Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Jules Collins Jewellery



Sydney-based jewellery designer Jules Collins creates beautiful masterpieces like this 18ct white gold cushion cut diamond ring. Showcasing Jules' signature style, this gorgeous ring features vibrantly coloured diamonds cast in the prettiest of settings.

Visit Jules Collins to browse the online collection.

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Gorgeous Cake Topper

 
For the perfect fishing touch to your beautiful wedding cake, look no further than the Romantic Wedding Couple Lounging on the Beach Figurine from Weddingstar.
 
Complement your romantic beach setting with a beautifully crafted and equally enchanting cake topper. Crafted from hand painted porcelain, this cake topper is exquisitely detailed down to the heart drawn in the sand with her delicate finger. 

Visit Weddingstar to order online, or to find more beautiful cake toppers like this one

Friday, March 26, 2010

Colour Palette: Golden Yellow, Aqua, White, and Charcoal



We just love this gorgeous colour palette of golden yellow, aqua, white and charcoal. It's a beautiful blend of bright yellows with cooler blues hues, and it is made oh-so-classy with the complementing tones of charcoal grey.  Simply stunning…

Color Palette Credits:
Cupcake Tower, Martha Stewart Weddings
Centerpieces, Wedding Style Guide
Placecard, Kate Murphy Photography
Menu and Napkin (Edited), Jessica Johnston Photography
Bridesmaid Dress (Edited), Jenny Yoo
Favor Boxes and Display, Kate Murphy Photography
Candy Display and Sign, Hugh Forte Photography

Visit The Inspired Bride for more fabulous colour palette ideas. 

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Parramatta 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 28th March, 2010
Parramatta Wedding Expo
Where:
Parramatta RSL Club
Entry: Free
Email: info@weddingexposaustralia.com
Website: www.weddingexposaustralia.com
FREE copies of The Bride's Diary to be given away.

Plush Takes the Stress Out of Weddings



Brides can now choose timeless, quality pieces to set up the perfect, modern home from Australia's leading sofa specialist using the Plush Gift Registry service. Offering the maximum choice in a huge variety of styles and designs from a quality sofa to a decorator ottoman, the Plush Gift Registry service is the perfect way to ensure the happy couple receive what they really want on their wedding day.
 
The Plush Gift Registry is simple to set up and lets customers select from a beautiful range of Plush sofas, accent chairs and ottomans that everyone would like to receive as a gift. The bespoke service not only offers any piece in any style and design but also allows guests to contribute towards the purchase of the items chosen. So whatever the budget, the bride and groom can have their dream furniture.
 
Plush collections are a contemporary range that always lead in trend, innovation and quality. These impressive collections feature high quality genuine leather and exciting fabrics and each piece is handmade or developed exclusively. Plush stocks the best sofa designs at the best prices to suit every taste, décor and budget.
 
At Plush they understand weddings can be stressful enough, so expertly trained consultants are on standby to guide customers through the entire process making it a fun and easy shopping experience.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Double Disc Woven Headpiece by Philip Treacy


 


For an elegant alternative to the traditional veil, this gorgeous Double Disc Woven Headpiece by Philip Treacy would be the perfect finishing touch to your wedding day style.

With a white woven mesh double disc and sculptural bow embellishment, Philip Treacy's wire-framed headpiece is a directional way to accessorise on your bridal look. Wear this contemporary design to perfectly complement a sheath or cocktail-style wedding gown.

Available from Net-A-Porter

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Felt Flowers by Llubav

For the bride who wants every aspect of her special day to reflect her personal touch, these handmade felt flowers by Llubav can be tailor made to complement any wedding theme. 

Handmade from wool felt, these beautiful flowers are the perfect accessory to add quirky fun to your wedding day style…

Visit Llubav

Monday, March 22, 2010

Baby Pink and Light Blue Colour Theme

One of our favourite colour themes here in the BD office is 'pink and blue'… The colours lend themselves to a playful and pretty, yet sophisticated wedding style, and allow you the opportunity to mix in elements of girly cheer with the classic. 

For example a blue striped table cloth (as seen in these fabulous images from Once Wed) can be accented brilliantly with baby pink roses. Bold blue plates look stunning when highlighted by similarly bold blue vases on the table… Have a look through the images from Once Wed below and be inspired… Use your imagination!… and don't forget to visit Once Wed for more information about this shoot.

Friday, March 19, 2010

Real Life Wedding - Leah and Tom


Leah is part of the BD Team and we absolutely loved her bright May wedding. Her special day was filled with vibrancy and freshness, and this was highlighted by the gorgeous bride and her handsome groom, Tom!

Synergy Photography has truly captured the liveliness of the occasion, and in particular the gorgeous detailing! Leah shares her ‘Bride’s Diary’ with us!

What was your 'getting ready' experience like?
On the morning of the wedding we were all at the hairdressers (Shakai Hair) bright and early (myself, my bridesmaid Vanessa, my Mum, and the two flowergirls)… We also had the make-up artist (my cousin’s friend) do everyone’s makeup while we were all at the salon. Unfortunately, timing wasn’t the best and we had to rush home as soon as we were all finished. Before we knew it, it was time to get changed, have a few quick photos and then we were out the door and on the way to the church. We ended up arriving at the church about 30 – 45 minutes late without even trying!

What was Tom's day like?
Tom got ready at his parents’ house before the wedding. They had a full house on the day as Tom is from a large family (1 of 10 children), and judging by the photos, it seems they all had a great time! He was also very happy to have his prized possessions - his 1969 Chrysler Valiant and his Harley Davidson - included in our special day and our wedding photos.

How did you choose your flowers?
I wanted bright, colourful flowers and after following countless wedding blogs while I was planning our wedding, I finally found a picture of the perfect bouquet. I loved the colours in the picture as it was a perfect match for the bridesmaid’s dress. So, I took the image into the florist (Bunches) and I was thrilled with the bouquets when they arrived on the morning of the wedding. I also really had my heart set on having fresh flowers in my hair, and I chose two large pink roses to tie in with the bouquets. The mothers' of the bride and groom both wore cream corsages to match their outfits, while Tom and the fathers' of bride and groom wore cream roses for boutonnières. Tom's best man had an orange rose for his boutonnière to match the bridesmaid's bouquet.

How did you choose your dress?
I was in Sposabella for the final fitting of a bridesmaids dress for my cousin’s wedding, and I thought I'd try some wedding dresses on while I was there. After all the dresses that I'd tried on looked horrible and I was ready to leave, the saleswoman said that a new dress had just come in, and suggested that I try it on. The dress was absolutely perfect! It was a Pronovias (Higuera), and I just loved the Spanish lace, the silhouette and the neckline…

How did you choose your cake?
The cake was from Tonittos and consisted of a layer of chocolate mud cake, caramel mud cake and white chocolate mud cake. I wanted something that was simple and elegant, and I was so happy with the design that we ended up with. There was also plenty to feed our 150+ guests!

How did you choose the suits?
This was mostly Tom's department, although we did end up choosing his suit together… I left the style of the suits mainly up to Tom. After considering hiring suits, we decided to purchase the suits from Roger David. Neither Tom nor I had much of an idea of what we were after (although Tom was adamant that he wanted to wear a vest), but the salesman was a great help. Tom and I picked his suit together, and he took his best man in later for a second opinion and to order their correct sizes.

What was on the menu?
Entrée
· Tortellini with sauteed bacon, spring onions, mushrooms and tomato cream sauce
· Salt and pepper calamari served with mescalin in a white balsamic dressing

Main
· Veal scaloppine with lemon mushrooms and oregano cream sauce
· Chicken breast pizzaiola - topped with mozzarella slices, oregano & Italian tomato sauce

Dessert
· Chocolate dipped Profiteroles filled with creme patisserie, served with hot chocolate sauce and fresh cream
· Chocolate mousse cake served with vanilla cream and strawberry sauce Salt & Pepper Squid

What was the highlight of your day?
The entire day was fantastic; the weather was great for a May wedding, marrying in the church that Tom was christened in was lovely and all of our friends and family celebrating with us at the reception topped it all off!

Thursday, March 18, 2010

More Alice in Wonderland Stationery


We found this fabulous Alice in Wonderland-styled wedding stationery on Bridal Soup

"Often we are approached to create bespoke concepts for a celebration with an individual theme – a recent example was a wonderful Alice in Wonderland styled wedding we were commissioned to design for, resulting in a whimsical booklet invitation complete with intricate keyhole and silver-plated key detailing.

Bear in mind when picking a format that it is relevant to the amount of information you need to send. If your guests require overnight accommodation or the venue is in an unfamiliar location consider providing your guests with a little information cards with the invitation - portfolio or booklet style is ideal. RSVP cards can be included too. Don’t forget to factor postage costs – anything thicker than 5mm will incur a large letter stamp.


Cristina Re Launches Designer Card Range!






Australia’s favourite stationary designer, Cristina Re, proudly presents her first ever collection of luxury designer ready-made invitations and cards. 


‘Invite with Style’ features Cristina’s signature look, boasting exquisite finishes such as elegant flocking, shimmering metallic foils and luxurious pearlescent and linen papers.  With a stunning array of designs, from sophisticated black tie soirees and formal weddings to baby showers and birthday parties.


Visit www.cristinare.com to view this gorgeous range.





De-stress before the big day with Hopewood!

Any bride-to-be will tell you that organising a wedding can be one of the most stressful tasks they have ever undertaken. There‟s the dress, the venue, the menu, who to cross off the guest list and who should sit next to who. It‟s easy for the bride-to-be to neglect her own needs amongst all the planning and visiting a health retreat in the few weeks before the wedding can provide the perfect place to be pampered, relax and de-stress. 
For the bride-to-be looking for some ‟me‟ time before the big day, Hopewood Health Retreat is the ideal hideaway. Just one hour from Sydney, Hopewood is Australia‟s premier health retreat and has been caring for the health of guests for almost 50 years. 
“All brides-to-be need some nurturing before their big day to erase the stress of months of preparations,” said Sharon Beavon, Hopewood‟s General Manager. “We offer a Wedding Bells package that involves five hours of pampering bliss and relaxation, ensuring that any bride-to-be will leave Hopewood feeling radiant and ready for the big day.” 
The Wedding Bells package is a deluxe treatment that commences with a pressure point foot massage. A body exfoliation is then performed to get rid of dead skin with either a salt scrub or body polish and is followed by a full body wrap with a choice of seaweed or clay designed to re-mineralise and detox, leaving skin feeling like pure silk. A relaxing aromatic massage follows to help relieve stress. 
Enjoy a deliciously healthy, gourmet vegetarian smorgasbord lunch before heading back to the treatment room for a nurturing and rejuvenating facial and eye treatment to nourish the face, neck and eye area to leave skin soft, smooth and supple. The day is completed with Hopewood‟s spa pedicure, using milk extracts and paraffin to bring feet to their absolute best. 
The Wedding Bells package can be combined with one of Hopewood‟s accommodation packages, which provides all meals and complete access to all facilities and the daily activities program. For more information, call Hopewood on (02) 4773 8401 or visit www.hopewood.com.au

Pretty in Pink



Inspired by a girly, pretty theme, this Polyvore is the perfect inspiration for planning a pink wedding.

Starting with your bridesmaid dresses, you need to choose a shade of pink that isn't too bright so as to not detract from your dress. For the rest of your wedding though, go crazy with pink, pink and more pink… 

We just love the paper lanterns in a hot pink, and they would be set-off beautifully by an elegant white cake against a pink backdrop. For your flowers, think soft pink peonies and roses, and make sure you establish your pink theme right from the start with your stationery.

Click the image to view more details about any of the fabulous items feature here…

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Art Deco Inspired Engagement Rings by Keshett


The Art Deco period was a fabulous time in history in terms of design and the jewelery of this era in particular was just stunning. If you are looking for an Art Deco inspired engagement ring, then visit Keshett jewellers in Melbourne…


Resplendant Art Deco inspired ring, featuring magnificent diamonds in a timeless design. The diamond central to this outstanding piece is 0.76ct E in colour and VS1 in clarity. Which has been encircled within a further 0.69ct of bright diamonds, E in colour! Truly Divine!


 

18ct white gold diamond engagement ring featuring central diamond of 0.90ct, H colour & SI clarity, flanked by 14 baguette cut diamonds totalling to 0.39 and 6 round diamonds totalling to .08ct.


 

Stunning 18ct white gold Art Deco inspired diamond onyx cluster ring! The geometric design has been set with round brilliant cut central diamond of 0.73ct [E SI1] and french cut onyx, surrounded by other 24 small diamonds totallling to approximately 0.23ct.

 

This fabulous platinum ring absolutely typifies Art Deco at its finest! Set with a beautiful 1.16ct central diamond and flanked by a further 0.12ct set into the shoulder, it is just perfect.

Visit Keshett

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Autumn Accessories

We've got Autumn fever here in the BD office... Here are some of our favourite Autumn themed wedding accessories, available from Weddingstar.

Delicately sketched autumn leaves grace each piece of this timeless collection. With its expression of simple elegance it is a perfect compliment to any autumn wedding. Available in a selection of colours it can be personalised to co-ordinate with many colour schemes. A range of stationery items are available in this collection.
 

The Autumn Splendour Toasting Set has distinctive ribbons of brown, green and bronze. A unique natural lacy oak leaf preserved in iridescent copper is also attached to the pearl handle. 

The Autumn Splendour Cake and Server Set have distinctive ribbons of brown and green and a unique natural lacy oak leaf preserved in iridescent copper.

Who doesn't love chocolate! Always a crowd favourite, these trendy personalised nut free chocolate bars are available with a variety of wrapper design options. These chocolate bars are produced in a nut free U.S. facility and are guaranteed safe for anyone with a nut or peanut allergy.
This book with its natural oak leaf preserved in iridescent copper looks wonderful when accompanied by the Autumn Splendour Designer Pen Base. 

These two miniature autumn leaf candles make great novelty favour stuffers or fun decorative add-ons. All candles are packaged in box with raffia. 


Autumn Accents

Autumn Accents
Autumn Accents by The Bride's Diary® featuring Kurt Geiger shoes

Celebrate Autumn with a gorgeous wedding style theme featuring lush, rich tones - deep greens are accented by golden highlights, reflecting the change in seasons.

An Autumn theme provides plenty of opportunity to use colour and texture to create a rich and beautiful wedding. Choose deep greens or bronze tones for your bridesmaids. If you are having many bridesmaids you may even like to alternate them in green and bronze colours of the same style dress. From there you can let your imagination lead the way in choosing stunning accessories, beautiful bomboniere, and decorations for your ceremony and reception. 

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

Tipsy Toes for Brides



Tipsy Toes is the product de jour and is this wedding season's must have accessory! Brides, bridesmaids and guests alike can all breathe a collective sigh of relief… Wind up the speeches, cut the cake and let the dancing begin! 

Tipsy Toes are lightweight flexible shoes that will transform you from staggering mess to glamorous gazelle in one tiny purse-sized package, because the last thing you need at 3am is to be another 4 inches from the ground…
 
Tipsy Toes are a stylish, comfortable alternative for sore and tired feet.

Stairs, dancefloors, tram tracks and late night across-town hikes are now a breeze thanks to Tipsy Toes. Say goodbye to awkward wobbling and painful heels and say hello to Tipsy Toes.
 
Available in Black, Silver and White, and three sizes: Small 5/7, Medium 7/8, Large 9/10
 
RRP $19.95

Available at www.tipsytoes.com.au and at selected retail outlets

Monday, March 15, 2010

Clay Flowers


These fabulous clay flowers from Estillo Weddings are an eco-friendly alternative to the traditional floral centrepiece, and can also be perfect keepsakes for your wedding.

They are available as cake toppers, ring pillow decorations, boutonnieres, single flower bouquets, and other wedding day accessories.

Neptune Palace Restaurant


Looking for a unique venue for your reception? Then Neptune Palace Restaurant could be just the place.

Spread over two floors, with views of Circular Quay, Neptune Palace Restaurant is an award winning Chinese and Malaysian restaurant that combines the freshest Australian produce, an extensive modern and traditional menu and an award-winning wine list.
 

Signature dishes are a feast for the senses and include Chilli Mud Crab, Salt & Pepper King Prawns, Wasabi Beef, Kapitan Chicken and Whole Curry Fish.

This versatile venue offers great reception possibilities whether it be for an intimate lunch/dinner or a lively celebration for up to 200 people.

Exquisite food, a welcoming atmosphere and excellent service are all things that can be expected.

For a personalised quote please call Derek Lim on (02) 9241 3338 or for more details visit www.neptunepalace.com.au.

Savvy Brides

Like an elaborate Christmas tree on boxing day, an ornate fascinator the day after Melbourne Cup or a brand new hair style after the first wash – the magic of a wedding dress lasts just one day for every bride.
The bride’s dress is the focal point of every wedding, but after you’ve said, “I do”, the cake has been cut and the waltz has been danced; your dream dress is inevitably destined to wilt, taking up vital space in your wardrobe for the next twenty years.
A practical, smart and green alternative is Savvy Brides. A brand new bridal consignment concept that specialises in buying and selling pre-loved designer gowns - www.savvybrides.com.au
Savvy Brides is a twofold solution for both recent brides and brides-to-be; a smart option for women who would love a designer wedding dress but can’t justify the excessive price tag and a clever little earner for newlyweds who realise that they will never wear their dress again.
Newlywed and Director of Savvy Brides, Mandy Daddia said: “As a bride-to-be I was adamant that I would purchase a pre-loved dress but I ended up on a wild goose chase trying on dresses in random locations all over Sydney. I eventually had to give up on the idea, and decided that I should create a convenient service for brides and brides-to-be to buy and sell pre-loved wedding dresses – and so Savvy Brides was born!”
Only chic pieces from respected local and international designers in excellent condition are offered through the service. All of the pre-loved wedding dresses are meticulously checked by the Savvy Brides team, assuring future brides a perfect dress. Wedding dresses from Savvy Brides have only been worn once before - the wedding day - and in some cases, have never been worn. The collection ranges from Australian sizes 6 to 16.
So whether you’re looking to find that dream dress, or are interested in selling your recently worn gown to the next lucky owner, Savvy Brides is the answer.
Brides-to-be are welcome to make an appointment to visit the Savvy Brides private studio, located in Sydney, to view and try on any of the pieces. For those located in other cities a premium and secure courier service is available.
To book an appointment with Savvy Brides, contact Mandy at mandy@savvybrides.com.au or call 0468 926 110. Visit www.savvybrides.com.au


Friday, March 12, 2010

Top 10 Bridal Gowns by Vera Wang


For the past twenty years, Vera Wang has been creating stunning bridal wear for the most style-savvy brides. Vera Wang collections are positioned at the highest end of the luxury market. Driven by artistic, modern and luxurious design and style, couture-like quality and a high level of customer service, Vera Wang’s collections hold impeccable customer appeal.

Below are the Top Ten Bridal Gowns by Vera Wang, so have a look through, and be sure to visit Vera Wang to browse her full bridal collection.

Magnolia


For a dress to be both wedding worthy and black tie appropriate it must be both chic and unexpected. This strapless sweetheart mermaid gown with an over the bust bow and vertical top stitching detail is both of those things, showcasing Vera Wang’s versatility and sense of occasion with ease. Available in Plum, Magenta, Oyster, Ivory or White this dress can be made in either duchesse satin or double faced satin wool.

Sophia
 

Unique and replete with gorgeous details this strapless mermaid gown with a hand cut corsage at the pinched bustline and asymmetrical back bows is a perfect example of why Vera Wang is the first name in luxury bridal gowns. This dress is available taffeta, duchesse satin or slipper satin in Ivory or White.

Isabella


Soft and dreamy, this Vera Wang strapless wrapped bodice A-line tissue and satin faced organza gown with a self rose corsage and subtly tucked skirt revels in femininity without sacrificing a modern aesthetic. Available in Ivory, Maize or White with a sash of Russet, Black, Ivory, Rose, Lavender, Vanilla or White. 

Helene


At once timeless and girlishly innocent this Vera Wang strapless mermaid gown with a wrapped bodice and pleated skirt in stretch Mikado is universally becoming. Available in Ivory.

Doris

 

Radiant and elegant never goes out of style and this Vera Wang strapless modified A-line gown with zibeline trim, a bow on the front and back bustle detailing is the epitome of bridal chic. Available in Ivory or White. 

Amelia 

 

With the feel of couture, this strapless wrapped bodice Vera Wang ballgown of tissue and satin-faced organza with hand-cut tulle roses and a crystal corsage is as special as the bride who chooses it. Available in Pale Nude, Ivory or White with a corsage in Smoke or Crystal.

Joan

 

Polished to a high sheen over years of perfecting, this strapless modified A-line gown of silk organdy and duchesse satin with horizontal bias cut bands and bows down the back is classic Vera Wang. Available in Ivory or White. 

Bouquet

 

Vera Wang understands the power of contrast. Bouquet a strapless modified A-line with a fused lace skirt and floating floral embroidery combines a clean featherweight faille bodice with an intricate skirt of Alencon, Chantilly and Batenburg laces on French tulle to intoxicating results. Available in Ivory or White with a faille sash in Ivory or White. 

Fairy Dust

 

Incandescent and intricate, Vera Wang’s Fairy Dust wedding gown – a fully-pleated silk organdy modified mermaid gown with a dramatic cascading swirl effect – weaves it’s magic spell with dramatic ease. Available in Ivory with a grosgrain sash in either Lavender, Vanillla or Ivory. 

Callalilly

 

Evocative and graceful, Vera Wang’s Callalilly gown is an exceptional example of flower as inspiration. The gown itself is a strapless modified mermaid of asymmetrically draped layers of silk organdy. Available in Ivory or White. 

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