SOURCE: Marriott International

Marriott International

August 10, 2011 17:24 ET

Sydney Harbour Hotel Names New Wedding and Event Planner

Enthusiasm, Expertise and Exceptional Venues Await Couples in Sydney

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA--(Marketwire - Aug 10, 2011) - Sydney Harbour Marriott Hotel at Circular Quay has recently announced the new hire of Ricky Hamilton as Wedding and Event Planner. Hamilton is fully accredited as a Marriott Certified Wedding Planner and up-to-date on the latest concepts and trends. He recently completed several months of training in Marriott International's unique "Joy Certification" course, and is ready to help execute creative event planning in Sydney, Australia.

His recent certification and impressive hands-on experience have fully prepared him to offer invaluable advice and exceptional service to brides and grooms as a representative of one of the premier Sydney Harbour wedding venues.

"The trend is moving away from tradition and into what YOU want it to be," said Hamilton. "Weddings are not fluffy anymore. The 'first dance' is being replaced with choreographed routines to modern pop songs. Themes are chosen for entertainment value, not tradition. It's more about you and how creative and fun you can be!"

Hamilton also noted that cocktail parties, high teas and intimate gatherings in unique and unusual locations are preferred by many couples, as big weddings that include hundreds of guests are being replaced with more emphasis on quality, not quantity.

Hailing from Victoria, Hamilton's work history includes prestigious establishments such as Gabriel Martin at Treasury, The Victorian Wine Precinct-Reserve, Sausalito and Matteo's. He has also served as group event manager of Collins Quarter, Madame Brussels, Gin Palace, The Order of Melbourne and The Kelvin Club, where he worked under the renowned Vernon Chalker; and has achieved excellence in the creation, operation and concept development of numerous events including The Melbourne Food & Wine Festival, MIFF, Spring Fashion Festival, Scotch & Soda Launch, InDesign, Jaguar, Magnolia Courtyard Luncheon and other countless events including weddings and film and television wrap parties. Hamilton also notes collaboration with top chefs such as Greg Malouf, Michael Nunn, Brendan McQueen, George Colombaris, Cath Claringbold and Raymond Capaldi during his previous event planning tenures.

"Sydney Harbour Marriott is blessed with unique spaces such as the Presidential Suite on Level 32 with breathless views of Sydney Harbour or Dorothea Mackellar with its floor to ceiling glass windows," said Hamilton in discussing the variety of Sydney wedding reception venues available at the Sydney Harbour Marriott Hotel at Circular Quay.

"Customs House Bar offers a relaxed 'family barbeque' atmosphere for those seeking a more informal affair on a weekend," added Hamilton. "This is particularly popular with engagement parties, while big swanky parties choose the Henry Lawson room where an army of wait staff pamper your guests' every desire."

"In 2011 the big thing was confectionary stations and photo booths," said Hamilton, revealing his enthusiasm as newly appointed wedding and event planner at one of the most sophisticated 5-Star Sydney CBD hotels. "2012 will be the year of bright, bold colours, interesting themes and outrageous parties."

About the Sydney Harbour Marriott Hotel at Circular Quay
The Sydney Harbour Marriott Hotel at Circular Quay defines sophistication for travelers seeking luxurious accommodation at one of the finest hotels near Sydney Opera House, Harbour Bridge and The Rocks historical quarter. Conveniently located in the midst of cosmopolitan shopping and entertainment options, the hotel guests enjoy lavish amenities, unsurpassed service, and a wide variety of stylish guest rooms and hotel suites.

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