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Wedding Candles

Wedding Candles

Wedding Candles

Wedding Candles

When planning your wedding there are many decisions that you have to make – including favours. Wedding Candles are a great choice for wedding favours and at our stand at the recent Osteria Wedding Open Day, we offered a free, specially designed Jaabay Candle with our own signature scent “Montego Bay” to all visitors to our stand who signed up to our regular monthly newsletter.

So, why did we decide to go with Jaabay Candles and put our own Wedding Candle favours together? Well, the owner, Sally and I decided that we want all our guests who stay at the beautiful La Maison Pacifique to leave with a lasting memory of their stay.

Our quest was then how do we achieve this? We thought a candle was the perfect option – as it can inspire most senses, and we liked the idea that every time the candle was lit, the scent would take you back to that wonderful, luxury beachfront holiday you had enjoyed, remembering the lazy walks along the beach, the fun activities in local areas such as Kingscliff, Bangalow, Byron Bay, Cabarita Beach, Fingal Head, the moonlit nights, the soft coastal breezes, the sound of the waves breaking on the shore, swimming in the lap pool, relaxing in the spa, enjoying a bbq on the deck, using fresh herbs from the herb garden…..

Sorry – got carried away.  Back to the candles…..  There were a few very important criteria for us in our candle quest.  Our candle had to:

  • look good (and portray/tell our story);
  • easily transportable (so guests could take them home);
  • smell great (with an ability to choose our own scent);
  • be long lasting (particularly with the scent); and
  • burn clean.

Family connections are a great thing and La Maison Pacifique’s owner, Sally is firmly committed to her “buy local” principles.  This not only encourages local businesses (and therefore the local community) but has many other environmental benefits, which has been a cornerstone of the many initiatives that we have introduced at La Maison Pacifique.

So, I introduced Sally to my sister-in-law Jo Hendy who had recently started Jaabay Candles.  Jo is a regular at many of the local markets in the area and has a real passion for candles. All Jo’s candles are triple scented (therefore the scent lasts longer) and are soy based.  Soy candles burn clean – ie do not have a black smoke like regular wax candles can.  Jo’s candles look great, can be adapted using your own label design and best of all Jo makes her candles close by – on the Gold Coast. We couldn’t ask for anything better!

So, with a scent box in tow, Sally and I got together and chose the Montego Bay scent.  Why this scent?  Glad you asked!  We wanted something fresh and clean, something that exuded luxury and something with a hint of the tropical beach feel we are trying to project.  This is where Montego Bay came in.  Capturing an exotic coastal charm and laid-back attitude, Montego Bay combines Lemon and Lime oils, Vanilla, Amber, Mandarin and Coconut. We were won over.  Our scent was chosen!

So how does this relate back to choosing a Wedding Candle as a favour for your guest?  Well, if you are getting married anywhere in Northern NSW, Byron Bay, the Gold Coast Hinterland, Northern Rivers to the Tweed or Gold Coasts, Jo at Jaabay can help you out.  Jo offers a range of scents, sizes and designs for her candle range and these can be specially adapted to suit your own personal style and wedding theme.  But can we demonstrate this?  Well, at the recent Osteria Wedding Open day we had Jo design a special candle for our stand visitors.  Smaller than our usual gift (to all bookings), we added some lace and instead of using a simpler stick-on label, Jo tied a label on with string, over the lace.  It was truly beautiful and allowed us to adapt our candle to our day.  We were able to put our own message on the label, personalising the candle and creating a lasting momento.

So, what did our Osteria Wedding Open Day visitors think?  Well honestly, they loved it!  There was no hesitation in signing up for our newsletter and the lovely atmosphere we were able to create with our larger candles burning – see photo above – both visually and with our signature scent, meant that all our visitors went away happy. So, if you are thinking about wedding favours – don’t discount wedding candles as an option and we can truly recommend Jaabay Candles to design, make and deliver a memorable momento of your special day for all your guests.

…and if you are looking for a resort-style luxury beachfront holiday home for wedding accommodation, (watch our video here), family holiday, girls getaway or just a romantic break, contact us at La Maison Pacifique for availability and a quote….

Would you like to book or find out more about us?

Check out our rates,

Look at our last minute accommodation specials or

Send us an enquiry now! 

You can also Contact us for more information or Subscribe to our free monthly email newsletter

Until next time – enjoy your day wherever you are from La Maison Pacifique “The Peaceful House” and your boutique designer luxury holiday home vacation rental in Casuarina, New South Wales, Australia – half way between the Gold Coast QLD and Byron Bay NSW, Australia.

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Di Hendy
Property Consultant
La Maison Pacifique
Telephone – call +61 (0) 411 052 759
Mobile/Cell – call or text +61 (0) 411 052 759
Email – contact info@lamaisonpacifique.com
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Carla’s Top things to do in Kingscliff NSW

Carla’s Top Things to do in Kingscliff NSW

Things to do in Kingscliff NSW

The lovely Carla Dorge from On Kilff, Kingscliff & the wonderful Pru MacSween at the recent IWD lunch at Hilton

As you know we love promoting local things to do in and around our beautiful, luxury, beachfront holiday home – La Maison Pacifique – in Casuarina so we have had a chat to another local – Carla – and put together for you “Carla’s Top things to do in Kingscliff” NSW.

Firstly though – a little about Carla.  Carla is a local business owner – of the store “On Kliff” on Marine Parade in Kingscliff.  As a long term resident and friend of many, Carla’s is the place to shop for the latest fashion in Northern NSW (at least we think so!).  As a fashion designer herself – and with her own label – Mode Village – where all her fashions are manufactured locally on the Gold Coast, Carla has a unique eye and a stylist’s approach to making her clients look great.  One thing I really appreciate when I visit Carla is that she is not shy about saying what styles and fashions would suit you best – and she is right too!

The benefits of Carla being a designer (plus stocking other labels), is that her stock is refreshed weekly.  She has just received a great shipment of new boots (I mean, who doesn’t love a good shoe!), ready in time for the winter season.  A visit to On Kliff is a must with any visit to Kingscliff!

So, what are Carla’s top tips for Kingscliff?

Top Restaurants around Kingscliff NSW

Top Restaurant – Hard to choose as there are so many great choices, but Spice Den in Casuarina is an absolute favourite.  With its sheer curtains, den-like atmosphere and wonderfully prepared food (sourced locally), the Spice Den is a must try on any visit to Kingscliff.

A close second for Carla is Steven Snow’s Fins Restaurant at Salt, Kingscliff.  Situated in the line of restaurants, cafes and shops as part of the Salt complex on Bells Parade, Fins offers a great seafood experience, amazing wine list and knowledgeable staff.  After the incredible success of their pop-up restaurant Pequena in late 2013, this was recently reopened as Izakaya – a Japanese eating house which offers a share style food experience.

Both Spice Den and Fins are incredibly busy year-round so it is important to book both the them in advance so you don’t miss out!

Top Bars in Kingscliff

They serve great cocktails at the Spice Den, and of course Izakaya offers the Japanese share-style food experience, but another great bar in the Kingscliff area is Babalou.  Situated down the road from Carla’s On Kliff, Babalou offers a fun, relaxed atmosphere with regular special events (everything from book club nights to wine tasting evenings) often with local bands playing.  One of the musts on my list is to pop down to experience their big breakfast (after a great night out), so add Babalou to your list of places to visit.

Top Cafes in Kingcliff

Ok, so it is not a full on, atmospheric dinner you are looking for but more of a casual meal – and in Kingscliff there are plenty of great ones you can choose from.  Carla’s first choice is always the Mockingbird Cafe, owned by the lovely Jo and her friendly staff.  Mockingbird, like many local cafes and restaurants, source the finest ingredients from the Northern Rivers food bowl, using local suppliers to ensure not just the freshest, but the best local produce is used in all their dishes.  Another must do experience.

What else is there to do?

Well apart from the water sports such as surfing, fishing, paddleboarding, swimming and canoeing, Carla’s favourite thing to do to keep fit is to hop on her bike and go for a ride.  But you say – “I didn’t bring my bike with me”.  No problem  -pop in to see Jeff at our favourite Cabarita Beach Cycles at Cabarita Beach.

For entertainment – there is of course the local Cinemax Cinema in Kingscliff, plenty of local bars and pubs that have local bands and open mic nights (Including White Jade Restaurant at Pottsville and Marty’s at Caba – Cabarita Beach).

…and of course from June to November each year, don’t forget to get a vantage spot on the coast and do a touch of whale watching!…

So, thanks again to Carla for not just inspiring this post but providing her top things to do in Kingscliff NSW.  If you do pop in, don’t forget to tell her you saw this post – and also sign up to be a regular customer.  We at La Maison Pacifique are!

…and if you are looking for a resort-style luxury beachfront holiday home for wedding accommodation, (watch our video here), family holiday, girls getaway or just a romantic break, contact us at La Maison Pacifique for availability and a quote….

Would you like to book or find out more about us?

Check out our rates,

Look at our last minute accommodation specials or

Send us an enquiry now! 

You can also Contact us for more information or Subscribe to our free monthly email newsletter

Until next time – enjoy your day wherever you are from La Maison Pacifique “The Peaceful House” and your boutique designer luxury holiday home vacation rental in Casuarina, New South Wales, Australia – half way between the Gold Coast QLD and Byron Bay NSW, Australia.

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Di Hendy
Property Consultant
La Maison Pacifique
Telephone – call +61 (0) 411 052 759
Mobile/Cell – call or text +61 (0) 411 052 759
Email – contact info@lamaisonpacifique.com
Website – visit http://www.lamaisonpacifique.com
LinkedIn Group – join http://www.linkedin.com/groups/La-Maison-Pacifique-4634043
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Video Tour –  http://www.youtube.com/embed/KR8MiuA00Xg
Wedding Accommodation Video –  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zi7xxUJSDDE

 

La Maison Pacifique at Osteria’s Wedding Open Day

La Maison Pacifique at Osteria’s Wedding Open Day

La Maison Pacifique at Osteria's Wedding Open Day

La Maison Pacifique at Osteria’s Wedding Open Day

We love supporting local events and initiatives and were delighted to be invited show you La Maison Pacifique at Osteria’s Wedding Open Day in Casuarina yesterday.

Thankyou to all the beautiful brides, handsome grooms, friends, family and guests that came to visit our stall.  We hope that you all enjoyed your special La Maison Pacifique Candle (by Jaabay Candles) as a momento of a great day.  Remember, if you left your email address with us, you will receive our monthly newsletter – due in the next week or so – with some other great information for you.

We were really impressed by all the wonderful stalls – our favourites would be the amazing food spread by Osteria (lucky you if you are having your wedding reception there!), the delectable cakes by Rebellyous Cake Company, the fabulous wedding designs of Lucky PennyLittle Gray Station‘s amazing collection of wedding hire giftware and furniture and of course Kristy’s beautiful photography (Figtree Wedding Photography).  The music was great, and the video and photo booth stalls were good fun.  The sweet bar is such a great idea and the stationery by Paper Dolls and candles by Lovejoy just lovely.  The full list of suppliers is available on Casuarina Wedding’s website and we particularly enjoyed meeting everyone (sorry I couldn’t list/link you all here!).

One thing I did mention to many of our family groups was that our website can be a great source of information, not only for your wedding planning but also for your guests.  Below I have listed some great posts that we have done on weddings, local information, things to do and general tips and information.  Of course, there is more, and many can be found on our Blog & News Page.

However, for ease, I have grouped some of our top posts below for you.

La Maison Pacifique Wedding Blogs & Pages

As promised to all those I spoke to on the day, our website has some great information for brides.  Our recent wedding blogs have included:

La Maison Pacifique Local Information Blogs & Pages

La Maison Pacifique Things to do Blogs & Pages

Tips on renting a holiday home

Other

Our best tip – book early!

We were SO disappointed yesterday when we realised that some of our dates for our brides have already been booked for other guests!  So, to ensure you don’t miss out, don’t forget to book your wedding accommodation early.  We are really keen for our wonderful visitors yesterday to stay, and would love to welcome you to our beautiful home, La Maison Pacifique.

..and we can arrange a viewing…

If you would like to have a “WOW” moment and view La Maison Pacifique, please don’t hesitate to contact me.  We may be constrained by current bookings (ie. may need to be flexible with dates so we don’t disturb guests), but I am happy to do a group tour.

On behalf of Sally, (owner) and I, we wish all our brides, grooms, their family and friends a wonderful wedding day – dream about what is possible; believe you can do it; make the most of your day; plan, book and enjoy your holiday; then dream about where you will go next!  It is your turn!

Would you like to book or find out more about us?

Check out our rates,

Look at our last minute accommodation specials or

Send us an enquiry now! 

You can also Contact us for more information or Subscribe to our free monthly email newsletter

Until next time – enjoy your day wherever you are from La Maison Pacifique “The Peaceful House” and your boutique designer luxury holiday home vacation rental in Casuarina, New South Wales, Australia – half way between the Gold Coast QLD and Byron Bay NSW, Australia.

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Di Hendy
Property Consultant
La Maison Pacifique
Telephone – call +61 (0) 411 052 759
Mobile/Cell – call or text +61 (0) 411 052 759
Email – contact info@lamaisonpacifique.com
Website – visit http://www.lamaisonpacifique.com
LinkedIn Group – join http://www.linkedin.com/groups/La-Maison-Pacifique-4634043
LinkedIn Company – follow http://www.linkedin.com/company/la-maison-pacifique
Google+ Person – add to circle https://plus.google.com/112592221587833404365/
Google+ Page – follow https://plus.google.com/b/112592221587833404365/
Twitter – follow http://www.twitter.com/maisonpacifique
Facebook – like http://www.facebook.com/pages/La-Maison-Pacifique/231607423592843
Newsletter – subscribe at http://eepurl.com/Am0zz
Video Tour –  http://www.youtube.com/embed/KR8MiuA00Xg
Wedding Accommodation Video –  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zi7xxUJSDDE

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