Posted by Craig Peihopa at Friday, April 11, 2014
I recently had the opportunity to cover a wedding in the east Gippsland region of Victoria, one of Australia's southern states. I had never been to this part of Victoria previously and passing through the towns of Canns River, Bairnsdale and Sale were wonderful segments of a great journey.
I was there to cover the wedding of Abbey and Andrew who had chosen Toms Cap Winery to be their wedding and reception venue. When I arrived there not long after the groom and best man, I was warmly received by a lady called Ann, whom I later discovered was the owner with her husband Graham. I was continuously surprised by their warmth and generosity that extended well beyond the initial greeting up until the very end of the reception. Ann and husband Graham were so kind, warm and hospitable I was almost speechless. Their service was second to none. The venue was beautiful, the food for the guests AND for me was of the quality and presentation I would have expected in the finest restaurants.
I have been photographing weddings for some years and apart from the exceptional people at Springfield House, The Madison and Le Montage in Sydney, most reception venues are fairly courteous with no real significance in their treatment of "workers" there are a few who are totally ambivalent toward photographers / videographers. But genuine hospitality toward the photographers, Videographers/ Band / DJ...and even the Bus Driver the like of which I experienced at Toms Cap is rare and unique. One of the results of such treatment is that everyone gives a little more, appreciation pulls things together and is the real icing on the service cake. Toms cap have it down to not just an artform, but a heartform - meaning, that the passion with which I witnessed them deliver in every detail is akin to what I give to the photography I cover. I along with them, love what I do and that makes an immense difference.
I thoroughly recommend Toms Cap Winery as a venue for Weddings / receptions and even corporate events. I was VERY impressed and am secretly hoping that lots of people see my pictures and recommendation and want me to go back there again to cover more weddings....I would look for almost any excuse.
Thank you Ann & Graham for a wonderful experience and a HUGE thank you to the Bride and groom for choosing me to cover your special day.
Here are some pictures
toms cap winery website
Posted by Craig Peihopa at Thursday, April 03, 2014
You hear about stories like this occasionally, and this story is amazing.
London antique dealer Wartski said the man bought the egg a few years ago for about $14,000, completely unaware that it was worth about $33 million.Story from ninemsn.com.au
The man thought he could make a quick $500 profit by selling it on as scrap metal, but by a stroke of fortune he was unable to find a buyer and so the egg was saved from being melted down.
The egg, which contains a Vacheron Constantin watch, sits on a jewelled gold stand and was given by Alexander III to his wife Empress Maria Feodorovna in Easter 1887. It is one of only 50 imperial Faberge eggs ever made.
The egg became a financial burden to its owner.
One evening, he typed "egg" and "Vacheron Constantin" into an Internet search engine and found a an article in Britain's Daily Telegraph about its background, quoting Kieran McCarthy, director of Wartski, who are experts on the works of Carl Faberge.
The owner was so astonished by what he had read that he flew to London to show it to McCarthy, who was left speechless.
Wartski bought the egg for a private collector -- for an undisclosed sum -- and the new owner has allowed it to be displayed for four days at Wartski's premises in London from April 14.
McCarthy said: "It's the most incredible discovery. We have so many discoveries but none of them are as momentous as this.
"It has travelled from Imperial St Petersburg to the rust belt of America. It's a story that deserves to be told because it could so easily have slipped away.
"For the Faberge community and the historical community, it is a wondrous event because the Easter egg is the ultimate target for every antique dealer and every enthusiast."
The egg was last seen in public 112 years ago at an exhibition of the Russian Imperial family's Faberge collection in St Petersburg.
In the chaos of the Russian revolution, the Bolsheviks confiscated the valuable egg from the empress.
There is a record of it in Moscow in 1922 when the Soviets decided to sell it, but its fate was then unknown and it was long feared that it could have been melted down for its gold value.
But in 2011 Faberge researchers found the egg had been sold in New York in March 1964 for just $2,450, or $18,500 in today's prices.
It was sold as a "gold watch in egg form case" without its provenance being known, sparking its extraordinary journey to the Midwest of the United States.
Posted by Craig Peihopa at Friday, March 21, 2014
Thought I would share the article about the Angels. This is one of the pictures I took.
AUSTRALIAN rock legends The Angels reckon The Corner in Richmond is one of the best venues in the country.“It’s one of those rooms that harks back to the old days when rooms like that were everywhere. It’s just a great pub rock venue,” guitarist Rick Brewster said.
With new album Talk the Talk in stores now, The Angels will bring a mix of old and new to The Corner on March 27, before appearing at Doncaster Shoppingtown Hotel on March 28 and Moorabbin Sandbelt Hotel on March 29.
There is new blood in the band too, with Dave Gleeson (of The Screaming Jets fame) as frontman, Brewster’s nephew Sam on bass and Nick Norton on drums.
Brewster started the band with his brother John 40 years ago, following their grandfather and father, who was a cellist with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, into music.
Brewster said his tip to any upcoming bands was to play as many gigs as possible.
“Nothing beats playing in front of people. You get that immediate feedback and response from the crowd. Without it you are just fumbling in the dark,” he said.
“We would take our songs to the audience and, judging by the reaction, we gradually crafted our sound.”
Posted by Craig Peihopa at Thursday, March 20, 2014
I have been watching NCIS and at the end of the episode was really touched by a song they played, and as Shazam told me was called Nothing More by The Alternate Routes, I you Tube'd the song found about about it's creation and story. I have put the links about the song immediately below followed by the song...just lovely.
Posted by Craig Peihopa at Wednesday, December 18, 2013