Thursday, May 28, 2009

Getting Ready for the Big Day!

... A beautiful wedding video by Sketchbook Weddings, showing the wedding preparations of Kelli and Brad, whose beautiful vintage garden wedding we featured last week.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Vintage Garden Real Life Wedding

You will fall in love with this week’s chic vintage garden wedding filled with vibrancy and freshness, coupled with the gorgeous bride and groom – Kelli & Brad!
Photographer Nicola Dilllon has truly captured the liveliness of the occasion and the gorgeous detailing! Kelli shares her ‘Bride’s Diary’ with us!

“On our wedding day, we girls spent the day getting ready at Ravensthorpe, the beautiful 19th Century home where our ceremony and reception were to be held. We all enjoyed being pampered over a champagne brunch, and I was extremely excited to finally wear my dress that had been so carefully created over the months leading up to this day. My bridesmaids’ dresses were a similar v-neck style, which complemented my dress perfectly. Brad wore a dark grey pinstriped suit and his groomsmen wore a lighter shade of grey, which provided a nice contrast and added a touch of individuality”

“The weather was stunning and we were married under the rotunda in front of our family and best friends. Everything took place within Ravensthorpe’s grounds including our photo shoot, during which our guests enjoyed drinks and canapés in the courtyard. “

“The reception was celebrated in a beautifully decorated marquee at the back of the property. Flowers, themed in white and cream with lots of foliage, were central to all our decorations. Petals were scattered down the aisle and tall floral arrangements in champagne style vases featured on each of the guest tables. The marquee and courtyard were also decorated with flowers. Tea candles and fairy lights were scattered everywhere and as the day turned into night, these looked stunning!”

We chose cream-coloured love heart lollypops in a variety of flavours for our bomboniere. Tagged with our guests’ names, these sweet treats made perfect place ‘cards’ on the guest tables.
Our bridal party overnighted at Ravensthorpe, so we could all celebrate and reminisce the next morning over breakfast. It was the perfect ending to an amazing few days.

Photography: Nicola Dillon 0400 349 431 
Recpeption Venue: Ravensthorpe 02 4257 6096  
Celebrant: Fran Thomson 02 4229 2696 
Bridal Gown: Pallas 02 9358 5761  
Bridal Shoes: Alan Pinkus 02 9233 2249 
Bridal Accessories: Glamadonna 02 9232 7994 
Bridesmaids’ Gowns: Review 02 9238 9611 www.
Men’s Suits: Tramps The Store, Wollongong 02 4226 5933
Hair Stylist: D’va Hair Wollongong 02 4226 9886
Make-up: She-ba Wollongong 02 4229 7235 
Florist: Sally Christian 02 9557 8503
Videography: Sketchbook Media  
Entertainment: Graham Brown 0419 488 520 
Bomboniere: Sticky 02 9427 3664

Friday, May 15, 2009

Cristina Re Stationery

We love the Cristina Re stationery used in our Vintage Blue Styling Theme so much, we just had to showcase more! The beautiful stationery patterns shown here provide the perfect accent for a stunning Vintage Blue wedding.

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Something Uniquely Blue!

Are you a bride who wants to exude tradition but with a little twist?

As tradition entails, a bride may include in their wedding day something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue. Be it their ‘new’ dress, an ‘old’ wedding heirloom or a ‘borrowed’ piece of jewellery, sometimes a bride can be a little bewildered as to what ‘blue’ they could incorporate into their wedding day without going for typical items such as a garter or accessory.

If you are a bride that is not afraid to wear something daring, why not consider a chic pair of blue heels for your day!?!

Flickers of colour beneath your dress as you walk down the aisle or a hidden surprise during your traditional garter toss could be something unique and a great way to honour this tradition!

In accordance to our BLUE vintage theme this week, The Bride’s Diary has soured some chic blue heels to complement your aisle style!

To read more about wedding traditions see our article Timeless Traditions.

Old, New, Borrowed, Blue Glass Coasters By Weddingstar

Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue...  These glass coasters by Weddingstar are a perfect match for this week's Vintage Blue Styling Theme.  

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Aqua & Pink Real Life Wedding

We fell in love with this  sophisticated aqua & pink wedding, and we know you will too! Filled with vibrancy and freshness, this wedding combines tradition with a modern twist of colour. 
Photography studio Panache have truly captured the essence of the occasion and the gorgeous detailing, as well as the gorgeous couple - Luigina & John! Luigina shares her ‘Bride’s Diary’ with us!
"It was really important to me that the style of our wedding reflected us as a couple. I wanted to include that personal touch with a hint of tradition too  After almost two years of planning, the day finally came. We were also moving to London so it was a busy time! We could not have asked for a better day! The bridesmaids dresses were a design created together as group and the dressmaker was wonderful in helping the design come to life."
"After a beautiful ceremony, the bridal party went to the Botanic Gardens for drinks and photos. Kym, our photographer, made our day – the photos are brilliant. "

"Finally the overall style of the reception reflected our love of family, partying and generally having a good time. The bright colours, fresh flowers and fairy lights created a fun and happy atmosphere that encouraged our guests to relax and enjoy themselves.  I designed and made the bonbonniere candles. They reminded me of a special trip John and I had taken to Thailand. The pink Bonbonniere bags were then put together by my close family as an Italian tradition. The cake that we chose represented our new journey and adventure with a small suitcase on the top, plus the flavour of mint chocolate had been a favourite of ours foreverOverall we had a magical day that represented us as a couple, I couldn’t have asked for anything more!" 
Photography: Panache Photography 
Ceremony Venue: Saint Mary’s Church, Stanley St North Adelaide 
Reception Venue: The National Wine Centre  
Bridal Gown: Bridal On Pulteney | 
Bridesmaids Gowns: Material Eastern Silks
Dressmaker Debbie Black,
Parasols Not Just Weddings
Jewellery Supplies Cabeadle Beads  
Men's Suits: Hugo Boss  
Florist: My Green Goddess  
Decorations: Lush Lighting  Chaircovers Over All

Samantha Wills Accessories

These gorgeous accessories by Samantha Wills perfectly complement our Vintage Blue Styling Theme. We love the antique-look styles and the vibrant blue colours. Perfect for brides and bridesmaids!

Lanterns by Weddingstar

These vintage style Lanterns by Weddingstar are a great idea for decorating your reception. Tied with a simple blue ribbon, they are perfect for bringing a Vintage Blue theme to your wedding reception. A great idea is to add a confetti card with each guests name - the lanterns can be used as a unique placecard and bomboniere!

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Vintage Blue Styling Theme

Vintage aqua blue tones unite with gold in this Styling Theme. The onset of the frosty weather that marks the end of Autumn and the start of Winter was the inspiration for this styling theme. The gorgeous aqua tones however are suitable for a wedding in any season.
We are in love with Cristina Re  stationery and her beautifully unique ideas for creating wedding invitations and bomboniere. We have showcases several of here aqua toned stationery ranges here, to highlight how you can mix and match stationery items to perfectly suit your needs.
Tying in with the Enchanted Bird stationery is the miniature bird nest by Weddingstar, filled with Bomboniere almonds - a lovely twist on the traditional bomboniere.
Ensure your theme is carried through the entire wedding by selecting accessories in complementary colours. We love the pale blue Ella necklace shown here and the absolutely gorgeous Fendi clutch in silver with a hint of blue trim. 
To complete the theme we have selected a simply stunning cake. The colour is a perfect match with our selected stationery, the climbing branch highlights the season of winter and we adore the lovebirds perched at the top!

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

From The BD Team

Hi BD Brides!

We have been blogging for just over a month now and would love to hear your feedback. Your feedback and input is important to us, as we have created this blog to help make planning your dream wedding easier!

We want to inspire, motivate and inform you on everything wedding! Has our blog been helpful in planning your wedding? What would you like to see more of? Is there anything you think is missing from our blog?

Please use the comments function at the bottom of this post to leave your feedback.

From The BD Team.

Friday, May 1, 2009

We love Mimco!

One of Australia’s leading accessory brands, MIMCO is renowned for it’s individual style, designing accessory collections featuring bags, jewellery, hair pieces, hats, small leather goods, shoes, hosiery and knitwear. 

Choosing Mimco’s jewellery pieces for your day, including neckpieces, earrings, wrist wear and rings, will define your unique aisle style.

Let your personality shine with detailed gem and pearl necklaces and finish your look with a matching cuff or bracelet. Or, for a simpler accessory style, select this season’s dazzling drop earrings to complement a detailed gown. As an added touch, consider Mimco’s clutches in various colours to match your bridesmaids. In Mimco’s own words, “Our woman loves to dress up, she loves to explore and she knows the value a killer accessory makes to her look of the day.” 

Why not stray from traditional veils and adorn your hair with a headpiece or chic comb? Mimco has a large range of hair accessories & headwear to glam up your day and surprise your groom!

Launched over 10 years ago by Amana Briskin, Mimco has various boutiques around Australia and more recently in London. Mimco is the fashionable choice for your day!

Visit to buy online or find a store near you!

The Bride's Diary Tip: Why not choose Mimco’s simple Jewel or Pearl Studs (shown in image) as a Bridesmaid gift?! Available in a range of complementary colours, they can also make a charming Bridesmaid accessory for the day, in turn a wonderful keepsake!

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