Monday, December 24, 2012

The Secret's Out: New Bridal Trends For Summer

As new bridal trends emerge for summer, style-conscious brides are seeking new and tasteful ways to accessorise, creating the perfect look on their wedding day.

In preparing for upcoming weddings this summer Secrets founder, Jane Meredith, has identified several key looks that will dominate the season, including gowns featuring modern angular lines, short and simply cut wedding dresses, unique necklines and embellishments.

Modern Angular Lines:

Geometric shapes, sleek angles, and peplum cuts will dominate bridal trends for summer 2012/2013. Secrets latest collection offers a range of contemporary cut pieces that complements a modern-day look.

Short and Simple Cuts:

With the warmer weather approaching, some designers have opted for shorter lengths and classic cuts to keep Australian brides cool this summer. To boost the glamour, accessorise with statement pieces that add sparkle and charm.

Unique Necklines:

This season marked a departure from traditional sweetheart and strapless styles, to high, embellished necklines. To balance this new look, focus on adorning your wrists with beautiful bracelets and keep earrings sleek and simple.

Bejewelled Embellishment:

Bejeweled gowns and detailed embroidery are show-stopping gowns for summer. Brides are encouraged to continue the sparkling theme through the use of shimmering earrings and bold rings.

Visit Secrets.

Friday, December 21, 2012

Merry Christmas... From The Bride's Diary

The Bride's Diary Team extends our very best wishes for the Festive Season, to all our members and clients. We truly hope you have a Merry Christmas and a safe and happy New Year celebration.

We look forward to a wonderful 2013, and can't wait to bring you more exciting new additions to our publications and online features! Also, we will be launching a brand new website for The Bride's Diary – with a new design, fabulous content and so much more, all will be revealed shortly!

We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your ongoing support and interest in The Bride's Diary, The Groom’s Diary, Wedding Celebration, Weddingstar and Giftstar. And once again, have a wonderful festive season.

Warm regards, The Bride's Diary Team

Thursday, December 20, 2012

New Arrivals At Weddingstar

Weddingstar have launched their new range of wedding accessories and gifts, which are now available for purchase online.

The new product range includes cake toppers, favours, gifts, stationery, decor and so much more!

Here's a taste of some of the new products available...

Personalised Burlap Aisle Runner With Equestrian Monogram:

Let this rustic and charming personalised burlap aisle runner lead you to a happy future. The elegant design is part of the Equestrian Collection and also co-ordinates beautifully with other style themes.

Play Bill Save The Date Personalised Handkerchief:

Here is a vintage inspired Play Bill design that will be well suited for a range of wedding themes. This personalised printed handkerchief is a novel 'save the date' that will really make an impression with your wedding guests. Here is a perfect way to give notice that at your wedding they should expect the unexpected. Available printed in a range of fashionable wedding colours.

Paper Fan Place Card:

Totally in step with the ombre trend, these mini paper fan place cards are not only beautiful but also practical. Each package contains pre-folded fans and fold over holder. Some assembly will be required. Select a colour that will complement your wedding theme. Will make a beautiful addition to a wide range of wedding table decorations. Pair with the co-ordinating hand fans to complete the look.

Dancing The Night Away Wedding Couple Figurine:

With the serious and emotional part of their day behind them, this jubilant couple are captured mid stride as they dance the night away. As the Bride twirls and twists, pretty layers of elegant ruffles are revealed beneath the hemline of her gown. A fashionable sash featuring a floral detail in pearl and crystal completes her modern look. Plan to add a personalised touch by changing the colour of her sash to coordinate with your wedding theme. Made of hand painted porcelain.

Rustic Country Wedding Directional Sign:

Help guests find their way. Use the 'Wedding This Way' Wedding Directional Sign to mark the route to your Wedding and/or Reception. Includes 2 posters, left and right facing, mounting board, and wire stand. (Some assembly required).

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Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Mezi Bridal

The Mezi bride stands out from the rest, she is not afraid to make a statement to break away from tradition and wear bold detailed jewellery on her big day.

Inspired by a modern Morocco, the collection is a homage to a distant land - a journey escaped. 

The Mezi Bridal collection allows a bride to wear stunning pieces that reflect her personality and show who she truly is.

Visit Mezi Bridal to browse the online store.

Friday, December 14, 2012

Not Just Any Old Day... It's Your Special Day

As some people say about the coming New Year, out with the old and in with the new! For many, however, 2012 held some momentous occasions and 2013 is sure to be filled with even more! 

Not Just Any Old Day…It’s YOUR Special Day® has all of that covered with their Your Special Day Calendar Charm - a simple but powerful statement for all of those who want to remember and celebrate milestones.

We all love telling unique tales, and as 2012 comes to a close and the New Year begins, Not Just Any Old Day Jewellery…It’s YOUR Special Day® knows that you have special stories you want to share – and commemorate! From recent engagements, births, upcoming graduations, career milestones, or even a quiet one year-anniversary packed with extra love and affection, Not Just Any Old Day has you covered with the Your Special Day Classic Calendar Charm. This exciting addition to their Datesake Collection is guaranteed to bring your loved one a smile with its signature birthstone prominently placed on the date to be celebrated. 

Easily fitted to a necklace or bracelet, the Your Special Day Classic Calendar Charm is the perfect window of opportunity for her to share with the world whatever fairytale story has unfolded in her life! Whether it be that all-important wedding anniversary date, the birth of a child or the birthday of a special someone – you'll be able to keep this special milestone close to your heart with the calendar charm.

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Anna Campbell's The Ivory Range

The Ivory Range is the latest collection of bridal gowns from talented Melbourne designer, Anna Campbell. Created especially for her clients and with their needs in mind, Anna's extensive range of exquisitely crafted garments form part of a special 'off the rack' collection available from select boutiques across the country.

Boasting luxurious fabrics and feminine designs, The Ivory Range is available to view without an appointment and can be taken home that very day. Find intricate designs intrinsically woven with hand beading. beautiful embellishments and materials including silk, tulle and lace. The Ivory Range captures the essence of the 'made to measure' range with the same refined styling and stunning materials, but is simply more accessible. 

Sophisticated belts, dainty straps, ornate headbands, stylish cuffs and other unique pieces can be added to accentuate the bride's individual style, or complements the overall theme of their wedding.

Anna Campbell's new ivory range reflects high-class romance. Featuring a soft, dreamy aesthetic, pieces are free flowing and delicately crafted to create the perfect silhouette. 

Brides can expect to pay between $499 and $1,500 for a dress from this collection, and from $79 to $199 for accessories. Gowns can also be ordered in, with a 3-4 month turnaround time should any alterations by required.

The Ivory Range is currently available from the Anna Campbell boutique in Brunswick, Melbourne, as well as from select stockists throughout Australia.

To view other stockists throughout Australia, visit Anna Campbell.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

12/12/12 Lucky Wedding Date?

Image by Amanda Fintan (Amanda Fintan Photography)

Thousands of couples around the world are tying the knot today on 12-12-12, a once in a century wedding date. The date 12-12-12 is set to become the anniversary for many newlyweds specifically in New South Wales, with a record number of couples due to tie the knot today.

According to The West Australian, over 120 couples have signed up to get married today at the Births, Deaths and Marriages registries in Sydney, Parramatta, Wollongong and Newcastle. The date has also proved popular for non-registry weddings.

Last year there were 967 marriages recorded on Remembrance Day 11-11-11. Not only was this a special date numerically, but also holds great significance for many Australians, marking the day each year that we observe one minute silence at 11 am on 11 November, in memory of those who died or suffered in wars and armed conflicts.

12-12-12 follows the trend of sequential numbers for popular and unique wedding dates, like 10-10-10, 11-11-11, and 10-11-12. There was 11-11-11 (a Friday), 1-1-11 (a Saturday), 10-10-10 (a Sunday), and a range of others. This year's special date falls on a Wednesday, quite an odd day of the week to hold a wedding, although proving not to have deterred many couples in Australia and abroad.

It is believed by some that the symmetry of 12-12-12 will bring good luck to their marriage. 12/12/12 has also proved popular as it is an easy date to remember (a plus for the groom!).

Best of well and well wishes to all the brides getting married today, on this special, once in a lifetime date!

Monday, December 10, 2012

"LOVE" Plates Set

Place a signature of "LOVE" throughout your wedding celebrations and beyond.

Weddingstar's exclusive "LOVE" Plates have been created with style and versatility. Filled with cheese cubes, olives or finger sandwiches at a Bridal Shower, or candles, flowers or crystals at the Big Event, these distinctive dishes are sure to be admired by your guests. 

Whether filled or not, these white glazed ceramic plates will always make an important statement.

Why not give as a gift to a loved one for a birthday, anniversary, wedding present or Christmas?

Love Plates can be purchased online through Weddingstar.

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Add a Little Tradition to Your Wedding Ceremony

The Unity Sand Ceremony is a novel alternative for the popular 'unity candle ceremony' incorporated into many of today's weddings. The essence is to symbolise the union of 'two into one'. 

This sand version is not only beautiful and interesting, but also more appropriate for an outdoor setting, such a beach or garden wedding. With the addition of fresh flowers, these distinctive vases will make an intriguing addition to a home's decor.

The addition of co-ordinating miniature nesting vases and contrasting colours of sand allows children to be invited to take part in a 'family sand ceremony'. Standard vase requires 0.91 kg of sand.

Unity Sand Ceremony Vase sets are available for purchase online from Weddingstar.

Visit Weddingstar to browse thousands of amazing products.

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Choosing Your Wedding Flowers...

Chanel Rose Flowers, Images by One Love Photography

From chic elegance to sumptuous exuberance, nothing adds colour, perfume, and personality to your big day like fresh flowers.

The flowers you choose for your bouquet will depend on your colour scheme, what’s in season at the time, and your budget – which you will need to keep firmly in mind, as it’s very easy to get carried away by all that fragrant beauty! Other than your bouquet, you may also want floral headpieces, buttonholes, bridesmaids’ bouquets, corsages, and don’t forget flowers for the flower girl. Some brides order rose petals to replace confetti, and a fresh flower decoration for your wedding cake can look stunning.

The selection of flowers for your bouquet is your first priority. All other arrangements should then be designed to complement it. Your bridesmaids’ bouquets can be either a smaller version of yours, or provide a complete contrast. For your flower girl, choose something easy for small hands to carry, or consider a pomander of flowers to be worn on her wrist. Buttonholes and corsages should also complement your bouquet.

For an outdoor ceremony, flower filled urns and topiary trees will add colour and can also be used to demarcate the area. If you have chosen a garden location, the need for additional flowers could be considerably reduced depending on the time of year.

No matter whether your wedding theme is urban chic, country charm, or glitzy glamour, flowers will help you to set the mood. And after going to the trouble (and expense) of creating a bouquet that has helped to shape the mood of your wedding day, wouldn’t you like to keep it? Flower preservation can ensure that you enjoy your bouquet for a long time to come.

We just love the flower arrangements, bouquets and styling by Chanele Rose Flowers. They are a niche family operated Sydney-based wedding florist dedicated to providing fresh, pretty and new ideas in floral design and event styling to the wedding and event industry. 
Chanele Rose Flowers can help style your event to suit your budget, personality and theme.

To read more about choosing flowers for your wedding day, visit The Bride's Diary.

Images from 'It's a Love Story' shoot. Photography by One Love Photography, Styling & Flowers by Chanel Rose Flowers.

Monday, December 3, 2012

Peter W Beck... A Promise

Your wedding ring is one of the most important pieces of jewellery you will ever wear in your lifetime. It symbolises the promise you and your partner make to each other, for life.

For over 35 years Peter W Beck has been known as one of the most well respected wedding ring manufacturers. Peter W Beck is synonymous with producing a most extensive range of wedding rings, from classic styles to diamond set designs. 

All wedding rings are available in a range of precious metals from yellow, white and pink-gold to titanium, silver, platinum and palladium, and are made to the highest standards in quality. 

Visit Peter W Beck to view the extensive range.

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Add a Little Extra Something to Your Wedding Cake With a Weddingstar Cake Topper

Life is all about the little moments. Particularly those that no one knows about but you. This elegant couple takes romance - and fireworks - to a new level. Poised and elegant from the front, the back reveals a hidden little pinch - and a few extra "sparks". 

This cake topper can be purchased online through Weddingstar, and is hand painted porcelain. Also available in Caucasian and Ethnic.

Visit Weddingstar and browse many more romantic and humerously-themed cake toppers.

Monday, November 19, 2012

Luxury Flower Girl Collection at Tout Mon Amour

The latest Love Baby J Couture Collection has just come straight from the US and is now available at online store Tout Mon Amour.

Love Baby J Couture offers an inspiring range of rich hues, intricate beading and chandelle feathers. The exquisite designs are what every flower girl dreams of. Each dress is handmade to order, meaning the utmost attention is put into every detail.

Available in sizes 12 months – girls size 5. Dresses range from $156 - $214, depending on the style.
Tout Mon Amour is a brand new online store born out of the passion to spoil, inspire and cherish our greatest loves. The hand picked range offers a place where you can find perfect party decorations, birthday gifts and bedroom décor. 


Friday, October 26, 2012

Florent Vidal Photojournalist... Discover the True Meaning of Photojournalism

A wedding day all in music with Ting on the violin, and James, the guitar!

Both Ting and James are musicians, and part of their wedding shoot was done at the Conservatorium of Music in Sydney, which is such a unique yet fitting location for this musically-gifted couple. 

Ting and James' wedding ceremony took place at St Philip’s Anglican Church, one of Australia’s oldest churches. And of course, the Opera House backdrop carries much more significance for Ting and James.

These stunning images were taken by Florent Vidal, Ting and James' chosen photographer.

Ceremony: St Philip’s Anglican Church, The Rocks.
Reception and Tea Ceremony: The Terrasse Room, L’Aqua, Darling Harbour
View further images of Ting and Jameon Florent Vidal's blog.

Florent Vidal believes the most important aspect of his craft is to give his clients photographs that mean something, "To me it is not only about producing beautiful photos; of course, that goes without saying. But importantly, I want to give my clients photographs that have meaning. I would like my clients to look at them years from now and still remember something specific about the wedding day."

The most telling photographs are those that are unplanned and happen in an authentic way. Quietly, he captures the day and is very careful in preserving the ambience of each moment.

Florent always strives to bring out creative angles from every wedding. His perspective is seen through unique angles that express the way he sees the story unfolds. Florent photographs have the ability to make you feel, and reconnect you to the wedding day.

Visit Florent Vidal Wedding Photojournalist.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Passion8 Photography... 'Your Image, Our Passion'

'Your Image, Our Passion'... The professional team at Passion8 Photography has a fun, fresh approach to wedding photography and capture beautiful, natural images in a friendly environment.

Passion8 Photography offer casual wedding photography in Melbourne, South East Melbourne and throughout Australia. Their professional service and stunning images have given them a reputation that is highly regarded in both wedding and commercial photography.

The Passion8 Photography Brighton team are highly qualified, with many years of building their passion for producing exceptional images through the diversity of pregnancy, beautiful babies, cheeky children and fun family photography. Passion8 produce corporate headshots and commercial products, artistic and creative portraits, and finally, modelling and acting portfolios are also available.

The photographers at Passion8 Photography have over 20 years of experience in wedding photography, design and digital technology, and offer great quality and value.

Visit Passion8 Photography for further information, and to view their exquisite portfolio.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

2012/13 Ready-To-Wear Collection by Nicki Macfarlane at Stellina Cute Couture For Children

Stellina Cute Couture For Children has opened a brand new store located at Mosman, Sydney, and is set to create a new benchmark in children’s special occasion wear shopping. 

Following the success of its stylish online occasion wear boutique, the expansion to the Mosman retail store is the perfect stage for showcasing their new season collection by UK designer, Nicki Macfarlane. Macfarlane was chosen as the designer of the flower girl dresses for the Royal Wedding of Catherine Middleton and Prince William, and her designs are now available in Australia, exclusively at Stellina Cute Couture For Children.

Showcasing a beautiful range of colours and signature fabrics; including soft organza, floral tulle and wild silk. Size range up to 12 years. Complete collection available in Australia, exclusively at Stellina Cute Couture For Children.

Visit Stellina Cute Couture For Children for further information.

Monday, October 15, 2012

Fairfax & Roberts Launch A True Masterpiece...

Fairfax and Roberts are proud to launch The Coronet Collection. In celebration of Fairfax & Roberts' history of bespoke designs and jewellery, the collection is designed to have an element of individuality in each piece.

Symbolising heritage, tradition and a design that will be honoured for a lifetime, the bejewelled Coronet Collection reflects regal sophistication and glamour. Set to take its place as a treasured jewel and heirloom for today and tomorrow. After all, every woman wants to be crowned a princess!

Fairfax & Roberts have been working in-house creating a new design concept, that celebrates both a classic and individual style. The inspiration behind the Collection was romance! A desire to create a feminine engagement ring, evoking the vintage feel of a bygone era.

Visit Fairfax & Roberts.

Believe In A World Without Breast Cancer

The Estée Lauder Companies are proud to announce the 20th Anniversary of the global Breast Cancer Awareness (BCA) Campaign. The 2012 Campaign theme is Courage. Believe in a world without breast cancer. Know we’re here until it’s true. This year’s bold, empowering message highlights the Company’s 20 year commitment to defeating breast cancer through education and medical research and celebrates the life and legacy of BCA Campaign Founder and Pink Ribbon co-creator, Mrs. Evelyn H. Lauder.

This milestone BCA Campaign is dedicated to the tremendous courage of Evelyn Lauder and her unwavering commitment to eradicate breast cancer. The BCA Campaign is active today in more than 70 countries, has raised more than $35 million to fund 140 Breast Cancer Research Foundation® grants for medical research and this year alone supports 13 research grants across the globe. The BCA Campaign will continue spreading its lifesaving awareness message globally in the hope of a world in which breast cancer no longer exists.


• Reach countless people worldwide. In 2011 alone, The BCA Campaign touched millions through its press outreach with its lifesaving awareness message.

• Distribute millions of the iconic BCA Pink Ribbons at the counters of The Estée Lauder Companies’ brands worldwide, adding to the 115 million Pink Ribbons distributed to date.

• Spread the word about early detection and breast health globally, adding to the millions of educational bookmarks and brochures distributed to date.

• Illuminate numerous buildings, monuments and landmarks all over the world in glowing pink lights, focusing attention on the importance of breast health and that early detection saves lives. In 2010, The BCA Campaign proudly established a first-ever Guinness World Record for “Most Landmarks Illuminated for a Cause in 24 Hours.”

The Estée Lauder Companies’ Breast Cancer Awareness Campaign is devoted to defeating breast cancer through education and medical research. 

For further information, visit:

Friday, September 21, 2012

Win a Yellow Tail Bubbles Pack!

Attention brides-to-be, it’s time to give back to the unsung heroes, your bridesmaids.

In honour of National Bridesmaid’s Day on 20 September, [yellow tail] wine is giving you the opportunity to raise a toast to their efforts in making your big day a special one.

Win one of 10 ultimate [yellow tail] Bubbles packs to share with your bridesmaids. This includes 2 [yellow tail] Bubbles and 2 [yellow tail] Bubbles Rosé sparkling wines.

[yellow tail] Bubbles are no champagne wannabes - they are playful, fresh and vibrant.

To enter, simply email your name, contact number and mailing address to with ‘National Bridesmaid’s Day Competition – [yellow tail]’ in the subject line.

Entries close on 28 September, 2012.

For further information and conditions of entry visit The Bride's Diary.

Thursday, September 13, 2012

The Gift That Truly Keeps On Giving...

What better way to make your guests feel special than by making a donation to the McGrath Foundation in lieu of traditional wedding favours? 

If you are looking for an alternative way to thank your guests for sharing your big day then the McGrath Foundation can provide you with wedding bonbonniere cards to place appropriately on the day to notify your guests that a donation has been made in their honour. These stylish cards will complement any wedding setting and add a touch of pink to the occasion!

Your donation to the McGrath Foundation will help place McGrath Breast Care Nurses in communities across Australia as well as increase breast awareness in young women. Of course, your donation is also fully tax-deductible. The wedding cards are the perfect way to share the day with your loved ones while also supporting families experiencing breast cancer in communities right around Australia.

Please call McGrath Foundation Donations team on (02) 8962 6100 to discuss your needs for your special day.

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Top Questions To Ask When Buying a Diamond

Diamond Trader and Gemologist, Garry Holloway, is both passionate and well informed on the topic of diamonds and he believes that most diamonds are cut to make ‘magic carat’ weight requirements and are not cut for maximum sparkle, scintillation or fire.

Holloway urges us to look beyond the magic 1-carat and 2-carat diamonds as he believes that international diamond grading methods reward clumsily cut stones that achieve those ‘magic weights’. As a result, he considers many consumers to be duped into buying a poor quality product.

With diamond colour grading, 10 diamonds with the same colour grade can all have different whiteness or yellow tints when set in a ring, this is because of variations in cut quality, cut shape, size and fluorescence. Holloway recommends comparing diamonds side by side in different lighting before you purchase.

Contrary to popular opinion, carat weight is not directly linked to diamond size, yet people think weight equals size. Importantly there can be -20% to +10% size variation of weight in a diamond. Garry Holloway always selects an ‘ideal cut’ diamond where the weight is perfectly distributed for a more beautiful diamond that reflects more light.

In conclusion, Holloway urges anyone considering buying a diamond, to do their research, find a reputable diamond dealer and compare many, many diamonds, before alighting on the correct diamond at the correct price.

Visit Holloway Diamonds for more information.

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Say "I Do" to Angel Aromatics

Make your special day even more memorable with Angel Aromatics' range of decorative wedding accessories to make your special day look and smell heavenly. 

Instantly transform your ceremony and reception into a warm and inviting space just by adding a few candles, scented flowers or a scoop of angel curls down the aisle. It is an inexpensive and convenient way to provide a memorable, stylish touch to your special day. 

If you're after an affordable bouquet for you and your bridesmaids that will last a lifetime, then you can't go past Angel Aromatics handmade, elegant fragrant bouquet arrangements that allow you to select the perfect scent and flower.

Visit Angel Aromatics.

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