In this week’s episode of The Adelaide Show, we are going to the chapel and we’re gonna get married, or rather, we’re going to Woodburn Homestead to talk about weddings.
In the Musical Pilgrimage, we have a perfect song by Ben Roberts from Ukulele Death Squad to give us the Fairytale ending for our chat about weddings.
To kick things off, in the SA Drink Of The Week, we return to Poonawatta.
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Running Sheet: Let’s talk about weddings
Introduction to the show.
00:01:44 SA Drink Of The Week
The SA Drink Of The Week is a Four Corners Of Eden Valley Shiraz from Poonawatta. We taste it with winemaker, Andrew Holt.
00:10:38 Cindy Westphalen
“I want to come up a big long driveway and arrive at a surprise”. They are the words of one of South Australia’s most awarded wedding planners and caterers, Cindy Westphalen, in relation to Woodburn Homestead, a pioneering property in Langhorne Creek that she fell in love with and bought many years ago to become her base of operations. In many ways, the pathway of courtship, proposal, wedding planning, and then the wedding day is also like a big long driveway that arrives at a surprise. Of course, after that surprise, there is hopefully a long road ahead, complete with bumps, twists, turns, and sometimes dead ends. To help us understand how to navigate wedding planning, and maybe even our relationships, Cindy joins us on The Adelaide Show.
I bet you weren’t expecting to be asked for life and love advice today?
When weddings are allowed again, you might find some helpful tips and insights from #SouthAustralia #weddingplanner legend Cindy Westphalen of Woodburn Homestead fame in #LanghorneCreek https://t.co/f5JaprRjE4
— The Adelaide Show (@TheAdelaideShow) November 19, 2020
Cindy, you’ve been a caterer and wedding planner for many years, you’ve won countless awards at the Australian Bridal Industry Association, including becoming entered into the Hall Of Fame. If we look back into your history, what was your wedding to John like? Was it up to the gold standard or was it a big learning curve that’s informed your career?
Before we get swept into the fantasy world of dream weddings, can we name the elephant in the room when it comes to weddings? Cost. We got married in a cinema because I sensed that the moment I mentioned wedding when trying to book a venue, the price doubled or tripled. Was that delusional on my part, or does it happen, and if so, why?
How important is fantasy in wedding planning? And why?
How can you create fantasy – can it be lots of little things?
Is it fair to say that men become props during most fantasy weddings – and is this why you’re developing a Groom’s Concierge?
I bought a hat recently and in our discussion with the Adelaide Hatters people, they noted it will feel funny at first because it’s right next to your eyes and face which is where everybody looks when they look at you. A wedding puts your whole body on show. How do you coach people to deal with body insecurities so they don’t undermine the fantasy?
What are some of the combinations of catering and staging you’ve seen?
Your staff often get rave reviews. How do you choose them? I recall being cheeky once.
One of your features – that looks amazing – is the open air barn area. Having just shivered through Into The Woods at the Botanic Garden, I was wondering how well does nature play its role? Is it reliable? Does climate change mean you need different planning and contingencies?
Through CIndy’s Classic Gourmet, you start the process with a personal consultation. What sort of questions do you ask?
Has the uprising of more food allergies made life harder?
Have the various cooking shows changes people’s expectations?
You’ve catered for the state government and prime minister. What sort of fare was requested? And who’s fussier – brides or political aides?
There are many articles about how to handle politics at Christmas gatherings – have you any tips for dealing with wedding family politics, given there are now many extended and broken family groups?
And what is wedding tourism?
Has any movie ever gotten the role of wedding planner right?
00:58:27 Musical Pilgrimage
In the musical pilgrimage, we have a song, Fairytale by BS Roberts of Ukulele Death Squad fame.
This song is from the official pilot of the featre length documentary, Adapting. It is also track 1 of 6 from the upcoming EP Live on the Heysen Trail.
Here’s this week’s preview videos.
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