Thursday, July 29, 2010

Suna Shoes wins Australia's No. 1 Bridal Shoe Specialist

Congratulations to Suna Shoes, who have won “Australia’s No. 1 Bridal Shoe Specialist” for the second year in a row!

The announcement was made this month through the ABIA (Australian Bridal Industry Academy) Awards which is based on votes from brides of 2009. A total of 987 businesses representing 39 industry categories qualified for this years National ABIA Award.

Suna Shoes are also finalists this year for the QLD ABIA Awards which are being held on the 17th August at Royal on the Park, Brisbane. They have previously won this award for the Bridal Shoe Category for the past 4 years - should they win this year they will enter the ABIA’s Hall Of Fame (5 years of being QLD’s #1).

It's a very exciting time for Suna Shoes and we wish them the best of luck with the QLD ABIA Awards!

Suna Shoes & Accessories are a ladies footwear retailer with 4 stores located in Queensland and an e-commerce website catering to customers needs around the world. Suna Shoes are extremely well known throughout the wedding industry as they carry the largest and most exciting range of bridal and formal shoes in Australia!


Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Angelica Peady Photography

"I was late to the wedding because... the horse bolted" is a gorgeous shoot by Angelica Peady, featuring NSW State Vaulting Champion Krystle in full bridal attire! It certainly makes a spectacular shoot! While most of us wouldn't be able to perform the acrobatics that are part and parcel of vaulting, if you are a horse lover you may want to include a horse in your wedding shots - the stationary shots of Krystle and her horse below are simply stunning! If you are concerned about time constraints or about getting your gown dirty it may be better to organise a shoot when you return from your honeymoon. 

Visit Angelica Peady Photography to view to full shoot

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Bella Bodies Shapewear

To help brides fit into their dress this spring, Bella Bodies Shapewear has launched their newest collection of shapewear garments in neutral and nude colours.

Bella Bodies specialises in garments or ‘shapewear’ that reduce the size of the waist, tummy and thighs. All Bella Bodies' shapewear significantly compresses and flattens the stomach and midriff without the discomfort of panels used in regular shapewear.

This month Australia’s Bella Bodies Shapewear is launching the High Control Panty, the first high-waisted panty shapewear available with security bands to prevent roll down. A versatile garment that can be worn with almost anything, the High Control Panty is guaranteed to stay up while firming the midriff, lower stomach and hip section in addition to reducing waistlines by up to 5cm.

Made from an extra stretchy blend of nylon and lycra, the High Control Panty firms to the body, without being restrictive and provides complete coverage of the buttocks. Finished with a lace trimming, it also avoids a visible panty line.

Retailing for $55.95, the High Control Panty is a shapewear necessity, ideal for skirts, dresses and tight-fitting strapless or fine strap tops.

The High Control Panty can be worn by all women, with sizes available from “Small” (S) to “Very Voluptuous” (VV).


Monday, July 26, 2010

Ties and Bow-Ties by Me and Matilda on Etsy

Me and Matilda produce stunningly unique ties, bow-ties and ring cushions, perfect for the groom, groomsmen, page boy and ring bearer, creating a truly custom look for your event. We have fallen in love with the classic styles given a twist with modern fabrics - there is a huge range of fabrics available in many patterns and colours so you will be easily able to coordinate with your wedding colours and style! Me and Matilda offer a wide range of damask, polkadots, stripes, solids and more.

As well as custom neckties, bow-ties and bridal accessories, they also create children's, men's and women's clothing, so you can outfit your ringbearer, groom, groomsmen, bridesmaids and flower girls. Simple and Modern ring pillows and baskets, unique sashes and belts, hair flowers and headbands are also available.

The green and grey big dot bow tie, shown above, will be the perfect addition to your little guys wardrobe. It is sized to fit chaps from age 3 to 12, with smaller and larger sizes available upon request.
It is a 100% cotton bow tie constructed from top quality materialsand is made with a real clip-on bowtie clip sized just right for kids. Using a real bowtie clip helps the bowtie fit securely and stay in place.

Everything your little ring bearers need to walk down the aisle with style. Shown here are two Me and Matilda Everyday Neckties (you can select the size and print of your choice) and two Simply Modern Ring Pillows to match. The pictures features a black and cream damask necktie and pillow.

Fun, funk and function all in one! This Everyday Necktie in gray and yellow blossoms is sure to please any guy whether he is 8 months, 8 years, 18 years or 80 years old. 

Coordinate your flower girl and bridesmaids with your wedding party! This sash is a great way to transform a simple little dress into a unique treasure. What could be cuter than a flower girl and ring bearer in a coordinating set? Sashes can be made to match any cotton necktie or bow tie in the shop.

Friday, July 23, 2010

Antonia Paris Launches New Bridal Range

Sydney fashion house Antonia Paris Haute Couture has launched its first line of bridal wear this season. The Antonia Paris Haute Couture team works closely with each bride on a personal level to achieve the perfect gown for the individual. The fashion house focuses on making each bride’s day a ‘dream come true’ by adding a personal touch to each creation.

Antonia Paris, designer and company namesake, is very excited about the company’s new range of bridal gowns. 
“I understand the excitement and passion of brides and am really honoured to help make their day special,” Ms Paris said.“My creations display beautiful quality and workmanship; I take great pride in every Antonia Paris gown.

“Our gowns are individually designed, fitted and made, ensuring the finished gown is perfect in every way. We also design 'ready to wear' wedding gowns.

“To many, it is the most important day of their lives so we make sure the brides feel beautiful in our dresses.

“While this is our first range of bridal wear, the workmanship in our team has 20 years experience in bridal sewing and we have experience in celebrity dressing. Our experienced bridal hand beading contractor also holds a contract with Chanel as well as other international brands,” she said.

Each Antonia Paris Haute Couture wedding dress is hand made.

For more information visit

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Urban Pup

We love the idea of including a much loved pet as part of a wedding celebration! There is nothing sweeter than a family dog walking down the aisle as a ring bearer! BD's Editor has blogged about the best ways to include your pet in your wedding. And now with the cuter than cute pet fashions available from Urban Pup, your pet can be fashionably included in any part of the bridal party, from bridesmaid to groomsmen. Here are a few of the pet fashions that caught out eye...

Your little bride will be so beautiful walking down the isle wearing the elegant but simple white satin dress, shown above. This beautiful bridal dress includes a co-ordinating headpiece with an organza veil and satin bow complete with adjustable strap. The dress features a matching bow with the lower part of the dress over laid with organza and white satin piping to complete the look. The hem and sleeves are finished in a ruffled style.

Perfect for a bridesmaid dress or a glamorous gala, this beautiful pink satin dress will be the envy of every girl. The gown is made from satin and has three tiers of skirting, each adorned with delicate pink chiffon flowers, with pearl beads in the centre. Each of these adorable little flowers has been hand sewn onto each of the three layers of skirting. This dress comes with a matching pink satin and tulle head piece, which can also be used as a decorative collar and a matching pink satin lead.

You will love how debonair your dog will look in our classic tuxedo. Perfect for the holidays, parties, special occasions and of course 'The big day' This Tuxedo makes it easy to include pets in the wedding day fun providing a sharp-looking suit for the dog of the hour. Our Tuxedo pairs a white satin shirt and a satin bow tie finished with white satin cuffs. A double-breasted coat with four buttons and of course tails. Comfortable, easy-fit design that is guarnteed to give you a day to remember.

Visit Urban Pup

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Castle Hill 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.

When: Sunday 25th July, 2010
Where: Castle Hill RSL Club
Entry: Free.

FREE copies of The Bride's Diary to be given away. 
Image Courtesy Davina Murray Photography

Fabz: Combining Style and Comfort

This season, bride’s feet no longer need to suffer thanks to the launch of the Pearl collection by Fabz, an Australian designed collection of foldable flats for evening wear.

Fabz are packaged in a pouch that fits neatly into any handbag, unfolding into a light yet durable pair of fashionable flats. Fabz are great if you are not comfortable in heels, or if you want to wear heels for your ceremony but want something a little more practical for dancing at the reception!

With over 30 styles and an array of colours to choose from, Fabz are the ultimate addition to any woman’s wardrobe. Incorporating classic and contemporary designs, the whole collection is made of soft leather, featuring a padded heel for comfort and non slip rubber soles for added stability. The gorgeous colour available make Fabz an ideal choice for your bridesmaids as well - and their feet will thank you for it!

Created by footwear designer, Loretta Ashby and her partner, Ed Kirchschlager, Fabz is Australia’s most extensive collection of foldable flats. Noticing the limited range of foldable flats available at the time, Ashby began designing Fabz in 2009, with a view to make foldable fashionable. “I wanted to create a shoe that was available in a variety of designs and colours that combined comfort and style for the modern woman,” she says.

Fabz are available in Australian sizes 5 – 10, with selected styles in a size 12. Prices start from $79.95 RRP. 

Visit Fabz

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

ICMS Annual Wedding Expo

The International College Of Management Sydney is opening its gates for Sydney's discerning brides-to-be to attend one of Australia's most popular wedding locations, which has hosted many weddings including the much publicised wedding of Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban. This is a bridal exhibition that no future bride should miss!

Designer runway parades will be presented by Basilica Couture Salon, showcasing their designer labels Badgley Mischka Bride, Badgley Mischka Bridesmaids, Pronuptia Paris and Basilica Couture Gowns.

Entry to the Expo is free, but seats for the parade are limited! Be sure to pick up your seat passes from either Basilica Couture Salon, at 206 Victoria Rd Drummoyne or at the Basilica Couture stand in the exhibitors hall on the day of the Expo prior to the parades. Two seats are allocated per bride, so bring your guest along to experience the designer runway parade whilst sipping a glass of Champagne. 

When: Sunday 1st August 2010
Time: 10am - 3pm, with runway parades at 11am and 1pm
Where: 15 Darley Rd, Manly NSW

Monday, July 19, 2010

Love Letter Ceremony

A thoughtfully handwritten love letter is one of the most romantic and sentimental gestures possible, and wedding love letter ceremonies are becoming increasingly popular alternatives to the unity candle ceremony or unity sand ceremony. Read on for more information on this new ceremony for weddings that is sure to become a timeless tradition.

In preparation for the love letter ceremony, the bride and the groom each write the ultimate love letter to each other. In each letter are the reasons you want to marry one another. These reasons may include special memories from your courtship, the mument you first knew he or she was “the one,” the proposal, plans for your future, etc. Whatever you write in it, just make sure your future spouse does not read it.

On the wedding day, the couple performs the love letter ceremony in which their sealed love letters are ceremonially locked into a box along with a bottle of wine, two wine goblets and other memorabilia or mementos they have selected. These keepsakes could include photos of the couple, some flower petals thrown by the flower girl during the actual ceremony or a vial of sand – the sky’s the limit.

The officiant of the wedding will share with wedding guests the only two circumstances when the couple will unlock and reveal the contents and love letters to one another.

Circumstance #1: 

If time passes and serious doubts about their relationship cause the marriage to falter (hard to believe at this point, but unfortunately it happens sometimes), they should unlock the box together, drink the wine, read the loving words from each other and be reminded of their joy on the day of their wedding and the reasons they decided to marry and commit to be together “till death do us part…”

Circumstance #2:

If the couple is fortunate enough to never encounter the first circumstance, they will open the box on the occasion of a predetermined significant wedding anniversary or milestone in their marriage (such as their five or ten year anniversary).

Following the officiant’s remarks, the couple presents their sealed love letters, along with the selected bottle of wine, goblets and other mementos. Once the contents are in place, the box is locked with a key to symbolise the vows of love and commitment the couple have made to one another.

Following the wedding, the locked love letter box should be displayed in a central location in the couple's home to serve as a constant reminder of the love they share for one another. The all important key should be kept in a safe place to ensure the box can be unlocked and the contents enjoyed at the agreed upon time. Once the box has been unlocked and the contents enjoyed, write new letters, replace the wine and lock away for the next special occasion.

Don’t drink wine? Pick another drink you both enjoy. It could be a bottle of the champagne that will be served at your wedding reception, an expensive bottle of scotch or liquor – you can make your love letter box completely personalised to who you are as a couple. (Just make sure whatever you choose fits inside the box along with your letters, goblets and mementos.)

Add special meaning to your wedding ceremony and start a new tradition in your family with a wedding love letter ceremony.

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Winter Bridal Ideas

It's the most special event you will ever plan, so be inspired by the best! With so many options available to the modern bride, organising a wedding can be time consuming and confusing. The Bridal Ideas Expo takes the headache out of planning and offers a fun and informative environment to explore the latest in bridal services, locate the ideal local suppliers that suit your needs and get some fabulous ideas for your big day. An exciting and timesaving way to plan your wedding, while learning about bridal ideas you never knew existed! 

Saturday 24th & Sunday 25th July, 2010 

Winter Bridal Ideas 

Where: Ridley Pavilion, Adelaide Showgrounds, Adelaide

Time: 10am - 5pm 

Phone: 02 9974 1393 

FREE copy of The Bride's Diary to brides only attending on the day.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

"Take the Ride of Your Life" Luna Park

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 18th July, 2010
"Take The Ride Of Your Life"
Luna Park, in the acclaimed Crystal Palace.
Time: 10am - 5pm
Admission: $10 Adults, $8 Concession.
Phone: 02 9481 8816.
FREE copies of The Bride's Diary to be given away.

Image Courtesy Davina Murray Photography

Gorgeous Gowns from Rachel Gilbert

For a touch of Hollywood glamour, we love the sumptuous designs from Rachel Gilbert. The Spring/Summer 10 collection (available July-August 2010) is perfect for the bride looking for modern lines and standout silhouettes. Luxury fabrics and embellished hand beaded evening dresses are the signature style of Australian based designer Rachel Gilbert

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Free Give-Away - Fletcher & Grace Earrings

Fletcher & Grace and The Bride's Diary are giving you the chance to WIN a pair of gorgeous Antoinette Cushion Cut earrings, valued at $65 each.

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.

Fletcher & Grace jewellery is inspired by vintage pieces from the 1930s, 1940s and 1950s. The collections are individual, bold and romantic and range from extravagant statement pieces to simple, yet elegant earrings, bracelets, necklaces and brooches.

These gorgeous cushion cut earrings are from the Antoinette Collection, a collection inspired by extravagant parties, palaces, crystal chandeliers, banquets, diamonds and jewels. Faceted gems and decorative patterns bring out the opulence of the occasion. Embellish luxurious fabrics with sparkly brooches, vintage earrings and crystal encrusted bracelets

Embellish your wedding day style with these fabulous earrings, and with three colours to choose from (dark smokey quartz, light smokey quartz and tea rose), you will be sure to sparkle on your special day.

To enter, simply tell us in 25 words or less how these gorgeous Antoinette Cushion Cut Earrings will help you sparkle. Please email your entry (including your name and mailing address) with 'Competition – Fletcher & Grace' in the subject line, and be sure to indicate which colour you would like to win. Entries close 30th July 2010. 

Monday, July 12, 2010

Illawarra Mercury Bridal Expo

Illawarra’s biggest bridal event. The Illawarra Mercury Bridal Expo 2010 provides you with the perfect opportunity to view and obtain information from the Illawarra's largest gathering of wedding exhibitors for your special wedding day. There will also be a bride of the year competition, fashion parades and an ultimate wedding prize package will be given away.

Sunday 18th July, 2010
Illawarra Mercury Bridal Expo
Where: WIN Entertainment Centre Wollongong

Time: 9am - 4pm
Phone: 02 4221 2294

Image Courtesy Jonathan Wellings Photography

Friday, July 9, 2010

C Photography

C Photography provides a relaxed and fun environment for the bridal party, enabling photographer Anton to produce natural, stylish, and contemporary images for today's modern weddings. Anton works with the bridal couple to create a range of dramatic images that capture all the details and love of the special day!

Here are a few of our favourites...

C Photography have a great range of comprehensive packages available:

Contemporary Package
• 10 Pages (20 Sides) – 10”x10” Contemporary Flush Mount Album
• Full coverage (Bridal/Groom preparation, Ceremony, Location shoots, 1st hour reception)
• All images on DVD (High Res JPEG files with permission to use)
• A selection of photos publish on this website for viewing

Contemporary Gold Package
• Unlimited shots with proofs in Hard Cover Book
• 10 Pages (20 Sides) – 11”x14” Contemporary Flush Mount Album
• Full coverage (Bridal/Groom preparation, Ceremony, Location shoots, 1st hour reception)
• All images on DVD (High Res JPEG files with permission to use)
• A selection of photos publish on this website for viewing

Panoramic Package
• Unlimited shots with proofs in Hard Cover Book
• 12 Pages (24 Sides) – 10”x14” Panoramic Matted Album
• Full coverage (Bridal/Groom preparation, Ceremony, Location shoots, 1st hour reception)
• All images on DVD (High Res JPEG files with permission to use)
• A selection of photos publish on this website for viewing

Contemporary Deluxe Package
• Unlimited shots with proofs in Hard Cover Book
• 15 Pages (30 Sides) – 12”x17” OR 15”x15” Contemporary Flush Mount Album
• 1x – 20"x30" Mosaic picture made out of all the wedding photos
• Full coverage (Bridal/Groom preparation, Ceremony, Location shoots, 1st hour reception)
• All images on DVD (High Res JPEG files with permission to use)
• A selection of photos publish on this website for viewing

Visit C Photography to view the full range of packages.

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Free Give-Away - Pevonia Spa-At-Home Essentials Pack

Pevonia and The Bride's Diary® are giving you the chance to WIN a gorgeous Spa-At-Home Essentials Pack, valued at $119.95.

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.

Pevonia provides a great solution for home pampering with this indulgence spa pack, featuring paraben-free products formulated with organic extracts for unparalleled skin health and radiance! Whether at home or away with work, Pevonia’s Spa-at-Home Essentials pack will be your perfect companion.

• Daily stress, toxins, and impurities quickly diminish your skin’s radiance. Immerse your body in a de-stressing, blissful aromatherapy oasis. This must have indulgence pack contains all of the essentials for recreating the ultimate spa experience in the surroundings of your own bathroom:
• Silky Skin Body Scrub 50 ml Tube (luxurious creamy scrub which eliminates toxicity & deeply cleanses skin.)
• Bath Salts with Essential Oil Anti-Stress 60g (enriched with essential oils for tranquil experience)
• Anti-Stress Bath & Shower Gel 50 ml Bottle (tension relieving treatment for wellbeing & relaxation)
• Preserve Body Moisturizer 50 ml Bottle (the ultimate hydrating, toning and repairing moisturizer)
• Lavender Votive 120 g (essential oil candle)
• Pevonia Skincare Pouch

Complete with a three-easy-step-guide this indulgence spa pack gives you a quick beauty fix whenever, wherever!

To enter, simply tell us in 25 words or less why a Pevonia Spa-At-Home Pack will help you prepare for your wedding! Please email your entry (including your name and mailing address) to with 'Competition – Pevonia Spa-At-Home Pack' in the subject line. Entries close 16th July 2010. 

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

The Private Dining Room at ARIA Brisbane

Extraordinary menu options created by Chef Matt Moran…
Spectacular views across the river…
Floor to ceiling glass…
Statement, contemporary space…
Walls upholstered with Mercedes Benz leather…
Total exclusivity and confidentiality …

… Welcome to ARIA Restaurant’s Private Dining Room - the perfect venue for your intimate wedding …

ARIA’s Private Dining Room has been custom-designed for just that – private dining. The Private Dining Room is intimately part of ARIA, it is not an add-on as many are.

Not only is the space outstanding, the menu, as you would imagine, is wonderful. Created by Chef Matt Moran, there are more than enough options from a cocktail style event, to full degustation dinners.

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

New Season Wedding Looks at Net-a-Porter

The perfect wedding starts with the perfect gown... and we have found glamorous gown upon  gown at Net-a-Porter's Wedding Boutique... With the arrival of the new season looks, now is the perfect time to start your wedding shopping! Whether your look is bejewelled bohemian or city sleek, The Wedding Boutique will have everything you need for your entire wedding ensemble. Here are just a few of the standout looks from the new season collection... head over to The Wedding Boutique to check out the full range.

Cascading ruffles of satin and chiffon makes J.Crew's off-white floor-length gown a romantic choice for countryside nuptials. Cinch the towering tiers with the floral appliqué belt and accent with metallic sandals for a breathtaking bridal look. Shown here with Jimmy Choo shoes, Monica Vinader rings and a J.Crew necklace.

Matthew Williamson Beaded Silk-chiffon Gown
Matthew Williamson's white boned silk-chiffon gown combines a classic cut with exquisite sequin and bead embellishment to create this breathtaking bridal style. With gold and silver embroidery on the double-layered skirt and a scalloped puddle train, this beautiful style needs no embellishment - simply add sparkling heels....

Matthew Williamson Waterfall Silk-chiffon Gown
Matthew Williamson's ivory silk-chiffon waterfall gown withpale-gold beading is the perfect choice for a summer wedding. Balance the embellishment with simple jewelry and elevate the cascading chiffon layers with pin-thin heels. ...

Cut a classic bridal silhouette in Diane von Furstenberg's whiteruched silk-chiffon bustier gown with a boned bodice. Accent the sweetheart neckline with statement jewelry and show off some dazzling silver sandals underneath the graduated hem. Shown here with Jimmy Choo shoes, Lanvin clutch and a Kenneth Jay Lane necklace.

J. Crew Corsican lace and silk gown

J.Crew's floor-sweeping ivory silk gown layered with Corsican lace is a classic choice for summer nuptials. This beautiful piece is boned to create a form-flattering silhouette, simply slip into delicate heels to complete a flawless wedding look....

Monday, July 5, 2010

Marchesa Bridal

Elegant eveningwear, inspired by vintage and Asian influences defines the Marchesa Collection. The beautiful designs fuse high fashion with an eclectic aesthetic. We've been seeing Marchesa gowns pop up on red carpets left and right lately, on celebs such as Rihanna, Katy Perry, Heidi Klum, Eva Longoria and Halle Berry to name just a few! We are now excited to showcase the Marchesa bridal collection! The bridal collection follows in the footsteps of the fashion collection and exudes glamour and style! Here are a few of our favourites...

Marchesa is available at Jean Brown Robe in Brisbane, Le Louvre Melbourne, and Elle in Perth.

Visit Marchesa
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