Friday, December 24, 2010

Season's Greetings from The Bride's Diary Team

The Bride's Diary Team extends our very best wishes for the Festive Season to all our readers and clients. Have a Merry Christmas and a safe and happy New Year celebration.

We have absolutely loved working on our website and publications throughout 2010. It has been great to keep in touch with our members through the bridal buzz message boards and to receive your fantastic feedback. Thank you for the many wonderful compliments we have received to our fabulous new editions of The Bride's Diary. We love it too!

We look forward to a wonderful 2011 filled with exciting new additions to our publications and online features!

Thank you for your ongoing support and interest in The Bride's Diary.

Once again, have a wonderful festive season.

Warm regards,

The Bride's Diary Team

Real Life Wedding: Classic Summer Vintage

Krystyn & Mark Fisher • 2nd April 2010

Although they first met as teenagers, Krystyn and Mark didn’t date until several years later. Then, after two years together, Mark was offered a place at an American university to play rugby union and the couple went their separate ways. A year later while Krystyn was midway through a trip around the world, they met briefly in the UK and Mark surprised her with tickets to Dublin for her 21st birthday. They had an amazing time together.

Early in 2009, on the last day of a holiday in Bali, Mark got down on bended knee. Krystyn’s ‘yes’ was followed by an afternoon lazing by the pool with text messages rolling in from around the world from excited family and friends.

Krystyn and Mark opted for a classic summer vintage theme for their wedding day.
Krystyn found that she became increasingly nervous before the ceremony, but says that as soon as she saw Mark, she felt at ease. 

“My mum had given me my great grandmother’s diamond and sapphire ring as my something old, borrowed and blue all in one.”

After the ceremony, the bridal party drove back to the reception venue in a stretch Bentley, while Krystyn and Mark followed in a glamorous Rolls Royce. Luckily, the rain had made way for a perfect summer afternoon complete with a spectacular blue sky. 

“The church ceremony at St Michael’s was beautiful and seemed to go so quickly. Before we knew it we were husband and wife.” 

The couple had their photos taken in the reception venue grounds while their guests enjoyed drinks and canapés on the veranda and lawns. The reception was held in a beautifully decorated marquee and the speeches proved to be one of the evening’s highlights. Another highlight was the couple’s choreographed first dance, which delighted their guests who watched from the courtyard while stars twinkled overhead.

Photography: Bode Photography 
Ceremony Venue: St Michael's Anglican Cathedral, Wollongong - 02 4228 9132
Reception Venue: Ravensthorpe
Wedding Rings: Jason Ree 
Bridal Gown: Pallas Couture 
Bridal Shoes: Alan Pinkus
Bridesmaids’ Gowns: Peter Bartlett, 02 4229 6979 
Groom's Suit: Hugo Boss 
Groomsmens' Suits: Peppers Formal Wear 
Hair Stylist: Sha-ar Hair, 02 4225 0950 
Make-Up: The Creative One 
Florist: Balgownie Passionflowers, 02 4284 4654
Videography: Sketchbook Weddings
Transport: Roll up in a Rolls
Invitations: Jhoosh Design
Bomboniere: Polka Dot Cookies

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Bridal Fashion Week Auckland

Let the champagne and diamonds flow, romance is well and truly in the air. Our New Zealand neighbours are introducing a glamorous world-class Bridal Fashion and Haute Couture event - Bridal Fashion Week Auckland 2011, taking Bridal Fashion Design to showcase levels never before seen in New Zealand.

New Zealand’s first ever couture bridal fashion week is set to elevate some of New Zealand’s most prestigious and awarded bridal fashion designers, alongside two of the world’s most acclaimed and iconic couture bridal designers, Cymbeline of Paris and Ruben Perlotti of Barcelona. The Auckland Bridal Fashion Week (BFW) will, without doubt be the wedding event of the year.

There is a gap in the New Zealand Bridal market where the industry can be elevated to a new level away from the traditional Bridal Trade Shows, and transformed to capture the romance and glamour of brides and weddings. 2011 is already becoming the ‘year of the wedding’ with local celebrity couples in the headlines – Dan Carter – Honor Dillon and Kate Hawkesby – Mike Hosking.

World acclaimed and iconic Bridal Fashion Designers Cymbeline of Paris and Ruben Perlotti of Barcelona will launch their 2012 collections at the New Zealand Bridal Fashion Week. Cymbeline won the Wedding Trends News award as the best French designer in 2009 and 2010. Ruben Perlotti is regarded by the fashion elite as one of the most inventive bridal designers in the world today.

Both Cymbeline and Ruben Perlotti will be present in Auckland for the event to personally introduce their 2012 Collections, this is an exciting world first, with focus of the world’s wedding, fashion and lifestyle media on these catwalks.

The foundations have been laid for the stars of top international bridal fashion to be showcased alongside top New Zealand designers of haute couture and weddings.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Real Life Wedding: Elegant Country Romance

Katie Watson & Mark Woelner • 4th April 2009 

Katie and Mark met quite by chance. At the time, Katie’s older sister was dating Mark’s younger brother, and one Saturday night she invited Katie to join them and their friends for a night out. They all met at Katie’s sister’s boyfriend’s house (which was also Mark’s house) and were about to head off when Mark returned home from a fishing trip.

Taking one look at Katie, he immediately decided to join the group. Katie played hard to get but Mark was determined to get the catch of his life.

Six years later, Mark proposed during a trip to the Hunter Valley to celebrate Katie’s birthday. Of course, she said yes.

“The moment he reached into his pocket and presented me with the most breathtaking diamond ring and asked me to marry him, I burst into tears.” 

The couple chose Terrara House Estate for their elegant country romance wedding theme. Katie’s gorgeous gown featured hand sewn Chantilly lace with a rose at the waistline to match her rose headpiece.

The couple’s day was perfect from the first moment. They married under the giant fig trees in the estate grounds, a romantic setting for a very emotional ceremony. A relaxed photoshoot was followed by canapés with their guests in the Rose Garden, before a formal reception in the chandelier-lit marquee. The table decorations featured greenery and herbs from the estate’s gardens with crystals and flowers as centre-pieces.

“Our wedding day captured the beauty of dimly lit lights and crystals, the elegance of lace and silk, and the romance and tranquillity of the country.” 

Katie and Mark chose a traditional three-tiered cake with two layers of fruitcake and one of chocolate mud. With beautiful dusty pink roses spilling down one side, the cake was simple, yet very elegant.
For their bomboniere, the couple opted for cute little country-style jars of strawberry jam.

Following an unforgettable day, Katie and Mark departed for a fabulously romantic Cook Island honeymoon.

Photography: CloudFace 
Celebrant: Mr Greg Coss 0421 035 444 
Ceremony & Reception Venue: Terrara House Estate 
Wedding Rings: Chilton's Miranda 02 9524 0360 
Bridal Gown: Zoe Marie Couture 
Bridal Shoes: Alan Pinkus 
Bridal Accessories: Apple Eye Jewellery 
Mens’ Suits: Spurling Formalwear 
Hair Stylist: Cerise Hair Gallery 02 4283 8000 
Make-up: Aston Lee 
Cake: Delaney’s Cakes 
Videography: Sketchbook Weddings 
Transport: Sydney Mustangs 
Catering: The Butter Factory 
Entertainment: Short & Horny Jazz Band

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Profile: Cara from Invitation Station

As part of a new feature on The Bride's Diary Blog, we will be introducing you to individuals who work in the wedding industry... giving you an insight into who they are and why they love weddings!

This week we have been chatting to Cara, owner and creative designer at Invitation Station. Cara gave us an insight into her creative side and why she can't get enough of creating gorgeous stationery suites for brides and grooms! 

• Tell us a little about your business…

We are a boutique invitation business specialising in custom made invitations. No two invitations are the same and we don’t sit you down in front of a book. The idea of Invitation Station is to make sure a stationery suite is created to each couple - that a unique story is told and allowed to unfold.

• What is your role in the business and why are you passionate about it?

I am the owner/creative designer at Invitation Station. I am passionate about all things paper and all things not paper too! I love to design…I am passionate about making something creative out of items that most people may disregard…

• How long have you been working in the industry? 

Invitation Station has been in the wedding industry for over ten years and counting…

• What are some of your past business experiences?

I started out as the Queenlsand Promotons Co-ordinator for a national company representing large corporations and their new brands. We dreamed up scenarios to announce any new products from ice-cream, perfumes, water, soft-drinks, new venues and sporting events. It was a wonderful place to allow my mind to go crazy with ideas and ways to make people go ‘wow’…and has enabled me to carry this experience over in to the wedding industry.

• What is one of your favourite recollections from your business?

Myself and a few other suppliers were invited to share the wedding of a wonderful couple who were married recently. The wedding was intimate and beautiful and we have carried forward with a wonderful friendship. It is always so lovely to get to know each couple and to click with them in such a way that working in a shop instead of a studio wouldn’t allow. And to be held in high regard to join a small group of people on such an important day in their lives was humbling.

• Tell us a bit about your family and home life…

I have a wonderful husband and two children (9 and 11, boy and girl). While my husband would prefer a clutter free lifestyle unfortunately my creative mind does not allow for such a thing – I am a terrible hoarder and seem to have passed these genes along to my children. We often get creative together on the spur of the moment…me and the children that is…and it takes an outsider to go through my ‘treasured keepsakes’ to work out what I should keep and what I should get rid of – I hate to part with anything! As my work is quite demanding I make sure that we have planned holidays away. It is imperative when work is so close to home (literally a door away), as it is too easy to sneak into the studio with the thought of being creative in mind and then getting caught up in work itself. Family is very important so finding a balance between work and play, although challenging at times is something I have to constantly work at…but it comes with the wonderful reward of seeing my children smile.

• How do you enjoy spending your spare time?

Spare time? Well that doesn’t exist much when running a business and family…but I do enjoy reading a lot and surfing the net. I find reading probably the best escape, as otherwise it comes back to the creative note…I end up playing with papers and all sorts of things and then my idea snowballs so I have to be careful my spare time doesn’t become work time. Yep a good book and snuggled in bed or down at the local café is a great way to unwind.

• What is your most memorable life experience?

My children. Carrying and giving birth to my two adorable children, although it may sound cliché, is definitely my most defining moment.

• What are your plans for the future?

Invitation Station has grown steadily each year, and we have now branched into a wholesale side. There are plans to launch brand products in the near future….so keep an eye out!

Monday, December 20, 2010

Create a Green-Themed Garden Wedding

Thymeless Collection
Summer is a great time to host a garden-party wedding. Embrace the essence of a garden wedding by creating a green themed wedding.There are so many ways to include a hint of green in your wedding, from your bridal accessories, to bridemaids gowns and flower-girl outfits, bomboniere, stationery and more! Here are a few of our our favourite green wedding accessories, for more ideas see our post on creating an eco-friendly wedding...

Friday, December 17, 2010

Real Life Wedding • Classic Garden Wedding

Jodie & Rodney Hill • 20th March 2010

Jodie and Rodney met at high school. But it wasn’t until a few years later that they became close friends and their beautiful relationship blossomed.

A few days before Jodie’s birthday, Rodney insisted that they go out, even though the morning was overcast and better suited to curling up with a good book. Jodie agreed and the couple first drove to picturesque Berry and then on to Cambewarra Mountain lookout. While soaking up the stunning panoramic view, Rodney asked Jodie, “How much do you love me?” With her arms held wide, she replied, “As much as the view”. And that’s when Rodney proposed.

“Holding a beautiful diamond ring he asked: “Jodie, will you be my wife?” I was so excited and shocked. Of course I said ‘Yes’.”

As it happened, a family afternoon tea in honour of Jodie’s birthday was planned for the following day, so the delighted couple were able to break their wonderful news.

On the morning of the wedding, Jodie and Rodney enjoyed spending time with their bridal party and families at their parents’ homes.

Jodie’s hairdresser and make-up artist left the girls plenty of time to relax with some champagne before it was time to get dressed.

Jodie’s beautiful taffeta wedding dress featured lace detailing with beads and sequins on the bodice and train. Both Jodie and her bridesmaids had photographs taken with their gorgeous parasols before leaving for the ceremony.

Rodney and his groomsmen were handsome in their dark charcoal pin-striped suits. Rodney chose a silver tie, while the boys wore purple ties to match the bridesmaids’ dresses.

“One of the most memorable moments was proudly walking down the aisle with my Dad, and then being hand in hand with my husband” said Jodie when recalling the ceremony.

The couple’s reception was exactly what they had hoped for: a big celebration with their family and closest friends. Some of the night’s highlights included the emotional speeches,  Jodie and Rodney’s first dance as husband and wife, and all of the guests dancing at the reception and enjoying the fun.

When the night finally came to an end and the couple reluctantly left, they spent a few nights at The Rocks, Sydney before escaping to the Cook Islands for an idyllic honeymoon.

Photography: Soho Images,
Ceremony & Reception Venue: Camden Lakeside Country Club,
Celebrant: Ian Toll,
Wedding Rings: Hennings Jewellers,, Prouds the jewellers,
Bridal Gown: Sposabella Bridal,
Bridal Shoes: Suna Shoes,
Bridal Accessories: Princess Allure Jewellery & Accessories,
Bridesmaids’ Gowns: Beautiful Brides,
Mens’ Suits: Sambello Menswear, 02 4648 2887
Hair Stylist: Excellence In Hair, 02 4677 1274
Florist: Love Flowers,
Cupcakes: Cupcake Flair by Miriam,
Top Cake: The Gumnut Patisserie, 02 4872 2172
Invitations: Truly Madly Deeply,
Bomboniere: Weddingstar,
Honeymoon: The Rarotongan Beach Resort & Spa,
The Aitutaki Lagoon Resort & Spa,

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Profile: Dr Trish Vezgoff, Civil Celebrant

As part of a new feature on The Bride's Diary Blog, we will be introducing you to individuals who work in the wedding industry... giving you an insight into who they are and why they love weddings!

This week we have been talking to Dr Trish Vezgoff, a Civil Celebrant who has been officiating at weddings for the past 17 years. Trish spoke to us about her love of providing unique wedding services  tailored to the bridal couples' personality, as well as the wide range of exciting and emotional experiences she has had as a celebrant...

Tell us a little about your business…

I am a Civil Celebrant, having applied almost 25 years ago after having been to several civil weddings that I felt all lacked a great deal in both content and delivery. I then waited eight years for a response from Canberra before my appointment early in 1994.

•What is your role in the business and why are you passionate about it

I am a sole trader, and still delight in being able to help couples achieve the ceremony of their dreams. I am also called upon frequently to write and officiate at other ceremonies such as baby namings, renewal of vows or even funeral ceremonies for families I have worked with before or who have referred me to friends.

• How long have you been working in the industry? 

I am entering my seventeenth year as a Celebrant.

• What are some of your past business experiences? 
The experience of being a Celebrant has taken me to many venues I may otherwise not have visited. Also, because I work so closely with clients to help them achieve their ideal ceremony, I have participated in formal and informal ceremonies, in themed ceremonies, on beaches, mountain tops, parks, and indoor settings including on boats on Sydney Harbour, reception centres and Canberra's National Library. Wet or windy weather cam often pose challenges as can shade free sites in hot weather. A couple of times ceremonies have had to stop in the middle because a member of the bridal party or a guest has fainted; once the best man had to scramble over a cliff face because a high wind had blown the table holding the documents and a large paperweight over the edge. Red carpets can also be hazardous on rough ground or in high winds. Too many more experiences to mention!

• What is one of your favourite recollections from your business? 

A couple of moving experiences come to mind: the marriage of an eighty two year old man to his seventy-eight year old bride. 
A renewal of vows ceremony on a couple's sixtieth wedding anniversary at which five generations of the family were present. 
Another renewal of vows for a couple who had been married at a Registry Office overseas forty years before and who had both suffered serious illnesses in the interim. The 'bride' fulfilled her lifetime wish of having a proper white wedding with flowers and all the trimmings, and with their grown up children acting as their bridal party. 
Little children at a wedding, specially in a bridal party, can always be relied upon to provide unintended merriment and/or embarrassment.

• Tell us a bit about your family and home life… 

I work from a home office, and my family have become used to having to consult my desk diary before planning most family get togethers. My children are now grown with their own families so I have a rich and full life juggling work and play.

• How do you enjoy spending your spare time? 

In what spare time I have - not much - I love listening to music, going to the theatre, reading, travelling and socialising with friends over a good meal and nice wines.

• What is your most memorable life experience?
Too many to enumerate, but my own marriage, children, travelling around the world and also attaining my PhD as a mature age student would have to be high on the list.

• What are your plans for the future? 

Whilst ever I am fit and still blessed with curiosity, I hope to continue as I do at present.

Visit for more information on Trish's services

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Summer Style - Wedding Favours & Bomboniere

Brides that a summer wedding are most likely to reward their wedding guests with an innovative summer style wedding favour/bomboniere. The beauty behind summer wedding favours is that guests will enjoy using them again and again as a decorative element in their living room or outdoors on the patio.

Summer wedding favours are all about personality so feel free to be as innovative as possible. One very popular summer wedding favour is the votive candle. Nothing complements a warm summer night like the illumination of candlelight. A botanical garden votive or sea animal glass candle holder is ideal for truly inspired summer wedding favours. Candles can bring the most subtle accent to place settings or centre-pieces while creating a big impact overall. More ideas for summer themed candles include flip flop candles, felt butterfly ring candle holders, felt daisy candle holders, frosted glass heart candle holders or starfish glass candle holders.

The season of summer can also be exemplified through fresh flowers, lush greenery and bold colours, all wonderful options for summer wedding favours. These tokens of appreciation can be viewed as another design element in a larger theme, more than just gifts. 

For this reason, taking the theme and style of the guest tables into account can lead to finding the perfect summer wedding favours. More ideas include ceramic butterfly candy dishes, lovebird salt and pepper shakers, contemporary heart hand fans or flip flop shaped notepads.

Under the Sea is a natural summer theme. A stylish starfish topped wine stopper makes a practical gift for guests to take home and enjoy. Other hot items to consider are funky felt or miniature woven beach bags. These summer themed wedding favour containers provide practical options for creating memorable take-away gifts.

More ideas for summer wedding favours include mini decorator favour vases, mini flower pots, miniature folding beach chairs, metal boat place markers, mini vase and place card holders and small contemporary wire vases. 

Miniature gifts always tend to have a big impact on wedding guests. It’s surprising how something so small can often hold the most sentimental value.

Enjoy the warm weather, the shining sun, and plan the perfect summer wedding with these summer wedding favour ideas - visit

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Classic Place Cards

These classic place cards from Kikki.K are perfect for dressing up your table on special occasions - whether that be a wedding or your christmas dinner party.


These versatile placecards are double-sided, so you can choose either the striped or plain side to match your decor. As an extra-special touch, write a little message or quote inside to surprise and inspire your guests!

• Measurements: 70mm x 70mm when folded
• 10 place cards
• Striped design on one side and plain design on other side
• Made from lightweight card
• Available in black and grey
RRP: $6.95

Monday, December 13, 2010

Real Life Wedding • Modern Seaside Elegance

Young Australians and South Africans have a reputation for being great travellers, and so it’s not too surprising that Estee from South Africa met Andrew from Australia while they were both part of a 2005 Tour De France tour group.

Knowing that there was something special between them, the two pursued a long distance relationship until Andrew arrived in South Africa in February 2007. They became engaged in February 2008 and travelled to Australia together later that year.

The couple wanted their wedding day to be a celebration of their love and commitment, and to reflect who they truly are. With so many overseas guests, they wanted the opportunity to spend quality time with each of them.

With months of careful planning, they opted for a ‘modern elegance’ theme with a black, white and olive green colour scheme.

Their venue offered the most spectacular scenery, and having both their ceremony and reception at the same venue created the intimate and private atmosphere they wanted.

Their ceremony took place in the garden, and although nervous beforehand, Estee says that as she walked towards Andrew, with her father by her side, she couldn’t stop smiling.

The couple wrote their own vows and agree that looking into each other’s eyes as they told each other of their love and commitment was an incredibly honest and special moment.

The reception room’s full-length windows displayed the magnificent ocean view to perfection. During the evening it became even more intimate and magical, with the dark blue ocean and tiny lights from the shore.

The couple displayed their family members’ wedding photos on a small table – this was a beautiful touch.

Photography: Vibrant Photography
Ceremony & Reception Venue: Tumbling Waters Retreat
Celebrant: Dr Trish Vezgoff
Bridal Gown: Dressense Bridal and Formal Wear
Mens’ Suits: Spurling Formal Wear
Wedding Rings: Miranda Jewellery Workshop
Hair & Make-up: Julie Bell & Leigh Mathews,
Florist: Always Flowers
Entertainment: Entertainment by Peter T
Cake: Faye Cahill
Invitations, Stationery & Bomboniere: Invitation Station
Gift Registry: Myer
Honeymoon: Rhino Africa 

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Bridal Slim Down Sorted!

The Bride's Diary knows all too well that the lead up to the big day can be one of stress and sleepless nights - combined with the fear of not looking your best in your dream gown! With all the time organising and planning your wedding day, it can be hard to fit in a regular and beneficial exercise routine. Enter Power Plate technology!

Power Plate technology can help take the guesswork out of losing weight and toning up for your big day, while also decreasing stress levels and improving the texture of your skin.

Power Plate equipment employs the concept of Acceleration Training™ to provide great results in fitness and wellbeing. Using Power Plate equipment offers a wide range of benefits, achieving results in as little as three short sessions per week over a six week period. Regular training can help improve muscle strength and tone, flexibility, range of motion and circulation, as well as reduce the stress hormone cortisol and enhance metabolism to aid weight loss.

One bride who knows all too well the benefits of Power Plate equipment is Melanie Harding, who used the Power Plate to shape up and tone before her big day. Melanie and her husband Dean now run their own Power Plate studio, the Body Transformation Centre, in the Sydney suburb of Balmain.

“Before my wedding I felt as though I really needed to tone up my arms and shoulders to look incredible in my strapless wedding dress,” says Melanie.

“I started using Power Plate and within a couple of sessions I could feel my body changing shape. I used
it for eight weeks leading up to the wedding and loved every minute of it, especially since sessions were only half an hour each, leaving me plenty of time to organise the rest of the wedding.”

“Not only did I tone up my arms and shoulders, but I had a killer silhouette in my figure-hugging gown! I was so impressed that my husband and I started up our own studio to help other women achieve the same thing. Now I train women of all ages to feel great about their bodies and have a desirable physique.”

Power Plate classes are available all over Australia. To find your nearest gym or health club offering classes, visit Alternatively for your own machine, Power Plate have home use models available for purchase. 

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Fantasy In The Sky Fireworks

If you are looking for a way to make your wedding spectacular and a truly memorable event, why not consider fireworks! 

Fantasy in the Sky Fireworks is one of the most exciting companies in Australia. With over twenty five years experience within their team of pyrotechnicians, they are one of the most prominent fireworks and visual effects specialists in Australia. 

Discover the many indoor and outdoor entertainment possibilities that are available to you for your wedding. Fantasy in the Sky Fireworks tremendous expertise along with their passion for fireworks and special effects makes them who they are today. 

The team of friendly experts are on hand to help you to choose the show to suit your event and support you throughout the process. 

Fantasy in the Sky Fireworks prides themselves on their impeccable service, quality, price and safety record. Most of all, they care about making your special event as successful as you do!


Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Commemorative Marriage Certificate

A unique memento for your wedding day is a Commemorative Marriage Certificate package from the NSW Registry of Births Deaths & Marriages. Display it in a frame as a keepsake or as part of your album as an everlasting memory. 

With each package, additional Commemorative Certificates can be purchased. All packages include a standard Marriage Certificate which is an important document if you want to change your name after marriage.

Visit NSW Registry Of Births Deaths & Marriages
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