The Australian Launch Of GRACE MOTHERS Had Us Laughing, Connecting And Shedding A Few Tears |

The Australian Launch Of GRACE MOTHERS Had Us Laughing, Connecting And Shedding (More Than) A Few Tears

In the last week of March, we held a beautiful brunch to celebrate the launch of GRACE MOTHERS - Letters To Our Children.

Held at the (remarkably perfect pink-hued) The Botanica restaurant in Vaucluse, the chic restaurant was the perfect setting for our new book, which has been created by The Grace Tales founder Georgie Abay, leading portrait and fashion photographer Julie Adams and journalist Claire Brayford. The event was styled by Emily Smith from Boutierre Girls, whose spectacular florals had us all in awe. Guests at the event included Janice Petersen, Sam Bloom, Kate Ritchie, Catriona Rowntree, Harper’s BAZAAR editor Eugenie Kelly, Australian Women’s Weekly editor Nicole Byers, Bridget Yorston, Zoe Marshall, Fiona Myer, Emma Lane, Amber Sherlock and many more.


As at all of The Grace Tales' events, the fashion was a feature in and of itself.

Kate Ritchie wore a beautiful dress by Australian brand Pasduchas, while Zoe Marshall wore a gorgeous green dress by By Johnny. “GRACE MOTHERS is a celebration of motherhood, it’s full of emotive, heartfelt and moving stories, but ultimately, it’s about highlighting the relationship between a mother and her child,” said Georgie Abay, who was dressed in a pink Regina Pyo skirt. “There is something truly unique when you shoot women with their children … It’s as if all their self-consciousness disappears and suddenly you see them relax and that’s when the magic happens, which I hope shines through in the book,” added photographer Julie Adams, wearing a Zimmermann dress.


The launch was hosted by the fabulously stylish SBS World News Presenter Janice Petersen, who was dressed in a Stella Jean pencil skirt.

The love flies off the pages… you will be moved by a lot of what you will read and it will remind you of the important things in life,” she said of the book. Catriona Rowntree flew in for the event. On the book, she commented, “It’s about taking a moment to record how you’re feeling at this stage in your life, the connection that you have with your children, to document something that your grandchildren may possibly read one day. It’s a treasured piece that you’ll have forever (that your children may initially be embarrassed by, but will in time love).”


Janice Petersen interviewed the remarkable speaker and survivor Sam Bloom, who has written a letter to her three boys in the book.

It was Sam’s words that left the entire room in tears. In her letter, Sam writes: “Don’t take anything for granted. Be attentive to the details and do your best to appreciate the smallest pleasures in life, for they are the things you will miss most if you ever lose them. Trust me on that. Be kind to everyone you meet, especially those who seem overwhelmed with anger or grief, because you cannot know what terrible burden they are struggling with. Your words and actions can make all the difference to them. Please love and support each other, as you always have, for while you are amazing individuals, you are so much stronger together. I don’t doubt that the three of you could do absolutely anything you put your minds to.” If that weren’t enough, guests were served a two-course brunch: papaya, mango, watermelon and passionfruit salad with blue pea jelly and macadamia praline, followed by sweetcorn, polenta and quinoa fritters, smoked king salmon, dill, poached eggs, corn and turmeric relish. To find out more about GRACE MOTHERS – Letters To Our Children, please see here.