Elegant side of the Hamilton Hotel

Corrines wedding 171You may know it as the ‘Hammo’ – a place for Friday drinks and a great steak – but there’s a lot more to this venue than you may think and we’d like you to take a look at it’s more sophisticated side! We were recently invited to attend the Hamilton Hotel Wedding Open Day and discovered an elegant and engaging wedding venue that ticks the boxes of the most demanding bride.

We had a discussion with Melissa Hislop, their experienced wedding coordinator, to find out more about the hotel, and were very pleasantly surprised by the the look, feel and flexibility this venue offers.

The Hamilton Hotel boasts two function rooms, both of which are spacious, and offer two very different styling opportunities. The River Room is light and airy, with a comfortable capacity for up to 70 seated guests, or up to 200 for a cocktail reception. The second option is the H Lounge, which offers a very open plan reception for up to 150 seated guests or a massive 700 for cocktails. The benefit of this gorgeous room is the lounge and bar area. Decorated in black and gold, you get the feel of opulence and space to create separate zones for your wedding guests to mingle and chat. Then there is the added benefit of the marquee area. This can be used to keep the beautifully styled reception room a mystery right to the last moment and allowing every guest to experience the wow factor as they enter your choice of reception rooms.

Melissa is happy to assist you with as much or as little of the details of your planning as you would like. If you need a recommendation for a wedding supplier she has a list of amazing suppliers who will fit your requirements.

Our recommendation is too have another look at this venue, with all inclusive packages you may be as surprised at how perfect this venue could be for your special day.

Watch out for their next wedding open day, or contact Melissa for your own viewing.

Hamilton Hotel
442 Kingsford Smith Drive, Hamilton

Ekka Fashion Fancy

It’s goodbye to the Ekka for 2014. 

If you didn’t get the opportunity to go then here’s my recap of my favourite free event – the Commonwealth Bank Wrapped in Natural Fibres Fashion Parade. This year was especially good with gorgeous wedding gowns from one of our all-time favourite designers, George Wu, as well as the dreamy creations of Jack Sullivan Bridal, Brides Desire by Wendy Sullivan, Darb Bridal Couture. Guys were equally well catered for with stylish men’s suits by Will Valour, Calibre and Pistols at Dawn.

The mix of accessories, millinery and footwear combined to make a fun and relaxed parade that showcased great designs for all demographics, with colour and energy for all the children, and a touch of panache to satisfy the true fashionista.

An iconic event that captures the integration of the city and country, the parade aims to celebrate Queensland’s agricultural industry and the talent of our local designers.

If this is a glimpse of the Queensland fashion industry I think we have every reason to feel very proud.  It also builds the excitement ahead of the upcoming Mercedes-Benz Fashion Festival Brisbane. So there’s more to come…


Commonwealth Bank Wrapped in Natural Fibres Fashion Parade
Executive Producer – Lindsay Bennett
Choreographer – Bernadette Bagley
Parade Stylist – Kimberly Gardner
Lighting & Audio – Projections Screens – Microhire
Hair Stylists – Corcorz
Makeup – Napoleon Perdis
Video Production – Channel 7
Set Design – Staging dimensions
Chandeliers – Chandeliers to die for