One of the largest of the year and is set at the prestigious Rosehill Gardens Racecourse just a heartbeat away from the Parramatta CBD. With over 150 vendors, from the greater Sydney and Parramatta region. We love the scale, upbeat, modern vibe that our Parramatta Bridal Expo brings. Full of colour, inspiration, fun and great live entertainment – the Parramatta Annual Wedding Expo is an event not to be missed.
Do you take this alpaca - the buzz word for 2018 is 'diversify'- and what better than a halter at the altar? NSW Farmers member magazine' (The Farmer). Last page - the Holy Cow editorial, Quirky but clever.Words by Elloise Bailey.
Full online article (by Sarah Falson) on Alpaca Kisses. Includes 54 high quality images (by Geoff Jones), video and podcast of the 'alpaca-recharge' visit to Hawkesbury Gazette's office space via Windsor Street, Richmond, NSW.
Early morning 'Welcome to Windsor kisses' to Adam & Jade of Sea 91.9 FM from Milo & Co., the Sunshine Coast's #1 Under 40 Radio Station. Adam and Jade broadcasting live at the Crowne Plaza Hawkesbury Valley, Windsor - the day before the big crown related wedding in 'Windsor' (UK).
Alpaca Kisses had the privilege of being highlighted in the Australian Jewish News June 2018 Wedding Magazine. We are looking forward to celebrating some great Jewish weddings in the months to come as well as helping celebrate with those becoming a Bat or Bar Mitzvah.
Say G'day to Maria and some of her two and four legged team.View all the stunning wedding spaces set up and styled. Tour through our historic accommodation homestead. Chat to over 20 local wedding suppliers. Live music performances from local entertainment. Taste some delicious complimentary canapés provided by some of our approved caterers. Chat to the friendly Burnham Grove team about date availability. Special offers and discounts on the day. Image by Fortunate Fellow Photography.
The Secret Garden has successfully provided Horticultural Therapy programs for hundreds of participants for over twenty years. The Secret Garden at the UWS boasts a comprehensive Garden, Nursery and Cafe, with additional activities on the site being Baby Animal Experience, Riding for Disabled, Mates Shed, Art Therapy, Music Appreciation and lots of other ongoing opportunities.
Loxley on Bellbird Hill is truly the perfect wedding reception & garden ceremony venue situated at the gateway of the Blue Mountains, in the beautiful Hawkesbury Valley.
The established gardens with peaceful ponds, water lilies, mature trees and expansive views provide an ideal setting for an elegant garden ceremony or, if you would prefer, perhaps one of the nearby historic churches. Either alternative would provide lasting memories for your special wedding day.
The Penrith Bridal Event is a well-known and established event. Set in heart of the Western Sydney district at Panthers Penrith Club. With over 100 of the most prestigious wedding and bridal suppliers and vendors from the Western Sydney area. Full of colour, inspiration, fun and great live entertainment – the Penrith’s Annual Wedding Expo is an event not to be missed. The hand-picked creative vendors include an array of florist, bridal gowns, photography, invitations, wedding cars, hens parties, makeup, fitness, men’s suits, shoes, videography, reception venues, honeymoon, bridal favours, candy buffets, wedding cakes, bridal jewellery, wedding planners, marriage celebrants, wedding stylist and Alpaca Kisses.
McGraths Real Estate (MRE) took the initiative to run a Corporate Charity Fundraiser to support the Farmers during the tough and challenging times brought about by the drought. MRE brainwave was to sell alpaca kisses at their headquarters in Edgecliff, Sydney.
Alpaca Kisses also 'came to the party' by sponsoring the fundraiser with the provision of a second alpaca and handler FOC.
It proved to be very popular across the McGrath branches.MRE went all out with the provision of hay bale props etc.
Each year Belgenny Farm conducts a fabulous Bridal Expo offering Free Entry to all of their visitors. They encourage you to experience the entire property, showcasing the Granary, the Dovecote Lawn, the Community Hall and all surrounds, giving brides-to-be and their families a glimpse of what can be expected on their wedding day.
Jemima, one of our favourite hosts has had her bat mitzvah featured in the 2018 Sydney Australian Jewish News Bar- Bat Mitzvah suppliment. An essential guide to planning your child’s big day – you’ll find insightful tips on how to throw the best party, great choices of venues and suppliers, and 48 colourful pages filled with ideas to help inspire your next simcha!
Love A Fair - A Southern Highlands Wedding Showcase
January 19, 2019
‘Love A Fair’ is an outdoor event in a unique venue – expect something very different than what you would expect from your average Wedding Expo. With grass under your feet, music playing and some local food & beverage on offer, you can stroll around the Fair at your leisure taking it all in at your pace.
Blue Mountains Love is a bi-annual print magazine that celebrates love, relationship diversity and our spectacular part of the world. A beautiful showcase for local businesses servicing the wedding industry, the magazine’s aim is to attract couples seeking a spectacular location in which to celebrate their union.
This funky wedding was a big, bold celebration, rather than a formal, black tie event. Taking Jorge’s Peruvian background as inspiration, the duo spiced up their big day by centring their theme around the South American culture. This meant incorporating bright colours and authentic Peruvian pieces into the theme, and working around them. Ara had seen a photo of their arch piece and designed the rest of the palette around that.
Another key part of their theme was the absolutely adorable alpacas from Alpaca Kisses. The two decided to incorporate alpacas into their celebration due to their significance in Peruvian culture (…and to add just a touch of Peru!). These gorgeous creatures wore neckpieces made of bright pompoms and delighted the guests and the couple alike
Hunter Events believe weddings and events are not just another day and that each and every aspect of your wedding or event should be considered, explored and covered from top to toe. With years of experience in the event industry, they have Wedding Expo extensive portfolio of amazing suppliers lined up to showcase their services, provide you inspiration, vision, discuss your wedding or event plans, budget and to meet your personalities and individual needs.
We recently lost Milo (aka, the chocolate one) and Co. to an acute illness. We are all devastated! They were both important and much loved members of the team and friends to us all. Milo would always greet us with clucks and a warm kiss, he was super gentle and a great buddy to young Chai. Co. was unbelievable! You could not have asked for a more friendly and giving alpaca, he was simply extraordinary.
We extend our thanks to the Hawkesbury Veterinary Surgery for their support and thorough investigation. We have left no stone un-turned. An autopsy was commissioned as well as blood and tissue sample analysis. We are monitoring Chai and Casper very closely. We have become experts in the art of using a stethoscope, rectal thermometer and giving injections. Casper and Chai are not impressed!
Milo & Co. were afforded separate ceremonies beneath our oak tree and placed in graves dug by hand by their ‘human brothers’ in honour of their contribution to Alpaca Kisses, our lives and the reverence in nature that they inspired in all those who they met.
What an amazing career – within a two year period Milo had visited nursing homes, fallen asleep on camera when read to by author Matt Cosgrove, met a skyscraper full of animal lovers in the city, witnessed marriages, celebrated Latin America, celebrated birthdays, honoured a Bat Mitzvah and spent time in the Mitchell Reading Room of the State Library.
Co. had received a ribbon from His Excellency the GG inside Government House, laughed at Matt Gosgroves face-to-face reading of Alpacas with Maracas, rendered birthdays unforgettable for 1 - 50yr olds, recharged office workers in city skyscrapers, greeted VIPs in Grand Ball Rooms, surprised grooms by being the guest ring-bearer, lifted the spirits of aged care residents and brought joy to the Children at the Westmead Childrens Hospital.
Milo & Co. each take to the grave many of our secrets and worries as they were very good listeners, their understanding always acknowledged with a soothing “hmmm”. They definitely had that ‘alpaca magic’, that subtle art and gift of being able to dissolve stress and anxiety.
We will never forget them and we will miss them dearly. They were part of the founding team of Alpaca Kisses. We have no doubt their spirits will pronk-on in the hearts of all those who met them.
Thank you to all those who extended a hand or nose to Milo or Co. and initiated a 'kiss' or snuggle from them. They were always keen to go to gigs, always very curious and genuinely loved meeting you all.
Sometimes very special creatures enter our lives…their presence changes our hearts forever, and we can call ourselves blessed for having known them. For all of us here at Alpaca Kisses, Milo & Co. were definitely such creatures.
Stethascope, Injectables, Oral Pastes, Rectal Thermometer, Alpaca Specialists and Tissue Analysis by the best.
March 11, 2020
We are throwing everything we have at keeping Casper and Chai healthy and happy.
We are getting wiser
March 19, 2020
Co.'s histology results are back. The good news is that it appears to be toxin related rather then viral. So not a contagious or zoonotic agent. Our search now is for the source of the toxin (which the heart was susceptible to) Everything points to intoxication occurring in mid Feb. The most likely culprit at the moment seems to be fungi (very small mushrooms - pictured) that appeared in the paddock after the first rain we had.
Just suspicions at the moment, nothing conclusive yet.
February 29, 2020
For my birthday I got an Alpaca Bean Vac. Yawn....
(what I really wanted were diamonds and a night out)
After searching far and wide for new team members we have finally found two that we think will be exceptional assets to Alpaca Kisses. Pictured above - Bossanova (black) and Samson (white). Check out their respective profiles on our Team page.