WILLOW & ME!
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Hi! We’re Mitch & Maddy and the proud owners of Willow, a 1950’s inspired vintage caravan bar. Our fairytale began like most other modern love stories … a ‘swipe right’ on Tinder. A morning coffee date that turned into a stroll around the markets, a meeting of the fam on the first date, and an inseparable ‘match’ ever since! And we’d be thrilled to be a part of your happily ever after too!
Willow & Me Events (formerly Van Dan Vintage Caravan) was born out of one of Maddy’s panic buys. When the business went up for sale in 2018, she couldn’t bare the thought of this sweet little caravan bar leaving the Hunter. Mitch gave her the little push she needed, and the rest is history!
Mitch, originally a FIFO worker, was sick of late nights, long hours, and weekend work so decided to take up a trade. You can imagine how thrilled he was when Maddy suggested buying a business that involved late nights, long hours and weekend work, ha! Now a carpenter, Mitch is our handy craftsman, Mr Fix-it, heavy lifter and chief mixologist (we call him Mitch Martini)! He has a killer smile and WILL remember your drink order – what more could you want from your barman?! He’s also chief tower, ‘cause god knows Maddy can’t be trusted reversing that thing! Always on standby with his tool belt, trailer full of tools and a helping hand for when those unexpected things happen come wedding day. Oh yeah, he’s pretty easy on the eye too!
Maddy loves cheese, wine, and dessert (making her aptly qualified for the job). She has worked in hospitality her entire working career, by accident. She studied law, politics and economics amongst other things (smarty bum!) … but just never found that right fit. She fell into the wedding industry (again, by accident) whilst working casually at a Hunter vineyard during one of her stints at uni. And, well, she found the fit, quickly working her way up to Wedding Venue Manager. It was love, and she was a natural. And really shouldn’t have been a surprise to anyone that she was made to do this (her organisation and attention to detail is next level!). Working in-house for 5 years, it was time to spread her wings and take the plunge with her own start-up wedding business (how hard could this small biz thing be anyway? ps. HARD!). Maddy is our hopeless romantic and she WILL cry at your wedding … but it’s because she cares (boy does she care!), and she really does become so invested in all her clients (we like to call them friends around these parts). Her passion for and knowledge of the local industry is unrivalled, ensuring a smoothly run event without any of the stress. And we’re extending our services so you take full advantage of her experience! Maddy can assist with full wedding planning (she’s got all the industry connections and know-how) and/or on-the-day coordination for those who want a perfectly executed day. She’ll do all the hard work for you so you can relax and enjoy the day with friends, family and bubbles (the way it should be)!
If you’re looking for a fun, relaxed, friendly team for your big day then you’ve come to the right place. Always professional, yet calming and approachable, let us help bring your dream day to life, and always ALWAYS with a smile. We understand and appreciate all the little things that go into making a wedding day that extra special, and our caravan bar Willow is sure to make it truly memorable and unforgettable – always a star! Fitted with pressed metal ceilings, timber bench tops, Edison pendant lights and painted in the softest sage green, she’s beautiful, classic and always adored. She has a stunning range of cut crystal glassware to match, and can tone right in to any colour palette, theme, or styling (think vintage, rustic, boho, industrial, country, or coastal to name a few).
As owner-operators, we pour our heart and soul into everything we do, and the level of service and charisma you’ll receive can’t be matched by some of our larger competitors.
Not to take away from all those other really important milestones, we’re also available for other types of special celebrations: birthdays, christenings, engagements and more! We’ve just announced a new high tea package which will be perfect for kitchen teas and baby showers. If there’s one thing that Maddy loves more than weddings, it’s babies! (*Mitch awkwardly tugs at collar). We love a party and any excuse to celebrate is good enough for us!
We look forward to hearing from you and sharing our magic with your family and friends!
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Willow is fitted with a commercial espresso machine, all staff are barista-trained and Willow doubles as a cute coffee cart. Perfect for those next-day wedding recovery brunches
Maddy also offers an additional event coordination service to see your event through from start to finish.