Region’s top wedding industry suppliers unveiled at awards

October 17, 2021 BY

Symone van der Vliet and Chris Elliott inside the new minibar of the resort's balcony area Seaspray Co. Photo: VINNIE VAN OORSCHOT

WITH a view to die for, it is little wonder the RACV Torquay Resort has continued its fine form as a winner in this year’s Brides Choice Awards.

The resort took out the Brides Choice Award for Best Wedding Venue at a 4-5 Star Hotel across the Geelong-Surf Coast region, edging out Novotel Geelong Hotel in the highly sought-after award.

The coastal venue was joined by a host of other wedding suppliers across the region to be recognised for their excellence when helping couples to stage their big day.

RACV Torquay Resort beverage manager, Chris Elliot, said the team catered to every event like it was their last.
“As you can imagine the last 18 months or so have been a bit of a drag whenever we have had to ring couples to tell them that weddings have to be cancelled,” he said.

“But this award has really shown us that all that hard work has definitely been worth it.

“We go above and beyond for every one of our couples and we only ever do one wedding a day so that they have our full attention. It’s all about them that day, as it should be.”

Other winners in the Brides Choice Awards for the Geelong-Surf Coast region were:
ACCOMMODATION – Waurn Ponds Estate
DAY SPA – SaltAir Spa Torquay
BEAUTY THERAPIST & TREATMENTS – Body Bliss and Skin Care
BRIDAL HAIR STYLIST – Versity Hair Salon
BRIDAL MAKEUP ARTIST – Crew Faced MakeUp Artistry
BRIDAL GOWN COUTURE – And the Veil Bridal
BRIDESMAIDS & FORMAL WEAR – And the Veil Bridal
SUITS & FORMAL WEAR – Bellington Estate
CAKES – Baked by Us Cupcakes
CARAVANS, TRUCKS, CARTS & BARS – Kombi Keg, Geelong
CATERER – Truffleduck
MARRIAGE CELEBRANT – Annie the Celebrant
CHAPELS, CHURCHES & CEREMONY LOCATIONS – Anglesea Heath Lookout
DANCE STUDIO – Geelong School of Dance
DECORATOR & STYLIST – Elderberry Events
EVENT HIRE – Twilight Glamping
DJ’S – Geelong Entertainment Services
LIVE ENTERTAINMENT – Geelong Entertainment Services
FLORIST – A Flourish of Flowers
JEWELLER – Charles Rose
PHOTOBOOTH – Zuster PhotoBooths
PHOTOGRAPHER – Kari Teagan Photography
VIDEOGRAPHER – Angry Chicken Media Weddings
TRANSPORT – Coastal Kombi Weddings
PLANNERS – Darling Don’t Panic
VENUE – COORDINATOR – The Warehouse Geelong
WEDDING SERVICES – The Laser Cutting Studio
STATIONERY – Sketch & Etch
VENUE – BOUTIQUE HOTEL – Lorne Hotel
VENUE – BEACH – Lorne Beach Pavilion
VENUE – BOUTIQUE – Bellbrae Harvest
VENUE – UNIQUE – The Warehouse Geelong
VENUE – DIY – King Parrot Cottages & Event Centre
VENUE – ECO – Qii House Lorne
VENUE – FARM & COUNTRY – Rocklea Farm
VENUE – FUNCTION CENTRE – Harvester Moon
VENUE – GOLF CLUB – 13th Beach Golf Links
VENUE – HISTORIC – Grand Pacific Hotel Lorne
VENUE – RESTAURANT – Merne at Lighthouse
VENUE – SURF CLUB – Ocean Grove SLSC
VENUE – WATERFRONT – The Pier Geelong
VENUE – WINERY – Scotchmans Hills
To see a full list of all those recognised in the annual awards, including those who received an honourable mention or top five finish, go to facebook.com/BridesChoiceAwards.

RACV Torquay Resort’s wedding “Dream Team” Symone van der Vliet (wedding and event coordinator) and Chris Elliott (food and beverage manager).

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