I first tried making a decorative cake when I had no idea what to get my (now) husband for his birthday years ago. He is a photographer, so I made him a cake in the shape of a camera. My “trial” cake worked so well that he got his cake a week early!

What distinguishes you from your competitors? I’ve often been complimented on my cakes not only looking great, but tasting great as well. I’ve heard so many disappointing stories of cakes for special occasions that looked amazing, but were dry or bland to eat, and left on the plate. All my cakes, and buttercreams are made from scratch. Packet mixes and pre-mixes would be quicker, but they taste nothing like the real thing!

Favourite flavour? I have to admit I like cake mixture more than baked cake! It’s a little hard to give out scoops of cake batter at a party though, so when I’m selecting a flavour for my own celebration cakes, I go for cookie dough cheesecake or a mocha mudcake.

A favourite or funny memory from a previous event/client? I recently created a Thomas the Tank Engine cake for a gorgeous little boy’s first birthday. The cake took hours and hours of crafting and assembly and I was really happy with how he looked. I was sent some party photos of the cake after the event… in the final photo there had been a train wreck and Thomas’ face had been bitten off completely by the birthday boy’s older sister! At least I know Thomas was enjoyed 🙂

What advice would you give couple when thinking about a cake for their wedding? Firstly “It’s what’s on the inside that counts”. There are some stunning cakes that look smooth, elegant and classy, that are decorated with fondant icing (that’s the smooth icing you see on many wedding cakes), but do you like the taste of it? Many couples and their guests peel it off and eat just the cake – so why pay for something that you won’t eat?! Consider other styles and designs, too. Secondly, think about how your cake will be transported and stored leading up to your event or wedding. It only takes minutes in a warm car or room for a cake to become a hot mess, so plan ahead and crank the air-con in advance! Finally, I won’t use the line that the secret ingredient in a good cake is love, but you can tell when a cake maker loves what they do, and this shines through in the taste, texture and appearance of your cake.

Now don’t you wish you had a piece of one of Brooke’s cakes to go with your cup of tea! You can contact Brooke via her Facebook page or email. If you want to taste test some of her creations, she has a cupcake stall at the Laidley markets every Friday.

 

The morning of…

It’s the morning of your wedding and you are full of a mix of different emotions – happiness, nervousness, excitement, anticipation and just plain pure joy. There has been so much planning leading up to the day and you have everything in place. If you are a list person you will be in your element because this is the best way to stay on top of everything and get a good nights sleep. Here are a couple of tips to make sure nothing is overlooked. (These are mainly directed at the bride because lets face it, they are the ones who will have the most going on!)

 
Timelines/Schedule
You can never be too organised. You will have lots of people involved who will all need to work together. Make sure you have your hair and makeup finished in plenty of time to get dressed, have your photographer take some photos, enjoy a glass of bubbly and relax. Make sure everyone knows what is going on so they are not having to check in with you every 5 minutes.

  • When you get dressed pre hair and make-up make sure you put on something with a zip or a silk robe (this is the perfect comfy and feminine option). Just make sure it does not need to come off over your head.
  • Check with your hairdresser and make-up artist to see how long they need for each person.
  • The space where you are getting ready needs lots of natural light.
  • Organise for someone to be in charge of deliveries – for example: the flowers and the cake.
  • Take the dresses out of the bags and hang them up. This is especially important for your wedding dress – it needs time to breathe! This will be a great opportunity for your photographer to take some snaps.

Food and Drink
It is important to stay hydrated and also have something in your stomach. EAT BREAKFAST! Smoothies are a great solution which tick both boxes. You definitely don’t want your tummy rumbling in the middle of your ceremony. Make sure you have enough for everyone. Fruit or sandwich platters are a good idea to munch on during the morning and can be easily prepared the evening before. According to stylecraze.com, these are the best fruits for glowing skin: bananas, lemons, oranges, apples and papaya.

Emergency Kit
Expect the unexpected and don’t panic. Think about everything that could go wrong and pack a kit that can fix all of these problems! You could include things like a sewing kit, scissors, tape, tweezers, extra pairs of stockings, mints, lip balm, moisturiser, pain killers, deodorant, spare toothbrush and toothpaste, nail file, safety pins, hairspray, cotton wool balls, straightener and hair dryer.

Relax
Let everyone take care of you. This is the one day you do not have to be thinking about anyone else.

  • Don’t worry about what the groom is doing. You can rest assured his morning will be much less busy than yours! He will most probably be watching TV or sport with his bridal party…
  • Take some music. Create a special playlist for the occasion.
  • Think positive and be yourself.
  • Breathe, laugh and have fun!
We love this selection of photos Just For Love Photography captured of Jade and Sam getting ready for their big day. These photos give the bride and groom an insight to each other’s time before the ceremony and are a wonderful addition to your wedding album. Jade was already on the property at the Homestead, while Sam got ready offsite and arrived at Branell for the ceremony.
~ The Bride ~
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~ The Groom ~

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Something for Catering

EVENTS ~ WEDDINGS ~ FESTIVALS

Something for Catering is a Sunshine Coast based business who are taking the event scene by storm. We have been lucky enough to steal a moment with owner/manager Brent Colautti, to tell us a little more about the stylish packages they have to offer.

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Tell us a little about your business:
Something for Catering was born when a group of long time school friends and passionate hospitality professionals came back home to the Sunshine Coast from Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane to create a unique events concept.  We consistently strive to design and offer a range of innovative, beautiful, seasonal and sustainable local food and beverage options. Our catering van which is a 22 ft commercial kitchen and bar, was hand made by ourselves with the intention of bringing restaurant quaility food and beverage to any wedding or event in one stylish, no fuss package.

The team:
Our small, hands-on team includes an events specialist, chef, sommelier and front of house professionals. We work closely with our clients, dedicated to providing a personalised experience.

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When did you decide food and events were your passion?
We all travelled to different parts of the world as soon as we left school and as most people do when they travel, grab whatever job you can. We all, at different times, found ourselves in hospitality and from there on in never looked back. Our events passion started back at home when we returned and had nothing to do. We would always get together with local musicians and operaters to create pop up parties at venues or even car parks. We now run the bar operations for some of the largest festivals in South East Queensland.

What distinguishes you from your competitors:
Definitely our van! It looks so much better than a tent with cooking equipment and it’s self sufficient. We go beyond traditional catering services, using our diverse range of skills, knowledge and experience to provide a unique and memorable occasion for you.

Savoury or sweet:
Savoury but if you through a packet of lollies in front of us at a meeting they would go in seconds!

What is your all time favourite food/dish:
My favourite dish over summer was slow cooked pork belly with watermelon, asian street salad and salsa verde.

A favourite memory from a previous event:
The groom was in the middle of his speech and then all of a sudden pulls out a trumpet and signals to the band behind him to start playing. The groom played the most amazing song walking through the crowd until he found his wife, dipped her and kissed her. As you can imagine all 150 guests went crazy!

What is one piece of advice you would give couples when thinking about catering for their wedding:
Shop around, look for quality and ask a lot of questions. I would also always decrease the guest count and up the spend on food and booze.

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If you are interested in using the expertise of the Something for Catering team for your upcoming wedding, you can get in touch with them via their website, email, Facebook or Instagram (@somethingforcatering).

See You Next Thursday

~ TAKE YOUR TASTEBUDS ON A CULINARY ADVENTURE ~

Are you looking for a caterer for your wedding or event? Look no further than the team at See You Next Thursday.
Not only do they have a funky name, but their food looks AMAZING!

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After drooling over their website for quite some time, some of the things we think are pretty cool about their business are:
  • You can personalise a menu to suit your occasion and taste.
  • If you just want a cool retro caravan to use as your bar, cafe or to serve food from, you can hire Bruce!
  • You only need to look at the specialities list to know you are in for a culinary treat. You had us at injectable donuts and cronuts… and it’s the first on the list!
  • They offer a wide range of services from catering to high teas, picnic baskets and homemade baking. The homemade baking options will definitely impress anyone who is lucky enough to have a taste.

I am guessing that your mouth is now watering. Before you race off and check out their website, we have been lucky enough to have Chelsea and Tipene take the time to answer some questions about their business, what they do, what they like and what they are good at. There are also some handy tips if you are about to start planning catering for your wedding.

Tell us a little about your business:
Here at See You Next Thursday Catering, we specialise in high end, refined canapés. Our aim is to provide a high quality service with a top quality product. We love catering to our clients specific requests to ensure their special day is perfect and exactly what they hoped for. With other services, from Wedding Breakfasts, High Teas, Dessert Tables, Personalised Picnic Baskets, to specialties like our Teppanyaki Ice Cream and Retro Caravan Hire, we are here to cater to your every need!

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Where did your name come from:
There is a little story behind our name, (take the innuendo as you wish haha). Every Thursday night, was our designated night to cook for the family, and everyone loved the food so much, they always used to look forward to Thursday nights. So it began… ‘See You Next Thursday’!

When did you decide food was your passion
We have both been in the hospitality industry for many years, with Tipene working as a chef, and Chelsea as a barista. We have always had a passion for good food, and have always enjoyed trying different dishes, and of course creating our own masterpieces. Last year we decided it was time to take our passion for food to the next level, start our own business, and share our passion and creative flair with the world!

What distinguishes you from your competitors:
We believe that food is like fashion, it is forever evolving. Therefore we are always searching for new ideas, creations and ways of serving our food. First and foremost, every meal is devoured by the eyes before it even hits the palette, so we love to make sure our food not only tastes good, but looks beautiful too! We love to travel and we pick up new little things, that we then incorporate into our own style of cooking. We have just recently returned from spending two months abroad, travelling through Europe, where we were able to taste many delicacies and come home with some interesting new techniques! We pride ourselves in having great service, and making sure our clients needs are met, to ensure their day is stress free and done to perfection.

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Savoury or Sweet:
There are major perks to both savoury and sweet food, and we definitely love them both! Although Tipene is more of a savoury guy, especially when it comes to proteins, where as Chelsea loves to bake and create gorgeous sweet treats. We think it’s a perfect match!

What is your all time favourite food/dish:
It’s way too hard for us to choose an all time favourite dish, but one of our favourite cuisines is definitely Mexican. We love the flavours, colours and definitely aren’t opposed to a little bit (or a lot) of chilli!!

What is one piece of advice you would give couples when thinking about catering for their wedding:
We have a couple of pieces of advice for couples when thinking about catering for their wedding.

Firstly, we would definitely encourage couples to not only to think about the main meal, but to also think about feeding themselves before the ceremony – may that be breakfast or lunch! So many couples have every little detail of their wedding organised, but completely forget to make sure they have breakfast on the morning of. We know one bride, that completely forgot about this and was left rushing down to McDonalds to grab a bite to eat! It’s your special day, you want to make sure every little thing is perfect, so make sure you enjoy a delicious and nutritious meal before your ceremony, you will feel all the better for it. No one wants a hungry bride or groom!

Secondly, take into consideration not only yourselves and your nearest and dearest, but also all of the other guests you have invited. You may absolutely love seafood, but just remember, not everyones tastes are the same! We catered a wedding not so long ago, where we were serving entree canapes and they had another caterer in doing a Paella to be served as the main meal. As there was only a seafood option and many of the guests didn’t eat seafood, the only thing they could eat were our canapés, so they got devoured very quickly! Some guests were left a bit disappointed and also hungry! At the end of the day it is YOUR wedding, but do try to consider everyone when deciding on your catering options.

Let’s talk:
You can get in contact with See You Next Thursday via their website and all of the social media sites the cool kids use these days – Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest.

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Ceremony by the Jetty

The jetty area in front of our Wedding Pavilion is a popular location that couples choose to use for their wedding ceremony. We have included a couple of photos to show you a couple of different ways couples have styled and set up their ceremonies.

If you choose to have your wedding ceremony on the property we provide you with 20 white Americana chairs, or you may like to come up with your own idea. You are also able to use our red carpet if this tickles your fancy!

You can book an appointment to view the property and meet with one of our event specialists. Head to our website and click on the ‘Book an Appointment’ button in the top right.

Photographer: Angelic Studio

Photographer: Angelic Studio

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Kath Scott Photography

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Photo supplied from Carve It Up Catering of Mitch and Kate’s Ceremony

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Daniel and Fiona dropped the jetty entrance with fabric which looked very effective

My Lense Photography

My Lense Photography

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Melly S Photography

Painting the sky with colour

Sun rays, reflections, colour and shadows all play a part in this next series of photos. Most have been taken in the late afternoon, just before sunset.  It is amazing how different the colour of the sky is in each photo.

Branell Homestead has a variety of spots that are popular with couples and their photographers, but we are seeing more and more creative compositions with every wedding. Make sure you are guided by your photographer because lets face it, they are pretty damn talented people.

We don’t really have to say much more because these photos speak for themselves. We hope they give you some inspiration to start planning your own photography.

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Special Memories Photography

Wendy Maley Photography

Wendy Maley Photography

Sunlit Studios

Sunlit Studios

RNC Photography

RNC Photography

RNC Photography

RNC Photography

Fairytale Photography

Fairytale Photography

Tall Timber Studio

Tall Timber Studio

Photo supplied by bride

Photo supplied by bride

Still Expressions Photography

Still Expressions Photography

Tall Timber Studio

Tall Timber Studio

Little Mick Photography

Little Mick Photography

Sunlit Studios

Sunlit Studios

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Tall Timber Studio

Branell Homestead Pavilion

Branell Homestead Pavilion

Jacqueline Carpenter

Jacqueline Carpenter

Fairytale Photography

Fairytale Photography

Photo supplied by bride

Photo supplied by bride

Tall Timber Studio

Tall Timber Studio

Sunset Snaps

One thing we can say about Branell Homestead, is that we definitely have some great vantage points to capture the sunset. A newly married couple gazing lovingly into each others eyes, stealing a sneaky kiss with a stunning Lockyer Valley sunset in the background…ahhh, how romantic!

We have included some examples of photos below from a variety of photographers. Popular spots include our jetty, on the main driveway, walking through the mango trees and the lawn in front of the Homestead which has an elevated view over the Lockyer Valley. Some couples also take advantage of the cabins which are located at the top of the hill and overlook the whole property. The colours in these photographs are amazing!

With the warmer months ahead, sunset ceremonies and photo shoots are popular. Make sure your photographer has scouted out the property to capture the perfect spot to snap your first sunset together as a married couple.

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Tall Timber Studio

Sunlit Studios

Sunlit Studios

Sunlit Studios

Sunlit Studios

Richard Faulks Photography

Richard Faulks Photography

MellyS Photography {left} and Voice Photography {right}

MellyS Photography {left} and Voice Photography {right}

Sunlit Studios

Sunlit Studios

RNC Photography

RNC Photography