A relaxed and sophisticated affair

23rd April 2021

Olga & Michael tied the knot at the Quarry Amphitheatre on a gorgeous April day. Their dream wedding day was all about creating a relaxed atmosphere and taking care of their guests. With simple, but sophisticated white and green styling, and 350 LED candles adorning the steps of the Quarry, the space looked truly magical. Creating the perfect backdrop to celebrate their love with family & friends.

We LOVE love – and one of our favourite parts of catering weddings is getting to know our lovely couples, as they trust us to cater their event. It makes seeing the day come together and our clients and their families enjoying themselves, even more rewarding. We asked the newly-weds to share some special moments from their big day.

How They Met

“We met in Darwin through a mutual friend. Both were sent to Darwin for work and were only meant to be there for a short period of time, but from seeing each other for a couple of months, we knew that the relationship was serious, so we continued it for a year and half through long distance. It was very hard but it made us realize how much we wanted to be together and cared for each other.”

The Proposal

“Michael proposed in Maldives, on the beach overlooking the sunset. As a true romantic, he got on one knee and popped the question. It was a complete surprise to me (apparently the ring was in my glass of champagne for a good 15 minutes before I noticed it) and I was so excited afterwards that I couldn’t eat or drink anything and kept looking at my ring.

Michael designed the ring and the diamond came from his mom and dad – it was used in the original ring that Michael’s dad proposed with to his mom. This made it even more special to me.”

The Ceremony & Reception

The theme of our wedding was: “I’d like to think that we went with simple but sophisticated. Our color scheme was green and white. So were our bouquets and girls dresses (mine white and girls wearing green). Boys went with the dark navy. Once we set the date, picked the venue and color scheme, everything flowed from there onwards.”

Our ceremony venue was: “Quarry Amphitheatre. We tried to make it as easy and simple for our guests as possible, so straight after the ceremony, while we were away taking photos, we had our guests enjoying themselves with canapes and drinks. As entertainment we choose a piano player and lawn games, which I think added to the atmosphere and made it more relaxed.”

Our reception venue was: “The best venue in Perth – Quarry Amphitheatre in City beach! It’s unique and absolutely stunning. I spent a long time living in Scotland and the walls of the quarry remind me of the Edinburgh castle. I also found the venue very spacious, it does not feel over crowded even if you have quite a large number of guests.

We often got to hear that it was one of the nicest weddings people have ever been to (maybe it’s a standard statement for the newly weds) but we really tried it to make it as easy as possible for our vendors and make sure our guests had fun. One of the nice little things that we thought was a good idea was to give everyone personalized glass cocktail straws engraved with their names. This made it a unique idea and was well received given the nice touch of engraving individual names.”

Our first dance was to: What the World Needs Now, by Burt Bacharach

Our Advice For Other Couples

  • Don’t stress, you are not as far behind as you think and you won’t miss anything!
  • Get yourself a good wedding planning diary with major milestones there, stick to the timeframe there and keep ticking things off. Once decided, move on to the next thing, don’t dwell, even better, delete all the old photos so you won’t think that you’ve made the wrong choice
  • Delegate! If you are really struggling, ask your bridesmaids and husband to be for help. Make sure you are specific with what you want as it would make it easier for them
  • Trust your intuition. You’ve made the right decision and it will look beautiful regardless. If you are stuck in between 2 options (my biggest dilemma), flip a coin and if you don’t like what you see, you’ve just made your choice
  • Go with the flow on the day, we ended up getting married during the snap lock down and had to wear masks after 6pm. I was surprisingly calm now that I think about it and so many of our friends brought masks enough for everyone, I even got a white one on the day from one of the good friends who went home to get it. People are amazing, especially in the time of need!
  • Enjoy every moment when it comes to the big day and try to take 5 mins with just you and your husband to take it all in as it will fly by

Suppliers other couples just have to know about: Hollie McDonald, from Ultimo. So good, she will keep you grounded and on track. Did I say she is amazing already?

The Honeymoon

“It was meant to be Europe, but due to COVID, we stuck to Australia. Straight after the wedding we went for a couple of nights to Bodhi Spa Retreat in Injuyp, WA.

The main honeymoon was organized by my husband end-to-end who kept it as a secret right up to the last minute when we had to board at the airport. We spent a couple of days in Brisbane, followed by Hamilton Island. I’ve never been anywhere bar Perth and Darwin due to our long distance relationship before, so this was a treat and seeing Great Barrier Reef was a highlight.”

The Menu

Canapes to start

Salmon caviar cone, smoke salmon mousse, kaffir lime powder

Crispy prawn gyoza, fresh chilli, scallion, plum syrup (DF, NF)

Crumbed five spice pork bite, honey mustard dip (NF)

Three cheese arancini, vincotto mayo (V)

 

Entrée

Spinach, sundried tomato & goat cheese tortellini, don shimiji mushroom, hazelnut foam, charcoal paint, parmesan crisp (V)

 

Mains – Alternate Drop 

Triple rib lamb chop with cassoulet of beans, roasted heirloom carrot, olive oil snow, wild flower, and rosemary jus

Alternating with

Black pepper crusted beef fillet, brussel sprout, grilled pears, ginger & raisin puree, crusted chat potato, beef jus

 

Dessert

Wedding cake plated as dessert, served with berry coulis & cream

 

Signature Cocktails

Pear + Cloudy Apple Whiskey Sour

Pomegranate + Rosemary Gin Fizz

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The Team

Wedding Coordinator / Catering: Hollie McDonald, Ultimo

Wedding Stylist: Hollie McDonald, Ultimo

Florist: Event Flowers

Hair/Make up: Pearlin

Dress designer: Karen Willis Holmes

Photographer: Ross Wallace Photography

Videographer: Finn Motion

Cake: Cake & I

Celebrant: Andrew Pickering

Furniture & Crockery/Glassware/Linen/Cutlery Hire: Hire Society

Lighting: Festoon Lighting

DJ: DJ Jeremy Tucker

Testimonials

Speedy Response

I contacted Ultimo the week of my event and they very quickly got back to me and were able to do the catering. I was very pleased when the staff member arrived and set up everything. I didn’t have to do a thing :). The staff member was professional, helpful and a lovely person to boot. Many of my guests told me how good they thought the food was. Thanks Ultimo for your service and quality and attention to detail.

Deb Thompson

   

Magical Wedding

We had a magical wedding reception thanks to Ultimo!  We were blown away by the extraordinary food and super friendly service, it truly exceeded our expectations.  We were a bit daunted by designing the menu, but Clark understood what we wanted and he just led us toward a superb combination of flavours.  The staff went above and beyond for us and our guests and many have since commented on how impressed they were.  Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for the best day of our lives.

Claire Naylor

Backyard Cocktail Wedding

Super Impressed

We were so impressed with your organisation and how calm you were the entire night. The marquee looked amazing and everything was perfect. We weren't called about any problems that may have occurred during the day and were so impressed. We have gotten so many comments about the quality of the food and how well the event was run - including some from those whose jobs are in event management. A few people described yourself and a 'tall blonde girl' who worked so hard during the night. Drinks were flowing endlessly. So well done. You even got a soft serve and brought it out mid speech. And helped so quickly when we wanted a champagne bottle AS WELL as last minute door prizes. So super impressed. Would recommend the team any day.

Ness & Paddy

Wedding

Outside the box

I just wanted to say thankyou, for helping make Adrian’s night such a special and memorable one!   What a night! The feedback from everyone was that the food was sensational, especially the seafood station. Thankyou for the little extras that you thought of, it really did make for a unique occasion.  All of your staff were fabulous, and did a great job keeping up with the cocktail swilling party goers. Thanks again

Adrian Crooks 50th Extravaganza,

Fremantle Boatshed

Flawless Performance

We were so impressed by you and the supporting team on the night. We did not have any issues, the food was exceptional and the service perfect, a flawless performance, you did an outstanding job and we are thrilled to have chosen Ultimo and lucky to have you as our event organiser. Thank you again!

Alex & Elanie

Wedding Catering

Groovin' the Moo

I cannot recommend Ultimo Catering highly enough. I feel very fortunate to have finally found a catering company that understands and delivers a fantastic backstage catering experience. All artists and staff are wowed by the quality of food & service provided. I look forward to working with Ultimo Catering again next year on our national GTM tour.

Fernando Tellier Motti

Catering Manager | Groovin' the Moo

Covid Wedding Save

“We cannot thank the entire team at Ultimo enough for their incredible service. We were told it was going to be good, but we never expected how good! Our wedding venue was cancelled on us the night prior to our wedding due to Covid-19 restrictions being implemented (no fault of Ultimo’s). Ultimo assisted us in a short 12 hour period to completely relocate and redesign our wedding. To say it was executed flawlessly is an understatement. We were so so happy with their service and everything went perfectly on the night. From the setting-up, to the food served, to the drink service, to the pack down – it was all perfect. Huge thank you to the entire team, but an extra special thank you to Hollie – she was amazing throughout the entire experience. We cannot thank Ultimo enough and look forward to using them again for future events. Would recommend the team to anyone in a heartbeat! 

Kyle Moss

   

Corporate Christmas Party

Eventing can be hard, but with Ultimo, we had no stresses! They took care of everything. From the initial information package, meeting with the event coordinator and through to the meet and greet on the day. It was easy, the staff were amazing, and the food and venue incredible! Thank you so much Ultimo, for making our annual Christmas party a joy. We look forward to working with you again!

Stevie McCormack

Perth Eye Hospital

Afternoon Delight

A note of THANKS to let you know that the catering for this afternoon tea was excellent. The choices for the selection of food both savoury and sweets was delightful and the team thoroughly enjoyed it. Thank you once again.

Sheila Khandakar

Chevron

Extremely Pleased

We have been using on-demand catering for a while now and are extremely pleased with the service that Ultimo provides. We receive positive comments from our members all the time on the delicious food and it just takes a few minutes to order online. The Deliverable Feasts are excellent with more than enough to feed everyone plus leftovers. I cannot recommend Ultimo highly enough!    

Heather Van Lendt

The State School Teachers' Union of W.A

Corporate Xmas Party

We have used Ultimo for 2 years (3 years including this year hopefully!) for our corporate Christmas Party. Their events staff go above and beyond in the planning stages, then the onsite team on the night of the events have always been amazing. No request has ever been too big. They make the task of organising a large christmas party easier. Food and drinks have been delicious and the event space in always stunning!

Paige Brown

   

Corporate Event

Thank you for the event of Friday - it really was outstanding. I have had several people who attend lots of corporate events say to me that "That was the best event I have attended in at least the last 5 years" So thank you! The attention to detail of the whole day, from breakfast at registration to the superb lunch, the events themselves and finally the awards at the end was exemplary. Normally as the person who has signed the event off, I spend the day worrying if it will be a success, but this was one of those rare events when I could submerse myself in the day and enjoy it, knowing that you had everything covered. A brilliant day, one that shall be long talked about!

Richard

EventPod

Professional & Quality

Ultimo has taken over all of The Rural Agricultural Society’s catering since 2000, including the Perth Royal Show. The level of professionalism and quality of food they have brought to our organisation has been excellent.  Their timely and friendly presentation of service has been exceptional over the years.  The RAS entertains a cross section of high-profile individuals  including foreign diplomats, politicians, the Governor of Western Australia and a selection of VIPs who have all commented on the quality of food and service provided.  I highly recommend Ultimo to organise any function or event, large or small.

Janice Davidson

Executive Assistant, The Royal Agricultural Society of Western Australia

Exceeded Expectations

Ultimo have been providing corporate catering services to our organisation and every experience has exceeded expectations. Fresh, healthy and tasty catering options with quality service from their function coordinators, chef team and service staff. Could not recommend them highly enough! 

Tania Papalia

   

Always fresh

On Demand Catering is great alternative for in house meetings. There is a great range of choice that covers all dietary requirements. Always fresh and always delivered on time even with short notice. Staff love discovering what delights are in the boxes.

Lucille

DLA Piper

On Demand Catering

Food was really good. Pretzels were a major hit as were the Chou Chous and the individual Salads. Food is always delivered on time and exceeds expectations. It is a pleasure to business with you guys!

Kristian Pereira

Gerflor Australasia

On Demand Catering

I have been a corporate business customer of Ultimo Catering for over 2 years now. Ultimo have always been extremely helpful and timely with their service. Ultimo are never late for delivery, and always happy to take on last minute orders, and changes at our request which is fantastic for us as we are usually extremely busy. I have recommended Ultimo to other professionals for their corporate events as the quality and service is always consistent and never disappoints.

Paris Ward

3DS

Nothing was ever too much trouble

I just want to say a MASSIVE THANK YOU to the Ultimo Team for all your work in the lead up as well as on the night. I can not recommend the Ultimo company enough. Not only did you and the team make the organizing an absolute breeze, the detail and professionalism on the night by all staff was nothing short of superb! Nothing was ever too much trouble  - from taking care of the ticket sales and providing regular updates, to even extending the event on the night when the CEO made the request at 9:50pm (10 mins before it was meant to close)– even meeting the last minute request of having a lectern and stand alone mic for speeches!! The Ultimo customer service really is above and beyond. I had numerous emails flooding my inbox on Friday from staff raving about what a great night it was! The layout was fantastic for our size group (roughly 300ish I believe) as there was plenty of room to move without the place feeling empty. Both the drinks and food menus were fab – so many people made the comment of how fast the service was. We had a very challenging budget to work with, and what you were able to provide for that budget was absolutely incredible

Freya Barsby

Calibre Group

West Australian Ballet

West Australian Ballet’s partnership with Ultimo Catering and Events began in 2003 and is one of the company’s longest standing associations. We are extremely fortunate to be able to rely on Ultimo for the finest food and service at our events and consistently receive wonderful feedback from our patrons. Ultimo’s generosity and long term commitment to supporting the arts is invaluable and West Australian Ballet looks forward to celebrating many more milestones with Ultimo

Andrea Parkyn

Sponsorship and Events Coordinator

Food is some of the best in Perth

Ultimo Catering & Events are wonderful supporters of The Peet Op Shop Ball for Anglicare WA each year and we thank Peter and the ultimo team for their incredible generosity. Their food is some of the best in Perth and we couldn’t be more thankful for all their hard work and dedication to making it such a spectacular event.

Ian Craig

Anglicare

Best in the Biz

Just wanted to reach and out and say a hugeee thank you for the impeccable service and food Ultimo provided for our wedding on Friday at The Quarry. It was absolutely amazing and everyone raved about the food. Everyone was also stoked that there glasses were never empty- love it! The service was beyond perfect. But once again, thank you so much. Everything was A+. Please pass on our thanks to all involved. Best in the biz.

Mikayla + Sean

Wedding

Amazing & Attentive Service

I wanted to send a HUGE thank you specifically to yourself for all of the hard work organising our big day and to Tony for his amazing & attentive service on the night, plus to the whole team for putting together a seamless evening. I am so happy with how everything came together and I have had nothing but perfect compliments about the food, service & atmosphere on the night.

Mr & Mrs Sear

York Wedding

50th Birthday Party

I held an event on Saturday night at my home to celebrate my husband’s 50th birthday. The service I received from Vanessa was outstanding and she managed to put everything together with limited notice. She even did some work over the weekend and called me on Saturday during the day to ensure the hired equipment had arrived. On the evening, Tony, Nathaniel and the Chef were absolutely superb!! Their professionalism and customer attentiveness was first class and made my night so easy. The quality of your staff and catering product was noted by several of the guest who requested business cards from Tony for their own future events. I wanted to bring attention to the fabulous people you have at Ultimo - they are real assets to your business.

Lisa

   

Not all heroes wear capes

Peter and the team at Ultimo are amazing! Peter has been so supportive and someone you want in your corner when a pandemic interrupts your wedding plans. He went above and beyond helping us through what has been a very difficult and stressful time. The food is amazing and to cater to a full gluten-free menu for us was no trouble and always came with a positive can-do approach. As they have been in the industry for some time, their knowledge and connections to other suppliers has been invaluable. Thank you Peter for all your help and hope we will be able to engage Ultimo in the future

Melanie Hobday

   

Brand Advocate

We are all singing your praises this morning for the fantastic job that you and your team did for the Council Retreat catering.  We have had excellent feedback on the food presentation, staff friendliness and incredible service that you provided us over this momentous 3-day Council Retreat event.  Logistically, this event was extremely challenging and yet you made it all seem so effortless.  You worked quickly but so efficiently and effectively and with such incredible, meticulous attention to detail and because of you, this event was a great success. The catering and presentation of food is the best I have seen and I will certainly be a brand advocate for you.

Avril Schadendorf

   

Never disappointed

Ultimo Catering is a favourite with our staff and clients. The On - Demand catering menu is top quality and always well presented. Attention to detail means our orders are delivered directly to our catering kitchen and sometimes even put into the fridge! Their two hour minimum order time makes catering for last minute meetings stress free. We know that if we order with Ultimo we have lots of yummy options and we will never be disappointed.”  

Danielle Barnard

The Brand Agency

Dream Wedding

Thank you to Ultimo Catering for helping to create our dream wedding.  Choosing to hold our wedding in a marquee at my parent’s home meant we had total control of the styling and ambiance of our wedding. Ultimo’s professional service made for a stress-free evening - we wanted it untroubled and relaxed and Ultimo’s expertise ensured every box was ticked. They were totally flexible - we basically made up a whole new menu – and the food was excellent quality.  We had a ball because we had our wedding exactly the way we wanted it.

Hannah and Antony Lalor

Marquee Wedding

The food was exquisite

I organised to have Ultimo do the catering for my birthday party at home and they certainly delivered. I always got prompt responses from Vanessa who was very professional, approachable and patient. The staff who turned up on the day, Chef Lisa and Head Waitress Sophie were both very friendly, helpful and good at their job. Nothing was too much trouble. We had canapes which might as well have been a degustation experience. The food was exquisite and of good quality. The service was exceptional – something that is quite rare in Perth these days. Thanks to Ultimo, my evening was stress-free and elegant. My guests were impressed and I received so many comments about the delicious food. Thanks Ultimo! 

Marie Nankoo

   

Sandwiches were a hit

Thanks so much for Friday. The food was beautiful, plenty of it and on time. Normally sandwiches aren’t something guests rave about, but wow we had some outstanding comments! Several people also mentioned that we have raised the bar with this conference and that was due solely to the food provided. So, as far as feedback goes the whole thing was perfect. The young delivery man was extremely pleasant and went all out to do anything to help. Thanks again and will call on you for future events. All the best.

Cath

Belmay Primary School

You're just the best

I don’t actually have the words to express our thanks to you for everything you have done for us to make our day so magical. The amount of food, quality of food and service were absolutely raved about from our guests. There was absolutely no faulting anything on your end - our families were so incredibly happy. The effort you went to in securing the TV and organising the video to play for us was unbelievable. We were so shocked and happy and it was just the best. It definitely set the mood and tone of the night and something that we will appreciate forever. And just the many emails you responded to. Through a venue change and Covid postponement it was certainly much more of an effort and we so appreciate everything you did for us through all the changes. We simply could not have asked better service or experience with Ultimo. And please pass along our thanks to the rest of the team who worked Saturday night - they were all so great. You’re just the best, Hollie! So happy to have met you and thank you again for making our day so amazing!

Mitzi and Olly

   

Wow factor

Our Christmas function was very successful and this had a lot to do with Ultimo and the marquee they organised at Ozone Reserve. They took care of the logistics, great food and drink package and supplied friendly staff. There certainly was a wow factor with the design and layout of the marquee. Clark was a delight to deal with and certainly made my job a lot easier! We would be very happy to recommend Ultimo and would have no hesitation in using Ultimo again, not only for Christmas functions but other events during the year.

Kaye Fraser-Rae

Executive Assistant, Sinclair Knight Mars

Happy and very full

Thank you so much for all the help you gave me in the lead up to my event and especially when we had to reschedule due to lockdown; your help and support was truly appreciated ! Emails were always quickly responded to and whenever I called you were always available (such a rarity nowadays where people take days to get back to you). This is our first time using Ultimo and we look forward to using you again for future events. We were so pleased with everything and we cannot recommend you enough to our family and friends. All our guests left happy and very full and that’s really all we can hope and ask for when hosting an event.

Adam, Rebecca and Rose

   

Great food & service

I have to commend Ultimo on their great food and service. I specifically requested the afternoon to not be a sad time but more of a celebration, and that really filtered through on the day. From the staff’s friendly attitude to the venues they were able to recommend; all located 5 minutes from the cemetery, the wake couldn’t have run more smoothly. Thanks again

Adrian Paul

   

Perfect Wedding

Ultimo catered our wedding in April 2021 and what an amazing experience it was! The food was absolutely delicious, so generously portioned and all dietary’s perfectly catered for. Hollie our on-the-day coordinator was absolutely incredible! Hollie was so prompt in replying to my emails and was so well organised with meticulous attention to every detail. All the waitstaff were so attentive and polite. Could not recommend Ultimo highly enough, thank you all so much.

Jordan Langham

   

Total LORD of the hospitality industry

We just wanted to reach out and say a HUGE thank you for being a part of our special day. We loved every second of it. We received so many compliments on the food throughout the night. Everyone said it was delicious, there was plenty of it and the presentation was amazing. Thank you for being such a professional, such a legend and a total LORD of the hospitality industry.

Mr & Mrs Thomas