Thursday, September 30, 2010

Preserve Your Wedding Memories with Splosh

From inspirational words, keepsake boxes and unique text speak photo frames, Splosh has the perfect range of homewares to help you preserve and display your wedding memories. The Bride's Diary loves the beautiful shades of taupe, whites and creams with silver and turquoise accents - Splosh accessories will highlight your beautiful wedding photos and are sure to match any decor.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Profile: Anna from Anna Blackman Images

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 effervescent Anna, owner and principle photographer of Anna Blackman Images. Anna gives us an insight into why she chose wedding photography over commercial photography, her large family and her seachange to the beach at Coledale... 

• Tell us a little about your business…

I have been working in the industry for 25 years now as a photographer, starting in the Commercial field and turning to what we call ‘Domestic’ photography after I realized I was more into shooting things with a heart and a face, than buildings and products. I have an arts background (with a major in painting) so you can imagine that I love everything arty and spectacular! I love working with dramatic light. I know everyone thinks a bright sunny day is what they want for their wedding, but give me big boisterous clouds any day and I’ll be happy.

I am always trying to find ways to make your average family shot different and cool. There is nothing as boring as a lineup of people looking like stunned mullets!

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

I am the owner, main photographer and the Photoshop wizard. I have two other wonderful women working with me – Judith, my PA and office manager, and Lisa who we call ‘mini me’ because she is also addicted to weddings, photography and Photoshop. I love the fact that I can take a great photo in camera and then bring it back to the studio and make it even more stunning. (And to think I was scared of switching to digital!! It is awesome!) I love people and thrive on being able to be part of, and capture, the moments that make a wedding a remarkable experience. I am an emotional cripple and still cry at weddings after 25 years.

• What are some of your past business experiences? 

I was a barmaid (that’s what they used to be called), and a dental hygienist when I was very young, then an interior designer which lead to photography. I am also a painter and have sold works, but it’s not a career path for me, more a relaxation. Everyone I know seems to think I should open a restaurant!

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

Every single time the bride walks down the aisle and I see the look on the grooms face, my heart swells. Especially if he cries! It is without doubt my favourite recollection, even though I see it constantly. It reminds me why we are here, why it is worth the pain we go through, why love is wonderful.

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

I have 4 children (teenagers), 3 cats, 1 dog, 1 husband and some fish (not in that order!) My daughter is trying to talk me into a goose. My husband would have a fit!

I live by the beach in Coledale, but used to live in Sydney until 15 years ago when I made a seachange, partly due to having a Down Syndrome child. I thought the Gong would be a friendly place to raise him and I have not been disappointed!

• How do you enjoy spending your spare time? 

I have to admit I love arty farty French movies, but am also quite fond of stupid movies like Die Hard and Chick flicks, because they always have a happy ending. I love cooking and cooking shows. I love to read novels, particularly crime fiction. I am a mixture of arty weird hippy and intelligent business woman. I love lentils and drive a BMW! (I know, it’s getting stranger all the time!) I love to travel and take photographs. I am addicted to Greece.

• What is your most memorable life experience?

I think birth, death and marriage are for everyone the most memorable experiences that you remember, and that includes me. There are more than one, but I think the most amazing one was the night I met my husband. After talking to him for 20 minutes he said “I have been looking for you my whole life, you are the other half of my soul – you HAVE to marry me”.

• What are your plans for the future?

Eat, swim, read, travel, paint, and of course TAKE PHOTOS!

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Via Uno: The Hottest Shoes This Summer!

Brazilian shoe and accessory label Via Uno, is now even hotter, announcing its arrival in Australia with a roll out of stores in time for Summer. A must for your wedding, Via Uno shoes are made in Brazil and crafted from supple leather. The Summer 2011 collection melds tropical vibrancy with femme-fatale flair, to produce beautiful shoes and accessories in the latest trends – perfect to add the finishing touch to your bridal ensemble.

The ‘Fantasy Lady’ collection seems plucked from a fairy tale. With its flounces, bows, flowers and drapes in white, beige, and blush hues, it's the perfect look for brides who want fresh and beautiful style! The collection is an amalgamation of romance and fashion in the sweetest of sartorial dreams.

In ‘Glam Marine’, the mantra less is more continues unabated and is realised in shoes with straight, metallic heels and marked stitching. Navigating a colour palette of denim, black, white, red, and earth tones, ‘Glam Marine’ represents modern elegance and The Bride's Diary thinks would be a great option for bridesmaids or adventurous brides!

The 'Club Tropical' and 'Eco Chic' offer style and all important comfort for you as you rush around planning your dream  wedding!

‘Club Tropical’ sees shoe icons from the past updated for Summer 2011. Tie-dye, floral and tropical prints are toughened-up with a sporty touch, and pinks, corals, turquoise and yellow lighten-up shoes finished with thick, comfortable straps.

The ‘Eco Chic’ range matches the casualness of utilitarianism with ethnic elements, resulting in open booties accented with metal buckles, tribal weavings, stones and on-trend chunky wooden soles

Visit Via Uno

Monday, September 27, 2010

Secrets' Spring/Summer Collection Filled with Decadent Inspiration fro Brides and Bridesmaids

Filled with soft candy pinks, micropave roses and bold, oversized stones, Secrets’ spring/summer 2010 collection will provide the perfect accent to your Spring or Summer wedding. The Bride's Diary loves the stunning accessories - they create a gorgeous finishing touch to the wedding day style of brides and bridesmaids!

Secrets director Jane Meredith describes the collection of emerald cut rings, art deco floral motifs, large embellished earrings and cuffs as a “fun and frivolous” play with colour, cut and scale, inspired by the summer party playground of St Barths in the 1970’s.

“We wanted to capture the eccentric glamour and decadence of that era, and the carefree abandonment that comes with summer,” Ms Meredith said.

Delicious shades of honey yellow, deep violet and blushing pink feature in striking emerald cut rings and pendants to rival the scale of Grace Kelly’s famed engagement ring.

Secrets’ spring/summer 2010 collection will be stocked in their 20 locations around Australia and New Zealand from the 20th September.

Friday, September 24, 2010

Connecting generations with Legacy Jewellery

Legacy New York, now available in Australia, is an innovative concept in personalised jewellery. Offering a timeless statement with necklaces, bracelets and rings crafted from the finest quality solid sterling silver and gold and customised with the monikers of loved ones, Legacy New York allows the most memorable expression of love.

Designed to last a lifetime, Legacy New York connects generations with personalised heirlooms to be gifted through the ages, binding family and friends with symbols of affection and devotion. The jewellery can be customised with a name, an anniversary message, a sacred date, a thought or phrase, immortalising memories and binding the giver and receiver in an eternal recollection, allowing you to live, to love, and to leave a lasting legacy.

Inspired by the uniqueness of the individual, Legacy New York is about family, friends and personalised expressions. It is beautifully crafted in enduring, ageless designs, honouring those you love in styles inspired by the fashion capital of the world, New York.

For stockists call 1300 552 497

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Stunning Fascinators for Brides, Bridesmaids and Flowergirls

Here at The Bride's Diary, we are always on the lookout for unique and beautiful items to help make your wedding day all that you want it to be. Whether you are planning a simple garden wedding or an elaborate formal wedding, The Bride's Diary thinks the stunning fascinators and headbands from Selena Designs will provide the perfect finishing touch for brides, bridesmaids and flowergirls!

Selena Designs is based in Sydney and sells her stunning handmade wedding accessories worldwide through our favourite online portal, Etsy! The fascinators and headbands are made using feathers, silk flowers, diamantes and lots of creativity. They are available in classic black or white, as well as some beautifully coloured options, such as the peacock feather headband above. 

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Spring Wedding Stationery...

Make your Spring wedding day one to remember with beautiful wedding stationery . Spring is a great time to indulge in pale tones, delicate flowers, decorative leaves and whimsical feathers. Here are just a few of The Bride's Diary's favourite spring stationery styles...

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Bless the Bride Blacktown

Hall of Fame NSW Wedding Expos are renowned for showcasing a huge selection of the State’s finest bridal providers who cater for that once in a lifetime occasion… Your Wedding Day! With spectacular fashion shows held at noon & 3pm featuring the latest bridal gown designs, formal fashions & leisurewear, lovely lingerie, men’s formalwear, bridal accessories, flower girl and pageboy outfits, this is your one stop Wedding Shop. Entry into Lucky Draws & sensational tasting by wine selectors & liquid chocolate. 

Sunday 26th September, 2010 
Bless The Bride Returns to Blacktown 
Where: Blacktown RSL Club 

Time: 10am - 5.00pm 
Admission: $10 Adults, $8 Concession. 
Information: 02 9481 8816 
FREE copy of The Bride's Diary to the first 200 brides attending on the day. 

Bridal Style at Christina Rossi

You know, it's all in the details. Christina Rossi gowns are renowned for their attention to detail in quality and fitting, each gown is created by a team of highly skilled and talented experts with beautiful fabrics and accented with hand-sewn lace and hand-beaded embellishments.

Christina Rossi offer the finest quality in bridal gowns, informal gowns, bridesmaids' dresses and flower girl dresses. Their stunning gowns will make your special day unforgettable.

Monday, September 20, 2010

Liverpool 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 26th September, 2010
Liverpool Wedding Expo
Where: Liverpool Catholic Club 

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

Friday, September 17, 2010

Secret Garden by Najo

The Bride's Diary has Spring Fever! Since the very first days of Spring this year we have had our eyes peeled for anything and everything to help you prepare for your Spring Wedding. Imagine our delight when we stumbled upon the Secret Garden collection by Najo. The garden inspired jewellery provides the perfect accessories for brides and bridesmaids wishing to highlight a spring theme.

Just released at the international JAA Fair, the collection features gorgeous new designs that take their inspiration from natural forms. Sterling silver flowers, leaves, butterflies and shells can be found in abundance, together with bursts of vibrant enamels and glistening 18 carat detailing.

Najo designers have created a collection that blends classic silver with high fashion. From heavy sculptural, hinged sterling silver bangles and rings to ethnic-inspired oxidised tassle necklace, bracelet, earring sets to delicate long drop, cut-out earrings - there’s a piece to suit 
all tastes and ages.

The Secret Garden collection also includes traditional Mexican designs (harking back to the origins of Najo, which was founded after Najo director Jo Tory lived in Mexico in the mid-1980s) that have been given a modern twist to suit the current neo-antique fashion: “Fashion is eclectic at the moment,” says Jo, “which is great for Najo because it means simultaneously there is a market for classic silver, neo-antique pieces, clean fashion silver and coloured enamel.”

“We still love long necklaces and pendants at Najo and have some great designs in our new collection, such as the electroformed large elephant, owl and teddy bear pendants,” adds Jo. 

Najo has also released their first jewellery watch range - four designs of pendants that are watches and jewellery at the same time. Each watch-pendant is sold with a 75cm sterling silver chain.

“There’s nothing like these currently on the market and the response so far has been huge,” says Jo. “It’s certainly inspired us to think about what else we can do with our jewellery.”

Najo’s Secret Garden collection will be available in stores Australia and New Zealand wide from October 2010.

Visit Najo

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Spring into your Wedding with Gorgeous Headwear

Spring is a great time for a wedding -  as well as beautiful sunny skies and thriving gardens in full bloom providing great photo opportunities, the fashion available in Spring is simply stunning! The Spring races create a millinery paradise, with fascinators  and men's trilby hats providing the perfect accompaniment to your Spring wedding. The Bride's Diary love these fascinators from Milliner Molly Kasriel... 

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