Monday, August 30, 2010

Chrysanthemum and Antique Brass Vintage Inspired Necklace

Our love for all things on Etsy continues with this gorgeous find: a set of five chrysanthemum necklaces for all your beautiful bridesmaids!

The elegance of these antique brass, vintage look necklaces is astounding and the best thing is you can match the colour to your bridesmaids dresses or pick their favorite color. There are over 30 diffent colors to choose from! 

The necklaces are designed with a 18mm Ivory chrysanthemum flower suspended on a antique brass link chain that measures 18 inches and is finished off with a petite lobster clasp. Each will come beautifully gift wrapped ready for gift giving.

The necklaces are also available individually, however by purchasing this listing for 5 necklaces you save $3.00 on each necklace, with a total savings of $15.00. Instead of paying $90.00 you pay only $75.00. Just a little something to help with your wedding budget.

Be sure to leave your color choices in the notes to seller box at the time of checkout. If you need additional necklaces they will be $15.00 each.

Friday, August 27, 2010

Profile: Sheree from Suna Shoes

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 Sheree from Suna Shoes, about her hectic life running the store that has been voted Australia's No. 1 Bridal Shoe Specialist! Sheree also gives us insight into her past life as a jewellery buyer (we are very jealous!) and her love for her children and family...

• Tell us a little about your business… 

Suna Shoes offer the largest and most exciting range of bridal and formal shoes in Australia! Suna have been voted Australia’s No.1 Bridal Shoe Specialist and have over 25 years experience in the bridal footwear industry. We pride ourselves on exceptional service, vast range and expertise. It is a pleasure to walk into one of our stores knowing that our brides can choose from a ballet flat, a low heel, high heel, wedge, with lots of bling or none at all, and ranging in price from $80 to $300. Our gorgeous handbags, tiaras and jewellery complete the look. For the brides who cannot get to one of our stores, we offer a fully secured, user friendly website where they can shop online at their leisure.

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

Being the owners of the business it is our whole life! We live and breathe it every minute of the day and we LOVE IT! We have all brides and their bridal parties in the forefront of our minds when we design our brand Keara Hamiltyn, and also when we purchase from other suppliers. It is important to us and our entire team to ensure the bride leaves our store a happy one!

• How long have you been working in the industry?

Shoes are in Andrew’s blood with both his parents previously involved in both retail and wholesale. We purchased the business 7 years ago and have since expanded in number of stores and the product mix. I have a retail, buying and marketing background and we both work well together.

• What are some of your past business experiences?

In my previous life (pre children & shoes!) my career was in the jewellery business. I was the Diamond Jewellery Buyer for Michael Hill International, buying beautiful diamond jewellery for all Michael Hill stores in 3 different countries. This involved extensive travel, negotiating, and building business relationships with suppliers. I also held the Buyers role within the Opal industry in Australia for some time. I loved the jewellery industry and had been involved in this field since I was 18 yrs old. It took a number of years for me to decide to join our business, as I seriously thought Andrew and I would kill each other! Ha ha… But I am so glad I did, as we work well together and have such a passion for shoes & accessories. After all, what more could a girl want ~ jewellery & shoes!

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

Launching our e-commerce website – it has been a huge success. Some of our bride’s email us their wedding photos which is always nice to see. We receive many happy testimonials which make it all worthwhile. Creating our ‘Keara Hamiltyn’ bridal range has been phenomenal also. We are regularly overseas developing new styles and to ensure quality control over this new and exciting brand… Can you guess where the name came from? (See below...)

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

We are based in Brisbane and have 2 beautiful children, Hamiltyn aged 7 and Keara, 4. They have been surrounded by shoes, handbags, and accessories and a hectic lifestyle their entire life, so we are sure they will be involved within the business when they are older!

• How do you enjoy spending your spare time?

Spare time??? We’re like EveryReady batteries that never stop! With the business and our children there’s not a lot of time left over, but Andrew and I have a busy social life and love catching up with our friends and family and having a laugh….and a few drinks of course.

• What is your most memorable life experience? 

Definitely giving birth to both of our children – it totally changes your life for the better.

• What are your plans for the future?

We are focused on growth and are about to open our 5th store in QLD in December. This is very exciting and we trust our brides ‘up north’ will enjoy having a Suna store nearby.

Visit Suna Shoes

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Unique Wedding Invitation Idea

We stumbled upon this unique and very sweet wedding invitation idea on the Blanaid blog. The couple in question had a very complicated long-distance relationship before becoming engaged, so they felt a long, meandering  invitation would be a beautiful way to reflect their courtship...

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Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Blue Velvet Vintage

Since 2002 Blue Velvet Vintage has been helping women express their individuality with their eclectic collection of top-quality, stylish vintage and reproduction clothing, retro dresses and accessories.

Blue Velvet Vintage specialise in pretty dresses for the modern glamour girl who loves classic looks, and vintage pinup and bombshell styles. Whether you immerse yourself in a complete era-specific look or like to complement your modern wardrobe, Blue Velvet Vintage have something that fits the bill. 

Catering to the adventurous dresser who loves street fashion, sophisticated designer fashions or anything in between, we have an impressive selection of swing and rockabilly fashions from the 1940s and 1950s, timeless Jackie O and Audrey styles, 60s and 70s mod, mini, maxi , bohemian and hippie dresses, and collectible vintage designer clothing.

The vintage inspired clothing includes fabulous retro re-creations from Trashy Diva and Bettie Page Clothing, romantic 20's and 30's inspired Nataya dresses, glamorous vintage style evening gowns, 50's style prom and party dresses, and our own exclusive line of vintage reproduction dresses ensures our customers have plenty of options for dressing in memorable mid-century style.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Profile: Celyna from Ziolkowski Evening & Bridal Couture

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 with the lovely and talented Celyna, designer and owner of Ziolkowski Evening & Bridal Couture. Celyna has a diverse background in the fashion industry, designing for film and television as well as creating couture gowns for red carpet events and bridal. Celyna shares with us her love of travel and the arts, the fun she has working with brides, as well as the excitement and joy of her own wedding day...

• Tell us a little about your business… 

At Ziolkowski Evening & Bridal Couture, we create unique hand crafted gowns designed exclusively for the modern day woman. Every Ziolkowski gown is an individual piece created in the Sydney design studio, using the most luxurious fabrics, silks, imported laces and beautifully beaded trims. We design gorgeous gowns to suit the personality, style and figure of the wearer, creating one off pieces to truly make your event an amazing one whether that be evening, red carpet or bridal! We believe in a personalised service, giving you the attention that you deserve and creating your dream dress!

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

I’m the designer and owner of Ziolkowski Evening & Bridal Couture. I’m passionate about working with each individual client to discuss their needs and requirements and to ultimately create the dress of their dreams!

I’m dedicated to innovation, elegance, sophistication, glamour and quality of workmanship, which is evident in my designs.

• How long have you been working in the industry? 

I’ve been working in the industry for over 15 years; that includes bridal, fashion, film & TV.

• What are some of your past business experiences? 
I’ve worked with many Australian and International stars and my designs have been worn to the Logies and other red-carpet awards as well as in several films, TV shows, commercials, video clips and theatrical productions. I love seeing people wearing my designs and I do get a sense of satisfaction knowing that I’ve helped in creating part of their special moment.

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

Everyone is different and I treat all my clients as individuals so every encounter has been unique and special. Although it’s always interesting when I’m creating both the brides and bridegrooms outfits. Usually, they both want what they are wearing to be kept secret until the wedding day, however they do want their outfits to work together and co-ordinate without the other one knowing what they are wearing. This can lead to all sorts of “cloak & dagger” behaviour with having to enlist the help of family and bridal party members to find out all kind of things. There has been a lot of fun!

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

There’s just my husband and I and it’s true what they say…”that opposite’s attract”! My husband and I are complete opposites, but I guess that’s why we have been together so long and why our relationship is so strong. I come from a family of all girls and he from a family of all boys, so now we have a very large extended family and lots of brothers and sisters in-laws!

• How do you enjoy spending your spare time?
My husband and I both love traveling, whether it’s for an overseas holiday or a quick weekend break; we love getting away, seeing new places and meeting new people. I’m passionate about the arts also, so in my spare time I’ll visit art galleries, see a concert or read a fabulous book!

• What is your most memorable life experience?
My own wedding last year! I would always hear of people saying that it’s the best day of your life, but I didn’t really take them seriously until it happened to me. It was a fantastic day – the best ever!!!

• What are your plans for the future? 
Happiness of course…isn’t that what we all want! We have a few projects in mind, however I’m a bit superstitious so I won’t jinx anything until it happens! I’ll keep you posted though!

Ziolkowski Evening & Bridal Couture are offering a free design and colour consultation for all brides who make bookings with them before the end of December 2010. 


Monday, August 23, 2010

Mademoiselle de Paris Collection by Thierry Martin for Fairfax & Roberts

Iconic Australian atelier Fairfax and Roberts continue their pursuit of excellence in design and manufacture with their latest collection of jewellery created by their internationally acclaimed creative director, Thierry Martin.

The Mademoiselle de Paris Collection is a unique offering displaying exceptional design, cut and brilliance. This ready-to-wear collection was inspired by Paris, the City of Lights, and in particular the magnificent chandelier-lit interiors of the Opera de Paris with its grand staircase and sumptuously embellished walls adorned in gold leaf.

Designed and handcrafted using the most precious champagne, yellow and white diamonds all set in yellow gold, the Mademoiselle de Paris Collection is reminiscent of a Parisian mademoiselle adorned with jewels and an haute couture gown as she ascends the grand staircase for an opening night.

“I only work with the best quality gemstones and creating pieces with moving bezels or ribbon effects magnify the stone’s colours and enhance their inner sparking reflective lights. For me, this is the beauty, sumptuousness and core value of the Mademoiselle de Paris Collection designs,” says Martin who has created pieces for design houses such as Bvlgari, Boucheron, Harry Winston and Chanel.

The Mademoiselle de Paris Collection features elegant necklaces, shimmering pendants, delicate drop earrings, exquisite rings, a delicate bracelet and magnificent collier that embody Fairfax and Roberts timeless elegance and strong design aesthetic. These masterpieces are available from Fairfax and Roberts this month.


Friday, August 20, 2010

Hurstville Wedding Expo

Wedding Expo's Australia is once again co-ordinating an admired and fashionable wedding expo. Exhibitors include cakes, flowers, cars, beauty, celebrants, photographers, jewellery, venues, decorators, planners, bridal & formalwear, entertainment and more. 

Sunday 29th August, 2010
Hurstville Wedding Expo
 Club Central, Hurstville 

Entry: Free. 
FREE copies of The Bride's Diary to be given away. 

Image Courtesy Amanda Mac Photography

Karen Willis Holmes

Karen Willis Holmes bridal couture has been met with great success and fanfare following the opening of her Sydney store just four years ago.

Her designs are suited to the sophisticated, fashion conscious bride seeking and individual high quality contemporary alternative to the traditional bride.

Karen keeps abreast of the trends in international high fashion and continually updates her collections by bringing selective elements to her designs.

“I like to design feminine sexy pieces, historical corsets also play a big part in my design sensibilities, I love their feminine form”.

Brides are spoilt for choice when it comes to their selection of fabrics and colours this designer favours in addition to the classical ivories and creams Karen offers stronger colours that fly in the face of tradition.

She loves to use a stunning shot red and black silk satin, for example – ideal for the bride wishing to make a dramatic statement on her special day. Karen has many gowns in her collection however “many brides have a particular style in mind, but as a couturier I can advise on cut, fabric selection and finish until that dream gown emerges,” she says.

The complete couture service is undoubtedly Karen’s forte, she takes great pride in her workmanship and the utmost attention to fit, finish and the use of exclusive fabrics.

To perfectly complement the gown, she also specialty makes bags, veils, headpieces and jewellery to create the total look.

To cater for all her clientele, Karen has opened her two new KHW ready-to-wear stores, one in Paddington Sydney, and the other in Armadale Melbourne, offering a new collection of modern sophisticated designer gowns at a ready-to-wear price range.

KWH | 13 Glenmore Rd. Paddington, Sydney NSW | Ph: 02 9357 7599 no appointments required
KWH | 1272 High St, Armadale, Melbourne | Ph: 03 9509 0454 no appointments required
Karen Willis Holmes | Unit 501, Flourmill Studios, 3 Gladstone Street, Newtown NSW 2042 | t. 02 9519 3901 by appointment 

Thursday, August 19, 2010

The Art of Paper Cutting for Your 1st Wedding Anniversary

Hardwick and Cesko are excited to present a divine gift for your loved ones. These exclusive artworks are individually hand drawn, and expertly cut out of the finest of paper. Each print is presented in a solid contemporary black frame.

Paper cutting is an ancient folk art which can be traced back thousands of years. Traditional
PaperCut artworks are designed to evoke the happiness of festivals, children and animals, while demonstrating an affinity with nature.

This year to accompany the ever so popular Music Tree, we have added ‘Reflection’ &
‘Butterflies’ and two whimsical children themed artworks ‘Enchanted Room’ & ‘Girl with chooks’.

Paper is the traditional gift given to your loved ones for their first wedding anniversary so why don’t you share the love and be amazed at the happiness a PaperCut artwork will bring.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Tiffany & Co. Yellow Diamonds

Tiffany & Co. the world’s premier jeweller, introduces a new jewellery collection featuring the rarest of the rare: fancy yellow diamonds of radiant color and charisma. The collection captures every facet of Tiffany’s heritage, from its founding in New York in 1837 to its reputation for quality and dazzling jewels, including the famous 128.54-carat Tiffany Diamond that inspired the cuts and shapes of these extraordinary yellow diamonds. 

The stones are distinguished by a color that is as pure as sunlight, with a level of saturation and intensity that places them among the world’s finest and most sought-after diamonds. Tiffany stonecutters have tailored the Tiffany Diamond’s cushion cut to maximize the stones’ natural color, and Tiffany designers have set the diamonds in modern, must-have jewelry for connoisseurs and fashion loyalists alike.

Above - Tiffany Bezet cushion-shaped yellow diamond pendant and ring with white pave diamonds in 18 karat gold and platinum. 

Tiffany Bezet rings in 18 karat gold with yellow diamonds in pear, oval, heart and cushion shapes.

Tiffany bracelets with mixed-cut yellow and white diamonds in platinum and 18 karat yellow gold (from top): pear-shaped and round brilliant diamonds, cushion-cut and oval diamonds.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Add a wave of warmth to your wedding day

Seeking quality candles to create a focal point for your wedding ceremony or simply to provide an elegant backdrop?

The Candle Factory, the home of quality candles in The Rocks, Sydney, offers a broad range of tasteful wedding candle designs and options to suit the needs of every bride and groom.

A wedding candle is a great way to make the memories from your special day last a lifetime, long after the ceremony and honeymoon have become a distant memory.

Restore wonderful wedding memories by re-lighting the candle on your anniversary.

Wedding candles from The Candle Factory are:

•  Individually hand designed – we can add letters and symbols as required e.g. a cross, a dove, wedding rings, hearts or ribbons 

• Long burning (small pillar: around 60 hours, tall: around 100 hours)
• Low drip for no mess and no fuss
• Have a high sheen glaze for longevity
• Can be made within a week of placing an order

The Candle Factory is located in the heritage-listed Metcalfe Arcade 80-84 George Street in The Rocks. Owner and manager Zoe Gray's passion for quality is such that The Candle Factory stocks only candles that Zoe burns at home.

The Candle Factory is home to Sydney’s largest range of Ecoya and Glasshouse candles. The store prides itself on selecting locally made and Australian made candles of the highest quality. Scented candles have long burn times and they use only the best waxes and oils.

With 18 leading brands including Beez Neez, Elume, Lily-flame and Papaya, there is something for everyone at The Candle Factory. Children and visitors to The Rocks love The Candle Factory's vibrant collection of novelty, animal and Australiana candles.

Monday, August 16, 2010

Snow White Collection by Collette Dinnigan

The Snow White Collection by Collette Dinnigan encompasses everything we have come to love from the designers sumptuous collections. Sweet detailing with delicate embroidery and beading adorn the silhouettes of classic and contemporary gowns...

Visit Collette Dinnigan

Friday, August 13, 2010

Free Give-Away Closing Soon!

The Wall Sticker Company and The Bride's Diary are giving you the chance to WIN a gorgeous cocoa "In Love" wall sticker, valued at $50.
The Bride's Diary team love to give our members free give-aways throughout the year. We are always excited when new products are launched and our members are 'in the know'! And like everything we do at The Bride's Diary, we only promote the highest quality products and services available. So enter today for your chance to win and don't forget to visit often to see what other fabulous products we are giving away. 

"All because two people fell in love" is a gorgeous quote that would suit a wall with family photos, or welcoming guests at your door. It could also be used for a special occasions such as a wedding, engagement party or anniversary celebration.

The "In Love" Sticker is also venue friendly!! The stickers are perfect for an event because they are applied in seconds, and are completely removable, leaving no residue behind.

All of The Wall Sticker Company's products are proudly made in Australia with Australian and imported components, using renewable electricity and offsetting the remainder of the carbon emissions in the full product lifecycle.

To enter, simply tell us in 25 words or less how you would use the "In Love" wall sticker. Please email your entry to with 'Competition – In Love Wall Sticker' in the subject line. Entries close 14th August 2010. 

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Mondial by Nadia Neuman's Spring Collection

Fire and Ice Ring

We are thrilled to share with you Mondial by Nadia Neuman’s Spring 2010 Collection - a stunning range of diamond and pearl jewellery by award-winning designer, Nadia Neuman.

Nadia’s new range incorporates elegant, hand-crafted 18 carat white and rose gold jewellery with extraordinary diamonds and pearls. Whether you're still searching for the perfect engagement ring or a stunning accessory for your special day, we know you'll love Nadia's Spring 2010 Collection!

Lunar Mist Ring

Dewdrop Necklace with Tahitian Pearls


Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Dan O'Day Achieves Highly Commended Prize in 2010 Moran Prize

Congratulations to Dan O'Day, who has achieved a Highly Commended Prize in the 2010 Moran Contemporary Photography Prize for his work This Way.

Dan O'Day is a fantastic photographer located in Canberra - we absolutely love his wedding shots! Combining influences from fine art and photojournalism, Dan and his team document your wedding day and present it to you in a way that will be both visually and emotionally stimulating for you and your family to re-live (with those little joy tingles) for many years to come.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Crown Events Wins Caterer of the Year

At the annual Restaurant and Catering Victoria 2010 Victorian Awards for Excellence, Crown Events was named Wedding Caterer of the Year and later in the evening was awarded the major catering accolade for the evening by being named Caterer of the Year. This is the first year that Crown Events has won both these prestigious awards. 

Crown’s impressive range of wedding venues, including the Palladium, River Rooms, Garden Room, Studio 3, Drawing Room and renowned Breezes restaurant, offers couples an abundance of choice when selecting the setting for their romantic wedding reception. 

 David Courtney, Crown’s Chief Executive Officer commented, “we are thrilled to be recognised and awarded for the first time in these categories and take great pride in our commitment to excellence and are sincerely grateful for this recognition. We attribute much of our success to our commitment to training and development of our people. Many of the staff who contributed to these awards participated in training at our own educational facility, Crown College or Culinarium, our new training kitchen and restaurant which has seen Crown service taken to a new level.” 

Crown’s world-class chefs, skilled waiting staff and experienced function co-ordinators ensure an event at Crown is faultless and memorable. Crown offers guests and visitors an unsurpassed experience with a myriad of choices for dining, entertainment and accommodation. 

The national Restaurant and Catering Awards for Excellence will be held on Monday 25 October 2010.

Monday, August 9, 2010

Stunning Sparkles from Fletcher & Grace

A beautiful new range of jewellery has hit the online shelves at the always stunning Fletcher & Grace. We're sure you'll agree, the new collection is simply astounding... whether you're looking to add a little extra flair to your bridal gown, finishing touches to your hairstyle, or just the perfect pair of earrings, you'll love the new look brooches, hair combs, necklaces and earrings at Fletcher & Grace...

Friday, August 6, 2010

Lovely Stationery from Bespoke Letterpress

For beautiful wedding stationery, look no further then the ever-fabulous Bespoke Letterpress, and with examples such as this gorgeous peacock-inspired stationery set, you can be sure of Bespoke's ability to create stunning stationery for your special day… 

Printed on Bespoke's 100% cotton stock with gorgeous teal blue and copper ink, the set was finished off with matching cotton envelopes… just lovely!

Visit Bespoke

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Miniature Chairs for Table Decorating

Completely transparent yet full of sizzle! Despite their illusory nature these miniature Phantom Chairs won't fade into the background. They will enhance any colour scheme and add a hint of enchantment to the decor.

Whether used to present a decadent chocolate truffle, small table favour gift or as one of the most novel place card holders yet, the effect will take table decorations to a whole new level of elegance. Have a seat! 

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