Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Brides of MC

What is the first thing a bride plans for her wedding? The dress, of course!

It’s not unusual for women to have an idea of their fairytale dress long before they even meet the groom! The hunt for the perfect dress has just become easier with glamour coming to the heart of Penrith. With an exquisite range of couture-style gowns, Brides of MC has carefully selected an exquisite number of bridal gowns from the Maria Chiodo Bridal Collection range that exude romance and class but are highly affordable and manufactured in Australia. 

Using the finest of fabrics, embellishments and hand finishes, the range reflects a unique sense of style, beauty and femininity. To complete the outfit, Brides of MC also stocks a collection of bridal jewellery by Keyaro® Accessories.

Visit www.bridesofmc.com.au

Tiffany Garden

Tiffany & Co. have done it again... We have fallen head over heels for the new Tiffany Garden Collection. The soft, subtle colours and sweetly whimsical designs are just gorgeous, highlighting Spring's ritual of renewal in a garden blooming with fresh buds, dragonflies, butterflies and bees...

Tiffany Garden is based on diamond floral brooches created by legendary jewelry designer Paulding Farnham (1859-1927), whose vision of American design was shaped by the landscape’s untamed beauty. Trained in botanic illustration Farnham was chief designer of Tiffany’s exhibits that won gold medals at the great world expositions in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. These awards established Tiffany & Co. as the undisputed leader in the world of jewels.

Tiffany Garden reflects this legacy with pear-shaped colored gemstones such as amethysts and diamonds in the traditional rose cut, an early faceting style that resembles the petals of a budding rose, and round brilliant cut. Together the brilliant stones capture spring’s fresh exuberance in dazzling blossoms, in a garden path’s sparkling cobblestones, and in the fluttering wings of a butterfly, bee and dragonfly. 

These delicate garden scenes, set in platinum and 18 karat rose and yellow gold, highlight the fragility not only of flowers and wildlife, but also the nonrenewable materials that form Tiffany Garden.

Monday, June 28, 2010

Royal Steamline

We have just discovered the offerings from US stationers
Royal Steamline, and know that you will be as excited as we are about these gorgeous and quirky designs! The unique wedding stationery is created by a husband and wife design team based in Portland, Oregon. The wedding invitations have an edgy, dark feel with retro and vintage detailing. Through a subtle combination of shadows, textures and vintage illustrations, Royal Steamline convey a sense of eras strange and forgotten. Sea monsters mingle next to robotic ravens, and gentlemen scientists have tea with rockabilly rebels.

Royal Steamline work with brides and grooms to create invitations from scratch. They also offer a line of readymade, customizable invitations, place cards, programs, table numbers, save-the-date cards and RSVP cards.

Fig. 5 Invitation, Enclosure & RSVP Set (Shown top) - Evoking the beautiful color plates of antique volumes documenting botany and zoology, this subtle design doesn’t overpower; it allows you and your special day to be the focus of the invitation.

Lilium Invitation, Enclosure & RSVP Set - Blending the ambiance of a misty garden with the smoky appointments of an elegant dining car, Lilium is a heady cocktail that celebrates both the quiet and the spirited moments of a brilliant wedding day.'

L’Hôtel Particulier Invitation, Enclosure & RSVP Set - For those whose relationship resembles a fine Beaujolais, there is L’Hôtel Particulier. As cool as Carrera marble on a hot Bastille Day afternoon, this design reminds us of the mystery waiting to be explored with the one you love.

Ten Thousand Miles Invitation, Enclosure & RSVP Set - Weathered by the miles (and maybe a few storms), you and your love have shown that you are dedicated to go the distance. A perfect way to set the tone for your retro/rockabilly affair.

Mecanique Invitation, Enclosure & RSVP Set - Featuring a seal on the reverse that includes your initials and wedding date, Mecanique celebrates both the elegance of the Victorian era and the fantastic inventions of the Steam Age.

Friday, June 25, 2010

Gifts for Blokes

Order wedding cake – check. Seating plan – check (like, about 100 times now). Wedding dress, groom’s tux and bridal party’s attire – ordered. Are you organising your wedding and have that sick feeling you’re forgetting something?

Chances are you are forgetting something. Let us give you a hint: they were on time for every tux fitting, they’re throwing the best bucks night ever and they’ll be there on the altar on your big day and will help you do some serious celebrating at your reception too...

That would be your best man (or men) and yes, you’ve forgotten to buy them a big ‘thank you present’ for all their hard work!

But never fear! The solution is Gifts for Blokes, a one-stop, online shop for all the best men in your life.

Gifts for Blokes makes gift shopping for blokes easy. Available 24 hours a day and dispatched within 24 hours, you’ll find gifts galore – from bridal party cufflinks, to’ bridal party’ matching briefs, Gifts for Blokes has unique pressies aplenty! And with the ranges regularly updated, you can guarantee there’s always something new and exciting.

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Shoes for a Purple & Plum Wedding

Gigi Slide by Lili Rose at Suna Shoes

This week we have featured helpful hints on how to create a lush purple & plum wedding, with a Plum & Purple Inspiration Board, as well as a 1920s Cocktail Real Life Wedding that used purples, Plums and Lilacs as the motif. We have also featured a delectable range of purple and plum wedding cakes. And now its time to turn our attention to shoes! From across Australia we have sourced some of the most beautifully crafted shoes with the most exquisite detailing - all in luscious purple and plum tones. If you are using another colour theme for your wedding, then fear not - many of these shoes are available in a range of other colours...

Gigi Crystals by Lili Rose at Suna Shoes

Lauren at Mania Shoes

Rosette by Lili Rose at Suna Shoes

Rostie by I Love Billie at Suna Shoes

Heslie by I Love Billie at Suna Shoes

Matilda at Mania Shoes

Visit our Wedding Services Blog, where we take a closer look at the offerings from Mania Shoes.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Cakes, Cakes and More Cakes...

This week we have been featuring purple weddings, with a Plum & Purple Inspiration Board, as well as a 1920s Cocktail Real Life Wedding that used purples, Plums and Lilacs as the motif. The Inspiration board helps to narrow down your choice of colours and helps you to define the  style of your wedding - when you have decided on these elements you can start getting into the details of stationary, bridal attire, decorations and of course - the wedding cake! 
Shown here are some of our favourite purple themed wedding cakes from across Australia... Enjoy!

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Art Photography by Kira wins Gold at the APPAs

Australian professional photographer, Kira Likhterova M. Photog LSWPP, won Gold again  at the Australian Professional Photographer Awards [APPA] in Melbourne. Held annually by the premier and widely respected Australia Institute of Professional Photography [AIPP], the awards are recognised internationally as showcasing the best photography & photographers in the world.

In the awards, entrants are allowed to submit 4 images. Of Kira's 4 images, two won Gold, and the other two won Silver with Distinction awards; beating many established and well-respected photographers.

The latest awards also qualified Kira as a Master of Photography [M. Photog], one of only a select number in Australia.

At a glittering ceremony held in Crown Casino ballroom where her new qualifications were conferred; the winners of each photographic category were also announced. Kira was awarded runner-up for the title of AIPP Wedding Photographer of the Year 2010, in a contest where only a few points separated her from first prize.

These latest awards come after taking out the NSW AIPP Wedding Photographer of the Year 2009 title, and two SWPP International Wedding Photographer of the Year 2008 awards in London.

The rigorous judging process took place this weekend from Friday 4th June through to Sunday 6th June at the Digital Life Expo the Melbourne Convention & Exhibition centre.

Visit www.artphotobykira.com.au

Monday, June 21, 2010

Shape Your Wedding Day with Miraclesuit

The perfect wedding dress - check! Shoes - check! Jewellery - check! You have everything ready for your big day, but have you considered what you'll be wearing underneath your gown?  Look and feel your best on your wedding day with Miraclesuit Shapewear, designed to shape, smooth and slim where it's needed most.

The Miraclesuit range uses new technology in body shaping including extra firm Miratax fabric, special seam construction and the "Wonderful Edge" to ensure no lines and no ride.

Miraclesuit's 'Dynamic Stretch Control' collection provides unbeatable control and comfort using seamless technology. Perfect for the bride in a fitted dress, the seamless designs stretch over the body to act like a second invisible skin.

For the fuller figure (sizes 16-24), Miraclesuit offers support with adjustable panels for a superior fit. The non constricting fabric moves with your body and slims 10 pounds in just 10 seconds.

Available in nude and black, Miraclesuit is perfect under any style of bridal wear including wedding gowns and bridesmaids dresses.

Miraclesuit is available at David Jones and selected boutiques nationally. Call 1300 130 715 for stockists.  

Friday, June 18, 2010

Purple and Plum Wedding Inspiration Board

Plums and Purples
Fashion Trends & Styles - Polyvore

Earlier this week we featured a stunning 1920's Cocktail style Real life Wedding, which used beautiful plums, purples and lilacs as the motif. To help you create you own wedding using these colours, we have created a Plum and Purple Inspiration Board. 

A great place to start for your own wedding is with paint swatches - gathering a range of paint swatches will help you to choose the exact colours you want to use. For more advice on creating your own Inspiration Board, read the informative article by BD's Editor  - Plan Your Wedding With an Inspiration Board.

For our Plum and Purple Inspiration Board we gathered a range of paint swatches and then matched the tones to dresses, shoes, jewellery and flowers. Don't narrow your choices down too early - you don't want to miss out on finding the perfect piece for your wedding!  

For more information on any of the items shown, simply click on the image!

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Tiffany & Co iPhone App

The Tiffany luxury shopping experience goes mobile with an iPhone® app that features new ways to explore the world’s most exquisite diamond engagement rings.

As the premier jeweler for engagement, Tiffany takes its celebrated diamonds directly to the customer with the Tiffany & Co. Engagement Ring Finder, the jeweler’s first iPhone® application. The app offers users the tools for selecting the perfect Tiffany diamond engagement ring, from viewing the range of styles to learning about the superior qualities of Tiffany diamonds.

The app includes an accurate Ring Sizer, the first tool of its kind from a jeweler, that lets users determine their size by placing an actual ring directly on the screen and aligning it with the correct circle in the guide.

Browsing the collection according to shape, setting, metal or design is equally simple. The rings are shown true-to-size and each style may be viewed with diamonds of six different carat sizes. You can zoom in on a ring’s exquisite details, pair the rings with wedding bands, and save or share your favorites via e-mail, Facebook® and Twitter®.
To view the app visit iTunes

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Wedding Wall Stickers

Wall Stickers are a great way to personalise your wedding reception. The Wall Sticker Company has a beautiful range of Wedding themed stickers to add the perfect finishing touch to your reception venue. They are available in a huge range of colours, and The Wall Sticker Company can even custom match colours to your wedding theme. 

"All because two people fell in love" is a gorgeous quote that would a special occasion such as a wedding. The quote, if in a continuous line is 14.6cm high and 1.28 long. If arranged as pictured, it will be 59cm wide by 42cm high.

"To have and to hold, from this day forward, for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness, and in health, as long as we both shall live." These words, with the floral background, looks stunning in an entrance, or as a backdrop for the bride and groom.
The entire design measures 1.2 x 1.2 metres. The writing is cut into the design so it is just one single layer, but it looks like it has been painted on. The design comes with an application sheet over the top to make applying this design easy.

Use this quote design to create a romantic feel at your engagement party or wedding. This also makes a lovely engagement, wedding or anniversary present. The text is 6.3cm high and the entire quote is 150cm long. You can cut it down and make it 2 or 3 lines if you prefer.

Two blue wrens sitting on a branch - a lovely touch for a wedding or engagement event, or place it with your home, welcoming guests at your door. This design measures 92cm high by 174cm wide

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

1920s Cocktail Real Life Wedding

Mya & Dominic Anlezark • 22nd November, 2008 • 1920s Cocktail • Newacton Pavilion ACT

Mya and Dominic planned to celebrate their wedding in balmy November weather - instead they had to make the most of a frosty cold front invading their wedding! Despite the weather Mya and Dominic had a wonderful day full of love and joy and their superb photographer Dan O'Day captured all the details. Mya shares their day with us...

We chose a November date for our big day, thinking that it would be warm. But it was cold, windy and rainy. There was even a fall of snow on the Brindabellas.

The boys dressed at our home, and we girls got ready at a hotel. At 3:50pm, I had to make the call as to whether our ceremony would be held inside, or outside as we had planned. I decided it would be outside and didn’t regret it. As I started to walk out to the courtyard, gusts of wind dusted everyone in sleet. But as I walked down the path towards Dom, the clouds cleared and the sun came out and stayed out for the whole ceremony. In front of all of our much loved family and friends, we stood together under a huge oak tree and proclaimed our love for each other.

After the ceremony, we went to several different locations for our photo-shoot. Although the weather got worse and worse, we had a ball taking the shots and we are so happy with them.

Meanwhile, back at the reception venue our guests were having a swing dance lesson. When we arrived, we were given a very warm welcome, and champagne, a tapas degustation and much laughter and mingling followed. Heartfelt speeches were made, the cake was cut and we danced our bridal swing. Everyone joined in and we all continued dancing to our fantastic jazz band.

The atmosphere was amazing and the cold weather bought everyone closer. Not exactly as we had planned weather wise, but we would not change it for the world.

Wedding Service Providers:

Photography Dan O’Day Photography www.danodayphotography.com.au
Ceremony Venue Newacton Pavilion Courtyard
Celebrant Day of Choice Civil Ceremonies www.dayofchoice.com.au
Reception Venue Parlour Wine Room 02 6162 3656 www.parlour.net.au
Bridal Gown Raffaele Ciuca www.raffaeleciuca.com.au
Wedding Rings Creations Jewellers 02 6295 1763
Bridal Shoes Mania Shoes 02 62394345 www.mania-shoes.com.au
Bridal Accessories Toby E 0417 201 866 www.tobye.com.au
Make-up Artist Sarah Aldridge 0413 973 812
Mens’ Suits Regent Collection, Bangkok deep@loxinfo.co.th
Transport Murrays 13 22 59 www.murrays.com.au
Ceremony Music Ian Bennett 0407 370 044
Reception Music Leisa Keen Trio 0416 258 284 www.leisakeen.com
Bomboniere Button Badge www.buttonbadge.com.au
Honeymoon Coconuts Beach Club Samoa www.coconutsbeachclubsamoa.com

Read more of Mya and Dominic's Wedding Story.
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